The Best Musicals:  A Film Review page of Musicals

 
How to Succeed In
Musicals
Without Really Trying

Wolf's Dozen

 

 

* Two Favorite Musicals * Big List Of Musicals * Wolf's Dozen * Audio Alone *
* Cartoon Musicals * Rock Musicals * Elvis Musicals * Sound Of Music Favorites*
* Actors & Actresses * It's All About the Music * Offensive? Musicals * Update * THE END *
 
 

Musicals are films that generally affect and engage more than just our minds.  Musicals pull at the emotion strings that make up the human soul.  I love musicals!  I especially watch particular musicals when I want to enhance a particular emotion I might be feeling or if I want to create an emotional state within myself. How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying  and Paint Your Wagon  are two musicals that are at the top of my list for lifting my spirits.

How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying is one of the funniest movies ever made.  Made for the big screen in 1967, this musical has it all--the music, the humor and the whole array of characters.  Robert Morse plays a man named Finch who buys a book entitled --what else?--"How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying".  He goes to work for a large company--the Worldwide Wicket Company--and quickly advances up the ranks in the company by applying the advice he reads in his book.  Do not live your life without ever having seen this musical.  As some of the critics said of it--IT IS NEAR PERFECT!!!  Well it's... Been a Long Day and I Believe In You (we gotta stop that man...cold!) are two of my favorite songs from this flick.  Starring a charming Michele Lee and Rudy Vallee; along with a brilliant supporting cast.

Paint Your Wagon features the famous songs--They Call the Wind Maria and Wand'rin' Star (one of the top songs of all time).  If you always wondered what it would look like seeing and hearing Clint Eastwood sing in a musical, then here's your chance:  I Still See Elisa and I Talk To The Trees (Eastwood solos).  Paint Your Wagon toggles back and forth between hilarious and very serious.  But the situations created in the movie are funny, even when the actors are in serious attire.  I appreciate this movie more each time I watch it.  If you liked Lee Marvin in the western "Cat Ballou", then you will like his role acting in this musical.

Paint Your Wagon is about a town established around land with gold to be mined.  The town continues to grow larger with people.  A problem becomes evident when a Mormon man rides into their camp/town with his TWO WIVES and one baby.  The men are just a little perturbed that this man has two wives and all the people in their town are men! (not another woman in town).  He agrees to sell one of them (Jean Seberg) to the highest bidder and Lee Marvin happens to be the wealthiest miner in the community.  To top it off, Eastwood is Marvin's "pardner" (that's how Marvin pronounces it).  And pardners share everything!  You can't get all the humor out of the movie by only a half dozen viewings.  It takes several.

Songs In My Two Favorite Musicals



How To Succeed In Business
Without Really Trying * 1967
How To Succeed In Business
     Without Really Trying (Overture)
Coffee Break
The Company Way
A Secretary Is Not A Toy
The Company Way (Finch's Frolic) - (instrumental)
Been A Long Day
Grand Old Ivy
Rosemary
I Believe In You
The Company Way And Paris Original
     (Company Party), - instrumental)
I Believe In You (Reprise)/Gotta Stop That Man
Brotherhood Of Man
Finale
Paint Your Wagon * 1969
I'm On My Way – Paint Your Wagon
I Still See Elisa
The First Thing You Know
Hand Me Down That Can O' Beans
They Call The Wind Maria
A Million Miles Away Behind The Door
There's A Coach Comin' In
Whoop-Ti-Ay! (Shivaree)
I Talk To The Trees
The Gospel Of No Name City
Best Things
Wand'rin' Star
Gold Fever
Finale


Wolf's List of Musicals * with year released
Ratings:  AFI (American Film Institute) Top 100 Films of All Time
AFI Top 400 of All Time
EW (Entertainment Weekly) Top 100 Musicals Rating
A Dozen of My Favorite Musicals are highlighted in Blue *
Some favorite Soundtracks in audio are highlighted in orange


