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5 Broadway Musicals That Deserve A Movie Version

Everyone loves going to Broadway theaters and witnessing the majestic performances of actors and actresses in a live setting. However, due to the onset of the pandemic, many theaters closed down and a lot of musical plays were cancelled and put on hold. There were no other options for fans to see their favorite plays.

Good thing the adaptation of Broadway musicals to movie versions has been in practice for some companies. Some are available for streaming at the comfort of one’s home via platforms like YouTube. There are still a lot of popular musicals that have not yet been converted into movies.

Hadestown

Hadestown Broadway

Created by Anaïs Mitchell, Hadestown tells the story of two young lovers, Eurydice and Orpheus, with the latter journeying down to hell to save the love of his life. Through music, Orpheus tries to negotiate with Hades, the god of the underworld.

The musical is a recipient of eight Tony Awards. With this successful performance, the show must be suited enough to have its own big-screen adaptation.

Hamilton

Hamilton

This story is based on the founding father of America, Alexander Hamilton, and relayed through the use of hip-hop mixed with the R&B music style. The plot is mainly political, addressing issues regarding revolutionary war with themes of blackmailing and death.

Hamilton is one of the most popular musicals in Broadway because of its style and execution. It is also a recipient of the 2016 Tony Awards which makes it deserving of a movie adaptation.

Wicked

Wicked

Wicked has been a long-time running play and has been adapted into several theatrical performances. The plot centers on two unlikely friends, Elphaba and Glinda, as they navigate the world of the wizards. It inspires young fans to believe in themselves and accept their flaws since Elphaba’s skin is green.

The play is successful enough to have its own live-action movie version. Besides, it has a few animated versions already available for watching.

Miss Saigon

Miss Saigon

The famed story of love between an American G.I. and a Vietnamese bar girl is one of the most engrossing tales that ever graced Broadway. The HD version of the live recording of Miss Saigon was released in 2016. This surely proves that the story needs to have its own film version.

The cast led by Eva Noblezada as Kim and Alistair Brammer as Chris are perfect for when they plan to reprise their roles for a much-needed movie adaptation.

The Grinning Man

The Grinning Man

Perhaps this is a not-so-well-known play among the common crowd. But if you are a fan of Les Misérables or The Phantom of the Opera, this play is recommended for you. This is a tragicomedy adapted from Victor Hugo’s novel, The Man Who Laughs. It is about a disfigured man who is cursed to smile forever.

This will make a good movie version because of its plot. It involves a freak show which is kind of reminiscent of the film The Greatest Showman. The grim fairytale-like ambiance of the play is perfect for a spooky movie night.

Written by Ariane Cruz