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Musicals That Should Be Made into Movies

Buzz In: What Musicals Do You Want to See on the Big Screen?

Did you guys hear? The screen musical is back! Well, at least according to Hugh Jackman, who kicked off his Oscar ceremony musical medley on Sunday by talking about the box office success of Mamma Mia!.

It does seem like we get a good on-screen musical every few years, between Dreamgirls and Hairspray and even Chicago a while back.

I would love to see Mr. Jackman himself singing and dancing in the movies very soon, which got me thinking about musicals that should get a big-screen adaptation while the iron is apparently hot. I think Spring Awakening would be pretty great as a movie, and there's been some buzz for a while about getting Wicked on the big screen as well.

What musicals do you think would make good movies? And do you agree with Jackman that this is a trend worth rooting for?


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tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
I don't do musicals at all normally (I just don't get the whole bursting into song thing, it makes no sense to me), but I would probably watch Wicked if it came to the big screen.
closetrebels closetrebels 8 years
I haven't had the privilege of watching Spring Awakening live, but I do love all their songs and I'd probably die of happiness if I ever got to see it as a movie!
fireyelectra fireyelectra 8 years
eowynnie, Newsies should definitely follow the movie-to-stage show route. It has to be a better idea than Shrek, seriously.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
I really hope they adapt Wicked into a movie musical, it would be amazing! Especially if Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth reprised their original Broadway roles. My absolute favorite musical in the whole world is Phantom of the Opera but that has already been adapted into a great (IMO) movie. Hmmm...Spring Awakening could be good as a movie musical, but I could also see it as a regular movie. Miss Saigon or Aida could be good movies!
eowynnie eowynnie 8 years
I think they should make Newsies into a STAGE musical! Anyone? Anyone?
Allyace Allyace 8 years
I would definitely vote for Wicked. I think musicals that are more fantasyish work out better on the big screen. Like Chicago and Moulin Rouge (even if that one wasn't on the stage first). Rather than the more realistic ones like Rent (oh my was that bad).
menthadict menthadict 8 years
AIDA lol i miss it like crazy
elysiamann elysiamann 8 years
spring awakening changed my life (seriously, it did!), but i would be dissapointed if it was made into a movie. making a unique experience like that (especially since i sat ON STAGE!) into a movie just wouldn't do it justice and would kind of ruin it, if that's even possible. the story is amazing though and would make a great film, without the musical aspect. a based-on type of thing would be amazing.
shiningeyes shiningeyes 8 years
Les Mis is my favorite, but somehow I have trouble envisioning a decent adaptation or how they could market a movie like that. I'd really like to see 'Miss Saigon,' but that would be a long shot. 'Wicked' would be great though, I bet.
dannysf dannysf 8 years
I'm with you Buzz, I think Spring Awakening would be amazing!
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
Les Mis and Joseph.
JCP0240 JCP0240 8 years
Miishouston good taste! I love me some Sondheim! I would def love to see Into the Woods and I do think Wicked could be a good movie if the film industry doesn't destroy it and change it alot.
Erica20 Erica20 8 years
I think Wicked would transfer well to a movie musical. I would love to see it and wonder who would be the best in it. Naturally I would love to see the original Broadway cast. Spring Awakening - which I absolutely adore - wouldn't fare as well. I love the music and the story but the style of storytelling with the characters kind of singing to the audience a movie might not the musical justice. The story/book however could certainly be adapted to be a non-musical and I think it would be great.
misshouston misshouston 8 years
I'd like to see some Sondheim: Into the Woods, Company, Folllies. With people who can actually sing, please.
care0531 care0531 8 years
Andrew Lloyd Webbers Aspects of Love
ayanaphil ayanaphil 8 years
Updated Westside Story.
Zivanod Zivanod 8 years
Wicked would be a good movie musical. I'd love to see that. Spring Awakening is an amazing musical but as a movie, a non-musical version may work better. I would also have loved to see a movie version of Disney's Aida.
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