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    Default Recommend Musicals (movie versions)

    Thanks in advance. I love The Sound of Music, The Wizard of Oz and My Fair Lady. I'm looking to explore deeper!
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    NM, I googled it. I am going to watch Singing in the Rain! We can make this a discussion about Musicals though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captainnumber36 View Post
    NM, I googled it. I am going to watch Singing in the Rain!
    That was amazing. Debbie Reynolds is beautiful as Kathy, and I loved the chemistry between all the actors and actresses!

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    Try the following:

    Oklahoma!
    On the Town
    South Pacific
    Guys and Dolls
    West Side Story
    The Music Man
    Oliver
    Fiddler on the Roof
    Cabaret
    Jesus Christ Superstar
    Grease
    Hair
    Moulin Rouge
    Chicago

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    Watching The Music Man now. It's surprisingly good and on YT.

    The one with Matthew Broderick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by senza sordino View Post
    Try the following:

    Oklahoma!
    On the Town
    South Pacific
    Guys and Dolls
    West Side Story
    The Music Man
    Oliver
    Fiddler on the Roof
    Cabaret
    Jesus Christ Superstar
    Grease
    Hair
    Moulin Rouge
    Chicago
    A very good list, to which I would add:

    Les Misérables
    La La Land
    The Greatest Showman
    My Fair Lady

    Now imagine, if you could, being in the audience opening night of Oklahoma and you walked out of the theatre thinking, "Boy I'm glad Rogers and Hammerstein got together. I bet we'll hear other great things from them in the future." That's the way I feel about Pasek and Paul now.
    "He who makes songs without feeling spoils both his words and his music. " ~ Guillaume de Machaut

    "Music that is born complex is not inherently better or worse than music that is born simple." ~ Aaron Copland.

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    I have not seen La La Land, Les Mis., or The Greatest Showman. My Fair Lady is great, I didn't mention it because it was already stated in the opening post.

    I should also mention that, in my opinion, the later musicals by Joshua Logan should be avoided: Camelot and Paint Your Wagon. He lost the thread with those two. But that's my opinion.

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    I thought La La Land was well done, especially the opening. I always liked Yankee Doodle Dandy with James Cagney. Not sure if Purple Rain can be considered a musical, but liked that.
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    West Side Story, The Music Man, Oklahoma, Phantom of the Opera - I most always can enjoy those.

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    I didn't know Phantom of the Opera had been made into a movie. I saw it on the stage in New York nine years ago. I found it rather tedious. But we all have our likes and dislikes. Ask Roger Waters about it.

    On a different night on that same trip to NYC I saw La Cage Aux Folles, staring Kelsey Grammer and Douglas Hodge. I thoroughly enjoyed that. Of course, the musical La Cage Aux Folles is based on the 1978 French movie of the same name, which wasn't a musical. It was turned into a musical by Jerry Herman and Harvey Fierstein. If this ever gets turned into a movie I would watch it.

    I haven't watched a musical in a couple of years, I should do so. I do have Hair on my DVR, it was on Turner Classic Movies a couple of weeks ago, and so I recorded it. I haven't watched it yet. (I'm still working through Ken Burns' Country Music, I don't watch a lot of television)
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    I could name a dozen starring Fred Astaire, but to start with, how about Swingtime, Top Hat and The Band Wagon.

    And how about "High Society" starring Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and Grace Kelly, and featuring Louis Armstrong. Songs by Cole Porter. To the best of my knowledge "Well, Did You Evah?" is the only time Bing and Frank duetted on film.
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    Quote Originally Posted by senza sordino View Post
    Try the following:

    Oklahoma!
    On the Town
    South Pacific
    Guys and Dolls
    West Side Story
    The Music Man
    Oliver
    Fiddler on the Roof
    Cabaret
    Jesus Christ Superstar
    Grease
    Hair
    Moulin Rouge
    Chicago
    My big quibble is they threw out almost all of Bernstein's score from the stage version.

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    Here's an entertaining opinion about the 'death' of musicals.

    Tradition is not the worship of ashes - but the preservation of fire!
    Gustav Mahler

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    A couple favorites not in the first two posts:

    Mary Poppins
    West Side Story

    If you add animation in there, you will get dozens of titles like The Lion King, Frozen, and Beauty and the Beast.

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