Culture 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 Witch of the West, The Wizard, Glinda the Good Witch
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164 44
Hamilton the Musical is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
Jonas Gaertner added Hamilton the Musical
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224 74
The Book of Mormon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
Arnold Cunningham, Kevin Price, Nabulungi
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Spring Awakening is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
Otto, Martha, Anna
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102 30
In the Heights is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
chiara1194 added Claudia, Graffiti Pete, Camila Rosario
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94 35
Miss Saigon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
18markj added Christopher Scott, Kim, John Thomas
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91 37
Heathers the Musical is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
heathertheatre added Heathers the Musical
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112 73
Avenue Q is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
Trekkie Monster, Princeton, Mrs.Thistletwat
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Waitress is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
kilova added
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84 56
American Idiot is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
Heather, Will, The Extraordinary Girl
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95 66
Spamalot is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
Patsy, Sir Bors, Brother Maynard
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91 64
Legally Blonde: The Musical is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
Elle Woods, Professor Callahan, Serena McGuire
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52 33
Jekyll & Hyde is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
Republican Jew added Dr. Henry Jekyll, Mr. Edward Hyde, Lucy Harris
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Guys and Dolls is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
Sky Masterson, Nathan Detroit, Sister Sarah Brown
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46 29
The Wiz is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
chiara1194 added Wicked Witch of the West, Dorothy Gale, Scarecrow
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110 92
Cats is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
Rum Tum Tugger, Jellylorum, Bombalurina
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77 61
Seussical is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
Grinch, Cindy Lou Who, The Cat in the Hat
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Joseph and the Amazing Technic... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
Potiphar, Potiphar's Wife, Joseph
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Pippin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
Tom Islava added Pippin, Leading Player, Fastrada
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Company is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
chiara1194 added Jenny, Marta, Harry
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43 39
Shrek the Musical is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
heathertheatre added Donkey, Shrek, Princess Fiona
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51 50
Sunset Boulevard is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
Norma Desmond, Joe Gillis, Betty Schaefer
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Bandstand is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
JenME3 added Bandstand
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Aida is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
ss.jonathanyoung added Aida, Amneris, Amonasro
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Ragtime is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
chiara1194 added Mother, Coalhouse Walker, Jr.