1776 * 1972
Amadeus * 1984 AFI#53
An American In Paris * 1951 AFI#68 EW#34
Anchors Aweigh * 1945
Annie Get Your Gun * 1950
Barbarella * 1968
Beauty and the Beast (cartoon) * 1991 AFI top 400
Best Little Whorehouse In Texas * 1982
Blue Hawaii * 1962
Bob Roberts * 1992
Brigadoon * 1954
Buddy Holly Story * 1978 EW#26
Bye Bye Birdie * 1963
Cabaret * 1972 AFI top 400 EW#12
Calamity Jane * 1953
Camelot * 1967
Can-Can * 1960
Carmen Jones * 1954 AFI top 400
Carousel * 1956
Clambake * 1967
Coal Miner's Daughter * 1980 
Damn Yankees * 1958
Dirty Dancing * 1987
Easter Parade * 1948 EW#30
Fiddler On the Roof * 1971 AFI top 400
Finian's Rainbow * 1968
Flower Drum Song * 1962
Footloose * 1984
Funny Girl * 1968 AFI top 400 EW#55
G. I. Blues * 1960
Gigi * 1958 AFI top 400 EW#43
Girl Happy * 1964
Godspell * 1973
Grease * 1978 AFI top 400 EW#51
Great Balls Of Fire * 1989
Great Ziegfeld * 1936 AFI top 400 EW#80
Guys and Dolls * 1955 EW#13
Hair * 1979 EW#79
Hard Day's Night, A * 1964
Hello Dolly * 1969
Help! * 1965 EW#4
High School Musical 1, 2 & 3
High Society * 1956 EW#73
Holiday Inn * 1942 EW#44
How To Succeed In Business
     Without Really Trying * 1967
It Happened At the World's Fair * 1963
Jazz Singer * 1927 AFI top 400
Jesus Christ Superstar* 1973
Joseph and the Amazing
     Technicolor Dreamcoat * 1999
King and I * 1956 EW#11
Kismet * 1955
Kiss Me Kate * 1953 EW#39
Kissin' Cousins * 1964
Lili * 1953
Lion King (cartoon) * 1994 AFI top 400
Little Colonel * 1935 AFI 400
Little Shop Of Horrors * 1985 EW#31
Love Me Or Leave Me * 1955 EW#53
Mamma Mia! * 2008
Man Of La Mancha * 1972
Mary Poppins * 1964 AFI top 400
Meet Me In St. Louis * 1944 AFI top 400 EW#17
Music Man * 1962 EW#40
My Fair Lady* 1964 AFI top 400 EW#41
O Brother, Where Art Thou? * 2000
Oklahoma! * 1956 AFI top 400 EW#56
Oliver! * 1968 AFI top 100
On the Town * 1949 EW#27
Paint Your Wagon * 1969
Pajama Game * 1957 EW#47
Paradise Hawaiian Style * 1966
Pink Floyd: The Wall * 1982 EW#81
Pirate, The * 1948 EW#24
Poor Little Rich Girl * 1936 AFI top 400
Producers * 1968 AFI top 400
Pure Country * 1992
Rhapsody In Blue * 1945
Rocky Horror Picture Show * 1975 AFI top 400 EW#14
Saturday Night Fever * 1977 AFI top 400 EW#21
Seven Brides For Seven Brothers * 1954 EW#52
Show Boat * 1951 EW#19
Singin' In the Rain * 1952 AFI#10 EW#3
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (cartoon) * 1937 AFI#49
Sound Of Music * 1965 AFI#55 EW#20
South Pacific * 1958
Speedway * 1968
Spinout * 1966
State Fair * 1945 EW#75
State Fair * 1962
Sweet Dreams * 1985 EW#99
This Is Spinal Tap * 1984
Three Little Words * 1950
Top Hat * 1935 AFI top 400 EW#7
Unsinkable Molly Brown * 1964
Viva Las Vegas * 1964 EW#78
West Side Story * 1961 AFI#41 EW#1
White Christmas * 1954
Wizard Of Oz * 1939 AFI#6
Xanadu * 1980
Yankee Doodle Dandy * 1942 AFI#100 EW#95

* Musicals highlighted in blue are not necessarily the best musicals ever made in my opinion.  But they are musicals I enjoy watching very much for the music, the acting, the actors and actresses, the characters portrayed, the plot or a combination of all these.

