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Welcome to the website for the Stagestruck! Broadway meets Hollywood Festival. Set to take place in Sheffield in May 2014, the festival brings together seven film screenings, an academic conference, an exhibition, a series of talks and several live performances. The focus of the festival is on the fascinating but often problematic process of adapting Broadway musicals for the big screen, ranging from Gene Kelly’s movie version of On the Town to Cameron Mackintosh’s landmark 2012 film production of his stage hit Les Misérables.

I’m delighted that these films will be screened at the Showroom Cinema as part of the festival, along with other favourites such as The Band Wagon, Funny Girl and Dreamgirls and lesser-known films such as Fred and Ginger’s Roberta and the 1936 version of Show Boat. The screenings will be introduced by a mixture of academics and celebrities to be announced soon, along with concert performances of a rarely-revived Broadway musical.

It’s especially exciting that the festival will include a three-day academic conference, entitled Restaging the Song: Adapting Broadway for the Silver Screen. We’re honoured that Professor Geoffrey Block, author of numerous important books on musicals, will be the keynote speaker for the event, while the other distinguished scholars to Sheffield to enrich the intellectual discourse of the festival include Jeffrey Magee, Stephen Banfield, Cliff Eisen, John Graziano and Robert Gordon. The programme for the conference is available here.

Also of note is a week-long exhibition that will run at the Workstation in Sheffield in tandem with the conference and festival. On display will be a range of posters and other memorabilia about the adaptation of stage musicals into film.

Stagestruck! is presented by The University of Sheffield, is affiliated to the Sheffield Centre for Research in Film and is generously funded by The University of Sheffield’s Arts Enterprise scheme.

Please check back soon for more updates!

Dr. Dominic McHugh Artistic Director, Stagestruck! Festival

Conference Dinner

Conference Dinner

Join us on the 14th May for our conference dinner at Ego Mediterranean restaurant. The meal will be after the screening of Roberta at 8:15pm and is optional for conference delegates. There will be a set menu (see below), which will be £24.95 each. This includes a 3 course meal with a glass of champagne (a
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Tickets Now On Sale

Tickets Now On Sale

Tickets for the screenings are now on sale! Buy them now to avoid disappointment. Available from the Showroom.

Three Studentships Available

Three Studentships Available

We are pleased to announce that thanks to the RMA Proceedings Committee there will be three studentships available for the ‘Restaging the Song’ conference. Each studentship will consist of £100 bursary towards attendance of the conference. The successful applications will be announced in due course.

Stagestruck! An exhibition of posters at the Workstation

Stagestruck! An exhibition of posters at the Workstation

To accompany the main programme of films, Stagestruck! will include an exhibition of posters, photos and other items. The exhibition will illustrate the Broadway-to-Hollywood theme of the festival with images that juxtapose the stage and screen incarnations of various musicals. Of particular interest is a large number of items related to the promotion of the
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Restaging the Song: Conference Programme announced

Restaging the Song: Conference Programme announced

We are delighted to be able to announce the full programme events for the Restaging the Song conference that runs alongside the festival on 14-16 May. Thirty speakers from the UK, mainland Europe and the USA will be meeting to discuss issues surrounding the adaptation of stage musicals into films. The range of topics under discussion include
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Book launches: Jeffrey Magee and Dominic McHugh celebrate new releases

Book launches: Jeffrey Magee and Dominic McHugh celebrate new releases

We’re delighted to announce that as part of the Stagestruck! festival, we’ll be celebrating the launch of two books. On Friday 16 May, Jeffrey Magee and Dominic McHugh will be joined by Geoffrey Block to discuss the release of the paperback versions of their books for Oxford University Press’s Broadway Legacies series. Professor Magee’s Irving Berlin’s Musical Theater comes to paperback
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Speakers Confirmed for Film Screenings

Speakers Confirmed for Film Screenings

4 April 2014 | We’re delighted to be able to announce that several of the movies featured in the festival will be introduced by leading scholars in the field. On 15 May, we will be joined by Jeffrey Magee, Professor of Music and Theatre at Illinois University, who will introduce the screening of Funny Girl.
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Call for Papers – Restaging the Song: Adapting Broadway for the Silver Screen

Call for Papers – Restaging the Song: Adapting Broadway for the Silver Screen

Restaging the Song: Adapting Broadway for the Silver Screen The University of Sheffield, 14-16 May 2014 The release of Cameron Mackintosh’s screen production of Les Misérables into cinemas in December 2012 reopened an age-old debate: how do you adapt Broadway musicals for the big screen? The urge to capitalise on the commercial triumph of material that was
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