Taking a Broadway show and turning it into a film is difficult enough. Turning it into a worldwide TV event seems impossible, yet the Academy Awards pulled it off Sunday (Feb. 24).
Catherine Zeta-Jones proved she still has it in her number from the Best Picture-wininng "Chicago," singing and doing effortless lifts, moving like the dancer she has always been.
Of the three plays turned into movies that were recognized, "Chicago" is the only one still on Broadway.
Jennifer Hudson belted for "Dreamgirls," making you ache for her in every note, and probably would have brought down the house if it had not been for the more crowded production used for the finale.
Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Amanda Seyfried and the rest of the cast of "Les Miserables" brought the audience to its feet.
True, they may have needed a break in a show that threatens to go very late, but this is a crowd that knows when a number works -- witness the reactions to some of the alleged comedy numbers.
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