Growing up, before I’d even heard of live theatre or Broadway shows, my favorite genre of movie was the movie musical. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve watched these movies, but I assure you, it’s been over and over and over again. Here are my top ten favorite movie musicals of all time:
1. Annie – This was the first musical I remember watching. It came out around the same time as I was in the first grade. At the time, I had a perm, and my hair was red… so needless to say, I was called “Little Orphan Annie” by my peers. Before I saw the movie, it hurt my feelings a bit, but once I saw it, I didn’t mind so much, because I loved the movie.
2. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers – Despite the context that the men go and kidnap a bunch of women… this is the best! The songs are fantastic and the barn dance scene may be one of my favorites of all time! And *whew* those boys were handsome once Millie made them shave off all their scruff!
3. 1776 – I remember watching this in a history class in high school. Loved it.
4. Sound of Music – How could this not be on any top ten list? It’s so full of wonderful songs and characters. I love everything about it!
5. Fiddler on the Roof – Right? Of course, right! This story of a Jewish family whose three eldest daughters push the envelope of tradition is one of my favorites. In fact, as I mentioned the other day, we used one of the songs from this movie in our wedding.
6. West Side Story – The Romeo and Juliet story set to fabulous music by Leonard Bernstein and thrown into the New York City gang scene in the 1960s.
7. My Fair Lady – In college, we convinced our Phonetics professor to let us spend a week watching this show. It was awesome. What’s not to love about Rex Harrison and Audrey Hepburn? Swoon.
8. Thoroughly Modern Millie – Another flick starring Julie Andrews. This quirky story set in the 20s is so much fun. I love the “Tapioca” song!
9. Oklahoma! – My husband went to college at the University of Oklahoma. Once when I went to visit him, he was shocked that I knew the words to their fight song… which he was unaware was taken from the title song from this musical.
10. White Christmas – Even though these movies are not listed in any specific order, I did save the best for last. White Christmas is my all time favorite movie. I love, love, love everything about it. Every song, every character, just everything. It’s pretty perfect in my book.
Honorable Mention – I couldn’t not mention the following movies, which I have also spent plenty of hours watching, but there just weren’t enough slots in the top ten spots:
The Music Man
The Wizard of Oz