The Sunday Giveaway: Two Tickets to The Bridges of Madison County on Broadway!

You were probably wondering when I was going to get around to a Bridges giveaway, weren’t you?  I’m one of the Producers after all (click here to read why), so certainly, I’d cop a pair of tickets to give to one lucky reader, right?

Yesiree bob-arooni!

This week’s Sunday Giveaway is two free tickets to The Bridges of Madison County, which happens to be the very first new Broadway musical to preview in 2014!  We’re like a New Year’s Baby!

How do you win?


Before Bridges was a musical . . . it was a book (you thought I was going to say movie, right?).    The novel on which the musical is based was one of the best selling books of the entire 20th century.  Seriously.  It sold over 50 million copies.  

What best selling book do you think should be made into a musical next?

Comment below your answer and you could be heading over to see The Bridges of Madison County which I’ve got money on being one of the best selling musicals of 2014!

Good luck-arooni!  (For the record, I have no effin’ idea where this “arooni” crap came from – I’m writing this from 35k feet and I think there’s something in this airplane air.)

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  • Roger Gindi says:

    “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance”

  • Max Schwager says:

    The Outsiders

  • Kate says:

    “A Wrinkle in Time”!

  • Lauri Levenberg says:

    I think Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides would be a challenge to adapt, but could be incredible!

  • Emily V says:

    An extended version of ‘Where the Wild Things Are” could be beautiful and awesome

  • Bobby Cronin says:

    Catcher in the Rye
    The Scarlet Letter
    or a stadium tour of Life of Pi

  • Meg R. says:

    Rebecca… Oh. Wait.

    No, seriously though. I would say “Hero” by Perry Moore, about a Gay teenage superhero trying to come to terms with his sexuality. It has a great set-up for a pop-rock opera,which is super-popular right now, it had a nice cult following which has turned out well for a few things lately (Heathers the Musical, Carrie the musical), plus the story was really well written.

  • Barbara Silverberg says:

    The Hunger Games- it would be wildly popular with a young audience, especially if you cast it with stars such as Lea Micelle as Katniss and Darren Criss as Peeta!!

  • Lorraine says:

    Will Grayson, Will Grayson

  • Randi says:

    Harry Potter

  • Michelle says:

    Gone with the Wind
    The Thorn Birds

  • Sarah P. says:

    Jurassic Park! 🙂 Hee hee, just kidding…hmmm, wasn’t someone working on Bridget Jones’ Diary? When is that going to happen?

  • Geraldine says:

    And also:
    -The girl with the dragon tattoo
    -The adventures of Huckleberry Finn

  • Alan Patrick Kenny says:

    Gone Girl! It could be a fantastic amalgam of Last Five Years, Love Letters, and American Psycho… Plus the upcoming movie adaptation couldn’t hurt sales!

  • Patrick says:

    Ray Bradbury’s “Dandelion Wine”. Mr. Bradbury is more than a genre author. “Dandelion Wine has some of the most poetic, most musical, most magical writing. I’ve often thought it would lend itself to musical theater. The language is gorgeous. Here are a few examples, to pique your interest.

    “I’m really alive! he thought. I never knew it before, or if I did I don’t remember!”
    “Bees do have a smell, you know, and if they don’t they should, for their feet are dusted with spices from a million flowers.”

    And one more (though there are many). This already sounds like the lead-in to a great number.

    “I got a statistic for you right now. Grab your pencil, Doug. There are five billion trees in the world. I looked it up. Under every tree is a shadow, right? So, then, what makes night? I’ll tell you: shadows crawling out from under five billion trees! Think of it! Shadows running around in the air, muddying the waters you might say. If only we could figure a way to keep those darn five billion shadows under those trees, we could stay up half the night, Doug, because there’d be no night!”

    The whole thing is full of this rich kind of visual storytelling. If nothing else, it’s worth a read, like Walden is, or Leaves Of Grass.

    Thanks, Ken.

  • Andy says:

    Grapes of Wrath

  • Caroline says:


  • Nathan says:

    “To Kill A Mockingbird” – just the right amount of plot with room for introspection that could work in song!

