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 Witch of the West, The Wizard, Glinda the Good Witch

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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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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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90 25
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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81 30
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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Into the Woods is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
voting closed at #4 Rapunzel, Snow White, Princess Aurora

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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
Trekkie Monster, Princeton, Mrs.Thistletwat

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90 60
Spamalot is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
Patsy, Sir Bors, Brother Maynard

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American Idiot is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
Heather, Will, The Extraordinary Girl

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The Color Purple is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
Celie, Sofia, Squeak

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A Chorus Line is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
Tom Islava added Zach, Cassie Ferguson, Sheila Bryant

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Waitress is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
kilova added

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

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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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67 51
Guys and Dolls is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
Sky Masterson, Nathan Detroit, Sister Sarah Brown

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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
Hedy LaRue, Rosemary Pilkington, Jasper B. Biggley

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Legally Blonde: The Musical is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
Elle Woods, Professor Callahan, Serena McGuire

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Jekyll & Hyde is listed (or ranked) 20 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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The Wiz is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
chiara1194 added Wicked Witch of the West, Dorothy Gale, Scarecrow

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Joseph and the Amazing Technic... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
Potiphar, Potiphar's Wife, Joseph

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58 49
You're a Good Man, Charlie Bro... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Lucy van Pelt

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Seussical is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
Grinch, Cindy Lou Who, The Cat in the Hat

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Pippin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
Tom Islava added Pippin, Leading Player, Fastrada