You've seen the shows, you can sing along to all the songs, but did you know that these award-winning musicals were all inspired by works of literature?


Hamilton: The Musical

Lin Manuel Miranda cites Ron Chernow's 2004 800-page biography of Alexander Hamilton - which he picked up on a whim at an airport bookshop - as the inspiration for his multi-award winning musical about the extraordinary life of one of America's Founding Fathers.

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Matilda: The Musical

Adapted for the stage by comedian and performer Tim Minchin, Matilda: The Musical has all of the same humour, and horror, as Roald Dahl's classic children's book about an extraordinary young girl and the gruesome grown-ups who surround her.

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Wicked: Inspired by The Wizard of Oz

Inspired by Frank L. Baum's The Wizard of Oz, Gregory Maguire's 1995 reimagining of the story of the Wicked Witch of the East proved the inspiration for a musical of the same name; which has been running on Broadway since it opened in 2003. A film adaptation of Wicked is currently in production and will be released to cinemas in 2019.

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Another Andrew Lloyd Webber musical inspired by literature, the idea for Cats and its cast of feline characters came from T.S. Eliot's 1939 whimsical poetry collection, Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats.

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Lead image: New Amsterdam Theatre, Broadway, NYC. Photo by Jad Limcaco on Unsplash