Cabaret Broadway DIVDJust last week, Liza Minnelli, Joel Grey, Michael York and more attended a fancy fortieth anniversary of the movie Cabaret at the Ziegfeld Theatre, where the movie first premiered!  (My Macbeth, who won a Tony for his Emcee on Broadway, was there too!)

And if that wasn’t enough of a party, now we’re going to give away a free copy of the newly restored version of the classic flick.

Here’s how you can win Cabaret on Blu-ray!

Simple – what movie should be musicalized, that hasn’t?  Give me your fav.  Ready, set, go!


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125 Responses to The Sunday Giveaway: Life is a Cabaret – On Blu-ray!

  1. Joe Deer says:

    Crossing Delancey – change the little bookstore into a small independent music store (like the old Petelson’s on 56th St.) Make the author characters composers, instead. “She Loves Me” for today!

    • James Mack says:

      “Connie and Carla” It already has a performing back story as part of the plot and offers two plum female leading roles.

  2. Roger Gindi says:

    A Summer Place.

  3. The Princess Bride. I would have said Animal House, but I believe the Barenaked Ladies are working on that one.

  4. Tom G. says:

    Trading Places. Good vs. Evil. Plenty of characters to write songs for, and an eleven o’clock number at the stock exchange. Even a Holiday theme!

  5. Robb J. says:

    Clerks. Language cannot be a barrier after Mormon. I’m not even supposed to be here today as an I don’t want song. Someone crazy good as Silent Bob, who sings his inner thoughts. And Come on, Kevin Smith has toyed with making Clerks III for the stage anyway.

    Rush seats . . . $37 bucks. I don’t know about anyone else, but I need this to happen

  6. Sue says:

    “Pulp Fiction”, of course.

    Oh I hope I win this time. “Cabaret” is my all-time favorite movie! It has it all.

  7. David Merrick Jr says:


  8. Kevin says:

    Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House.

  9. I would love to see “Moonstruck: The Musical”

  10. Robert says:

    The Shawshank Redemption, starring Hunter Foster and Norm Lewis.

  11. says:

    I would like to see what someone could do with Predator as a musical!

  12. Anastasia says:

    Die Hard! How fun would that be lol :)

  13. Sam says:

    A League of Their Own – staring Sutton Foster as Dottie Henson, of course!

    The Hangover – Staring Aaron Tveit, Gavin Creel, Cheyenne Jackson, and Brian Darcy James.

    Star Wars with Norm Lewis as Vader

    haha I could do this all day!

  14. Danny Bernstein says:

    The Princess Bride.

  15. Miriam Baron says:

    Spaceballs would make the best musical.

  16. Emily says:

    Downton Abbey all the way!

  17. David Lally says:

    Lincoln – the 1776 for our generation!

  18. Margie says:

    For sure, HOUSE OF CARDS. People are already salivating for Season Two. And GUESS WHO could play the lead? Your favorite MacBeth! He is absolutely devious enough to do it.

  19. Leslie R says:

    Forrest Gump!

  20. Christopher Gooley says:

    Django Unchained…. hands down would be amazing!

  21. Laurie Bloom says:

    Father of the Bride!!!! And Martin Short still be in it? Cause I love seeing him on stage!

  22. Ruth says:

    Easy question! PLEASE make a musical out of SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK. PLEASE!!!!

    Okay — actually not so easy a question because there are many . . . .Les Miz (oh yeah, they already did that), August Rush, ET, and my very favorite . . . LADY AND THE TRAMP.

  23. Marion says:

    Harry Potter

  24. Sarah says:

    Wet Hot American Summer.

  25. Melissa M. Heeres says:

    The first thing that leaped into my brain was “The Princess Bride.” I can almost hear the tunes to “Inconceivable” and “As You Wish” now.

    Second Thought — “A Fish Called Wanda”, because an insult song sung by Sutton Foster in the Jamie Lee Curtis role would be hysterically brilliant.

  26. Jeff says:

    Easy. Fight Club.

  27. Millions – A sweet little British movie about two young boys who find millions of British pounds. The youngest son keeps seeing saints.

  28. Dawn says:

    Donnie Darko. With a really angsty soundtrack from Duncan Sheik.

