Musicals Started From Books & Movies

I love the theatre, musicals, London, New York and just acting on stage lifestyle, it gives you a buzz and excitement that "what day is it?", "what era", from all of the world,

I have seen so many musicals, something being cheap and other slightly more expensive! But did you know some of the films you have see you actually originally movies first? How many do you know?!


Shrek The Musical is a musical with music by Jeanine Tesori and book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire. It is based on the 2001 DreamWorks film Shrek and William Steig's 1990 book Shrek!

Composer: Jeanine Tesori

Playwright: David Lindsay-Abaire

Lyricist: David Lindsay-Abaire

Legally Blonde

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Legally Blonde is a musical with music and lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin and book by Heather Hach. The story is based on the novel Legally Blonde by Amanda Brown and the 2001 film of the same name.

Adapted from: Legally Blonde

Playwright: Heather Hach

Characters: Elle Woods, Serena McGuire, Enid, more

Soundtrack: Legally Blonde: The Musical (2007 original Broadway cast)

Composers: Laurence O'Keefe, Nell Benjamin

Lyricists: Laurence O'Keefe, Nell Benjamin


Matilda the Musical is a stage musical based on the children's novel of the same name by Roald Dahl. It was written by Dennis Kelly, with music and lyrics by Tim Minchin.

Composer: Tim Minchin

Playwright: Dennis Kelly

Lyricist: Tim Minchin

Adapted from: Matilda

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,

(also known as) Chitty the Musical

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, also known as Chitty the Musical, is a stage musical based on the 1968 film produced by Albert R. Broccoli. The music and lyrics were written by Richard and Robert Sherman with book by Jeremy Sams.

First performance: April 16, 2002

Playwright: Jeremy Sams

Orchestrator: Chris Walker

Composers: Robert B. Sherman, Richard M. Sherman

Lyricists: Robert B. Sherman, Richard M. Sherman

Soundtrack: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (2002 original London cast)

High school musical on stage

High School Musical on Stage! Is a musical based on the Disney Channel Original Movie High School Musical, with music and lyrics by Matthew Gerrard, Robbie Nevil, Ray and Greg Cham, Drew Seeley, Randy.

Adapted from: High School Musical

Playwright: David Simpatico


Elf is a musical based on the motion picture of the same name, with a score by Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin. The book is adapted by Bob Martin and Thomas Meehan from the 2003 film. The musical ran on Broadway in the Christmas seasons of 2010-11 and 2012-13, and also toured the U.S. in 2012. A new tour launched in 2014.

MusicMatthew Sklar

LyricsChad Beguelin

BookBob Martin

Thomas Meehan

Toy Story

The Musical is a rock musical based on the critically acclaimed Pixar film, Toy Story. The show was created by Walt Disney Creative Entertainment for Disney Cruise Line, replacing the earlier Hercules: The Muse-Ical. After a year of pre-production and workshops, it had a soft premiere on board the Disney Wonder in March 2008, with an official opening in April 2008.

The wedding singer

The Wedding Singer is a musical with music by Matthew Sklar, lyrics by Chad Beguelin, and a book by Beguelin and Tim Herlihy. It is based on the 1998 film of the same name.

First performance: April 27, 2006

Lyricist: Chad Beguelin

Composer: Matthew Sklar

Characters: Julia Sullivan, Glenn Guglia, Holly Sullivan, George, Robbie Hart, Grandma Rosie, Linda, Sammy

Soundtrack: The Wedding Singer Original Broadway Cast Recording

Playwrights: Chad Beguelin, Tim Herlihy

Finding Neverland

Finding Neverland is an original musical with music and lyrics by Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy and a book by James Graham.

Playwright: James Graham

Orchestrator: Simon Hale

Lyricists: Gary Barlow, Eliot Kennedy

Characters: Peter Pan, Captain Hook, Mrs. Emma du Maurier, more

Composers: Gary Barlow, Eliot Kennedy

Adapted from: Finding Neverland, The Man Who was Peter Pan

Evil Dead

The Musical is a Canadian rock musical stage play based on the cult classic film series. First performed on stage in 2003 at the Tranzac club in Toronto, Ontario, the show instantly became massive hit.

