There are a lot of terrific Broadway musicals out there. Many already have film adaptations, and many need them. Here is my list of the top 5 that need their own films.
5. Man of La Mancha
Man of La Mancha is the musical version of Don Quixote, one of the most beloved fantasy novels of all time. The novel was written by Spanish writer Miguel De Cervantes. It follows Don Quixote and his squire Sancho Panza as they go on several incredible quests as knights-the only catch? It's the 20th century, and they aren't knights. They just use their imaginations. It is an extraordinary musical, and we still haven't even gotten an adaptation of the book for the big screen.
Spamalot is the musical (lovingly) ripped off of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. It has hilarious songs, a goofy plot, and best of all, it's not just a remake of Holy Grail, it is it's own story. Hopefully either Hank Azaria or Alan Tudyk would return for it.
Company is a play by Broadway legend Stephen Sondheim, which follows a thirty-five year old single man as he and his friends question why he is alone. Sondheim's work has been turned into successful big screen outings several times including: Into the Woods, Sweeney Todd, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and West Side Story. This is one of his most beautiful and complex plays, not to mention it has a small cast, and only a few basic settings make it cheap to make. I would love to see Neil Patrick Harris reprise the role of Robert.
2. First Date
First date is a short romantic comedy musical from just a few years ago. The play takes place over one blind date between two people who are complete opposites. It opened to rave reviews, and for good reason. While it has a few emotional songs that truly tug at the heart strings, where it really shines are the humorous songs, especially one called "In Love With You." Which is absolutely hilarious. This was never recorded live off Broadway, and needs a movie made of it, of course bringing back Zachary Levi and Krysta Rodriguez.
I think everyone knows Wicked at this point. It's the musical all about how the wicked witch of the west became oh, so wicked. It has, without a doubt, the best soundtrack of at least the 2000's, and one of the most engaging and memorable performances ever to grace the stage. The original cast was headlined by a powerhouse double threat of Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth, and has won countless Tony's. Why? Because it's the best. They have announced a film version but it's been stuck in production hell for a long time, and it's high time they got more serious about it, because by gosh, it deserves it.