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Davros-10 has been running an ongoing TV series challenge - here's the 2015 link - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/515474

msrubble has done a year-long movie challenge - 2015 link here - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/515208

Anyone interested in a 2016 theater challenge? (Not to step on anyone's toes - if there's already something like this I haven't seen it - please enlighten me!)

• Scripts, books made into plays or musicals, movies that were made into musicals, operas/operettas (and their librettos), etc. - if it happens live on a stage and involves spoken/sung words, it probably works. Even books ABOUT stage shows - fiction or non-fiction (for instance, a mystery involving a summer stock actor or a book about the Passion Play at Oberammergau). Explain why your release fits the challenge in your post.

• Thanks to solittletime for reminding me about radio plays and full-cast audiobooks, which also count.

• They should be actual books, of the sort that would normally have an ISBN (unless it pre-dates ISBNs), not souvenir programs. Physical audiobooks do qualify.

• Any sort of release: controlled, wild, charity, OBCZ, LFL, RABCK, whatever.

• Post releases with links.

• Multiple-challenge and themed releases welcome. Release photos are always fun.

• January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016 in your time zone.

Opinions? Questions? Did I miss anything?

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Some links that might help:

http://www.wordandfilm.com/---/give-our-regards-to-broadway-10-best-books-turned-musicals/
http://bookriot.com/---/10-plays-adapted-novels/
http://www.ticketsnow.com/---/From-pages-to-plays-Books-that-became-stage-shows
http://101books.net/---/7-famous-novels-that-became-musicals/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/---/Hilary-Mantel-novels-turned-into-plays-by-Royal-Shakespeare-Company.html

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According to my current read (The Man Who Invented Christmas, by Les Standiford), it was common practice during the Victorian era - copyright being a lot weaker then - for popular novels to be turned into (unauthorized) stage versions: Dickens's A Christmas Carol, Nicholas Nickleby, The Pickwick Papers, Oliver Twist, The Cricket in the Hearth, The Chimes, and Martin Chuzzlewit were all staged during his lifetime...and undoubtedly others, but those are the ones mentioned in the text.

 

Sounds like fun, although for some of us (like me) who aren't up on the theatre scene, it would take a little research. I have no idea what books have been adapted for the stage lately. But I'd give it a try.

 

Sounds like fun, although for some of us (like me) who aren't up on the theatre scene, it would take a little research. I have no idea what books have been adapted for the stage lately. But I'd give it a try.

I don't expect to have very many, and if the original doesn't have the same title as the stage version I might miss it..but I figured it might be interesting to try, and I do have one or two to get started with.

 

winghyphen8wing 3 yrs ago
Some ideas
I have no idea what books have been adapted for the stage lately. But I'd give it a try.

Here are some titles I found to start with...these have all been made into plays or musicals (some with more changes than others!):

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt (opening soon on Broadway)
Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
Matilda by Roald Dahl
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow
Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot (musical: Cats)
Show Boat by Edna Ferber
Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
Misery by Stephen King (opening soon on Broadway)
Anna and the King of Siam by Margaret Landon (musical: The King and I)
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
Wicked by Gregory Maguire
Tales of the South Pacific by James A. Michener (musical: South Pacific)
War Horse by Michael Morpurgo
A Christmas Story by Jean Shepherd
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson (musical: Jekyll & Hyde)
Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers
The Color Purple by Alice Walker

And for actual plays, there's always Shakespeare... ;)

 

Thanks for posting the list. I found three on the list tonight at a used book store. Well, actually, there were four but I forgot another was on the list, so didn't grab it.

But I've got three books to start anyway : )

 

..but I have a few books that would qualify, so I might do it anyway.

 

..but I have a few books that would qualify, so I might do it anyway.


Yes, others may join in later, hopefully.

 

Found this lurking a bit further down on the release challenges and almost missed it!

Wikipedia should help immensely, as does your list above. I have several and didn't even know it. I'll put Jane Eyre and Hamlet in next December's name box, so I will match up monthly other challenge release ones with yours. I'm sure I probably have a few books that haven't matched any other challenge that might match yours!

 

So far have found:

Tess of the D'Urberville's
Hamlet
Jane Eyre

these are now marked and in NEXT year's Names and D for December challenges.

Off to look for more.

