The implications from the recent announcement I read from AP (see below) are profound. There will be columns of print written on this in due course and opinion pieces by the score (sic.) so I might as well get my soapbox declaration in earlier than later.
Wait, I know, you think this is going to be the first of many diatribes on the watering down of Broadway by turning Movies into Musicals. Sorry, but we don’t waste our time here on uninformed criticism. I think that this new venture by the major film studios into populating product onto the Great White Way (not so great on Off-Broadway right now) will do exactly what the old, stuffy, techno-luddite, oft-blinkered mentality that “prosc-arch staging is still ‘King'”, Broadway producing cartels need to have done to them – bring Broadway into the 21C!
The ever-present danger; with the film back catalogue that 20C Fox have at their disposal, is that they will not pick those films that will make good on-stage drama or musical comedy. Let’s face it, they haven’t always got it right in the past, without naming certain films previously turned into Musicals (and not only by Fox). Continue Reading →