Take some popcorn! A Guide to Upcoming Movies Featuring Broadway Favorites | The Broadway Buzz

“My Policeman”, Sophia Anne Caruso in “The School for Good & Evil”, Idina Menzel in “Disenchanted”, “Heathers: The Musical”, “Hugh Jackman in “The Son”, Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker in “Hocus Pocus 2″, Solea Pfieffer in “A Jazzman’s Blues”, Leslie Odom Jr. in “Glass Onion”, Jeremy Pope in “The Inspection”, Patti LuPone in “The School for Good & Evil”, Emma Thompson in “Matilda” Brendan Fraser in “The Whale”.
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While this fall is full of new Broadway productions, there’s also a slew of stage stars hitting the big screen. From theatrical and musical adaptations and filmed stage productions to theater managers, playwrights and stars lending their talent to the movies, there’s something for theater fans in the fall movie season. Read on for a guide to spotting your favorites in the new movies coming out this year.


The blues of a jazzman
How to watch: Streaming on Netflix
Theater connection: Solea Pfieffer, Joshua Boone and Austin Scott

almost known star Solea Pfeiffer and Broadway alumni Joshua Boone (Skeleton Crew) and Austin Scott (North country girl) star in Tyler Perry’s tale of forbidden love and family drama that unravels 40 years of secrets and lies on a soundtrack of Deep South blues music.

Heathers: The Musical
How to watch: Streaming on Roku starting September 16
Theater Connection: filmed on stage at the Other Palace in London

Based on the 1988 film of the same name, Heathers: The Musical is directed for the stage by Andy Fickman and features choreography by Gary Lloyd with book, music and lyrics by Kevin Murphy and Laurence O’Keefe. This filmed stage production stars Ailsa Davidson as Veronica Sawyer, Simon Gordon as Jason “JD” Dean, Maddison Firth as Heather Chandler, Vivian Panka as Heather Duke and Teleri Hughes as the role of Heather McNamara. It was filmed at the Other Palace in London, where the musical is currently underway.

Hocus Pocus 2
How to watch: Streaming on Netflix from September 30
Theater Connection: Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy and Hannah Waddingham

The Sanderson sisters return in the long-awaited sequel to the 1993 film Tony winner Bette Midler (Hello Dolly!) and Broadway alumni Sarah Jessica Parker (Square Suite) and Kathy Najimy (dirty blonde) reunite as witches who now plot to take over present-day Salem. Three-time Olivier nominee Hannah Waddingham (Kiss me, Kate) joins the cast as The Witch, a mysterious and sinister woman.


Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile
How to watch: In theaters from October 7
Theater Connection: Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

This live musical is based on Bernard Waber’s bestselling book series and features original songs by Oscar, Grammy, Tony and Golden Globe winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul Awards (Dear Evan Hansen). With Shawn Mendes as the voice of Lyle, the film also stars Constance Wu, Javier Bardem, Brett Gelman, Scoot McNairy and Winslow Fegley. The film is directed and produced by Will Speck and Josh Gordon with a screenplay by Will Davies.

The School of Good and Evil
How to watch: Streaming on Netflix from October 19
Connection to the theater: Sophia Anne Caruso, Patti LuPone, Kerry Washington and Laurence Fishburne

Based on the first novel in the popular Soman Chainani book series, this film stars Broadway alumni Kerry Washington (American son) and Sophia Anne Caruso (beetle juice) as well as Tony winners Patti LuPone (Company) and Laurence Fishburne (American buffalo). Directed by Paul Feig with a screenplay written by David Magee and Feig, the film follows best friends Sophie (Caruso) and Agatha (Wylie) as they discover a school where students are trained to become storybook heroes and villains. fairies.

my policeman
How to watch: In theaters from October 21, streaming on Amazon Prime Video from November 4
Theater Connection: Michael Grandage, Emma Corrin, David Dawson and Rupert Everett

This film adaptation of Bethan Roberts my policeman is directed by Tony and Olivier winner Michael Grandage (Red) and features London stage star Emma Corrin (Orlando), Broadway alum Rupert Everett (joyful spirit), Olivier nominated David Dawson (The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby) and pop star Harry Styles. The film, set in 1950s Brighton, follows gay policeman Tom Burgess (Styles) who marries schoolteacher Marion Taylor (Corrin) while being in a relationship with museum curator Patrick Hazlewood (Dawson). .


