In my opinion, it’s The Producers. Beetlejuice, or Spamalot.
A bunch come to mind:La Cage Aux FollesA Little Night MusicNineLolita My Love70, Girls, 70 (the score, at least, is perfect)The Band's VisitApplauseCarrie (well, I like it)
Waitress....Adding Kinky Boots and Groundhog Day after being inspired below because these were both amazing also.
Recently, Waitress, Band's Visit, and Once (this one was a surprise).In general, I find the musicals based on smaller lesser known independent films translate best. Part of it is the theatrical quality of independent filmmakers, the general quality of the source material, and the fact that most independent films are not usually very familiar so there is a freshness to the story. And even better when the translators use the film as a basis but not a literal translation. Of course then you have the big budget hits that meet expectation like The Producers, Lion King, 42nd Street. Proving quality does rise to the top.
Bring It On. (Plot was easy to follow.)
Tennis Fan said: "Bring It On. (Plot was easy to follow.)"An unsung hero
Most of mine have been mentioned but I'll reassert them:A Little Night MusicPromises, PromisesNineThe Band's VisitPassion
I looooooved the 2010 revival of Promises, Promises!!!
Kinky BootsWaitressGroundhog DayPhantom of the Opera (does that count?)She Loves MeA Little Night MusicSweeney Todd (was a 1936 film)
Tennis Fan said: "I looooooved the 2010 revival of Promises, Promises!!!"Me too! Mostly because I finally got to see the show staged after loving the score for so long.I also loveGrand HotelSweet Charity
PROMISES, PROMISESTHE PRODUCERSSWEET CHARITYA LITTLE NIGHT MUSICNINEON THE TWENTIETH CENTURYONCE42ND STREEETGREY GARDENSCARNIVAL!XANADUTHE BAND'S VISITLA CAGE AUX FOLLES LEGALLY BLONDELITTLE SHOPHAIRSPRAY
Beauty and the BeastThe Lion KingAnastasiaHairspray
Agree with Beauty and the Beast and The Band's Visit.Also like to add A Gentleman's Guide To Love and Murder. The first time I saw it (went three times) I had no idea it was based on one of my favorite Alec Guinness films, Kind Hearts and Coronets. I think the musical was fun and charming.
Sweet CharityNineA Little Night MusicOn the Twentieth CenturyAnd the list should really just end there. At least these are different than the movies and not cash-grabs by greedy producers for stupid people.
Legally Blonde is one of my favorites. I enjoyed the musical (especially the London production) more than the film.
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