Whoopi Goldberg Breaks Broadway Record

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When it was announced that Ghost the musical would come to Broadway, hot on the heels of the current Sister Act, I realized, "That's two musicals based on Whoopi Goldberg movies!"

Then I murmured to myself, "They should do a musical of The Color Purple, too."

And then I brilliantly realized, "They did!"

So that makes three Broadway musicals based on Whoopi flicks. (And yes, I know Purple was a book first.)

That has to be a record.

The only one I can think of who comes close is Julie Andrews, with two toe-tapping adaptations of films she starred in (Victor/Victoria and Thoroughly Modern Millie).

Oh, wait -- I forgot Mary Poppins!

So Whoopi and Julie are in a dead heat for the top slot of this queen-of-the-adaptations battle.

To jump ahead, Whoopi obviously needs to launch even more musicals based on stuff.

How about singing and dancing versions of Boys on the Side, the Friars roast, and The View?

I'd so be there.

But hold on to your Playbills.

Someone's just reminded me that Whoopi's voice was in The Lion King. Even in 3-D.

That's four for Whoopi. We have a winner!



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AnnoyingTriviaPerson
AnnoyingTriviaPerson

What about Lon Chaney? He was in an early film of Oliver Twist, he did that Phantom thing, and there were a couple of not terribly successful musical versions of the Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Buttah
Buttah

OK, but Whoopi has four and still wins.

Besides, I don't think a Hunchback musical ever made it to Broadway.

Andreina Garban
Andreina Garban

Julie in Theater: "The Boy Friend", "My Fair Lady" and "Camelot"; the three of them became movies later on (The first one with Twiggy, the second one with Audrey Hepburn, and the third one with Vanessa Redgrave). Then in movies, Julie did: Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, Thoroughly Modern Millie and Victor/Victoria; all of these movies are/were also Broadway's musicals. So, long live Queen Julie! 

Musto
Musto

Yes, Lion King counts. That's four for Whoopi and still three for Julie. (We're talking about movies adapted to Broadway musicals).

Judy Garland has two (Wizard of Oz became The Wiz and Meet Me In St. Louis was done as a Bway musical.)

Sidney Poitier has two (Raisin in the Sun--which, naturally, was a play before it was a movie--and Lilies of the Field.)

Claudia Stuart
Claudia Stuart

Does The Lion King not count? Whoopi was in that.

Mikecharliea
Mikecharliea

The View could be an opera, a la Jerry Springer.  That little blonde nazi tea party slut, the obvious villain.

Bwaybill
Bwaybill

As long as they don't do Jumping Jack Flash the musical.

Musto
Musto

I just rewrote it.

gcndc
gcndc

You forgot they also did Mary Poppins, so that makes 3 for Julie too!

Jelly
Jelly

Jack Lemmon had only one, right? (The Apartment). 

Sidney Poitier had one. (Lilies of the Field.)

Reese Witherspoon had one (Legally Blonde).

You're right, Whoopi's broken a record big time.

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