RE: [Videolib] videography of dramatic performances

Bergman, Barbara J (barbara.bergman@mnsu.edu)
Mon, 29 Jan 2007 10:44:54 -0600

I'm not sure if it includes the important information of whether or not
performances are available on video, but this book should be useful.

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American Plays and Musicals on Screen
650 Stage Productions and Their Film and Television Adaptations
Thomas S. Hischak

ISBN 0-7864-2003-0
bibliography, indexes
351pp. hardcover (7 x 10) 2005
$55

Description
As the popularity of film grew and audiences demanded longer stories,
Hollywood began borrowing plots as well as actors and directors from
Broadway-some of these play-to-films were triumphs and others were
inexplicable duds. This reference work is an annotated guide to American
stage productions remade for film and television, with works ranging
from late 19th-century American plays and musicals, through silent and
sound films, to made-for-video productions by PBS, A&E, HBO, and others.

Each alphabetically listed entry provides complete credits for the play
or musical: date, theatre, playwright, cast (with characters) and crew,
length of run, along with choreographer, song titles, and authors of the
score where available. The screen versions follow, listing alternate
titles, date, studio, screenwriter, cast (with characters), director,
and producer. Each entry concludes with detailed commentary on the
productions; it describes what changes occurred between the formats,
determines the strengths and weaknesses of each, judges the success of
the transition, and describes how the end product was received. A
bibliography and name and title indexes complete this cross-referenced
work.

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Barb Bergman | Media Services Librarian | Minnesota State
University-Mankato | (507) 389-5945 | barbara.bergman@mnsu.edu

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