T-Shirts Inspired by Musicals
Been there, done that, got the t-shirt… or so the saying goes. Show shirts provide the opportunity to sport your favorite show, celebrate a memory, or give as gifts for someone special. Check out a variety of musical t-shirt designs for some of the most popular musicals. You’ll also find links to the corresponding scripts and film adaptations.
1. Mama Mia
Our first musical, Mama Mia debuted in 1999, inspired by the songs of Abba and named after their 1975 chart topping song. Universal Pictures Home Entertainment released he popular film adaptation in 2008.
A recent musical hit by Lin-Manuel Miranda’s smash hit Hamilton made its Broadway debut in 2015. This prize winning and record breaking musical brings to life the story of the American Revolution.
An even more recent musical, Dear Evan Hanson made its Broadway premier in December of 2016. Can’t get enough of this show? Check out the book!
Another great musical is Wicked, based on the 1995 novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire. The novel was based off of the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz and L. Frank Baum’s 1900 novel The Wizard of Oz.
DreamWorks released the film Shrek, based on William Steig’s 1990 picture book by the same title, in 2001. The Shrek The Musical premiered on Broadway in 2008. It began touring in 2010 and royalties are now available for this Tony Award winning musical.
The next musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, is based on the Bible story of Joseph and his coat of many colors from the book of Genesis.
The American musical Chicago, music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, and book by Ebb and Bob Fosse, is based on a 1926 play of the same name by Maurine Dallas Watkins. It opened on Broadway in 1975 and a film version was released in 2002.
The musical Rent, music, lyrics, and book by Jonathan Larson, based on Giacomo Puccini’s opera La Bohème, premiered on Broadway in 1996 and closed after 12 years. Then after touring, it was adapted into a motion picture in 2005 featuring most of the original cast.
Last but not least, the off-Broadway musical Little Shop of Horrors written by Howard Ashman and composed by Alan Menken, was based on the original 1960’s film by the same name. Then it was reproduced in 1986 by Warner Bros. For the 1986 version, the ending was rewritten. Then, in 2012 Warner Home Video restored the original ending.
Many people enjoy wearing t-shirts that display their favorite musical because they bring joy. They remind us of the fun and meaningful shows that inspire. What’s your favorite musical t-shirt?
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