The Sunday Giveaway: 2 Tickets to Nice Work If You Can Get It

One of my greatest memories from my college days had nothing to do with college.  One night, after class at Strasberg, I walked up to Times Square in my shorts and a tie (!) and grabbed a twofer ticket to see Crazy For You,  a new (!!) Gershwin musical.

Well, I was tapping my tie-wearing toes and singing sweet tunes all the way home.

Flash forward about twenty years later (there aren’t enough !s for that one), and here comes another new Gershwin musical to the Great White Way . . . Nice Work If You Can Get It . . .  and I’ve got tickets for one of you to see it, no twofer required.

How do you win the Nice Work tickets?

Nice Work stars Matthew Broderick, who has been in about, oh, I don’t know, one hundred and forty two thousand movies . . . and, frankly, thanks to him, a lot of them have been great.

Pick a Matthew Broderick movie that you’d like to see made into a musical and put it in a comment, and I’ll pick a winner this Saturday.  Oh, and no one say Ferris Bueller.  Too obvious (and that’s my choice anyway).

Comment away and good luck!


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  • Ryan Chavis says:

    ‘The Stepford Wives’

  • Amanda M. says:

    Inspector Gadget could be awesome! It was not the best movie, but I grew up watching this cartoon. Every time you hear that beginning to the theme song (“da-na-na-na-na In-spec-tor gad-get, da-na-na-na-na hoo hoo!”) you can’t help but sing along. It could be like Newsies in that it capitalizes on my generation’s love of the movie/tv show, and it could have some really awesome costumes and special effects!

  • Omar Mack says:

    “Glory.” It could a more focused look at the Civil War and the title song could be powerful and moving…

  • Rich says:

    My favorite movie of 1989, which I thought should’ve won the Oscar, was GLORY, which I also think may have been Matthew Broderick’s finest film performance. I can imagine it as a kind of LES MIZ musical, with grandeur, passion and humanity, and with a score infused with the spirit of 19th century American folk and gospel. You could do easily for !5-20 mill.

    As a runner-up, THE NIGHT WE NEVER MET, as a small scale romantic comedy musical. Loneliness, connection, human frailty and hope. What more could you want from an evening of theater?

  • Sabrina L. says:

    Glory – that would be one epic historical musical!

  • Sabrina L. says:

    Oh man, didn’t see people had just said “Glory” as well. So I’ll add “Election” – that could be some good musical comedy fun.

  • Michael DiGaetano says:

    I was writer and executive producer of the Ferris TV series on NBC about the same year you were seeing Crazy For You, so I wouldn’t dare choose that. But I choose Election

  • Brett S. says:

    The Producers!…oh, wait..

  • Morgan Allen says:

    The entire time I watched “The Stepford Wives” I actually thought that it’d make a good musical!

  • Susan says:

    Election and Glory are already spoken for so I would choose Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle for a darkly funny musical choice.

  • Stephanie says:

    Inspector Gadget for sure! In the trenchcoat and hat – he would make the show.

  • Tom G says:

    War Games. Love interest, Battle conflict, generation gaps. Shall We Play A Game????

  • Alesandra says:

    I was initially going to say Glory, that would be an awesome play. But since everyone else already picked that… I’m going to say Stepford Wives. I remember that movie being funny and it could easily appeal to a wide audience.

  • Randi says:

    Ferris Beuller’s Day Off of course!

  • Becky Wright says:

    War Games!! LOL

  • Allison Klein says:

    Election would be great.

    P.S. Crazy For You was the first show I saw on Broadway so it holds a special place in my heart too!

  • Sara Wolter says:


  • Sarah Packard says:

    Looks like some other folks had my first idea – Election! 🙂 (I love me some dark comedy…) Could be a real star vehicle for a young up-and-coming actress in Reese’s role, I imagine…and I could imagine some demented duets between her and Broderick’s character (who could conceivably still be played by Broderick himself)!

  • Jon J. says:

    They already turned my choice in to a musical: The Lion King.

  • Allie says:

    I’m gonna have to go with Election, if I can’t say Ferris Bueller!

  • Sue says:

    The Cable Guy!! Think of the demographic you could bring to Broadway with that one.

    I saw Broderick some years back on B’way in Brighton beach Memoirs. He lost his virginity on stage day after day. Quite memorable!

