YA Books I’d Like To See Turned Into Broadway Shows (by @gayleforman, @sarahdessen, @rainbowrowell, and more)

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I’m a teacher. As such, I like to read what my students read, and so I read a lot of Young Adult books (also, let’s be honest, YA books are awesome). I’m also a Broadway enthusiast, which you probably realize if you read this blog or know me at all. Today, I am combining those two and making a list of the YA books I’d most like to see turned into Broadway musicals.

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Something I don’t think I’ve talked about on here  at all (which is crazy, since I’m a little nutty about it) is my love of all things theater.

It stemmed from when I was a kid, when I used to dance and perform in my school plays.  And heck, when I used to put on plays for my friends and family on my front porch.  I was never very good… I was okay, but I LOVED it.  (In a way, I think my writing comes from that.  I’m not telling stories on the stage, but rather on the page… Okay, I didn’t mean to make that rhyme.)

Since high school, I’ve become kind of a theater watcher.  Which is good.  I’ve seen over 60 shows on Broadway.  I listen to lots and LOTS of showtunes.  And I watch every musical I can get my hand on.  In fact, my current novel is about some (made-up) Broadway actors.  And it’s been a lot of fun letting myself live in that world.

There’s something about the theater that transports you.  For two hours, you’re in a different world.  You’re moved by words and music.  You forget the outside for a while.  You see magic (sometimes literally) on the stage.  And it’s stories.  Beautiful stories, all wrapped up in a neat package.  A beginning, middle, and end.  Satisfying or not.  Told by someone gifted, who becomes the character on stage.  Can you tell it’s one of my favorite things?

I don’t live in New York, though I try to get down there as much as I can.  So I love it when shows are filmed and put on DVD.  Or TV (wasn’t The Wiz fantastic?  And I’m no fan of that show.)  Or the Web.  Tonight, I am watching the “first-ever” live theater livestream.  And it’s great.  So far, Daddy Long Legs is a beautiful musical.  I hope there are more of these in the future.