A performer and gambler travels to New York City to raise the $25,000 he needs to marry his fiancée, only to become entangled with a beautiful aspiring dancer. (103 mins.)
The Wizard of Oz
Dorothy Gale is swept away to a magical land in a tornado and embarks on a quest to see the Wizard who can help her return home. (102 mins.)
“ "We're not in Kansas any more"
The 17-year-old Judy Garland plays the innocent Dorothy Gale on her quest to get home. The songs in this musical are funny and catchy.
Favorite Song: Somewhere over the Rainbow. ” - lwvanrooijen
Meet Me in St. Louis
In the year leading up to the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair, the four Smith daughters learn lessons of life and love, even as they prepare for a reluctant move to New York. (113 mins.)
“ Again Judy Garland does an amazing job singing her way through this movie.
Favorite Song: Meet Me in St. Louis, Louis ” - lwvanrooijen
Singin' in the Rain
A silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound. (103 mins.)
“ I really like this movie. The songs are good and the story is interesting, but I still wonder about the 'Beautiful Girl' part.
Favorite Song: Good Morning ” - lwvanrooijen
The story of Calamity Jane, her saloon, and her romance with Wild Bill Hickok. (101 mins.)
“ This movie is hilarious. Doris Day does a great job as Calamity Jane.
Favorite Song: Secret Love ” - lwvanrooijen
In the Oklahoma territory at the turn of the twentieth century, two young cowboys vie with an evil ranch... (145 mins.)
“ Favorite Song: The Surrey With the Fringe On Top ” - lwvanrooijen
The Court Jester
A hapless carnival performer masquerades as the court jester as part of a plot against an evil ruler who has overthrown the rightful king. (101 mins.)
“ Try to see if you can keep up with the witty dialogue of Hawkins, the court jester. The dialogue is fast, which makes it so much more fun to try and keep up with all the jokes.
Favorite Song: Outfox the Fox ” - lwvanrooijen
The King and I
A widow accepts a job as a live-in governess to the King of Siam's children. (133 mins.)
“ A great love story with some nice songs. Marni Nixon does all of Anne's singing, and what wonderful singing it is.
Favorite Song: Shall We Dance ” - lwvanrooijen
On a South Pacific island during World War II, love blooms between a young nurse and a secretive Frenchman who's being courted for a dangerous military mission. (157 mins.)
“ World War II does not seem a likely setting for an upbeat musical, yet that is the case with this movie.
Favorite Song: I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair ” - lwvanrooijen
West Side Story
Two youngsters from rival New York City gangs fall in love, but tensions between their respective friends build toward tragedy. (152 mins.)
“ This Romeo & Juliet-esce musical went on to win 10 Oscars. Not only are there some great songs in this movie, the dancing, the story and the acting are also good. Again props to Marni Nixon, who not only sang Maria's (played by Natalie Wood) songs but also some of Anita's (played by Rita Moreno)
Favorite Song: I Feel Pretty ” - lwvanrooijen
My Fair Lady
A misogynistic and snobbish phonetics professor agrees to a wager that he can take a flower girl and make her presentable in high society. (170 mins.)
“ This is a great Audrey Hepburn film, even though she doesn't actually sing in it. Again Marni Nixon should receive all the credit for the wonderful singing as she dubbed Hepburn's Eliza Doolittle.
Favorite Song: I Could Have Danced All Night ” - lwvanrooijen
A magical nanny helps bring the two children she's in charge of closer to their father through songs and magical adventures. (139 mins.)
The Sound of Music
A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the children of a Naval officer widower. (174 mins.)
“ Julie Andrews is amazing as the flibbertigibbet Maria. This movie about the singing Von Trapps is a great family movie, which never grows old. A little side note, Marni Nixon finally appeared on screen in this movie as Sister Sophia.
Favorite Songs: My Favorite Things & So Long, Farewell ” - lwvanrooijen
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
Charlie receives a golden ticket to a factory, his sweet tooth wants going into the lushing candy, it turns out there's an adventure in everything. (100 mins.)
“ Although Tim Burton released his version, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, it simply isn't as child friendly as the 1971 movie. I watched this movie as a child and I still love the music, especially the Oompa Loompa songs.
Favorite Song: Oompa-Loompa-Doompa-De-Do ” - lwvanrooijen
Good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. When they unexpectedly discover they're now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance? (110 mins.)
“ John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John are Danny and Sandy.
Favorite Songs: You're the One That I Want ” - lwvanrooijen
In 1950s Baltimore, a bad boy with a heart of gold wins the love of a good girl, whose boyfriend sets out for revenge. (85 mins.)
“ Before Sweeney Todd there was Cry-Baby. This is definitely one of Johnny Depp's more interesting rolls. Although the story is pretty standard, poor boy from the wrong side of town falls for the preppy girl, this song and dance version is a treat to watch. But I have to be honest, I don't remember any of the songs from this movie. ” - lwvanrooijen
The hit musical based on the life of Evita Duarte, a B-picture Argentinian actress who eventually became the wife of Argentinian president Juan Perón, and the most beloved and hated woman in Argentina. (135 mins.)
“ This movie is probably best known for the song "Don't Cry For Me, Argentina." But this biopic about Eva Perron (of course with a few historical inaccuracies) is full of good songs. As a Madonna fan, I like this movie and Antonio Banderas is surprisingly good as well.
Favorite Song: Buenos Aires ” - lwvanrooijen
A poet falls for a beautiful courtesan whom a jealous duke covets. (127 mins.)
“ Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor tackle a musical and do a good job.
Favorite Song: El Tango De Roxanne ” - lwvanrooijen
A trio of black female soul singers cross over to the pop charts in the early 1960s, facing their own personal struggles along the way. (130 mins.)
“ Beyonce, Jamie Foxx and Eddie Murphy were the names on the movie posters, but the real star of this movie is Jennifer Hudson.
Favorite Song: Move ” - lwvanrooijen
A princess, who is prepared to be wed, is sent away to New York by an evil queen, where she falls in love with a lawyer. (107 mins.)
“ This charming Disney movie has some good songs. Try to find all the references to the animated Disney movies.
Favorite Song: That's How You Know ” - lwvanrooijen
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
The infamous story of Benjamin Barker, AKA Sweeney Todd, who sets up a barber shop down in London which is the basis for a sinister partnership with his fellow tenant, Mrs. Lovett. Based on the hit Broadway musical. (116 mins.)
“ Who knew that a serial-killer barber could be the basis of such a great musical. Johnny Depp returns as Sweeney Todd.
Favorite Song: God, That's Good! ” - lwvanrooijen
High School Musical 3: Senior Year
As seniors in high school, Troy and Gabriella struggle with the idea of being separated from one another as college approaches. Along with the rest of the Wildcats, they stage a spring musical to address their experiences, hopes and fears about their future. (112 mins.)
“ I had fun watching all three HSMs. My advice don't expect too much and just enjoy the songs and dance. If you want to watch a more mature musical, watch the rest of the list.
Favorite Song: The Boys Are Back ” - lwvanrooijen