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Now in its 20th year on Broadway, The Lion King first came to audiences as a film. The Disney movie hit theaters in June 1994 and was adapted for Broadway just a few years later. In its first year of Tony eligibility, The Lion King nabbed awards for Best Musical, Best Choreography, Best Costume Design, Best Direction of a Musical, Best Lighting Design, and Best Scenic Design.
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It took nearly 20 years for Aladdin to make its way from the screen to the stage. The 1992 Disney flick, which made more than $504 million at the box office worldwide, hit Broadway in 2014 after getting its start with local productions.
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One of the latest movies to get the musical treatment, Amélie opened for Broadway previews this month. An adaptation of the 2001 romantic comedy, the production stars Hamilton alum Phillipa Soo and first hit the stage in California in 2015.
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Joining Amélie as a 2017 venture, Anastasia makes its broadway debut this spring. The production, which originated in Hartford, Conn. in 2016, brings the 1997 animated film to the stage.
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Beauty and the Beast
Moviegoers met Emma Watson as Belle this month, more than 25 years after the original Disney animated film was released in 1991. The story also saw a hugely successful theatrical run, hitting Broadway in 1994 and traveling across the world in local productions and tours.
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In 2000, Billy Elliot arrived on the big screen and earned three Oscar nominations. The drama became a musical a few years later, originating in London in 2005 and transitioning to Broadway in 2008.
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Bring It On
Audiences brought it in 2000 with the release of Bring It On. The Kirsten Dunst and Gabrielle Union-starring movie was adapted for the stage in 2011, first running in Atlanta before going on tour and making it to Broadway in 2012.
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Fans first met Buddy the Elf in 2003, when Elf arrived in theaters. The Christmas flick brought in $220.4 million at the box office and inspired a stage adaptation. The musical made its debut on Broadway in 2010.
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Nearly 15 years after Footloose had movie audiences dancing in 1984, the drama brought the funk to the stage. The musical debuted on Broadway in 1998 and is now touring in the UK.
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Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore had audiences swooning in a pottery scene for the ages in 1990, when Ghost hit the big screen. Decades later, the story came to the stage, first seeing production in England before arriving on Broadway in 2012.
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The story may seem familiar: audiences relive Groundhog Day time and time again. First introduced as a Bill Murray-starring film in 1993, the story came to the stage in 2016 and will see its Broadway debut in April.
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Audiences first met Tracy Turnblad in 1988, when Hairspray made its big-screen debut. The then-cult hit found a wider audience in the early 2000s, when a stage adaptation arrived in local productions and on Broadway.
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British dramedy Kinky Boots saw a theatrical release in 2005, making it to Broadway eight years later. The stage production has been a huge success, winning the Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Original Score, and Best Choreography, among others.
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Elle Woods found herself on Broadway in 2007, when Legally Blonde made its way from screens to the stage. The popular 2001 movie was adapted worldwide, seeing local productions and tours.
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Disney's Newsies made its big-screen debut in 1992, starring Christian Bale, Bill Pullman, Ann-Margret, and Robert Duvall, among others. In 2012, the story arrived on Broadway, featuring music by Alan Menken.
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Mel Brooks picked up an Oscar in 1969 for his 1968 film The Producers. The film was adapted for the stage in 2001, hitting Broadway and soon making its way to other cities through national tours and local productions.
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With Sylvester Stallone in the starring role, Rocky made its big-screen debut in 1976. The Oscar-winning film saw the lights of Broadway decades later, hitting the stage in New York City in 2014.
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School of Rock
Class was in session for Jack Black in 2003, when School of Rock saw a successful film release. More than 10 years later, the rock flick made its way to the stage, debuting on Broadway in 2005.
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Moviegoers fell for a green ogre in 2001, when Shrek hit theaters with the voices of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, and John Lithgow in tow. In 2008, the film found its way to theatergoers, hitting Broadway after debuting in Seattle.
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Singin’ in the Rain
Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, and Donald O'Connor teamed up in 1952 for Singin’ in the Rain. The Oscar-nominated film was adapted for the stage decades later, hitting Broadway in 1985.
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Starring Whoopi Goldberg, Maggie Smith, and Harvey Keitel, Sister Act hit theaters in 1992. After bringing in $231.6 million worldwide at the box office, the film was adapted for the stage, debuting in California in 2006 and making it to Broadway in 2011.
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In 1951, Sunset Boulevard picked up three Academy Awards, earning acclaim for the Billy Wilder-directed film noir. Nearly 40 years later, the movie made it to the stage. Sunset Boulevard was held in local productions before making its Broadway debut in 1994, and recently returned to New York in a 2017 Broadway revival.
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Keri Russell starred in Waitress in 2007, playing the title character in the dramedy. Eight years later, a stage adaptation of the film debuted, transitioning to Broadway in 2016.
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The Wedding Singer
Nearly 10 years after the film made its debut, The Wedding Singer got to play for an entirely different audience. The 1998 movie, which starred Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, arrived on Broadway in 2006.
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Disney's Tarzan hit the big screen in 1999, aided by a soundtrack from Phil Collins. The story got the Broadway treatment in 2006, recruiting Collins for the music.