Bizarre: the story of Al Yankovic
How to watch: Streaming on Roku starting November 4
Theater Connection: Daniel Radcliffe

Star of stage and film Daniel Radcliffe (We ride happily) portrays Grammy-winning musician “Weird Al” Yankovic in the bio-pic co-written by Yankovic and Eric Appel, who also directs.

How to watch: In theaters from November 4
Theater Connection: Lila Neugebauer, Brian Tyree Henry, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Linda Emond, Russell Harvard, Jayne Houdyshell, Will Pullen and Neal Huff

Director Lila Neugebauer helms this psychological drama that follows Lynsey (Jennifer Lawrence), a soldier who suffers a traumatic brain injury while deployed in Afghanistan and struggles to adjust to life at home. Many stars of the scene appear in the film, including Brian Tyree Henry (Lobby Heroes), Tony nominated and upcoming Between Riverside and Crazy star Stephen McKinley Henderson, three-time Tony Award nominee Linda Emond (Cabaret), Russell Harvard (Kill a mockingbird), Tony winner and current The music man member Jayne Houdyshell, Will Pullen (Kill a mockingbird) and Neal Huff (Kill a mockingbird).

The son
How to watch: In theaters from November 11
Theater Connection: by Florian Zeller The son

The son is based on the 2018 play by Florian Zeller The son and serves as a follow-up The father, Zeller’s Oscar-winning screen adaptation of his Tony-nominated play of the same name. Featuring The music man starring and Tony winner Hugh Jackman, winner of Olivier Anthony Hopkins and Laura Dern, the film tells the story of Peter (Jackman) as his busy life with his new partner and their baby is turned upside down when his ex -wife Kate (Dern) is filming with their teenage son, Nicholas. The play sold out at the Kiln Theater in London, followed by a move to the West End in 2019.

How to watch: In theaters from November 18
Theater Connection: Jeremy Pope

Two-time Tony nominee Jeremy Pope, who will appear on stage this season as Jean-Michel Basquiat in Anthony McCarten Cooperationstars in this drama about the closeted Frenchman Ellis who enlists in the Marine Corps.

How to watch: Streaming on Disney+ from November 24
Theater connection: Idina Menzel, Stephen Schwartz and Alan Menken

A sequel to the 2007 film Delightedthis new musical sees the return of Tony winner Idina Menzel (Nasty), Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey and James Marsden with Gabriella Baldacchino, Maya Rudolph, Yvette Nicole Brown, Jayma Mays, Oscar Nunez and Griffin Newman joining the cast. Award-winning songwriters Stephen Schwartz (Nasty) and Alan Menken (Aladdin) have also come together to write new songs for the project.


How to watch: Streaming on Netflix from December 9
Theater Connection: Based on the award-winning musical

Based on the 2013 musical by Tim Minchin and Dennis Kelly and adapted from the children’s novel by Roald Dahl, Matilda is the story of a little girl who dreams of a better life. Alisha Weir stars in the title role alongside Emma Thompson as Miss Trunchbull and Lashana Lynch as Miss Honey. Tony winner Matthew Warchus, who earned one of his seven Tony nominations for directing Matilda on Broadway, directs the adaptation. Original scribe Kelly and songwriter Minchin are also part of the creative team.

The whale
How to watch: In theaters from December 9
Connection to the theatre: after Samuel D. Hunter The whale

This psychological drama is based on Samuel D. Hunter’s Drama Desk and the Lucille Lortel Award-winning play of the same name. The film stars Broadway alumni Brendan Fraser (Elling) and Sadie Sink (Anne) and tells the story of 600-pound middle-aged Charlie (Fraser) as he attempts to reconnect with his 17-year-old daughter (Sink).

Glass onion: a mystery at loggerheads
How to watch: Streaming on Netflix from December 23
Theater Connection: Daniel Craig, Leslie Odom Jr., Ethan Hawke and Kathryn Hahn

Recent macbeth Star Daniel Craig returns as Detective Benoit Blanc in this sequel to the 2019 mystery Tony winner Leslie Odom Jr. (hamilton), Tony’s candidate Ethan Hawke (true west) and Broadway alum Kathryn Hahn (Boeing, Boeing) and more star in the murder mystery.

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