Wolf's Dozen



Best Little Whorehouse In Texas * 1982
Camelot * 1967
Finian's Rainbow * 1968
Footloose * 1984
Gigi * 1958
Grease * 1978 AFI top 400 EW#51
How To Succeed In Business
     Without Really Trying * 1967
Joseph and the Amazing
     Technicolor Dreamcoat * 1999
My Fair Lady * 1964
Paint Your Wagon * 1969
Singin' In the Rain * 1952 AFI#10 EW#3
The Sound Of Music * 1965 AFI#55 EW#20

Musicals highlighted in orange have soundtracks that I enjoy listening to in audio
without visual.  Not that I don't like the visual in most of these musicals.  It's just that I like the songs exceptionally well and they stand alone fine without the video.  Of course, the movies highlighted in blue have it all--sound and vision! (as David Bowie would sing).

Billboard, the music industry leader in keeping the charts on the sales and rankings of top musical pieces rated the top 100 pop albums from 1955 to 1996, based on the number of weeks the album held the #1 position.  Listed below are the ones that were musical soundtracks or original cast recordings and where they ranked on the Billboard list:

Billboard Top 100 pop albums 1955-1996



#1 West Side Story 1962 soundtrack
#3 South Pacific 1958 soundtrack
#6 Saturday Night Fever 1978 soundtrack
#10 Blue Hawaii  1961 soundtrack
#12 Dirty Dancing 1987 soundtrack
#16 Love Me Or Leave Me (Doris Day) 1955 soundtrack
#17 The Sound Of Music 1960 original cast
#20 My Fair Lady 1956 original cast
#26 Pink Floyd:  The Wall 1980 soundtrack
#33 Hard Day's Night, A 1964 soundtrack
#37 Hair 1969 original cast
#39 Music Man 1958 original cast
#43 Grease 1978 soundtrack
#53 Gigi1958 soundtrack
#58 Lion King 1994 soundtrack
#59 G. I. Blues 1960 soundtrack
#60 Footloose 1984 soundtrack
#62 Loving You 1957 soundtrack
#78 Help! (Beatles) 1965 soundtrack

In my opinion, some of these musicals, like Man Of La Mancha were not good stories on the big screen.  In the case of Man Of La Mancha, the story is quite corny or in the case of Hello Dolly, Barbara Streisand is pretty good as Dolly (Carol Channing's live stage performance was more enjoyable for me compared to Streisand's movie adaptation--but Channing had perfected the role).  However, after watching the movie version again recently, I did find Streisand's performance exceptionally funny, the music is superb and seeing Louis Armstrong sing "Hello Dolly" is worth viewing this delightful musical.  There are some fine scores in Hello Dolly, such as Put On Your Sunday Clothes and Hello Dolly, just to mention two. Man Of La Mancha had some beautiful music such as The Impossible Dream, Dulcinea, I'm Only Thinking Of Him, and I Really Like Him.  Peter O'Toole was totally miscast as Don Quixote--the man of La Mancha.  Stick to the audio soundtracks with Richard Kiley as Quixote and Carol Channing as Dolly, but be sure to watch Streisand's Hello Dolly at least once.


Cartoon Musicals?

Three cartoons are listed on my list of musicals.  They are Beauty and the Beast, Lion King, and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.  These Disney classics are enjoyable movies to watch.  The songs are cute and Lion King was #58 in Top 100 albums sold for audio.  There are of course many other good Disney cartoon musicals, but these are the three that stood out to the American Film Institute and I would agree.


Rock & Roll Docu-Musicals

Musicals that would probably fall under Rock & Roll Docu-Musicals would be Hard Day's Night (getting to know the Beatles), Help! (more Beatles in Marx Brothers style), Amadeus (maybe Mozart was the real father of rock & roll?), Great Balls Of Fire (the Jerry Lee Lewis story), Pink Floyd:  The Wall (you'll get Uncomfortably Numb watching The Wall), Sweet Dreams (the Patsy Cline story) and The Buddy Holly Story (the boy from Lubbock, Texas).

A Hard Day's Night with the Beatles is actually a very entertaining piece of film.  It gives a real good inside view of the chaps themselves, before they became really famous.

Great Balls of Fire showed how Sun Records was looking for someone to replace Elvis, whom they had lost to a larger label.  Jerry Lee Lewis (played by Dennis Quaid) was to be the next Elvis, but Lewis complicates his life and misses the opportunity to fill the king's shoes.  Good music scores with Great Balls Of Fire and Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On.

