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