From Broadway to the Big Screen

1. West Side Story | 2. Oklahoma! | 3. Chicago | 4. Mamma Mia! | 5. Rent

This week I saw a couple of Broadway shows Jesus Christ Superstar and Porgy and Bess.  I also went to the immersive theater production, Sleep No More, which I highly recommend. Halfway through Porgy and Bess, I started thinking about which Broadway shows have been turned into movies. Most of the Broadway-to-big screen movies that I’ve seen have been really great, but these ones are my favorites. It is fun to see the Broadway performances come alive on the silver screen, especially when the sets and locations are adjusted to a bigger budget. Unlike book-to-movies where I encourage reading the book before seeing the movie, I think you can watch either the Broadway show or movie first without ruining the other. What are your favorite Broadway-to-big screen movies? 

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6 thoughts on “From Broadway to the Big Screen

  1. I love this post. I am planning a trip to New York in December. An annual trip for my mom and I and we always see a broadway show. My favorites are The Color Purple (cried in the theater), Rent and Hairspray (play and two movies, still counts, right?) Also, I have to mention Chicago as a great movie, but I haven’t seen it on Broadway. I am not sure what to see this year. Any other suggestions? I have seen all that you have mentioned above except Oklahoma and Chicago.

    • That sounds like so much fun! NYC is a great (but cold!) place to be in December with all the festivities. Chicago is one of my favorites, but Wicked and The Book of Mormon are also amazing. I’ve heard Rock of Ages is a good one to go to, but I haven’t been.

  2. I think the upcoming movie in December of Les Miserable will be pretty awesome.
    I actually liked the movie version of Mama Mia better than the Theatre one,,maybe it was just the actors who knows, lol.
    I really would like to see Lion King and West Side Story at the Theatre.

    • I’ve heard The Lion King is great! Les Mis on the big screen with all those actors will be fun to watch…I’ve read that they all sing live during their actual scenes. Amazing!

  3. Loved the “Phantom of the Opera” movie with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s music, Emmy Rossum’s voice is amazing!
    Can’t wait for the December release of “Les Miserables” with Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe. The trailer for the movie with Anne Hathaway singing “I Dreamed a Dream” was a great teaser for the movie, who knew she could sing so well…!

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