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Hairspray showed comedic roles don't have to be filled by the strongest singers. They cast the big name actors, leaving other leads open for amazing unknowns like Nikki Blonsky and Taylor Parks (and FYI, Elijah Kelley, who fantastically played Seaweed, is starring as the Scarecrow in The Wiz Live!).
Casting Beyoncé and Jennifer Hudson in any singing roles is always a good idea. This was also a musical that wasn't afraid to really live in the film world, rather than confine itself to the stage, creating dynamic montages within a single song.
Sweeney Todd (2007)
Even Tim Burton critics have to admit — the guy can set a mood. With the creepy factor ratcheted all the way up, all the musical numbers seem connected in a way that's often missing in movie musical adaptations.
Mamma Mia! (2008)
Sometimes, the best thing an adaptation can do is embrace the crazy theatrics. When multiple Academy Award-winning actors are going to be thrusting in sequins and spandex, you have to be 100% in or 100% out (and they went all in).