Curtain Rising on Anne Frank, the Musical

Creator compares teen's life to tragic opera
By Colleen Barry,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 7, 2008 10:25 AM CST
A cast of Spanish actors is seen in Anne Frank's room at Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Friday, Jan. 4, 2008. Anne Frank's diary, has been rewritten for plays, movies and TV dramas. The 22-person...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – A first-of-its-kind musical adaptation of The Diary of Anne Frank will take the stage in Madrid next month, the Guardian reports. The Spanish-language play gained the approval of the Anne Frank Foundation, which closely guards the rights to the story of the doomed Jewish teenager; a spokesman says the work "respects the message of tolerance, within the tragedy, that we want to keep alive."

The foundation wasn't receptive at first, the director of the adaptation says, but he brought the decision-makers around with his commitment "to understand the story better." Case members recently visited Amsterdam to see the tiny space where Frank hid for 2 years. "I think it's very special, and a very important detail, to come to this house," says the 13-year-old lead actress.