Stage To Screen

Episodes

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01Oh! What A Lovely War2008102120081025

Richard Attenborough's first film as director was adapted from the Theatre Workshop production by Joan Littlewood. Contributors include original cast member Victor Spinetti, Eleanor Farzan, the film's choreographer, and the film historian Ian Christie.

01The Boy Friend2007110620071110

Paul Gambaccini explores how stage works have been adapted for the cinema.

1/3. The Boy Friend

Sandy Wilson's classic musical was transformed by director Ken Russell into a multi-layered extravaganza. Paul meets Sandy Wilson and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, who arranged and conducted the soundtrack. Contributors include Ken Russell, Shirley Russell, Robin Baker of the British Film Institute, Twiggy and Christopher Gable.

02Gypsy2008102820081101

Paul discusses the controversial casting of Ethel Merman in the stage production with actress Angela Richards, who played Merman on stage, and talks to Patti Lu Pone, star of the current Broadway production. With contributions from writer Richard Barrios, Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents.

02South Pacific2007111320071117

The Pulitzer Prize winning musical was directed by Joshua Logan, who employed strangely atmospheric colour filters in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical numbers. The soundtrack album became a worldwide phenomenon, topping the UK album charts for over a year.

03On The Town2008110420081108

Paul looks at MGM's film of Leonard Bernstein's first musical comedy in the company of Betty Garrett, who played opposite Frank Sinatra in the screen version, film historian Dana Polan and Jude Kelly, who directed the successful English National Opera production.

03 LASTEvita2006061320060617

Paul Gambaccini is joined by the show's lyricist and librettist Tim Rice and the director Alan Parker.

A faction of Argentinians never wanted Madonna to play their much-loved heroine Eva Peron.

How they and their President were won round formed part of the protracted arrangements to bring Evita to the screen.

03 LASTOliver!2007112020071124

Lionel Bart's musical enjoyed enormous success in the 1960s with a record-breaking run of 2,618 performances. Jeffrey Richards, professor of popular culture at Lancaster University, explains why Carol Reed was the appropriate choice as director of the film. Contributors include Ron Moody, Shani Wallis, Mark Lester and Lionel Bart.

0303 LASTOn The Town20081231

Paul looks at the film version of the Bernstein musical with Betty Garrett and Dana Polan.

Paul Gambaccini explores how stage works have been adapted for the cinema.

Paul looks at MGM's film of Leonard Bernstein's first musical comedy in the company of Betty Garrett, who played opposite Frank Sinatra in the screen version, film historian Dana Polan and Jude Kelly, who directed the successful English National Opera production.