  • David Stanley says:

    Torch Song Trilogy. It’s almost begging to become a musical and Harvey is hot again. Matthew could switch roles and play Arnold now, with Tovah Feldshuh as his mother, Brian D’arcy James as Ed (the confused bisexual), and maybe Cheyenne Jackson as Alan.

  • Robert Haynes-Peterson says:

    The Freshman! The Freshman! The Freshman!

    One could have Julie Taymor build Komodo Dragon puppets.

    Robert H-P

  • Emily says:

    Inspector Gadget. It would be a great family vehicle.

  • Eric says:

    YOU CAN COUNT ON ME with a winning contemporary score by Adam Guettel and a book by Kenneth Lonergan.

  • Scott Breitbart says:

    MAX DUGAN RETURNS. Its one of those forgotten feel-good movies that might be able to be turned around into something singable.

  • Eleanor Meilinger says:

    ADDICTED TO LOVE – the film certainly wasn’t a “Smash” but it contained all the elements to be adapted into an sensational musical – love, revenge, pathos, lunacy and caprice. The characters are outrageous, tragic and flawed – perfectly written for the stage. The set-up is right there in the tag line:

    “A comedy about lost loves and last laughs…two people getting off on getting even.”

    Isn’t the dialogue “I don’t want him back, I just want him vaporized,extinguished! When I’m done with him, he’ll just be a twitching little stain on the floor” the perfect set-up for the “I want” song? Can’t you just hear Broderick singing “The Milky Way Man”? The most challenging task to be tackled by the composer/lyricist would lie in creating a showstopping title tune that could eradicate all references to the Robert Palmer pop hit.

  • David says:

    The Musica Man . . . it should be back on Broadway!

  • Bryan Austermann says:

    Hmmm… I think he was in a little movie that might work well on the stage. I believe it was called “The Producers”.


    In all actuality, I think Inspector Gadget could actually be quite a fun musical!

  • Bert says:

    War Games. Simply to see the number Global Thermonuclear War.

  • Sean says:

    Definitely Inspector Gadget….think of the spectacle it could be with all the theatre tricks. Look at the new musical…Ghost….think of using technology like that with a character like Inspector Gadget. Go go gadget arms!!! 🙂

  • Tina says:

    Definitely Stepford Wives, with Megan Hilty and Nina Arianda as leading ladies.

  • Cara S. says:

    Inspector Gadget! I think a lot could be done with it. Disney Theatricals should get on top of that. 🙂

  • Lori Sebastiani says:

    Everybody has such great ideas! I’m thinking Biloxi Blues might work.

  • Rosie says:

    Biloxi Blues–what a great idea for a musical…lots of WWII swing music would be just the right touch!

  • liz wollman says:

    Godzilla, god damn it.

  • Alexis says:

    Torch Song Trilogy… wait… Hmmm… Lion King! Huh… I have it: Lion King 2 – Julie Taymour’s pride recovered! We actually have a lot of tourists who bring their families to see shows – so Bee Story or Good Boy could be some family friendly fair.

  • Nancy C. says:

    Out on a Limb—murder and music…could just work out nicely.

  • Kristin D. says:

    Definitely Inspector Gadget. Grew up watching that show and think it would be such fun on stage!

  • John says:

    The Freshman

  • Leah Dagen says:

    Out on a Limb

  • liz wollman says:

    Godzilla, goddammit.

  • Rick Stutzel says:

    And Brian Stokes Mitchell should be in it.

  • Andy Monroe says:

    YOU CAN COUNT ON ME. Rich, complex characters that you CARE about. And I want to write the score, please!!

  • Doug Plaut says:

    I think THE LAST SHOT has some real potential. Almost like a zanier City Of Angels…..

  • Barbara S says:

    “Arabian Knight”–Although Matthew only did a voice role for this animated film, it should qualify for an entry ==lots of animated films these days are turned into musicals…why not this one.

  • Laura Krenicki says:

    I always thought War Games would have been a good show (think CHESS), especially now that the technology is so different, and the Cold War over. As a “period piece” it would have the making of a great theatre production.

  • Melissa says:


  • Lynn A. says:

    Well I do think my favorite would be Election, because he was just so good!
    But Torch Song Trilogy would be my choice. An updated musical version – could work and be a hit. You’d have to match the best lyricist and composer to this…

    now if it something new your looking for – well perhaps Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle, the language was fantastic. imagine the songs and dance numbers…I would simply call it ‘The Vicious Circle’. Keep Broderick, Campbell Scott and of course Wallace Shawn. so many great actors were in that movie. I could see them all again, around a round table…

  • Marcus Allen Cooper says:

    Deck The Halls can be the new christmas season musical!

