The company's vibrant revival of the "The Wiz" -- sensibly approached by director Irene Lewis for exactly what it is, rather than what it might have been -- has just become the best-selling production in Center Stage history.
The show surpassed the previous record-holder, "Ain't Misbehavin' " (about $310,000), and "The Wiz" still has another week or so to ease on down the road to establish an even bigger record.
To celebrate the production's success, I thought it would be ever so fun to have a little theatrical quiz. I can't offer a great prize, other than cyber-immortality for the winner, but I hope that will be enough. Here goes:
There's the original book (by L. Frank Baum), which was turned into a movie musical ("The Wizard of Oz") and then a Broadway musical ("The Wiz") that was turned into another movie musical (that horrid flick with Diana Ross and Michael Jackson).
So, how many other musicals can you name that involve at least three different incarnations (literary, theatrical, cinematic, whatever)? I'll start:
"Anna and the King of Siam" was a book that became "Anna and the King of Siam" the movie, which inspired "The King and I," the Broadway musical, which was turned into "The King and I," the movie musical.
Now it's your turn. Whoever offers the most examples wins the fame:
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