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January 24, 2019

5 Musicals that Turned into Films

Stage-to-screen adaptations always get mixed reviews from audiences. Theater buffs have high expectations that film producers sometimes fail to live up to.

Of all the musicals that were made into films, here are the top five that we love:

  • Sound of Music
    Starring Christopher Plummer and Julie Andrews, The Sound of Music is a tuneful, heartwarming story based on the life of the Von Trapp Family Singers.

    The musical that opened on Broadway in 1963 won the Tony Award for Best Musical. The film that was made in 1965 won five Academy Awards including Best Picture.

  • Grease
    Grease, which is originally a raunchy and vulgar show depicting the lives of the working-class youth, was sanitized and tamed down for its movie adaptation.

    It has earned the title of the highest-grossing movie musical to date and considered to be one of the best films of the 1970s.

    John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John star in the film.

  • Mamma Mia!
    Based on the songs of the pop group ABBA, Mamma Mia! opened in London in 1999 and Broadway in 2001.

    The movie featured standout performances by Amanda Seyfried and Meryl Streep. It currently holds the record for one of the largest opening weekends for a movie musical.

    This is a story of a girl who is getting married and her search for her real father to walk her down the aisle on her wedding day.

  • Chicago
    The great success of the screen adaptation of Chicago in the 2003 Oscars is said to have brought Hollywood back to Broadway for its material.

    This story of two murderesses by Maurine Dallas Watkins was brought to the big screen with an all-star cast comprised of Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere, and Queen Latifah.

    The movie won the Academy Award for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress (Catherine Zeta-Jones), Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Best Costume Design, Best Film Editing, and Best Sound.

  • Les Misérables
    This Victor Hugo classic follows the life of Jean Valjean (played by Hugh Jackman) pursued by Police Inspector Javert (Russell Crowe) after breaking parole. He eventually meets the prostitute, Fantine, (Anne Hathaway) who leaves behind her daughter, Cosette, (Amanda Seyfried) under his care.

    Les Mis, as it is widely known, has been brought to the big screen five times in 1935, 1952, 1982, 1995, and 1998. But it was only in 2012 that the film adaptation became a success.

    The movie grossed a worldwide total of $441,809,770. It won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical and three Academy Awards.

  • What stage-to-screen adaptation that you love is not on this list? What musical do you think should be brought to the big screen? Sound off in the comments section!

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