Matilda, Cinderella, even How the Grinch Stole Christmas — these are all children’s books that have not only translated well onto the theater stage, but have also transcended their demographic. The productions were intended to be for children, sure, but you’d be hard-pressed to find an adult who wasn’t just as dazzled seeing the story come to life on stage.
While there are some children's-books-turned-stage-adaptations I'm excited about, including Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (in London), there are few that haven't quite made it to Broadway yet. Here are my top picks for children’s books I think would work well as a theater show.
Where the Wild Things Are
I loved "Where the Wild Things Are" by Maurice Sendak as a kid, although watching the film adaptation as an adult made me realize it was much darker than I remembered. Still, I think it would be pretty cool to see the big monsters on stage, as well as intricate set designs. I’d shy away from making it into a musical — it was already made into an opera back in the ‘80s — but a great orchestral accompaniment could make the production go a long way. It would be light enough for the kids to enjoy, especially adorable Max in his white bunny suit, while also providing enough to keep adults intrigued.