• Some movies start out as Broadway shows
  • There are really great and famous examples
  • Watch our video on Broadway to the big screen!

Let's start with a classic Broadway to big screen adaptation: West Side Story. This is a modernized telling of Romeo and Juliet and is set in the mid-1950s Upper West Side of NYC.

From Broadway To The Big Screen

With music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, the original production premiered in 1957 and a film adaptation was released in 1961.

From Broadway To The Big Screen

The film adaptation still holds the record for the most Oscars won by a musical and a remake was released in 2021 starring Ansel Elgort and directed by Steven Spielberg. And then there is the indisputable classic, The Sound of Music...

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Watch the video to find out more movies that were Broadway shows first!