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Can you name the musical from the book, movie, etc that it was based on?

Updated Mar 26, 2012

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The Bible - Gospel of St. John1971
Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet'1957
1949 memoir of Maria von Trapp, 'The Story of the Trapp Family Singers'1959
1967 film of the same name (starring Julie Andrews)2002
The Bible - Gospel of St. Matthew1976
1955 novel by Patrick Dennis1966
1997 British film of the same name2000
The Bible - Joseph stories1982
Thornton Wilder's 1938 farce 'The Merchant of Yonkers' (later retitled 'the Matchmaker')1964
1926 play of the same name by reporter Maurine Dallas Watkins1975
The 1957 memoirs of the title character, a 1930s burlesque stripper1959
The life of a famous 19th-century showman and circus founder1980
Novella by Robert Louis Stevenson1997
Bruno Bettelheim's 1976 book, 'The Uses of Enchantment', and several fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm1987
1968 Mel Brooks film of the same name2001
1998 movie of the same name (starring Adam Sandler)2006
1973 Christopher Bond play of the same name, and British urban legend1979
The life of a famous female sharpshooter1946
James A. Michener's 1947 book 'Tales of the South Pacific'1949
Frances Hodgson Burnett's 1911 children's novel of the same name1991
Rosa Guy's novel 'My Love, My Love'1990
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Novella of the same name by David Garnett1990
Harold Gray comic strip1977
1960 novella of the same name by Elizabeth Spencer2005
A series of poems by T.S. Eliot1982
Charles Dickens (finished) novel1962
Life of an Argentine political leader1979
Federico Fellini's 1963 semi-autobiographical film '8 1/2'1982
Puccini's opera 'La boheme'1996
Miguel de Cervantes' 17th-century novel 'Don Quixote'1965
1988 John Waters film of the same name2002
1862 Victor Hugo novel of the same name1987
Puccini's opera 'Madame Butterfly'1991
Loosely based on the play 'The Romancers' ('Les Romanesques') by Edmond Rostand1960*
Several Roman farces by Plautus, especially 'Pseudolus', 'Miles Gloriosus' and 'Mostellaria'1962
Several short stories by Damon Runyon, especially 'The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown'1950
1913 Atlanta trial of Leo Frank1998
1933 movie and previous novel by Bradford Ropes1980
2000 British film of the same name2008
The Bible - Adam and Noah stories1991**
Sam Raimi horror movies2006*
Stories by P. G. Wodehouse1975**
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1975 film 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail'2005
1960 Roger Corman movie of the same name1982*
'Anna and the King of Siam' by Margaret Landon1951
'The Once and Future King' by T. H. White and Arthurian legends1960
Shakespeare's 'Taming of the Shrew'1948
Lynn Riggs' 1931 play, 'Green Grow the Lilacs'1943
Gaston Leroux's 1910 novel of the (almost) same name1988
L. Frank Baum's 1900 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz' and the 1939 film 'The Wizard of Oz'1975
Gregory Maguire's 1995 novel of the same name (based on 'The Wizard of Oz')2003
George Bernard Shaw's 1912 play 'Pygmalion'1956
Richard Bissell's novel '7 1/2 Cents'1954
1905 novel of the same name by Baroness Orczy1997
Famous Weekly World News article2001*
E. L. Doctorow's 1975 novel of the same name1998
John Van Druten's 1951 play 'I Am a Camera', which was adapted from Christopher Isherwood's 1939 novel 'Goodbye to Berlin'1966
Several short stories by Sholem Aleichem, especially 'Tevye and his Daughters'1964
Ingmar Bergman film 'Smiles of a Summer Night'1973
Charles Dickens (unfinished) novel1985
Verdi opera of the same name2000

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