  • Brian says:

    The Cable Guy. A perfect movie musical.

  • There are so many that will work as musicals, Out on a Limb, War Games, Addicted to Love but I agree with David. Torch Song Trilogy would be a great musical!

  • Lauren says:

    Clearly, the Producers, Lion King and Music Man are taken 🙂 My fave is Wargames although a bit outdated now. I vote for Max Dugan Returns. Think of the intrigue….

  • Reg says:

    The Stepford Wives! With his current co-star Kelli O’Hara!

  • Max Dugan Returns. Lovely film; Jason Robards was magnificent. Entire cast was superb, but Robards was special. And a voice for the ages.

  • Consuelo Carpenter says:

    Deck The Halls

  • David Hopson says:

    Of course I think Inspector Gadget would be an obvious choice! Torch Song Trilogy (updated to current time & issues with bullying & hate) would be my choice

  • I have 2…”Election”- a political, erotic, taboo themed surprise and I would LOVE tosee how that would translate to the stage. Interested in the controversy/dialogue that would ensue amont the theatre going community and critics . I know this was a play in the 70’s (I believe) but I think Marie and Bruce would BE intriguing, timely, emotional and relatable as it would speak to many people from one time in their lives. It would also be great to have Matthew Broderick AND Julianne Moore on stage together.

  • Brian says:

    Strangers With Candy – it has quirky characters and a fun premise, perfect for a musical

  • Steve S. says:

    This one’s a no-brainer. ELECTION!

    Also, I think BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS could make a really nice musical. I know, technically Matthew wasn’t in the movie version — but still…

  • Brian Emmett says:

    Horton Foote’s “1918.”

  • Theresa Dayton says:

    The Road to Wellville: So many things going for it as a musical. First of all, it’s loosely based on real people and real events. Audiences should love that. Also, baby boomers would relate to the quest for health despite the fact that the story takes place so long ago. It makes the issue “timeless”. Finally, the characters are so big that they nearly write themselves and lend themselves to the action of breaking into song at any given moment. Lost of interesting secondary plot and characters too. Sure, maybe it wasn’t a blockbuster movie, but neither was “Newsies” (unfortunately). As far as Matthew Brodrick movies are concerned, I just have to go with this dark horse because there are just too many reasons for it work.

  • Grace says:

    Biloxi Blues

  • Jack says:

    Well to me it seems perfect —
    TORCH SONG TRILOGY by Harvey – written and adapted again by Harvey – hopefully updated so even at their age they both play their roles. A modern Romeo & Romeo

  • Jared W says:

    The Stepford Wives

  • San D Hasselman says:

    The Road to Wellville is just dying to be made into a musical a la Little Shop, don’t you think?

  • Caitlin C says:

    Stepford Wives the musical, for sure. Could see a really awesome dance number with the chorus of wives. Plus, maybe Roger Bart would reprise his role!!

  • Howard Simon says:

    “GODZILLA” since it would give “Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark” some BIG, BLOATED and HEATED (pun of course) competition…especially when the Ray Of Fire shooting out from Godzilla’s mouth keeps malfunctioning by not working or when it shoots out wrong and sets actors on fire!!! Could also have an AMAZING fire-shooting marquee!!!

    “ELECTION” and “GLORY” (being popular choices) could totally work but I’ll also throw in “FAMILY BUSINESS” so there could be three ethnicities of audiences all together singing along with a three ethnical score!!!

  • another vote for Inspector Gadget!

  • Bunny says:

    Robert Haynes-Peterson is obviously a genius. I was picturing Julie’s puppets as comedy… THE FRESHMAN. Even without Brando that’s one funny story and there’s a so many obvious plot points for music and dance…. Great characters. Please don’t get Taylor Hicks to play Bert Parks.

  • David Topchik says:

    Easy choice… The Freshman

  • Karen Kreoll says:

    Another vote for Godzilla. Think of the special effects and the belting that could go into that one!

  • Phil Iannitti says:

    Strangers With Candy with be a delightfully campy off-Broadway kind-of-show, but I would DIE if Election became a musical. It’s such a clever movie and the incredibly developed characters are just asking for a chance to sing their hearts out.

