Which plays/musicals should be made into films and who should be a part of them?

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  • Beau S.
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    Obviously, the stage is a breeding ground for fantastic stories and Hollywood has taken notice with many musicals and plays being adapted into fantastic films.

    Which plays/musicals do you wish to see adapted to the big screen, and who do you wish to be a part of it?

    Me? I’ve been waiting for the Next to Normal film adaptation for a while now. I find it to be a wonderous story (incredible family drama) that deserves to be immortalized forever on the big screen. For the tour-de-force role as Diana, Annette Bening would be perfect if she can sing. She’s proven to be quite talented at playing the wounded mother, and although I’m against typecasting, this role could be the one that she finally makes fireworks with and wins that overdue Oscar. Eddie Redmayne amd Samantha Barks would be great choices for Gabe and Natalie (Les Mis reunion!) and an unknown Broadway actor (possibly Smash star Brian d’Arcy James who originated the role off-Broadway) could take on Dan. For the director, I think David Fincher is an obvious choice here. He’d probably be good with music (he made his name directing music videos) and his dark style would be good and inspired for the dark and melodramatic themes of the show. If the original creative team are not interested in collaborating, then maybe get a notable playwright such as David Lindsay-Abaire or Jez Butterworth to pen the screenplay. Hopefully, with the power of the cast and the talent of the creative team, this version of Next to Normal could be the next truly great movie musical.

    Thoughts? 

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    Renaton
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    Can we stop with the Broadway adaptations for a while and go back to original material? 

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    Beau S.
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    I do prefer original screenplays (by a landslide) but I like one or two good theatre adaptations every few years.

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    Morgan Henard
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    I’m just soo eager to see the film-version of Next to Normal. For a while it was considered “too depressing,” but that certainly didn’t stop Les Miz (like it or not) from cleaning up at the box office. As Diana? I would love to see Mary-Louise Parker or Cynthia Nixon.

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    Madson Melo
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    Caroline, Or Change – Give Kushner an Oscar and put Davis to sing, and giver her an Oscar too lol

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    Anthony
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    I would love if they brought RAGTIME to the screen…and yes, they already made a movie version out of the book but there would be a lot of great opportunities for musical to be filmed….it would be a daunting task though.

    I definitely agree with Caroline, or Change.

    I think it would be interesting to see Light in the Piazza filmed.   

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    CAROL-CHANNING
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    RAGTIME needs to be made… and PRONTO.  

    Caroline, or Change is my absolute favorite musical written in this century.  I’d love for see someone to tackle it.  I feel like it would work better as a special for HBO, though..  I think Davis might be a little too soft for Caroline.  I think Mo’Nique would be brilliant.

    I really am not a huge fan of Next to Normal, but I do think a movie adaptation of it would work really well.  Annette Bening is a perfect choice.

    And speaking of Annette Bening, someone needs to cast her as Phyllis Stone in Follies as soon as possible.  So is so unbelieveably perfect for the role it isn’t even funny.  And a movie version of Follies would be stunning.    

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    Miss Frost
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    RAGTIME needs to be made… and PRONTO.

    Caroline, or Change is my absolute favorite musical written in this century. I’d love for see someone to tackle it. I feel like it would work better as a special for HBO, though.. I think Davis might be a little too soft for Caroline. I think Mo’Nique would be brilliant.

    No Tanya Pinkins should reprise her role. No one could top the magic she created in that play.   

    Otherwise my choices would be: Italian American Reconciliation, The Boy From Oz (Hugh Jackman should reprise his role), Caroline or Change, and Blithe Spirit (Angela Lansbury needs to reprise her role and can win the Oscar.)

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    CAROL-CHANNING
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    [quote=”LFTSPICE44″]RAGTIME needs to be made… and PRONTO.

    Caroline, or Change is my absolute favorite musical written in this century. I’d love for see someone to tackle it. I feel like it would work better as a special for HBO, though.. I think Davis might be a little too soft for Caroline. I think Mo’Nique would be brilliant.

    No Tanya Pinkins should reprise her role. No one could top the magic she created in that play.   

    [/quote]

    Sigh… if only.. 

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    Graeme O’Neil
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    I wanna see Catherine Zeta-Jones in another film musical. And not a tiny role like in Rock Of Ages (what a waste she was in that movie with ONE brief solo).

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    Beau S.
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    I find Caroline, Or Change to be a bit overrated, but it would make a good movie.

    I doubt that Viola Davis would be interested in doing a musical. Jennifer Hudson would probably end up with the role.

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    SkyLight
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    Well I heard Into The Woods is being made with Meryl Streep…

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    Boidiva02
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    Sweet Charity… This one begs for a film adaptation, imho.

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    CAROL-CHANNING
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    I doubt that Viola Davis would be interested in doing a musical. Jennifer Hudson would probably end up with the role.

    Hudson playing Caroline would make about as much sense as Emmanuelle Riva playing Little Orphan Annie.  

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    Blacktie
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    By the Way, Meet Vera Stark gets my vote. The second act would be hardest to adapt. But it’s a great play about the film industry and the ways in which the talent manuevered and manipulated opportunities.

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