7 Musicals Based on Novels ...

The idea for musicals has to come from somewhere, and it's not really surprising that books offer a vast store of inspiration. Even so, you'd probably be surprised to learn that some of the best-known musicals are based on books. So if you've never thought about where the idea for a musical came from, you might enjoy reading the books that inspired them …

1. Cabaret

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Cabaret is one of the best-known and most enduring musicals, frequently performed on stage and of course there is the marvelous movie version. But most people haven't read Christopher Isherwood's Berlin Stories, which provided the source material for the musical. Cabaret is not a direct adaptation, but you'll recognise the characters, especially Sally Bowles.


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