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Top ten musicals you want to see adapted into films

We asked you to vote for your top shows to see on the silver screen – here are the results

Miss Saigon, Dear Evan Hansen and Wicked
© Clockwise from top left: Johan Persson, Joan Marcus and Darren Bell

Last week we asked WhatsOnStage readers which musicals they'd love to see adapted into films – here we countdown to find out what reached the top spot. Could we have the next West Side Story, Mamma Mia! or Chicago on our hands?



10. Spring Awakening

Its revival up at the Hope Mill went down a storm and the award-winning show has helped the careers of the likes of Lea Michelle, Jonathan Groff and Iwan Rheon. With songs like "Song of Purple Summer" and "Mama" being veritable earworms and a very contemporary message, it might make for a great, gritty, indy musical hit.



9. Sunset Boulevard

Now almost 70 years old, the original film version of Sunset Boulevard was a masterpiece that was nominated for 11 Academy Awards and is widely considered one of the greatest films of all time. Seeing it back and now replete with musical numbers would be a stellar treat.



8. Follies

Sondheim's classic is the talk of the town after a mahoosive number of Olivier Award nominations this year, with Dominic Cooke's production announcing it'd be returning for another run in 2019. But after that? Well, aside from a run in the West End, a film version would be rather lovely.



Ben Platt stars in Dear Evan Hansen
© Joan Marcus

7. Dear Evan Hansen

Original star Ben Platt has already appeared in films like Pitch Perfect while the show's composers Pasek and Paul have got major screen experience now that The Greatest Showman has ended up a certified hit. So the film adaptation of Tony Award-winning Dear Evan Hansen will be a breeze. Though, of course, you'll definitely to bring tissues... Does anybody have a map to the nearest film studio?



The original West End cast of Book of Mormon at their curtain call
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6. The Book of Mormon

Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, and Matt Stone's edgy and shock-fuelled musical has seamlessly transitioned from a smash hit to a West End long-runner, so the next step will obviously be to put it on the silver screen.



5. The Band

Take That's new musical has been causing a storm as it tours across the UK, so it's no surprise to see it on this list given its audience popularity. We guess fans will have to "pray" for it!



Sooha Kim (Kim) in Miss Saigon
© Johan Persson

4. Miss Saigon

Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg may have already had one musical theatre film hit with Tom Hooper's version of Les Mis, so it seems only right that they repeat the affair with Miss Saigon. Forget "The Movie in My Mind", how's about the movie on the big screen!



3. Bat Out of Hell

The epic musical, chock full of numbers by Jim Steinman and a huge post-apocalyptic setting, would be a perfect fit on the cinema screen. And there'd be nothing wrong with immortalising Andrew Polec's spellbinding performance!



2. Hamilton

The rights to the filmed Broadway production may have even started a bidding war, so lord knows how much studios may be willing to pay for the ability to adapt it for the big screen. But the play would make for a pretty spectacular historical masterpiece.



David Witts and Alice Fearn in the current West End production of Wicked
© Darren Bell

1. Wicked

Could there be any other winner? It's been teased for YEARS and it's clear that audiences are still clamouring for a Wicked big screen adaptation. From the results of our poll, it's clear that it'd be very...popular.

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