From Stage to Screen: 10 Plays Turned Movies

Philip Seymour Hoffman’s directorial debut, Jack Goes Boating, arrives in theaters tomorrow. Hoffman joins John Ortiz and Daphne Rubin-Vega in the film as he did on stage — all three reprising their roles from Bob Glaudini’s original play. Though Beth Cole played Connie in the stage version, Amy Ryan is a great substitute on the screen capturing several of the film’s darkest, sweetest, and most hilarious moments.

Jack Goes Boating is a success for Hoffman, and we think he’ll continue excelling both in front of and behind the camera. This got us thinking about the other play-to-movie jumps, their varying degrees of success, and the actors who’ve benefited from a little time under the stage lights. Come with us now as we look back on 10 of our favorite musicals and plays turned movies.

A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

Tennessee Williams’ play A Streetcar Named Desire was first performed in 1947; he would co-write the screenplay only four years later. The play and movie are both classics — especially Vivien Leigh as Blanche DuBois and Marlon Brando as the terrible Stanley Kowalski. As frequently happens, almost all of the main players (with the exception of Leigh) came from the staged version.