 

and for a few more:
Lord of the Rings ( I didn't know that - thank goodness for Google!)
Wuthering Heights
The Joy Luck Club

 

Are you allowing novelizations? These are often based on movies, but sometimes those movies were adapted from stage plays... things like Grease or Little Shop of Horrors have novelizations-of-the-film, but I don't know if you'd count them as being sufficiently tied to the stage versions.

There have been some unexpected stage adaptations of books: I know of a musical based on the manga Black Butler, and another on Naruto...

 

Are you allowing novelizations? These are often based on movies, but sometimes those movies were adapted from stage plays... things like Grease or Little Shop of Horrors have novelizations-of-the-film, but I don't know if you'd count them as being sufficiently tied to the stage versions.

If the movie was based on a play, then there was a novelization of the movie, sure.

There have been some unexpected stage adaptations of books: I know of a musical based on the manga Black Butler, and another on Naruto...

I saw a musical version of Coraline off-Broadway one year: it was fun!
( http://www.mcctheater.org/---/index.html )

 

Wild release with photo

1. Fiddler on the Roof - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13782405
This is the script from the stage version, which came before the movie.

 

Wild release with photo

1. Fiddler on the Roof - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13782405
This is the script from the stage version, which came before the movie.

I hope to hear from this AF again...

 

wingNancyNovawing 3 yrs ago
release 1

 

1. Jane Eyre ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13785010 ), wild release, multiple challenges, photo.

2. Lords and Ladies ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13785016 ), wild release. [This and several other Discworld books have inspired stage adaptations!]

 

2. Lords and Ladies ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13785016 ), wild release. [This and several other Discworld books have inspired stage adaptations!]

Oh, those would be fun to see!

 

1 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13718725/ Old Possum's Book Of Practical Cats [Cats]

 

1 - Our Town by Thornton Wilder
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13790182/

 

3. The Secret Garden ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13785015/ ), wild release, multiple challenges, photo.

 

1 http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13756082/ The Female Wits (a book of play scripts)

 

These are all controlled releases to a movie-themed bookbox; I was surprised to find that nearly all of the movie-related books had stage adaptations as well! (Not all of those theatrical versions are well-known, but they did exist...)

4. Howl's Moving Castle ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13699414/ ), multiple challenges

5. Seance on a Wet Afternoon ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13733338/ )

6. Quo Vadis ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13642123/ )

7. The Tale of Genji ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12707051/ )

8. The Manchurian Candidate ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13699417/ )

9. A Midsummer Night's Dream ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13794941/ )

And one wild:

10. Les Miserables ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13794936/ ), multiple challenges.

 

11. Sweeney Todd ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13803969/ ), wild release, multiple challenges, photo.

 

 

1. Anne of GREEN Gables by L.M.Montgomery http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/3890147
2. The House of Mirth http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6067260/

 

2 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13469617/ Medea

3 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13627340/ The Scarlet Letter

4 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13718775/ For colored girls who have considered suicide/When the rainbow is enuf

5 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13469691/ Cry, the Beloved Country

 

12. The Hound of the Baskervilles ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13806989/ ), wild release, multiple challenges, photo.

13. Wuthering Heights ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13810077/ ), wild release, multiple challenges, photo.

 

14. Towards Zero ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7535870 ), wild release, multiple challenges, photo.

 

 

15. To Kill a Mockingbird ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13810066/ ), wild release, multiple challenges, photo.

 

16. Death Note ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13839031/ ), wild release, multiple challenges. (To my vast surprise, this manga-turned-anime also inspired a stage version - a musical, yet!)

 

16. Death Note ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13839031/ ), wild release, multiple challenges. (To my vast surprise, this manga-turned-anime also inspired a stage version - a musical, yet!)


Google is wonderful! I've been finding matches for things I never thought of.

 

Wild release with photo

2. Coraline - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13620807

Saw this off-Broadway one summer - http://www.mcctheater.org/---/index.html

 

Wild release with photo

3. Flower Drum Song - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13824119
Another script: this is for the recent revival.

 

17. Lady Chatterley's Lover ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13839024 ), wild release, multiple challenges, photo.

18. The Wings of the Dove ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13839590/ ), wild release, multiple challenges.

 

3 http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13857191/ The Shipping News

I managed to find photos of some famous actors attending the premiere at a theatre so I guess it must have made it to the stage!

