On­stage or on-screen pre­miere?

The Washington Post Sunday - - THIS WEEK - BY ROGER CATLIN style@wash­post.com Catlin is a free­lance writer. Once Tues­day through Aug. 16 at the Kennedy Cen­ter, 2700 F St. NW. Tick­ets: $65-$160. Call 202-4674600 or visit www.kennedy-cen­ter.org.

The mu­si­cal ver­sion of “Once,” the tale of a Dublin street mu­si­cian whose en­counter with a young woman

changes his life, lands at the Kennedy Cen­ter on Tues­day for a nearly sixweek run. The mu­si­cal has earned praise from crit­ics and au­di­ences alike: The show won eight Tonys, in­clud­ing best mu­si­cal, in its ini­tial 2012 Broad­way run, and its sound­track won a Grammy in 2013 for best mu­si­cal theater al­bum. It al­most makes you for­get that “Once” had its start in 2007 as a small­bud­get, sleeper hit film, with the song “Fall­ing Slowly” win­ning an Os­car for best

song in 2008. As Broad­way and movie mu­si­cals be­come more in­ter­change­able, it can be dif­fi­cult to re­mem­ber the ori­gin of even the most pop­u­lar pro­duc­tions: Did they start on­stage or on­screen? Test your mem­ory here in

a quiz that dodges the en­tire cot­tage in­dus­try of Dis­ney an­i­mated fea­ture turned Broad­way mu­si­cal.

1. “On the Town” 2. “Grease” 3. “White Christ­mas” 4. “Bye Bye Birdie” 5. “The Wiz­ard of Oz” 6. “Mary Pop­pins” 7. “Dirty Danc­ing” 8. “42nd Street” 9. “Sin­gin’ in the Rain” 10. “Chicago” 11. “Hair­spray” 12. “An Amer­i­can in Paris” 13. “Gigi” 14. “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” 15. “Newsies”


1. Stage. “On the Town” de­buted on Broad­way in 1944 and was made into a pop­u­lar movie in 1949. Its latest Broad­way re­vival was in 2014. 2. Stage. The 1971 orig­i­nal “Grease” on Broad­way was al­tered to be­come the hit movie mu­si­cal in 1978. 3. Screen. The clas­sic 1954 movie mu­si­cal “White Christ­mas” was the ba­sis of a stage mu­si­cal that toured in 2004 and played on Broad­way in 2008. 4. Stage. The Tony-win­ning 1960 Broad­way mu­si­cal “Bye Bye Birdie” was the ba­sis for the 1963 film. 5. Screen. There were sev­eral stage pro­duc­tions of “The Wiz­ard of Oz” story be­fore the 1939 film clas­sic, but that movie was the ba­sis of most sub­se­quent stage mu­si­cals, in­clud­ing one in 2011 with new ma­te­rial by Tim Rice and An­drew Lloyd Web­ber. 6. Screen. The live-ac­tion 1964 mu­si­cal film “Mary Pop­pins” was turned into a stage mu­si­cal in Lon­don’s West End in 2004; the show hit Broad­way in 2006. 7. Screen. The hit movie “Dirty Danc­ing” was adapted into some­thing called “Dirty Danc­ing: The Clas­sic Story on Stage” in 2004, play­ing the Na­tional Theatre lo­cally in 2014. 8. Screen. Busby Berke­ley’s dizzy­ing 1933 film “42nd Street” was adapted into a 1980 stage mu­si­cal that had its out-of-town try­out at the Kennedy Cen­ter. 9. Screen. The 1952 mu­si­cal film “Sin­gin’ in the Rain” was turned into a 1983West End mu­si­cal that came to Broad­way in 1985. 10. Stage. Based on a 1926 play, the John Kan­der and Fred Ebb mu­si­cal “Chicago” opened on Broad­way in 1975 and was an Os­car-win­ning film in 2002. 11. Screen. “Hair­spray” was a 1988 John Wa­ters film be­fore head­ing to Broad­way in 2002 and then back to the screen in 2007. 12. Screen. The 1951 Gene Kelly film “An Amer­i­can in Paris” didn’t make it to the stage un­til 2008. A new Broad­way adap­ta­tion, di­rected by Christo­pher Wheel­don, won a Tony for best mu­si­cal this year. 13. Screen. The 1958 Lerner and Loewe mu­si­cal film “Gigi” had its de­but on­stage this year at the Kennedy Cen­ter be­fore head­ing to Broad­way. 14. Screen. The 1968 mu­si­cal film “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” was adapted into a 2002West End pro­duc­tion; it came to Broad­way in 2005. 15. Screen. Some­what of a fail­ure when it was first re­leased as a mu­si­cal film in 1992, “Newsies” was re­vived in a 2012 Broad­way mu­si­cal that stopped at the Na­tional Theater last month on its na­tional tour.


The cast of ‘Once,’ com­ing to the Kennedy Cen­ter.

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