It seems that musicals are starting to branch out from the confines of its theater houses yet again. Word has been going on for months that Les Miserablés, the third longest running musical on Broadway, has gotten a screen adaptation set to be released in December.
Movie adaptations of theater musicals have garnered mixed reviews through the years. Most of the movie-watching demographic of this generation—particularly the younger ones—are torn between calling movie musicals as “cheesy” and “boring,” or “art”.
The only recent (sort-of) musical that has actually garnered a cult-following was Disney’s infamous High School Musical, but it was only targeted at teens and not particularly at a large audience. At least, it brought back attention to the movie musical form.
In the last decade, movie musicals have appeared on box offices every now and then (aside from Disney animated films), like Moulin Rouge, Chicago, Hairspray, the Phantom of the Opera, and Sweeney Todd to name a few. These movie musicals, despite winning numerous awards, aren’t exactly mega box-office hits. Continue readingGoogle+