West End show as a movie: 5 productions we want to see as a film
There are many West End productions dazzling audiences across London which are inspired from movies. Whether it’s a direct stage adaptation of a film such as Pretty Woman: The Musical or a movie coming to life on stage like 9 to 5, it’s clear that a powerful movie often translates well to the stage. With original storylines told in numerous productions, we take a look at which West End shows could work well for the silver screen.
Imagine your favourite West End show as a movie
The Book of Mormon
Delighting audiences on Broadway since 2011, The Book of Mormon transferred to the West End in 2013, finding its place at the Prince of Wales theatre ever since. The storyline of two elders sent on a life-changing mission to convert Ugandan villagers to Mormonism stands out from the musical theatre crowd, which would put it in good stead to be adapted from the stage into the movies. With the original Broadway cast including Josh Gad (Frozen) and Andrew Rannells, The Book of Mormon would definitely entertain cinemagoers with the storyline’s cutting-edge comedy and satirical outlook.
The Play That Goes Wrong
Since opening at the Duchess Theatre in 2014, The Play That Goes Wrong has continued to charm audiences, with the cast taking on the roles of an amateur acting company putting on their annual show. With the development of interactive films where audiences can decide the path that characters go on, The Play That Goes Wrong would make for an exciting interactive movie, where it’s up to the viewer to decide whether the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society can make it to curtain up.
Come From Away
Winner of best new musical at the 2019 Olivier Awards, the individual stories in Come From Away are educational, heart-warming and compelling. The musical is not the first time that the subject matter has been approached in popular cultures, with films and radio plays illuminating what happened in the immediate hours after 9/11. But, with audiences gripped onto every word uttered by the residents of Gander as well as the 7,000 stranded passengers, a documentary-style movie of Come From Away based on the interviews conducted by the musical’s writers Irene Sankoff and David Hein would allow audiences to be truly welcomed to the rock!
Everybody’s Talking about Jamie
Inspired by the BBC Three documentary “Jamie: Drag Queen at 16”, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie features original music, lyrics and book by Tom Macrae and Dan Gillespie Sells. As Jamie New turns 16 and explores the local drag scene with the help of Hugo/Loco Chanelle, his mum and his friends, Jamie attends the high school prom in a dress in a feel-good musical that’s powerful and current. This real-life story would translate to the movies, with non-stop, energetic choreography, vibrant colours and emotional moments guaranteed to tug at the heartstrings of anyone watching.
The stories of Henry VIII’s wives continue to entertain audiences at the Arts Theatre, with each Tudor figure fusing pop songs and remixing five hundred years of historical heartbreak into a female-led musical celebration. The groundbreaking production where stories of the six wives are spread far and wide would make for an exciting, sung-through film, where the wives are placed in present-day situations with the King to bring their modern-day sounds into the middle of British history.
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