Musicals Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies  

Michael Gibson
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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
Jonas Gaertner added 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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In the Heights is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
chiara1194 added In the Heights Claudia, Graffiti Pete, Camila Rosario

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Miss Saigon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
18markj added Miss Saigon Christopher Scott, Kim, John Thomas

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Heathers the Musical is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
heathertheatre added Heathers the Musical

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Avenue Q is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
Avenue Q Trekkie Monster, Princeton, Mrs.Thistletwat

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Spamalot is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
Spamalot Patsy, Sir Bors, Brother Maynard

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Guys and Dolls is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
Guys and Dolls Sky Masterson, Nathan Detroit, Sister Sarah Brown

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The Color Purple is listed (or ranked) 12 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) 13 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
American Idiot Heather, Will, The Extraordinary Girl

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Cats is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
Cats Rum Tum Tugger, Jellylorum, Bombalurina

The Best Musicals by Alan Menken

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Jersey Boys is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
Jersey Boys Joe Pesci, Bob Crewe, Tommy DeVito

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Joseph and the Amazing Technic... is listed (or ranked) 16 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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A Chorus Line is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
Tom Islava added A Chorus Line Zach, Cassie Ferguson, Sheila Bryant

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How to Succeed in Business Wit... is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Seussical is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
Seussical Grinch, Cindy Lou Who, The Cat in the Hat

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Waitress is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
kilova added Waitress

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Legally Blonde: The Musical is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
Legally Blonde: The Musical Elle Woods, Professor Callahan, Serena McGuire

The Greatest Living Opera Singers

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You're a Good Man, Charlie Bro... is listed (or ranked) 22 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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The Wiz is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
chiara1194 added The Wiz Wicked Witch of the West, Dorothy Gale, Scarecrow

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Jekyll & Hyde is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
Republican Jew added Jekyll and Hyde Dr. Henry Jekyll, Mr. Edward Hyde, Lucy Harris

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Shrek the Musical is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
heathertheatre added Shrek the Musical Donkey, Shrek, Princess Fiona

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Urinetown is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
CoryKeck added 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
Tom Islava added Pippin Pippin, Leading Player, Fastrada

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Sunset Boulevard is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
Sunset Boulevard Norma Desmond, Joe Gillis, Betty Schaefer

The Best Musicals by Jerry Herman

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Bandstand is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
JenME3 added Bandstand

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Ragtime is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
chiara1194 added Ragtime Mother, Coalhouse Walker, Jr.

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The Drowsy Chaperone is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
MadisonJeannineWallace added The Drowsy Chaperone Aldolpho, The Drowsy Chaperone, Feldzieg

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Company is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
chiara1194 added Company Jenny, Marta, Harry

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

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Catch Me If You Can is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
Catch Me If You Can Frank Abagnale Jr., Brenda Strong, Frank Abagnale

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Der Glöckner von Notre Dame is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
Tom Islava added Der Glöckner von Notre Dame Claude Frollo, Esméralda, Quasimodo

The Best Musicals Based on Movies

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Sister Act the Musical is listed (or ranked) 36 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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1776 is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
1776 Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams

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Gypsy: A Musical Fable is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
chiara1194 added Gypsy: A Musical Fable Rose, June, Mr. Goldstone

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The Scarlet Pimpernel is listed (or ranked) 39 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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The Boy from Oz is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
The Boy from Oz Peter Allen, Judy Garland, Liza

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Starlight Express is listed (or ranked) 41 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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Baker Street is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies

Incredible Ways Gene Kelly Changed Movie Musicals Forever

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Kiss of the Spider Woman is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
chiara1194 added Kiss of the Spider Woman Luis Molina, Valentin Arregui Paz, Gabriel

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Elisabeth is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
alex-hettenbach added Elisabeth Max, Elisabeth, Count Grünne

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Passing Strange is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
Passing Strange Sudabey, Renata, Desi

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Doonesbury is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies

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Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is listed (or ranked) 48 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) 49 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies

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Lucky Stiff is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
CoryKeck added Lucky Stiff Rita LaPorta, Luigi Gaudi, Harry Witherspoon