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Celebrate Musical Theatre

Movie Musicals

The Movie Musical:

Relative of the Stage Musical

A relative of the stage musical is the movie musical.  A musical on Broadway might be made into a movie musical.  While it is the same musical, it is a different experience. The movie performer does get immediate feedback from the audience when they perform. The performer will get audience feedback if they also attend the movie, but the connection between performance connection is one-way.

Stage and movie musicals differ in a variety of ways. In the movies, the performance can be made many times, but only needs to be right once; on the stage, the performer gets one opportunity with each audience and the it needs to be performed correctly every time. In the movies, the singing is normally recorded separately and then lip synched on screen; the stage performer is singing, dancing, all at once.

Below is a little of great movie musicals. Some musicals, such as Show Boat, have been done more than once. Rather than pit the same music against itself, each show is listed only once.



The Broadway musical brought to film about the John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and the struggles of the Continental Congress to pass the Declaration of Independence.  The film stars William Daniels, Howard Da Silva, Ken Howard, David Ford, Roy Poole, and Andy Albin . 



DVD - Wide Screen



42nd Street

This 1933 musical was one of the first choreographed by Busby Berkeley.  It is the original small town girl saves the Broadway musical.  Songs include “Forty-second Street,” “Young and Healthy,” and “Shuffle Off to Buffalo.”  The movie stars Warner Baxter, Bebe Daniels, George Brent, Ruby Keeler, Una Merkel, Ginger Rogers, and Guy Kibbee





A Chorus Line

The legendary stage musical did not transfer to the screen, partly because the film tried to use stars and partly because of adding plot, but the film is still fun.  Starring Michael Douglas, Terrence Mann, Alyson Reed, Cameron English, Vicki Frederick, Audrey Landers, DVD - Wide Screen, MGM




A Star is Born

A Star Is Born: George Cukor, Judy Garland, James Mason,


    DVD                                      Blu-Ray



All That Jazz

Roy Scheider, Jessica Lange, Ann Reinking, 


                             DVD - Wide Screen        DVD - Special Edition / Wide Screen



An American In Paris

Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant


                                DVD - Pan & Scan             DVD - 2-Disc Special Edition  Full Frame  



                       Blu-ray                                     Blu-ray  Full Frame               



Anchors Aweigh

Frank Sinatra, Kathryn Grayson, Gene Kelly


DVD - Full Frame









Annie Get Your Gun





Bye Bye Birdie

Janet Leigh, Dick Van Dyke, Ann-Margret, Maureen Stapleton, Bobby Rydell, Paul Lynde



      DVD - Wide Screen                                 DVD                     Original Soundtrack CD     





Gene Kelly, Van Johnson, Cyd Charisse,


DVD - Wide Screen






           Original Sound Track CD                     Vocal Selections from the Movie






Original Soundtrack




Gordon MacRae, Shirley Jones, Henry King, Cameron Mitchell, Barbara Ruick, Claramae Turner, Gene Lockhart


                DVD - Anniversary Edition                         Original Motion Picture Soundtrack




Rob Marshall, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Renée Zellweger, Richard Gere, Queen Latifah, John C. Reilly, Christine Baranski


DVD - Wide Screen            DVD - Wide Screen         Blu-ray - Wide Screen



Daddy Long Legs

Fred Astaire, Leslie Caron


DVD - Wide Screen



Easter Parade

Charles Walters, Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Peter Lawford, Ann Miller, Jules Munshin, Clinton Sundberg


                   DVD                                        DVD - Special Edition




Madonna, Antonio Banderas, Jonathan Pryce, Jimmy Nail, ,Walt Disney Video


                    Blu-ray                                CD                   Movie Musical Songbook



Fiddler on the Roof

Norman Jewison, Topol, Norma Crane,Leonard Frey, Molly Picon, Paul Mann, Rosalind Harris


DVD - Wide Screen



Finian’s Rainbow

Francis Ford Coppola, Fred Astaire, Petula Clark, Tommy Steele, Don Francks, Keenan Wynn, Barbara Hancock


DVD - Wide Screen



Flower Drum Song


DVD - Special Edition / Wide Screen             Soundtrack [Bonus Track]              



Funny Face

Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire, Kay Thompson, Michel Auclair, Robert Flemyng, Virginia Gibson, Stanley Donen


DVD - Wide Screen



Funny Girl

Barbra Streisand, Omar Sharif, Kay Medford, Anne Francis, Walter Pidgeon, Lee Allen


   DVD - Wide Screen                   Original Soundtrack CD




Leslie Caron, Maurice Chevalier, Louis Jourdan, Hermione Gingold, Eva Gabor, Isabel Jeans


DVD - Anniversary Edition   DVD - Repackaged



                  Blu-ray                                    Blu-ray - Remastered






DVD - Wide Screen




Olivia Newton-John, John Travolta, Stockard Channing, Jeff Conaway, Didi Conn, Eve Arden


