From Stage to Screen - BWW's Favorite Musicals Adapted for the Cinema

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From Stage to Screen - BWW's Favorite Musicals Adapted for the Cinema

With LES MISERABLES' stirring success at the box office last year and upcoming, all-star film versions of INTO THE WOODS, JERSEY BOYS, THE LAST FIVE YEARS, ANNIE and THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, we couldn't resist rounding up a few of our favorite stage-to-screen adaptations.

Of course, we had to include some classics -- Liza's iconic portrayal of Sally Bowles in CABARET, Topol's gyrating Tevye in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, Julie Andrews' Maria teaching the von Trapp children how to sing, and Tony and Maria's declarations of love in WEST SIDE STORY.

Today, movie musicals are becoming more and more ambitious and innovative on screen. Proof are Catherine Zeta-Jones' sexy take on "All That Jazz", Jennifer Hudson's career-making performance in DREAMGIRLS, and Anne Hathaway's heart-wrenching, close-up rendition of "I Dreamed A Dream".

But enough talk -- this is all about the visual! Scoll down for some of BWW's favorite musical-to-movie adaptations, and be sure let us know yours, too!



CABARET (1972)
Starring Liza Minnelli, Michael York, Joel Grey and directed by Bob Fosse


CHICAGO (2002)
Starring Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere and directed by Rob Marshall


DREAMGIRLS (2006)
Starring Beyoncé, Jamie Foxx, Eddie Murphy, Jennifer Hudson and directed by Bill Condon


FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (1971)
Starring Topol, Norma Crane, Rosalind Harris, Michele Marsh, Neva Small and directed by Norman Jewison


GREASE (1978)
Starring John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing and directed by Randal Kleiser


HAIRSPRAY (2007)
Starring Nikki Blonsky, John Travolta, Queen Latifah, Amanda Bynes, Christopher Walken, Zac Efron and directed by Adam Shankman


LES MISERABLES (2012)
Starring Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, Samantha Barks, Eddie Redmayne Sacha Baron Cohen, Helena Bonham Carter and directed by Tom Hooper


MY FAIR LADY (1964)
Starring Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Stanley Holloway and directed by George Cukor


THE SOUND OF MUSIC (1965)
Starring Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer and directed by Robert Wise


WEST SIDE STORY (1961)
Starring Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn, Rita Moreno and directed by Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise

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