Ever since my childhood I have enjoyed watching musicals with my family and friends. Musicals are great because they blend music with amazing choreography and a delightful story line common to everyday life. Musicals have also been around for thousands of years and give unique takes on historical eras. One day I hope to be in a musical myself, but until that day I will continue to watch my faves instead. This is a list of my top five musicals of all time:
Grease is one of my favourite musicals of all time because it has awesome tunes and I spent many Christmases watching it with my family. The story about how a girl from Australia named Sandy (Olivia Newton-John) and Danny (John Travolta) fall in love over the summer but break apart when school starts. After breaking Sandy’s heart, Danny then tries to win back her love through different methods such as sports, dance, taking her to a movie and of course racing the great Grease Lightning. By the end of the school year, Danny decides to become more laid back and Sandy kicks her style up a notch to renew their relationship. In my opinion, young Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta make a great onscreen couple. In addition to the romantic and funny storyline there are a lot of hit tunes that stay stuck in your head and make you want to dance. These include the Grease Lightning song, Summer Nights and You’re the One that I Want. This is rated as one of the best musicals of all time and I hope it stays like that well into the future.
I didn’t see the musical Hairspray until I was a teenager but when I did I was astounded. This musical brings together some of my favourite actors of all time including John Travolta (Edna Turnblad) and Zac Efron (Link). A lot of other well-known actors are in the movie as well such as Queen Latifah (Motormouth Maybelle) and Amanda Bynes (Penny). The story is mainly about Tracy Turnblad (played by Nikki Blonsky) and her obsession with being on the show Hairspray as well being with the hit singer Link. Eventually she goes to an audition and gets a part despite her weight issues but end sup realizing that there is still a lot of unfair segregation despite it being the turn of the decade. I like this movie because it has a lot of good songs and it and it talks about past (and somewhat) social issues. There are so many great songs in this movie it’s hard to say which ones are at best. My top ones would have to be Good Morning Baltimore, Run and Tell That and Without Love. I think this movie is great for family members of all ages, and will be enjoyed for a long time to come.
3. Sound of Music
Julie Andrews is amazing in this movie, just as she is in many others. She plays the role Maria, a former rebellious church nun, who later is assigned to be the governess for the Von Trapp children. Over time she develops a relationship with the family and falls in love with Captain Von Trapp. However as this relationship progresses so does the Nazi army and eventually they have to do a narrow escape over the Alps to escape the Nazi reform. This movie is amazing with not only its songs and dancing but also the intricate story line, scenery and how cute the children are. I would highly recommend it to any classical or musical movie goer.
This is a scandalous and provocative musical that has awesome musical skits worked into the timeline of the movie. Renee Zellweger plays Roxie Hart who has to find a way to get out of death row after shooting a no good “furniture salesman,” who went back on his promise of getting her a musical part if she has sex with him. She then finds a very expensive lawyer named Billy Flynn, played by Richard Gere, who decides to help her get out of prison for a cheaper rate, not only to make himself look good but also to make himself even more rich and famous. In the end, the final court decision is rather anti-climactic for poor Roxie Hart. These scandalous scenes and funny skits will have you jumping up and down for even more excitement.
1. Singing in the Rain
Last but not least, my absolute favourite musical is Singing in the rain with Debbie Reynolds (Kathy Selden) and Gene Kelly (Don Lockwood). This is a spoof of the movie industry in the 1920’s when sound was starting to be synchronized into movies, and it turned out that one of the main actresses in the movie Lina (Jean Hagen), has a horrible voice and that has to be secretly replaced by Kathy’s. This is figured after the brilliant revelation brought to the gang of Kathy, Don and Cosmo (Donald O’Connor). This brilliant screenplay takes you through the leaps and bounds of not only the creation of the cheesy film The Royal Rascal, but also of Don Lockwood’s romance with Kathy, his dreams of becoming a hit Broadway star and the comedic dances of Don and Cosmo in the songs Moses Supposes and Make ‘Em Laugh. This is a truly amazing musical picture that anybody young or old would enjoy.
In your spare time you can binge watch these awesome musicals or just watch them one by one. They will not only change you’re perception of musical performance but also of life’s magical moments.