  • Allie says:

    White Oleander could be pretty fascinating

  • Brian says:

    Love Story. Aaron Tviet and Anne Hathaway would be great as the leads. Kelsey Grammer as his father, Tony Danza as her father. The first act would close with the Jenny’s big song, Love Means Never Having To Say Your Sorry. The show ends with Oliver singing a reprise to his father.

  • Megan says:

    Someday, Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham would be pretty neat.

  • Donna Gronda says:

    The Fault in Our Stars by John Greene or The Pact by Jodi Piccoult

  • Sam Friedman says:

    The Chosen by Chaim Potok

  • Jenna says:

    I’d love to see Pride and Prejudice or Great Gatsby as musicals!

  • Lauren says:

    On the heels of David Sedaris’ “C.O.G.” being adapted into a movie, I’d love to see a few of his childhood stories adapted into a darkly funny, ultimately heartwarming musical about family – for adults!

  • Holly says:

    The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay.

  • Morgan M says:

    The Devil In The White City. The Chicago World’s Fair in 1893 which means a white set with the world’s first Ferris Wheel. Victorian fashion. Dueling protagonists: Daniel Burnham the architect and HH Holmes the serial killer. Plus its a true story. Fantastic novel that lends itself 100% to theatricality.

  • Douglas Braverman says:

    I’ve always been surprised THE GODFATHER has not been musicalized yet. Who knows? Maybe BULLETS OVER BROADWAY will pave the way.

  • Michael DiGaetano says:

    The Confederacy of Dunces

  • Jessica PB says:

    The Giver. It has a great message that has a lot of heart and is begging for beautiful ballads.

  • Miriam Baron says:

    A Confederacy of Dunces!

  • mcos says:

    “Geek Love!”

  • Patrick says:

    The Time Traveler’s Wife

  • Tiffany says:

    Oooh, Gone Girl! It would be really neat to see how the shifting points of view are pulled off, and you could have some awesome songs from Amy and Nick.

    or The Help! Such a great book and movie…lets’ give it the Broadway treatment. 🙂

  • William says:

    THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA!! Just think of the costumes ALONE!!! 🙂

  • Randi says:

    Ha I just put tickets to this on my ‘things to motivate me to keep working tonight so I can buy it’ list. Please let me win so I can go to bed! 🙂
    I think ‘Gone Girl’ would be great, and it also mirrors the book-movie-musical trajectory of Bridges! Another book I read recently that I’d love to see a musical version of (that also has the same trajectory, ha) would be The Age of Innocence. I hate the ending, but still. I know there was an old play of it, but a new musical would be magic.

  • Tony P says:

    “The Warmth of Other Suns” — a sweeping book about the black migration from the south. Those immigrant stories would be perfect for a beautiful musical with parallel “I Want” stories, adversity to overcome, and the tenacity of the American Spirit.

    I’d also love to see “Gone Girl” which is a dark, twisted story that would be like a musical version of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf.”

  • Tamsin says:

    The help! Great ensemble comedy that can have character actors with featured songs

  • Tara says:

    The Sun Also Rises

  • Barbara says:

    Sophie’s Choice

  • Bridget MO says:

    Water For Elephants – That could be pretty epic and beautiful, not to mention a serious theatrical coup for whoever figures out how to either use actual elephants (and the other animals), or create something new and exciting a la Ms. Taymor’s puppets in the Lion King.

  • Kelsey says:

    To Kill a Mockingbird…can you imagine a TKAM musical written by Jason Robert Brown? Amazing.

  • Jeff D. says:

    I’d love to see a musicalization of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy!

  • Rick Reynolds says:

    “The Prince of Tides” – like buttah on Broadway!

  • Mark S. says:

    The Great Gatsby (with the popularity of Boardwalk Empire, the 1920s pastiche score would be swell).

  • Candace says:

    Scarlett by Alexandra Ripley. The story wasn’t that great, but many people are still enthralled by “Gone With the Wind.”

  • John P. says:

    If it’s a matter of book sales, then how about “Catcher In The Rye?” Or “Fifty Shades of Grey?”

