“You should not confine yourself to the parameters that society, traditional society places upon you because sometimes, those parameters restrict your creativity, your innovativeness and your ability to do as much as you can do. So be bold, unafraid, don’t be afraid. Don’t feel like you have to act in trepidation.”
Between 'Amelie,' and 'Anastasia,' 'Waitress' and 'School of Rock,' there’s been a recent glut of musicals on Broadway adapted from well-loved films. While taking your story from a movie that already exists, especially one with a pre-existing fan base may seem like a shortcut, it presents unique challenges for the people trying to bring it to stage: how can you change the tone of the movie enough so that the musical feels fresh (and the songs seem natural) but not so much that you lose whatever made the film a classic? How do you surprise the audience while still giving them their favorite moments?