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