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Fri November 20, 2009
The Rep's Artistic Director, Eric Rosen, on Turning a Movie into a Musical
Up to Date's Steve Kraske talks with Eric Rosen, director of "A Christmas Story, The Musical"
By Up to Date, Nov 20, 2009
What would Christmas be without the story of a bespectacled boy, a pink bunny suit, and a mannequin leg shaped lamp? The popular movie "A Christmas Story" has been adapted for the stage, and this time it includes singing and dancing. But how do you turn a movie into a musical?
Steve Kraske talks with Eric Rosen, director of "A Christmas Story, The Musical" about the process of adapting the movie and book into the Kansas City Rep's Pre-Broadway World Premiere. Screenwriter and film professor Mitch Brian also chimes in about the trend to adapt popular films for stage.
Eric Rosen, KC Rep's new Artistic Director, is a nationally recognized playwright, director and dramaturg with a passion for new work. Rep patrons will know the caliber of his work from the Rep's critically acclaimed productions of "Metamorphoses" and "The Trip to Bountiful." Rosen has fostered invigorating new projects from some of the country's top theatre artists whose works have brought new life to the American stage, including Emily Mann, Mary Zimmerman, Moises Kaufman, Doug Wright, Stephen Flaherty, Frank Galati and Gary Griffin. Rosen earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in performance studies from Northwestern University.