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5 Screen-to-Stage Shows Not to Miss in 2018

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|by Amy Sapp |

From blockbusters to Broadway

'Mean Girls' on Broadway (Photo: 'Mean Girls')

'Mean Girls' on Broadway (Photo: 'Mean Girls')

This season on Broadway, onscreen adaptations are taking center stage. A slew of films and television shows are transferring concepts from screen to stage. Here are our top five picks for 2018.

Mean Girls
As the show’s tagline touts, “You can’t sit with them – but you can sit in the audience.” Mean Girls, the cult classic 2004 film of the same name, comes to Broadway this season, helmed by the movie’s original creative minds of Tina Fey and Jeff Richmond. The musical finds its catty lead, Regina George, in seasoned actress Taylor Louderman of Bring It On and Kinky Boots. With lyrics from Nell Benjamin of Legally Blonde fame and direction from Casey Nicholaw of Aladdin and The Book of MormonMean Girls may have all of Broadway adding “fetch” to its lingo by the end of the season.

SpongeBob SquarePants
Who lives in a pineapple under the sea – and now has residency on Broadway? SpongeBob SquarePants. The musical has made a splash in New York this season, garnering critical acclaim from the likes of The New York Times. This wildly absurd musical finds its inspiration from the television and films of that same-named, absorbent and yellow porous house sponge. SpongeBob SquarePants stars Broadway newcomer (and shoo-in for a Tony nomination), Ethan Slater, in the show’s title role, with Broadway veterans Lilli Cooper as Sandy Cheeks, Gavin Lee as Squidward Tentacles and Wesley Taylor as Sheldon Plankton. Danny Skinner also makes his Broadway debut as Patrick Star.

Do you dare to journey to the past and uncover the secret life of a lost Russian princess? Anastasia offers you and lovers of the 1990s animated movie this opportunity at the Broadhurst Theatre. Though this musical derives from the beloved animation, it also utilizes the magic of theater to alter plot points and create new avenues unlike that of the film. Even those nostalgic twenty-somethings who grew up watching the movie on VHS tape will find moments of Anastasia on Broadway exhilarating and mystifying.

This memorable play is New York’s laugh-out-loud parody of the legendary Harry Potter film and book series. Puffs, named after the Hogwarts house known as the Hufflepuffs, explores what may have happened to the lesser-known group of students during the events of Harry Potter’s expansive timeline. The hysterical play spans all seven books – plus the latest written story, The Cursed Child, coming this season to Broadway. Fans of witty comedy and fantastical parody need not miss out on this gratifying show, now playing Off-Broadway at New World Stages.

In 2013, the song on every child’s lips was “Let It Go.” Almost five years later on Broadway, this song will ring true once again as Disney’s stage adaptation of Frozen begins performances at the St. James Theatre. Frozen on Broadway will feature other beloved songs like “Love Is An Open Door,” “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?,” and “For The First Time in Forever” as well as a host of new songs. Don’t miss this gorgeous tale of love, courage and family.

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