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There's truly nothing like seeing a musical live. The lights, the choreography, the music coming straight from the pit, the drama of the theatre in general. They're magical to experience. Unfortunately for us and audiences everywhere though, they're not always efficient or easy to see. Between traveling tours, short run-times, hard to get or expensive tickets and limited locations available, catching your favorite Broadway hit isn't always simple.
Thankfully, some brave souls take on the task of translating these incredible productions from stage to screen so that viewers everywhere can indulge as much as they like. It's not always a smooth transition from the West End to film, but movies like Mamma Mia!, Chicago, Hairspray and Les Miserables are proving that it's more than possible to do so. These films are taking home Academy Awards (we still can't believe Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again wasn't nominated for Best Movie), becoming staple films in the world of pop culture, and allowing us to imagine the possibilities of what could happen if we translate even more of our favorites from Broadway to the local AMC. Excitingly, a lot of people feel this way. The number of movie musical adaptations are only increasing, and we're lacing up our shoes to sprint to the theatre for all of the upcoming releases. Check out our list of 15 musicals currently being adapted for the silver screen.
Before his unprecedented success with hit broadway show Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda was starting off his career at Wesleyan University with the first draft of his musical In The Heights in hand. The show, which focuses on the New York City neighborhood Washington Heights, is set over a period of three days and follows the tale of Usnavi de la Vega (originally played by Miranda), a bodega owner, and the other people living in the Barrio. The writer is now taking the Tony-winning production to the big screen, with a release date set for summer 2020. Anthony Ramos, who originated the role of John Laurens/Philip Hamilton in Hamilton, will take over the role of Usnavi and will be joined by Jimmy Smits and Corey Hawkins to name a few.
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There aren't enough words in the dictionary for us to describe how much we love Wicked. The successful Broadway production has broken box-office records around the world and is one of the highest-grossing musicals of all time. Based on the book Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire, the show tells the intriguing tale of what life was like pre-Dorothy for Glinda, originally played by Kristin Chenoweth, and Elphaba (better known now as the Wicked Witch of the West), originally played by Idina Menzel.The show recently celebrated its 15th anniversary with an NBC special and will be heading to the big screen in December of 2021. The film will supposedly feature new songs, but not much else is known yet about the production. We'd love to have our original stars back in the game for the film, but as long as the teacher is played by an actual goat there'll be no complaints from us.
Since 1981, Cats has been a staple name in the musical world. The Andrew Lloyd Webber sung-through musical is based on the poetry book Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot and follows the Jellicles, a tribe of cats trying to pick which of their own will ascend into a better life. The film, directed by Les Miserables director Tom Hooper, is due out at the end of 2019 and has a star-studded cast. The production will feature Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson, James Corden, Rebel Wilson, Jason Derulo, Idris Elba and more. We have a lot of thoughts going into this movie, and the main one is we can't wait to watch J-Hud sing "Memory" forever.
Since it's premiere in 1957, West Side Story has been a pop culture phenomenon. Based on Romeo and Juliet and featuring music and lyrics by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim, how could it not be? The production was first adapted as a film in 1961 and won 10 of the 11 Academy Awards it was nominated for. The 2020 production, written by Angels in America playwright Tony Kushner, will be directed by Steven Spielberg and will stick close to the original plot but explore other aspects of life in the '50s that the original may have missed. Ansel Elgort and Rachel Zegler are set to star as star-crossed lovers Tony and Maria. We're not sure a new movie will ever stack up to the original, or Rita Moreno for that matter, but we're willing to give it a shot.
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