  • Robb Johnston says:

    I keep going back and forth between 2 movies:

    Cable Guy. crazy enough to work

    But I am curious with the increasing use of LCD displays and special effects like in Ghost, if Ladyhawke could be adapted

  • Yaniv says:

    After Spiderman, anything can happen on Broadway.

  • Ray DeJohn says:

    Election. Music and Lyrics by Bobby Lopez. Directed by Casey Nicholaw.

  • Allison Curran says:

    Godzilla, for sure. It could be told from both parties’ point of view, with the humans trying to bring down the monster and the monster just trying to find a place where he belongs. It could be the 21st century “Pippin!”

  • Lindsay B says:

    Election because you can see the “I Am/I Want” song just waiting to come for Tracey Flick.

  • Fran Kitchell says:

    Torch Song Trilogy without a doubt. Any chance to see Harvey is a chance I want to have.

  • Michael says:

    I vote with those who vote for ELECTION. Funny and timely–and set in a high school! Who could ask for anything more?

  • Hannah says:

    The Thief and the Cobbler. Brodrick only did the voice, but that movie has such potential for a longer version with more musical numbers.

  • Elizabeth Parra says:

    Strangers with Candy!!!

  • Ellen Dweck says:

    ELECTION would make a darkly comic musical with score preferably by Stephen Sondheim or the team of Bobby Lopez and David Javerbaum (yes, they should team up).

  • Brittany says:

    The Stepford Wives! I am all for any musical that serves up a handful of sweet female roles.

  • gaby g says:

    Inspector Gadget! Go go Gadget Tony!?

  • Katherine says:

    The Freshman, of course, with a kickline of Komodo dragons!

  • Alan Barkley says:

    War Games has a the right mixt of modern relevance (our continuing worry about homeland attacks, the continuing presence of computer hackers) and sufficient distance from the Cold War for some fun about the Soviet-US rivalry played out by computerized global war games. War Games also has: the budding romance of the two teenagers, the return of the reclusive nuclear scientist, the war room ‘villain’ plus all the other characters in the war room. (Maybe even a song by the two guards struggling to obey the order to turn their keys and activate a missile launch.) The computer – W.O.P.R. – should have its own voice – lights flashing as it sings – because its character plays such a central one to the story as it changes from the arrogance of total control to the humbler realization of a no-win scenario. I see a big finale here!

  • Steven says:

    Glory would make an epic musical while Biloxo Blues would make a great chamber musical.

  • Bruce says:

    You Can Count On Me. One of my favorite films. Such a strong screenplay. I think it would make a most interesting theatre piece.

  • Morgan M says:

    The Stepford Wives! Imagine the amazing Connecticut mansion sets and the creepy floral print period clothing! The big finale to the first act right before intermission would be called “Where would no one notice a town fill of robots?”

  • Matthew Giggey says:

    Godzilla, the musical anyone? I foresee a budget bigger than Spiderman’s.

  • Jessica says:

    Ohhh I can’t believe that Project X hasn’t been mentioned, but that’s definitely my first choice. It’s got the heart.

  • Ronni Chow says:

    The Stepford Wives! or Inspector Gadget.

  • Kristopher Weaver says:

    A Life in the Theatre

    (I do however heartily agree with Stepford Wives!)

  • Jeryl M. says:

    Family Business. I mean, why not? They made Dirty Rotten Scoundrels into a musical.

  • Michelle says:

    Definitely Inspector Gadget! I have fond memories of watching them film the first movie from my mother’s office window in downtown Pittsburgh.

  • Jennifer says:

    You can count on me

  • Tom L says:

    Based on the comments, ELECTION should your next development project. But for my money, THE ROAD TO WELLVILLE is just screaming to be musicalized. It’s already campy and ridiculous, and the thought of turning comic gems like “He’s a f*uck pig! I hate him!” into songs is just too enticing.

  • Alan B. says:

    “Family Business” especially if you can get Matthew, Dustin and Sean to reprise their roles.

  • Jeanie says:

    I think Election would make a great musical!

  • Erin S. says:

    My favorite is The Lion King, but since that’s been done, I’d go with the musical comedy, Tower Heist!

  • Perin says:

    Inspector Gadget – especially now that Broadway is capable of incorporating state-of-the-art effects (as in the current production of GHOST).

