IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Movies to Musicals

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.

About Wright Flyer Guy

Darin is a single adoptive father, a teacher, playwright, and musical theatre director from Kettering, Ohio.
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