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Broadway to big screen

Times Square at night
Times Square at night
Efrain Duarte

In the last decade Hollywood and New York have gone hand in jazz hand. Here are a few films which have gotten the silver screen treatment over the past decade.

Others to get the treatment include:

"Les Miserables"


"The Producers"


"Sweeney Todd"

"Mama Mia"

Coming to theaters this winter is the Stephen Sondheim musical "Into The Woods," starring Anna Kendrick, Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, and Emily Blunt.

"Chicago" Frank Micelotta/Getty Images


The number one longest-running American musical 'pop, six, squished' its way to the big screen during the holiday in 2002. The film starred Catherine Zeta-Jones and Renee Zellweger as Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart, and Richard Gere who portrayed Billy Flynn.

The show's premise is the time Zeta-Jones and Zellweger spent in a 1920s Chicago jail on death row, and the struggle to keep the fame that came along with it. Along with the two actresses were many famous acts, such as Queen Latifah, Taye Diggs, John C. Reilly, and Lucy Liu.

"Chicago" the film was a box office success earning over $170 million domestically, and over $136 million internationally. Along with its monetary success, "Chicago" brought in six Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Zeta-Jones, Best Costume Design, Best Film Editing and Best Sound.

Some of the songs that made the Broadway musical come to life on screen include: "And All That Jazz," "Cell Block Tango," and "Mr. Cellophane."

Currently, it's the second highest grossing musical behind of "Grease." As of last week the musical grossed over $600,000 on Broadway. In 2002, the film it was in the top 10 of highest grossing films for that year, proving Broadway has a pull even in Hollywood.

"Hairspray" Charley Gallay/Getty Images


This movie debuted in 2007 and just could not be stopped. Rather than a holiday release "Hairspray" released during the summer.

"Hairspray" saw the firsts of many actors, such as John Travolta in drag, as Edna Turnblad, Nikki Blonsky as Tracy Turnblad, newcomer at the time Zac Efron, and Amanda Bynes.

The musical is set in the 1960s and about Tracy Turnblad who wants to be on the "Corny Collins Show," and the struggle of integration in Baltimore. The show includes a wide range of characters who develop the show into the 2007 film. One of those characters is Edna Turnblad, Tracy's mother, who in both the film and Broadway versions was portrayed by a male.

The musical ran from 2002 to 2009, with a $265 million gross, and winner of eight Tony Awards.

Some of the songs which brought the beat to the film include: "Good Morning Baltimore," "You Can't Stop The Beat," "I Can Hear the Bells," and "Big, Blonde, and Beautiful."

As far as gross in the musical category, "Hairspray" is currently in the number six spot, behind "Enchanted." In 2007, the film was in the number 24 spot, domestically.

"RENT" Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images


This show left us wondering how to measure the life of a woman or a man.

"RENT" became a silver screen spectacle in the holiday season of 2005. Originally opening on Broadway in 1996.

The musical centers around the lives of eight individuals living in New York City in 1990, and the HIV/AIDS epidemic of the time. The musical is based off the opera "La Puccini," with the time frame of that opera being in the 1800s and tuberculosis being the epidemic of the time.

"RENT" the film grossed over $29 million domestically and is number 28 in the musical grossing category. For the year 2005, "RENT" placed in the top 100 films in terms of gross at number 94.

The musical ran for 5,123 performances and is among one of the longest running musicals.

Some of the songs which have vibrated with audiences include: "Seasons of Love," "La Vie Boheme," "I'll Cover You," "Light My Candle," and "Take Me or Leave Me."

Many of the actors, which performed the musical, were also in the film, such as Idina Menzel, Taye Diggs, Adam Pascal, Anthony Rapp, Wilson Heredia, and Jesse Martin.

"The Phantom of the Opera"
"The Phantom of the Opera" Junko Kimura/Getty Images

"The Phantom of the Opera"

This musical haunted its way to the big screen in the holiday season of 2004.

The film is based on Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical adaptation of the story of the phantom. The story tells of a phantom who haunts an opera house in Paris, and Christine who is a former dancer who becomes the phantom's newest obsession, and the opera house's newest shining star. The musical is one of the longest running musicals in Broadway history.

The film stars Emmy Rossum as Christine and Gerard Butler as the Phantom. The film grossed over $51 million domestically, and is number 16 in the musical grossing category. In 2004, the film was listed as number 63 in the highest grossing films of the year. The film was also nominated for three Oscar Awards.

Some of the iconic songs of the longest running musical include: "Think of Me," "Masquerade," "The Music of the Night," "Angel of Music," and the title track, "The Phantom of the Opera."

Other actors who were in the film include, Minnie Driver, Jennifer Ellison, Miranda Richardson, and Patrick Wilson.

This film performed better overseas garnering over $103 million.

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