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

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