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Which movie musicals could Spielberg have done?

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Which movie musicals would've been perfect for Spielberg's talents? 

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Before we give him carte blanche, let's wait to see how he did with WSS?
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ALW's Whistle Down the Wind was originally meant to be a Spielberg film, with Johnny Depp and Kirsten Dunst attached (presumably for the roles of The Man and Swallow, respectively). As Martin Sheen narrates the early demo that's circulated for ages, I wouldn't be terribly surprised if he was angling for a role as well, likely Boone. (Ultimately, they decided to try it onstage instead.)

When you think about it in retrospect, it seems almost tailor-made for Steven, bearing all the hallmarks and recurring themes of his classic work: ordinary characters searching for or coming in contact with extraordinary beings or finding themselves in extraordinary circumstances; a childlike sense of wonder and faith; tension in parent-child relationships, with the parents (often fathers, as in Whistle) reluctant, absent or ignorant; the family shown divided is resolved in the ending; generally optimistic in nature; a little overly sentimental.

I honestly think if Whistle had been made as a film in the Nineties, it would've had a shot at being one of those family-friendly classics that became a cult favorite like Newsies or Hocus Pocus -- not perfect, but much beloved by a generation that grew up watching it.

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Based purely on a scene from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, I always thought that he might have been successful if someone had wanted to make a movie of Anything Goes.  And how about The King and I.  I have never liked the movie because it is so stage bound, design Oscars or not.  Speilberg would have done a great job opening that movie up.  I will also bet that he would have done a great job with Fiddler, but we have already argued whether Fiddler needs a remake.  (My vote: instead of Fiddler, why not do a show that has not already been made into a great movie.

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MISS SAIGON 100%

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Agreed, MISS SAIGON is a perfect fit. A musical war epic with a tragic romance with commentary on American culture AND a nightmare sequence? That's fully up his alley, and I think he could still do it. MISS SAIGON's score, ever changing as it is, is very cinematic, and I think it could still do well as a film if it was made in the next couple of years. 

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I'm not terribly familiar with it, but what I know of Rags makes me think he could've done something with it. I also would love to have seen his version of Evita, and Forello! is a worthy contender as well.

Apparently, 1941 was at some point meant to be a musical, which might've helped.

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I think he should've done Les Miz, Miss Saigon and Phantom 

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Mame. Mr. Spielberg knows all about auto tune.

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A Spielberg Les Miz would have been amazing.
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Ragtime.
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Tag said: "MISS SAIGON 100%"

With Eva Noblezada reprising her role as Kim? 

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Globefan said: "With Eva Noblezada reprising her role as Kim?"

No.

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Tag said: "Globefan said: "With Eva Noblezada reprising her role as Kim?"

No.
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Maybe a newcomer for that role too

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Depending how WSS turns out. I hope they jump on him for miss Saigon.
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Ugh do we really need Miss Saigon as a movie?

I just think these huge 80s broadway blockbusters make for really schmaltzy meh movies
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How about My Fair Lady?

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A few years back I thought he’d be an interesting choice for a Pippin adaptation