If you know that “nothing’s as amazing as a musical,” then you’re probably looking forward to the Tonys this year. To celebrate this night of awards, beautiful music, and dramatics, SparkPress proudly presents your next read, based on your favorite musical.
If you love Rent, check out Just like February by Deborah Batterman
This coming-of-age story is partially set during the AIDS epidemic in the ’80s in New York City. Sound familiar? Rachael’s uncle Jake could have easily been friends with Mark, Roger, Maureen, Joanne, Collins, and Angel. If you like stories about the gay community in the ’80s, we got you covered.
If you love School of Rock the Musical, check out The Frontman by Ron Bahar
While Summer, Tomika, Zack, Lawrence, Freddie, and all the rest were tricked into making a rock band in school, they fall in love with it. If you love their passion for music that grows, you have to read The Frontman. Join Ron as he follows his passion for music, balancing it with his goal to become a doctor.
If you love Annie Get Your Gun,check out Girl With a Gun by Kari Bovee
Annie Oakley is an amazing historical figure known for her skills as a sharpshooter. The wonder around her has inspired quite a lot of fiction—including both Annie Get Your Gunand Girl With a Gun.So if you like stories about Annie Oakley, you’re in for a treat.
If you love Dear Evan Hanson, check out Love Reconsidered by Phillis Piano
While Dear Evan Hanson’s titular character may have lied about being friends with the deceased, the ordeal he puts everyone through brings a family back together. In Love Reconsidered, those who loved the deceased too find hope and comfort in each other.
If you love Brigadoon, check out The Infinite Now by Mindy Tarquini
For fans of magical realism and a strong sense of culture, like the Scottish town that only appears for one day every hundred years in Brigadoon, take a trip to the Italian-American neighborhood Fiora casts into a time bubble.
If you love Damn Yankees, check out The Forbidden Temptation of Baseball by Dori Jones Yang
While Joe quite literally almost sells his soul to the devil to play baseball in Damn Yankees, Leon only feels like he is. It’s “too American,” and he is in America on a mission: to study hard and return home to modernize China.
If you love Hairspray, check out Colorblind by Leah Harper Bowron
Both of these stories are about overcoming obstacles and oppression—and the race relations in the schools featured in these works are quite similar. Despite the division imposed, friendships still form.
If you love Peter Pan, check out Wendy Darling by Colleen Oakes
The classic tale of Peter Pancannot be adapted enough times. Whether you’re humming “I Won’t Grow Up” from the 1954 version of the musical or reading this reimagining with Peter as the villain, the story of Neverland never grows old—much like its residents.