At best, a well-timed musical adaptation has the ability to render revived interest for a once-beloved Broadway play that may otherwise have faded into dust. The two-time Oscar-winning “Dreamgirls” was released in 2006, and it was a sure success in that it managed to freshen up the 1981 Broadway show. It did so while still honoring the rich routines that gave it such a good name in the first place.
It follows the trio of African-American female soul artists as they evolve and manage to get themselves onto the pop charts. It takes place in the tumultuous ’60s period, and on top of all the problems in the outside world, these ladies also have their own personal dramas to deal with. You can’t really go wrong with a cast that includes Beyonce, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Hudson, and Eddie Murphy, now can you?
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)
"Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" took on a rather tricky premise. Adam goes to town to get a wife, and he manages to marry her on the same day. He is the eldest of seven brothers, and only when she goes back home with him to his cabin in the woods does she discover that he and his brothers are all still living together.
The newlywed Milly is set on teaching these uncivilized siblings some manners, and as far as she can see, they are all pretty eager to get wives of their own. This storyline sounds a bit whacky, but somehow, it turned into an offbeat spectacle, and thanks to the musical talents of Adolph Deutsch and Saul Chaplin, this movie got an Oscar for Best Scoring of a Musical Picture.
Barbara Streisand appears on this list a few times in various capacities. In this movie though, she took center stage and showed why she is one of the most talented performers of the last century. In Yentl, she plays a young Jewish woman from early-1900s Poland who pretends to be a man so that she can enroll in a Talmudic school.
The musical movie is laden with some of the most iconic numbers in Hollywood's history, including "The Way He Makes Me Feel" and "Papa, Can You Hear Me?" The film received so much praise that it would go on to win the Academy Award for Best Original Song Score, among many other awards.
Mamma Mia! (2008)
"Mamma Mia!" is one of the most fabulous movies to have come from the late '00s. Set on a sunny Greek island, the movie's whole plot is a background to the stunning collection of music from the legendary ABBA pop sensations. It is a jukebox musical that contains quite a flashy cast, including Amanda Seyfried, Meryl Streep, and Colin Firth, to name a few.
A young lady who's about to tie the knot discovers that her father could be one of three men who have been mentioned in her mother's diary. She throws all caution to the wind and decides to invite all of these mystery men to her wedding. The part that got us the most was when Streep performed "The Winner Takes It All."
The Jungle Book (1967 and 2016)
This animated musical was Walt Disney's final creation, and it was released in 1967, just a few months after he passed away. The story of "The Jungle Book" was adapted from an 1894 book by Rudyard Kipling. This musical, however, has more memorable characters and catchy tunes than the book had.
There have been so many remakes of this flick because it's just that good! In 2016, Jon Favreau attempted a redo by directing a live-action hybrid, which to this day remains in the upper limits of Disney remakes, and for the excellent visual effects, this movie managed to win an Oscar.