Video Round-Up: Musicals based on Operas

Across broadway and beyond there are musicals based on novels, poems, films, plays, and also OPERAS! Our current musical Onegin is based on Tchaikovsky’s original opera Eugene Onegin. This isn’t the first musical whose origins come the opera, so we thought we would do a round up of the big broadway hits that are also based on operas.

Check them out below! 

Aida


Music & Lyrics: Elton John & Tim Rice
Based on the Opera: Aida by Giuseppe Verdi
Original Language: Italian
First Performed: 1871 (Egypt)
Broadway Debut:
 2000
Awards: 
Winner of 4 Tony Awards in 2000 & the 2000 Grammy for Best Musical Show Album

 

Rent

Music & Lyrics: Jonathan Larson
Based on the Opera: La Bohème by Giacomo Puccini
Original Language: Italian
First Performed: 1896 (Italy)
Broadway Debut: 
1996 (100 years later!)
Awards: 
Winner of 4 Tony Awards, 5 Drama Desk Awards & the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1996

Miss Saigon

Music & Lyrics: Claude-Michel Schönberg, Alain Boublil & Richard Maltby, Jr.
Based on the Opera: Madame Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini
Original Language: Italian
First Performed: 1904 (Italy)
Broadway Debut:
1991 
Awards: 
Winner of 3 Tony Awards & 4 Drama Desk Awards in 1991 and nominated for 2 Tony’s for its Broadway revival this year

 

Gilbert & Sullivan  (Savoy Operas)

 

H.M.S. Pinafore

Music & Lyrics: Gilbert & Sullivan
Original Language: English
First Performed: 1878 (England)
Broadway Debut:
1879
Current Production:
Stratford Festival from May 4th – October 21st!

 

The Mikado

Music & Lyrics: Gilbert & Sullivan
Original Language: English
First Performed: 1885 (England)
Broadway Debut:
1885
Latest Broadway Revival: 1934

 

The Pirates of Penzance

Music & Lyrics: Gilbert & Sullivan
Original Language: English
First Performed: 1879 (New York)
Latest Broadway Revival:
1981 (Tony Award for Best Revival)

 

HONOURABLE MENTIONS:

BEGGAR’S HOLIDAY
Based on the Opera: The Beggar’s Opera by John Gay

CARMEN JONES
Based on the Opera: Carmen by Georges Bizet

 

Did we miss one of your favourite musicals based on an opera? Tell us in the comments! 


Join us for ONEGIN, a New Canadian Musical adaptation of Pushkin’s timeless poem & Tchaikovsky’s renowned opera. On stage now!

 

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