  • Chris Lucas says:

    Others have said it, but I can hear the score to “War Games” already….

    “Shall We Play A Game?” Picture a lineup of dancing board games and Pac Men in the background as a bored David Lightman (Broderick) tries to figure out what to play that day.

    “You’re no Ferris after all!” A rousing number set at his school where administrators and parents tell David that he can’t just repeatedly slip out of trouble by cleverly changing stuff on his computer and mugging for the camera.

    “I’ll Pee on A Sparkplug!” A plaintive solo where General Kittrick bemoans the fact that he is unable to prevent a machine from causing war, and will do anything necessary to make it stop.

    And, of course, the 11 O’ Clock (10 on Tuesdays) number…. “Because nobody wins at Tic Tac Toe!” Where the whole cast celebrates the fact that the world wasn’t turned to ashes just because a highly advanced computer couldn’t figure out how to win a childs game.

    I smell Tonys by the bushel 🙂

  • Barry says:

    The Freshman screams to be turned into a musical. So New Yorkish!

  • Tom Mc. says:

    I know it has been said a bunch of times, but Election would make an incredible musical. I see Norbert Leo Butz as the Matthew Boderick character. Kerry Butler a little younger would be a great Tracy Flick ( I think thta’s the name).

  • Okay. The old music is still great and the kids today can dig it! Export more of the “good” B’Way to the world. It worked for Jazz. Humans love “good”. If you haven’t seen this, take a look


  • Tim R. says:

    Since I can’t say FERRIS BUELLER (can someone get on writing that already, please?? lol), I’m going to say THE STEPFORD WIVES. Such a clever story and could be really cute as a musical. Plus, with Mr. Broderick and Roger Bart already in the film cast, they’ve got two Tony winning Broadway stars attached already. 🙂

    ps- I LOVE your blog and look forward to it every day! Keep on writing!

  • Mark Selby says:

    I recently saw the film Tower Heist and was impressed with Matthew’s performance … a perfect example of somebody risking a role that’s generally outside their comfort zone (or, in this case, at least a little out of the ordinary for Mr. Broderick). Aside from the film (which was quite good), I think Broadway could use a great heist musical. (Catch Me If You Can was a good one, but I think there is room for a thrilling, action-packed musical.) I vote for Tower Heist: The Musical. (Incidentally, the movie also starred Ben Stiller, recently on stage in The House of Blue Leaves, and Alan Alda, who originated one of my favorite show tunes of all time, Bock and Harnick’s “You Are Not Real” from The Apple Tree.)

  • Eric says:

    Another vote for Torch Song Trilogy!

  • Kevin says:

    WarGames… Hands down.

  • Demi Agapitos says:

    By the time I get to write my answer a thousand people have already said it, but here it is…The Stepford Wives…obviously…it isn’t too complicated to make into a musical, it has a strong story plot, it’s funny, it’s clever, it has a lot of main roles for a diverse cast, high schools could probably do it, and also Roger Bart was hilarious in the movie and would be fabulous as Roger Bannister if there was a musical version…even though I think that part is too small for him =D

  • Katie O'Brien says:

    First of all, OH MY GOODNESS I LOVE CRAZY FOR YOU! It was the musical my senior year of high school, I was Patricia Fodor. Absolute favorite show to be in, man <333 So jealous you got to see it on Broadway!

    Ok, and now for the actual question… You know, I'm probably going to get a lot of hate for this, cuz the movie wasn't all that popular— but I'd love to see Inspector Gadget as a musical!
    Its theme is catchy enough (doo-doo-doo-doo-doo, in-spec-tor-ga-dget, doo-doo-doo-doo-doo, doo-doo!…lol) and I'd just love to see how they could figure out how to stage all of his "gadgets".

  • Dani says:

    “The Lion King.” Oh, wait . . .

  • Doug Braverman says:


  • Yosi Merves says:

    Godzilla and Glory would be my two choices, for vastly different reasons. One would be amazing, one would probably be quite horrible.

  • Nick says:

    Definitely Election, though I’m not sure how to overcome the immediate unlikeability of the main character. Franklin Shepard much?

  • Do TV movies count? How about Master Harold and the Boys?

    And if not, Marie and Bruce is about the disintegration of a marriage with a script by Wally Shawn– I’m ready for a Wally Shawn musical.

  • Karl Pfeifer says:

    GLORY would make an excellent musical, a la Les Miserables.

