Poll: Best Broadway Show From a Movie?

Hollywood may be on strike, but movies are ever-present on New York stages. True, it wasn’t until 1970 that a Broadway show based on a movie won the Tony for best musical — fittingly, the musical was “Applause,” inspired by “All About Eve,” a movie about the theater. But now every major Hollywood studio has a theatrical division, looking to create shows for Broadway,

Two old movie blockbusters, “Back to the Future” and “Jaws,” have inspired the two new Broadway shows opening this month alone, one a musical adaptation, the other a behind-the-scenes play. They join the four other shows on Broadway that have their origins in Hollywood, and two scheduled in the Fall: “How to Dance in Ohio” and the first Broadway revival of “Spamalot.” Also in the fall, “Here We Are,” Stephen Sondheim’s final musical, will open at The Shed, based on two movies by Luis Buñuel.

It seems the right time for a poll: What is your favorite Broadway show adapted from, or inspired by, a movie? Choose from the 25 below, listed alphabetically, or add one that’s not on the list.

Author: New York Theater

Jonathan Mandell is a 3rd generation NYC journalist, who sees shows, reads plays, writes reviews and sometimes talks with people.

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