Sweet Dreams takes a look at Patsy Cline's short career with Sweet Dreams, Crazy and I Fall To Pieces as some of the bigger numbers.  Jessica Lange plays Patsy.

The Buddy Holly Story is full of great Buddy Holly tunes including That'll Be the Day, It's So Easy, and Peggy Sue.  Gary Busey was one of the nominations for an Oscar for his portrayal of Buddy Holly.

My Fair Lady & Gigi

Some time ago, I determined that two great musicals were not in my Wolf’s Dozen list.  I have now decided after watching each of them a couple of times that they belong on the list.  These two Academy Award winning musicals are Gigi and My Fair Lady, both with lyrics and music by the great Lerner and Loewe.

Gigi (1958) stars Leslie Caron, maurice Chevalier, and Louis Jourdan.  The music from this musical is absolutely soothing, sentimental and wholesome.  A great sexual battle is going on in the minds and hearts of the lead characters.  The plot and it’s outcome is what you hope for throughout the whole film and would not expect it if it were made today in Hollywood.  Gigi was the winner of 9 Oscars and one viewing of this classic musical will show you why.

The other musical is My Fair Lady (1964).  Audrey Hepburn (one of my favorite actresses) stars with Rex Harrison in a delightful tale of a Cockney flower lady out of the streets, who speaks gutter English, who is turned into a lady by a linguistics teacher Rex Harrison, who won an Oscar for his portrayal of ‘Enry ‘Iggins (Henry Higgins).  You will recognize many of the songs and marvel that they are all together in one grand musical.

Songs In My Fair Lady & Gigi



My Fair Lady * 1964
Why Can't The English?
Wouldn't It Be Loverly
With A Little Bit Of Luck
I'm An Ordinary Man
Just You Wait
The Rain In Spain
I Could Have Danced All Night
On The Street Where You Live
The Embassy Waltz
You Did It
Show Me
Get Me To The Church On Time
A Hymn To Him
Without You
I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face
Flower Market
Gigi * 1958
And There Is The Future
Thank Heaven For Little Girls
Gaston's House
It's A Bore
The Parisians
The Night They Invented Champagne
I Remember It Well
Gigi
You Never Told Me
I'm Glad I'm Not Young Anymore
Say A Prayer For Me Tonight


The Sound Of Music - the rest of my favorites

1965 marked a significant point in my life.  I was 12 years old and Julie Andrews starred in what I considered one of the best movies ever made entitled The Sound Of Music, with Christopher Plummer.  (I had not even seen "Gone With the Wind" yet, at this point in my life).  Andrews was in Mary Poppins the previous year together with a fine performance by Dick Van Dyke.  But when I first watched The Sound Of Music, I had just seen the first musical, in my life, put to the screen.  It may have been the first musical I had ever seen, other than Elvis Presley's Girl Happy, which came out in 1964.  Remember this was before video tapes and some of the older musicals did not often play on television.  I still to this day think of Oklahoma, South Pacific and The Sound Of Music as the BIG THREE. Oklahoma was on the screen in 1956 and South Pacific appeared in 1958.  Following are the songs in the BIG THREE:

Oklahoma * 1956
Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin'
Surrey With the Fringe On Top
Kansas City
I Cain't Say No
Many A New Day
People Will Say We're In Love
Poor Jud Is Dead
Out Of My Dreams
The Farmer and the Cowman
All Er Nothin'
Oklahoma
South Pacific * 1958
South Pacific Overture
Dites-moi
Cock-Eyed Optimist
Twin Soliloquies
--(Wonder How It Feels)
Some Enchanted Evening
Bloody Mary
There Is Nothing Like A Dame
Bali Ha'i
I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right  Out of My Hair
I'm In Love With A Wonderful Guy
Younger Than Springtime
Happy Talk
Honey Bun
Carefully Taught
This Nearly Was Mine
The Sound Of Music * 1965
Morning Hymn and Alleluia
Maria
I Have Confidence
Sixteen Going On Seventeen
My Favorite Things
Climb Ev'ry Mountain
The Lonely Goatherd
The Sound Of Music
Do-Re-Mi
Something Good
Processional and Maria
Edelweiss
So Long, Farewell