  • Roger Gindi says:

    “The Road to Wellville” was a failure as a movie but could be a fun musical comedy.

  • Tony P says:

    Election! Funny and dark and both protagonists have clear wants that would make for brilliant music!

  • Evelyn says:

    The Stepford Wives. Can’t you just see Sutton Foster, Idina Menzel, and Kristen Chenoweth belting out songs with eyes glazed over and robotic movement!

  • Anthony says:


    It may not be the easiest story to musicalize. However, there have been plenty of interesting and challenging stories made into musicals. Some that I would not have thought would work are Parade, The Scottsboro Boys, and Next to Normal. And all of those ended up great.

  • I think the comedy ELECTION has all the makings of a musical comedy. Lots of wit, and there are several spots where musical numbers could be added.

    For fans of LEGALLY BLONDE, this would be a popular show .

    I was also thinking that he appeared on stage in THE ODD COUPLE ,and wondered why no one has taken a crack at musicalizing that

  • David says:

    VALINTINE’S DAY. A sweet movie, based on a Horton Foote story. It didn’t do much at the box office, but if Jerome Kern were alive today, I’ll bet he’d be tempted to give it some tunes.

  • Wendy says:

    The Freshman. It has it all. Young college kid studying “The Godfather” meets THE Godfather and madness breakouts. What did you say? The film has too many wild animals suitable for the stage? The Lion King (another Broderick film) is still running strong on the Great White Way, I’m sure Broadway can accommodate a komodo dragon.

  • Letty says:

    Finding Amanda. It was not a hit movie but it’s got a nice plot that could work on broadway.

  • Keith M. says:

    The scientist in me makes me want to say Infinity.

    But the romantic theater lover in me says Addicted to Love.

    1. The title is catchy
    2. The story is funny and has the ability to twist in many ways on top of the already. I almost see it being written similarly to The Last Five Years. With two separate stories being constantly intertwined.
    3. Well, the scientist in me is still getting a little out of this deal with the astronomer lead character ha.

  • Vickie Wadas says:

    Torch Song gets my vote.

  • Nick Virginio says:

    Well considering The Lion King and The Producers are taken, my vote would be fore “The Cable Guy.” I was instantly leaning towards Inspector Gadget here, but something tells me reuniting Broderick and Jim Carey for a live show equals success!

  • Myra says:

    War Games: The Musical – It’d probably look a little like Enron.

  • Jackie says:

    I’d love to see “Addicted to Love” on stage.

    My other choices are either play/musical adaptations set to film (“A Life in the Theatre,” “The Music Man,” “The Producers”) or have already been done on stage (“The Lion King”). Or Ferris Bueller. But that’s rather obvious.

  • Michele says:

    My vote is for Biloxi Blues!

  • Brandon Suisse says:

    Godzilla! Wait…no…Ladyhawke! Or the Faerie Tale Theatre adaptation of Cinderella, but only if they add a song about melon balls.

  • Andy L. says:

    “You Can Count On Me”!

  • Steve says:

    “The Night We Never Met” – Was just shown on premium cable TV and I really enjoyed it. Love romantic comedies from the 80s and 90s and this one fits the bill perfectly. Plus it was set in the greatest city – NYC!! What nostalgia to look back in NYC from just 20 years ago.

  • Kaitlyn says:

    Has Tower Heist got the mention yet? If not, Tower Heist. That could be a really amusing musical.

  • Donald Sanborn III says:


  • tamra says:

    inspector gadget!

    or election

  • Jeremy A. Bennington says:

    I’d like to see The Freshman made into a musical

  • James says:

    Add me to the camp that wants a Godzilla musical!

  • Joe says:

    See what happens when you work the swing shift and do not get to your email till the next day?
    All the good answers are taken
    Having read all the submissions so far
    and thought about it there is one conclusion
    that I have.

    The Stepford Wives is the most commercial
    Love to see Sondheim write the score


    Torch Song Trilogy is the most challenging
    and here I vote for Michael Finn as score writer

  • Taylor Curtis says:

    The Tale of Despereaux. It’s such a family-friendly story, and everyone loves an underdog story (look at the success of Wicked). Mix in fantasy, perhaps a score by Alan Menkin, Steven Schwartz or Elton John and tada, you have a successful, heart-warming and touching musical comedy. Not to mention the opportunity for gorgeous sets and fabulous fantasy/period costumes! And it would provide a director a great opportunity to work with the challenge of bringing animal animated characters to life on stage (Julie Taymor’s work is of course breath-taking and brilliant, but would be fun to see what else could be done).

