Even though musicals make their name on stage actors, the screen adaptation usually discards those actors for faces that are recognizable beyond Broadway. It makes the movie easier to sell, the screen actor gets credit for the singing, dancing, and acting the stage actor does on a regular basis, and the stage actor moves on to the next stage musical production.
But according to Deadline, it looks like Clint Eastwood is going to bring those stage actors to the screen when it comes to the director’s adaptation of the Broadway hit, Jersey Boys. The film is based on the smash hit musical and tells the story of The Four Seasons, chronicling the group’s rise in the 1960s with such hits as “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Walk Like a Man.” Bringing on actors who have performed Jersey Boys on stage is nice, but it also fits with Eastwood’s primary prerogative: bring films in on time and under budget. Stage actors will be cheaper, and they won’t have to go through the rigorous process of learning the songs and choreography.