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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The Book of Mormon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
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
Otto, Martha, Anna

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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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Into the Woods is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
voting closed at #4 Rapunzel, Snow White, Princess Aurora

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Miss Saigon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
18markj added 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
Trekkie Monster, Princeton, Mrs.Thistletwat

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86 59
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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A Chorus Line is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
Tom Islava added Zach, Cassie Ferguson, Sheila Bryant

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66 46
The Color Purple is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
Celie, Sofia, Squeak

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Jersey Boys is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
Joe Pesci, Bob Crewe, Tommy DeVito

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66 48
Guys and Dolls is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
Sky Masterson, Nathan Detroit, Sister Sarah Brown

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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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How to Succeed in Business Wit... is listed (or ranked) 17 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) 18 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
Elle Woods, Professor Callahan, Serena McGuire

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The Wiz is listed (or ranked) 19 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) 20 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
Potiphar, Potiphar's Wife, Joseph

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Jekyll & Hyde is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Waitress is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
kilova added

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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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21 14
Pippin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
Tom Islava added Pippin, Leading Player, Fastrada

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Sunset Boulevard is listed (or ranked) 26 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) 27 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
JenME3 added Bandstand

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Urinetown is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
CoryKeck added Bobby Strong, Joseph "Old Man" Strong, Hot Blades Harry

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Aida is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
ss.jonathanyoung added Aida, Amneris, Amonasro

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Company is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
chiara1194 added Jenny, Marta, Harry

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Shrek the Musical is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
heathertheatre added Donkey, Shrek, Princess Fiona

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Ragtime is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
chiara1194 added Mother, Coalhouse Walker, Jr.

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The Drowsy Chaperone is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
MadisonJeannineWallace added Aldolpho, The Drowsy Chaperone, Feldzieg

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Sister Act the Musical is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
Deloris Van Cartier, Mother Superior, Sister Mary Robert

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Gypsy: A Musical Fable is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
chiara1194 added Rose, June, Mr. Goldstone

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Evil Dead: The Musical is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
Nikos Lopez added Ash Williams, Cheryl Williams, Scott

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Der Glöckner von Notre Dame is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
Tom Islava added Claude Frollo, Esméralda, Quasimodo

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36 47
Catch Me If You Can is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
Frank Abagnale Jr., Brenda Strong, Frank Abagnale

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Caroline, or Change is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
Tony Gentile added Noah Gellman, Dotty Moffett, Stuart Gellman

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1776 is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams

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The Scarlet Pimpernel is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
Citizen Chauvelin, Marguerite St. Just, Lord Anthony Dewhurst

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The Boy from Oz is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
Peter Allen, Judy Garland, Liza

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Starlight Express is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
Pearl the Observation Car, Ashley the Smoking Car, Flat-Top the Brick Truck

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Kiss of the Spider Woman is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
chiara1194 added Luis Molina, Valentin Arregui Paz, Gabriel

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15 28
Baker Street is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies

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Elisabeth is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
alex-hettenbach added Max, Elisabeth, Count Grünne

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Passing Strange is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
Sudabey, Renata, Desi

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Doonesbury is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies

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Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Stage Musicals That Would Make Great Movies
Norman Osborn, Mary Jane Watson, Ben Parker