What do Spamalot!, The Color Purple, The Wedding Singer, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Hairspray, The Producers and a long list of recent Broadway musicals have in common? They were all adapted from other media. Films, novels, even television shows have become an increasingly desirable source for new material, but it takes more than a good idea to create a successful adaptation. How do you condense a novel that spans decades into a two-hour musical? What does it take to translate a film, which can travel to any location, to the confines of a Broadway stage? What are the copyright and other legal issues involved? Crossing Over: Adapting Musicals From Other Media brings together a group of writers who have successfully managed the transition to discuss the how, why and when to adapt.