5 iconic Broadway musical adaptations reportedly on the way


Of To rent and Hair spray To The sound of music, Chicago, and Sweeney Todd: The Barber Demon of Fleet Street, Turning Broadway musicals into big-budget Hollywood blockbusters isn’t a new trend. Lin-Manuel Miranda In the heights and Ryan Murphy Prom are just around the corner. Whether it’s a ballad-infused drama or an energetic story of joyous murderers, a little song and dance on the big screen never gets old. And, based on recent reports, a handful of famous musicals are going to be getting movie adaptations soon.

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Whether trapped in developmental hell or in the early stages of production, the following musical film adaptations are underway… but could take several years.

1. “Bad guys”

Rumors of a Bad film began to surface almost as soon as the Wizard of Oz The prequel took to the stage with Idina Menzel in “Defying Gravity”. Still, if you care about finding that musical adaptation, hang on to your horses, or should we say broom? According to Playbill, Marc Platt Productions and Universal Studios are behind the film. Winnie Holzman is at the origin of the screenplay and Stephen Daldry would be the director; however, the cast remains to be determined. And, Stephen Schwarts is getting ready to write some new songs for the movie too! The film is slated for release in December 2021, but could face delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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2. “Sunset Boulevard”

The Broadway Musical Sunset Boulevard First opened on the Great White Way in 1991. The Broadway show is based on the 1950 film of the same name starring Gloria Swanson as Norma Desmond – the declining silent movie star stuck in a state of greatness delusional.

The classic film – typical of the noir genre – was not a musical, but the upcoming film will take inspiration from the theatrical production directed by Glenn Close. Glenn Close also wants to reprise his role to sing the iconic “As If We Never Say Goodbye” again. But, this time, the performance will be permanent. There are reports that the film could surface as early as 2021, as Whatsonstage notes. Playbill notes that Paramount Pictures will be behind the film with Rob Ashford set to direct.

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3. “Pippin”

Reinette apple recently saw a Broadway revival with Patina Miller in a role made famous by Ben Vareen: The Leading Player. Storyline Entertainment will be behind the next production. Much of the news regarding this musical remains unconfirmed or to be determined. Without a director, screenwriter or cast, Reinette apple awaits us in the distant future!


4. “We are riding happily”

The film adaptation for We ride happily has already landed an impressive performer; Ben Platt, Beanie Feldstein and Blake Jenner will star in the film. Only problem: the film will take 20 years to shoot. Director Richard Linklater (best known for 2014s Childhood) It will take 20 years to complete the project, which correlates with the series’ 20-year saga. Hopefully Stephen Sondheim fans will return to the theater once again for this adaptation.

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5. “Madness”

Follies is yet another Stephen Sondheim favorite. The musical features some of the lyricist / songwriter’s best-known acts, including “Losing My Mind”, “Could I Leave You” and “I’m Still Here”. As Playbill notes, BBC Films and Heyday Films are behind the adaptation with Dominic Cooke on the verge of directing.

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