Films That Should Be Stage Musicals

Jeffrey Karasarides
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joined:11/27/11
Films That Should Be Stage Musicals
Posted: 1/9/14 at 11:13pm
So Obviously, it's been getting on everyone's nerves lately that pretty much every single big movie out there is being turned into Broadway musicals.

There of course have been several successful ones (The Full Monty, The Producers, Hairspray, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Spamalot, Legally Blonde, Billy Elliot, Shrek, Once, Kinky Boots, etc.), and there also have been some flops (Big, Cry-Baby, 9 to 5, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Ghost, Leap of Faith, Big Fish, etc.), and some more ether in development right now, or even coming soon (Ever After, Rocky, Magic Mike, Mean Girls, The Princess Bride, Amelie, Honeymoon in Vegas, Groundhog Day, etc.)

Though with all of that said, even some of the older musicals were based on movies (The King & I, My Fair Lady, The Sound of Music, Oliver!, Applause, A Little Night Music, Nine, Little Shop of Horrors, La Cage aux Folles, Sunset Boulevard, etc.), so I've decided to write about some films that I think should be made into stage musicals, and here they are!

50/50
*Book By Jeff Whitty
*Music By Robert Lopez
*Lyrics By Kristen Anderson-Lopez

Basquiat
*Book By Doug Wright
*Music & Lyrics By Lin-Manuel Miranda

Edward Scissorhands
*Music By Duncan Shiek
*Book & Lyrics By Steven Slater

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
*Book By Marsha Norman
*Music By Jeanine Tesori
*Lyrics By Amanda Green

For Love of the Game
*Book By David Lindsay-Abaire
*Music & Lyrics By Jason Robert Brown

The Help
*Music By Stephen Flaherty
*Book & Lyrics By Lynn Ahrens

http://www.broadway.com/buzz/159706/audra-mcdonald-patti-lupone-aaron-tveit-more-lead-broadwaycoms-dream-cast-for-the-help-the-musical/

Hugo
*Book By John Logan
*Music By George Stiles
*Lyrics By Anthony Drewe

Lovelace
*Book By Douglas Carter Beane
*Music & Lyrics By Benji Pasek & Justin Paul

Silver Linings Playbook
*Book By Harvey Fierstein
*Music & Lyrics By Nell Benjamin & Laurence O'Keefe

Sixteen Candles
*Music By Tom Kitt
*Book & Lyrics By Brian Yorky

So what do you all think of these ideas? What are some (non-musical) films you'd like to see be turned into a Broadway musical? Who would you like to do the scores?
henrikegerman
Broadway Legend
joined:4/29/05
Films That Should Be Stage Musicals
Posted: 1/9/14 at 11:33pm
Midnight

Sullivan's Travels

The Lady Eve

Good Bye Lenin!

Moonstruck

Married to the Mob

Flirting With Disaster

Children of Paradise

The Awful Truth

Law of Desire





jbroadway4
Stand-by
joined:1/2/14
Films That Should Be Stage Musicals
Posted: 1/9/14 at 11:37pm
.Hocus Pocus (I've heard its in development, but here is my dream creative team)
Book By: Harvery Fierstein
Music By: Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

.Modern Family (Even though its a TV show)
Book By: the show's writers
Music By: David Yazbek

.Nightmare Before Christmas

.Frozen
Princeton Returns
Broadway Legend
joined:12/2/10
Films That Should Be Stage Musicals
Posted: 1/10/14 at 02:05am
I recently rewatched Pretty Woman and it struck me how it has the potential to work as a musical comedy
adam.peterson44
Broadway Star
joined:9/7/11
Films That Should Be Stage Musicals
Posted: 1/10/14 at 02:35am
Fried Green Tomatoes
(Menken and Shwartz or Kitt and Yorkey)
Dubliner
Understudy
joined:5/26/11
Films That Should Be Stage Musicals
Posted: 1/10/14 at 04:00am
August Rush - not a great movie but such great potential for a musical based around the derelict theatre.
g.d.e.l.g.i.
Broadway Legend
joined:6/13/12
Films That Should Be Stage Musicals
Posted: 1/10/14 at 07:10am
Pete's Dragon. You take the film as is, re-add some cut portions of lyric that are on the soundtrack, and have the gimmick be that you don't see the dragon till the end of the show (you wonder if it's all in the kid's head), a conceit that was planned for the film but dropped once they saw Elliot's design and wanted to showcase him more as a character.

