On June 2nd, 2002, David Simon’s Charm City HBO drama The Wire made its debut. A decade later, the show has amassed a large international following—including President Barack Obama, who was a big fan of Michael K. Williams’ Omar Little—and since become a course at Harvard, referenced in Aziz Ansari standup routines and even the subject of a Grantland head-to-head bracket for character supremacy.
Pretty much the only thing The Wire hasn’t become yet is a musical… until now. With the help of much of the original cast, including Michael K. Williams (Omar Little), Felicia Pearson (Felicia "Snoop" Pearson), Larry Gilliard Jr. (D’Angelo Barksdale), Andre Royo (Bubbles) and Sonja Sohn (Det. Kima Greggs), as well as Joe Hartzler as "Jimmy McNulty" and Faizon Love, who wasn’t on The Wire but was in Friday and Elf, among other things, Funny or Die has brought to you, The Wire: The Musical. From opening number "Omar’s Comin’" to the finale, led by a singing syringe, this is truly toe-tappin’ fun. If you don’t go see it, Omar will come for you.
The only thing this musical is missing? More Idris Elba. Watch: