CfP: Restaging the Song (University of Sheffield)

Call for Papers
Restaging the Song: Adapting Broadway for the Silver Screen
14-16 May, 2014 – University of Sheffield
CFP Deadline: 10 Sep 2013

A conference addressing the issues of adapting stage musicals for the film medium will take place at the University of Sheffield, 14-16 May, 2014. Cameron Mackintosh’s screen production of Les Miserables in 2012 reopened an age-old debate: how do you adapt Broadway musicals for the big screen? Changes of text, star, technology and audience can unsettle the apparent stability of a Broadway hit and this conference aims to deal head on with this discomfort/instability. Film scholars, musicologists, practitioners, historians and sociologists are encouraged to participate in this interdisciplinary conference. The keynote speech will be given by Professor Geoffrey Block (author of „Enchanted Evenings“), and the conference respondent will be Professor Stephen Banfield (author of „Sondheim’s Broadway Musicals“).

Innovative presentation formats are strongly favoured. We would like to encourage panels in which scholars and practitioners from a variety of backgrounds will have the opportunity to discuss ideas including (but not limited to) the following:

  • The impact of changing star performers between stage and screen
  • Problems of condensing or retaining material for the screen
  • Ideas of authenticity and faithfulness in reproducing stage shows on the screen
  • Archival evidence illustrating the adaptation process
  • Analytical comparisons of parts of the stage and screen versions of a musical
  • Sociological discussions regarding changes of audience resulting in screen adaptation (e.g. from New York to a global audience)

The Restaging the Song conference is part of The University of Sheffield’s Stagestruck! Broadway Meets Hollywood festival, 14-18 May, 2014.

Committee: Dominic McHugh (Chair), Stephen Banfield, Geoffrey Block, Jeffrey Magee.

For more information and to submit your abstract, please visit
For queries, please contact conference convenor Dominic McHugh at d.mchugh at

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