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The highly publicized and anticipated new NBC television series, SMASH debuts on Feb 6th. If it is a success, there has been discussion that the musical within the show may actually get produced on Broadway. And if it’s a hit on Broadway, could SMASH possibly hit the Road? Crossing my fingers that SMASH is indeed a success, as this small screen to White Way adaptation route could be a new paradigm that entices more people to get interested and get hooked on live theatre.

Here are some recent features and reviews related to the series:

BOSTON GLOBE

BUSINESSWEEK

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES

CHICAGO TRIBUNE

GATHER

GAWKER

HARTFORD COURANT

HOLLYWOOD REPORTER (Review)

HUFFINGTON POST (Review)

LOS ANGELES TIMES

NEW YORK MAGAZINE

NEW YORK MAGAZINE (feature on Megan Hilty)

NY1

REUTERS

THEATERMANIA

TORONTO STAR

WALL STREET JOURNAL

WALL STREET JOURNAL (Review)

WNYC

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This past summer a Mandarin version of MAMMA MIA opened in Beijing. More and more over the past several years theatre producers have been looking to China as a place to present musicals.  In this particular case, this was the first time a Western-style musical was translated into Mandarin, as opposed to being performed in English. Clearly, the actual language would be understood by the locals, but did the story and style translate to this vastly different culture?

Here is an article from TIME that discusses the MAMMA MIA Beijing engagement. I also talked a bit about the challenges of American and Western-style musicals in general translating in other countries, both literally and culturally, in my post entitled “Lost In Translation” back on May 28, 2009.

Here is a news clip that covers the Mandarin version of MAMMA MIA. And here is a review of the show.

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This is a quick follow-up to my last post about Broadway musicals being taped live and then screened at movie theaters across the country. After MEMPHIS‘s recent debut on silver screens nationwide, an article in The Denver Post predicts this may become a trend, but questions if this is such a good idea for the National Tours and local venues “when the movie cost $20, and seeing any musical live can run six times higher.”

After “Memphis,” make way for more screenings of stage musicals

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This season, Broadway has brought us several film to live theatre adaptations, including CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT, and SISTER ACT. This isn’t a new phenomenon. In recent years there has also been THE WEDDING SINGER, LEGALLY BLONDE, BILLY ELLIOT and SHREK just to name a few.

And, of course, we can’t forget Disney.

Also not a new phenomenon are adaptations that go the other direction  — from Broadway shows to film: OKLAHOMA in the 50’s, GYPSY in the 60’s, HAIR and GREASE in the late 70’s, CHICAGO in 2002, MAMMA MIA in 2008, and NINE in 2009 are just some of the many examples from over the years.

And now, there’s a somewhat new twist on this adaptation model.

This weekend, the Tony-Award-winning Broadway show, MEMPHIS is on silver screens across the country — but it’s not a film adaptation of the musical. The Broadway show was taped live back in January using high-definition cameras and sophisticated sound recording, and so this is the actual Broadway show being screened in over 500 movie theaters nationwide.

MEMPHIS is certainly getting a lot of press out of this, which will be helpful to build name recognition for the title as the show prepares to tour in Fall 2011. However, will people who have now paid just $20 to see the “Broadway show on film version” be inspired to see the show live for two, three, and in some markets possibly four times the price when it goes on tour? Will this screening turn out to be a severe misstep, or savvy marketing? Clearly the MEMPHIS team is banking on the latter.

Only time will tell, but in the meantime, here are some articles about the screening that also discuss using film versions of live stage performances as a tool to potentially capture greater interest.

DENVER

“Memphis” on the movie screen: It’ is better than Broadway?

HOUSTON

Win a Ticket to Tony Award Winning Musical “Memphis” Screening

LA JOLLA

La Jolla-born ‘Memphis’ returns on movie screens this week

CALGARY

Theatre comes to the big screen

TAMPA

‘Memphis’ brings its award-winning Broadway show to movie screens

PHOENIX

Broadway’s ‘Memphis’ on movie screens in Arizona

COLUMBUS

Cameras capturing live plays, opera in HD


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