Sound Off on Movie Musicals Here!

For this latest Open Thread, we want to you to sound off on all things related to movie musicals. The genre has seen its ups and downs over the years — the latter being the most recent example, in the form of Cats, a film that is finding it has nine lives thanks to it becoming a purrfect cult film. Musicals should see themselves soaring towards unprecedented success next year when Lin Manuel-Miranda‘s Hamilton, one of the most successful shows ever, hits theaters next year. (The film version of his In the Heights will be released later this year). From Fiddler on the Roof to West Side Story to The Rocky Horror Picture Show to Grease to The Sound of Music, these films have touched our hearts and become a part of our shared experience.

So here’s what we want to know:

• What’s your favorite musical movie and why?

• What’s your least favorite musical movie and why?

• What’s your favorite song from a movie musical?

• What’s your favorite musical movie not based on a Broadway show?

• What movie musical have you seen the most?

• Why do you think the genre of musical films has endured across the decades?

Feel free to answer all or any of these in the comments below. Look! A new day, has begun!

  • garykevinware

    My favorite musicals are Fiddler on the Roof, The Sound of Music, Camelot, The Wizard of Oz and My Fair Lady. I’m also a big fan of Astaire – Rogers musicals, with my favorites being Top Hat, The Gay Divorcee and Swing Time. A woman, that I was once in love with, said that her favorite musical was Chicago, and I couldn’t even get through more than a few minutes of it before turning it off. When I was a child, my father and I walked out of the musical version of Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969). Another repulsive musical would be Cabaret. Although it would be classified as a comedy, my favorite Marx Brothers film is A Night at the Opera. My favorite songs tend to be either melancholy or upbeat. For example, in Fiddler on the Roof,; Sunrise, Sunset and To Life. Of course, the musical that I’ve seen the most is my childhood favorite, The Wizard of Oz, since it used to be on TV every year. I have a friend, who says that he doesn’t like musicals, because they are unrealistic; people don’t just suddenly break into song. But, as Ayn Rand and Aristotle would say, it is more important to project things as they could be and should be rather than as they are. Another musical I can mention is Jesus Christ Superstar (1973), as I used to listen to the soundtrack over and over again.

  • Bernard Seto

    My all time favorite movie musical is FUNNY FACE, it has everything I love in movies—Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire, Kay Thompson (without her, where would Judy Garland be, or Liza Minelli?) FUNNY FACE is an ORIGINAL MOVIE MUSICAL, much like SINGIN IN THE RAIN, it has songs you heard from stage but now sung by non singers like Audrey and Astaire, give it a new
    pointniancy and feeling !!! YES. Movie musicals are the most enjoyable and durable movie genre for me, I think the most overrated musical is MARY POPPINS, although I like Julie Andrews and I had watched and enjoyed The SOUND OF MUSIC more than 35 times since 1965 ! Another favorite musical for me is WEST SIDE STORY, NOBODY can topped GEORGE CHAKIRIS and RITA MORENO’s performances. I will not see the forthcoming remake if you pay me !!! There are
    performers that I love in any musical they make, regardless –and they are DORIS DAY, JUDY GARLAND, JEANETTE MAC DONALD, FRED ASTAIRE and GINGER ROGERS— I love listening to records of Julie ANDREWs, ETHEL MERMAN, but Barbra Streisand, Beatles, Elvis Presley I can take them or leave them ! On rainy days or nights===ALICE FAYE, BETTY GRABLE, JESSIE MATTHEWS’ GORDON MACRAE, DICK HAYMES, PAT BOONE, DANNY KAYE’ s movie musicals
    are most comforting…. I can go on and on, Vive La movie musicals !!

  • John

    The motion picture adaptation that best honors its Broadway origins? The King and I, hands down. The best “straight-to-silver screen” musical? The Wizard of Oz, hands down, though Mary Poppins is a more-than-honorable runner-up. And the motion picture adaptation that shouldn’t have worked but in a truly weird sense does, and very well at that? Paint Your Wagon. (Lerner without Loewe but with Paddy Chayefsky? And, c’mon, Lee Marvin and Clint Eastwood sing? You bet they do.)