EVITA: 1996 starring Madonna
CHICAGO: 2002 Oscar winner for Best Picture and Best Supporting Actress (Catherine Zeta-Jones)
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA: 2004
DREAMGIRLS: 2006, Oscar winner for Best Supporting Actress (Jennifer Hudson)
SWEENEY TODD: 2007
LES MISÉRABLES: 2012, Oscar winner for Best Supporting Actress (Anne Hathaway)
Absent is that huge Broadway musical hit that, oddly, never got a screen adaptation. 1991's MISS SAIGON, a musical drama love story set in 1970s Saigon during the Vietnam War. Based on Puccini's opera, MADAME BUTTERFLY, MISS SAIGON has love, war, racial conflict and lots of special effects. It's a spectacle. That's right up Spielberg's alley! In 2017, there was a limited engagement Broadway revival of it. Here's a taste of the MISS SAIGON stage experience.
In late August, we celebrate the centennial of Leonard Bernstein's birth. I bet we hear more then about the WEST SIDE STORY movie remake plans. In other movie news, a movie version of Andrew Lloyd Webber's long-running Broadway musical hit, CATS, will hit the big screen. A film adaptation starts production this coming November. The cast of CATS onscreen will include Sir Ian McKellen, James Corden, Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson and Taylor Swift.