Curtain Up: Ten Books That Would Make Great Broadway Musicals

Some of the biggest musicals to ever make it to Broadway have been based on books. South Pacific. Les Miserables. Ragtime. Oliver. It’s rare for a season to go by without at least one book-based musical making its debut. Even one of the longest running musicals in Broadway history, Wicked, is based on a book that’s based on another book.

Composers and librettists can find inspiration for their shows anywhere, but there’s a wealth of potential shows to be found right on their bookshelves. So for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, here are ten books I’d love to see adapted into musicals.

Agatha Raisin Mysteries Series
by M.C. Beaton


The Black Flamingo
by Dean Atta


Finding Dorothy
by Elizabeth Letts

My Review | Goodreads

The Magnificent Mrs. Mayhew
by Milly Johnson

My Review | Goodreads

The Next Queen of Heaven
by Gregory Maguire


by Ibi Zoboi


Red Turban White Horse: My Sister’s Hurricane Wedding
by Nandini Bajpai


A Series of Unfortunate Events Series
by Lemony Snicket


The Spider and the Fly
by Mary Botham Howitt
illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi


Tell Me How You Really Feel
by Aminah Mae Safi


Note: Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. Be sure to check out her weekly post to find other participants.

35 thoughts on “Curtain Up: Ten Books That Would Make Great Broadway Musicals

    1. I haven’t seen the TV show yet, somehow. I keep planning to watch it, but then never manage to actually stream it. But you’ve inspired me—maybe I’ll actually watch it tonight! The characters in the books are just so outrageous and fun, I can easily see a stage adaptation.


  1. Ooh, I love your take on this week’s prompt and your picks too 😍 That cover for Black Flamingo is freaking gorgeous and if I saw a poster for it I would watch that musical in a heartbeat without even knowing what it’s about 😂 Pride would be a really interesting musical, especially if it was In the Heights/Hamilton style! Love this ❤

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