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Inspired by WALL-E: Spawning Musical Revivals Through Movie Placement

Hello Dolly

Hello, Dolly! plays a role in Wall-E. How big a role I won’t say, but it had Cosette and Thespia laughing throughout the whole picture. Apparently they’re not the only ones, as the success of the Pixar film is inspiring folks to look at a revival on Broadway. There’s an interesting angle on this that hasn’t been used before, I don’t think: so many films are being turned into musicals–instead, use a film to build up buzz about an existing musical, then revive it.

We couldn’t get this idea out of our heads, so we put them together and came up with some suggestions.


  • Michael Bay could put Annie Get Your Gun in his next action flick, especially the song “You Can’t Get a Man With a Gun.”
  • Any Jackie Chan movie with “It’s a Hard Knock Life” from Annie. In fact, this is such a no-brainer, I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s already been done and that’s where the revival from 1997 came from.
  • Any Nora Ephron film could use any number of cheesy feel good songs, but let’s go with “Friendship” out of Anything Goes because at least it’s a quality one.
  • Transporter 3 could use “Gun Song” from Assassins. Or just about any Jason Statham movie could.
  • The next big alien invasion flick could use “Giants in the Sky” from Into the Woods.
  • “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables” from Les Miz would work for any movie set in a failing restaurant. Or, unless it’s already been done, an episode of Kitchen Nightmares.
  • “Oh What a Beautiful Mornin'” from Oklahoma! would be good anytime they feel like making an I Am Legend movie. A real one, I mean. That or “Race You to the Top of the Morning” from Secret Garden.
  • “Could We Start Again Please” from Jesus Christ Superstar is applicable to any film George Lucas directed after the year 1978.
  • It’s not too late to put “Ease On Down the Road” from The Wiz into Death Race, is it?

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