It's common for Hollywood to adapt musicals into movie versions (Les Miserables, Sweeney Todd, and Hairspray) or, as we've seen trending lately, produce original movie musicals (La La Land, Pitch Perfect, and Sing). It's rare to go the opposite route—to turn films into live musicals—which is why we're quite excited for these upcoming Broadway shows. Time to save up for a trip to New York City, CGs!
1. Mean Girls
Adapted from Tina Fey's 2004 teen flick starring Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried, and Lacey Chabert, Mean Girls is set for a fall 2017 premiere. "It's October 3rd," to be exact. (ICYDK, that's one of the famous quotes from the movie, making it the perfect premiere date!) What we know so far: The show will be directed by Tony winner Casey Nicholaw (Aladdin, The Book of Mormon) and produced by Saturday Night Live's Lorne Michaels, while Tina's husband, Jeff Richmond, will compose the music together with lyricist Nell Benjamin (the same guy who penned the songs for Legally Blonde: The Musical). The producers have just announced that they are looking to cast the lead role, Cady Heron. That is so fetch!
2. The Devil Wears Prada
Sir Elton John and playwright Paul Rudnick are working on a musical adaptation of the 2006 book-turned-movie—you know, the one where Meryl Streep played the iconic Anna Wintour-inspired Miranda Priestly, while Anne Hathaway played Andrea Sachs, the editorial assistant who blossoms under the "mentoring" of Priestly. While everything from the production timelines to cast members are still in the works, we know that it's going to be one fashionable musical. That's all.
The 1997 animation film is finally getting its Broadway debut this March 23. It stars theater actress Christy Altomare as Anya/Anastasia opposite Derek Klena as Dmitry. They even gave fans a sneak peek by releasing a video of Christy’s live performance of "Journey To The Past." Like the animation, the show takes us from Russia to Paris in the 1920s as a brave young woman named Anya sets out to discover the mystery of her past, but not without challenges along the way.