Thanksgiving has come and gone, and you know what that means—Christmas is just around the corner! New York City is getting into the holiday spirit as festive shows like Elf, A Christmas Story and How the Grinch Stole Christmas entertain audiences this season. We asked readers which holiday movie they’d like to see turned into a Broadway musical next, and one spooktacular film stood out above the rest. Check out the results below!
1. The Nightmare Before Christmas - 29%
What’s this, what’s this? Tim Burton’s animated musical The Nightmare Before Christmas is a cult classic, and readers would love to see Jack Skellington and his Halloween Town friends on Broadway. The 1993 stop motion movie follows Jack when he discovers a portal to Christmas Town, and decides to kidnap “Sandy Claws,” taking it upon himself to deliver some…interesting Christmas presents. Nothing says Merry Christmas like shrunken heads and Christmas tree-eating snakes!
2. The Polar Express - 12%
Tom Hanks is gearing up to make his Broadway debut in Lucky Guy this spring, and readers would also love to see him reprise his role in a stage version of the 2004 animated film The Polar Express. Based on the children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg, The Polar Express tells the story of a young boy who boards a magical train to the North Pole and meets a slew of wacky characters on his journey.
3. It’s a Wonderful Life - 10%
A musical adaptation of the 1946 classic holiday film It’s a Wonderful Life has been performed at Washington D.C.’s Arena Stage and at New Jersey’s Paper Mill Playhouse. An Actors’ Fund benefit concert version of the musical in 2005 starred Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike’s David Hyde Pierce, Dead Accounts star Jayne Houdyshell and Broadway vet Brian Stokes Mitchell as George Bailey. The musical has never been performed on the Great White Way, but readers hope to see an angel get its wings on Broadway soon!