Robin Hood: Men in Tights. Honestly, I think this should have been Mel Brooks' first choice for "second show" way ahead of Young Frankenstein. As Gil Varod adeptly pointed out in his Broadway Abridged adaptation of the latter, Men in Tights is a logical choice for musicalization: a standard, coherent musical comedy ready plot with a sensible arc, four songs that are already part of the score, and larger-than life characters. Please, Mel, if you have anyone who's reading, don't let a Blazing Saddles musical tarnish everyone's good memories of you, and of the film. Make a sensible choice, replicate The Producers' success more closely, and give one of your less-known films a second lease on life. It helps that the Robin Hood market is one that isn't really cornered in musical theater. No one's done a major musical of Robin Hood, played straight or comedically, since that operetta back in the late 1890s. You could be the only one on the market with no competitors. This would do you a world of good compared to $450 tickets for jokes people laugh at before they come along, occasionally interrupted by songs.
Formerly gvendo2005
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g.d.e.l.g.i.
Broadway Legend
joined:6/13/12
Films That Should Be Stage Musicals
Posted: 1/10/14 at 07:39am
And before anyone chimes in, no, Robin and the Seven Hoods doesn't count. It was a flop.
Formerly gvendo2005
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Colle
Broadway Star
joined:2/13/06
Films That Should Be Stage Musicals
Posted: 1/10/14 at 01:31pm
Either "Snow White and the Huntsman" or "Mirror, Mirror." If done well, I think either of those "Snow White" movies do have potential on stage.
dreaming
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joined:4/24/09
Films That Should Be Stage Musicals
Posted: 1/10/14 at 01:34pm
I want "Fried Green Tomatoes" but I think I'd like Tesori and Kron to re-team and write it. (Maybe Fannie Flagg could co write the book.)
Jonwo
Broadway Legend
joined:3/16/06
Films That Should Be Stage Musicals
Posted: 1/10/14 at 01:51pm
Men in Tights I think could work although they'd to rework some of the jokes as some of them have dated especially the Kevin Costner accent joke.

I'm intrigued how School of Rock would work as a musical, I think it should have an original score rather than existing rock songs, Andrew Lloyd Webber is producing but I think he should co-compose it with someone like Tim Minchin.

Updated On: 1/10/14 at 01:51 PM
hanschens
Stand-by
joined:6/9/13
Films That Should Be Stage Musicals
Posted: 1/10/14 at 01:52pm
Personally I'd really like to see the movie Truly Madly Deeply turned into a musical, or even a 'play with music' like PATSC.
Mister Matt
Broadway Legend
joined:5/17/03
Films That Should Be Stage Musicals
Posted: 1/10/14 at 02:16pm
Heart and Souls
All About My Mother
Too Many Crooks
My Best Friend's Wedding
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
"What can you expect from a bunch of seitan worshippers?" - Reginald Tresilian
SidebySidebyLogan
Stand-by
joined:9/25/13
Films That Should Be Stage Musicals
Posted: 1/10/14 at 03:04pm
A League of Their Own
Weird Science - with a David Yazbeck score
The Warriors - with a Ryan Scott Oliver score
Practical Magic - with a Jeanine Tesori score
Ruthless People
Mrs. Doubtfire - with a Pasek and Paul score
For the Boys (though this one is musical but I love it!)
High Anxiety - another Brooks musical I'd like to see before Blazing Saddles
Haunted Honeymoon
The Little Rascals
Weekend at Bernie's
The Shining - but maybe as an opera instead

Liza's Headband
Broadway Legend
joined:5/28/13
Films That Should Be Stage Musicals
Posted: 1/10/14 at 03:23pm
"O Brother, Where Art Thou?"

This is already in development. They are courting and trying out different writing teams right now, as they'll be using an original book and score based on and inspired by the movie -- why they don't use the original music from the movie is beyond me.

