With Heathers now open off-Broadway, we're totally in the mood for a choice '80s film to come to Broadway. We asked fans what movie from the decade of hairspray and boom boxes should make the leap onto the Great White Way. The results are in, and here's what you had to say!
1. The Breakfast Club — 26%
Move over, Trunchbull. You might not be the only mean-spirited principal treading the boards. With such a colorful and diverse cast of misfit highschoolers, a Breakfast Club tuner would show off all sorts of musical theater styles. The 1985 movie about a group of five seemingly different teenagers who find a bond during Saturday detention has tons of moments that could turn into show-stopping numbers, from “Bender’s Dinner Party” to “Secret Virgin.” Plus, imagine that amazing Act II finale quintet, “Brain, Athlete, Basket Case, Princess and Criminal.” Being bad feels pretty good, huh?
2. Ferris Bueller's Day Off — 20%
Bueller? Bueller? …Bueller? OK, maybe that part of the ’86 flick wouldn’t make the most glamorous Broadway musical number. But the adventures of Ferris, Cameron and Sloane as they play hooky would bring some pretty exciting settings to the stage, including Wrigley Field, the Sears Tower and a Von Steuben Day parade. Plus, a number where the cast recreates A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte! Wait a second. Sorry, wrong show. Now, what do you think the likelihood would be of getting Matthew Broderick to play Mr. Rooney?
3. Dead Poets Society — 9%
A Broadway adaptation of the 1989 inspirational film Dead Poets Society would have us standing on our desks for joy. The role of John Keating, portrayed in the film by Robin Williams, would be a terrific vehicle for a Broadway funny guy with a lot of heart, too. (Hey, Norbert Leo Butz! You in?) It’s possible that a stage adaptation could work better as a play than a musical, but we just know a “CARPE DIEM!” or “Oh Captain, My Captain” number would be too good to pass up.