Movie Adaptations Of Broadway Musicals That Were Musical Adaptions Of Older Non-Musical Plays And Movies (And Maybe A Few Steps More)

by dgranger | created - 21 May 2017 | updated - 22 May 2017 | Public

Yes, weather they are directly connected or not or that the timeline of events makes it look that way, there is a small set of movie adaptions of Broadway musicals that were musical adaptations of older movies and plays themselves. The story just seamed to evolve. And in some cases, the Broadway musical adaptation of a movie was a movie adaptation of a non-musical play and so forth (aka: the play was based on a book or story). The list only shows the finial film. Which is your favorite? [link=]Dicuss it here.[/link] P.S. This was inspired by urbanemovies' Broadway to Hollywood Musical Adaptations. This list concentrates on a smaller subset of that one.

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1. My Fair Lady (1964)

G | 170 min | Drama, Family, Musical

95 Metascore

Snobbish phonetics Professor Henry Higgins agrees to a wager that he can make flower girl Eliza Doolittle presentable in high society.

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Stanley Holloway, Wilfrid Hyde-White

Votes: 82,897 | Gross: $72.00M

George Bernard Shaw wrote the play "Pygmalion" that premiered Oct 16, 1913. There were two movie adaptions of this play (Pygmalion (1935) (1935) and Pygmalion (1938) (1938)) before Lerner And Loewe did a musical version of it, renamed as "My Fair Lady" which premiered on Broadway on March 15, 1956, after several off off beoadway runs first. The movie adaption of the musical was released on December 25, 1964

2. The Sound of Music (1965)

G | 172 min | Biography, Drama, Family

63 Metascore

A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the children of a Naval officer widower.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker, Richard Haydn

Votes: 193,709 | Gross: $163.21M

In 1949, Maria Augusta von Trapp published her memoirs entitled "The Story of the Trapp Family Singers". On Oct. 9, 1956, a West German film, based on her memoirs, "Die Trapp-Familie (1956)" ("The Trapp Family") was released and later re-released in the United States by Fox Distribution on April 19, 1961. It was one of the most successful West German films of the 1950's and it spawned a sequal called "Die Trapp-Familie in Amerika (1958) (1958)("The Trapp Family In America"). The films and the book were the direct inspiration for stage director Vincent J. Donehue and producers Leland Hayward and Richard Halliday to hire Rodgers and Hammerstein to create a slightly factionalized musical version of the story and call it titled, "The Sound Of Music" as a vechicle for Mary Martin, which the musical, starring her, debuted on Broadway on November 16, 1959. The movie version of the musical was released on March 2, 1965.

3. Nine (2009)

PG-13 | 118 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

49 Metascore

Famous film director Guido Contini struggles to find harmony in his professional and personal lives, as he engages in dramatic relationships with his wife, his mistress, his muse, his agent, and his mother.

Director: Rob Marshall | Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Marion Cotillard, Penélope Cruz, Sandro Dori

Votes: 41,542 | Gross: $24.00M

Federico Fellini wrote and directed a semi-autobiographical film called "8½ (1963)" about a director suffering a creative block. It was released on February 13, 1963. In 1973, Maury Yeston, created the musical version of it and called it "Nine" as a class-project in Lehman Engel's BMI Music Theatre Workshop. By their was problems with the play's book and it was rewritten several times. The musical opened on Broadway on May 9, 1982. The movie version of the play was released on December 25, 2009.

4. Hello, Dolly! (1969)

G | 146 min | Adventure, Comedy, Musical

51 Metascore

Matchmaker Dolly Levi travels to Yonkers to find a partner for "half-a-millionaire" Horace Vandergelder, convincing his niece, his niece's intended, and his two clerks to travel to New York City along the way.

Director: Gene Kelly | Stars: Barbra Streisand, Walter Matthau, Michael Crawford, Marianne McAndrew

Votes: 12,767 | Gross: $7.24M

This play's long evolution starts with being a 1835 one act farce by John Oxenford called "A Day Well Spent". In 1842, It was extended to three-act by Austrian playwriter Johann Nestroy who titled it as "Einen Jux will er sich machen" ("He Will Go on a Spree" or "He'll Have Himself a Good Time") with music provided by Adolf Müller. In 1938, Thornton Wilder takes Nestroy's play and writes an Americanized non-musical version called "The Merchant Of Yonkers". It ran on Broadway for 39 performances. 15 years later, director Tyrone Guthrie influences Wilder to go back to the play and rewrite it. This time, Wilder takes a minor character of the orginnal plays, Dolly 'Gallagher' Levi, a matchmaker, and expands that roll to become the lead roll in the play. Wilder also writes in all the slapstick comedy in the play. He renames the play "The Matchmaker". The play opened in Scotland and England before it opened on Broadway on Dec. 5, 1955. It ran for 486 performances and was produced by David Merrick. The movie version of it was made, The Matchmaker (1958) which was released June 25, 1958. In 1964, Merrick hires Jerry Herman to write the score for a musical version of the play and calls it "Hello, Dolly!" which openned on Broadway January 16, 1964 and ran for 2,844 performances, the longest running show for it's time in Broadway history. The show had a few other considered titles like "Dolly, A Damned Exasperating Woman" and "Call on Dolly" before just calling it "Hello Dolly!" Based on Louis Armstrong sang the song "Hello, Dolly!" On December 16, 1969, a film version of the musical Hello, Dolly! (1969) was released.

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