Conference Programme

Day 1 – 14 May

1.00 – 2.00pm: Registration

2.00 – 3.30: Negotiating the Stage-Screen relationship
Robert Gordon (Goldsmith’s): “Giving voice to Sally Bowles: Cabaret on screen and stage”
Megan Woller (Illinois): “A Humane, Practical, and Beautiful Solution: Feminism and Polyandry in Paint Your Wagon (1969)”
Ian Sapiro (Leeds): “You will know that she is our baby’: The Impact of Film Adaptations of Annie on Interpretation and Production of the Musical

3.30 – 4.00: Tea & Coffee

4.00 – 5.00: Keynote
Geoffrey Block (Distinguished Professor of Music, University of Puget Sound): “Refashioning Roberta into (Perhaps) the First, and Thankfully Not the Last,   Successful Adaptation from Stage to Screen”

5.00 – 6.00: Reception & exhibition launch

6.00: Optional Screening of Roberta (1935)
Showroom Cinema

8pm: Conference dinner (Ego Sheffield) For more information, please click here.


Day 2 – 15 May

9.00-10.30am: Shifting Texts
Pierre-Olivier Toulza (Université Paris Diderot): “Challenging the integrated film musical : Broadway showstoppers in Hollywood musicals of the 1950s”
Richard J. Allen (Texas Christian): “Is this the right material, girl? How Madonna makes us like Eva, but not necessarily Evita
Olaf Jubin (Regents College): “When Pop Icon met Political Icon: the Film Version of Evita

10.30-11.00: Coffee

11-12.30: Early Translations
John Graziano (CUNY): “Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, and Giacomo Meyerbeer meet Rio Rita, or: What’s In a Name?”
Jonas Westover (CUNY): “Upping the Ante: Translating the Revue from Stage to Screen”
Paul Christman (Oklahoma): “First Steps: Martin and Blane’s Broadway and Hollywood Writing Debut”

12.30-1.30pm: Buffet lunch (provided)

1.30-3.00: Sources of Adaptation
Cliff Eisen (King’s College London): “Cole Porter’s ‘list’ songs on stage and screen”
Dean Adams (UNCC): The Producers: From Film to Broadway Stage and Back Again”
Danielle Birkett (Sheffield): “The aborted cartoon version of Finian’s Rainbow

3.00-3.30: Coffee

3.30-4.30: Student Papers (1)
Michael Hetra (Iowa): “Musical Theatre with Restraint: The Film and Stage Versions of Once
Elizabeth Sallinger (University of Kansas): “From Oz to Times Square: The Wiz Moves from Stage to Screen”

6pm: Optional screening of the new digital restoration of Funny Girl (1968) with an introduction by Jeffrey Magee
Showroom cinema

Day 3 – 16 May

9.30-10.30am: Adaptation and Gender
Sarah Browne (University of Winchester): “’What a Piece of Work is Man': Negation of the feminine in the stage to screen adaptation of Hair
Julianne Lindberg (California): “Chez Joey: Post-War Masculinities and the femme fatale”

10.30-11: Tea/Coffee (provided)

11-12.30: Audiences and Reception
Marie Bennett (Keele): “Is cult a result? Rocky Horror and the question of fandom”
Andrew Buchman (Evergreen State College): “Fidelity vs. Freedom in Milos Forman’s 1979 film version of Hair
Marguerite Chabrol (Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense): “What’s left of the Broadway spirit: reminiscences of the legitimate stage in backstage film musicals”

12.30-1.30: Buffet lunch (provided)

1.30-2.30pm: Student papers (2)
Hannah Robbins (Sheffield): “‘Always True In My Fashion’: Adapting Kiss Me, Kate for the screen”
Catherine Crone (UNC): “‘It’s Over Now, the Music of the Night’: Taking The Music out of Phantom Of the Opera
Alex Gootter (Evergreen State College): “Jump Cuts and Real‐takes in Spike Lee’s Passing Strange (2009)”

2.30-3.00: Coffee

3.004.00: Adapting Broadway, Adapting New York
Allison Robbins (Missouri): “Songwriting in the Studios: Rescoring Broadway in 1930s Hollywood”
Martha Shearer (KCL): “The party’s over: Guys and Dolls, Bells Are Ringing and the problem of adapting postwar New York”

4-4.30: Response to the conference: Stephen Banfield

5.00-6.00: Book launch: A discussion between Dominic McHugh (Loverly: The Life and Times of My Fair Lady) and Jeffrey Magee (Irving Berlin’s American Musical Theater) to launch the paperback versions of their books, led by Geoffrey Block (location to be confirmed)

6pm: Optional screening of Show Boat (1936) with introduction by Stephen Banfield.
Showroom Cinema

Conference delegates may also wish to stay for the weekend’s screenings of The Band Wagon (17 May, 2pm), Les Miserables (17 May, 4.30pm), On the Town (18 May, 2pm) and Dreamgirls (18 May, 4.45).