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Which Came First: The Movie or Broadway Production?

Which Came First: The Movie or Broadway Production?Broadway has always been known for its bright lights, diverse audiences and shows like no other, and has remained the theatre capital to many historical, award winning, famous shows for decades.

Each year Broadway introduces new shows, with new concepts to diverse crowds all in hopes of an applause and appreciation of the hard work put into each new production.

Since the start of the millennium, Broadway has taken a new direction with the shows being presented on stage for the first time by collaborating the wonderful worlds of film and the stage.

The two worlds have been collaborating like never before in the past decade, with movies being converted from the screen to the stage and vis versa.

Currently, Broadway has roughly six shows running in which originated from the movie screen, these include: The Lion King, Billy Elliot, Shrek, Mary Poppins, and premiering within the next six months: Spider man and The Adams Family.

All of these shows originated on the big screen and have been collaborated among by famous composers and writers all in hopes to hold out the reputations each had on film.

The producers of these shows not only want the original reputations to be kept with each show, but they want to, in a way, exceed the original reputations to that of a higher level on the Broadway stage.

Not only are movies being converted into musicals, but musical movies are becoming more and more popular as well.

Recent musical movies that have been converted from the stage include Chicago, Phantom of the Opera, Rent, Sweeney Todd, Hairspray and Mama Mia, all of which have left audience members contemplating which is better: the stage version or movie?

It’s often hard to decide which is actually better with each version having its own pros and cons.

In the next year many highly anticipated musical movies are going to be hitting the big screen including Fame, Nine and Footloose; all of which originated on Broadway.

If you are into theatre, there are multipul opportunities for you to enjoy a show in and around Tampa.

Each one of these musical films will premiere in movie theaters everywhere; the closest to campus is Westshore Plaza’s AMC 20.

While it’s not the same as a live performance, seeing the film adaptaion of a musical is a much more economical way to enjoy the production.

Although we are very far from Broadway and the shows there, The Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, (TBPAC), is a short, five minute walk from campus, located just across the Hillsborough River.

TBPAC’s 2009-2010 season is filled with successful Broadway shows including:  In The Heights, South Pacific, Wicked, Mary Poppins and the world premiere of Wonderland, a new musical spin on Alice and Wonderland.

Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling the Performing Art Center’s box office at (813)-229-7827.

1 Comment on Which Came First: The Movie or Broadway Production?

  1. Footloose was a movie first in 1984, then was a Broadway show in 1998. Thanks for trying though!


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