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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

Direct from Broadway

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

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199395408.003.0011

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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