CHARLESTON, IL: A special screening of the new film, From Here to Eternity – The Musical, will be shown in the Doudna Fine Arts Center’s Lecture Hall on Saturday, April 23. Presented free of charge, the film will be shown at 4 p.m. This one-time only performance is presented through special arrangement with renowned lyricist Tim Rice, and his special relationship with the James Jones Literary Society.
Based upon the James Jones novel, From Here to Eternity – The Musical is the film adaptation of a musical with music and lyrics by Tim Rice and Stuart Brayson and a book by Bill Oakes. The staged musical premiered at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London’s West End in 2013.
For those unfamiliar with Jones’ novel or Tim Rice’s adaptation, From Here to Eternity – The Musical is set in pre-war Pearl Harbor during 1941, where the girls sing “don’cha like Hawaii”, the men of G Company sing the blues, and where even on an army base, love and desire are never very far away. When main character Private Prewitt falls for the kind hearted escort club girl Lorene, and when his platoon sergeant, Warden, embarks on a dangerous affair with his commanding officer’s wife, the lives of both men are set on a course they cannot control. As war approaches, the worlds of the four lovers and the soldiers of G Company are dramatically ripped apart.
The production is full of interesting characters and fabulous dance scenes. Critics are hailing the adaptation as ‘everything you want from a musical’ (Hollywood News) and one critic from London’s Radio 4, Saturday Review exclaiming ‘the best new score I’ve heard in London for a very long time.’
From Here to Eternity was the debut novel of Robinson, Illinois native James Jones. Published in 1951 it is considered one of the 100 Best Novels of the 20th Century by the Modern Library Board. The book was later made into an Academy Award-winning film starring Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift and Frank Sinatra.
The Doudna Fine Arts Center’s one-time only presentation of From Here to Eternity – The Musical is presented free of charge. No tickets are required but seating in the Doudna Lecture Hall is limited. EIU’s English and History departments, the College of Arts and Humanities, The Doudna Fine Arts Center, and the James Jones Literary Society sponsor the performance.
The Doudna Fine Arts Center is located at 1860 South 7th Street in Charleston on the campus of Eastern Illinois University. Convenient free parking is located near the fine arts center. To arrange accommodations for those needing special assistance, contact Doudna Fine Arts Patron Services at 217-581-3110 firstname.lastname@example.org.