Well, the first reason is that there the original movie version of the musical “Guys and Dolls” is ok, but it’s pure camp. Frankie was badly miscast: first, Nathan only has 2 songs in the original, so they changed a bunch of the lyrics in a really stoooopid way: “Why I’m good old reliable Nathan” :: barfs :: to give Frankie more to sing. And Nathan is Jewish. This is crucial to one of the songs (“Sue Me”) where Nathan uses Yiddish (“So, true? So nu. So sue me.”). It’s pretty clear that Frankie has no clue as to what he’s saying given how he misphrases the song.
The part for the singing male lead (Sky, who has like four or five songs) was given to a non-singer (for what it’s worth Brando does a decent job). They cut about four good songs (“Bushel and a Peck”, “More I Cannot Wish You”, “If I Were A Bell” (maybe…I can’t remember), “Marry The Man Today”)
Sure changes have to be made to transfer the musical to the stage, but cutting 4 songs, butchering the lyrics to at least two more doesn’t make for a good trade-off, IMO. Not for one of the 10 best musicals ever on Broadway (IMO)
Outside of “Guys and Dolls”, I’d kill to see “Camelot” done right (Richard Harris and Vanessa Redgrave? Barf.)
A new movie version of “Annie Get Your Gun” would be nice. Betty Hutton’s donkey braying doesn’t substitute for singing in my book.
I’d love to see “The Fantasticks” edited together correctly rather than the butchered version they released in the theater and on DVD (They cut “Try To Remember” and replaced “It Depends On What You Pay” with a terrible new song among other changes) Tje movie’s pretty well done: good cinematography, good acting, good singing (despite casting some doof who can’t sing at all as one of the fathers) but the editing is terrible.
“Fiorello!” would be a nifty movie muscial: witty, thoughtful (IIRC, it won a Tony AND a Pulitzer) and a great score. Although the lyrics on the last number would HAVE to be changed (From “I Shall Marry The Very Next Man”: “And if he likes me/what does it matter if he strikes me/I’ll fetch his slippers with my arm in a sling/just for the privilge of wearing his ring”. Um. Not so much.) but cutting one verse is minor.
“Where’s Charlie” was a huge hit musical by Frank Loesser. Apparently it WAS made into a movie (with Ray Bolger, star of the Broadway show) but for some reason it can’t be re-released. I’ve been looking for a copy for 20+ years and it’s just not available. If Jim Carry can sing and dance, he’d be a lot of fun in Bolger’s role.
“Once Upon A Matress” would be a hoot. A few years back, there was a rumor that Disney was going to do one of it’s remakes and had approached Carol Burnette to do the role of Queen Agrivanne which would be wonderful, but nothing came of it.
If we’re talking about “They’ll NEVER make it but wouldn’t it be cool if…?” type pipe dreams, I’d love to see some of the following:
“The Nervous Set”: An obscure as hell musical about '50s beatniks with a catchy score. (Which starred Larry Hagman!)
“Robert And Elizabeth” a hit West End musical about Robert and Elizabeth Browning. Whoever does the female lead had better have a good voice!
“Das Barbequ” What if Wagner’s Ring Cycle was done in a Broadway/Country-n-Western style and was set in Texas. Hysterical.
I’d love to see a muscial of “The Baker’s Wife” (if the book problems could be fixed), because the score is just so damned good. But the story’s just limp (An old baker and his young wife come to a new town. She’s dissatisfied with him and runs off with a hunk. He gets sad. She decides she loves the baker after all and comes back. That’s it. That’s the WHOLE plot.)
Sondheim’s “Saturday Night” would be a ton of fun and is a nifty period piece.
“Drat! The Cat!” is made for the big screen. It’s also damned obscure and not a chance in hell it would be made.
“On The Twentieth Century” is one of my favorite musicals, but with Madyline Kahn dead (dammit, she was the most underrated comedianne of the 20th century) I don’t see anyone else who has the range to do the role of Lily.