 

19. Hamlet ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13860767/ ), wild release, multiple challenges, photo.

 

winghyphen8wing 3 yrs ago
Operas too.
awaywithfairies asked, and I'd forgotten about those!

So yes, operas (and operettas). Gilbert & Sullivan and all that. ;)

 

awaywithfairies asked, and I'd forgotten about those!

So yes, operas (and operettas). Gilbert & Sullivan and all that. ;)

4 http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13857195/ Close Range: Brokeback Mountain and Other Stories

This is the book release that inspired my opera question. I found an online article about a Brokeback Mountain play that's currently in the development stage. But the article also mentioned that there's already been an opera version!

https://en.wikipedia.org/---/Brokeback_Mountain_%28opera%29

 

wingNancyNovawing 3 yrs ago
release 3
3. The Fellowship of the Rings http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13285774/

 

7 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13693575 Walt Disney's Peter Pan: A Little Golden Book

 

8 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13692670/ Walt Disney's Peter Pan: A Little Golden Book

 

 

9 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13794177/ Peter Pan

Interesting that you found two Disney copies with different covers *plus* the Barrie version. That's a lot of pixie dust!

 


Interesting that you found two Disney copies with different covers *plus* the Barrie version. That's a lot of pixie dust!


Yeah. I was collecting them primarily for Becky's Hugs. : )

 

Interesting that you found two Disney copies with different covers *plus* the Barrie version. That's a lot of pixie dust!


Yeah. I was collecting them primarily for Becky's Hugs. : )

That's what I figured. I like multi-challenge releases too - and those would count for at least 3 challenges. You might even be able to count them for Gory's Wine + Food challenge (pan). ;)

 

With release photo

4. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13847572 - CAUGHT!

 

5 http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13869553/ Brideshead Revisited
6 http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13883606/ Watership Down
7 http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13883626/ Kafka on the Shore
8 http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13883704/ A Clockwork Orange
9 http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13883900/ The True Story of Butterfish (a book set in Queensland and staged as a play by a local Queensland theatre company)

 

9 http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13883900/ The True Story of Butterfish (a book set in Queensland and staged as a play by a local Queensland theatre company)

Wow: " a sebaceous fifteen-year-old at war with his own surging adolescence". Seems a bit harsh to call someone "sebaceous", but on the other hand, the description certainly applies to a lot of the fifteen-year-olds I've known. :p

 

9 http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13883900/ The True Story of Butterfish (a book set in Queensland and staged as a play by a local Queensland theatre company)

Wow: " a sebaceous fifteen-year-old at war with his own surging adolescence". Seems a bit harsh to call someone "sebaceous", but on the other hand, the description certainly applies to a lot of the fifteen-year-olds I've known. :p

I've known a few sebaceous fifteen-year-olds too!

I was surprised to discover that a book I'd never heard of (before I bought it in a library book sale for 20¢) had actually been turned into a play. Unfortunately, the reviews weren't great but good reviews aren't a prerequisite for this challenge!

I've been having fun discovering which books have been turned into theatrical productions. It requires a bit of detective work, especially since there doesn't seem to be a theatrical version of IMDB.

 

winghyphen8wing 3 yrs ago
Databases
I've been having fun discovering which books have been turned into theatrical productions. It requires a bit of detective work, especially since there doesn't seem to be a theatrical version of IMDB.


I found these, but neither is anywhere near as useful as I'd like:

Internet Broadway Database - http://www.ibdb.com/---/Search

Internet Theatre Database - http://www.theatredb.com/

I think you're better off using your best google-fu...

 

Wild release with photo

5. King of Shadows - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13842582

Plot revolves around a member of the Company of Boys who travel from the US to perform Shakespeare at the Globe Theatre in London. One member of the company travels a lot further than that - he manages to meet the playwright!

 

wild release with photo

6. The Bridges of Madison County - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13886426

 

#2 - Peter Pan by J M Barrie
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13898375/

#3 - Double Indemnity by James M Cain
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7391873/

 

10 http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13898823/ The Enchanted Wood

An Enid Blyton book that has been staged as a school holiday production for junior audiences...

