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There was a time in American cultural history when transferring musicals from the Broadway stage to the silver screen was simply a foregone conclusion. Oklahoma!, Carousel, Kiss Me Kate, South Pacific, Gypsy, Oliver!, Godspell and Hair are just a smattering of examples. But by the mid-1980s, this practice seemed outdated and impossible. Theater (which is officially pronounced dead every few seasons or so) was churning out less and less original musical works at the time (save for the work of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber and the occasional hit by Maury Yeston, or the team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty) and instead began relying heavily on the art of the revival, most often shored up by the inclusion of a big-name star or two to guarantee decent attendance. And the simple truth is, at a time when the cinematic climate was more heavily focused on action thrillers and making »

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