From Screen to Stage: Five Throwback Movies Adapted to Broadway Musicals

From Screen to Stage: Five Throwback Movies Adapted to Broadway Musicals

Broadway shows have been based on everything from sensationalist tabloid headlines (Bat Boy) to NBA rivalries (Magic/Bird), but the most common source for inspiration may be the silver screen. Many classic throwback movies find new life on Broadway after undergoing the full-fledged song-and-dance treatment. It was recently announced that the 25 year old rom com Pretty Woman is coming to Broadway.

Let’s take a look at the films from Hollywood’s not-too-distant past that are making their way to a Broadway stage this season. From side-splitting comedies to stirring dramas, these shows are sure to thrill musical theater fans headed to the Great White Way in 2015.

School of Rock

Who could forget the hilarious antics of Jack Black rocking out with a classroom full of fourth-graders? Legendary composer Andrew Lloyd Weber (Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Evita) is the musical mastermind behind this family-friendly comedy’s adaptation for the Broadway stage that’s sure to thrill and tickle audiences when it debuts on Broadway this summer.

Honeymoon in VegasGet tickets in NYC

Based on the big-screen comedy starring James Caan, Nicholas Cage, and Sarah Jessica Parker, the stage rendition of Honeymoon in Vegas promises to be just as zanily hilarious. Tony Award-winning composer/lyricist Jason Robert Brown (Parade, Bridges of Madison County) joins Andrew Bergman, who wrote and directed the movie, to bring it to Broadway. Starring Tony Danza as wife-stealing big shot Tommy Korman, the show offers plenty of laughs and over-the-top numbers for fans of musical comedies.

An American in ParisGet tickets in NYC

Audiences can expect to see some world-class dancing when this Gene Kelley movie-musical masterpiece comes to the stage, especially with contemporary ballet superstar Christopher Wheeldon (Sweet Smell of Success) set to choreograph and direct. The stunning movement is set to the timeless music of George Gershwin for a truly transcendent night at the theater.

The Color Purple

The Color Purple’s powerful story has been told in many forms: a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, an Oscar-nominated movie, and an acclaimed Broadway musical. Originally premiering on Broadway in 2005 to rave reviews, the Oprah Winfrey-produced musical is back for a 2015 revival that features the gifted actress and singer Jennifer Hudson in her Broadway debut as supporting character Shug Avery. This much-anticipated revival features all of the same great music that garnered the original production eleven Tony nominations.


Doctor Zhivago

A complex narrative about an idealistic poet fighting for love—and against a revolution gone awry—Doctor Zhivago has seen numerous screen adaptations over the years. The musical version, directed by Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys, 700 Sundays), sticks closely to the novel by Boris Pasternak while weaving in the wonderful music of Lucy Simon (The Secret Garden) and lyrics by Michael Korie (Grey Gardens) and Amy Powers (writing for her first Broadway show). After successful runs in San Diego, CA, and Sydney, Australia, this provocative musical heads to Broadway.

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