The next musical that I watched on the big screen was Camelot, with Richard Harris (as King Arthur), Venessa Redgrave (as Queen Guenevere), and Franco Nero (as the Frenchman Sir Lancelot).  Camelot had quickly become my favorite movie of all time.  I love every song in this film and I enjoy watching each one performed in the screen setting.  Beginning with I Wonder What the King Is Doing Tonight (King Arthur), The Simple Joys Of Maidenhood (Guenevere), Camelot (King Arthur and mixed chorus), C'est Moi (Lancelot), The Lusty Month Of May (Guenevere and chorus), How To Handle A Woman (King Arthur), Take Me To the Fair (Guenevere and the 3 Knights), If Ever I Would Leave You (Lancelot), What Do the Simple Folk Do? (Arthur and Guenevere), I Loved You Once In Silence (Guenevere & Lancelot), Guenevere (mixed chorus), and the Finale Ultimo.  The story should be familiar to most everyone--King marries queen, queen falls for King's best friend, and through all of this, King must try to remain Kingly in the dilemma of having his two best friends betraying him behind his back.

Singin' In the Rain would be in my top five if I had to list my favorites in order.  Made in 1952, it is the oldest musical in my favorite dozen.  Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, and Debbie Reynolds delight the viewing audience throughout this whole musical with a number of cute songs that tie together the story of film going from the silent movies to the "talkies".  The beautiful Cyd Charisse has a dance number in a dream sequence from this musical that is delightful to say the least.  Along with Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly was the king of dance in the movies.  The Kelly dance routine with the umbrella in the rain puddles is priceless.  This movie will give you a lift every time you watch it.  Some of the songs from this musical are:  All I Have to Do Is Dream of You, Make 'Em Laugh (great acrobatics and singing by Donald O'Connor), Good Morning, SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, and Would You?.

Speaking of Fred Astaire, one of my other favorite musicals is Finian's Rainbow.  This musical displayed a young and vibrant Petula Clark (the voice of "Downtown" and "Don't Sleep In the Subway") along with Tommy Steele playing a leprechaun.  Keenan Wynn plays a bigoted Senator in the south who is transformed into a black man and begins to see the other side of race issues.  There are several reasons this musical is one of my favorites.  Irishman Astaire and his daughter Clark come to America looking for the pot of gold.  They start looking near Fort Knox.  A lot of beautiful outdoor scenery and music in this one.  This musical is full of great songs, such as:  How Are Things In Glocca Morra, Look To the Rainbow, Old Devil Moon, Something Sort Of Grandish, If This Isn't Love, That Great Come-And-Get-It-Day, When the Idle Poor Become the Idle Rich, The Begat, and When I'm Not Near the Girl I Love.

Grease is the word.  Growing up with Frankie Vali and the 4 Seasons as my favorite musical group (when I first heard "Rag Doll" and "Silence Is Golden"), I was very pleased to see a musical featuring vocals by Frankie Vali singing the main song Grease.  I know there are still people who have not yet seen the musical Grease, but it is their loss.  This is a great nostalgia piece that takes one back to high school and displays all the various characters, teachers and hoods that were there for all of us.  This film made stars out of John Travolta as Danny and Olivia Newton John as Sandy. Summer Nights, Hopelessly Devoted To You, You're the One That I Want, Sandy, Greased Lightnin', Look At Me I'm Sandra Dee (by Stockard Channing - a great actress), Beauty School Drop-Out (by Frankie Avalon) and several numbers by Sha-Na-Na make this an audio listening experience.  WELCOME TO RYDELL HIGH.  Very funny flick as well.

Burt Reynolds, Dolly Parton, Dom Deluise, Charles Durning  and Jim Nabors supply the chemistry to make Best Little Whorehouse In Texas a catchy musical.  The songs in context are downright funny, when you think of all these folks doing something that they know is wrong, or know that others know is wrong.  They are all just sneakin' around until watchdog (Dom Deluise) exposes the whole community for putting up with the CHICKEN RANGE, as the house is so colorfully tagged.  This one does have some brief frontal nudity and sexual situations are implied throughout.

