BY KENDALL ERICKSON
The 90s and early 2000s spun out a ton of beloved and classic teen movies that have, at least for the late 80s and early-90s babies out there, become cult classics and nostalgic wonders. The only thing missing from them? A little Broadway magic. Now I know what you’re thinking-why would you ever mess with a movie that has a soundtrack featuring Britney Spears (before she shaved her head) the Spice Girls, and Third Eye Blind? Well, you wouldn’t, but let’s face it, with the exception of Grease and Zac Efron’s claim to fame, High School Musical, there aren’t many teen movies out there that have received the musical treatment; and that kind of sucks! So, here’s a list of five teen movies that should be turned into musicals. Don’t deny it, you know you’d be excited. And with Heathers taking the off-Broadway stage this month, some of these picks aren’t far-“fetch”d.
5) Mean Girls
Aside from the fact that this movie is “so fetch!” this 2004 mega-hit is actually becoming a Broadway musical. No really, it’s true. Jeff Richmond (Tina Fey’s husband) is going to be scoring it and it really is becoming a thing! While it’s in its preliminary stages and will probably take 3 to 4 years to come to fruition, viewers will get to see the Plastics take on the Broadway stage in a few years time!
4) She’s All That
OMG. I think I would die if this got the movie musical treatment. (Apart from my fear that it would totally suck and ruin the movie, which is always a risk you take with anything getting a revamp). This movie has all of the elements for a great musical. How badly do you want to see a song thrown into the mix when she comes down the stairs and Freddie Prinze Jr. (Zack) sees Rachael Leigh Cook (Laney) post-makeover? They could even keep the Sixpence None The Richer song in there and just have Zack sing it. It’d be amazing!
3) John Tucker Must Die
This could be a great one if the plot was a little altered and allowed it to fall more into the horror genre rather than the rom-com genre. I mean, with a title like John Tucker Must Die, a funny slasher musical does come to mind. It would be four angry girls hoping to avenge their vaginas. Count me in.
2) Not Another Teen Movie
Why no one has made this into a musical already, I don’t know. It’s already a parody of a dozen other teen movies (thank you John Hughes) and it’s so ridiculous and outlandish that a musical treatment seems like a natural fit. Also, Chris Evans has said numerous times in interviews that he knows all of the words to the songs from The Little Mermaid–so who wouldn’t want to see him sing? Any excuse to watch Chris Evans do anything is a good one.
1) 10 Things I Hate About You
Why thy should be a musical/Let me count the ways… First of all, this is based on Shakespeare’s The Taming of The Shrew, so it’s already got a theatrical heritage. Second of all, it features a strong and independent female protagonist, something the world needs more of, and why shouldn’t she sing a few songs while she’s off being a badass? Thirdly, it has some great side characters that would only add great musical numbers to the hilarity of this plot. And finally, because it’s already an adaptation, there are so many different takes you could do with this; it could bet set anywhere! So writers, get writing. Producers, get producing. Let’s make this happen before we’re all too old to remember this movie even existed.
What teen movies do you think would make great musicals? Let us know in the comments below!