Dances with Wolves (novel)

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Dances with Wolves
Author Michael Blake
Country United States of America
Language English

Dances with Wolves is a 1988 novel written by Michael Blake. It was written as a possible source for a screenplay, and was later adapted by the author, and was produced as a film of the same name in 1990 by Kevin Costner, although there were many differences between the novel and film. The novel is set during the American Civil War.[1] The protagonist of the novel, Lt. John Dunbar, is a white man who ends up in the wilderness and comes to live with a tribe of American Natives, eventually taking on the name Dances with Wolves. The novel and film later came under criticism for their similarity to Elliot Silverstein's A Man Called Horse.[2]

Musical[edit]

In 2010, Matt Murphy Productions acquired rights to Blake's Dances with Wolves in hopes of adapting it into a musical for the Broadway stage. Murphy will seek native actors for the production and claims the composer will work in conjunction with an expert on Native American music. The score is expected to combine elements of folk, Native American, Civil War, and Appalachian music.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Andreychuk, Ed (1997). The Golden Corral: A Roundup of Magnificent Western Films. McFarland. p. 154. ISBN 9780786403936. 
  2. ^ Herzberg, Bob (2008). Savages and Saints: The Changing Image of American Indians in Westerns. McFarland. p. 279. ISBN 9780786451821. 
  3. ^ http://www.playbill.com/news/article/138756-EXCLUSIVE-Dances-With-Wolves-the-Musical-Is-On-the-Horizon