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    Which Broadway musicals do you believe should be adapted for the big screen next? 2019 gave us the tragedy that is Cats, but 2020 gives us hope with both In the Heights and West Side Story coming. 2021 should also FINALLY bless us with the arrival of Wicked (hopefully).

    My personal picks would be Dear Evan Hansen and Spring Awakening. If done well, both could be major awards contenders.

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    CateNicole
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    Either of The Wild Party musicals. Parade. Maybe Next to Normal with a screenplay by Diablo Cody.

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    It wouldn’t be an easy job to do, but I’d be very interested in seeing Assassins as a film.

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    Dear Evan Hansen
    Hadestown
    American Idiot
    Nice Work If You Can Get It
    Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
    The Visit
    Memphis
    The Drowsy Chaperone

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    The Drowsy Chaperone as a movie??? The appeal is that it’s all happening on stage, similarly to Noises Off.

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    The Drowsy Chaperone as a movie??? The appeal is that it’s all happening on stage, similarly to Noises Off.

    Songs are catchy only criteria I have 🙂

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    CateNicole
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    Songs are catchy only criteria I have 🙂

    I love that. Mack and MabelSunday in the Park with George… Yes, the backdrop is part of the appeal for Act One, but they could do something crazy with this.

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    “The Color Purple.” I think it’s still being considered for film treatment.

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    Which Broadway musicals do you believe should be adapted for the big screen next? 2019 gave us the tragedy that is Cats, but 2020 gives us hope with both In the Heights and West Side Story coming. 2021 should also FINALLY bless us with the arrival of Wicked (hopefully).

    My personal picks would be Dear Evan Hansen and Spring Awakening. If done well, both could be major awards contenders.

    We’re also getting a film adaptation of the The Prom on Netflix later this year. A film adaptation of Dear Evan Hansen is actually already in the works.
    https://deadline.com/2018/11/dear-evan-hansen-film-tony-award-winning-musical-wonder-stephen-chbosky-marc-platt-1202222391/amp/

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    I know the stage musicals I’d most love to see adapted for the big screen are The Light in the Piazza, Next to Normal, and Ragtime.

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    Ragtime would be great. The Light in the Piazza has a fantastic score, but the book is utter garbage. The other characters in the play only find Clara endearing because she’s small, blonde, and pretty. If she weren’t, they’d find her stunted development really off-putting. Shetland pony my ass.

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    I would LOVE to see Hadestown adapted. And A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder if done well would be amazing.

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    we’ve already had half a movie adaptation of company in marriage story, might as well just give it a go, I was pretty shocked to find out there hasn’t actually been an attempt yet

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    I know they’re currently working on Dear Evan Hansen, which is a brilliant show. I just hope they figure out a way to make it work visually, as I’m fairly certain that trying to do some of these songs as they’re presented onstage wouldn’t work on film. However, even if that happens, Ben Platt (who currently looks extremely likely to reprise his Tony winning role) will be in the conversation for the Oscar no matter what, as long as he’s cast. Also watch out for whoever plays Evan’s mom Heidi. The role won Rachel Bay Jones an extremely deserving Tony and has a hell of a lot of heart and pathos to it. I really hope the original Broadway cast comes back to do this, as they were uniformly excellent. Mike Faist’s profile will be raised by playing Riff in the new West Side Story, so I could definitely see him reprising his Tony nominated performance as Connor. The role’s less likely to earn awards season love than Evan and Heidi (especially cause it might be harder to make his scenes work on film), but if its done well, nominations wouldn’t be out of the question.

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    Platt’s acting in that role consisted of playing at the ticks instead of actually experiencing them. It worked on stage from afar, but won’t seem truly lived in on camera.

    Also, the musical is about a boy who pretends to have been friends with a kid who committed suicide because he wants to get into that kid’s sister’s pants. Everyone seems to ignore that fact.

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