Peter Filichia, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere talk about their favorite favorite movie musicals that were originally written for the stage.
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PETER FILICHIA is a playwright, journalist, and historian with a number of books. His columns appear at Masterworks Broadway, Broadway Select and many other places.
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MICHAEL PORTANTIERE is a theater reviewer and essayist. He is the founder and editor of CastAlbumReviews.com. He is also a theatrical photographer whose photos have appeared in The New York Times and other major publications. You can see his photography work at FollowSpotPhoto.com.
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What are our favorite movie musicals, meaning ones from Broadway musicals, not ones that originated on the screen.
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PF: The Boyfriend
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MP: West Side Story, The Sound of Music, The Music Man
The King and I
Little Shop of Horrors
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
PF: Bells Are Ringing, Dean Martin, one take
Frank Sinatra, one take, Carousel
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