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Monday, December 24, 2007

Hop on the Band Wagon

The classic MGM tuner The Band Wagon is one of the few big screen musicals from the golden age yet to make its way to the stage (even though, technically, it is based on a stage musical -- only the title and a handful of songs were carried over to the screen), but that is about to change.

Now one of the most-beloved movie musicals of all time will be brought to life onstage by Douglas Carter Beane, the librettist of the current Broadway hit Xanadu (one of the most-reviled movie musicals of all time) under the title of one of its most memorable dance numbers, Dancing in the Dark. With a blessing from the original film's legendary screenwriter, Betty Comden, the new stage version will also add more songs from the catalog of songwriters Arthur Schwartz and Howard Dietz.

Dancing in the Dark will premiere next year in San Diego, with an eye for a Broadway bow in the future.

Click here to buy The Band Wagonon DVD from Amazon.com.
Links via Imdb.com, Ibdb.com and Playbill.com.

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