Annie’s in town so we felt inspired to delve back in time and unearth some more of our favourite movie musicals. Here are 10 to try…
1 The Sound of Music 1965: There’s nothing we like better than a trainee nun who can hold a tune. Not to mention a backdrop that you dream of diving into. Granted, the kids are a bit annoying, but the yodelling and Doe a Deer more than make up for them. A weekend TV classic.
2 Grease 1978: Grease is the word. No arguments, it is. From Beauty School Drop Out to that one at the end where Sandy’s sewn into her trousers, this musical’s a winner from start to finish and we love it.
3 Cabaret 1972: Poor old Liza might be a bit nutty these days, but she was a sight to behold as Sally Bowles and boy could she dance. Cabaret is by far her most memorable tune, making us all wish we could swing by for a cocktail at the Kit-Kat Club.
4 West Side Story 1961: Who’d have thought gang warfare could be so entertaining, or the protagonists so attractive? Somehow, despite the depressing subject matter of doomed young love, the dance routines, and in particular the rooftop stomp, make the story all-the-more endearing - although we do secretly wish everything would turn out nicely in the end.
5 Moulin Rouge 2001: Another slightly depressing romantic tale, packaged attractively enough to make it worth shedding a tear over. Nicole Kidman steals the show, despite her less-than-perfect tone, and who can forget Kylie’s turn as the Absinth fairy. Baz at his best.
6 Singin’ In The Rain 1952:
Good Mornin’, Good Mornin’, sorry, we just can’t help it, this is one of the loveliest musicals of all time and makes bad weather sound like an attractive proposition. Think Broadway at its best, in the comfort of your living room.
7 Chicago 2002: Who doesn’t like a bit of razzle dazzle? Admit it. We think this is Catherine Zeta Jones’ best turn to date, proving that the Welsh beauty can indeed dance, and hold a reasonable tune. This said, the star of the show is Queen Latifah as Mama Morton, she’s never been better. Watch it, and watch it again, we love it.
8 Cry Baby 1990: This parody of musicals like Grease touched the hearts of many a young girl, or should we say Johnny Depp did, as the 50s heartthrob and rebel without a cause Wade Walker. Why weren’t we at school when rival cliques bantered through the medium of song? It would have been so much more entertaining.
9 High School Musical: Yup, we know there’s more than one of these babies, but the original’s the most fun. Primarily, because you see the young cast at their most excited, before the movie becomes a storming success and they turn into Hollywood drones. We love the super-slick high school and its suspiciously spot-free teen stars, and we’re not ashamed to admit it.
10 Hairspray 1988: Yes, the original, with fat Ricki Lake, obviously. Nobody wants to see John Travolta in a dress, it’s just wrong. Good old Ricki was everything we hoped for, back in the day before she found fame as a chat show host and became thin. Boring. Luckily, the movie’s not. If you haven’t seen it, seek it out and suck it up.