  29. Ellie says:

    This is too fun…

    The Truman Show
    Shakespeare in Love

  30. “Great Expectations” – a wealth of great movie versions, rich with characterizations and plot, all with a song waiting to happen, but the original source is the Charles Dicken’s novel. The great CD wrote two different endings for this novel, and in keeping with the spirit of his other “musical,” i.e. Edwin Drood, you could invite the audience at each performance before they take their seats to vote the ending they would like to see that evening.. or rotate endings based on odd/even days.

  31. Andrew Joy says:

    A childhood favorite that I always thought would be a fun musical is an old Don Knotts, Tim Conway classic THE PRIVATE EYES. A fun and zany murder mystery that would make a fun night at the theatre.

  32. Elan K. says:

    Mrs. Doubtfire: A New Broadway Musical.

  33. Jen Sandler says:

    13 Going on 30!
    I could see it having a fun, poppy, contemporary score with great dance numbers. It could be a good piece for Jim Calhoun or a young director.

  34. Claire says:

    (500) Days of Summer.

  35. Chris says:

    There’s 1995 John Schlesinger film called “Cold Comfort Farm” that I’ve always thought would make a great small musical. (I have one other, but it’s high on my list of things to write – don’t wanna give those away!)

  36. John P. says:

    “Midnight in Paris.” I know, I know that Woody is doing a musical for “Bullets Over Broadway.” But Woody’s more compelling story for a musical is “Midnight In Paris.” It offers the possibility to time travel from the present to the past to the deep past. It’s a love story within a love story, it’s the perfect story for a musical even if Woody doesn’t realize it!

  37. Russ Elmer says:

    The Sting! What an awesome musical that could be.

  38. Sean Springle says:

    Tootsie. With Alan Cumming

  39. LA Producer says:

    Have to go back to the 60′s with “That Thing You Do.” Norbert Leo Butz in the Tom Hanks role. Heck, the title song is already written!

  40. burt says:

    texas chainsaw massacre (using the original period instruments)

  41. Jason says:

    Moulin Rouge!!! It would be an amazing breathtaking musical!!!

  42. Marion says:

    Hunger Games

  43. Brian Jones says:

    Definitely The Breakfast Club. Could be star studded with lots of great songs to go along with the unique characters and their back stories!

  44. Wayne Paul says:

    Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, the Opera, of course
    (yes, you could do the musical, as well)

  45. Troy says:

    I saw DE-LOVELY today and thought it was ready made…sort of a jukebox musical I realize but would still be a wonderful night at the theatre.

    That said, there are so many other wonderful ideas already here, including my favorite, MOONSTRUCK

  46. Michael L. says:

    The Godfather (I and or II)! – high stakes family drama, epic story, plenty of spectacle, fights galore, immediate interest from name recognition.
    OR: a musical satire of The Godfather…

  47. Jeannie says:

    How I would love to see Dirty Dancing made into a musical!!!!!!!

  48. Kyle Abraham says:

    The Devil Wears Prada

  49. Nanda Douglas says:

    Star Wars.

  50. Maria says:

    Nightmare on Elm Street

  51. Jeff Fisher says:

    In & Out


    Mr Smith Goes to Washington

  52. Gosh, so many options!
    But i’m going to go with Austin Powers. And we should have Mike Myers be in it!

  53. Daniel Kochanowicz says:

    My favorite Barbara Stanwyck movie–BALL OF FIRE–would make a great musical.

  54. Melissa says:

    Big Fish should be the next movie to musical!

  55. Erin says:

    It Happened One Night–great movie and would be a feel-good musical.

  56. Samantha O says:

    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind!

  57. Ren Lexander says:

    All About Eve…
    I’m aware that Applause was based on the same short story that inspired All About Eve but an actual stage musical version of the film has never been done and it’s a natural…
    And here is an All-About-Eve themed film that could make one interesting Broadway musical: Showgirls!

  58. Ed says:

    What about the Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt movie
    Interview with the Vampire.

  59. Luke Haynes says:

    THE PRINCESS BRIDE!!!!!!!!!!!

    (I’ve already casted most of it)
    Wesley – Aaron Tveit
    Buttercup – Betsy Wolfe
    Vicinni – Nathan Lane
    Fezik – Shuler Hensley
    Grandfather – Mandy Patinkin (just of irony’s sake)

    IT’D BE PERFECT!!!!!!!!!

  60. Ian says:

    You’ve Got Mail. How cute would that be? :-)

  61. Danny says:

    Sondheim has expressed interest in doing Groundhog Day, which I think would be brilliant, especially with him writing the score.

