Adapting a stage musical to the big screen is never simple, and can often go disastrously wrong. Here’s our expert’s opinions on what works and what doesn’t.
Gangs have changed in the decades since ‘West Side Story’ first came out – they are deadlier, and their demographics are different – as are the means law enforcement use to control them.
In 2011, I established a Sondheim repertory theatre company. I didn’t expect his death to hit me as hard as it has.
A stage musical adaptation is just the newest addition to the cottage industry which is Round The Twist nostalgia.
The new film In The Heights draws on almost 100 years of movie musical choreography. Here are some highlights.
A formula found often in nature, many artists believe that following the golden ratio leads to the most aesthetically pleasing work. It can also accidentally turn up in musicals.
There are a host of stage musicals set for film adaptation in the coming year and they are sure to draw big
It was a box office flop, panned by critics. But in using the songs of the Beatles to craft a story of Vietnam-era America, Julie Taymor reinvigorated the film musical.
Alexander Hamilton’s commitment to a well-funded national army and his support for territorial expansion had grave repercussions for the Indigenous Nations west of the Appalachians.
It may have a diverse cast but it erases the Black and Indigenous people who were there in the room and relegates women to the sidelines.
Nothing passes the time like a singalong to some classics from the Golden Age of Hollywood.
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s blockbuster portrayal of Alexander Hamilton, one of the most colourful founding fathers, opens this month in Toronto.
There are many reasons the movie version of Cats has flopped, not least the unfortunate way in which various characters have been assigned racial characteristics.
South African-born composer Stanley Glasser’s musical legacy is in many ways unknown in his motherland which he left under political duress in 1963, and awaits critical engagement.
The Broadway hit offered an escape from the anxieties of World War II. But the America it portrayed – unified, patriotic and white – rings hollow today.
Muriel Heslop stole Australia’s heart when she debuted on screen in 1994. Now she gets a loving, ABBA-filled musical tribute, that is definitely not terrible.
Queer life thrived in 1940s Sydney despite policing and prohibition, as a new production of the musical Only Heaven Knows demonstrates. But it was not to last.
Another article about the politics of La La Land? This time it’s personal.
No film could be more perfectly circular, more self-congratulatory and more suited to the time.
We all need a little trip to La La Land.