Two years later, Footloose profiles another town that has banned dancing.  An outsider Kevin Bacon moves to town temporarily from Chicago and starts spreading the dance fever.  The PK (preacher's kid) Lori Singer is infected with the fever and her father, a very well played roll by John Lithgow (star of "Third Rock From the Sun") is totally opposed!  The songs from Footloose get you up out of your chair and dancing along with the cast.

Songs Listings from 1982's Best Little Whorehouse In Texas and 1984's Footloose:



Best Little Whorehouse In Texas * 1982
20 Fans
A Lil'Ole Bitty Pissant Country Place
Sneakin' Around
Watchdog Report
Texas Has A Whorehouse In It
Courtyard Shag
The Aggie Song
The Sidestep
Hard Candy Christmas
I Will Always Love You
Footloose * 1984
Footloose
Let's Hear It For the Boy
Almost Paradise
Holding Out For A Hero
Dancing In the Sheets
I'm Free (Heaven Helps the Man)
Somebody's Eyes
The Girl Gets Around
Never

In 1999, Andrew Lloyd Webber helped to put the first musical he created onto film many years later after writing it.  Tim Rice was Webber's partner in musical creations (Webber was responsible for Jesus Christ Superstar and "Phantom Of the Opera").  Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a musical that was written in the late sixties as a 15 minute end of term school concert.  The film features Donny Osmond as the Biblical character Joseph who was sold to Egypt by his other 11 brothers.  Every style of music is displayed in this delightful musical.  The songs include Any Dream Will Do and Close Every Door, made famous by the live circuit performer Jason Donovan, an Australian native.  The narrator is played by Maria Friedman and she nearly steals the show.  Go, Go, Go Joseph is another of several great songs from this musical that make the entire play a wonderful viewing for the whole family.  It is a very moving story and the musical is a 5 star presentation.  Rent it immediately.  You won't be disappointed!


Some major musical actors and actresses and some of their musicals


Frank Sinatra
Anchors Aweigh
Can-Can
Guys and Dolls
High Society
On the Town
Gene Kelly
An American In Paris -
(1951 best picture)
Anchors Aweigh
Brigadoon
On the Town
The Pirate
Singin' In the Rain
Xanadu
Howard Keel
Annie Get Your Gun
Calamity Jane
Kismet
Kiss Me Kate
Seven Brides For Seven Brothers
Show Boat
Fred Astaire
Easter Parade
Finian's Rainbow
Holiday Inn
Three Little Words
Top Hat
Gordon MacRae
Carousel
Oklahoma!
Shirley Jones
Carousel
The Music Man
Oklahoma!
Leslie Caron
An American In Paris -
(1951 best picture)
Gigi -
(1958 best picture)
Lili
Julie Andrews
Mary Poppins
The Sound Of Music -
(1965 best picture)
Doris Day
Calamity Jane
Love Me Or Leave Me
The Pajama Game
Ann Miller
Easter Parade
Kiss Me Kate
On the Town
Judy Garland
Easter Parade
Meet Me In St. Louis
The Pirate
The Wizard Of Oz
Debbie Reynolds
Singin' In the Rain
Three Little Words
Unsinkable Molly Brown
Ann-Margret
Bye Bye Birdie
State Fair 1962
Viva Las Vegas
Cyd Charisse
Brigadoon
Singin' In the Rain
Olivia Newton-John
Grease
Xanadu
Maurice Chevalier
Can-Can
Gigi -
(1958 best picture)
Louie Jourdan
Can-Can
Gigi -
(1958 best picture)
Rex Harrison
& Audrey Hepburn
My Fair Lady -
(1964 best picture)

 

The Rodgers & Hammerstein Musicals
State Fair 1945
Carousel 1956
Oklahoma! 1956
The King and I 1956
South Pacific 1958
State Fair 1962
The Sound Of Music 1965

Flower Drum Song 1962
(often left out of the canon of R&H musicals)


It's All About the Music!
(some of the songs)

