Hollywood has tried on numerous occasions to capture the world of the musical theatre stage and to good effect. We love our films. If you like musical theatre then these are just some of the great musical theatre films that you need to see.
Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
Meet Me in St. Louis is considered to be the greatest MGM musical ever produced. This musical was directed by Vincente Minnelli. There are a number of upbeat songs, including The Trolley song in this Musical. Judy Garland shines singing Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. The musical also has it share of melancholy love songs, making this musical almost perfect.
Easter Parade (1948)
Fred Astaire and Judy Garland astounded audiences with their renditions of Irving Berlin’s songs. The musical features numerous songs including A Couple of Swells, I Love a Piano and Steppin’ Out with My Baby. This witty musical is loved by many around the world.
An American in Paris (1951)
Gene Kelly’s dancing and Leslie Caron’s charm perfect this musical. The Gershwins penned a number of unforgettable songs, including I Got Rhythm and Embraceable You, for this musical. The Technicolor palette and a climactic ballet sequence are sure to please the most discriminating crowds.
Calamity Jane (1953)
Doris Day stars in this western inspired musical comedy. Some say this is Day’s all-time greatest performance. Wild Bill Hickock, played by Howard Keel, is known and loved by many; however, Doris Day outshines Keel, especially when she sings Secret Love. One admired by musical theatre schools and actors the world over.
A Hard Day’s Night (1964)
Richard Lester managed to perfectly capture the Beatles charm and wit in A Hard Day’s Night. This musical features the Fab Four and their new-found fame. The soundtrack for this musical features Lennon and McCartney, making it loved by young and old folks alike.
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg is Jacques Demy’s operetta. Catherine Deneuve stars as a shop girl who is in love with a garage attendant who has left her pregnant. The operetta features dazzling colors and sounds, including the song I Will Wait for You.
Grease is a musical set in the 1950s. John Travolta teams up with Olivia Newton-John to perform some of the greatest dance moves of this century. The songs in this musical include Your the One that I Want, Hound Dog and Hopelessly Devoted to You.
West Side Story (1961)
West Side Story is filled with electrifying dancing and sensational songs, including America and I Feel Pretty. George Chakiris and Rita Moreno light up the stage with zest, lust and fire throughout the musical.
Top Hat (1935)
Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers delight audiences with their show-stopping performances of Irving Berlin’s Cheek to Cheek and Isn’t This a Lovely Day. These songs combined with a witty plot and gorgeous set make this musical an unforgettable one.
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Young and old audiences enjoy this musical year in and year out. This is considered the all-time greatest musical in cinema history. The Wizard of Oz stars a young Judy Garland as Dorothy. The Wizard of Oz is filled with toe-tapping and heartfelt songs, including Ding Dong the Witch is Dead, We’re Off to See the Wizard and the beloved Somewhere Over the Rainbow.
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