6 items from 2011
Audra McDonald rehearsing for "Porgy & Bess"Theater geeks who read The Film Experience (there be crossover!) might have been wondering what happened to the stage door column. The truth is we just haven't been seeing much. This is never a question of "nothing to see" but always a matter of finances and for one quarter of each year the the not-so-small matter of Oscar Mania keeping us busy with pre-recorded actors instead of live ones. But when I'm not seeing it I enjoy it vicariously through avid theatergoing friends and through blogs. My favorite is The Broadway Blog so if you're into theater, check it out. Here's four quick film / theater crossover tidbits I wanted to share.
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- NATHANIEL R
Exclusive: I’m hearing that Dexter star Michael C. Hall is negotiating to play the lead in Big Fish on Broadway next year. Bruce Cohen and Dan Jinks, who produced the Tim Burton-directed film, are producing the musical stage adaptation. Susan Stroman (The Scottsboro Boys) is directing and Andrew Lippa (The Addams Family) wrote the music. John August wrote the book for the musical, based on his movie script from the novel by Daniel Wallace. It is expected to be quite the stage event. The part was originally written for Hugh Jackman, but his movie schedule got in the way and the producers turned to Hall. Before he became TV’s best-known serial killer by merit of the Showtime series, Hall performed in numerous musicals that include Cabaret and Chicago, so he’s certainly got the chops to play Edward Bloom, the man who filled his son’s head »
- MIKE FLEMING
There have been a lot of interesting Broadway adaptations recently -- raise your arm cast if you've seen "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" -- but perhaps none have been quite so interesting as this: "Big Fish" is coming to the big stage.
That's right: as reported by Movieline, Tim Burton's 2003 cult classic adaptation of author Daniel Wallace's novel "Big Fish" is itself now being adapted for Broadway by the film's screenwriter John August.
Talk about making a splash.
In fact, the awesome news gets even awesomer for fans of "Big Fish," because August revealed on his blog that not only are they working on the stage version of "Big Fish," he and Tony Award-winning director/choreographer Susan Stroman have actually already finished writing it. And since songwriter Andrew Lippa has also finished the songs, that means fans could be watching it up on stage as early as next spring. »
- Scott Harris
Ewan McGregor starred in the fantasy picture, based on Daniel Wallace's novel of the same name, about a travelling salesman who recounts tall tales of his colourful life on his deathbed, and the film is now set for a major musical make-over.
The movie's original producers, Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen, are behind the new stage show, which will feature songs by The Addams Family musical composer Andrew Lippa, and Jackman is rumoured to be in talks to star after taking part in a recent read-through of the script, according to Variety.
Big Fish is due to launch on Broadway early next year. »
It's surprising that no Tim Burton movie has been adapted for the stage yet, no? In 2002, Tim Burton signed on to helm Batman: The Musical. By 2005, though, Batman Begins assumed full control of the franchise. And obviously, a superhero musical would never, ever work on Broadway. Burton has plenty of non-Batman material to pick from -- indeed, the director will oversee a stage adaptation of Alice in Wonderland with Disney. But c'mon, we can do better. Enter Big Fish. Big Fish screenwriter John August repurposed the fantastical father-son tale for the stage with music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa (The Addams Family musical). Big Fish producers Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen are also on board for the musical; Susan Stroman, the Tony Award winner behind The Producers, will direct and choreograph with an eye toward a spring 2012 release. Hit the jump for a refresher on the synopsis. Billy Crudup plays William Bloom, »
- Brendan Bettinger
Father issues and buckets of tears are soon coming to a Big Apple stage. Producers just announced that Big Fish, best known for its 2003 film adaptation directed by Tim Burton, will be turned into a Broadway musical with a book by John August, music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa and director Susan Stroman. August wrote the screenplay for the Burton film based on the original novel by Daniel Wallace, Lippa did the music for The Addams Family musical and Stroman directed the most recent film version of Mel Brooks' The Producers. Producers Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen, Oscar winners for American Beauty, hope to open the show on Broadway in the Spring of 2012. The New York Times were among the first to report the story along with the following statements from the producer. Here's Dan Jinks: John August and Andrew Lippa have taken inspiration from Daniel Wallace's »
- Germain Lussier
6 items from 2011
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