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Musical Theater Adaptations Of Films Coming To Broadway

Written by: FFT Webmaster | October 3rd, 2011

It is not exactly a new phenomenon, but several theater adaptations based on popular films are en route to the Great White Way. Following in the footsteps of such shows as THE LION KING, LEGALLY BLONDE, DIRTEN ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS, MARY POPPINS, SISTER ACT, DIRTY DANCING and scores of others, a few new shows have been announced that have definite cinematic origins. Two of the more intriguing ones are AMERICAN PSYCHO, a scathing look at American corporate greed that gave actor Christian Bale one of his juiciest roles, which is being work shopped in New York this month, withy original music and lyrics by rocker Duncan Sheik (of SPRING AWAKENING fame); and LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, an adaptation of the indie road movie hit that has music and lyrics by William Finn and is to be directed by James Lapine (whose collaborations include the 1980s hit FALSETTOS). Coming from Disney Studios (which has successfully mounted THE LION KING, BEAUTY AND  THE BEAST and other live shows from their archives) is a live musical productions of NEWSIES, based on the 1992 film that was inspired by an 1899 newsboys’ strike in New York City. Also expected on Broadway next year is a musical adaptation of the 1967 cult film BONNIE & CLYDE.

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