    As for my original suggestion, I think THE HOURS has an innate theatricality to it, and those characters really have reasons to sing. I would love a score from the writers of Grey Gardens, and it should be done in a small black box space with just a piano. It should be beautifully haunting.

  62. Jeff Fisher says:

    In & Out
    Mr Smith Goes to Washington

  63. Tim Heitman says:

    Cold Comfort Farm. The musical scene that would makeup the first scene exposition alone would be worth the price of admission alone.

  64. Tom L says:

    Pootie Tang. Funniest and most under appreciated movie of the 21st Century.

  65. Priyanka Krishnan says:

    The Help!
    A beautiful, poignant story combined with some great comic moments – can’t you imagine a number about how ‘Minny don’t burn no chicken’?!

  66. Brian p says:

    A Clockwork Orange (In & Out has already been mentioned)

  67. Cullen K says:

    Edward Scissorhands! I think there is so much theatricality in the movie that would translate really well on stage!

  68. Jerry Katell says:

    As Good as it Gets would be a good one.

  69. Geri W says:

    Cloud Atlas- the actors playing multiple characters throughout time would be interesting

  70. Christina says:

    Fight Club would be an interesting musical!

  71. Margot C says:

    I think ‘Rob Roy’ would be pretty good; there was a remarkable sort of pseudo-Scots song in the film during the murder scene but I think a full on musical would be great; with swords, and men in kilts!

  72. Alan L. says:

    And I thought I was the only fan of Cold Comfort Farm…
    but my first choice would be “It’s a Wonderful Life”.
    Just think of the royalties! After a somewhat successful Broadway run it gets made into a movie to be shown every Christmas from now until the earth freezes over! It would be like money in the bank….on second thought it would be better than money in the bank.

  73. Amanda Bohan says:

    Princess Diaries could make a great musical! I’m thinking it would have a similar feel to Legally Blonde — fun, upbeat music!

  74. A. Scott Falk says:

    Albert Brooks’s “Defending Your Life,” no question.

  75. Daniel rodriguez says:

    SOME LIKE IT HOT would make an incredible musical. It has a lot to live up to, as the movie is a classic! But I think it has all the important ingredients of a great musical. Great characters, love, danger, comedy.

  76. Billy-Christopher Maupin says:

    Mean Girls. :)

  77. Victoria Locke says:

    Moulin Rouge! Already has a built in soundtrack! And the costumes would be amazing.

  78. “The Miracle” with Carol Baker and Roger Moore. Haunting.

  79. LARRY ABRAMSKY says:

    “DEEP THROAT” …. the “OH, CALCUTTA” of the 21st Century.

    The sexually repressed uptight Tea Party Republican STEPFORD HUSBANDS & STEPFORD WIVES will flock to this ‘snob hit’ of the season….

    To Daniel Rodrieguez above…they already made a musical out of SOME LIKE IT HOT = ‘SUGAR’

  80. Alan B. says:

    Boogie Nights

  81. Todd says:

    Tough one:

    Those Lips, Those Eyes
    Waiting for Guffman
    Star Wars: The Original Trilogy: THE MUSICAL!

  82. Kristen McG says:

    The Sandlot

  83. Billy Recce says:

    Goodfellas would be great with a big jazzy gangster kind of score! Also, I haven’t seen Warm Bodies yet, but that plot reminds me very much of a very campy, fun musical.

  84. John Adams says:

    My best friends wedding

  85. SHERYL WIENER says:

    FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF. Matthew Broderick could play Ferris’ father.

  86. Robert L. says:

    Little Darlings

  87. Alex Bernstein says:

    The Jerk

  88. I say we need another strong Mel Brooks musical. I lean towards “Blazing Saddles.” I had heard at one point this was in the works so I hope it happens! Either than or “Robin Hood: Men in Tights!”

  89. David F says:

    enough said.

  90. David says:

    A Streetcar Named Desire

  91. steve weber says:

    American Beauty.

  92. Beth Doucette says:

    I’m thinking of three – the first is ‘Fly Away Home’ – imagine the geese puppetry work :)
    The second is an old favorite of mine called ‘The Russians are Coming, The Russians are Coming.’
    And the third is ‘The Frisco Kid’ Gene Wilder and Harrison Ford are precious in that!

