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Movies that became musicals, on and Off-Broadway

Most often, hit plays are later adapted for the big screen (see "Les Misérables," "Chicago") but it's not uncommon for the opposite to happen.

From "Billy Elliot" to "Waitress," here are some theatrical productions you may not have known were movies first.

"Sister Act"

The musical adaptation of the 1992 movie,
Photo Credit: Ogunquit Playhouse / Gary Ng

The musical adaptation of the 1992 movie, "Sister Act" premiered in Pasadena, Calif. on Oct. 24, 2006. The play was revised before it came to Broadway 5 years later at the Broadway Theatre in April 2011. After 561 performances, the play gave its final performance in August 2012 but now lives on at smaller, local theaters such as the Gateway Performing Arts Center in Suffolk County (pictured).

"Ragtime"

E.L. Doctorow's historical novel
Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

E.L. Doctorow's historical novel "Ragtime" was first adapted into a film in 1981 and later became a Broadway musical in 1998. The original Broadway production lasted until Jan. 16, 2000 but was revived from November 2009 to January 2010.

"Amélie"

The 2001 critically acclaimed French romantic film
Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

The 2001 critically acclaimed French romantic film "Amélie," was developed into musical by Dan Messe for the Berkeley Repertory Theater in California in August 2015. The play later debuted on Broadway in March 2017, where it is still running.

"Percy Jackson"

The 2010 fantasy film
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The 2010 fantasy film "Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief," based on the novel by Rick Riordan, became an off-Broadway play opening officially at the Lucille Lortel Theater on April 4, 2017.

"1984"

George Orwell's classic dystopian novel,
Photo Credit: Julieta Cervantes

George Orwell's classic dystopian novel, "1984," was adapted into film in the U.K. in the same year as the title. Years later, the book and movie were adapted into a play which eventually landed on Broadway in 2017 with Olivia Wilde and Tom Sturridge.

"A Bronx Tale"

In 2007, Chazz Palminteri performed his one-man show
Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

In 2007, Chazz Palminteri performed his one-man show adaptation of "A Bronx Tale" on Broadway until February 2008. In December 2016, the film was adapted again into a musical co-directed by Robert De Niro at The Longrace Theatre.

"The Bodyguard"

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"The Bodyguard" was adapted into a musical in 2012 for London's Adelphi Theatre where it remained until August 2014. The show never premiered on Broadway, but the musical did begin a U.S. tour in the Fall of 2016.

"Newsies"

Photo Credit: AP / Charles Sykes

"Newsies the Musical" is a stage adaptation of Disney's 1992 cult-favorite "Newsies," which is loosely based on the real-life Newsboys Strike of 1899 in New York City. The musical opened on Broadway in March 2012 and lasted through August 2014, winning two Tony Awards for best choreography and best original score.

"Anastasia"

20th Century Fox's 1997 animated musical,
Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy

20th Century Fox's 1997 animated musical, "Anastasia," opened on Broadway at the Broadhurst Theatre officially on April 24, 2017 with Chrity Altomare and Derek Klena in the lead roles of Anya and Dimitri.

"Mean Girls"

Tina Fey, who wrote the screenplay for the
Photo Credit: Mary Ellen Matthews

Tina Fey, who wrote the screenplay for the original 2004 film, "Mean Girls," adapted the cult-favorite for stage in 2017. The show will debut at the National Theatre in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 31, 2017 and move to Broadway in 2018.

"School of Rock"

The 2003 comedy musical starring Jack Black,
Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy

The 2003 comedy musical starring Jack Black, "School of Rock," was adapted for stage in 2015 with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. The show premiered in London's West End in 2016 and began a U.S. tour in September 2017.

"Waitress"

Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

"Waitress," the 2007 drama staring Keri Russell, was adapted into a musical by Sara Bareilles in April 2016 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. The musical also began a U.S. tour in October 2017.

"Legally Blonde"

Photo Credit: Theatre Three Productions

"Legally Blonde" became "Legally Blonde the Musical" when it arrived on Broadway in April 2007. The show finished production in 2008, but continued to tour around the U.K. and U.S. through 2012. Now the production lives on at smaller theaters like Theatre Three in Port Jefferson (pictured).

"Hairspray"

John Waters' 1988 cult-classic
Photo Credit: Newsday Ari Mintz

John Waters' 1988 cult-classic "Hairspray" was adapted into a musical in 2002 at the Neil Simon Theatre. The production ran for more than six years before closing in January 2009, however, touring companies continue to perform the musical throughout major cities across the world today.

"The Producers"

Photo Credit: Tina Fineberg

"The Producers," based on Mel Brooks' 1967 film of the same name, came to Broadway at the St. James Theatre on April 19, 2001 with Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick in the lead roles. The Broadway production closed in 2007 but has been produced in multiple theaters across the world.

"Billy Elliot"

Photo Credit: Ari Mintz

"Billy Elliot," the 2000 British dance drama about a boy becoming a professional ballet dancer amidst the 1984 coal miners' strike in England, was adapted into a musical first in London in 2005. It came to Broadway officially in November 2008 and produced 1,312 performances before closing in January 2012.

"The Lion King"

Disney's
Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Disney's "The Lion King" was adapted into a musical first in Minneapolis, Minnesota at the Orpheum Theatre in June 1997 before premiering on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theater in October 1997. The musical, which remains on Broadway today, has expanded to various cities across the world and has adapted to include a touring company.

"Mary Poppins"

Ashley Brown adapted Julie Andrews' character from Disney's
Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Ashley Brown adapted Julie Andrews' character from Disney's 1964 "Marry Poppins" when it came to Broadway for the first time in 2006. The musical first came to the stage in London in 2004 and closed in 2008, while the Broadway production carried on until closing in 2013.

"La Cage Aux Folles"

Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

"La Cage aux Folles" opened on Broadway at the Palace Theatre on August 21, 1983 with Harvey Fierstein as Albin/Zaza. The original Broadway production lasted through November 1987 and was revived again in 2004, remaining on Broadway for one year until June 2005.

"Monty Python's Spamalot"

Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

"Monty Python's Spamalot," adapted from "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," originally opened in Chicago in 2004 before it opened on Broadway in March 2005. The show, whose original cast included Tim Curry and Michael McGrath, went to win the three Tony Awards before closing in January 2009.

"Beauty and the Beast"

Disney's animated classic,
Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Disney's animated classic, "The Beauty and the Beast," was adapted into a musical which came to Broadway on April 18, 1994 at the Palace Theatre. The show remained there until September 1999 before moving to to the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre that November. The Broadway production officially closed on July 29, 2007, making it the 10th longest running show in history.

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