Adaptation is an adaptation is an adaptation.
Many of the Bard's best have been turned into movies. A search for 'William Shakespeare' on the internet movie database produces 403 results, ranging back to 1899. So, one of the most prolific writers of the 20th century never lived to see the better part of the 17th century! But even more mind-boggling is that even film adaptations of his work are being adapted back into stage plays.
Return to the Forbidden Planet, which has been produced all over this 'distracted globe,' is currently playing at Bohemia's Airport Playhouse, ending its scheduled run Sept. 3. The sci-fi production opened Aug. 11 at the Long Island, NY venue.
Return is based on the 1956 film "Forbidden Planet," starring a then-dramatic actor Leslie Nielsen, which was in turn was based on The Tempest (The film does not credit Shakespeare, however.) Written by Bob Carlton, the musical contains popular songs from the '50s and '60s including "Great Balls of Fire," "Good Vibrations," and "Monster Mash."
The space odyssey with mad scientists, monster aliens, a secret formula, and a shipwrecked spacecraft set on a hostile planet beat out Miss Saigon for the 1990 Olivier Award for Best Musical in London. The play also received two nominations for Outer Critics Circle Awards in New York. Chris Dufrenoy directs this Long Island production. To board the Airport's journey to The Forbidden Planet call the box office, 218 Knickerbocker Avenue in Bohemia, NY at (631) 589-7588. Tickets are $16-18. For more information on this and future productions at the Airport, visit their site at www.airportplayhouse.com.
-- by Ernio Hernandez