“Chariots Of Fire” Is Not A Musical

An alert reader has informed me that I was wrong in yesterday’s LW post to say that “Chariots of Fire,” the 1981 Oscar-winning film about two runners at the 1924 Olympics, was being turned into a musical for the London stage. It’s not a musical; it’s a stage adaptation featuring music from Vangelis’ Oscar-winning score. I have to profess disappointment: I’d rather a new version that took me further from the movie than one that stuck more literally to it. I feel similarly with the current version of “The King’s Speech” on stage in London. If it’s too close to the movie, what’s the point?

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