So yesterday, while I was in the middle of a rehearsal for the musical theatre production that I’m currently in, I had an interesting thought… Readers are always talking about books they’d love to see made into movies. But what about… musicals?! I don’t know about you, but I haven’t seen or heard of that many book-based musicals besides the Cursed Child, Les Mis, Matilda, the Lightning Thief and a few others… Okay, so actually there are MANY others, but for the sake of this post let’s pretend there aren’t.
So the question is: what are some books that would make marvellous musical adaptations? Well, I’m going to let my inner thespian take over and share with you a few of my picks!
1. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
I’m all about musicals based off of historical events. Come From Away, Newsies, Hamilton, you name it! I simply love seeing history portrayed through live action and catchy music! Which is why I think that a musical adaptation of the Nightingale would be utterly amazing! The Nightingale is set in Paris during WWII, so it’s only a few years (err, I mean centuries, but what does it matter, ya know?) ahead of Les Mis, another musical inspired by French history. Anyways, there aren’t TONS of WWII musicals out there, and since it was such a groundbreaking time in history, I really think it would be great to see performed on stage. Plus, the characters in the Nightingale are just so raw and realistic that it’s difficult not to ponder over the idea of seeing them depicted by actual actors!
2. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton
This is a book that will always remain very close to my heart. TSaBSoAL (Dang, that’s one heck of an acronym) is a story of multiple generations of women as they battle both physical and mental hardships that they are burdened with throughout their lives. I feel like this book is rather underappreciated, and I truly hope that more readers pick it up, because it really is a significant book.
Leslye Walton’s writing style is beautifully poetic and lyrical, and I can only begin to imagine how stunning it would be transcribed into actual music! And to see Ms Walton’s life-changing writing performed ON STAGE would be unbelievably amazing! So, I guess what I’m trying to say is that Y’ALL NEED TO READ THIS BOOK SO YOU CAN SIGN MY PETITION TO HAVE IT MADE INTO A MUSICAL THEATRE PRODUCTION!
3. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
So haha, fun fact, I only sorta kinda finished this yesterday, but I can honestly tell you that I AM ALREADY OBSESSED WITH IT. This book can be summed up in one word, and that word is this: adorable! The characters are so fun and quirky and the romance is totally swoon-worthy! I loved every page of the beautiful book!
I think that it would definitely make a wonderfully hilariously charming rom-com musical! Maybe with Mamma Mia/La La Land vibes? I don’t know. All I can say that this book would, without a doubt, make an amazing musical theatre production!
4. Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
You know what book would also make an amazing musical? Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli!
In case you weren’t aware, this book already has a film adaptation by the name of Love, Simon. In my opinion, it was an absolutely spectacular movie, which is quite surprising considering film adaptations of books typically stink (*cough cough* the Darkest Minds). But you know what would be even better than a movie (I bet you’ll never guess)… A MUSICAL! Love, Simon actually already has some musical elements in it, but I say not nearly enough!
Honestly, this book is probably on the top of my list for book to musical adaptations simply because I already have such a vivid image of what it would be like to see it acted out on stage! If you have yet to read this book, then go do so now, and you will understand what I mean!
And now, last on my list is…
5. Girl Made of Stars by Ashley H. Blake
Ashley Herring Blake, author of numerous YA bestsellers, always manages to capture my heart through her beautiful writing that tackles tough topics in meaningful ways. Girl Made of Stars, a book that deals with the harsh realities of sexism and assault, is definitely my favorite work of hers. The characters in it are so heartbreakingly real, and the book itself is so significant and eye-opening.
I’d like this book to be adapted as a musical not only because I enjoyed it, but because I think that it is a story that more people need to hear. I believe that if Girl Made of Stars became a musical, more people would become aware of the horrors that take place in our world everyday and what we can do to end them. Rape culture is something that we need to continue talking about, however difficult it may be, so the injustice we’ve been witnessing can finally be brought down.
Now, on that somewhat serious note…
THAT’S ALL I’VE GOT FOR YOU GUYS TODAY!
If you haven’t already, please read these books so you can join me in demanding musical adaptations of them! Just kidding, just kidding… kind of.
Anyways, I hope you all have a fantastic week! In the comments, please let me know some books that YOU’D like to see become musicals! I’d love to hear from you!
Wishing you the best,