Robert Ward takes on musical trio

Stage adaptations slate includes 'Wild One'

Oz industry vet Robert Ward is exec producing film versions of three stage musicals for distribution in Australia and abroad, beginning with “Shout! The Legend of the Wild One.”

Tuner just wrapped a three-month run at Melbourne’s Entertainment Center and at Sydney’s Lyric Theater. Colleen Hewett and Glenn Shorrock starred, directed by Opera Australia’s Stuart Maunder.

Ward’s shingle, Filmways Digital, will preem a high-def version of “Shout!,” edited from recordings made over two perfs, on May 15, initially in 40 mostly regional and outer suburban cinemas.

“It’s interesting for people in regional areas,” Ward said, because they can’t see the show without traveling vast distances and at significant cost.

The theatrical ticket price of A$25 ($22) is about double the cost of regular movie tickets for the two-hour, 40-minute show that will include an intermission.

Filmways is also working on a film version of “The Merchants of Bollywood,” shot in Barcelona, and “The Bar at the Buena Vista,” lensed in Munich.

Ward privately funded each film for just under $1 million and anticipates Oz seasons soon.

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