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The List of Original Musicals

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The List of Original Musicals#0
Posted: 3/28/04 at 2:16am
Since we are having quite a debate on our poll whether musicals should be adapted from films, I thought it would be *neat* to list here all of the completely original musicals that are not adapted from a film, play, opera, piece of literature, etc. I choose as creator of this thread to disqualify those lovely "hey let's take a bunch of songs and string a plot around them" musicals--sorry Mamma Mia!

Go! =)
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re: The List of Original Musicals#1
Posted: 3/28/04 at 7:06am
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re: re: The List of Original Musicals#2
Posted: 3/28/04 at 7:31am
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re: re: re: The List of Original Musicals#3
Posted: 3/28/04 at 8:43am
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JRB - what about bio type musicals, like Barnum and Will Rogers Follies?

And also, would you consider Into the Woods completely original based on your criteria? True it has characters that are familiar, but the actual musical is original..
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Not sure about all of these, but I think they are all original books:

Urinetown
Bombay Dreams
Caroline, or Change
Avenue Q
City of Angels
On the Town
Company
Anyone Can Whistle
Hair
Anything Goes
Follies
Flora the Red Menace
The Rink
Steel Pier
The Life
I Love My Wife
Wildcat
Goldilocks
Milk and Honey
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The Will Rogers Follies
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Cool stuff, guys!

I think bio musicals can count--unless specifically based on one source material.

Boy From Oz is tricky--it's a bio musical, but really a catalog of songs with a plot thrown around them.

On that note, I think A Chorus Line qualifies--it was created from real dancers' stories.

Into the Woods counts as its story is original.

In both cases, Bio musicals and ITW, the inspiration is "adapted", but is ultimately created by the creative team.
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The basis for COMPANY was a series of eleven one-acts plays written by George Furth which examined marriage in its various facets. Harold Prince suggested that they be fashioned as a musical. Furth's original intention was to have the plays produced with Kim Stanley playing 11 different female characters.

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TOMMY

If one considers The Who's original concept album as the definitive version.

Save goes for EVITA and JESUS SUPERSTAR.
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exactly what i was gonna write ladyG!

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A New Brain
Floyd Collins
The Last 5 Years
Mack and Mabel
Gypsy
Taboo
Cabaret?
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GYPSY is based on an autobiography by Gypsy Rose Lee.

CABARET is based on the play I AM A CAMERA by James Van Druten which was based on Christopher Isherwood's "Berlin Stories."

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRIS is based on the film of the same name.

MACK AND MABEL is based on true life people and a synthesis of real life events.



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Isn't TTB based on the life of Jonathan Larson?
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yes, but people also listed Taboo and The Boy From Oz as possibilities. What Tick, Tick... BOOM! has that Taboo and BFO don't are songs that weren't written for something other than the show. Taboo and BFO have that Movin' Out/Mamma Mia! quality of songs strung together to form a musical storyline, but they are still biographical musicals. sort of complicated.... but I'd say TTB is more of an "original musical" than Taboo or BFO, because of that.
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Taboo is an original score--only a couple of Boy George songs are in the show--and are performed in context of his career (recording/concert).
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ON THE TOWN was based on the ballet FANCY FREE and

I LOVE MY WIFE was based on the movie Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (or whatever it's called...you know...that wacky wife-swapping flick!)
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Since Fancy Free was also Bernstein, I didn't consider On the Town to be unoriginal, it's more like an expansion, but I guess it could be considered unoriginal. I just discovered that I Love My Wife was not based on Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice, but on a french farce entitled, "Viens Chez-moi, J'Habite Chez une Copine" by Luis Regio. I also didn't include musicals based on historical events or biographies. I tried to include only stories created for the actual musical, but I was afraid some of them were wrong. I didn't have any good reference materials with me.
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Good point about FANCY FREE.

Now...are we considering artwork inspiration as 'unoriginal'? because I think that SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE is wholly original.

You could then get into the argument that FOLLIES was inspired by that photo of Gloria Swanson standing amid the ruins of...was it the Roxy?

Matt...thanks for the info on I LOVE MY WIFE. Those crazy French people! So sexually daring.
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robbiej - HAHAHA ! The French are quite zany, aren't they? I was thinking about Sunday in the Park as well, but it seems to be a pretty grey area. I do think that Follies qualifies because though it was based on the photo, the story is entirely fictional. And to that extent, we can add Amour to the list.
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