Broadway Shows to Play in Movie Theaters

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LONDON – NYC and London-based Supervision Media and New York's Broadway Worldwide have signed an exclusive multi-year licensing arrangement to bring four hit Broadway musicals to cinema screens across the globe.

The deal covers the 2010 Tony Award winning Best Musical "Memphis," currently playing on Broadway, the recorded live-in-performance Direct From Broadway, "Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical" starring David Hasselhoff.

Stephen Sondheim's "Putting It Together," billed as a musical "review" starring Carol Burnett, and Broadway's longest running musical revue and Grammy Award winner, "Smokey Joe's Cafe: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller."

The quartet will be available to audiences worldwide as they hit cinema screens on every continent, the duo said.

The aim is for "Memphis" to hit movie screens across the U.K. and Ireland on Nov. 24 with South Africa, Hong Kong and several major European territories to open before the end of the year.

Latin America, Australia and New Zealand will then follow in March 2012.

"Smokey Joe," "Jekyll" and "Putting It Together" will launch across Europe in January, February and March of next year respectively with the rest of the world following from April 2012.

"Memphis" is an original story about the cultural revolution that erupted when the vision of a young white DJ met the voice of an electrifying black singer and the music changed forever.

"Hyde" sees Hasselhoff make his Broadway debut in the dual title role of an re-working of the classic tale of good and evil.

From producer Cameron Mackintosh, "Together" is Sondheim's humorous, poignant and sophisticated musical "review" of material taken from a number of his original musicals.

"Smokey Joe" features the cast performing 40 songs of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.

The Hollywood Reporter