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From The Producers to Hairspray: 17 Movies That Were Turned Into Plays

From Footloose to Hairspray

Throughout film history, American theaters have long been staging stories that first began as wildly popular movies.

Following in that tradition, Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge!, the 2001 adrenaline-pumping modern musical movie, will be developed into a musical for the stage, the company Global Creatures announced recently.

Typically, a show like Chicago or Cabaret has to prove it can draw the crowds in the theater world before Hollywood takes it for a spin. But sometimes, things travel in the other direction. From the anger-purging gymnastics of Footloose to the inclusive, energetic cast of Hairspray, several beloved plays that thrilled theatergoers came from original films.

Here is TIME’s list of 17 movies that were turned into plays.

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