Tony Awards 2013: Stage-Movie connection ranges from Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Kinky Boots to Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (photo: Emilia Clarke, Cory Michael Smith in Breakfast at Tiffany’s)
[See previous post: "Tony Awards 2013 Nominations: Tom Hanks, Sigourney Weaver Among Potential Contenders."] Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, possibly up for a 2013 Tony Award in the Best Revival of a Play category, was made into an Academy Award-nominated movie in 1966. Mike Nichols directed Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, George Segal, and Sandy Dennis, from a screenplay by Ernest Lehman. Taylor and Dennis won Oscars as, respectively, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress. In this latest Broadway revival of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, the stars are Tracy Letts, Amy Morton, Madison Dirks and Carrie Coon.
Peter Masterson’s 1985 film version of Horton Foote’s The Trip to Bountiful, another possible Best Revival nominee, earned Geraldine Page a Best Actress Academy Award — Page’s first and only win after eight nominations. This year, Cicely Tyson, a Best Actress Oscar nominee for Martin Ritt’s Sounder (1972), is a likely Tony Award nominee for her performance in the old Geraldine Page role.
Clifford Odets’ potential Best Revival nominee Golden Boy became a 1939 movie directed by Rouben Mamoulian, and starring Barbara Stanwyck, William Holden, and Adolphe Menjou. Though based on a Fannie Hurst story previously adapted to the screen in 1920, the 1946 version of Humoresque, with Joan Crawford and John Garfield (who lost to Luther Adler the lead in the Broadway production of Golden Boy), has a number of similarities with Clifford Odets’ tale about boxing, music, and class distinctions. Not coincidentally, Odets co-wrote the Humoresque screenplay.
Tony Awards 2013: Plays featuring Oscar winners Al Pacino and Ellen Burstyn among top contenders
David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross became an all-star 1992 movie drama, earning Al Pacino a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award nomination. Others found in the prestigious James Foley-directed movie were Jack Lemmon, Alec Baldwin, Ed Harris, Alan Arkin, Kevin Spacey, and Jonathan Pryce. Pacino also starred in the 2012 Broadway revival of Glengarry Glen Ross, now cast in the old Jack Lemmon role; Bobby Cannavale brought to life on stage Pacino’s old movie character.
Other potential Best Play or Best Revival of a Play contenders include Richard Greenberg’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s, with Emilia Clarke (TV’s Game of Thrones) and Cory Michael Smith; Clifford Odets’ The Big Knife, with Bobby Cannavale (Lovelace); Henrik Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People, starring Richard Thomas (TV’s The Waltons); and William Inge’s Picnic, featuring Oscar winner Ellen Burstyn (Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore), Maggie Grace (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2), Sebastian Stan (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), and Oscar nominee Mare Winningham (Georgia).
Hollywood-to-Broadway (and/or vice-versa) connections: Audrey Hepburn was a Best Actress Academy Award nominee for Blake Edwards’ Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961). The Big Knife, which has a Hollywood setting, was made into a movie in 1955, directed by Robert Aldrich, and starring Jack Palance, Rod Steiger, Ida Lupino, and Shelley Winters. The George Schaefer-directed film version of An Enemy of the People became a little-seen star vehicle for Steve McQueen in 1978. Directed by Joshua Logan, Picnic (1955) was both a major box office hit and a Best Picture Academy Award nominee; William Holden, Kim Novak, Rosalind Russell, and Cliff Robertson starred.
Tony Awards 2013: Potential Best Musical contenders include Kinky Boots, Bring It On, Annie revival
A couple of potential Best Musical Tony Award 2013 nominees have had previous incarnations as movies: Julian Jarrold’s Kinky Boots (2005) and Peyton Reed’s Bring It On (2000). The former starred Chiwetel Ejiofor as a transvestite who helps to save Joel Edgerton’s failing shoe factory, while the latter featured Kirsten Dunst taking part in a cheerleading competition.
Charles Strouse, Martin Charnin, and Thomas Meehan’s Annie is a possible Best Musical Revival nominee. A 1982 film version directed by veteran John Huston (The Maltese Falcon, Key Largo, The African Queen) starred Aileen Quinn, Albert Finney and Carol Burnett. An announced remake is to feature Beasts of the Southern Wild’s Quvenzhané Wallis.
Cinderella, another possible Best Revival of a Musical Tony Award nominee, has had several movie versions in various forms, most notably Disney’s 1950 animated feature. Based on Charles Dickens’ unfinished novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood was turned into a movie in 1935, directed by Stuart Walker, and starring Claude Rains and David Manners as Drood.
Needless to say, possible Best Revival of a Musical Tony nominee Jekyll and Hyde has had countless (non-musical) screen versions — mostly as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Chiefly notable among those are the features starring John Barrymore (1920), Oscar winner Fredric March (1931), and Spencer Tracy (1941). For the record, the unlucky women in the aforementioned movies were, respectively, Martha Mansfield and Nita Naldi, Rose Hobart and Miriam Hopkins, and Lana Turner and Ingrid Bergman. Also respectively, John S. Robertson, Rouben Mamoulian, and Victor Fleming directed.
Tomorrow morning, Sutton Foster and Jesse Tyler Ferguson will announce the nominations for the 2013 Tony Awards. The Tony Awards ceremony will be held on June 9.
Emilia Clarke, Cory Michael Smith in Breakfast at Tiffany’s photo via tonyawards.com.