Gimme 5: Toe-Tappin’ Musicals!

I know that as a student of the theatre, I tend to pay more attention to staged plays than I do the genre of the musical. Not this week though! Despite what some may think of my personal tastes, I do enjoy a good musical filled with some memorable tunes. The problem is that, in my opinion, there aren’t too many out there — especially ones that have been made into quality movies. At least, that has been the case for the past few years. If you wasted your time with the disastrous adaptations of Rent or The Phantom of the Opera, you know what I mean. The MGM musicals of the 50’s they ain’t! Nonetheless, there have been quite a few good ones — from the old RKO flicks to The King of Siam to, well…South Park. So I am hoping that you share your own favorites here and:

GIMME 5 SWINGIN’ MUSICALS!!!

Here Are Mine…

1. Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
(Really…does it get any better than this one?)
2. My Fair Lady (1964)
(Despite the last 2 minutes of this film, I always find this Pygmalion adaptation to be an absolute delight!)
3. Top Hat (1935)
(Classic Fred & Ginger. Give me this on a rainy weekend day and some take-out…and I’m all set)
4. The Commitments (1991)
(One of the best films about music I have ever seen. Tremendous soundtrack)
5. Guys and Dolls (1955)
(OK, so I’m a bit biased here. But it’s Marlon…singing!!! And he does a great job opposite Sinatra)

I feel that I must give honorable mentions to: Dancer in the Dark and Beauty and the Beast

Now It’s YOUR Turn!!!

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52 Responses to Gimme 5: Toe-Tappin’ Musicals!

  1. MAGGIE SIMI says:

    FOOTLOSE!!!!!!

  2. rtm says:

    Glad to see My Fair Lady on your list, Peter, definitely on my top 5 as well. I have to disagree about Phantom though, but then you probably already knew that 🙂 Here’s mine in random order:

    1. My Fair Lady
    2. Moulin Rogue
    3. Beauty & the Beast
    4. Phantom of the Opera
    5. The Sound of Music

    • Yes, I love My Fair Lady. A classic. I also like Beauty & the Beast very much. It’s been years since I have watched The Sound of Music. I think it’s time to give it a fresh look.

  3. Castor says:

    Not sure if Once qualifies but that would be my favorite!

  4. CMrok93 says:

    1)Moulin Rogue!
    2)Grease
    3)West Side Story
    4)The Lion King
    5)Aladdin

    May be some pretty gay picks, but hey, I’m very in touch with my feminine side, so get at me.

    • Haha — no judgments here! Grease is a modern-day classic. Love The Lion King and of course West Side Story is great Sondheim stuff!

      Oh yeah….Moulin Rouge is pretty gay. 😉

  5. Tracey says:

    An American in Paris
    Mary Poppins
    The Commitments
    Cabaret
    Newsies – say what you will, I like the music! 😛

    I also love The Jazz Singer, does that count for swingin’ musical?

  6. Will Silver says:

    Singin’ in the Rain
    Brigadoon
    Anchors Aweigh
    The Love Parade
    Wizard of Oz

  7. Heather says:

    I am in excess of happy with your inclusion of Guys N’ Dolls!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    For guilty pleasures I’d include Chorus Line to mine………but here’s my five and nope they aren’t typical!

    The Wizard Of Oz
    Guys N’ Dolls
    The Commitments
    Funny Girl
    The Lion King

    Honorable Mentions to: Mary Poppins, My Fair Lady, and The Sound Of Music

    • Chorus Line is a guilty pleasure on my end too. Not sure why I enjoy that poor film! Saw it revived on Broadway a couple of years back — not a great comeback. Glad to see more love for The Commitments here. And yes, I love Guys and Dolls. It’s a great musical — and the film version does it justice. Great, fun list!

  8. Lizzy says:

    1. Beauty and the Beast
    2. Guys and Dolls
    3. Wicked
    4. Phantom of the Opera
    5. Chicago

    ..and lets not forget… Anything Goes 2005 LHS… that old lady Mrs. Harcourt was HILARIOUS!!!

    • I wish there was a great film version of Anything Goes. For my money, you don’t get better songs anywhere else. And yes, that was a monumental production — I hear by a revolutionary/brilliant director with an affinity for parasols.
      That Phantom movie stunk, Lizzy! And I love the musical. There is no movie for Wicked…if you’re going to play, Lizzy, read the rules… 😉

  9. Melissa says:

    1. Singin’ in the Rain – a tapper’s delight! Personally, the best musical out there (obviously!)
    2. West Side Story – the only problem with this film for me is Richard Beymer. Good thing I don’t hate him enough to let him ruin it!
    3. Jesus Christ Superstar – I absolutely adore this movie. One of the few rock operas I can stand.
    4. Beauty and the Beast – What can I say? I’m a Disney girl at heart!
    5. Take Me Out To The Ball Game – I have to put it on the this. Sinatra and Kelly, my two favorite people, together. No to mention, “The Hat My Dear Old Father Wore…” is one of Gene’s best tap routines I’ve ever seen.

    • Hi melissa! Good to see you on here!!! Great picks and yes, Singin in the Rain is perhaps the very best out there. Also love B&B…have never seen your #5…will put it in my rental queue for sure.

      • MAGGIE SIMI says:

        I AM GOING TO DISAGREE WITH YOU PETER….SINGIN IN THE RAIN IS NOT THE BEST MUSICAL OUT THERE..UNLESS YOURE VERY OLD AND HAVENT SEEN MANY:)) !RENTAL QUEUE WOW YOU SPEAK SO DIFFERENT FROM THE WAY I DO! WHATS YOUR GAME! I BET THIS COMMENT GETS ERASED! WELL IM NOT AFRAID OF PEOPLE WHO DISAGREE WITH ME AND NEITHER SHOULD YOU,,MAKES THE WORD AS IT SHOULD BE FULL OF DIFF PEOPLE WITH DIFF OPINIONS:)))

  10. MAGGIE SIMI says:

    THE SOUND OF MUSIC!
    IM SINGING AND DANCING IN THE RAIN!
    THE BEAUTY AND THE BEAST!
    THE LION KING!
    MOULIN ROUGE!
    MAGGIE IS LADY MARMALADE!!!!!!!

  11. Patti Duke says:

    1) moulin rouge
    2) carousel
    3) sound of music
    4) Funny Girl
    5) Oklahoma

    I love musicals but mr. duke is a hater!

    • I know Sir Duke is a hater. Ha!!! Love Carousel….nice choice — great songs in that one. I could not get into Moulin at all — tried it twice and turned it off. Nice classic picks here.

  12. Tara says:

    1. Guys and Dolls
    2. Chicago
    3. West Side Story
    4. Grease
    5. Hairspray – 2007

  13. Shannon says:

    Can’t contribute to this one. I tend to approach musicals the way I do relationships. Like a man. 😉

  14. Raul Duke says:

    1) Rocky Horror Picture Show
    2) Showboat. (Rita!)
    3) West Side Story (J-E-T-S jets jets jets)
    4) Guys and Dolls
    5) Chicago

  15. Nora says:

    1. Meet Me in St Louis
    2. Sound of Music
    3. Swing Time (love Top Hat, too)
    4. West Side Story
    5. Beauty and the Beast

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