‘Matilda the Musical’ and 10 More Broadway Musicals That Should Be Turned Into Movies

The magic created on the musical stage is like no other. With massive dance ensembles, emotional ballads, and beautiful set pieces, it’s no surprise that musicals are a beloved entertainment medium. Not only do they broaden the creative landscape of the art world, they prove there’s more to it than the spoken word. Unfortunately, not everyone can make it to New York City or Broadway. That’s why the movie version of the musical was such a hit.

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Once delegated to a single stage, these great stories became accessible to a wider international audience. It also means being able to capture potentially large-scale stories. Chicago, miserableand more recently, Matilda, There is also a misstep of CatBut whatever it is, there’s no denying the need for more interesting and entertaining musical films. All it takes is a look at the untapped cinematic potential of Broadway’s massive and sometimes underrated show.


Set in an old theater that is being prepared for demolition, the musical follows the first and final reunion of former Weissmann showgirls from the interwar period. As they reminisce and celebrate past achievements, they are forced to grapple with past regrets and misplaced hopes of show business.

A deeply nostalgic and poignant story, set to legendary music and lyrics Stephen Sondheim, folly It is a musical that has the potential of such a movie. With gorgeous sets and costumes that serve as an ode to the 1920s and ’30s, the film adaptation only does this extent justice given its spectacular spectacle. folly It even diversifies the youthful dynamics of the film score genre.

“Urine Town”

Urinetown Original Broadway Company
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Decades of drought have forced government officials to ban water conservation in all public and privatized toilets. Instead? Urine Good Company, a megalomaniacal corporation that owns and controls all the places to pee. With strict laws against urinating in public, citizens (especially the poor) are at risk of being deported to the miserable land of her Urinetown.

Although not as well known as other Broadway musicals, Urintown equally commendable. This smart, satirical comedy captivated audiences with its unique world, catchy songs, and ability to criticize capitalism and bureaucracy with its theatrical flair.

“Once on this island”

Ti Moune and four deities: Agawé (God of Water), Erzulie (Goddess of Love), Asaka (Mother of Earth), Papa Ge (Demon of Death)
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The story is told of a young girl named Ti Moune who faced a stormy night and was saved by the power of four gods when they chose her for a special destiny. Now grown, she rescues a rich boy, Daniel, from a car accident, not knowing that it is the beginning of the gods’ ruse to test who is stronger, love or death.

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retelling of Hans Christensen Andersonof little mermaid, this show is for the whole family. It lends itself to vibrant on-screen adaptations of melodies and dance sequences to the rhythm of Caribbean-inspired music. once on this island is an uplifting, heartfelt and fun story.


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Based on the Tony Award-winning Greek mythology, this musical tells the love story of Orpheus and Eurydice, Hades, the god of the underworld, and his wife Persephone. Their stories are intertwined, as when Eurydice dies and is summoned to the Underworld, it is up to Orpheus to descend to Hades Town and pass Hades’ test to save her.

The story’s divine scope and setting translate well to the big screen, especially if the creatives follow the steampunk aesthetic of the musical on stage. Hadestown It would be a perfect ethereal picture with a modern flair thanks to the music of. Anais Mitchell.


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Trapped in a loveless and abusive marriage, Jenna’s pregnancy is anything but happy. Looking for her escape, she finds a way to escape her own world through her pie-making and her unexpected love affair with a doctor.

This stage musical is a place inspired by the 2007 rom-com. Keri Russellit would be a complete disadvantage Sarah Bareilles And if this show doesn’t get made into a movie, it’s all about her amazing music and lyrics. waitress It will be a heartwarming movie for a world that always needs more light.


Marvin, Wither, Jason and Trina in

falsetto tells the story of a quirky dysfunctional family led by Marvin, who separates from his wife to be with his male lover, Wither. Set in his 1980s as the AIDS crisis began, Marvin struggles to control his life as a father, lover, ex-husband and friend.

Captivating audiences through its portrayal of chaotic family dynamics, this is an important story to reach the masses as it celebrates themes of unity. falsetto Balanced by the emotional depression of loss and death. In the neurotic, fast-paced life the family lives, they constantly face challenges together.

‘She loves me’

Laura Benanti and Zachary Levi as Amalia and Georg in

Set in the 1930s, the musical follows the staff of Malachek’s perfumers, specifically Amalia and Georg, the store’s two rival clerks. Unbeknownst to them, they are in frequent contact via anonymous love letters as part of the Lonely Hearts Club and are in the middle of falling in love.

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Based on a story that inspired someone you love You’ve got mail, she loves me An excellent enemy-to-lover tale that has entertained audiences for decades with its humor and dramatic irony. Featuring a countdown to Christmas, this is the perfect comforting holiday movie. Who would complain about a good old rom-com full of joyful, energetic sequences and set against a backdrop of vintage charm?


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A show of fragmented stories, company follows Bobby on his 35th birthday. Bobby seeks advice from her married friends about her life as a single for the rest of her life. Through her series of short stories led by her five married couples, she observes their interactions and debates whether marriage is really right for him.

With hits like “Ladies Who lunch,” “Being Alive,” and “Getting Married Today,” it’s a wonder this classic musical hasn’t been made into a movie yet. Reflecting the modern struggle to stay calm, this will be a film that will resonate closely with audiences, especially the younger generation.

“Natasha and Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812”

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A Modern Twist on Slice Leo Tolstoyclassic novel of war and peace, In this show, Natasha is waiting for her beloved fiancée to return from the war. In a mere second of her seduction, she is seduced by her rogue and already married Anatole. With her reputation in Moscow society ruined, she seeks to help her family friend Pierre pick up pieces of her dignity and social status.

This is a musical that demands the epic scope of cinema. Its huge ensemble his sequences, booming songs, and captivating set design made the show on stage a theatrical experience like no other. Translating this to the screen only heightens this gorgeous event in the best possible way, allowing the story to embrace its grandeur.

“Come From Away”

Come From Away Broadway Company

On September 11, 2001, 38 planes and 7,000 passengers landed in the small town of Gander, Newfoundland. With a town twice as populous as his and tensions running high, the musical features cultural clashes, language barriers, and global camaraderie brought about by international comrades.

come from awayA touching story based on real events. A story from a little-known history, but one that deserves a moment to shine on the big screen. Where the world is filled with emotionally heavy movies, this story celebrates humanity and its interconnectedness. There will always be places in the world for such heartwarming stories.

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