While everyone has their own opinions about Broadway shows, there's one thing that everyone can agree on: It's too damn hard to get tickets to Hamilton. Regular tickets are booked months in advance, and are hard to snag. The re-sale tickets are ridiculously expensive. (Even Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote an op-ed in the New York Times about how laws need to change to keep scalpers from jacking up prices on the secondary ticket market.) The lottery gives you pretty much a one-in-a-billion chance. One way to ensure that fans will be able to see it — possibly again and again — is to turn it in to a film and sent it out to the multiplex. So, will Hamilton get a movie adaptation anytime soon?
Maybe in two decades. Miranda told Rolling Stone that he thinks movie adaptations of musicals are only good if they've had a chance to mature. "There are some really good ones, but I will tell you, they're all 20 years after the fact," he said. He does feel fans' pain, though. "I understand it's hard to get to New York, and it's hard to get a Broadway ticket," he told the magazine. "At the same time, filming is an act of translation. It is not being in the room with us. It's different." So, which musicals did Miranda think worked particularly well after a 20 year hiatus, according to his Rolling Stone interview?
Miranda's not the only fan. Tom Hooper's adaptation of the blockbuster musical earned eight Oscar nominations, including Best Picture. It won three of the awards, including a Best Supporting Actress nod for Anne Hathaway.
This one actually did bring home the Best Picture Oscar, as well as five other Oscars from its 13 nominations. Catherine Zeta-Jones, Renée Zellweger, John C. Reilly, and Queen Latifah were all nominated, but only Zeta-Jones won.
Another big Oscar movie, this one garnered awards for Liza Minelli, Joel Gray, and director Bob Fosse.
Those are the only ones Miranda endorsed in the Rolling Stone interview, but I'd add these:
West Side Story
You can't really argue with Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim. It's not a surprise that this one also won the Best Picture Oscar (in addition to nine others).
Little Shop of Horrors
An underrated musical-to-movie adaptation, this one has the right mix of camp and real emotion, and "Suddenly, Seymour" is one of the best Broadway numbers out there.
I actually hate the story of Grease, especially change-everything-about-yourself-for-a-guy message. And, yet, even I got into the energy and staging of Grease Live. (I was especially charmed when they all got into those trams at the end — whee!) I shouldn't have been surprised, then, when I learned that Grease Live was directed by Thomas Kail, director of Hamilton. He should definitely direct a future Hamilton movie adaptation — even if not for 20 years.
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