Tony Winner 'Memphis' Heading to Big Screen; Whom Should They Cast?
Hollywood’s relationship with Broadway has been long and fruitful, spawning well-received adaptations of such classic stage shows as The Music Man, My Fair Lady, The Sound of Music, Chicago, Guys and Dolls … really, the list goes on and on.
As we gear up for Les Miserables, which Tom Hooper plans to bring to theaters on Christmas day, Deadline reports that the Tony Award-winning musical Memphis will be the next show to transition from the Great White Way to the silver screen. Belle Pictures and the Mark Gordon Company plan to produce the movie musical, which has been set up at Warner Bros.’ Alcon Entertainment.
Memphis co-creator Joe DiPietro will write the film’s screenplay, according to reports, penning the story of a dangerous relationship between a white DJ and an African-American singer during the turbulent 1950s.
Memphis currently is touring the country, and will through 2013. The musical won multiple Tonys in 2010, including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Orchestration.
Will it transition to the big screen, though? Most Broadway shows have their work cut out for them, but with DiPietro guiding the ship, Memphis has a very good chance of joining the list of classics, and avoiding the list of duds.
What do you think? Will you see Memphis when it finally reaches theaters? And whom would you like to see cast in the lead roles? Let us know below.
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Sean is a film reviewer for The Washington Post and daily contributor to Fandango.