  • Rick Hinkson says:

    hitch hiker’s guide to the galaxy

  • Keith says:

    The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. It’s dark and the protagonist is crazy but she still manages to find love and lose it.

  • Karl P says:

    “How Stella Got Her Groove Back”, it already has music! Taye Diggs and Audra McDonald!

  • Julia Fu says:

    Ella Enchanted. Lots of strong and unique characters, and room for imagination without too many scenes that would be impractical to translate to screen. The movie adaptation was…forgettable.

  • Andrew says:

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest would be very cool to see, exploring insane characters through music, could be popular if you cast the right people.

  • geebob says:

    The late lamented David Rakoff’s posthumous novel-in-verse LOVE, DISHONOR, MARRY, DIE, CHERISH, PERISH is ripe for musical treatment. It’s got it all, spanning the 20th century with characters from all walks of life, varying in tone from hilarious to heartbreaking. Sort of high concept, but could be a real showpiece in the right hands. Jeanine Tesori? Bill Finn? Michael Korie? Adam Guettel?

  • Christine Connallon says:

    Chuck Palahniuk’s “Survivor” would be a brilliant dark comedy of a musical!

  • Zack says:


    This funny, romantic 2012 NY Times Bestseller is the story of an almost-love affair that begins on the Italian coast in 1962…and is rekindled in Hollywood fifty years later. Jess Walter’s instant classic conjures a world about the real people who make art, spinning illusion for fun, profit, and meaning. There are screen actors, a novelist, and an innkeeper, who nourishes his patrons with wine and dreams. Among all the shimmer and hope are two lost souls who long to create something, anything.


    The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe
    The Freedom Writers Diary

  • nancy says:

    The Scarsdale Diet (including the follow up attempted murder)

    Bonfire of Vanities with a stage narrator played by Bill Moyers

  • HH says:

    “Midnight in the Garden of Good Evil” would be a perfect choice for a bestseller adaptation. It has sex. It has murder. It has drag queens. What more could an audience want? Plus, given it’s Savannah locale and it’s prominent referencing of Johnny Mercer, you could either make it a jukebox musical using the Mercer catalogue, or a new composer could tackle an original score!

    BTW…to the person who suggested “Love Story,” it was already done, and the title can now be licensed by amateur groups.

  • Lisa Winkler says:

    Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch

  • Claire says:

    Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale

  • Deborah S says:

    ANNA KARENINA – dark and lush. Delicious costume and choreographic possibilities.

  • Margie Goldsmith says:

    Te Little Price — it sold a gazillion more books than bridges and would bring inn that kid audience which is Broadway;s next Big Hope.

  • Dayna Kurnitz says:

    The Help

  • Margie Goldsmith says:

    Sorry– typo. The Little PRINCE.




  • Brian Weiner says:

    I am an English teacher and I truly believe that kids would love a production of the Scarlet Letter as a musical!

  • Ruth says:

    The Time Traveler’s Wife
    or Jonathan Livingston Seagull

  • Matthew Turkle says:

    “The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini

  • Andrew Reith says:

    1984! It was made into an opera, why not a musical? A great vehicle for Frank Wildhorn, Jason Robert Brown or even possibly Webber. I feel the possibilities are endless. 🙂

  • Linda says:

    I think it would be hard to do, but if done right, a Murakami novel could make a beautiful musical. I’d go with Kafka on the Shore.

  • Erin M. says:

    Dodie Smith’s I Capture the Castle

  • Kevin H. says:

    “Under The Tuscan Sun.” Beautiful locale, fish out of water, great love story!

    “The World According To Garp.”

  • lexi says:

    I would like to see Jane Austen’s Emma or Persuasion made into musicals. They are about personal journeys and I think a lot of that could be captured in music!

  • Heather says:

    “A Wrinkle In Time”
    “The Kite Runner”

  • Cathy Flynn says:

    Elmer Gantry – done ?

  • CopaCabana says:

    George R.R. Martin has written a number of novels that have been lumped into the TV-series “Game of Thrones” (actually “A Song of Ice & Fire”).

    If a musical could ever be sequelized, this would be the property to develop with its multiple conspiracies, battles, and sympathy-inducing characters.

