Screen to Stage: Movie into Musical Success Stories

By Benjamin Solomon
16 Aug 2013

Christopher Sieber and Harvey Fierstein in La Cage aux Folles.
Photo by Joan Marcus

La Cage aux Folles (1983)

One of the early screen-to-stage successes, Harvey Fierstein's adaptation of the ninth highest-grossing foreign film of all time proved there was more to squeeze out of Edouard Molinaro's French farce about a son who introduces his fiance to his father, who owns a drag nightclub, and his partner, who headlines there. In the end, the musical stood on its own two feet thanks to a memorable score, becoming the only musical to win the best production Tony Award (Best Musical or Best Musical Revival) every time it has been on Broadway. It even drew film producers to the project, who first considered a star-studded adaptation of the musical before deciding to turn the source material into the now classic American film "The Birdcage," which, in turn, helped elevate Broadway golden boy Nathan Lane into the star he is today.