BY: FRANCESCA BRILLI
I’ll admit, a lot of these movies are already musicals but are either no longer on Broadway or haven’t quite made it to Broadway. But, what better time to catch yourself up on upcoming shows than during quarantine? Check out our list of our favorites below, and then let us know which one is your favorite!
1. The Great Gatsby
Synopsis: Writer Nick Carraway escapes to New York City during the height of the roaring 20s, and finds himself drawn to his neighbor, Jay Gatsby’s lifestyle.
I know that Tom and Julia mentioned wanting to make this into a musical on Smash, but it seriously was an inspired idea. It takes place in the ’20s, there’s dancing, there’s fashion, there’s romance. Can you imagine the jazz inspired music numbers and the foxtrot dance breaks? Not to mention Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge is already a bonafide Broadway success — this is one director’s whose films on the silver screen translate perfectly to the stage. I have goosebumps thinking about it.
Stream it: Rent it on Amazon Prime
Synopsis: Rapunzel has long golden locks and a tower that she’s been stuck in for as long as she can remember. But, when she is discovered by a handsome thief, she has the opportunity to see the world for the first time, and find out who she truly is.
We’ve got Jasmine (via Aladdin), we’ve got Nala (Lion King), and we have Elsa AND Anna (Frozen), but you can’t help us from wanting more! Rapunzel is the next perfect fit to join our Disney Theatrical Princesses. There’s already an incredible score (this video of Taylor Louderman and Lesli Margherita singing a Tangled medley is proof they would be the perfect Punzie and Mother Gothel combo), characters we already know and love (Eugene Fitzherbert, we’re talking to you!), and the opportunity for so many great comedic moments, stunning costumes, and breathtaking sets. C’mon, Disney!
Synopsis: This story follows Heather, Heather, Heather, and Veronica. The Heathers are the ultimate mean-girl clique at their High School in Ohio. They take Veronica under their wing, but she doesn’t like that they’re ruining her good-girl image, so she teams up with loner J.D. to kill the cool kids.
Okay, Heathers is maybe one of my favorite adaptations. I was never a huge fan of the movie, but the musical has taken the humor from the movie and made the show feel like even more of a comedy. I mean, the songs are iconic. From “Candy Store” (feat. in our Easter playlist!) to “Seventeen”, it’s catchy hit after catchy hit. Who would you like to see as the three Heathers??? It was off-Broadway, it was in the West End, it’s time for Broadway to have its taste of Primary-color clad queens of mean.
4. Hunchback of Notre Dame
Synopsis: The story follows Quasimodo, a bell-ringer who must assert his independence from the man who has kept him captive, to save his friend.
I know it’s already a musical, and a really good one at that. (Michael Arden as Quasimodo, Ciara Renee as Esmeralda, and Patrick Page as Claude Frollo????? INCREDIBLE.) But the original movie is still one of the best (and darkest) animated films from the 90s. You can’t help but be moved when Quasimodo sings “Out There” (him and Punzie have a lot in common, they should get tea).
5. Almost Famous
Synopsis: A high schooler is given a once in a lifetime opportunity when Rolling Stone asks him to accompany an up-and-coming rock band on their tour.
Almost Famous has already done an out of town in San Diego last fall (with rave reviews, I should add), and it’s clear they’re shooting for Broadway. But, until we have an official announcement or a cast album, I’ll just be here watching the movie over and over again and dreaming up what the production is going to look like when it ultimately premieres on the Great White Way.
Stream it: Rent it on Amazon Prime
Synopsis: Before heading off to fight in the war, a group of teenagers make bets on who can bring the ugliest girl to a party.
Look, I know it sounds like a straight up mean movie, but it’s actually pretty good. The message of not judging a book by its cover is clear from the start, but the way Rose and Eddie’s story develops may just surprise you (plus it’s Lili Taylor and River Phoenix!!!!). It was already made into a musical off-Broadway in 2012 starring Derek Klena and Lindsay Mendez, and it has an incredible album to go along with it (Pasek and Paul before their Dear Evan Hansen days!).
7. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Synopsis: Charlie, an introverted High School Freshman is taken under the wings of Sam and Patrick, two Seniors who open his eyes and bring him into the real world.
Listen, this just got put back on Netflix and I’m happy to admit I sobbed like a baby all over again. Although it’s a story with hidden sorrows (reminiscent of Dear Evan Hansen), at its root it’s an honest story about mental health, friendship and first love. Set in the early 90s, the movie has an epic soundtrack, with killer costumes and a hilarious Rocky Horror Picture Show sequence. Just THINK of the OCR? I have goosebumps.
8. Devil Wears Prada
Synopsis: Andy Sachs has recently graduated and moves to New York City to pursue a career in journalism. She lands a co-assistant job working for Miranda Priestly, the Editor in Chief of high fashion magazine, Runway.
This show is already in development and I cannot wait for more juicy tidbits from Miranda Priestly a la the cerulean sweater. Imagine the FASHION?? Are they going to update the looks to better reflect fashion now? Will they be representing fashion from the movie itself? Beth Leavel (The Prom, The Drowsy Chaperone), and Taylor Iman Jones (Scotland PA, Head over Heels), are set to play Miranda and Andy, and I seriously cannot wait to hear them both wail about the turmoils of working in fashion.
Stream it: Rent on Amazon Prime
9. 10 Things I Hate About You
Synopsis: New to school Cameron becomes smitten with the beautiful and popular Bianca. However, he finds out that she can’t go on a date until her older sister Kat does, so he comes up with a plan to pay bad boy Patrick to take out Kat.
Rock musical fans, RISE! 10 Things I Hate About You is funny, it’s feminist, and its angsty. I mean, the movie literally opens with Kat blaring “Bad Reputation” by Joan Jett. Can you imagine the staging of the iconic “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” bleacher ballad? We’ve had the pleasure of having Kiss Me, Kate on Broadway three times since it’s premiere in 1948, so clearly the story is already a hit with audiences. Give us the rock musical we deserve, Broadway!!
10. It’s Kind of a Funny Story
Synopsis: A young teen who has been diagnosed with depression checks himself into an adult psychiatric ward.
I love this story. It shows strength in a time of feeling weakest, and a desire to change your own path. The book the film is based on was written by the same author who gave us Be More Chill, though they tell very different teen stories. However, the similar narrative of a teenager struggling to figure out who they are is still there. Drew Gasparini and Alex Brightman are working on developing it into a musical, and even did a show at 54 Below in 2017 (check out the opening number!)
Stream it: Rent it on Amazon Prime
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