Category: Stephen King

7 Books Turned Musical That Might Surprise You

What comes to mind when you hear Matilda, The Color Purple, and Oliver Twist? The books by Roald Dahl, Alice Walker, and Charles Dickens, of course! But did you know that these titles, and more, have been made into popular musicals, and that some of your favorite musicals are based on books? Well below are seven musicals based on books that just might surprise you.




Wicked, the untold story of the witches of Oz, took the world by storm seventeen years ago, and is based on the first book Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, a 1995 novel by Gregory Maguire. It is the first book of The Wicked Years series. So if you like the musical and want more, there are three sequel books that you can check out.


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Carrie, a beloved cult classic by Stephen King, became a musical in 1988 and had an Off-Broadway revival in 2012.


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The Phantom of the Opera

Yes, that Phantom of the Opera. The 1968 musical, by Andrew Lloyd Webber, is based on a book written in 1910 by French author, Gaston Leroux, originally titled Le Fantôme de l’Opéra.


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Tuck Everlasting

You guessed it; that book you had to read in sixth grade has also been turned into a musical. Natalie Babbitt’s 1975 novel, Tuck Everlasting, which has become a class of children’s literature and has had a run on the banned books list, took to the stage back in 2015 and had a thirty-nine show run before closing production.


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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Another well-known literary classic turned musical is seen in Jekyll and Hyde, whose musical narrative takes inspiration from the 1886 novella, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, by Robert Louis Stevenson… with multiple renditions and revivals bringing the gothic thriller into public view.


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Be More Chill

With original music and lyrics by Joe Iconics, this musical captured public attention back in 2015 and had a limited run on Broadway in 2019. But what fans might not know is that Be More Chill is based on a book by American author, Ned Vizzini.


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Percy Jackson

Fans of the Percy Jackson series were devastated by the 2010 film adaptations, so much so that they got together and made a musical! The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical is a faithful adaptation of the first book in author Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. It had a limited run on Broadway earlier in January 2020.


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Read an Excerpt from Stephen King’s Upcoming Novel

Stephen King's new novel, Later, tells the story of Jamie Conklin, the son of a financially struggling mother who posses an ability that, according to King himself, lets him "see what no one else can see and learn what no one else can learn." When an NYPD detective involves Jamie with the pursuit of a killer who has threatened to strike from beyond the grave, he learns just how dangerous his gift truly is.

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Stephen King’s Writer’s Block During ‘The Stand’ Inspires Writers Everywhere

When writing, The Stand (published in 1978) - a hugely famous dark fantasy novel in King's repertoire about a pandemic powered by a weaponized version of the flu (does this sound relevant?) - King struggled to continue after reaching the 500 page mark.

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15 Horror Books That Will Keep You Up All Night

Guaranteed to give you all the goosebumps you need this sinister season, the following list of spooktastic recommendations is your one-stop-shop for satisfying terror sessions. You won’t be able to put these intriguing novels down, and you won’t want to turn out the light.

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‘The Stand’ Official Trailer Released

CBS All Access’ The Stand released its official trailer earlier today, and for those of us who have read the best-selling Stephen King novel of the same name, it was well worth the wait! Staring Whoopi Goldberg, Alexander Skarsgård, James Marsden, Odessa Young, Jovan Adepo, and many more, the limited series will also feature an all new conclusion written by King himself. Check out the trailer below:

For those of you who haven’t read the book, I’ll give you the gist: a weaponized super-flu developed by the U.S Military is accidentally released into the public, wiping out 99% of the total human population. The world’s few survivors are haunted by dreams from Mother Abigail (Whoopi Goldberg), who tells them to all meet in Boulder City, Colorado and align themselves against The Dark Man (Alexander Skarsgård), or Randall Flagg, who is also gathering a following in – where else? – Sin City itself Las Vegas. With a war of Biblical proportions brewing, which side will prevail?

What I’m a little concerned about is that the show isn’t going to handle this Holy War’s opposing sides as subtly as King handled them in the book. While he makes clear which side is good and which side is evil to the reader, the characters within the context of the novel are more or less left on their own, drawn to both side with equally compelling promises, for as the Bible states, the Devil will come cloaked as an angel of light. With the brief glimpses of carnal consumption and sexual debauchery we see displayed in the scenes in Vegas, I hope that this miniseries doesn’t portray the side of darkness as the obvious bad guys à la Star Wars.


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