MAE WEST as Norma Desmond? She was first choice for "Sunset Boulevard." "Sound of Music," the movie? Due to lack of interest, it nearly didn't happen.
So just what does it take to adapt a film for the stage, or vice versa? Creativity, vision, determination, serendipity -- and often a bit of arm-twisting and Machiavellian scheming.
In her book, "A Fine Romance" (Watson-Guptill Publications), Darcie Denkert, an entertainment attorney, president of MGM On Stage and longtime Hollywood and Broadway insider, offers intimate, behind-the-scenes tales about how such iconic movie and stage musicals as "Sunset Boulevard," "My Fair Lady," "Cabaret" and "Gypsy" were adapted.
A combination of dish and detailed research, this glossy 352-page book is peppered with quotes and reminiscences from a stage and screen who's who: Carol Channing, Angela Lansbury, the late Jerry Orbach and Robert Wise, Jerry Herman, Hal Prince, Arthur Laurents and a host of other actors, writers, composers, lyricists, choreographers, designers, directors and producers.