The 10 Best Broadway Musical Adaptations For Theaters

While 2019 has been a tragic year for Broadway adaptations for theaters, with the release of Cats, 2020 has shown some of the potential that musicals can still realize on the big screen, with premieres of Hamilton and The Graduation Party, that arrived on Netflix. this Friday, December 11.

Taking advantage of the climate conducive to musicals, CinePOP has decided to recall 10 of the greatest Broadway adaptations that have jumped to the big screen. And there are several classics of the seventh art. Come with us!

10) The Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

Little Shop of Horrors is one of the gems of Broadway history. A favorite of many music fanatics. With melodies by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman, he made his off-Broadway debut in 1982, before going to the main stages of New York the following year. Just four years after its theatrical release, the play hit the big screen with the adaptation The Little Shop of Horrors (1986), directed by Frank Oz and starring Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Steve Martin, Jim Belushi, John Candy. , Bill Murray and Vincent Gardenia. Of the main cast, Greene was the only remnant of the Broadway version in the film. The production received two Oscar nominations: Best Visual Effects and Best Original Song (“Mean Green Mother from Outer Space”).

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9) Grease: in the days of brilliant (1978)

The cultural impact of the film Grease: In the Times of the Glow (1978) is so great that many people don’t even know there was a version on the Broadway stages before. Created by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, Grease first took the stage in Chicago in 1971, then moved to New York the following year. And it remained there for eight years, to the point of becoming for a time the longest-running musical in Broadway history – a record he soon lost to A Chorus Line. In theaters, Grease boosted the careers of John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, and received an Oscar nomination for Best Hopeless Devoted To Yo.

8) The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

Speaking of cultural impact… few works of art have made as much noise as The Rocky Horror Picture Show on stage and on screen. Created by Richard O’Brien, the musical made its London debut in 1973, settling on Broadway two years later. That same year, he hit theaters with a radical and unforgettable version directed by Jim Sharman. With Tim Curry in the hair of the unforgettable Dr. Frank-N-Furter and a young Susan Sarandon as Janet, the film marked an era even though it was a complete box office failure in its original release. Over time, the film has acquired a cultivated air and a different aura. To this day, it’s a favorite for special and interactive movie showings.

7) A Fiddler on the Roof (1971)

Released in 1964, with melodies by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and lyrics by Joseph Stein, the play Fiddler on the Roof marked an era on stage. So far, it was the first production to exceed 3,000 performances on Broadway. It also received ten Tony nominations, winning in nine categories, including Best Musical and Best Soundtrack. The film version, released seven years after its stage debut, also garnered a lot of attention and hype from audiences and critics. Directed by Norman Jewison, A Fiddler on the Roof received eight Oscar nominations, winning three categories, Best Cinematography, Best Sound and Best Soundtrack (for John Williams).

6) Love, sublime love (1961)

Legendary composers Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim were responsible for the songs in West Side Story, a reimagining of William Shakespeare’s classic Romeo and Juliet, which hit Broadway stages in the late 1950s. Despite a successful performing career, receiving two Tonys, it was on the screens that Amor Sublime Amor reached its maximum recognition. Directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, the film was a huge hit with audiences and critics, solidifying the careers of Natalie Wood and Rita Moreno. He received no less than ten statuettes at the Oscars, including that of the best film.

5) Chicago (2002)

Another Oscar for Best Picture that was a hit on the Broadway stages before making its way to the big screen. But this transition has taken much longer than average. Chicago made its Broadway debut in 1975, featuring a melody by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, and a screenplay by Ebb and Bob Fosse. He spent a year in New York then moved to London. Twenty years later, in 1996, he won a second cut on Broadway and eventually caught the attention of Hollywood. It was then that Rob Marshall embarked on the project which hit theaters in 2002. Starring Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere, Queen Latifah and John C. Reilly, the film is a blockbuster and critical and reaffirmed – a Moulin Rouge year later – that musicals had returned to conquer space in American cinema.

4) Funny Girl: The Genius Girl (1968)

Before being a famous movie starring Barbra Streisand, Funny Girl was a famous Broadway musical starring… Barbra Streisand. With a melody by Jule Styne, lyrics by Bob Merrill and a screenplay by Isobel Lennart, the play made its New York stage debut in 1964, gaining wide acclaim with audiences and critics. There were eight nominations for Tony, but ended up without a figure due to competition with Hello, Dolly !, another hit of the time. Barbra had previously performed in another musical and won two Grammys with her debut album when she took the stage with Funny Girl, but the play took the actress to another level of professional recognition. It only grew when he worked on the film adaptation of the musical. The film, directed by William Wyler, won the Oscar for Best Actress for Barbra Streisand.

3) My beautiful lady (1964)

The story of Eliza Doolittle reached the Broadway stage in 1956 with My Fair Lady, in a montage that is still popular with theater and music fanatics today. No coincidence, after all, the play starred none other than Julie Andrews as the protagonist. She acted opposite Rex Harrison. Interestingly, when it came time to adapt the play to the big screen, the producers kept Harrison on the project, but felt Andrews was too inexperienced – with no other cinematic work – and preferred to make the least risky bet. on Audrey Hepburn. That same year, Andrews released Mary Poppins. While the producers’ decision is in question, Minha Bela Dama is a beautiful film and lived to win eight Oscar statuettes, including Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Director.

2) Cabaret (1972)

The cabaret is one of the greatest classics in Broadway history and one of the most edited musicals in the past 60 years. The play debuted in 1966, with Jill Haworth as Sally Bowles and Joel Gray as emcee. Over the years, many successful actresses have played the role of Sally on stage, such as Judi Dench, Natasha Richardson, Michelle Williams, and Emma Stone. But, to the sadness of theatergoers, the definitive performance like Sally has come to the movies. In 1972, under the direction of Bob Fosse, Liza Minnelli delivered a totally unforgettable performance, which earned her an Oscar for best actress. Cabaret won seven other statues from the Academy. He just didn’t get the best picture because of a small production called The Godfather.

1) The Rebel Novice (1965)

How life is, isn’t it? A year after being dismissed from My Beautiful Lady, Julie Andrews took on the role of the protagonist of one of the greatest musicals in movie history, winner of five Oscar statuettes, including Best Picture: The Rebel Novice. Andrews made cinematic history under the name Maria von Trap. But she wasn’t the first actress to play the character, either. Mary Martin was the protagonist of The Sound of Music, a play that made its Broadway debut in 1959. Audience and critical phenomenon, the musical received five Tonys, including Best Musical. To this day, A Noviça Rebelde is a true cultural monument. And a lot because of a film that thrills young and old, with light and serious moments, and with an unforgettable soundtrack.

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