Broadway Musicals and Plays—Based on, Inspired by, or Adapted from Books


Now that spring is here, perhaps your book group would enjoy an outing to the theater.  Did you know many plays and musicals currently on Broadway are based on or adapted from books?  Your book club could read the book and then go see your favorite characters come to life on the Great White Way.  Here are some show stopping recommendations:

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American Psycho (Musical opening April 21) adapted from the novel American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis.

The Book of Mormon (Musical) based on the book The Book of Mormon:  An Account Written by the Hand of Mormon upon the Plates Taken from the Plates of Nephi  Translated by Joseph Smith. *Winner of the 2011 Tony for Best Musical.

The Color Purple (Musical) based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel The Color Purple by Alice Walker.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (Play) adapted from the book  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon. *Winner of the 2015 Tony for Best Play.

Fun Home (Musical) adapted from the graphic memoir Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel. *Winner of the 2015 Tony for Best Musical.

Hamilton (Musical) inspired by the biography Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow.

Matilda (Musical) based on the children’s book Matilda by Roald Dahl.

Tuck Everlasting (Musical opening April 26th) based on the children’s book Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt.

(This article previously appeared in the April 2016 issue of the Book Club Insider.)

– Lisa J., Readers’ Services 




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