  • Loganne Bond says:

    Glory! It’s one of my favorite movies ever and I see the potential for some pretty stellar songs.

  • Ellie says:

    Lion King 1 1/2 and Lion King 2…why not?

    I would choose Inspector Gadget or Election, but I couldn’t resist the image of New York City being taken over by hundreds of dancing Taymor lions.

  • Sarah Dunivant says:


  • Joseph Seminara says:

    WarGames the Musical

  • Darci says:

    My pick would be the Stepford wives.

  • Frank says:

    Tower Heist. Just to see them recreate the hanging car scene.

  • Solange De Santis says:

    The Tale of Despereaux! Singing mice!

  • Kate Berman says:

    War Games

  • Sam Negin says:

    I actually think that “You Can Count On Me” would be a great musical. While something like “Inspector Gadget” or “Tower Heist” might have elements of fun, they would entirely lose their flair. What holds them together in the movies would get lost in a stage adaptation.

    “You Can Count On Me,” however, is driven by a well thought through story line and characters that we can root for — all the things that make a good musical work. Also, it’s the only one of Mr. Broderick’s movies that structurally lends itself to a musical in that there are clearly places in the film into which it would be easy as pie to insert songs.

  • It has to be “Out On A Limb” because, we need a good musical about hillbilly’s, again. The “Annie Get Your Gun” or “Li’l Abner” of this time.

    Reason One: Back in the early 90s, Matthew Broderick opened a deli door for me — then gave me the up and down (back when I was trim), I figure my debut should be with him. The 2nd best reason — great character roles for actors like myself (those middle-aged and believing, after 15-plus years in the business, she [we] will make our Broadway debut)!

  • Karen Bail says:

    Everyone has already put my main choices so I offer Project X – can you imagine singing and dancing chimpanzees being led by Broderick?

  • Rick Reynolds says:

    “Election” would be my choice – perhaps Sondheim would do the music. I think the Reese Witherspoon character would be great for a darker type of musical.

  • Danny Abosch says:

    Inspector Gadget of course! It already feels heightened like a musical.

  • Margarita Viera says:

    I was going to say Tower Heist or the Tale of Despereaux where he does the voice over but my final answer is Then She Found Me.

  • Andre says:

    Let’s just remount ‘The Producers’ – what a great show! Touring production…? Or anything with him an Billly Crystal together!

  • Rebecca Calkin says:

    Gotta go with either ELECTION or CABLE GUY. Both are quirky and funny. They could be done as a straight play or written to become a musical. I mean, Cable Guy already has one song in it. And, Election has so much opportunity for solo songs to replace the voiceover of the characters.

  • Scott says:

    I would love to see Torch Song Trilogy turned into a musical. And, I would love it if Harvey himself did the adaption.

  • Laura Elizabeth says:

    I’ve always loved Addicted to Love. It probably wouldn’t make the best musical, but I would see it!

  • Samantha says:

    Well, the first MB movie that srpings to my mind is WAR GAMES but thats probably because I’ve seen it a million times! However, I don’t think it would translate to the stage.
    I would have to say either ROAD TO WELLVILLE or STEPFORD WIVES. Both have a distinct flair and unique story that would be easy to translate on stage. I believe the Road to Wellville would be hysterical with all its wacky dialogue and strange approaches. Stepford Wives, though, is classic. I mean who doesn’t know this story. There is a number of ways to approach this storyline in creative new ways staying in line with the basic principal.

  • ECP says:

    By a landslide–“Election.” (So I’m over-hyping. Kill me.)

  • Ryan McCurdy says:

    WarGames, adapted by Enda Walsh, directed by John Tiffany with movement by Steven Hoggett and starring Aaron Tveit.

  • Ryan McCurdy says:

    WarGames, adapted by Enda Walsh, directed by John Tiffany, movement direction by Steven Hoggett, featuring Aaron Tveit.

  • Josh says:

    Biloxi Blues with a score by William Finn.

  • Ellen Orchid says:

    So many great ideas for shows have been generated on this blog. For me, Matthew Broderick’s greatest role, among so many, is “Brighton Beach Memoirs”. I think this would make a very touching musical, a future classic. It has all the coming-of-age moments and turning points. He could play the father now, instead of his youthful incarnation. Judy Kuhn could play the mother. It would be funny, heart-warming and truthful. How about music and lyrics by the incomparable Stephen Schwartz!

