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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


Living Legends of Hollywood’s Golden Age

28 Mar
If you’ve heard Madonna’s 1990’s hit single “Vogue”, the only surviving classic entertainer cited on her song was Lauren Bacall. Now, she’s 87 years old. But listed below are some actors and actresses from Hollywood’s Golden Age who are older than her – and still alive.

Kirk Douglas, 95
The bona fide superstar is also known as Issur Daielovitch Demsky was born in New York. His cleft-chinned and steely-eyed actor rose to fame from being “the ragman’s son” to a living legend in international golden cinema. Kirk Douglas is the father-in-law of gorgeous Welsh actress Catherine Zeta-Jones.  The classic leading man stars in numerous films such as Champion (1949), Ace in the Hole (1951), Lust for Life (1956) and Spartacus (1960).
ImageImageImageOlivia de Havilland, 95
Olivia de Havilland won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1946 and 1949. She’s known for portraying the role of Maid Marian in 1938 action-adventure film The Adventures of Robin Hood and 1948 drama flick The Snake Pit. Olivia is the elder sister of British actress Joan Fontaine who has been sisterly-clashed over roles, awards and lovers. They were both nominated for Best Actress in Oscar awards in 1941. Until today, they are still on bad terms. She’s famous for her court victory against film studio Warner Brothers and was dubbed as the “de Havilland decision”.
ImageImageImageJoan Fontaine, 94
The younger sister of Olivia de Havilland; Joan Fontaine was christened as Joan de Beauvoir de Havilland on October 22, 1971. She was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved in California to improve their condition. The 94-year-old movie icon was recognized in movies like Rebecca (1940), Suspicion (1941), ad Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948).
ImageMickey Rooney, 91
The movie entertainer Mickey Rooney was born on September 23, 1920. He began his career as a child actor and performed in more than 200 full-length films from 1927 until 2011. Classic actor Rooney has been married eight times to Ava Gardner (1942-1943), Betty Jane Rase (1944-1949), Martha Vickers (1949-1951), Elaine Devry (1952-1958), Tara Thomas (1958-1966), Marge Lanne (1966-1967), Carolyn Hockett (1969-1975) and Jan Chamberlin (1978-present).
Esther Williams, 90
The America’s Mermaid Esther William is a swimming titleholder when she was a teenager. MGM talent scout spotted her while working in a department store. She made her first appearance in a 1942 film Andy Hardy’s Double Life and became Mickey Rooney’s love interest as Sheila Brooks. Esther Williams starred on her first swimming role in a 1944 movie Bathing Beauty and followed by Million Dollar Mermaid in 1952.