Festival of Film Musicals in Association with Showroom
From 14-18 May 2014, Dominic McHugh of the Department of Music will curate a festival of seven film musicals at the Showroom Cinema, thanks to a grant from Arts Enterprise. Each film will be introduced by a world expert on the subject, several of whom are travelling all the way from America to talk to Sheffield audiences.
The movies are all film adaptations of stage musicals and include well-known favourites, such as Gene Kelly’s On the Town and the recent Les Miserables. Connoisseurs will be particularly excited by the inclusion of rarities such as Roberta – one of the lesser-known Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers films, and the seldom-seen early version of Show Boat (1936).
Other highlights include a new digital restoration of the Barbra Streisand movie Funny Girl and the Motown-inspired Dreamgirls.
Running alongside the screenings is a free exhibition of film posters and memorabilia in the Showroom Workstation exhibition space, representing seventy years of movie musicals, as well as three book launches. Dr McHugh has also convened a major conference on the topic of Broadway to Hollywood adaptations at the Workstation, running from 14-16 May. The conference is called Restaging the Song, and will feature scholars from America, France and the UK.
“We’re incredibly fortunate to have access to Arts Enterprise funding in order to enrich our level of public engagement,” Dominic commented. “To be able to bring this varied programme of movies, talks and exhibition to Sheffield helps us to take our research beyond the walls of academia to new audiences. It helps them to connect with what we do, as well as allowing them to join us as we explore why musicals continue to resonate with different cultures across the world.”
A full programme of events can be found at the Stagestruck! Festival website, and tickets for the screenings can be booked directly with the Showroom. The exhibition runs from 12-16 May 2014 at the Workstation, and attendance is free.
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