The 2003 musical film "Camp," the movie based on real-life experiences at famed theatre camp Stagedoor Manor that became a cult classic, will be screened at 54 Below Oct. 4 in celebration of its tenth anniversary. Todd Graff, the film's writer and director, picks show tunes that influenced his childhood as part of Playbill.com's Playbill Playlist.
"The movie, about a summer camp based on Stagedoor Manor for the performing arts, has become iconic among theatre aficionados. 'Camp' is filled with teen angst, references to Stephen Sondheim, and excellent performances of songs from musicals including Company; Promises Promises; The Gospel at Colonus; Follies; and Dreamgirls," according to 54 Below.
Graff will offer a pre-screening talkback with Tony Award winner Lynn Ahrens (Ragtime, Rocky), who contributed lyrics for several songs featured in the film.
In anticipation of the "Camp" reunion — featuring the film about a handful of angst-ridden teenagers who spend their summer competing for lead roles at a prestigious theatre camp — Playbill.com asked Graff to pick show tunes that influences his childhood and tell us why they made his list.