    Songs could easily be written for the main characters like:

    “A Princess Life for Me” – Sansa Stark
    “It’s Good to be a Lannister” – Tyrion
    “I’m a Girl” – Arya Stark
    “Fire can’t hurt a Dragon” – Daenerys
    “I’ve lost my friend, now my head” – the Decapitated Ned Stark, Hand of the King

    OK, the last song would be for a spoof version, but you see what I mean. There’s practically enough material to follow multiple character tracks as individual shows, or edit it all together and make a 4-hour opus like “Lord of the Rings.” I think THE STARKS family could warrant it’s own story arc as they are savaged by their association with the Lannisters.

    Sorry if I wrote too much, I never even considered this till I received your email. I wonder if anyone on the Game of Thrones team is developing the material in this direction? A knock-out of a show well worth investing in if they are??

  • Andrew Joy says:

    And Then There Were None

  • Rick Shulman says:

    With all of this Real Housewives of Everywhere how about Jackie Collins’ “Hollywood Wives”.

  • Jojo says:

    I’d love to see “The Joy Luck Club” or “Roots” as a musical. Story unfolds through oral history / beautiful songs.

  • David Olson says:

    DaVinci Code

  • Pamela Billig says:

    One Hundred Years of Solitude
    By Gabriel García Márquez
    This brilliant novel has been translated into 37 languages, sold more than 20 million copies, and tops the list of the most influential books of the last 25 years. Its Magical Realist style inspires a fantastical aura that would lend magic to a musical. An imaginary town, a colorful family history, and fantastic characters would inspire a writer/adapter, director and creative team to conjure a wondrous place that an audience could get lost in. The bigger-than-life family members could step directly into a musical with intense emotions and just enough craziness to make them fascinating characters onstage.

  • Steve says:

    “The Dreyfus Affair” by Peter Lefcourt. Romantic and timely: a major league shortstop falls in love with his second baseman. Hollywood gave up on it, but it could be an outstanding chamber musical, and it could be pre-sold to everyone who bought a ticket to “Take Me Out” on Broadway!

  • Leslie Rosenberg says:

    ALL of the Dr Seuss books combined to make one show
    Kind of a Horton hears a hop on pop!
    You could get really creative with the book, while the song lyrics are already there-
    You would just need the music!!

  • Frank Galgano says:

    The Other Boleyn Girl

  • Jay says:

    I’d love for William Finn to musicalize John Irving’s The Hotel New Hampshire.

  • Frank Galgano says:

    The Talented Mister Ripley

  • Taryn says:

    Shhh… Eat Pray Love. I think the different countries could bring in amazing musical elements. It could be like Passing Strange, only you know very different lol.

  • Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

  • Frank Galgano says:

    The New York Trilogy

  • Jennifer F. says:

    He’s just not that into you!

  • Bruce says:

    Time and Again by Jack Finney

  • Great Expectations
    …or He’s Just Not That Into You

  • Tom Robbins’ “Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates”. This is the wackiest book I’ve ever read, so colorful I could definitely see many scenes as musical numbers. and it’s also au courant much of it set in The Middle East.

  • Frank Galgano says:

    Valley of the Dolls

  • Cheryl Dzubak says:

    The Life of Pi. Great book, wonderful movie. Now a musical on Broadway.

  • Frank Galgano says:

    Pillars of the Earth

  • Ned Donovan says:

    They need to make a much better version of “The Phantom Tollbooth” as a musical. It has such promise for the stage given how theatrically Norton Juster wrote it!

  • Maria says:

    A long, confusing, epic journey through Infinite Jest would be an incredible musical, though presumably not a commercial success. It would take a talented bookwriter to make it work.

  • Sherri Segall says:

    Love To See Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur’s Court Thanks S.G.S.

  • Tyler Siems says:

    The Perks of Being a Wallflower. It’s an incredible coming of age story that would be excellent as a musical.

  • Chris says:

    “Carrie, the Musical” notwithstanding, I’d put in a bid for “Dolores Claiborne” by Stephen King.

  • Colleen says:

    Where the Wild Things Are sounds like a great idea.

    And just for fun, The Babysitters Club.

  • David Rigano says:

    The History Of Love would be a great one. There are so many plotlines with coinciding incidents and themes. You could do a lot musically with that.

    And another go at Breakfast at Tiffany’s might be nice.

  • Lisa says:

    for nastalgia….Gone with the Wind….for my racier side….Valley of the Dolls….for my daughter…any Harry Potter, and not Potted Potter….

  • Brittany says:

    The Help. Colorful, endearing characters; great plot; strong message. Definitely a story that sings!

  • burt says:

    the divine comedy

  • Michael Penna says:

    1984- by George Orwell. This would make a gripping musical. Maybe music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim…:)

  • Anthony Stokes says:

    “A Brave New World”

  • Aaron Deitsch says:

    Perks of Being a Wallflower

  • Noah P says:

    Fight Club

  • Michelle F. says:

    Atonement by Ian McEwan.

  • Ed says:

    The Prince of Tides

  • Ed says:

    The Way We Were

  • Isaac says:

    Little Altars Everywhere/Divine Secrets of the Yaya Sisterhood

    Brigdet Jones Diary

    Killing Lincoln

    Shawshank Redemption

    The Agony and the Ecstasy

    Secret life of Bees

  • “The Devil and Daniel Webster” by Stephen Vincent Benet has all the excitement and passion of a great musical. In fact, Mark Birmingham and I have written a spirited romantic musical comedy based on this compelling Faustian legend. We call it “Devlin, Daniel and Webster.” Watch for it.

  • John Sweeney says:

    I’ve always felt that Mary Rodgers’ book Freaky Friday had great musical possibilities! What tours-de-force roles Annabelle and Mrs. Andrews could be!

    And I know it’s two hundred years old, but it’s STILL a best seller, but does anyone else agree that Pride and Prejudice could really benefit from a GREAT musical score? And I DON’T mean First Impressions!

  • Kerry Zukus says:

    “Back Street” by Fannie Hurst. An oldie, yes, but a goodie. Three times made into a film, this book sings. One of the first popular romance novels to make “the other woman” a sympathetic, central character.

    And yes, I’m already working on it. 😉

    Move up the time period and do it with a multi-ethnic/multi-racial cast. A winner for sure.

  • Billy R. says:

    I have always been interested to see how a musical version of “Extremely Loud and Incredibly close” could pan out.

  • Ed Katz says:

    I know it is impossible to get the rights but I would say “The Catcher in the Rye” and “1984.”
    One that might be a bit easier to get the rights:
    “The Great Gatsby.”

  • Ryan McCurdy says:

    The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen.

  • Stephen Sweeney says:

    I’d like to see a musical version of Madame Bovary. It’s one of the top ten best selling books of all time for a reason. I know it was an opera but that’s not a book musical.

  • Kay bilka says:

    How about “like water for chocolate”?
    I agree, the “the help” would be very good as well.

  • Helene Galek says:

    How’s this for retro- Sheila Levine is Dead and Living in New York- by Gail Parent. It takes place in the mid to late 60’s (a popular time to look back at)

  • Everything You Wanted to Know About Sex but Was afraid to ask–Oh Calcutta for the tens

    The Kindred by Octavia Butler– modern day woman gets dragged back to slave times

    Anything by Jonathan Tropper

    The Mixed of Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

    Any of the Amish romance novels

  • Mixed Up Files etc. I need to treat my comments like they are a manuscript, lol. There’s no edit button once you press send.

  • Larry says:

    1st choice: “Brokeback Mountain” based on Annie Proulx’s 1997 short story.

    2nd choice: Stephen King’s 1982 novella, “Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption”

    3rd choice: “Babe” Dick King-Smith’s 1983 novel, “The Sheep-Pig” also known as “Babe: The Gallant Pig” in the USA, which tells the story of a pig who wants to be a sheepdog.

  • Laura Elizabeth Flanagan says:

    The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

  • Matty says:

    “Dead Man Walking” by Sister Helen Prejean

  • A. Scott Falk says:

    I don’t know who could pull it off, but my favorite novel is A Prayer for Owen Meany. Maybe Tom Hulce, Jane Jones, and Peter Parnell could once again work magic as they did with another John Irving title.

  • Ginger Lawson says:

    Hmmm – – it’s a toss up between Bridget Jones’s Diary And Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas LOL!

    Hope to see u soon! Ginger:)

  • Clare says:

    I know there would have to be a LOT of cutting or condensing, but I would love to see an Atlas Shrugged musical.
    Or Shopgirl by Steve Martin.

  • EllenFD says:

    Piper Kerman’s best seller ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, as adapted for streaming, is all the rage on Netflix. It would make a great musical. Think of all the colorful, quirky personalities–both inmates and authorities–locked up together in the prison. Each could have her or his own “wanting song,” with Piper’s character anchoring the piece. I know I would see it.

  • Scott Briefer says:

    The Master and Margarita (Bulgakov)

    Good Times, Bad Times (Kirkwood)

    Fool on the Hill (Ruff)

    Inferno (Dante)

    All very different, all could be brilliant.

  • Ron says:

    Anne Tyler’s A Patchwork Planet. It has quirky characters, comedy, and a clever love story.

  • Emma B says:

    Betty Smith’s “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn”

    Hands down, my favorite novel, no question about it.

  • HarperGroup says:

    – Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Universe
    – Robert Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land
    – Strangers on a Train

  • Kate says:

    Love Story

  • Tess Nielsen says:

    Definitely thinking in terms of great characters and romantic scenes:

    “Rebecca” by Daphne Du Maurier

    “The French Lieutenant’s Woman” by John Fowles

    “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood

    Each features a strong female protagonist and intricate scenes among the characters. There would be some considerable work to do with the sets and tech, but the stories all have strong, humanistic plots with conflict points that will really lend themselves to musical numbers.

  • Travis says:

    Homer and Langley by E.L. Doctorow could be fascinating on stage.

  • Laurie B. says:

    Joy Luck Club. We haven’t had a strong Asian influenced show since the 80’s with Miss Saigon!!!! Let’s do it!

  • Bryan Austermann says:

    The Help – another book to movie transfer, but I think it could also work as a musical!

  • Elliot says:

    This Side of Paradise by F Scott Fitzgerald

  • Billy Christopher Maupin says:

    And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. Can you imagine how awesomely creepy and haunting that could be!

  • Adam says:

    I think this may have been my pick for a different submission (perhaps movie into musical), but Harry Potter (not a parody) And since I have an affection for dark musicals, I will throw in The Count of Monte Cristo

  • eva says:

    My first thought was A Confederacy of Dunces and was so pleased to see 2 other people put it down.
    So I’m going with anything by my favorite author:
    J.P. Donleavey. The Ginger Man, A Fairy Tale of New York, The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B
    which is my favorite of his novels.

  • Amanda says:

    What about the famous kids’ book Holes? It also became a movie, just like Bridges of Madison County. I think it could have some great big dance numbers and an amazing kid cast.

  • Sabrina says:

    I would love to see Their Eyes are Watching God as a musical. It has been adapted into a movie (I think Oprah produced it in the mid-2000s) but it has some exceptional potential for being a musical. There are so many great, epic scenes (there’s a hurricane!). There could be spirituals, gospel, jazz, soul, etc. for musical influences. I’m thinking that Janie Crawford would be another “it” character like Color Purple’s Celie.

  • Brian says:

    And then there were none by Agatha Christie

  • Todd says:

    The Prince of Tides or To Kill a Mockingbird

  • Noah Befeler says:

    Perks of Being a Wallflower!

  • Jay Z says:

    The best selling book of all time is the BIBLE. So how about a musical about how the books of the bible were chosen and fought over in early christiandom? – it’d be like 1776 merged with The Book of Mormon!

  • “Bel Canto” a best selling novel by Anne Patchett. Many colorful characters, all worthy of solos as well as dialogue,great chorus opportunities, readily lends itself to a great Broadway book. Screams for music by Adam Guetell. The music leaps off each page and as indicated by the title, an opera singer is a major character. A novel you couldn’t put down,you c an’t wait to find out how it ends. Stockholm Syndrome is the major premise of the novel, glorious plot lines.

