I’ve been thinking about this challenge quite a bit lately, and after some questions from others, I thought I should compile this list! What you see here is as thorough a list as I could make of musicals based on books! This isn’t perfect. Some books were written after the musical came into existence, some are more inspired by the story than based. Some are based on plays as opposed to novels. Some are based on picture books instead of novels. Some are musicals based on movies based on books. The reason for the loosy-goosyness is because musicals and books are all about personal interpretation (and I’m sort of lazy…)
And just for fun, I’ve bolded the books I’ve read and italicized the shows I’ve seen!
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
Wicked by Gregory Maguire
Matilda by Roald Dahl
The Scarlet Pimpernel by Emmuska Orczy
Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers
Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow
Auntie Mame by Patrick Dennis into Mame
The Book of Mormon
The Works of Dr. Seuss into Seussical the Musical
Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot into Cats
The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
Tales of the South Pacific by James A. Michener into SOuth Pacific
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare into West Side Story
Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
Maria by Maria von Trapp into The Sound of Music
Little Women by Lousia May Alcott
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw into My Fair Lady
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens into Oliver!
Shrek! by William Steig into Shrek the Musical!
Grimm’s Fairy Tales into Into the Woods
Cinderella by Charles Perrault
The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen
The Princess and the Pea by Hans Christian Andersen into Once Upon a Mattress
Any books/musicals that you’ve read/seen? Any that I’ve missed?