Anticipating the announcement next week of the nominees for this year’s Tony Awards, New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood noticed something interesting: It’s possible that all the nominees in the category of Best Musical will be shows based on films.
This week, Isherwood takes a look at two of those might-be-nominees. The first is Newsies, originally a 1992 Disney live-action musical that didn’t make much news at all at the box office; and next is Ghost, the 1990 box-office whopper that starred Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, and Whoopi Goldberg.
Both shows have been re-worked for Broadway, with the particular addition of songs to Ghost – originally a plain ol’ romantic drama. Isherwood explains what the shows have lost and gained in going from the silver screen to the Broadway boards, and also offers his thoughts on why, increasingly, when you go to Broadway, you wind up also going to the movies.