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10 Musicals Turned Movies

More and more musicals are being adapted for the big screen-here are a few upcoming movies we're excited for plus a few classics that are worth re-watching this holiday break!
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  1. Annie (opens January 8). The upcoming movie takes Annie to the modern era and turns billionaire Daddy Warbucks into New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks. Annie will be played by Quvenzhane Wallis, the youngest Best Actress nominee ever in the history of the Oscars, who received the nod for the movie Beasts of the Southern Wild. Fun fact: Willow Smith was supposed to play Annie, but her intuition told her not to. Her parents, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, along with Jay-Z are producing the movie.

  2. Into the Woods (opens January 14). See Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Jack (and the beanstalk) like never before in this re-imagining of the Brothers Grimm fairy tales. The all-star cast includes Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Emily Blunt, Meryl Streep, and Johnny Depp.

  3. The Last Five Years. With this movie, Into the Woods, and Pitch Perfect, Anna Kendrick is clearly Hollywood’s new go-to girl for musicals. The Last Five Years tells the story of a couple, played by Anna and Jeremy Jordan from Smash, from opposite ends of the relationship (the beginning and the end) so they only meet in the middle. It opens in the US in February—here’s hoping they screen it here around the same time!

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  4. Hairspray. It’s actually based on a musical, which was based on another movie—but who’s complaining when you've got Zac Efron and his Zayn-ish wayward strand of hair?

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  5. Rent. The raw, heartbreaking movie about the struggles of New Yorker bohemians never gets old. La Vie Boheme!

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  6. Mamma Mia! Featuring hit songs by the '70s supergroup ABBA, it’s the perfect movie to watch with your mom and titas (of Manila).

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  7. My Fair Lady. Eliza Doolittle’s story has been adapted and retold so many times, but we keep coming back to this movie because Audrey Hepburn is our queen. Fun fact: Did you know that the TV show Selfie is based on My Fair Lady?

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  8. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. In the mood for some gore this festive season? Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter have you covered.

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  9. Les Miserables. Belt out those ballads with Fantine, Eponine, and the rest of the cast in this epic film that had the actors singing live for a truly authentic feel. 

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  10. Wicked? Note the question mark—there are rumors that the movie is in the works for a 2016 release, but there's zero confirmation so far. All we have is this teaser from composer Stephen Schwartz: "We're starting to do some work on it. We've actually started gearing up on it a little bit." Consider this movie part of our Christmas wish list!

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Dyan Zarzuela
Council of Cool 9, Managing Editor, Columnist
Stalks celebrities, watches TV, marathons movies, curls up with books, and flails at concerts for a living. Also: semi-hardcore Whovian.
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