J. Wynn Rousuck, former Baltimore Sun theater critic and current theater critic, WYPR
Remember when hit Broadway musicals would be turned into movies? Think, The Sound of Music, The King and I, The Music Man, to name a few. But that was then. Ever since The Producers and Hairspray struck box office gold on Broadway, the pattern has reversed. In recent seasons, a large percentage of the musicals on the Great White Way have been shows that started out on screen — shows like Waitress, The Lion King, Mean Girls, The Band’s Visit, Beetlejuice and Tootsie. And, more are on the way, including Mrs. Doubtfire and Some Like It Hot. What is driving this trend? What does a movie need to make a good stage musical? Judy Rousuck returns to explore this phenomenon in an illustrated lecture.
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