Spielberg, Oprah Bringing 'Color Purple' to Big Screen

First, it was a book. Then a hit movie. Then it became a Broadway musical. And now, the musical version is going to be adapted for film. Oprah Winfrey, Quincy Jones and Scott Sanders, who produced the Tony-winning Broadway version, will produce the big-screen musical.

In the boffo Broadway-bound 'Tootsie,' Dorothy sings

If you want a hit show, you have to provide an early moment when an audience — content that its hard-earned cash was not spent in vain — is sufficiently impressed that it relaxes, thus opening its collective heart to what is to come, even if that requires a forgiving spirit. Fontana earns that crucial moment for “Tootsie” not just by otherworldly control of the larynx but through stellar, old-fashioned comedic acting, demonstrably rooted in the pain and truth of his out-of-work Michael. By the time he is done, I’ll wager this will go down as a truly great Broadway performance.

Broadway Veteran Scott Sanders Tapped to Produce Mall Entertainment

An international retail giant is poaching some razzle-dazzle from Broadway.  Westfield Corp., the Australian shopping-center company with 35 malls including lower Manhattan’s Westfield World Trade Center, has tapped Broadway producer Scott Sanders to lead its entertainment offerings.

Lin-Manuel Miranda's In The Heights movie in development

It’s not going to be quiet uptown when Hollywood moves into Washington Heights. The Weinstein Co. and Scott Sanders Productions is developing a cinematic adaptation of Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda’s breakout musical In The Heights, according to the man himself.

How to Keep a Musical Great: Call Heather Headley and Marin Mazzie - NY Times

One of the great privileges of steady theatergoing is that you get to keep falling in love again. You’ll cautiously revisit a show you once lost your heart to, thinking it can’t possibly be as intoxicating as it was the first time around, especially if there have been cast changes.

But then you discover that lightning really can strike twice — or thrice, or more — in the same place. And you wake up the next day, happy and lightheaded, thinking you just might rejoin the ticket queue that afternoon.