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Buzz In: What Is Your Favorite Musical-Turned-Movie?

This is the week for Broadway shows! Not only are the current theater selections raking in more cash than usual despite the economy, it also sounds like we'll soon be seeing two more musicals move to the big screen. I already told you about the plans for a Rock of Ages movie musical, and now comes word that Miss Saigon may be getting the film treatment too, with Lee Daniels in talks to direct. (You may recognize his name as the director of Precious. Check back next week for my interview with him!)

I've seen Miss Saigon on stage, and I think Daniels is a solid choice for the musical. Based on his past films, I'm guessing he'd shape it into more of a gritty drama than a flashy Hollywood number — and that's a good thing given the show's darker subject matter.

While some shows have made the transition to film with only lukewarm success in recent years — hello, Phantom of the Opera — I still have a soft spot in my heart for them, especially when it comes to classics like My Fair Lady or West Side Story. So tell me, what's your favorite? Are you a Sound of Music fan? Rent? Sound off in the comments!

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californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 7 years
Oh yeah I can't forget about Grease and Sweeney Todd! There are a lot of musicals that I LIKE, but these are the only ones that I absolutely LOVE.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 7 years
Oh my gosh, I am so excited that Miss Saigon may be turned into a movie! I was too young when it came touring to San Francisco and I always wanted to see it. Can't wait for the Wicked movie to come out too. My favorite musicals adapted into movies are Phantom of the Opera (so underrated!!!), The Sound of Music, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Rent, Carousel, and Little Shop of Horros.
blondie829 blondie829 7 years
Chicago and Hairspray!
theCatsPajamas theCatsPajamas 7 years
1 - little shop of horrors! does it get better than rick moranis and steve martin? um, no. 2- rocky horror. oh how i love tim curry. it was a movie first, but the stage version is just as awesome, and audience participation gets amped up when you can actually interact with the transvestites. a really good time.
mag721 mag721 7 years
Sound of Music Oklahoma State Fair Rent Grease I hope to see Wicked as a movie soon!
Zivanod Zivanod 7 years
I like Miss Saigon and look forward to a movie version. I'd also like to see a movie verion of Wicked perhaps with Lea Michele as Elphaba (often romoured to be a Broadway replacement pre-Glee). I don't know if I have a favourite movie musical but I was extremely disappointed in the RENT movie. Being a former Renthead, you would have thought that having the movie with the majority of the OBC would be a huge hit but it wasn't. Boo!
maskedtoejam maskedtoejam 7 years
West Side Story and Fiddler on the Roof are two of my favorite movies ever.
bengalspice bengalspice 7 years
My Fair Lady Chicago Sweeney Todd
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
I enjoyed Chicago and Moulin Rouge.
Desert Desert 7 years
I grew up watching musicals (movies 1st, and then I got to see a lot of the 'big' shows when I visited London) and I love them all. :)
gruaig_rua gruaig_rua 7 years
Mamma Mia :)
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
The Sound of Music.
limelindsey limelindsey 7 years
Well, The Sound of Music is probably my favorite movie of all time...so that's a given. RENT is another one. And I loved Hairspray (movie - musical - movie). I know I'm in the minority on this one, but I do not like My Fair Lady. It's not the music (which is great) or the actors (who do a good job) - it's the story and the character of Henry Higgins especially! Ugh! Misogynistic snob!
leslievanhouten leslievanhouten 7 years
I love most of them: Sound of Music, West Side Story, Grease, South Pacific, Oklahoma, Tommy, Cabaret. A Chorus Line is the only one I remember being pretty awful
genesisrocks genesisrocks 7 years
West Side Story by a mile! It was so much more heartbreaking getting a close up of Maria's face when Tony died. Wow that may have been the cheesiest thing I've ever typed
myfairlady93 myfairlady93 7 years
My Fair Lady; it's my favorite musical of all time.
mediaddict000 mediaddict000 7 years
Phantom of the Opera and Chicago!!!
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