From East to Left – and West to Right
Even though New York and Los Angeles sit on opposite sides of the country, there has always been a strong connection between Broadway and Hollywood. While Broadway shows have been transferred to the big screen since Hollywood’s Golden Age, a more recent trend has seen many Hollywood screen classics brought to life on a Broadway stage. Check out these current and upcoming Broadway musicals that have a counterpart on the silver screen.
Film-Inspired Broadway Shows, aka Hollywood on Broadway
A Bronx Tale: The Musical – performances begin November 3rd
A new musical adaptation of author Chazz Palminteri’s solo play, set against the backdrop of racial strife and organized crime in the 1960s.
Disney presents the long-awaited stage adaptation of its animated blockbuster, featuring the hit songs from the film plus several more written for Broadway.
At Broadway’s Palace Theatre, a new musical based on the classic 1951 film, featuring the iconic score by George and Ira Gershwin.
An elegant, minimally staged revival of Kander and Ebb’s gritty, satirical musical – lust, treachery, and murder among chorus girls and backstage types in old Chicago.
A new Broadway revival of Bock & Harnick’s classic musical about Jewish milkman Tevye striving to maintain “Tradition” as his daughters fall in love.
Finding Neverland – closes August 21st
A new musical based on the 2004 film that tells the fascinating story of how Peter became Pan.
Holiday Inn – performances begin September 1st
Roundabout Theatre Company presents a new stage adaptaion of the Oscar-winning film about an entertainer who leaves the bright lights of show business for the peace and quiet of a Connecticut farmhouse.
A bio-revue telling the story and singing the songs of the most popular American singing group of the early ’60s, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.
This musical about a Northampton shoemaker whose business is saved by a wildly flamboyant clientele features a score of catchy songs written by pop star Cyndi Lauper.
Les Miserables – closes September 4th
An all new version of the classic musical returns to Broadway’s Imperial Theatre, where the original production ran for more than a decade.
The Royal Shakespeare Company’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s beloved children’s book has come to Broadway, and seems destined for a long, successful run.
A down-on-his-luck wannabe rock star poses as a substitute teacher in this new musical version of the 2003 film, featuring music by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Tony winner Heather Headley stars in a revival of the Tony nominated musical adaptation of Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel.
In Julie Taymor’s inventive retelling of Disney’s animated hit, puppets and live actors weave a dreamscape of jungle characters as we follow young Simba’s rise to the throne.
In this classic musical – the longest running in Broadway history – a hideously deformed man lives in the cellars of the Paris Opera and takes a beautiful soprano as a student.
Tony winner Jessie Mueller stars in a new musical based on the 2007 motion picture that celebrates friendship, motherhood, and the courage it takes to pluck a long abandoned dream off the shelf.