Films adapted for the stage

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Postby flipp525 » Wed Dec 03, 2008 10:31 am

This is really fun to imagine Airport 1975: The Musical, so I'm just going to keep going with it. Karen Black and Charleton Heston's dream-like waltz through a deserted and dimly-lit Dulles Airport terminal that segues, abruptly, from Heston lifting Black into the air to Black pulling Heston into the plane from the chopper.

I think a chorus line of dismembered crew members would also be fitting. The traditional "leg kick" would be a particularly jarring image.




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Postby Penelope » Tue Aug 19, 2008 1:11 pm

flipp525 wrote:Pen, I would love to see a musical adaptation of Airport 1975. Can't you just see Helen Ready's big moment?

Or how about the Act One closer, the show-stopping "There's Nobody Flying The Plane!" with passengers and crew gyrating in their best Martha Graham-style choregraphy to portray the aircraft's decompression!
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Postby flipp525 » Tue Aug 19, 2008 8:10 am

cam wrote:We recently saw Misery, the stage adaptation of the film with Kathy Bates and James Caan. Instead of the gradual realization of the evil of Annie Wilkes, the character was shown as evil from the very beginning. The acting was fine, by two of Canada's best actors, but the fault lay in the stage adaptation.

Why would anyone make this into a play? Why would an audience want to see anybody other than Kathy Bates perform that role? I just don't understand why you would even go to this. It sounds like an absurd, fictional plot device in a T. Coraghessan Boyle short story.

Also, there's really nothing gradual about the revelation of Annie's true character in the book or the film. Her manic bursts and fits start very early, easily telegraphing the horror in store for Paul Sheldon later in the film.

Pen, I would love to see a musical adaptation of Airport 1975. Can't you just see Helen Ready's big moment?
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Postby Hollywood Z » Mon Aug 18, 2008 4:13 pm

What about a stage version of Zorro The Gay Blade? I always loved that movie and me and some acting friends watched it the other day and thought it would make a really fun stage play.
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Postby cam » Fri May 30, 2008 8:32 pm

jack wrote:Some of you might not get the 'Up-the-Duff' referance. It's a British expression.

...And a rude one at that.

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Postby jack » Thu May 29, 2008 7:19 pm

Okay. So we can call it: Juno: the Up-the-Duff School Girl - the Musical!.

Some of you might not get the 'Up-the-Duff' referance. It's a British expression.

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Postby Big Magilla » Thu May 29, 2008 6:58 pm

There was a muscial called Juno in 1959 from Sean O'Casey's Juno and the Paycock with Shirley Booth and Melvyn Douglas that was recently done in concert presumably to cash in on the name recognition from the totally different film.

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Postby jack » Thu May 29, 2008 6:02 pm

What about Juno? Juno the Musical.

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Postby cam » Thu May 29, 2008 5:55 pm

Last year's film "Music and Lyrics", which was a little gem, that was apparently not widely seen, would make a fine stage musical. The story was as good or better than some films that have already been adapted, and the tunes were good.
Oh, and as far as "Sugar" goes, it was a mess.




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Postby jack » Thu May 29, 2008 5:47 pm

Even as I was thinking of Some Like it Hot, at the back of my mind I was thinking that it would have already been done.

I have to say I'm not a musical fan, both on stage and screen, but one musical that I did see and loved, and think it would make a fantastic film is Wicked. I think it's only a matter of time before it happens, though.

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Postby Big Magilla » Thu May 29, 2008 4:24 pm

jack wrote:II don't know if this has been done before, but a musical based on Some Like it Hot could be interesting.

It was and it was not very interesting. In fact, it was pretty bad.

Produced in 1972, it was called Sugar after the Marilyn Monore character, stupidly shifting the emphasis from the Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis characters. Robert Morse and Tony Roberts played their parts, Elaine Joyce had Marilyn's part and Cyril Ritchard had the Joe E. Brown part. The score by Jule Styne and Bob Merrill who had previously collaborated on Funny Girl was, sadly, not very good.

It was resurrected in London in 1992 as Some Like It Hot and Tony Curtis, now in the Joe E. Brown role, subsequently toured with it in the U.S., but it still wasn't any good.

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Postby Cinemanolis » Thu May 29, 2008 3:08 pm

rain Bard wrote:They warn the first several rows to come wearing clothes they won't mind splattered with fake blood.

lol. that sounds fun!

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Postby jack » Thu May 29, 2008 2:34 pm

I really wanted to see the Evil Dead musical. Apparently my hero George Romero is trying to produce a stage play of John Carpenter's The Thing. His plan is to refridgerate the theater to add to the experience of the story.

I don't know if this has been done before, but a musical based on Some Like it Hot could be interesting. And, of course, in the vain of Penelope's comment, an all-singing, all-dancing production of Cadyshack.

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Postby rain Bard » Thu May 29, 2008 2:29 pm

There's a local company here in San Francisco that puts on stage versions of horror movies. They warn the first several rows to come wearing clothes they won't mind splattered with fake blood. I attended a condensation of the Evil Dead trilogy and thought it was a blast! They've also done Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Re-Animator among others.

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Postby Cinemanolis » Thu May 29, 2008 1:49 pm

cam wrote:We recently saw Misery, the stage adaptation of the film with Kathy Bates and James Caan. Instead of the gradual realization of the evil of Annie Wilkes, the character was shown as evil from the very beginning. The acting was fine, by two of Canada's best actors, but the fault lay in the stage adaptation.

Funny, exactly the same thing happened in the Athens production recently. It was probably the same adaptation.


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