The Silver Screen Storms the Stage
Judy 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. Today, almost half of the musicals on the Great White Way started out on screen -- shows like “Waitress,” “The Lion King,” “Mean Girls,” even last year’s Tony Award winner, “The Band’s Visit.” And, this Spring brings more: “Beetlejuice” and “Tootsie.” What is driving this trend? What does a movie need to make a good stage musical? J. Wynn Rousuck (theater critic at WYPR and former longtime critic at The Baltimore Sun) returns to explore this phenomenon in an illustrated lecture.
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Note: The previously scheduled Joan DeJean lecture on embroidery has been cancelled.