Top 5 Movies Turned Into Broadway Musicals
Broadway is filled with musical shows for all ages! Whether it’s a play based on a book, TV show, movie, or an original production, there’s a show out there that almost anyone can enjoy. In this article, we want to shine some light on Broadway musicals that are also famous movies.
Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, Broadway shows have been closed until further notice in New York City. Don’t worry! The state of New York is hopeful that they will reopen it’s entertainment activities in September. Some productions already have showtimes beginning September 7th, 2020.
Take a look at our top 5 musicals on Broadway that are also movies:
Inspired by Tim Burton’s 1988 film, Beetlejuice, starring Alec Baldwin, Gena Davis, Winona Ryder and Michael Keaton comes a show that has many similarities to the film, but the musical adds song, dance and a fresh new take on the 1980’s horror comedy. The cast played their final show in March due to the pandemic, their original final show date was in June of 2020.
This show is so fetch! The iconic 2004 comedy Mean Girls debuted as a Broadway musical in October of 2017. Since then, it has been a Broadway hit and toured the US in 2019. Writer, actress and producer Tina Fey was the playwright of the musical and also starred in the hit movie. The show anticipates resuming performances on September 7th, 2020. Make sure to get your tickets!
Before Waitress hit the stage at the Brooks Atkinsons Theater, it originally was a movie starring Keri Russell. Waitress became a Broadway hit in 2015 that originally starred Sara Barellies, who wrote all the songs for the musical. Since then, other actresses/singers that have played the lead role of Jenna include Jordin Sparks and Katharine McPhee. Since debuting, the show has won 4 Tony Awards and 1 Grammy Award. The show bid farewell in January of 2020 as Kathrine McPhee played the lead one last time.
If you have ever been to New York City, you may have seen actors in their Chicago themed costumes handing out pamphlets encouraging New Yorkers and tourists to attend a performance. Nominated for 6 Tony Awards, Chicago is the longest running American musical. Chicago debuted in 1975 at the 46th St Theater (now called the Richard Rogers Theater). The show will still be running when New York reopens at the Ambassador Theater starting on September 7th.
The Lion King
Disney favorite The Lion King debuted as a Broadway musical in 1997 and is still being performed in New York City today. The show features incredible dancing, costumes, props and so much entertainment for the whole family to enjoy. We definitely recommend it to anyone who is a fan of Disney. The production is planning a US tour in 2021 hitting many major cities. Get tickets here.
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