June 05, 2012 10:59am PT by Michael O'Connell
'The Wire' Turns 10 Years Old With a Musical Reunion (Video)
Omar comin' -- and he's learned the Charleston.
Almost 10 years to the day after kicking off its five-season run on HBO, David Simon's universally adored ode to inner-city Baltimore, The Wire, has reassembled much of the original cast for a viral gem.
Funny or Die released The Wire: The Musical on Tuesday, and if socioeconomic woes have never made you laugh before, they might now. Michael Kenneth Williams (Omar), Sonja Sohn (Kima), Andre Royo (Bubbles), Larry Gilliard Jr (D'Angelo Barksdale) and even Felicia "Snoop" Pearson all return for several tunes about vigilantism, bureaucracies, disposable cellphones and rehab.
"You'll experience all five seasons of one of televisions densest shows in 90 minutes of musical magic," promises the voice over.
Not all of the cast could make it. Dominic West's McNulty and Idris Elba's Stringer Bell were both recast -- with the latter being reinterpreted as a beatnik by Faizon Love.
The kicker comes after a solo from a heroine syringe, when the show plugs a fake New York Times review: "I'm pretty sure David Simon doesn't know they're doing this. But if he did, he'd love it!"
Watch the complete clip below: