More and more, Broadway is starting to take on a striking similarity to the old video stores we used to pay regular visits to, like Blockbuster, Hollywood Video, and — going really back — RKO Warner Video. Seriously, just walk around that area in New York City and you’ll see staged versions of movies from throughout your life, including the Disney trifecta of Aladdin, The Lion King, and Frozen; the old Julia Roberts/Richard Gere rom-com Pretty Woman, Lindsay Lohan’s Mean Girls, and the biggest of them all (literally), King Kong.
For many of these shows, the secret is taking a popular film and trying to give it new life with a musical score that completely negates the fact that it’s the same story you’ve seen before. When it works, it’s amazing, and when it doesn’t… well, that’s a hefty amount of money you’ve kissed goodbye.
The latest project gearing up to join them is the 1987 film The Princess Bride, based on William Goldman’s bestselling novel about the love between the Dread Pirate Roberts and Princess Buttercup. After many fits and starts beginning in 2006, it’s moving back into active development as a musical. All that’s known at this point, though, is that the book is being written by Bob Martin and Rick Elice, currently represented by The Cher Show. The composer and lyricist is David Yazbek, a Tony winner for The Band’s Visit and the soon to begin previews Tootsie.
There are many other other shows, some of them already playing and a lot more that will continue the trend. Scroll down below for a complete guide to what’s playing and what’s on the horizon!