Do You Know Which Movies Became Broadway Musicals?


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Usually, musicals are turned into movies, but sometimes, movies are taken to the stage! In this quiz, we'll test your knowledge of famous movies that were turned into musicals. You'll be surprised by which were successes, and which were total flops!

Was there a musical based on "Silence of the Lambs?"

"Silence! The Musical," was a hilarious spoof that played in fringe theaters for a while in 2005. It didn't make it to Broadway, but it should have!

What year did "Beauty and the Beast" come to Broadway?

"Beauty and the Beast" came to Broadway in 1994. What would follow is Disney's total domination of Broadway. . .

Was "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" turned into a musical?

"Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" became a popular Broadway musical. It was from composer-lyricist David Yazbek, and it played in 2005.

Which B-movie was turned into a Broadway musical?

"Little Shop of Horrors" started as a B-movie, made by Roger Corman. It was turned into a musical in 1982.

Which Greta Garbo hit was turned into a Broadway musical?

"Grand Hotel" hit Broadway in 1989. It was also a success as a black and white movie with Greta Garbo.

Which boxing musical made it to Broadway?

"Rocky," the musical, actually made it to Broadway! But it only lasted for six months in 2014. . .

Which Julie Taymor production took Disney to a whole new level?

Julie Taymor transformed "The Lion King" for the stage. Today, it's one of the most popular Disney musicals.

Which musical adaptation was from a John Waters movie?

Duh. This John Waters movie was turned into a stage musical in 2002. The musical was then made into a movie again!

Which independent hit became a Broadway musical?

"Once" was an indy hit in Ireland in 2007. It became a Broadway musical in 2012. The famous song from the movie and show is "Falling Slowly."

Did "42nd Street" start as a movie or a stage musical?

"42nd Street" started as a movie in 1933. It wasn't converted into a Broadway musical until 1980! Long time coming.

How long was "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" on Broadway?

"Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" was based on the 1954 movie. It only had five performances on Broadway in 1982.

When did "Aladdin" hit Broadway?

"Aladdin" was based on the 1992 movie sensation. It hit the Broadway stage in 2014, and it's still playing!

Which Disney hit took to the stage?

"Mary Poppins" hit the Broadway stage in 2004. It took many years to get it all figured out, but they had the rights in 1993.

Which documentary was turned into a Broadway musical?

"Grey Gardens," based on the lives of Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale and her daughter, hit the stage in 2006. The musical was as bizarre as the documentary.

Which Fellini movie was turned into a musical?

"8 1/2" was turned into the musical "Nine." It hit the Broadway stage in 1982. It was later made into a movie musical!

What other Fellini film was turned into a musical?

"Nights of Cabiria" was a 1957 movie that was turned into "Sweet Charity" in 1966. The songs from the show are some of the most famous in Broadway history.

Which Olivia Newton John flick was turned into a stage musical?

The trippy movie known as "Xanadu" was turned into a Broadway musical in 2007. Yes, there was lots of rollerskating.

What was "Promises, Promises" based on?

"Promises, Promises" came to Broadway in 1968. It was based off the Billy Wilder movie "The Apartment."

Which Monty Python movie took to the stage?

"Monty Python and the Holy Grail" was turned into Spamalot in "2005." This show borrowed songs from other Monty Python movies, as well.

Which Vincent Minelli movie was turned into a Broadway musical?

The 1951 movie classic was turned into a Broadway musical in 2015. Seems like it should have been done sooner!

What was the stage adaptation of the movie "Lili?"

"Carnival!" was the stage adaptation of the Leslie Caron movie "Lili." It hit the Broadway stage in 1961.

Which of these was a Broadway musical?

All of these classic movies were turned into Broadway musicals. Some were more successful than others!

Which movie did "Mamma Mia!" borrow from?

"Mamma Mia!" borrowed from both of these. It got its plot from the Italian movie, but it borrowed the ABBA songs from something that was done in "Muriel's Wedding."

The 1981 Italian film, "Passione d'Amore," was turned into what musical?

The 1994 musical "Passion" was based off the 1981 Italian film "Passione d'Amore." Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's work was masterful.

Which Ingmar Bergman movie became a popular musical?

"A Little Night Music" was based off the Ingmar Bergman movie "Smiles of a Summer Night." It debuted in 1973.

Which Disney flop became a musical?

Although "Newsies" was a flop when it was a movie in 1992, it became a successful musical. It opened onstage in 2012.

What 1967 movie about the 1920s came to Broadway?

This fun musical came to Broadway in 2002. It starred Sutton Foster, making a star turn.

Which musical almost made it to Broadway?

Although it was made into a musical, "Dirty Dancing" only played to regional audiences. Maybe that will change!

Which musical did Cyndi Lauper do the music for?

This Broadway hit was based off a British movie. Cindi Lauper did the music for it, and it's no drag!

Which Andrew Lloyd Webber masterpiece was first a black and white movie?

This smash hit starred Glenn Close, and it's based off the 1950 movie. The musical debuted in 1995.

Which Mel Brooks musical enchanted Broadway?

"The Producers" came to Broadway in 2001. It was a huge hit with Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick.

What year did the "Full Monty" come out?

"The Full Monty" was a wonderful hit that came out in 2000. It was based on the enormously successful British film.

Which Broadway musical is based on a boy dancing ballet?

"Billy Elliot" is based on the phenomenal movie, set in Ireland. It first hit the stage in 2005.

Which musical didn't make it to Broadway?

Sadly, "Evil Dead: The Musical," did not make it to Broadway. But it got as close as Las Vegas!

Which show only lasted for a few months in 2016?

Yes, there was an "American Psycho" musical, but it didn't last long. It was around for a few months in 2016.

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