Last week, I listed the films that served as source material for 2016 Tony nominated productions. This week, we will look the opposite direction at revivals of plays that have had films based on the original play. As I did last week, I will include a grade for the film version and a link to the movie’s trailer.
Unfortunately the list is very short, because I have only seen one of these movies. That one movie will be followed by recognition of those eligible that I haven’t seen. I will plan to watch some of these soon.
Noises Off… (1992; Peter Bogdanovich) B
This backstage comedy shows all the quirks of actors that don’t always work well together. Each performer’s various eccentricities are shown in hilarious detail. Everything that can possibly go wrong in their production does, and the comic timing throughout the movie is near-perfect. Michael Frayn wrote the play that first ran on Broadway from 1983-1985. Its third Broadway production was nominated for five 2016 Tony Awards. It was up for Best Revival of a Play, Best Featured Actor in a Play (David Furr), Best Featured Actress in a Play (Megan Hilty), Best Featured Actress in a Play (Andrea Martin), and Best Costume Design of a Play (Michael Krass), although it won no awards.
The following movies are based on stage plays that had Tony nominated revivals in the 2015-16 season, though I have not yet seen any of them:
Arthur Miller’s The Crucible spawned film versions in 1957, 1967, 1980, 1996, and 2014. This season’s production marks the sixth time this show has been on Broadway. It received Tony Award nominations for Best Revival of a Play, Best Lead Actress in a Play (Sophie Okonedo), Best Featured Actor in a Play (Bill Camp), and Best Lighting Design of a Play. It won no awards.
Eugene O’Neill’s Long Days Journey into Night spawned film versions in 1962, 1982, and 1987. This season’s production marks the sixth time this show has been on Broadway. It won two Tony Awards: Best Lead Actress in a Play (Jessica Lange) and Best Lighting Design of a Play. It was also nominated for Best Revival of a Play, Best Lead Actor in a Play (Gabriel Byrne), Best Featured Actor in a Play (Michael Shannon), Best Director of a Play (Jonathan Kent), and Dest Costume Design of a Play.
Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge spawned a film version in 1962. This season’s production marks the fifth time this show has been on Broadway. It won two Tony awards: Best Revival of a Play and Best Director of a Play (Ivo van Hove). It was also nominated for Best Lead Actor in a Play (Mark Strong), Best Scenic Design of a Play, and Best Lighting Design of a Play.
Update: After publishing this post, I saw A View from the Bridge and subsequently published a review of the film on this site.