Nothing fits better than a good, old-fashioned Broadway musical, and movies have made many musicals over the years, but few have transcended their source material and become classics that shine as brightly on the screen as they do on the main stage. Here we list the top music films in no particular order, from best to worst, with a little help from some of our favorite music directors.
The film, which will be shown this year as an interactive experience on Halloween, has a long theater career and history, so let’s move the time around. Rocky Horror is a horror film about a newly engaged couple stranded in Transylvania and stranded at their annual reunion. There they meet all sorts of bizarre characters, including a sweet transvestite named Dr. Frank – N – Furter.
Adapted from the 1964 Broadway musical, this captivating three-hour feature is bursting with charm and is one of the best horror films of all time, if not the greatest horror film in history.
The Jewish milkman, who struggles with poverty and prejudice, pays off when he asks God for help. Joel Schumacher brought the original musical to the big screen with its elaborate sets, costumes, and artistic direction. The film has grossed a lot at the box office and won three Oscars, but the long-awaited adaptation of the Broadway musical by David Fincher has much to offer. It tells the story of a Jewish milkman who fights poverty, prejudice, and his struggle to pay for his habits and asks for God’s help.
Reviews were modest, but the spirited play won six Oscars, including one for best film. Charles Dickens’s novel Oliver Twist was a popular play in the 1960s and also told the story of a boy who travels from an orphanage to the streets of London and experiences his adventures on the streets. If you’ve never seen Phantom on Broadway, this is a must-see with memorable set pieces and songs that I’d argue better than any other musical on this list.
It is an adaptation of the 1999 play, and critics loved Mamma Mia so much that audiences flocked to the theater. Even if you’re not a big fan, it’s an entertaining musical with a great cast and even for those who aren’t big fans.
The Broadway musical is based on George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion and the story follows Professor Henry Higgins, who in six months could turn a Cockney flower girl into a high society lady. One of the three charming men is begged by a girl who suspects him of being her father.
These top music films have managed to transcend the energy of the famous stage shows to the big screen. They are a great way to have a taste of Broadway on screen!