Last year, some Broadway musicals were made into films and were shown in the big screen such as “The Last Five Years“, “Into the Woods” and “Annie“. This made some fans get more excited to see how these musicals become hits and immortalized on the screen.
by Alecky Blythe (book and lyrics) and Adam Cork (Music and lyrics)
Movie Release Date: June 12, 2015
Written in verbatim style, London Road is about the serial murder of sexual workers in Ipswich in 2006. Everything spoken in the musical was from the recorded interview done by Blythe to the prostitutes of the place.
The entire original cast from Broadway is included in the movie. Check out the film trailer here:
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
by Alan Menken (Music), Howard Ashman and Tim Rice (Lyrics), and Linda Woolverton (Book)
Movie Release Date: March 17, 2017
Based on the fairy tale created by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont, Beauty and the Beast is about a prince transformed into a beast by a witch as a punishment for his cruelty and selfishness, and a book-and-adventure-loving girl named Belle, whom the prince imprisoned in his castle.
The beast wanted to turn back into a human again through earning love from Belle and aim for a true love’s kiss before it’s too late.
by Lynn Ahrens (Book and Lyrics) and Stephen Flaherty (Music)
Movie Release Date: 2015
A murder mystery comedy about shy British shoe salesman named Harry Witherspoon who inherited $60 Million from Anthony Hendon, an American uncle he never met.
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by Jason Robert Brown (Music and Lyrics), Dan English and Robert Horn (Book)
This follows the life of a boy from New York named Evan Goldman, whose parents got divorced and was forced to live with his mom in Appleton, Indiana where the kids see him as someone from outer space. Right there, he has to make friends so there will be people coming for his 13th birthday (Bar Mitzvah) where he would become a man.
by Green Day
A musical about three lifelong, young American friends struggling to find the meaning of the post 9/11 world as they embark their journey to the tune of Green Day scores.
BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL
by Douglas McGrath (Book)
This follows the life story of singer-songwriter, Carole King, on her way to stardom.
by Andrew Lloyd Webber (Music) and T.S. Eliot (Lyrics)
This one is based on Eliot’s “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats”. This tells the story of a cat tribe known as “Jellicles” and the night they have to make their “Jellicle choice”. The Jellicle choice is a decision of the tribe on which cat will ascend to what is known as Heaviside Layer and get reborn.
Book: George Abbott and Douglass Wallop
Music and Lyrics: Richard Adler and Jerry Ross
Based on Wallop’s novel “The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant”. The sporty, musical comedy is about a middle-aged baseball player Joe Boyd, who trades his soul to the Devil to get the chance in leading his team to victory against the New York Yankees in a pennant race.
Jim Carey and Jake Gyllenhaal were set to star the movie adaptation of the musical
THE DROWSY CHAPERONE
Book: Bob Martin and Don McKellar
Music and Lyrics: Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison
This follows the story of an agoraphobic Broadway fanatic Man in the Chair where he listens to a fictional Broadway musical Cast Recording of Drowsy Chaperone. As he listens to the recording, his room turns into a Broadway set where he is transported into the Musical itself.
Geoffrey Rush, Hugh Jackman, and Anne Hathaway are set to cast in the movie version.
GUYS AND DOLLS
Book: Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows
Music and Lyrics: Frank Loesser
Based on short stories by Damon Runyon (“The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown”, “Blood Pressure” and “Pick the Winner”)
Music: Jule Styne
Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim
Book: Arthur Laurents
The story of a stage mother who is hungrily dreaming of putting her two daughters to show business.
IN THE HEIGHTS
Music and Lyrics: Lin-Manuel Miranda
Book: Quiara Alegria Hudes
Centers the story of different residents living in the Washington Heights. This also centers Usnavi, a bodega owner who looks after different women in the place.
JEKYLL AND HYDE
Music: Frank Wildhorn
Lyrics: Frank Wildhorn, Leslie Bricusse, and Steve Cuden
Book: Leslie Bricusse
This follows the story of Dr. Jekyll seeking a cure for his father’s illness. So, he tried to create a solution to separate the “good and evil” of a human. With that, he inadvertently created an alternate evil personality named Hyde.
JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT
Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lyrics: Tim Rice
This musical is based on Joseph’s coat of many colors in the Book of Genesis of the Bible.
THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
by Howard Ashman (Lyrics and Book) and Alan Menken (Music)
The sci-fi horror comedy follows Seymour Krelborn, a floral shop assistant who stumbles upon a plant he named “Audry II” after his crush at the same shop. He has a little knowledge about the plant growing with amazing RnB voice, a potty mouth, and a thirst for human blood
Music and Lyrics: Lewis Flinn
Book: Douglas Carter Beane
This is based on Aristophanes’ comedy Lysistrata. The musical is about a school basketball team who always lose in the games. A new girl named Lysistrata “Lyssie J” Jones inspired the girls in her cheerleading group to stop having sex with their boyfriends until they win the game.
Music and Lyrics: Tim Minchin
Book: Dennis Kelly
Based on Roald Dahl’s book of the same name, this is about a bright and book-loving, little girl named Matilda Wormwood. She is always belittled by her parents where they don’t like seeing her reading books because it’s “stupid”. She also has to let herself survive school against the child-hating headmistress. All she had with her is the ever-growing imagination and mind, and her loving teacher who sees Matilda as special.
The movie version is a reboot of the 1996 film of the same name.
by David Bryan (Music and Lyrics) and Joe DiPietro (Book and Lyrics)
This is about the a white DJ who was one of the first to play black music in the 50s because of his love for a black singer.
Music: Claude-Michel Schönberg
Lyrics: Alain Boublil and Richard Maltby, Jr
Book: Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boubli
This is based on Giacomo Puccini’s opera Madame Butterfly. This is about a Vietnamese bargirl who was abandoned by her American soldier lover.
by Lionel Bart
Based on Charles Dickins’ novel Oliver Twist, this follows the life of a young orphan named Oliver Twist, who takes on an adventure to theft and violence in London’s underworld in search for family, home, and love.
Music and Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz
Book: Roger O. Hirson
The musical features an acrobatic troupe of performers led by the Leading Player that tell the story of Pippin, a prince who is seeking for the meaning of life.
Music and Lyrics: Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II
Book: Hammerstein and Joshua Logan
Set during the second World War, the musical centers on a group of American Sailors and Navy nurses stationed in the South Pacific where some soldiers had unconventional love affairs with the nurses or the Natives of the place.
Hugh Jackman, Justin Timberlake, and Michelle Williams are set for cast line up.
Music: Duncan Sheik
Lyrics and Book: Steven Sater
This is about teenagers who are discovering their inner and outer tumult of sexuality. The musical also has the portrayal of masturbation, rape, premarital sex, and abortion.
WEST SIDE STORY
Music: Leonard Bernstein
Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim
Book: Arthur Laurents
This is like another version of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. This follows the story of two young romantics Tony and Maria as they embark on a romance and are pulled away from each other because of differences.
WICKED: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz
Music and Lyrics: Stephen Schwarz
Book: Winnie Holzman
This is the story behind the happenings when Dorothy came to Oz. This is about the witches of Oz, Elphaba (the Wicked Witch of the West) and G(a)linda (the Good), and how they get to kindle their friendship despite loathing each other.