  93. my original thought (which has already been posted)….The Princess Bride. Such a cult classic.

    going off of that idea…..Neverending Story. (looks like it was presented Off-Broadway in March, 2012….and sounds like it missed the mark, but I still think it has potential).

    I also agree with others about Moulin Rouge….in fact, I’ve dreamed about presenting it in our little spiegeltent here in Seattle (aptly nicknamed ‘The Moulin Rouge’). And, of course, get Baz Luhrmann to direct it.

  94. Travis says:

    Weird Al’s UHF is already a pretty musical movie, but I would LOVE to see him take them next step and put it onto the stage.

    Not like a jukebox musical of his best songs, but something even better.

  95. Kayleigh Webb says:

    I think Ghostbusters could be a fun musical. The design elements of the show could be spectacular what with all of the ghosts and the lasers. Plus, who doesn’t want to see a giant marshmallow man on stage?

  96. Rory Shivers-Brimm says:

    The Help, Brokeback Mountain – could be interesting, Sleeping Beauty – imagine the possibilities

  97. Madison D. says:

    Stand By Me, Philadelphia (would make an EXTREMELY powerful musical and would definitely strike home in the theatre community), Across the Universe (…why HASN’T this been made a musical???)

  98. Marilyn says:

    A Love Affair – been remade several times in movies – would make great tearjerker musical or chamber opera.

  99. Dave says:

    Steel Magnolias

  100. Will C. says:

    I would look through the Woody Allen catalog, but not the classics which are too iconic. Purple Rose of Cairo? Manhattan Murder Mystery? Or maybe the best idea, Vicki Christina Barcelona, the Spanish music would be hot!

  101. Mark says:

    The Help, with Lilias White as Minnie having all the big numbers including “Minnie Don’t Burn No Chicken” and the show stopping “Eat My $&#!”. Broadway gold….

  102. Karen Campbell says:


  103. Tim R. says:

    ‘Mean Girls’ all the way!!!

  104. Jared Dailey says:


  105. Robert says:

    Disney’s The Jungle Book. Could recycle scenery from Tarzan. Big search for new child star to play Mowgli. Stephanie J. Block as Kaa, Raul Esparza as Bagheera, Michael McGrath as Baloo, Will Chase as Shere Khan, and Ben Vereen as King Louie. Rob Ashford to direct and choreograph. William Ivey Long costumes. Anna Louizos scenery.

  106. Adam W says:

    You could do The Artist, but as a dansical, like Contact. Not even offstage singers, the story is told entirely by dance!

  107. Trotter B. says:

    THAT THING YOU DO!(1996–directed by Tom Hanks)would be so fun and be multi-generational!

  108. Cathie A. says:

    Ferris Buellers Day Off!

  109. David Buffington says:

    I think one of the John Hughes’films would make a great musical — Pretty In Pink, The Breakfast Club, and Sixteen Candles all could fill the void of seeing Wicked too many times.

  110. Paul Holly says:

    The Libeled Lady. It’s a 1936 Spencer Tracy film. Could use an original score or maybe songs from Porter/Gershwin/Arlen. Love the old romantic screwball comedies and think they lend themselves well to stage adaptation.

  111. ECP says:

    ALICE’S RESTAURANT. Sure, Arlo Guthrie’s folk classic was an apt and charming framing device, but I want a full menu of tunes for these characters and (time capsule) situations.

  112. Peter says:

    I’m a fan of the musicals that already have a built in score…Nightmare Before Christmas, Moulin Rouge, The Prince of Egypt, Anastacia (which I know has had a reading). These would all be beautiful onstage and with a few new songs from the original Composer/Lyricists(Danny Elfman, music industry,Stephen Schwartz, Lynn Ahrens & Stephen Flaherty) these would be gold.

    But if you are looking for movies without singing but should have lyrics and music written…

    – Anything by Wes Anderson. His films are all about the quirky characters and would be wildly entertaining on stage. (The Royal Tenenbaums, Moonrise Kingdom, Fantastic Mr. Fox)

    – Anything by Tim Burton. I’ve very excited for Big Fish, this is such perfect source material for a musical. But also Edward Scissorhands, I’m imagining the wonderful scene with the giant topiaries and the snow. Matthew Bourne already made this into a ballet, but why not a musical?

  113. David H. says:

    Maybe “Airplane”. It was already a very successful spoof, maybe it would make a successful musical.

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