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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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'Year' denotes year the musical first appeared on Broadway. One asterisk means off Broadway. Two asterisks means West End.
US State Name Origins
The life of a famous 19th-century showman and circus founder
Life of an Argentine political leader
1949 memoir of Maria von Trapp, 'The Story of the Trapp Family Singers'
1975 film 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail'
Bruno Bettelheim's 1976 book, 'The Uses of Enchantment', and several fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm
Shakespeare's 'Taming of the Shrew'
The Bible - Joseph stories
The Bible - Adam and Noah stories
L. Frank Baum's 1900 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz' and the 1939 film 'The Wizard of Oz'
James A. Michener's 1947 book 'Tales of the South Pacific'
Verdi opera of the same name
Several short stories by Damon Runyon, especially 'The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown'
John Van Druten's 1951 play 'I Am a Camera', which was adapted from Christopher Isherwood's 1939 novel 'Goodbye to Berlin'
Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet'
A series of poems by T.S. Eliot
1968 Mel Brooks film of the same name
2000 British film of the same name
1905 novel of the same name by Baroness Orczy
Stories by P. G. Wodehouse
The 1957 memoirs of the title character, a 1930s burlesque stripper
1998 movie of the same name (starring Adam Sandler)
Lynn Riggs' 1931 play, 'Green Grow the Lilacs'
Miguel de Cervantes' 17th-century novel 'Don Quixote'
Loosely based on the play 'The Romancers' ('Les Romanesques') by Edmond Rostand
Federico Fellini's 1963 semi-autobiographical film '8 1/2'
The Bible - Gospel of St. Matthew
Novella of the same name by David Garnett
'Anna and the King of Siam' by Margaret Landon
Charles Dickens (finished) novel
1960 Roger Corman movie of the same name
Several short stories by Sholem Aleichem, especially 'Tevye and his Daughters'
Gaston Leroux's 1910 novel of the (almost) same name
Puccini's opera 'Madame Butterfly'
Several Roman farces by Plautus, especially 'Pseudolus', 'Miles Gloriosus' and 'Mostellaria'
1933 movie and previous novel by Bradford Ropes
Novella by Robert Louis Stevenson
Thornton Wilder's 1938 farce 'The Merchant of Yonkers' (later retitled 'the Matchmaker')
1997 British film of the same name
Famous Weekly World News article
1988 John Waters film of the same name
1960 novella of the same name by Elizabeth Spencer
E. L. Doctorow's 1975 novel of the same name
1973 Christopher Bond play of the same name, and British urban legend
1862 Victor Hugo novel of the same name
Charles Dickens (unfinished) novel
'The Once and Future King' by T. H. White and Arthurian legends
1955 novel by Patrick Dennis
The Bible - Gospel of St. John
Richard Bissell's novel '7 1/2 Cents'
1926 play of the same name by reporter Maurine Dallas Watkins
The life of a famous female sharpshooter
Puccini's opera 'La boheme'
Gregory Maguire's 1995 novel of the same name (based on 'The Wizard of Oz')
Frances Hodgson Burnett's 1911 children's novel of the same name
1913 Atlanta trial of Leo Frank
Harold Gray comic strip
Sam Raimi horror movies
1967 film of the same name (starring Julie Andrews)
George Bernard Shaw's 1912 play 'Pygmalion'
Rosa Guy's novel 'My Love, My Love'
Ingmar Bergman film 'Smiles of a Summer Night'
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