It looks as if Miracle Max might have performed one of his trademark miracles.
Disney Theatrical Productions announced Monday that "The Princess Bride," the popular 1987 movie from director Rob Reiner, based on the book by William Goldman, will be turned into a stage production, though there is no word yet if it will be a play or a musical.
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"A Time to Kill," based on the 1989 John Grisham novel that was then adapted into the popular 1996 film, delivers exactly what you'd expect: a pulp and plot-heavy, old-fashioned courtroom drama full of racy subject matter, legal strategy and plainly one-dimensional characters.
This apparently marks the first time that any Grisham work has been done onstage. The production is even... » more
The recently canceled, Broadway-themed television series "Smash" will lead to a staged concert of a fictional musical featured on the show -- just not the one you think. On Dec. 9, 54 Below will present two staged concerts of "Hit List," the rock musical written by Jeremy Jordan's character that competed against the Marilyn Monroe vehicle "Bombshell." It will star Jordan... » more
"Thanks, but no thanks" has become the new mindset when approaching revivals of antiquated, rarely seen dramas at the Roundabout Theatre Company's American Airlines Theatre.
While no one wants only the tried-and-true classics to be produced, there are countless forgotten plays that simply aren't compelling, relevant or interesting enough to sustain a full-scale Broadway revival.
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Got a craving to see teenagers defy an ancestral family grudge and discover all-consuming romance, leading to their ultimate tragedy? There are currently two separate productions of "Romeo and Juliet" on view.
They look similar at first glance, featuring starry casts, spare scenic designs, modern dress and streamlining of the original text.
The first, which opened on Broadway... » more
Pilots in giant battle armor fighting giant monsters? From Guillermo del Toro, the director of "Pan's Labyrinth"? Yes please. "Pacific Rim" is a fun, old-school monster movie, but created using all the bells and whistles of modern moviemaking. Amazing. (DVD, $28.98; Blu-ray/DVD combo, $35.99; Blu-ray 3-D/Blu-ray/DVD combo, $44.95)
'Shrek the Musical'
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This fall's marathon of high-profile Shakespeare revivals, which started on a wan note with the bloodless "Romeo and Juliet" on Broadway with a motorcycle-riding Orlando Bloom, finally kicks into gear with Phyllida Lloyd's all-female, prison-set "Julius Caesar," which premiered at London's Donmar Warehouse and is now at Brooklyn's St. Ann's Warehouse.
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If a play about the Yankees is going to be produced in New York, you can bet that it'll be extremely sentimental and nostalgic. After all, would Yankee fans really want it served up any other way?
Eric Simonson's "Bronx Bombers," his third play about sports figures (following "Lombardi" and "Magic/Bird"), is undoubtedly the most enjoyable work... » more
There's no denying that the new Broadway musical "Big Fish" -- adapted from the visually spectacular 2003 Tim Burton film and featuring a creative team and cast comprised of musical theater pros -- contained all the ingredients to make an excellent stage musical.
So what went wrong?
A romantic adventure and fantasy-endowed bio-drama, "Big Fish," begins with Will Bloom... » more
"Are you a good witch or a bad witch?" Dorothy is asked in the Munchkinland sequence of "The Wizard of Oz." In Joshua Harmon's highly entertaining dark comedy, the question posed is "Are you a good Jew or a bad Jew?"
"Bad Jews" revolves around two very pushy cousins -- the college-age, frizzy-haired Daphna (Tracee Chimo), who proudly flaunts her Judaism, rabbinical aspirations... » more