'Once' the Musical Tops Tony Award Nominations with 11. Which Other Offbeat Indie Hits Would Thrive on Broadway?

Nominations for the 2012 Tony Awards were announced this morning in New York City. Once, the musical based on the wistful indie romance, leads all shows with 11 noms in assorted categories including Best Musical, Best Actress (Cristin Milioti) and Best Actor (Steve Kazee). 
Now, be honest and raise your hand if you even knew there was a musical based on Once, John Carney’s 2006 Oscar winner (for Best Original Song) that charmed audiences and critics alike. Because I had no idea such a show existed, let along that it could dominate the Tony Award nominations like it just did.
The original film starred real-life couple Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová as star-crossed lovers whose fleeting relationship is tested by assorted outside factors. It’s a very sweet story, and has real weight because of the chemistry shared by the leads. They really light up the screen.
So, too, must Milioto and Kazee as they re-enact the plot of Carney’s movie romance several times a week for live Broadway audiences. 
It got us to thinking: If Once can do it, why can’t other indie gems find new life on the stage? And if they do, which independent romances would you like to see on Broadway?
My vote goes to Garden State, Zach Braff’s winning directorial debut that cast the Scrubs star as a failed actor who returns home for a family funeral and ends up romancing Natalie Portman. Braff could get involved at the ground stage and pick a memorable soundtrack for his conventional coming-of-age romance. It could have the same level of success as Once.
There’s also Kevin Smith’s plan to continue his Clerks series on Broadway … though that might be a pipe dream (no pun intended) for the time being. 
You know what else would work? A show that unites Ethan Hawke with his Before Sunrise co-star Julie Delpy for an on-going series of conversations about life and love. We’ve proven through two outstanding movies that we enjoy listening to these two talk. If the setting was live and the conversation was spontaneous, I think Broadway audiences would flock. 
What other indies do you think would thrive on Broadway? Let us know below. The Great White Way doesn’t have to put all of its eggs into the basket of big-ticket titles like Mary Poppins and Legally Blonde. It can dip into the movie vault of smaller studios like Miramax or Focus Features. Give us Shakespeare in Love: The Musical, and I’ll get you 12 Tony nominations the following year, guaranteed. 
P.S. – We’re thrilled for the musical Once, but we really just compiled this story because it gave us an excuse to post this scene from John Carney’s movie … still the most romantic scene I’ve seen on screen in years.

Filme "Apenas uma vez" - cena da loja musical ("Once" movie - Music Store Scene) from Eduardo Loureiro Jr. on Vimeo.

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