This Broadway season has been full of page-to-stage adaptations - novellas, memoirs, novels, autobiographies, historical fiction and more.
From John Grisham's hugely popular A Time to Kill to Broadway legend Moss Hart's autobiography, Act One, to Victor Hugo's epic Les Miserables, we counted lots of books turned Broadway in the 2013-2014 season.
Here's your chance to get your friends together, open a bottle of wine and make a night of it with your official guide to the Tony Awards® Broadway Book Club.
See below for our list -- read the books and see the shows on Broadway!
Frank Rich just declared Act One “the greatest showbiz book ever written.” This 1959 autobiography of Moss Hart tells his rags to riches story of how a poor kid in the Bronx made his way to becoming a Broadway actor, director and screenwriter. Fifty-five years later, Lincoln Center Theater's adaptation is still inspiring for the Broadway dreamer.
Many knew Big Fish as a Tim Burton movie starring Ewan McGregor and Billy Crudup, but Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions was originally a book by Daniel Wallace, based on his father who was a great storyteller. Everyone knows how to tell a tall tale, but not everyone can include giants, mermaids, werewolves and witches in one lifetime!
The Bridges of Madison County
The Bridges of Madison County is one of the best-selling novels of the 20th century, not to mention a passionate movie starring Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood. Now Bridges is a steamy Broadway musical starring Broadway's darling Kelli O'Hara.
Cabaret - based on Christopher Isherwood's The Berlin Stories
Christopher Isherwood's The Berlin Stories depicts the transformation of Berlin as Hitler rose to power. These stories are inhabited by a character we all know and love - the unforgettable, iconic Sally Bowles, emerald green nail polish and all, who we would later meet in John Van Druten's play I Am a Camera and then in the musical Cabaret. Dozens have played the role of Sally Bowles, from Liza Minnelli to Molly Ringwald to Judi Dench to Natasha Richardson - and now Michelle Williams.
Les Misérables is a BIG hit in every sense of the word! This 1862 French historical novel by Victor Hugo counts a whopping 1,500 pages. The original Broadway production played an impressive 6,680 performances from 1987-2003. As a movie, Les Mis garnered eight Academy Award nominations, and now Les Mis is back in 2014 as a revival on Broadway.
Of Mice and Men
Of Mice and Men is a novella written by Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck. Since its birth in 1937, this story has been adapted for film, TV, radio, opera and stage, and this Broadway production, starring James Franco, will be its third time on a Broadway stage.
700 Sundays is the memoir of New York-born comedian Billy Crystal. First published in 2005, this story was quickly adapted for stage. Crystal has twice performed hilarious engagements of the show on the Great White Way, and it was captured for a special on HBO.
A Time to Kill
A Time to Kill is one of the most popular novels of our time. This best-seller suspense thriller was first published in 1989, then became a film in 1996 starring Matthew McConaughey and Samuel L. Jackson. This Broadway production left audiences on the edge of their seats -- literally!
Revised April 9, 2014