It used to be that the musicals came first before the movie adaptations (South Pacific, The King and I, The Sound of Music, West Side Story, My Fair Lady, Cabaret). Now, as the Washington Post reports:
In recent years, hit movies have been fodder for some of Broadway’s biggest successes. This year was a banner year for screen-to-stage adaptations, with “Once” and “Newsies” among the most-nominated shows for this year’s Tony Awards, and “Bonnie & Clyde,” “Ghost,” and the beleaguered “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” capturing a few nods, too... which makes it an exceptionally good year for Hollywood on Broadway. It’s a partnership that has proven to be beneficial ever since 1966’s “Sweet Charity,” among the first movie-to-stage adaptations, with a book by Neil Simon based on Federico Fellini’s “Nights of Cabiria.”
Speaking of Newsies--in case some people still don't know, Christian Bale, Batman himself, starred in that musical. He was a teenager then, still in that awkward stage between child star (a much-acclaimed debut in Steven Spielberg's Empire of the Sun) and grown-up A-list actor (from American Psycho onwards). Bale was reportedly uncomfortable and unsure of himself in a singing-dancing role, but Newsies director-choreographer Kenny Ortega assured him that Al Pacino, Bale's acting idol, had also done a musical (he hadn't). The ploy worked, and the young actor hoofed and warbled his way through the role (that's his real voice you hear):
Now, note how that rather melancholy song, Santa Fe (music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Jack Feldman), has been supersized, given the full-throttle treatment in the Broadway version--to take advantage, I suppose, of the stellar young lead Jeremy Jordan's piercing stage pipes:
Discuss: What movies would you like to see transformed into a Broadway musical?
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