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date: 31 October 2020

(p. xi) Acknowledgements

(p. xi) Acknowledgements

The initial inspiration for this volume came from a conference I convened at the University of Sheffield in May 2014. Titled Restaging the Song: Adapting Broadway for the Silver Screen, it brought together scholars from a range of disciplines to discuss stage-to-screen adaptations across the decades and ran alongside an exhibition and film festival at the Workstation and Showroom at Sheffield. I am grateful to all the presenters at the conference for their support, to Hannah Robbins and Danielle Birkett (then PhD students of mine) for their help in organising the conference, to Amy Ryall for her support in organising funding for the festival and exhibition through the University’s Arts Enterprise scheme, and in particular to my fellow conference committee members, Stephen Banfield (who also acted as respondent to the conference), Geoffrey Block (keynote), and Jeffrey Magee, for their unswerving help and enthusiasm. The conference was especially important to me as it initiated a particularly close and important friendship between Geoffrey and me, and he has been incredibly helpful in reading and commenting on drafts of my material in this book.

I am also grateful to all the contributors to this volume, which—like many a film musical—has been several years in the making. As always, I cannot begin to thank Norm Hirschy at Oxford University Press nearly enough for his incredible patience and support: it is difficult to imagine scholarship on musicals existing without his energy and enthusiasm in the background. Thanks also to Lauralee Yeary at Oxford, to the copyeditor, and to the team at SPi for seeing the volume through to completion. Special thanks are due to Cliff Eisen, who has been a wonderful mentor throughout my career and is now a very special friend.

As ever, my family and numerous friends are almost the only reason I managed to bring this volume to fruition, especially my partner Lawrence Broomfield, my parents Gilly and Larry McHugh, and my friend Richard Tay. This volume is dedicated to the memory of my aunt Linda Riley, who died suddenly and unexpectedly in May 2015, leaving a gap in our family that will never be filled. She was a great fan of film musicals and I’m proud to leave behind this memorial to her.

Dominic McHugh

Sheffield, 2018