The theatre is a community. While there may sometimes be competition or infighting, sharing in the joy of this art is a communal experience.
This might be why many great shows aren't afraid to include shoutouts to the themes or stories that inspired them, further immortalizing them onstage—whether it's through the score, the text, or the visuals.
Inspiration can spark from unexpected sources, especially when seen through the eyes of theatre artists.
While it's not uncommon to find Broadway musicals adapted from film and tv shows, some of its most legendary hits were inspired by material that emerged from some of the most unconventional inspirations.