Musical Story Origins

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

Featured Jan 30, 2011

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

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