These Are The Best Movie-To-Musical Adaptations

Sara Portnoy | February 4, 2019 8:43 pm

There’s something special about seeing a live musical. Today, it’s becoming increasingly common to see Broadway shows inspired by popular films. Sometimes the movies already have the songs in them, while other times the composers create brand new tunes to go along with the familiar plot. It can be a magical experience seeing iconic movie characters come to life in musical form and sometimes the performances are so good that people argue whether the movie or the musical is better. The musical isn’t the sequel, rather it uses the movie as inspiration to create an interactive experience for theater fans around the world. Here are some of the best movie-to-musical adaptations you won’t want to miss.

Legally Blonde

When Reese Witherspoon starred as the iconic Elle Woods in the 2001 film Legally Blonde, no one thought that anyone else could play that character. Six years later, a brand new Broadway musical was adapted with fresh songs and dance numbers, but it stayed true to the original story.

legally blonde the musical
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Don Arnold / Contributor

Legally Blonde The Musical was a hit right away. It inspired a large fan base and was even turned into an MTV reality show in hopes of replacing the lead star after her Broadway run ended. With mind-blowing reviews, it showed how a great movie can become a transformative musical.