No idea if it's public knowledge or not, but I guess it is now. We'll see if anything ever comes of it.
EponineAmneris
Broadway Legend
joined:5/25/06
Films That Should Be Stage Musicals
Posted: 1/10/14 at 03:47pm
ENCHANTED
MOULIN ROUGE
WHITE NIGHTS

And...

DIRTY DANCING... UMMM...
FOOTLOOSE... Oh.
FLASHDANCE... ???
SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER... Wait.
"TO LOVE ANOTHER PERSON IS TO SEE THE FACE OF GOD"- LES MISERABLES--- "THERE'S A SPECIAL KIND OF PEOPLE KNOWN AS SHOW PEOPLE... WE'RE BORN EVERY NIGHT AT HALF HOUR CALL!"--- CURTAINS
g.d.e.l.g.i.
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joined:6/13/12
Films That Should Be Stage Musicals
Posted: 1/10/14 at 03:54pm
Men in Tights I think could work although they'd to rework some of the jokes as some of them have dated especially the Kevin Costner accent joke.

Same as eliminating L.S.D. from The Producers. And not that hard a job.
Formerly gvendo2005
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Broadway Legend
joined:12/31/69
Films That Should Be Stage Musicals
Posted: 1/10/14 at 03:57pm
I've always loved the idea of HOLES as a musical, though I'm not sure it would work. Maybe they could have modern music for the camp scenes and really lush musical-theatery sound for the flashbacks with Sam & Katherine and Madame Zeroni.

It is based on a book though, so it might not count in this context.
Broadway Legend
joined:12/31/69
Films That Should Be Stage Musicals
Posted: 1/10/14 at 04:03pm
I've also thought about a musical of Under the Tuscan Sun.
Whatshisname
Chorus Member
joined:7/16/10
Films That Should Be Stage Musicals
Posted: 1/10/14 at 04:13pm
Defending Your Life
GoSmileLaughCryClap
Broadway Star
joined:3/25/05
Films That Should Be Stage Musicals
Posted: 1/10/14 at 04:28pm
Freaky Friday

Book: Mary Rodgers Guettel
Music: Adam Guettel
Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim
Director: ?

Updated On: 1/10/14 at 04:28 PM
NewSynchopation
Understudy
joined:12/31/13
Films That Should Be Stage Musicals
Posted: 1/10/14 at 04:30pm
Ahrens and Flaherty should just do everything (or Jeanine Tesori)
SonofRobbieJ
Broadway Legend
joined:12/10/09
Films That Should Be Stage Musicals
Posted: 1/10/14 at 04:38pm
'Defending Your Life'

I've thought for YEARS that this would be a wonderful musical.
SidebySidebyLogan
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joined:9/25/13
Films That Should Be Stage Musicals
Posted: 1/10/14 at 05:13pm
Dangerous Liaisons - Yes I stole that from Smash but give it to Adam Guettel and it could be a dark, gorgeous masterpiece.
Mannequin
Drop Dead Gorgeous
Nightmare on Elm St.
Bewitched (based on the tv show not the God awful movie)
Bruce Almighty
She Devil
Death Becomes Her
Tootsie
The Big Chill
Romancing the Stone
God's Behaving Badly
A James Bond Musical - A terrible idea but I just want a stage diva to sing Nobody Does It Better and Skyfall

Was going to add Defending Your LIfe but you beat me to it!
GavestonPS
Broadway Legend
joined:6/10/12
Films That Should Be Stage Musicals
Posted: 1/10/14 at 08:14pm
I was asked to collaborate on a musical version of THE BIG CHILL, but I felt then and I feel now that it is already a musical. Yes, it's more Brechtian than R&H, but the emotional high points are already musicalized with pop songs from the characters' youths.

I feel the same about my favorite film, MURIEL'S WEDDING: it's already an ABBA musical much better than MAMMA, MIA!, even if, with one exception, the characters don't do the singing.
MadAboutTheBoy
Understudy
joined:12/29/10
Films That Should Be Stage Musicals
Posted: 1/10/14 at 09:07pm
MISS PETTIGREW LIVES FOR A DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111

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