         DVD - Special Edition-Wide Screen       Rockin' Rydell Sweater Edition-Wide Screen



Jacket Edition-Wide Screen      Blu-ray - Wide Screen           Soundtrack CD           



Soundtrack- Bonus CD Special Edition                Vocal Selections                          



Grease 2

Maxwell Caulfield, Michelle Pfeiffer, Adrian Zmed, Christopher McDonald, Peter Frechette, Leif Green


          DVD - Wide Screen                      Original Soundtrack CD



Guys and Dolls

Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra, Vivian Blaine, Robert Keith, Stubby Kaye


DVD - Wide Screen




Rosalind Russell, Natalie Wood, Karl Malden, Paul Wallace, Betty Bruce, Ann Jillian,






Milos Forman, John Savage, Treat Williams, Beverly D'Angelo, Nicholas Ray, Annie Golden, MGM


DVD - Wide Screen & Pan & Scan               Blu-ray - Wide Screen                         




John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, Amanda Bynes, James Marsden, Queen Latifah


       DVD                                         Blu-ray                    2007 Soundtrack CD



Collector's Edition Soundtrack CD                   The Companion Book                   



Hello, Dolly

Barbra Streisand, Walter Matthau, Michael Crawford, Louis Armstrong, Marianne McAndrew, E.J. Peaker


DVD - Wide Screen               Original Soundtrack CD              DVD - Wide Screen



High Society

Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Celeste Holm, John Lund, Louis Armstrong





Hollywood Canteen




How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying





Jesus Christ Superstar

Ted Neeley, Carl Anderson, Yvonne Elliman, Barry Dennen, Bob Bingham, Josh Mostel


       DVD - Special Edition-Wide Screen        Original Movie Soundtrack 25th Anniv. CD



Kiss Me, Kate

Patricia Morison, Alfred Drake, Julie Wilson, Bill Hayes, Harvey Lembeck, Jack Klugman





Mamma Mia!

Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Amanda Seyfried, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, Julie Walters


2008 Deluxe Edition CD/DVD               DVD - 2-Disc Special Edition



Gift Set: DVD - Wide Screen / Bonus CD / Includes book / Mixed Media Set



Blu-ray - Wide Screen          Movie Soundtrack         Piano/Vocal/Guitar




Gene Saks, Lucille Ball, Robert Preston, Bea Arthur, Kirby Furlong, Bruce Davison, George Chiang


DVD - Wide Screen



Mary Poppins

Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, David Tomlinson, Glynis Johns, Hermione Baddeley, Ed Wynn, Walt Disney Video


45th Anniversary DVD              Special Edition CD / DVD                    Easy Piano         



Meet Me In St. Louis

Vincente Minnelli, Judy Garland, Margaret O'Brien, Mary Astor, Lucille Bremer, Tom Drake, Marjorie Main


DVD - Special Edition



My Fair Lady

Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Stanley Holloway, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Gladys Cooper, Jeremy Brett


    DVD - Wide Screen                          Blu-ray                  Original Soundtrack CD




Gordon MacRae, Shirley Jones, Gene Nelson, Charlotte Greenwood, Gloria Grahame, Rod Steiger


      DVD - Anniversary Edition                   Original Movie Soundtrack CD



On a Clear Day You Can See Forever



Original Soundtrack CD



On the Town

Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Ann Miller, Vera Ellen, Betty Garrett, Jules Munshin


DVD - Full Frame



Once Upon a Mattress

Carol Burnett, Tracey Ullman, Denis O'Hare, Zooey Deschanel, Michael Boatman, Edward Hibbert


DVD - Wide Screen



Pal Joey

Rita Hayworth, Frank Sinatra, Kim Novak, Barbara Nichols, Bobby Sherwood, Elizabeth Patterson


DVD - Wide Screen & Pan & Scan



The Pajama Game

Doris Day, John Raitt, Carol Haney, Eddie Foy Jr.


                   DVD                                             Original Soundtrack CD     



Pirates of Penzance

Kevin Kline, Linda Ronstadt, George Rose, Rex Smith, Angela Lansbury, Peter Allen


 DVD - Wide Screen



Porgy and Bess

Trevor Nunn






Anthony Rapp, Adam Pascal, Rosario Dawson, Jesse L. Martin, Wilson Jermaine Heredia, Idina Menzel


DVD - Wide Screen    Original Soundtrack CD    Vocal Selections



Easy Piano                      Full Libretto



Royal Wedding

Fred Astaire, Jane Powell, Peter Lawford





Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Howard Keel, Jeff Richards, Russ Tamblyn, Tommy Rall, Marc Platt, Jane Powell


                    DVD - Pan & Scan                    DVD - Special Edition - Wide Screen



Original Soundtrack CD                         Piano/Vocal/Chords     



Show Boat

Kathryn Grayson, Howard Keel, Ava Gardner, Joe E. Brown, Marge Champion, Gower Champion





