As most of you know by now, a movie of the musical version of Les Miserables is coming out this winter! I’m super pumped, and if you’re reading this post, I’m sure you are, too. It was also recently announced that Anna Kendrick will be starring in a movie version of Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years, which is nowhere near as mainstream as the Mis, so that’s pretty exciting for all us MT dorks out there.
In the interest of continuing the trend of FILM-ALL-THE-MUSICALS, here’s what I’d like to see made into movies next.
Book Of Mormon
Please? Ticket prices for this are out of control, and it is sooo funny. I would also really like to see what happens when a film crew shows up in rural Uganda. We could make a portion of the box office proceeds go to terrible-disease prevention, just to feel better about ourselves for making light of their hardships. Woooorth it.
The Wild Party (Lippa version)
If you haven’t heard it, Spotify it, because its songs are amazing (Idina’s in it!), and it’s full of debauchery. TWP is about a (wild) party in the 1920’s, complete with love triangles, a bored vaudeville dancer looking to stir up trouble, and an insane clown. Seriously, it would make The Great Gatsby look like a documentary on amoeba.
How is this NOT a movie yet? Apparently music video guru McG is attached to direct it, but there’s no sign of anything concrete happening. Just sayin’, Lea Michele and Jonathan Groff reprising the roles they originated on Broadway = box office gold. Also, our musical-hater friends would inadvertently hear its rock music in previews, and they’d be all like, “OH, you are cool.” And we could be like, “YEAH, maybe you should have listened to that playlist I made you six years ago instead of just giving me grief about liking musicals.”
In the Heights
Seeing this live was fantastic, and I would love a way to be able to relive the thrill of those Latin dance sequences. Also, I would love to see what happens when they try to take Broadway rap into the real world. Someone might get hurt.
…with Aaron Tveit playing Gabe, the role he originated on Broadway. I just really want to see Aaron Tveit on the big screen.
This is a picture of Aaron Tveit.
He’s actually going to be Enjolras in the Les Mis movie! Get excited!
Oh, and Next To Normal is a great, moving musical about a woman battling schizophrenia, so it’s totally important and stuff. (I read that Rob Reiner wants to make it, so hopefully it’ll happen.)
Before you start with me — I know! A movie version of Hair came out in 1979, and it’s a sacred classic that we daren’t touch. But maaaaaybe it’s a little inaccessible to this generation, and maaaaybe it features a little too much frolicking through parks for my taste. (Seriously, watch it. So much senseless frolicking.) The revival on Broadway a few years ago managed to make what could have been a “look at the weird hippies!” museum piece into something relevant, which makes me think a remake of the movie would be pretty sweet. And just think – this one could feature Aaron Tveit as well. You know why.
What do you think? What other musicals would you like to see made into movies? Let us know in the comments!
Headshot of Aaron Tveit via aarontveit.net