  • Natalie says:

    “The Alchemist” would be super awesome!!! You can make some great songs about a man on a journey to find his “treasure”.

  • Susan says:

    Fried Green Tomatoes or Steel Magnolias

  • Keni Fine says:

    Fear of Flying. With ‘tapless’ tangos.

  • Megan says:

    The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society!

  • Jake says:

    Hmmm…two answers. If it can be a book that was also made into a movie already, I’d say “American Psycho” needs a musical. Otherwise, I cast my vote for “Lucky You” by Carl Hiaasen, because we need a big ensemble number from the community of religious “miracle” people.

  • I’m sure I’m not the first to think of this, but The Great Gatsby would make an amazing musical.

    Also on my list are The Time Traveler’s Wife (but only based on the original novel…not the movie), and Bridget Jones Diary for a fun, upbeat pop musical.

  • Elizabeth T says:

    Number the Stars by Lois Lowry. I heard music everytime I read it! It’s also a truly beautiful story of friendship.

  • Ian Y says:

    Charlotte’s Web — Julie Taymore style! No, but seriously, Charlotte’s Web would be a wonderful musical if done right.

  • Catherine Downey says:

    I was going to say To Kill a Mockingbird and the Time Traveler’s wife, feeling super original, only to find that they’ve already been mentioned! Lame.

    So, I had to regroup and suddenly I had tons of ideas:

    -The Catcher in the Rye
    -The Secret Life of Bees
    -Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell (pastiche of Victorian-era wizards, anyone?)

  • Danielle says:


    Or The Perks of Being a Wallflower would be fantastic. Could see that being the next SPRING AWAKENING if done right.

  • Jose says:

    I would love for “Time and Again” to have another chance – especially Skip Kennon and Jack Viertel’s version. However, there’s another Jack Finney novel which I think would make a good musical: “Marion’s Wall” – which was the basis for the Mandy Patinkin/Glenn Close movie, “Maxie”.

  • Andre Rupp says:

    The other Boleyn girl according to my wife! 🙂

  • Jack Hirschorn says:

    Farenheit 451

  • Geri W says:

    Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

  • Andrew says:

    Richard Adam’s “Watership Down.” But only if Julie Taymor directs. The battle scenes, the encounters with cars and mowers, and the various love stories. Julie could figure out how to depict the rabbits, foxes, etc.

  • Kasey Clark says:

    Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God would be so powerful….or how about Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas? I think Hunter S. would get a kick out of that!

  • Karen Campbell says:

    The first two that came to mind were “Ella Enchanted” and “The Devil Wears Prada”. Since both have already been mentioned, and since both film versions starred Anne Hathaway, I’ll stay on that track and offer “The Princess Diaries”. Who doesn’t love a story about a princess?

  • Scott Borgen says:

    Jack Kerouac’s On The Road

  • Sue says:

    Best-seller: The Lowland, by Jhumpa Lahiri

    Non-best-seller: “Driving the Saudis” by Jayne Amelia Larson. She has already done it as a play, a one-woman show. Loaded with great material, just add songs!

  • Alexa says:

    Daring Greatly by Brene Brown. It’s non-fiction, but I think could be done with the right story created for it.

  • Karen Ranieri says:

    All you have to say is one word and the audience is already intrigued – Psycho. It immediately invokes strong emotions. It was a 1959 novel that Hitchcock adapted wonderfully. I think the general audiences interest would immediately be there for this play – young and old. Hard combination to grab hold of.

  • Karen Ranieri says:

    The current movie Frozen would be another great choice that would draw families. Idina Menzel already does the singing in the movie. The movie has broadway style songs that would translate great on stage – So that part is already cut out for you.

  • Kasey Clark says:

    Pinocchio would be awesome.

  • Ging says:

    “Oklahoma” was a musical; why not “The Grapes of Wrath”?

  • Mary M. says:

    Catcher in the Rye

  • Steve Jones says:

    The Road to Eden’s Ridge by ML Rose
    Not quite a best seller, but a story with stage-musical potential.

  • Erin O says:

    The Story of a Marriage by Andrew Sean Greer

  • Deborah Chuk says:

    The Night Circus would be the perfect book to make into a musical. Diane Paulus could even surpass what she did for Pippin.

