Everyone knows that movie adaptations tend to draw crowds to the theater. While purists will bemoan the commercialism of these ventures, sometimes you have to give the people want they want. Apparently, they like seeing live versions of their favorite movies. The live version of the 1983 film “Flashdance” is expected to open on Broadway in spring of 2013. Yes, it will include songs from the movie’s award-winning soundtrack.
Wouldn’t you want to see a famous movie actor live on stage? Theater producers love casting Hollywood movie actors. While onlookers refer to it as stunt-casting, the bottom line is that the public loves it.
Tom Hanks will make his Broadway debut in “Lucky Guy.” Written by Nora Ephron, this play tracks the life of award-winning newspaper columnist, Mike McAlary. He covered some of New York’s most infamous stories, including the Abner Louima case. Renowned director George C. Wolfe will direct the show. It is set to open in January 2013.
Zooey Deschanel will play country singer Loretta Lynn in “The Coal Miner’s Daughter.” Based on Lynn’s 1980 movie of the same name, the show looks at Lynn’s rise to fame. She alleged that she first got married when she was 13 years old. The singer made headlines last weekend with the news that she may have lied about her age. Investors are betting that Deschanel’s name will draw hip, younger audiences to the box office.