We’ll Put on a Show: Ten More Books that Would Make Great Broadway Musicals

Earlier this year, I wrote about ten books I would love to see turned into Broadway musicals and, I knew this was something I’d want to revisit someday. Honestly, I think just about any book would be great adapted for the stage. Everything is heightened in musical—big, splashy romance practically needs to burst out into song, and the agony of loss or disappointment lands differently when watching it live on stage. So for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, dim the lights, raise the curtain, and enjoy ten more books that I think would make great Broadway musicals.


Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
by Fannie Flagg
Goodreads

How to Stage a Catastrophe
by Rebecca Donnelly
Goodreads

An Irish Country Doctor
by Patrick Taylor
Goodreads

The Marriage Game
by Sara Desai
Goodreads

Once Upon a River
by Diane Setterfield
Goodreads

Practical Magic
by Alice Hoffman
Goodreads

A Sweet Mess
by Jayci Lee
Goodreads

You Should See Me in a Crown
by Leah Johnson
Goodreads

Where’d You Go, Bernadette
by Maria Semple
Goodreads

The Worst Witch
by Jill Murphy
Goodreads


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.

58 thoughts on “We’ll Put on a Show: Ten More Books that Would Make Great Broadway Musicals

      1. The only tricky part I can see would be the settings. The movie & book has this whole part with the neighbor’s yard flooding that was super dramatic. I don’t know how you’d do that on stage, not to mention the trip to Antarctica.

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  1. I (shamefully) haven’t read any of these yet but I can definitely see You Should See Me in A Crown be a musical a la Hamilton and The Heights (so basically Lin Manuel Miranda needs to write the script and music LOL) 😂 love your take for the prompt!

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  2. Love this take on the prompt! I haven’t read very many of these, but the two I have read I’d love to see as a musical, especially “Once Upon A River”!

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