    It’s a circus story about the Circus of Dreams which is only open at night but is really a competition between two young magicians who have been trained for the ultimate show-down. One must win to the total demise of the other. Although the duel must go on – Celia and Marco fall in love which changes the equation or does it?

    The musical would have parts for a young couple and an older pair of men – their mentors. It would be full of drama and love and magic.

    A musical for all ages.

  • Kristen says:

    I think it would be a challenge, but F Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. So far, movies have not done justice the the “greatest american novel”

  • Ed Ertle says:

    “Olive Kitteridge”. Not only one of my favorite best-sellers from this decade, but also extemely adaptable. Surprised it hasn’t been made itno a film yet. In the Broadway musical,it could be done as a sketch sort of revue, since Olive figures prominently in some chapters, and just passes through others. Plus,you could use various powerhouse belters from their teen to their 90’s to represent her at different ages.

  • ECP says:

    Okay, Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None” was also high on my list, so I’ll go with Patricia Highsmith’s unsettling “The Talented Mr. Ripley.” The characters’ inner workings could be explored/revealed beautifully through music and lyrics. The suave, debonair, stylish Ripley–as well as sets, lighting, and costume design–would seduce audiences. Oh and he’s a self-inventing, globe-hopping psychopath to boot.

  • Keith Golden says:

    I was going to put “Wuthering Heights” by Emily Bronte, but Google already told me there was a version that existed…

    So I am going with Kate Chopin’s “The Awakening.”
    It has a luring title and is all about feminism, and who couldn’t write some great songs about that? Plus… it has a great dramatic ending.

  • Michelle says:

    Nicolas Sparks The Lucky one

  • Michelle says:

    The book by Nicolas Sparks would be a moving romantic musical. It would evoke emotion and leave the audience applauding on their feet at the end.

  • Lynn Anderson says:

    “Nights in Rodanthe” by Nicholas Sparks – bonus if you get Richard Gere and Diane Lane to recreate their roles on stage!

  • Brnadon says:

    I think one of my favorite childhood books should be adapted…


  • Mickey says:

    “Girl, Interrupted” by Susanna Kaysen

  • Beau says:

    I think Stephen King’s Misery lends itself PERFECTLY to a a stage adaptation. The set is basically stationary. I could see a well-done score that makes you at times sympathize with the psychotic Annie making the book come to life.

  • Jennifer says:

    The Five People You Meet in Heaven . That would be a great musical !

  • Elana Safar says:

    1. Water For Elephants (we now know audiences like circuses *hello pippin)
    2. Madam Secretary by Madeline Albright (Confession I wish to make this a film)
    3. The Emperor’s Children (reel in the gossip girl crowd)
    4. Any one of the SMALL MIRACLES books (shameless plug I am starring in one episode of a web series based on these books soon)

  • Amanda W says:

    I’m a little surprised I haven’t seen any Nicholas Sparks books turned into musicals yet. The Notebook or Walk to Remember would be huge hits.

  • Lori says:

    Wethering heights

  • Lisa Ennis says:

    Shoot! My first response is The Outsiders! But I saw it was already mentioned. 🙁
    Flowers in the Attic? Nah, might creep some people out? Hmmmm… How about one based on the movie “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”? It could be a riot and the music could be awesome! 🙂

  • Molly S says:

    Tuesdays With Morrie or The Art of Racing in The Rain

  • Kris says:

    I’d love to see Giovanni’s Room as a musical.

  • Noah Befeler says:

    Seth Rudetsky’s “Broadway Nights”!!

  • Alex Bishop says:

    Water for Elephants!

  • Stacey says:

    Any of the Harry Potter books would be fantastic!

  • Yosi Merves says:

    Given that it is a parody of King Lear, I would like to see Fool by Christopher Moore adapted for the stage. Probably a play with music rather than a full-out musical.

  • Cara says:

    The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

  • Joseph S says:

    Chicken Soup for the Soul, The new feel good musical! (file under self-help)

  • Kyle Nesbit says:

    Michael Cunningham’s “By Nightfall” would make an awesome, small chamber musical.

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