Jukebox Musical Theatre Breaks

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Throughout the years there have been many stage musicals that have developed from films, bands and television programmes. From the hugely successful Mamma Mia and We Will Rock You Musical to the award winning Our House based on the music of Madness and the short lived show Never Forget based on the early songs of Take That there are plenty of musicals that have stemmed from pop music favourites.

In recent years those travelling on theatre breaks have had the opportunity to see the songs of The Four Seasons brought to life in the Jersey Boys, rock n’ roll favourites in Dreamboats and Petticoats and relive the astounding night that Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash met at Sun Records studio in Million Dollar Quartet. In 2012 London will welcome American Idiot a musical based on the album of the same name by American punk band Green Day. During its run on Broadway the musical won two Tony Awards, a Grammy award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Drama Desk Award as well as being nominated for several more.

The stage has also been greatly influenced by the screen with both television programmes and films being transformed into stage musicals. In 2003 the controversial production of Jerry Springer the Opera opened, written by Richard Thomas and Stewart Lee this was based on the TV talk show. There have also been stage adaptations of the popular Disney films Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King and High School Musical. The stage production of Legally Blonde achieved huge acclaim, surpassing the popularity of the film and winning several awards. With popular film musicals such as Sister Act and Dirty Dancing touring the UK the film adaptation has proved to be a huge success. News has now come through that the popular Austin Powers franchise will be adapted into a musical in the coming years.

What do you think of the musical adaptations of films and bands? What musical would you like to see being made?

2 responses to “Jukebox Musical Theatre Breaks

  1. Sarah Forrester

    I would love to see Young Frankenstein The Musical which has currently only been performed in America – throughout my younger days we watched Young Frankenstein so much we knew the script !! 😀 I think Mrs Doubtfire would also make a fun musical like Shrek… and I would love to see Pretty Woman made into a musical too !

  2. I ABSOLUTELY love The Lion King as a film to musical adaptation. I think, if possible, the story is even better on stage because the costumes are so extraordinary! Seriously! Who has seen it?

    ALTHOUGH – the only problem with the stage revival is that you get a lot of noisey school kids at the theatre.

    Films as musicals – I can imagine Bring it On might draw in a certain crowd!

    Personally, if it could be done well, I would love to see a Broadway/ West End production of Titanic. I can imagine that it would be beautiful.

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