MRS. DOUBTFIRE and EVER AFTER are two movies making their way to the musical stage.
FLASHDANCE and PRETTY WOMAN are already on their feet and moving along, as are a number of other movies-to-musicals.
Often, musicals evolve from a book, or even a fresh new idea. Some work. Some don’t. Some make me go, “Yay?” while some have me laughing or asking, “WTF?”
I wonder: Have we gotten to a point where we are out of fresh ideas for the stage?
Don’t get me wrong, there are several movie-to-musical products I love. I can remember sitting in the movie theater with a colleague and before the opening number was to the halfway point we were whispering, “this is stage musical theatre!”
The movie was Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.
In 1997, a producer for whom I was directing a show sent me to see the Broadway production and according to my friends, my shirt never touched the back of my seat once the overture ended. I am in that seated position for many good productions.
Right now there eight movies-to-musicals on Broadway, four revivals, and three pop-icon revues.
It will be interesting to see transitions and transformations on the musical stage in the next decade.