Jesus Christ Superstar: Everything's Alright, I Don't Know How To Love Him, Superstar.
The Music Man: Ya Got Trouble, Goodnight My Someone, Seventy Six Trombones, Pick-A-Little Talk-A-Little, Marian the Librarian, Gary Indiana, Till There Was You.
Show Boat: Ol' Man River.
Carousel:  If I Loved You, June Is Busting Out All Over, You'll Never Walk Alone.
Bye Bye Birdie: Bye Bye Birdie, Put On A Happy Face, Honestly Sincere, One Last Kiss, One Boy, Kids, A Lot Of Livin' To Do.
Godspell: Prepare Ye (the Way of the Lord), Save the People, Day By Day, Turn Back O Man, Bless the Lord, All For the Best, All Good Gifts, Light Of the World, Alas For You, By My Side, Beautiful City, On the Willow.
Brigadoon: Brigadoon, Down On MacConnachy Square, Waitin' For My Dearie, I'll Go Home With Bonnie Jean, The Heather On the Hill, Come To Me Bend To Me, Almost Like Being In Love, My Mother's Wedding Day.
Oliver: Food Glorious Food, Oliver!, Boy For Sale, Where Is Love?, Pick A Pocket Or Two, Consider Yourself, I'd Do Anything, Be Back Soon, As Long As He Needs Me, Who Will Buy?, Reviewing the Situation, Oom-Pah-Pah.
My Fair Lady: With A Little Bit Of Luck, Wouldn't It Be Loverly, On the Street Where You Live, I Could Have Danced All Night, The Rain In Spain, I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face, Get Me To the Church On Time.
Fiddler On the Roof:  Tradition, Fiddler On the Roof, Matchmaker, If I Were A Rich Man, To Life, Miracle Of Miracles, Tevye's Dream, Sunrise Sunset, Do You Love Me?, Anatevka.
West Side Story: Jet Song, Maria, Tonight, Somewhere.
1776:  Sit Down John, The Lees Of Old Virginia, But Mr. Adams, He Plays the Violin,  Momma Look Sharp.
Damn Yankees:  Heart, Shoeless Joe From Hannibal Mo, A Little Brains A Little Talent, Whatever Lola Wants (Lola Gets), Two Lost Souls.
Gigi:  Gigi, Thank Heaven For Little Girls, It's A Bore, I Remember It Well.
Guys and Dolls:  A Bushel and A Peck, Guys and Dolls, Take Back Your Mink, Luck Be A Lady, Sue Me, Sit Down You're Rockin' the Boat.
The King and I:  I Whistle A Happy Tune, Hello Young Lovers, A Puzzlement, Getting To Know You, Shall We Dance?.
Kiss Me Kate:  So In Love, We Open In Venice, I've Come To Wive It Wealthily In Padua, Brush Up Your Shakespeare, Kiss Me Kate.
On the Town:  New York New York, Come Up To My Place.
The Pajama Game:  Hey There, There Once Was A Man, Hernando's Hideaway.
The Producers:  Love Power, Springtime For Hitler In Germany.

Seven Brides For Seven Brothers: I don't recognize any of the numbers from the songs listing, but this musical is delightful.  I need to watch it again before I list some of the songs.

Top Hat:  I don't recognize any of the numbers from the score, but this musical is also delightful in old glorious black and white.  I need to watch it again before I list some of the songs.


The "Naughty/Offensive?" Musicals
Funny musicals & catchy tunes, but . . .
not recommended for Edification of the soul

Rocky Horror Picture Show:  A film I discuss on my Horror/Science Fiction Film Reviews page.  Science Fiction Double Feature, Dammit Janet, Over At the Frankenstein Place, The Time Warp, Sweet Transvestite, I Can Make You A Man, Hot Patootie-Bless My Soul, Touch-A Touch-A Touch Me, Eddie, Floor Show, Don't Dream It, Wild and Untamed Thing, I'm Going Home, Super Heroes.

This Is Spinal Tap:  A rock-u-mentary I talk more about on my Comedy Film Reviews page. Hell Hole, Tonight I'm Gonna Rock You Tonight, Heavy Duty, Rock and Roll Creation, America, Cups and Cakes, Big Bottom, Sex Farm, Stonehenge, Gimme Some Money, (Listen To the) Flower People.

Best Little Whorehouse In Texas: This musical should probably be listed here only, but I found it so funny and entertaining, I had to list it in Wolf's Dozen, earlier on this page.  The songs: Watchdog Report, Texas Has A Whorehouse In It, and The Sidestep are real gems. If this musical is kept in context, viewed with a mature attitude and understood to be showing people engaging in an activity that is flat wrong; then watching them rationalize their sin away is down right hilarious!  Watchdog (Dom Deluise) is a bulldog media personality who gets paid for exposing the sins of others; and his character is captured for all time in this musical.


