Musical Movies 2021 – Best Musical Movie Adaptations of 2021

The trailer for the awaited Steven Spielberg remake West Side Story has been released, and we think fans will agree that it sounds just as ambitious and powerful as the original.

Adapted from a screenplay by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Tony Kushner, the film follows the story of the forbidden love between Maria (Rachel Zegler) and Tony (Ansel Elgort) and the rivalry between two gangs. West Side Story joins the long list of cheerful and uplifting musical adaptations heading to the big screen this year and next.

Serving as the perfect tonic and escape in the midst of the ongoing pandemic, film versions of beloved musicals such Dear Evan Hansen and Everybody’s talking about Jamie will hit theaters – and streaming platforms – very soon.

Here are the exciting musical adaptations coming out this year …

In the heights

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Lin-Manuel Miranda’s highly anticipated musical In the heights, who is before Hamilton, and earned Miranda her first Tony for Best Original Music, will finally hit theaters in June.

Drama follows bodega owner in bustling New York City neighborhood in the heights who develops mixed feelings about closing her store and retiring to the Dominican Republic after inheriting her grandmother’s fortune.

The cast includes Stéphanie Beatriz (Brooklyn nine-nine, Modern family), Anthony Ramos (Hamilton, A star is born) and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

In the Heights is currently showing in theaters.

West Side Story

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Steven Spielberg’s big budget adaptation West Side Story follows the well-established story of Tony and Maria, teenagers from rival gangs, who fall in love with each other – despite their families’ war.

Ansel Elgort (Baby Driver, The goldfinch) plays Tony, while Maria is played by rising star Rachel Zegler. The cast also includes Rita Moreno, who appeared in the original 1961 film Corey Stoll (Card castle, ratchet) and dancer Maddie Ziegler.

West Side Story has been delayed due to Covid and is expected to arrive in December of this year.


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Adam Driver and Oscar winner Marion Cotillard star in Annette, which tells the story of a comedian and his wife, an opera singer, whose two-year-old daughter has a surprising gift.

Located in Los Angeles, Annette will be the acclaimed director of Leos Carx (Sacred Motors) first English-language feature film, and will feature original music by 1970s rock band Sparks. Both Driver, Oscar nominated for Marriage story Last year, and Cotillard – who won an Oscar for her role as Edith Piaf in Through rose-colored glasses in 2007 will do all of their own vocals in the musical.

Anette is now in theaters and will soon be available to stream on Amazon Prime.


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Tony and Emmy Award-winning actor Billy Porter (Pose) plays arguably the most fabulous fairy godmother in history in this modern revamp of classic Disney animation from 1951.

Pop star Camilla Cabo plays Cinderella, FrozenIdina Menzel stars as Stepmom, Minnie Driver as Queen Beatrice, and James Corden as Jack / Mouse.

Perfect producer Kay Cannon wrote the screenplay and directed.

Cinderella is available to stream now on Amazon Prime.

Dear Evan Hansen

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Adapted for the big screen of the Tony- and Grammy-winning musical, the story follows the titular Evan Hansen, a high school student with anxiety, who embarks on a journey of self-discovery and acceptance after suicide. of a classmate.

Ben Platt (The politician) will reprise his role on stage as Evan, for which he won a Tony Award for Best Actor, and Julianne Moore will play her mother Heidi Hansen. Kaitlyn Dever (Unbelievable, Booksmart) will play Zoe Murphy and Amy Adams will play Cynthia Murphy.

Dear Evan Hansen is scheduled for release in September 2021.

Tic, Tic … Boom!

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Directed by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Tic, Tic … Boom! follows Andrew Garfield as Jon, an ambitious theater composer who waits for tables in New York while writing Superbia – that he hopes to be the next great American musical and finally give it a big chance.

Vanessa Hudgens and West wingBradley Whitford also stars in the film, based on Jonathan Larson’s novel.

Tic, Tic … Boom! will launch on Netflix later this year.

Everybody’s talking about Jamie

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Rising star Max Harwood takes on the lead role in the highly anticipated film version of the much-loved musical. The story follows talented teenager Jamie from Sheffield, who dreams of becoming a drag queen.

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Richard E Grant plays Hugo Battersby, DisasterSharon Horgan is Miss Hedge, Happy valley‘s Sarah Lancashire plays Margaret New, and Ladies Dinner Shobna Gulati star is Ray.

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is out now in theaters and will be available to stream on Amazon Prime on September 17.


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Emma Thompson stars as famous Miss Trunchball in Roald Dahl film adaptation Mathilde. Lashana Lynch (Captain Marvel, No time to die) will play Miss Honey, while Irish actress Alisha Weir will play the title role.

Matilda is slated to launch on Netflix later this year.

The little Mermaid

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Cultivated-ish star Halle Bailey will play Ariel in the film adaptation of the 1986 Disney classic, alongside award-winning Awkwafina (Crazy Rich Asians, Nora From Queens), Oscar winner Melissa McCarthy, Javier Bardem and The defeatis Noma Dumezweni. Anglo-American actor Jonah Hauer-King will play Prince Eric, following reports that Harry Styles turned down the role.

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Rob Marshall, best known for Chicago, directed.

The Little Mermaid will be released on Disney + in 2023.

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