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The Best Musicals-Turned Movies

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at BC chapter.

How often do you walk down the street and casually break out into song? The answer is probably never, even though I wish this wasn’t the case. If life were a musical, your answer would be much different. We can’t all walk around singing our inner monologues, so instead we can turn to musicals to do this for us. There is nothing like going to a musical performance on stage, but this isn’t always possible. Luckily, it is becoming increasingly popular to adapt Broadway musicals into movies. So, which ones should you watch first? Here are a few ideas!

My Fair Lady

Starting off with a classic, My Fair Lady is a musical that is wonderful for all ages. Everybody’s favorite actress Audrey Hepburn stars as a young woman who goes through a Cinderella-esque transformation into a woman with the help of Professor Henry Higgins. Say it with me: “The rain in Spain stays mainly on the plain.”


For those of you that want a bit more excitement in your musicals, Chicago is a good choice. With a plot centered on murder, the musical is thrilling and keeps you guessing. This is one of the musicals where I actually prefer the movie to the stage show, because of course Richard Gere is that good.


This musical has had two different movie adaptions. Its story line is so inspiring, where Tracy only needs to change her hairdo (and not her personality or her overall appearance) to get the dream guy and the dream television dancing role. The current Hairspray hit is the new version with the one and only Zac Efron. Who could resist watching a movie with him dancing… or in general?

West Side Story

This modern Romeo and Juliet story brings you into the New York City streets with the Sharks versus the Jets, two gangs, and creates a love story between different ethnic backgrounds. After watching this musical, you will definitely be snapping your fingers to the beat everywhere that you go.


My final recommendation is my absolute favorite musical, Rent. Everything about this musical is perfect – the cast is so talented (Idina Menzel. Need I say more?), the songs are phenomenal and you’ll be singing them for days, and the story line is so deep and targets real problems in society. No matter what problem someone is going through, there is really “no day but today.”

No matter what musical you decide watch on screen or as a play, it’s sure to be entertaining. So many musicals are becoming movies, and vice versa. Although you wouldn’t normally sing your feelings (although I am completely okay with that!), these musicals can convey meaning even better than you could on your own. Which of your favorite musicals do you think should become a movie next?









Boston College student, but Wisconsinite at heart. Music aficionado, and lover of all things cats. BC '16, LSOE. Secondary Ed. and English major, Psychology minor. Along with being a writer and editor for HC BC, Samantha is a Drumline Section Leader in the Screaming Eagles Marching Band, involved in the BC Pep Band and the BC Symphonic Band, and is a member of the English Association.
Meghan Gibbons is a double major in Communications and Political Science in her senior year at Boston College. Although originally from New Jersey, she is a huge fan of all Boston sports! Along with her at Boston College is her identical twin, who she always enjoys playing twin pranks with. Meghan is a huge foodie, book worm and beach bum