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The thing about historical novels is that above all else, they must stand as good fiction. If not, the reader's supposed trip back into the past isn't worth the time or the token. The writer must give the feel and flow of the time in question in a manner that seems natural; characters on a street corner shouldn't remark to themselves about all of these 1922 motor cars rolling past, nor Roman legionaries point out that an axe is bronze when it should be steel.
Andy Karl stars in the musical adaptation of<em> Rocky, </em>the story of an underdog boxer who gets a shot at the world championship. "You have to honor, I think, the integrity of what the original film is, but not be constrained by it," says <em>Rocky</em> producer Bill Taylor.
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Robert James Waller published the novel<em> The Bridges of Madison County </em>in 1992. It was made into a film in 1995 and has now been adapted for the stage. It's the story of a four-day love affair between an Italian-born Iowa housewife and a<em> National Geographic</em> photographer.
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Disney hit it big on Broadway with <em>The Lion King, </em>but <em>The Little Mermaid</em> and <em>Tarzan</em> didn't fare quite so well.<em> Aladdin -- </em>the Arabian Nights story of a young street urchin, a princess and a big blue genie — is Disney's latest adaptation attempt.
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<em><em>Bullets over Broadway</em> </em>is Woody Allen's farce about gangsters and theater people. Allen's sister, Letty Aronson, produced the stage version. "He didn't want to do it himself, but he hates to turn it over to someone," she says.
Producer Bill Taylor says even the show's creators didn't buy the idea at first. "If you speak to all of the authors and all of the creative team, their instinctive reaction, when first hearing about Rocky becoming a musical, ranges from incredulity to plain crazy," he says.