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Weinstein films: screen to stage?

June 21, 2008|Mike Boehm

To be the male producer of a Tony-winning play or musical is to wear a penguin suit to a cattle call, as the dozens of folks who typically finance a show gather onstage while only the very top dogs wave the medallion and kvell into the microphone.

Variety reports that after eight years in the herd -- including stage-visiting rights at Radio City Music Hall during last Sunday's Tonys as a minority producer of "August: Osage County" and "Boeing-Boeing," winners for best play and play revival -- Harvey Weinstein and the Weinstein Co. aim to move up in the Broadway pecking order.

"It's time for us to really take the lead" by turning some of the company's film properties into stage musicals, Weinstein told Variety.

The most immediate prospects mentioned are the 2004 movie "Finding Neverland," about "Peter Pan" author J.M. Barrie, and Pink Floyd's "The Wall," which would seek to hopscotch in the footsteps of the Who's "Tommy" from vinyl classic to over-the-top film to stage musical.

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-- Mike Boehm

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