Update on Musicals

A musical that has given me much pleasure of late is the fun-filled O Brother, Where Art Thou?  This musical has everything that appeals to my own personal tastes:  humor, nostalgia, and beautiful award winning music.  The movie was nominated for two Academy Awards.  In the 35th Annual Country Music Awards, I Am A Man of Constant Sorrow by the Soggy Bottom Boys was picked as single of the year and the album soundtrack was picked as album of the year.  What more could be said of the music than this?  George Clooney and his supporting cast do a marvelous job of recreating this period of early American history.  Check it out soon!

VOTE BOB!

In 1992 Tim Robbins (of "The Shawshank Redemption") wrote and starred in the musical Bob Roberts.  Bob Roberts is a folksinger/businessman/etc. who runs for the Senate, against his liberal opponent Gore Vidal (a genuine real life liberal!), in the state of Pennsylvania.  Roberts uses his music on the campaign trail and criticizes several liberal positions with musical verse.  Tim Robbins said he intentionally refused to allow a soundtrack album for the movie because he did not want rednecks and conservatives to use it to promote their beliefs.  The conservative radio icon Rush Limbaugh did not have anything good to say about this movie when he talked about it on his radio program shortly after its release.  "He may have seen too much of himself portrayed in the character of Bob Roberts!"

There is no doubt, the musical Bob Roberts is liberal throughout, but at the same time, it shows some of the major flaws in liberalism itself.  The main flaw is how they perceive conservatives in an exaggerated manner.  I just enjoy.  There is a scene on a SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE type program that is so funny.  Bob Roberts is a guest on the program and a liberal woman, working on the show, has a cow on the live set, pulling the plugs and throwing a regular tantrum that shocks the rest of the cast and the viewing audience, when Bob changes his song selection to one that promotes his own image and campaign.  Yes, there are some nuts who literally worship Bob Roberts, but that is what makes this musical so funny--watching how liberals portray conservatives.
 


ELVIS FANS ONLY!

Every movie Elvis Presley was in was essentially a musical with him supplying most if not all of the music.  Here are the top Elvis entries in the list of musicals:  Blue Hawaii, Clambake, G. I. Blues, Girl Happy, It Happened At the World's Fair, Kissin' Cousins, Paradise Hawaiian Style, Speedway, and Spinout.  Some songs from these Presley vehicles are:  G. I. Blues, Blue Suede Shoes, Wooden Heart, Blue Hawaii, Can't Help Falling In Love, Hawaiian Wedding Song, Kissin' Cousins, One Boy Two Little Girls, Viva Las Vegas, Girl Happy, Spring Fever,  Fort Lauderdale Chamber Of Commerce, Do Not Disturb, Puppet On A String, This Is My Heaven, and Spinout.

Some of the actress co-stars with Elvis in the above movies were:  Juliet Prowse, Ann-Margret, Shelley Fabares (3 Elvis movies and the voice of the pop song "Johnny Angel"), and Nancy Sinatra (voice of "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'").  My favorite of these Elvis "musicals" was Girl Happy co-starring Shelley Fabares.  Second and third behind this entry would probably be Spinout and then Clambake (also Shelley Fabares-"a pattern here?").  Am I not ashamed that I still enjoy watching Elvis Presley movies?  NO!  The man had charisma, style and a fantastic voice.  I like what I like.

MUSICALS?, IF THEY CAN BE CALLED SUCH?
SHOWCASING A PARTICULAR GENRE OF MUSIC
Country:  Honkytonk Man (starring Clint Eastwood)
Country:  Hank Williams - the Show He Never Gave (starring "Sneezy" Waters)
Country:  Your Cheatin' Heart (starring George Hamilton as Hank Williams)
Jazz:  Bird (directed by Clint Eastwood; starring Forest Whitaker as Charlie "Yardbird" Parker)
Blues:  Crossroads (starring Ralph Macchio of "The Karate Kid")

GO RENT SOME MUSICALS!!!
Your local library and video shop
have a vast majority of them

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