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When Broadway Went to Hollywood$
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Ethan Mordden

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199395408

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199395408.001.0001

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Direct from Broadway

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(p.169) Chapter 10 Direct from Broadway
When Broadway Went to Hollywood

Ethan Mordden

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on Hollywood's treatment of Broadway musicals. Hollywood initially purchased stage properties with the express intention of altering them in various ways. Then, suddenly, it launched a cycle of stage shows filmed with respect—Annie Get Your Gun (1950), Call Me Madam (1953), Kiss Me, Kate (1953), and Guys and Dolls (1955). As Hollywood pursued this semi-purist approach, it developed a set of Commandments for adaptations from the stage, adhered to more often than not: I: Thou shalt cast by talent rather than by fame, if practical with the original Broadway star. II: Thou shalt retain the original narrative structure and all or most of the score, without interpolations. III: Thou mayest interpolate, but thou shalt let the original creators make the new numbers.

Keywords:   Hollywood musicals, movie musicals, Broadway, musical plays, stage shows, Annie Get Your Gun, Call Me Madam, Kiss Me, Kate, Guys and Dolls

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