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