Shows Go from Broadway to Big Screen, Back Again

Rosario Dawson, as Mimi, is one of the most familiar faces in the film's vast cast i i

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Rosario Dawson, as Mimi, is one of the most familiar faces in the film's vast cast

Rosario Dawson, as Mimi, is one of the most familiar faces in the film's vast cast.

Sony Pictures

A film version of the Broadway musical Rent is now singing and dancing at your local cineplex — soon to be joined by The Producers. Both are following in the footsteps of Chicago, another successful Broadway show that made its way to the silver screen.

Meanwhile, a stage musical based on the movie The Color Purple has just arrived on Broadway, soon to be joined by Tarzan.

Cross-pollination between stage and screen isn't new. But critic Bob Mondello says it's becoming more common — and more profitable.

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