They are off and running! For how long, that's the big question.
One of the most anticipated musicals to arrive on our shores this Spring is one of the strongest titles we've seen in awhile. Ghost, that surprise-smash of a film that was produced for only 22 million dollars (the musical is rumored to cost $13mm by comparison) and went on to make bazillions for everyone involved, including The Righteous Brothers, whose song, "Unchained Melody", is featured in one of the most iconic moments of the movie.
And, that sweet song is also featured in the musical . . . as one of you will see because I've got two free tickets to give away.
Who will win?
As more and more movies become musicals (and I'm not one of those that think it's such a bad thing, by the way, as long as the source movie makes for a strong musical foundation (e.g. Billy Elliot, Once, etc.)), more and more producers have to make the tough decision of including a big song from the movie or starting from scratch with something original. What's the expecation level of the audience? Do they expect to hear these tunes? Do you disappoint if you don't include 'em? Do you disappoint the reviewers if you do?
What do you think? Should movies-to-musicals like Ghost start over, or are they obliged to include these tunes in the show?
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