eurydice underground

how many musicals have been adapted from the same source

  • Romeo and Juliet: West Side Story, Roméo et Juliette, Hungarian musical (thanks @the-most-natural-bear)
  • The Phantom of the Opera: literally dozens, most famously The Phantom of the Opera (1986), Ken Hill’s Phantom, Yeston and Kopit’s Phantom, Deborah Sasson’s Phantom, and Love Never Dies (which is not based on anything Leroux wrote, but uses the same character names, if not characterization)
  • The Wild Party: The Wild Party (LaChiusa), The Wild Party (Lippa)
  • Der Besuch der alten Dame/The Visit of the Old Lady: The Visit (Kander and Ebb), Der Besuch der alten Dame (German musical)
  • Cinderella: Cinderella (Disney’s version for amateur licensing), Cinderella (Rodgers and Hammerstein), Into the Woods (thank you @lookwhathappenedtomack for those three). Also, Starlight Express is loosely based on Cinderella.
  • Aladdin: Aladdin (Disney), Aladdin (Cole Porter), (thanks @lookwhathappenedtomack )also I’ve heard of at least one British Aladdin Christmas pantomime. (thanks
  • Cyrano de Bergerac: “ including at least five operas, a Frank Wildhorn musical, a Broadway musical version in the 70s with Christopher Plummer, a European musical that transferred to Broadway more recently, a jukebox musical called Cyrano de Burgershack, and a short movie musical about gay cruising starring Anthony Rapp” - @if-only-angels-could-prevail
  • The career of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Mozart! (Kunze and Levay), Mozart l’opera rock (French musical)
  • The Wizard of Oz: One created by Baum (author of the book), two based of the film, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s version with several new songs, Wicked
  • Hamlet: The Lion King, Rockabye Hamlet, Hamlet (opera)
  • Alice in Wonderland: Disney’s version, Wonderland (Wildhorn), wonder.land (British musical)
  • War and Peace: Opera version, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 (based on about 70 pages)
  • The Bible: Jesus Christ Superstar, Godspell, Children of Eden, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, too many weird obscure ones to count (thanks @rufusthegoofus and @mygreatadventurehasbegun)
  • Charlie and Chocolate Factory: The version available for amateur licensing, The Broadway/West End musical (Thanks @joyesthers)
  • Le Petit Prince: Never opened Broadway musical, 2002 Paris, several puppet shows and others (thanks @theveilfalls)
  • Anna Karenina: 1992 Broadway musical, Hungarian musical, Russian musical (Thanks @theveilfalls), at least one opera
  • Orpheus and Eurydice: Hadestown, Orpheus and Eurydice: A Myth Underground, several opera (thanks @havlin) Orpheus and Eurydice (musical appearing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.)
  • French revolution (the first one): 1789: La Amants de la Bastille, La Revolution Francaise (thanks @everydaae), Marie Antoinette (Austrian musical), also I guess you could count A Tale of Two Cities?
  • Three Musketeers: 1928 musical, Dutch musical (thanks @everydaae) 4 Musketeers
  • Dracula: Wildhorn musical, French interpretive dance musical, Dracula: L’Amour plus fort que la Mort, Dracula: L’Amour et la Mort (thanks @everydaae)
  • Story of Lizzie Borden: several musicals including Lizzie (thanks @stephenfuckingsondheim)
  • Gone with the Wind: 2008 London musical, Scarlett (musical) (thanks @stephenfuckingsondheim)
  • Life of Marilyn Monroe: Siren’s Heart, Marilyn, Bombshell
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame: Disney musical, French musical Notre-Dame de Paris
  • Rebecca: German musical, British play with music
  • Peter Pan: several pantomimes, Disney, the famous Broadway one, Leonard Bernstein’s, Peter and the Starcatcher (play with music) (thanks @rufusthegoofus)

anyone got any additions?