Here are the ones that instantly come to mind. I'll put them in alphabetical order, as my order of preference changes with my mood:
*For The Boys
*Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
*Gypsy (Bette Midler version)
*Saturday Night Fever
*Some Like It Hot
*The Sound Of Music
*Thank God It's Friday
The Wiz is positively the worst musical I've ever had the misfortune to come across !
thats an easy one for me 'cabaret.' kander and ebbs masterpeice, set in 30's berlin. liza was outstanding as sally.
'its liza with a z, not lisa with an s.'
Diana Ross was irritating and Michael Jackson was so nauseating and the songs were just dire, but yes, different strokes Mel, glad someone enjoyed it
I liked it, and the thread was asking what the individual's favourites are, not necessarily the best. This is primarily an 80s soap forum, after all, so we're all in one big glass house really. Art is a subjective medium though, VL, so let's agree to disagree about Bette's performance.
we can agree to disagree..but as a director, and Gypsy being one of my favorite musicals..I found that Bette peaked way too early,she peaked at 'everythings coming up roses' when she had an entire act to go before 'roses turn" it put her over the top with nowhere to go for the last hour of the film. I normally like Bette Midler's performances but not as Mama Rose. check out Roz Russell's film again just for comparisons sake.
a few of them:
Sound of music
Wizard of Oz
Little Shop of Horrors (1986)
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Regarding the question of what constitutes a musical: I believe a true musical is when the storyline is advanced by frequent musical interludes; characters breaking into song at a moment's notice. Which is why Grease and Wizard of Oz are true musicals. Movies in which music plays a prominent part, such as Saturday Night Fever, I don't think that's a true musical. But then, what about a movie like The Rose, in which Bette Midler played a rock star modeled after Janis Joplin? Is that a musical? The Buddy Holly Story? This is Spinal Tap? Good fodder for debate.
I am going to see Buddy Holly Story next summer (dinner theatre) and it is a 'musical'. Though I agree that the music needs to enhance the show (characters singing throughout, singing telling the story). There are lots of movies with great music (i.e. Beaches - but I would not call it a musically staged show or movie).