The top 10 musicals based on movies… that aren’t

Earlier today, I received an email from an online PR company promoting ticket exchange website Viagogo. Tying in with the arrival into the West End of Flashdance – the Musical, the website polled its users to find the most popular movie based on a musical. (Polling users to generate PR? Who would go in for such a thing, really?)

Winning the poll was Legally Blonde. That pleases me, if only because I’m seeing it for the first time in a couple of weeks and am really encouraged by all the positive noises from friends who have seen it before, as well as public sentiments such as those expressed in the poll.

However, there were some curious decisions further down the list. Not least because two musicals in the top ten weren’t based on movies at all – quite the reverse: they were stage musicals later adapted for the silver screen. And one entry in the list has never been a movie in the first place, although a related film has used the same source material…

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