Novels that Have Been Made into Theater Plays the Most Number of Times

31 Oct

Due to the success of Les Mis film, I gathered Broadway musicals that were adapted in work of fiction. And here, I made a list of the longest running musical theatrical production based in novels that people want to see over and over again.

Mary Poppins
Performances: 2,579
Mary Poppins is based on children’s books by P. L. Travers. The stage musical is a combination of numerous components from the motion and the books.
Remarkable Quotes / Lines:
“Don’t you know that everybody’s got a Fairyland of their own?”
― P.L. Travers

Performances: 3,838
Wicked: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz is based upon the popular novel of Gregory Maguire, which counterparts L. Frank Baum’s classic masterpiece”The Wizard of Oz.” It tells the story of the good witch named Glinda and the wicked witch of the West Elphaba.
Remarkable Quotes / Lines:
“You shouldn’t let ignorant statements like that bother you. I mean, I always do, but you shouldn’t.”

Les Miserables
Performances: 6,680
Based on the 1862 classic novel by French playwright Victor Hugo, colloquially known as Les Miz, became a world-wide phenomenon.
Remarkable Quotes / Lines:
“The power of a glance has been so much abused in love stories, that it has come to be disbelieved in. Few people dare now to say that two beings have fallen in love because they have looked at each other. Yet it is in this way that love begins, and in this way only.”
-Victor Hugo

Performances: 7,485
Not all knows that this is based on poem anthologies of T.S. Eliot’s “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats.” The story revolves around on the psychological and sociological behaviours of anthromorphised felines such as Mr. Mistofoffelees, Skimbleshanks, and Grizabella.

The Phantom of the Opera
Performances: 10,399
It is the longest running musical in Broadway history. The Phantom of the Opera is also musically composed by Andre Lloyd Webber that is based upon on Gaston Leroux’s French novel.
Remarkable Quotes / Lines:
“Know that it is a corpse who loves you and adores you and will never, never leave you!…Look, I am not laughing now, crying, crying for you, Christine, who have torn off my mask and who therefore can never leave me again!…Oh, mad Christine, who wanted to see me!”
― Gaston Leroux


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