Silk Stalkings



Singing in the Rain




                Original Soundtrack - CD                   50th Anniversary Piano/Vocal/Chords


South Pacific

Rossano Brazzi, Mitzi Gaynor, John Kerr, Ray Walston, Juanita Hall, France Nuyen


DVD - Collector's Edition            Original Soundtrack           Blu-ray - Wide Screen



Glenn Close, Harry Connick Jr., DVD Pan & Scan/DTS, Walt Disney Video



Stage Door Canteen



State Fair

Jeanne Crain, Dana Andrews, Dick Haymes, Vivian Blaine


DVD - Special Edition- Wide Screen


Strike Up the Band



Summer Stock

Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Eddie Bracken, Gloria de Haven, Marjorie Main, Phil Silvers





Sweeney Todd

Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, Timothy Spall, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jamie Campbell Bower





Sweet Charity

Shirley MacLaine, John McMartin, Ricardo Montalban, Sammy Davis Jr., Chita Rivera, Paula Kelly


       DVD - Wide Screen                           Movie Soundtrack CD



Swing Time

Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Victor Moore, Helen Broderick, Eric Blore, Betty Furness


DVD - B&W / Full Frame



Take Me Out to the Ball Game

Frank Sinatra, Esther Williams, Gene Kelly, Betty Garrett, Edward Arnold, Jules Munshin


DVD - Full Frame



The Band Wagon

Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse, Oscar Levant, Nanette Fabray, Jack Buchanan, James Mitchell


DVD - Special Edition / Full Frame





The Music Man

Robert Preston, Shirley Jones, Buddy Hackett, Pert Kelton, Ronny Howard, Hermione Gingold






DVD - Color/Wide Screen                     Blu-Ray                  Matthew Broderick, DVD




The Pirate

Gene Kelly, Judy Garland


DVD -  Full Frame



The King and I

Deborah Kerr, Yul Brynner, Rita Moreno, Martin Benson, Terry Saunders, Rex Thompson


Anniversary - Wide Screen DVD      DVD - Wide Screen     Original Movie Soundtrack CD



The Phantom of the Operation

Gerard Butler, Emmy Rossum, Patrick Wilson, Miranda Richardson, Minnie Driver, Simon Callow


DVD - Special Edition      DVD - Wide Screen    Blu-ray - Wide Screen



                          CD                                Super Audio CD - SACD Hybrid



Vocal Selections from the Movie                       Easy Piano                      



The Producers

Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, Uma Thurman, Will Ferrell, Gary Beach, Roger Bart


DVD - Wide Screen                     DVD - Pan & Scan                  2005 Soundtrack CD



The Road to Bali

Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Dorothy Lamour





The Road to Morocco

Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour, Anthony Quinn


DVD - Black & White



The Road to Singapore

Bing Crosby, Dorothy Lamour, Bob Hope, Anthony Quinn


DVD - Black & White



The Road to Utopia

Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour, Robert Benchley


DVD - Black & White



The Road to Zanzibar

Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour, Una Merkel


DVD - Black & White



The Sound of Music

Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker, Richard Haydn, Peggy Wood, Charmian Carr


 45th Anniversary Blu-ray-Wide Screen               Blu-ray - Wide Screen / Includes DVD



45th Anniversary Edition CD    Family Scrapbook



The Wizard of Oz

Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley, Gus Wayne


 DVD - 2-Disc Special Edition                         DVD - Wide Screen             



                        Blu-ray                                                  Blu-ray - Special Edition



Top Hat

Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Edward Everett Horton, Erik Rhodes, Helen Broderick, Eric Blore


DVD - B&W / Full Frame



Thoroughly Modern Millie

Julie Andrews, James Fox, Mary Tyler Moore, Carol Channing, John Gavin, Beatrice Lillie


              DVD - Wide Screen                          1967 Original Soundtrack CD



West Side Story

Robert Wise, Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn, Rita Moreno, George Chakiris, Simon Oakland


Music on Film Series        Anniversary Edition Blu-ray   Expanded Original Soundtrack CD




White Christmas

Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen, Dean Jagger, Mary Wickes


DVD - Wide Screen / Mixed Media Set        DVD - Anniversary Edition / Wide Screen



Blu-ray - Anniversary Edition




Olivia Newton-John, Gene Kelly, Michael Beck


 DVD - Wide Screen



Yankee Doodle Dandy


DVD - Black & White



You Were Never Lovelier

Fred Astaire, Rita Hayworth, Adolphe Menjou


DVD - Black & White



You’ll Never Get Rich

Fred Astaire, Rita Hayworth, Robert Benchley


DVD - Black & White



Ziegfeld Follies

Fred Astaire, Lucille Ball, Lucille Bremer


DVD - Remastered / Full Frame



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