Wicked And Spring Awakening Stride To The Big Screen
Two popular multiple Tony Award-winning Broadway musicals come closer to getting film adaptations
Stephen Schwartz, composer of Wicked (which is based on Gregory Maguire's novel) told Vulture that work has started on his Wizard of Oz prequel, although he doesn't know how long it will be before it will be seen in cinemas.
"[We can] really look at it again and say 'Oh, we can do this, and we've always wanted to do that and we couldn't onstage, but we can in a movie'," said the 66-year-old who also wrote lyrics for Disney classics Pocahontas and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
As for Frank Wedekind's play turned rock musical Spring Awakening by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater, there is already a new song ready for the film, as well as a possible 2014 production kick off date.
While we may not have the pleasure of seeing the original cast of either musicals (Idina Menzel and Kristen Chenoweth for Wicked; Lea Michele and Frozen's Jonathan Groff for Spring Awakening) reprising their roles in the films, word of more musical films in the works itself makes for good news.
Clearly, Broadway musicals are becoming less and less out of reach to the film audience majority, what with Stephen Sondheim's Into The Woods already set for its big screen debut this Christmas.