 

10 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13664004/ Beauty and the Beast and Other Stories

11 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13872887/ Shrek 2: The Movie Novel

12 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13856856/ Disney's Pocahontas

13 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13469498/ Cinderella

14 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13725462/ King Kong the 8th Wonder of the World: Escape from Skull Island

15 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13713550/ Sleeping Beauty

16 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13469509/ Cinderella

17 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13718777/ A Midsummer Night's Dream

 

 

 

11 http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13932756/ Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

 

20 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13794331/ The Merchant of Venice

 

With release photo

7. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13936121

 

12 http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13978222/ Spies
At least one production in Oxford (UK) in 2008.

 

12 http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13978222/ Spies
At least one production in Oxford (UK) in 2008.

It's fun seeing what people are coming up with for this challenge. :)

 

21 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13879232/ Five Plays by Oscar Wilde

22 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13879245/ Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays

23 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13718780/ Wuthering Heights

24 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13818621/ Jane Eyre: Teacher's Edition

 

25 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13469503/ The Wind in the Willows [CONTROLLED]

26 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13889713/ Great Illustrated Classics: Heidi

 

Wild release

8. The Book of Mormon - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13990943
The blue one that (sort of) inspired the doorbell version. ;)

 

20. The Things They Carried ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13823507/ ), wild release, multiple challenges, photo.

 

20. The Things They Carried ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13823507/ ), wild release, multiple challenges, photo.


As with so many of the books being used for this challenge: I didn't know there was a stage version. I imagine it's a good one..

 

27 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13834901/ Pinocchio

28 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13879435/ Cry, the Beloved Country

29 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13469845/ Great Illustrated Classics: Heidi

 

 

 

 

How about a book that's based on a stage show? There's a regular live show in Australia in which people read out letters they've written around pre-set themes. There's been a few books that are essentially "spin-offs" of the live shows.

The event: http://womenofletters.com.au/
The book: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14014729/

 

How about a book that's based on a stage show? There's a regular live show in Australia in which people read out letters they've written around pre-set themes. There's been a few books that are essentially "spin-offs" of the live shows.

The event: http://womenofletters.com.au/
The book: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14014729/

Works for me. :)

 

21. An Ideal Husband ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14031999/ ), wild release, multiple challenges, photo.

22. Spoon River Anthology ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14053523/ ), wild release, photo.

23. Death Note ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14053522/ ), wild release, multiple challenges, photo.

 

 

 

37 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13469506/ 5-Minute Bedtime Story: Disney's The Lion King

 

24. Phantom of the Opera ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13867638/ ), wild release, multiple challenges, photo.

 

38 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13910656/ Walt Disney's Classic 101 Dalmatians

 

39 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14081160/ 5-Minute Bedtime Story: Disney's Beauty and the Beast

40 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14079408/ 5-Minute Bedtime Story: Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

41 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13879410/ Rumpelstiltskin

 

42 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13930295/ A North Quartet

43 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14084795/ The Three Musketeers

44 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14037810/ The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

45 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13993115/ 5-Minute Bedtime Story: Disney Pixar Toy Story

46 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14037158/ 5-Minute Bedtime Story: Disney's The Lion King

47 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13469927/ A Christmas Carol

 

 

1. Who dropped Peter Pan? *themed*
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14079383

 

48 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13931877/ Snow White Pop-Up Book

 

 

49 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13931876/ Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches

 

 

wingNancyNovawing 2 yrs ago
release 4
aacckkk...I can't believe my last release was in February. I need to check the release stash more carefully, as other plays likely were released.

4. Tess of the D'Urbervilles http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7154408/

 

aacckkk...I can't believe my last release was in February. I need to check the release stash more carefully, as other plays likely were released.

I've been very impressed by the number of books people are finding: some I had no idea were plays!

 

 

53 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14069920/ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

 

 

 

1. http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14158114/ The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds (multiple challenges)
2. http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14157755/ Inherit the Wind (multiple challenges)
3. http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13921838/ The American Dream and Zoo Story (multiple challenges)

 

56 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14111719/ The Return of Sherlock Holmes

 

57 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14076357/ The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

58 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14077655 Frankenstein

59 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14082473/ Disney's The Lion King

60 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14128930 Hansel and Gretel

61 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13879358 Pygmalion [My Fair Lady]

62 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14076936/ A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

63 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14115050/ Disney's The Lion King

 

25. Les Miserables ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13867596/ ), wild release, multiple challenges, photo.

 

 

65 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14106534/ Disney's Beauty and the Beast

 

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