  • Santa N. says:

    Inspector Gadget would be pretty awesome on a live stage! :o)

  • Alex says:

    Inspector Gadget

  • Zach says:

    Besides Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, I’d say either Election or Inspector Gadget would make interesting musicals. Election’s got a great story and really big characters that could translate well. And Inspector Gadget would just be really cool, I think. Imagine the Claw having a song for himself!

  • WendyWriter says:

    Then She Found Me.

  • Queerbec says:

    ELECTION offers two great roles for musical comedy pros–I can easily see Christian Borle in Broderick’s part. But since Harvey’s back to writing librettos, why not TORCH SONG TRILOGY? Nancy Opel would make a great mother. Hunter Parrish could come back to Broadway as Alan.

  • Corey says:

    The Cable Guy!

  • Adam says:

    There are many that COULD make sense, but since I am a fan of darker musicals with BIG plots.. I will go with Glory.. I love time peices.. and there is some great production value.. Not many costume changes (it’s about a poor unit), not many scene changes (They are either training on the field or in camp), There is meaty story lines… and it would be really different (although there are some) to see something with a all male cast.. you can get some powerful songs out of that! not to mention the contrast in music that can be wonderful between the 2 distinct casts.. like a Jets and Sharks type of thing..

  • Trey K. Blackburn says:

    The Cable Guy! Come on! Who wouldn’t love to see all that crazy on stage?! And singing!

  • John Angel says:

    Definitely “Election”. Perfect for musicalization.

  • Andrew Glaszek says:

    Great suggestions above like Max Dugan & Torch Song Trilogy (another Tony for a Harvey Fierstein penned book!) but I’ll go with Ladyhawke (perfect follow up for Handspring Puppet Co… or Julie Taymor! 😉

  • Shannon D. says:

    I’m always late to the party!

    “DECK THE HALLS” already had an AMAZING cast, i.e. KRISTIN!!!!

    But if “Elf” could sell out the holiday season, why can’t Deck the Halls?!!!

    (remember, limited runs create buzz and sell tix!)

    That movie is HYSTERICAL! and just think of the lighting effects for a stage production!

    my “drama” choice is “GLORY”

    and would love to see “THE FRESHMAN”

    and of course “WAR GAMES” would be nostalgic and bring a LOT of “Children of the 80’s” to the theatre!

  • John P says:

    Glory and Family Business as plays….

    and yes Godzilla:The Musical….

    and even tho you dont want it…. Ferris Bueller:The Musical would certainly be the hit of the season… and the TONY winner for sure!!

  • heather says:

    Gonna go with War Games. The direction producers are going in, I can see this being tech heavy and fun to watch. Plus, a sweet love story. And…the story is somewhat(?) relevant still!

  • Diane says:

    I can’t decide between Election & The Freshman. Both crazy quirky movies that could work as a musical on Broadway. I see Celia Keenan-Bolger in the Reese Witherspoon role (I think she can still play “younger”). And I totally see Rob Bartlett being Marlon Brando in Marlon Brando’s role in The Freshman. And I think they should use a real Komodo Dragon in The Freshman–that alone would bring in big box office!!!!

  • Ed Ertle says:

    DECK THE HALLS. It’s an escapist film, and would lend itself to a book-worthy musical. It could be performed seasonally, and brought back yearly, as they did with “Grinch” and “A Christmas Carol” and “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas” and therefore be profitable cannually. It wouldm also eventually tour, becuase schmaltzy holiday shows play well accross the country. And it might even contribute a chestnut or two to the Christmas song canon.

  • Justin says:

    Master Harold… And the boys. Music is already a part of the story from the very moment it starts. This could be a very nice chamber piece, maybe even including some of the characters that are otherwise not seen in the play/film.

  • Election…absolutely!!!

  • Tricia Ostermann says:

    The Producers? *rim shot* 😉
    I’d have to go with Glory. I’m a sucker for historical musicals and even more so for Civil War material. I’d love to see it in musical form.

  • Michael says:

    Tho’ it’s been mentioned already, Torch Song Trilogy would get my vote. With an update by Harvey of course!! Could be unique and interesting

  • John Fauquet says:

    Election would be a great musical!

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