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List Rules Musicals originally produced for the stage that should be made or remade as movies.

List of Broadway shows and stage musicals that should be adapted into movies. With the release of new film versions of popular stage hits like "Rock of Ages" and "Les Miserables," the question arises of which Broadway productions would make the best new movies. The list can include either newer musicals that have never before been adapted for film (like "Book of Mormon" or "Wicked") as well as classic musicals that have had previous adaptations, but would be great to see again, updated, with a new cast (like "Brigadoon" or "South Pacific.") This is sort of a reverse of another Ranker list, looking at movies that would make great Broadway shows.

Movie musicals, particularly those adapted from popular theatrical productions, have long been a standard of Hollywood filmmaking. Many of the most iconic and beloved American films are drawn from productions for the stage. Though in the early days of moviemaking, cinemas often housed original musical productions that had been designed for the screen (such as 1929's Best Picture winner "The Broadway Melody"), in later years, films adapted from stage musicals became even more prominent and popular. An additional genre was the "musical biography" or retrospective, also known as a "jukebox musical," which would look back at the life and career of a famous writer or performer - or even a popular era in music - and weave in popular hits. Classic examples include "The Great Ziegfield" and "Yankee Doodle Dandy," and shows like "Rock of Ages" and "Jersey Boys" continue the tradition.

Some of the most popular stage adaptations in movie history include "Grease," "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," "Evita," "Oliver," "Annie" and, of course, 1986's "Little Shop of Horrors." (A film based on a musical based on another film!)

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Wicked is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
Wicked Wicked Witch of the West, The Wizard, Glinda the Good Witch

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The Book of Mormon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
The Book of Mormon Arnold Cunningham, Kevin Price, Nabulungi

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Hamilton the Musical is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
Hamilton the Musical

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Spring Awakening is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
Spring Awakening Otto, Martha, Anna

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Into the Woods is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
voting closed at #4 Into the Woods Rapunzel, Snow White, Princess Aurora

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Avenue Q is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
Avenue Q Trekkie Monster, Princeton, Mrs.Thistletwat

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Miss Saigon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
Miss Saigon Christopher Scott, Kim, John Thomas

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Spamalot is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
Spamalot Patsy, Sir Bors, Brother Maynard

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In the Heights is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
In the Heights Claudia, Graffiti Pete, Camila Rosario

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Heathers the Musical is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
Heathers the Musical

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Cats is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
Cats Rum Tum Tugger, Jellylorum, Bombalurina

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Guys and Dolls is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
Guys and Dolls Sky Masterson, Nathan Detroit, Sister Sarah Brown

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Jersey Boys is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
Jersey Boys Joe Pesci, Bob Crewe, Tommy DeVito

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How to Succeed in Business Wit... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying Hedy LaRue, Rosemary Pilkington, Jasper B. Biggley

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The Color Purple is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
The Color Purple Celie, Sofia, Squeak

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American Idiot is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
American Idiot Heather, Will, The Extraordinary Girl

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Joseph and the Amazing Technic... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Potiphar, Potiphar's Wife, Joseph

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Jekyll & Hyde is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
Jekyll and Hyde Dr. Henry Jekyll, Mr. Edward Hyde, Lucy Harris

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You're a Good Man, Charlie Bro... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Lucy van Pelt

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Seussical is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
Seussical Grinch, Cindy Lou Who, The Cat in the Hat

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The Wiz is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
The Wiz Wicked Witch of the West, Dorothy Gale, Scarecrow

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Legally Blonde: The Musical is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
Legally Blonde: The Musical Elle Woods, Professor Callahan, Serena McGuire

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Shrek the Musical is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
Shrek the Musical Donkey, Shrek, Princess Fiona

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Sunset Boulevard is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
Sunset Boulevard Norma Desmond, Joe Gillis, Betty Schaefer

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A Chorus Line is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
A Chorus Line Zach, Cassie Ferguson, Sheila Bryant

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Urinetown is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
Urinetown Bobby Strong, Joseph "Old Man" Strong, Hot Blades Harry

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Pippin is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
Pippin Pippin, Leading Player, Fastrada

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Catch Me If You Can is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
Catch Me If You Can Frank Abagnale Jr., Brenda Strong, Frank Abagnale^! Sr.

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Company is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
Company Jenny, Marta, Harry

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Waitress is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
Waitress

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Gypsy: A Musical Fable is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
Gypsy: A Musical Fable Rose, June, Mr. Goldstone

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The Drowsy Chaperone is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
The Drowsy Chaperone Aldolpho, The Drowsy Chaperone, Feldzieg

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Aida is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
Aida Aida, Amneris, Amonasro

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1776 is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
1776 Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams

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The Scarlet Pimpernel is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
The Scarlet Pimpernel Citizen Chauvelin, Marguerite St. Just, Lord Anthony Dewhurst

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Ragtime is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
Ragtime Mother, Coalhouse Walker, Jr.

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Sister Act the Musical is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
Sister Act the Musical Deloris Van Cartier, Mother Superior, Sister Mary Robert

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Starlight Express is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
Starlight Express Pearl the Observation Car, Ashley the Smoking Car, Flat-Top the Brick Truck

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The Boy from Oz is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
The Boy from Oz Peter Allen, Judy Garland, Liza

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Elisabeth is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
Elisabeth Max, Elisabeth, Count GrĂ¼nne

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Baker Street is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies

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Kiss of the Spider Woman is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
Kiss of the Spider Woman Luis Molina, Valentin Arregui Paz, Gabriel

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Doonesbury is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies

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Passing Strange is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
Passing Strange Sudabey, Renata, Desi

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Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark Norman Osborn, Mary Jane Watson, Ben Parker

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Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in '... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies

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Lucky Stiff is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
Lucky Stiff Rita LaPorta, Luigi Gaudi, Harry Witherspoon

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