Date written: 2003

Playwright: George Reinblatt

Lyricist: George Reinblatt

Soundtrack: Evil Dead: The Musical

Adapted from: The Evil Dead, Army of Darkness, Evil Dead II

Composers: Melissa Morris, George Reinblatt, Frank Cipolla, Christopher Bond

Edward Scissor Hands

Edward Scissorhands is a contemporary dance adaptation of the 1990 American romance fantasy film Edward Scissorhands, created by Matthew Bourne, with music by Terry Davies.

First performance: November 22, 2005

Playwright: Matthew Bourne

Adapted from: Edward Scissorhands

Composers: Terry Davies, Danny Elfman, Caroline Thompson

Soundtrack: Edward Scissorhands


The Musical is based on the Disney film of the same name, which is, in turn, adapted from the 1914 novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs. The songs are written by Phil Collins with a book by David Henry Hwang.

First performance: May 10, 2006

Playwright: David Henry Hwang

Lyricist: Phil Collins

Composer: Phil Collins

Soundtracks: Tarzan, Tarzan: The Broadway Musical

Catch me if you can

Catch Me If You Can is a musical with a libretto by Terrence McNally and a theatrical score by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. It follows the story of con artist Frank Abagnale, Jr.

First performance: March 11, 2011

Composer: Marc Shaiman

Playwright: Terrence McNally

Adapted from: Catch Me if You Can

Lyricists: Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman

Back to the Future

Back to the Future is an upcoming musical with music and lyrics by Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard and a book by Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale, adapted from their original screenplay.

Adapted from: Back to the Future

Playwrights: Bob Gale, Robert Zemeckis, Jamie Lloyd

Lyricists: Alan Silvestri, Glen Ballard

Composers: Alan Silvestri, Glen Ballard

King Kong

King Kong, is a musical with music by Marius de Vries, lyrics by Michael Mitnick and Craig Lucas, a book by Lucas and additional musical and lyrical contributions by 3D, Sarah McLachlan, Guy Garvey, Justice and The Avalanches.

Musical by Craig Lucas

Playwright: Todd Matshikiza

Lyricist: Todd Matshikiza

The Producers

The Producers is a musical adapted by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan from Brooks' 1968 film of the same name, with lyrics written by Brooks and music composed by Brooks and arranged by Glen Kelly and Doug Besterman.

Musical by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan

First performance: April 19, 2001

Composer: Mel Brooks

Adaptations: The Producers (2005)

Adapted from: The Producers

Soundtrack: The Producers (2001 original Broadway cast)


Ghost the Musical is a musical with book and lyrics by Bruce Joel Rubin and music and lyrics by Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard.

Adapted from: Ghost

Playwright: Bruce Joel Rubin

Characters: Oda Mae Brown, Sam Wheat, Molly Jensen, Willie Lopez, Carl Bruner, Subway Ghost, Clara, Hospital Ghost, Louise

Soundtrack: Ghost The Musical

Composers: David A. Stewart, Glen Ballard

Lyricists: Bruce Joel Rubin, David A. Stewart, Glen Ballard

The wizard of oz

The Wizard of Oz is a musical based on the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz, with a book adapted by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jeremy Sams. The musical uses the Harold Arlen and E. Y.

First performance: February 7, 2011

Adapted from: The Wizard of Oz, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Playwrights: Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jeremy Sams

Lyricists: Yip Harburg, Tim Rice

Composers: Andrew Lloyd Webber, Harold Arlen, Herbert Stothart

A wonderful life

A Wonderful Life is a musical with a book and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and music by Joe Raposo. Based on the classic Frank Capra film starring James Stewart, the story closely follows the original.

Musical by Sheldon Harnick

First performance: 1991

Playwright: Sheldon Harnick

Lyricist: Sheldon Harnick

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