ByClara Baez, writer at
I'm a filmmaker who believes life is a Musical. ►
Clara Baez

I believe life is a musical. No one else seems to think so judging by the amount of people who join me every time I burst into songs on the street.

But in all seriousness, musicals aren't for everyone. And I'm OK with that. But people who love musicals, LOVE musicals. And that's why once in a while, the film industry decides to give it a shot at adapting a stage musical into a film. Now, I have to say musicals freaks like me are also very picky and we are not satisfied with just any adaptation.

So from a musicals addict to you, if you want to give musicals a try, let's just go over 5 of the films that got it right in this millennium. Pick up your mics. Here we go (chronologically):

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Broadway (2014) and film production (2001)
Broadway (2014) and film production (2001)

That is Neil Patrick Harris on the left. Fall in love with him even more than you are already watching this performance. Perfection.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a rock musical about a fictional rock and roll band fronted by an East German transgender singer. The musical opened Off-Broadway in 1998 and the 2001 film adaptation won the Best Director and Audience Awards at the Sundance Film Festival.


Broadway (2009) and film production (2002)
Broadway (2009) and film production (2002)

That is Michelle Williams from Destiny's Child on the left.

In this American musical black comedy crime "there's no such thing as bad publicity." The original Broadway production opened in 1975 and with a few revivals on its sleeve, it is the second longest-running show in Broadway history. The film won 6 academy Awards.


Broadway (2013) and film production (2006)
Broadway (2013) and film production (2006)

The story is based on the Motown record label and one of its acts, The Supremes, (Diana Ross) and the Broadway musical opened in 1981.

Dreamgirls is the most expensive film to feature an all African American starring cast in American cinema history, including Jamie Foxx, Beyoncé Knowles, Eddie Murphy, and Jennifer Hudson, who won an Oscar for the role of Effie. Watch this performance and die of pain and perfection.

Les Miserábles

Broadway and film production (2012)
Broadway and film production (2012)

The musical, based on the novel Les Misérables by French poet and novelist Victor Hugo, opened in London's West End in 1985. The film, in which the actors sing live, received 3 Academy Awards. The cast includes stars like Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway who did an amazing job, and Russell Crow, a very bad casting decision.

The Last Five Years

Off-Broadway (2002) and film production (2015)
Off-Broadway (2002) and film production (2015)

The story explores a five-year relationship between a rising novelist and a struggling actress. The story is told from both perspectives separately in chronological order (in the case of Jamie) and backwards (in the case of Cathy). Cool concept!

The original stage version ran for only a few months but the soundtrack was discovered by musical lovers who hadn't even heard about the musical, and it became kind of a cult musical. The film is this low-budget diamond where Anna Kendrick is as amazing as ever and Jeremy Jordan gives us chills with his vocals and sexiness.

The Last Five Years opens today February 13th!

Bonus Video: Broadway is not just for gays any more.


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