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Movies Turned Broadway Spark Debate

Illustration by Lela Rasmussen

Illustration by Lela Rasmussen

Illustration by Lela Rasmussen

Movies Turned Broadway Spark Debate

Ranking Criteria:

  1. Was this Broadway show turned movie in question an already pre-existing musical?  If yes, it’s been pushed to the bottom of my list and neither the second or third judging criteria is able to pull it up.  Think of it this way: why turn an existing musical into another, longer musical?
  2. What was the movie’s Rotten Tomato rating?  I’ve taken the average of both the audience’s scores and the critic’s scores to get a fair viewing, as there’s movies who everyone loves while the critics hate or vice versa.

NUMBER TEN: Newsies

  1. Pre-existing musical.
  2. Critics score of 39% and an audience score of 88% with an average of 64%.

NUMBER NINE: Anastasia

  1. Pre-existing musical.
  2. Critics score of 85% and an audience score of 77% with an average of 81%.

NUMBER EIGHT: Frozen

  1. Pre-existing musical.
  2. Critics score of 90% and an audience score of 85% with an average of 88%.

NUMBER SEVEN: Lion King

  1. Pre-existing musical.
  2. Critics and audience came to a consensus for it’s all around score of 93%.

NUMBER SIX: Footloose

  1. NOT a pre-existing musical.
  2. Critics score of 51% and an audience score of 71% with an average of 61%.

NUMBER FIVE: Legally Blonde

  1. NOT a pre-existing musical.
  2. Critics score of 69% and an audience score of 72% with an average of 71%.

NUMBER FOUR: Mean Girls

  1. NOT a pre-existing musical.
  2. Critics score of 84% and an audience score of 66% with an average of 75%.

NUMBER THREE: Beetlejuice

  1. NOT a pre-existing musical.
  2. Critics score of 84% and an audience score of 82% with an average of 83%.

NUMBER TWO: ….

It just so happens that the last two musicals are tied…. So without further ado—

NUMBER ONE: Shrek & Hairspray (1988)

  1. Shrek
    1. NOT a pre-existing musical.
    2. Critics score of 88% and an audience score of 90% with an average of 89%.
  1. Hairspray (1988)
  • . NOT a pre-existing musical.
  1. Critics score of 98% and an audience score of 80% with an average of 89%.

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