It's Oscar Weekend and we thought this would be a perfect time to share the news. Six of our favorite Broadway musicals are going to be seen in movie theatres in the next year or so!

1

In what is probably Disney's greatest casting challenge of all time, the producers finally found a genie to fill the big shoes left by Robin Williams.

 

Will Smith will be bringing his own take to the dream-maker in the live-action version of Aladdin. An international search has newcomers in the lead roles of Aladdin and Jasmine.

 

Look for a release in May of 2019 with some new songs from Dear Evan Hansen and The Greatest Showman's composers Pasek and Paul!

2

Lin-Manuel Miranda redefined Broadway with Hamilton

 

A few years before Hamilton, he gave us the Tony Award-winning In the Heights, about the residents of the Washington Heights neighborhood in Manhattan. 

 

A release date has not  yet been decided.

3

Already an iconic Broadway musical and film, not many would have even considered remaking a masterpiece.

 

Then, Steven Spielberg enlisted Oscar, Emmy, and Tony Award-winning playwright Tony Kushner to work with him on remaking West Side Story.

 

Casting calls were released at the beginning of the year and production has not yet begun. But we're pretty darned excited!

4

 

A 2017 Tony Award-winning musical, Come From Away is already making plans for a film version. The unusual and exciting news about this movie is that everyone involved in the stage show (cast, producers, directors, etc.) will be filming in Newfoundland where the show is set.

 

We can't think of another musical that has done this in the past.

5

Last season, Glen Close brought her Tony Award-winning Nora Desmond back to the Broadway stage and the Palace Theatre.

 

Andrew Lloyd Weber's Sunset Blvd., based on the classic Billy Wilder film will return to movie theatres starring Ms. Close.

 

Release dates have yet to be announced.

6

One of the most highly-anticipated Broadway-musical-to-film projects is the smash-hit Wicked.

 

It's the story of the witches of Oz... BEFORE Dorothy "drops" in. Stephen Schwartz and Winnie Holzman are said to have completed the screenplay and score, and casting should begin soon.

 

Look for a 2020 release date.

Keep in mind, this is just a short list of a few of the many musicals that are planned for the big screen. Keep your eyes open for more, including a live-action version of The Lion King, Spring Awakening, Pippin, Miss Saigon, Matilda and many, many more!
Hooray for Hollywood!

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