Vincente MinnelliOscar-winner and legendary hoofer Fred Astaire ("Top Hat") stars in this fun-filled Oscar-nominated musical as a Hollywood celebrity who stumbles into trouble when he agrees to star in a Broadway show. Co-starring Cyd Charisse ("Singin' in the Rain") and featuring classic songs, including "Dancing in the Dark." Directed by Oscar-winner Vincente Minnelli ("Gigi," "Meet Me in St. Louis"). Selected by the prestigious American Film Institute as one of the 400 best American films of all time. Inducted into the Library of Congress National Film Registry.
Bob Fosse & David SheehanWinner of 5 Tony Awards, Pippin is a Broadway musical that is not only a contemporary classic but also the play that made director choreographer Bob Fosse a famous name long before Cabaret and All That Jazz. Using the medieval legend of Charlemagne's son, Pippin, heir apparent to the Holy Roman Empire, the musical pageant called Pippin is a parable about a young man's search for meaning and truth.
Howard HawksCelebrate 75 Years of Glamour from 20th Century Fox! Two glamorous showgirls have everything a girl could want – except engagement rings! In a quest for true love, Lorelei (Marilyn Monroe) and her gold digger pal Dorothy (Jane Russell) set sail on a luxury-liner for France. While on board, the pair hit rocky waters when a manipulative detective (Elliot Reid), an over-aged millionaire (Charles Coburn), and the entire men's Olympic Gymnastics team try to put an anchor in their marriage-minded mischief. It's a wild and joyous funny ride across the Atlantic as Lorelei and Dorothy plan and plot a way to land their men!
Robert GreenwaldXanadu is a look at the future and a loving remembrance of the way things were in the heyday of Hollywood. The musical score includes the hit songs "Magic," "I'm Alive," "All Over the World," "Suddenly," and the title song "Xanadu." Olivia Newton-John will dazzle your senses with her luminous beauty and fabulous voice. She and Gene Kelly star in this mesmerizing musical fantasy. The '40s meets the '80s in Xanadu, a very special love story and the first lavish, old-fashioned musical to utilize today's music.
Andrew L. StoneFourteen musical numbers highlight this account of a dancer whose swift rise to fame threatens to destroy his marriage to a beautiful singer. A story of star-crossed lovers, Stormy Weather follows Bill Williamson (Bill "Bojangles" Robinson) - a dancing legend - and the love of his life Selina Rogers (Lena Horne). Co-stars jazz greats like Fats Waller and Cab Calloway, and dancing legends The Nicholas Brothers.
Victor SchertzingerHaving spent her last $500 to study singing in Italy, Mary Barrett takes a job as cigarette girl in a Milan café where her talent is recognized by Guilio Monteverdi, the fiery, egotistical, conductor who is famous throughout Europe. Monteverdi is so impressed that he offers to teach her, making it clear that becoming his pupil will mean years of rigorous training. Told she must live with him so that he can supervise every phase of her life, Mary balks. But with characteristic egotism, Monteverdi assures her their relationship will be strictly platonic, noting that he dismissed his last pupil after she fell in love with him! Two long and demanding years after becoming Monteverdi's pupil, Mary loses her temper with her stern taskmaster. But when he appeals to the artist in her, Mary continues her studies. So, when Bill Huston, a charming and wealthy American, asks her to marry him, she refuses, still determined to become a famous opera singer, if only to gain her stern teacher's approva
Charles WaltersDebbie Reynolds ("Singin' in the Rain," "Mother") received an Oscar-nomination for her portrayal of a determined backwoods gal who aspires to become the wealthiest woman in Denver during the late 1800s. Not only does she succeed, she also survives the sinking of the Titanic! Nominated for six Oscars, including Best Score, this high-spirited musical classic is based on a true story. Also stars Oscar-winner Ed Begley ("Sweet Bird of Youth") and Oscar-nominee Hermione Baddeley (TV's "Maude").
Michael CurtizAfter leaving the Army after W.W.II, Bob Wallace and Phil Davis team up to become a top song-and-dance act. Davis plays matchmaker and introduces Wallace to a pair of beautiful sisters (Betty and Judy) who also have a song-and-dance act. When Betty and Judy travel to a Vermont lodge to perform a Christmas show, Wallace and Davis follow, only to find their former commander, General Waverly, is the lodge owner. A series of romantic mix-ups ensue as the performers try to help the General.
Sidney PoitierIt's the definitive dance musical of the 80s! FAST FORWARD follows eight talented teenagers from a small town to New York City for a one-in-a-million shot at stardom in a national dance competition. Their high-powered energy is captured by director Sidney Poitier in some of the most dazzling dance sequences ever filmed. From the fast-moving rhythms of contemporary street dancing, to jazz and classical ballet, they strut their stuff through exhausting rehearsals and numerous auditions. In the process, the teenagers get a crash course in self-sufficiency in a city that challenges them to survive, compete and grow. The odds are against them, but in the film's exciting climax, they put it all on the line to make their dreams come true.
Sidney LumetEase on down the yellow-brick road with The Wiz, starring superstars Diana Ross and Michael Jackson! Relive all of the magic of this beloved musical when Dorothy is whisked away to the enchanting wonderland of Oz, where she encounters the Scarecrow, the Tinman and the Lion. The Wiz features spectacular musical numbers from legendary producer Quincy Jones and an all-star cast including Lena Horne, Richard Pryor, Nipsey Russell and Ted Ross.
Julie TaymorAcross the Universe, from director Julie Taymor, is a revolutionary rock musical that re-imagines America in the turbulent late-1960s, a time when battle lines were being drawn at home and abroad. When young dockworker Jude (Jim Sturgess) leaves Liverpool to find his estranged father in America, he is swept up by the waves of change that are re-shaping the nation. Jude falls in love with Lucy (Evan Rachel Wood), a rich but sheltered American girl who joins the growing anti-war movement in New York's Greenwich Village. As the body count in Vietnam rises, political tensions at home spiral out of control and the star-crossed lovers find themselves in a psychedelic world gone mad. With a cameo by Bono, Across the Universe is "the kind of movie you watch again, like listening to a favorite album." (Roger Ebert, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES)
Blake EdwardsOut-of-work singer Julie Andrews conspires with Robert Preston to pose as a female impersonator in order to get work on the Paris cabaret circuit. But her sudden success becomes complicated when American night club operator James Garner falls in love with her, correctly believing she really is a woman. Laughs pile up as Andrews tries to maintain the charade while Garner's jealous girlfriend, Lesley Ann Warren, tries to uncover the truth.
UnknownBreathtaking performances captured in an adventure where anything can happen - that's Saltimbanco, a glorious celebration of life! The show illustrates a new proposal for urban life, a kaleidoscope overflowing with optimism and happiness.
Michael CurtizThe entertaining true story of songwriter Gus Kahn, tracing his life from Chicago roots to his New York rise with Ziegfeld. Terrific score performed by Doris Day and Danny Thomas. Includes songs: "It Had to Be You," "Ain't We Got Fun." From Michael Curtiz, the director of "Casablanca" and "Angels With Dirty Faces."
Norman TaurogSuperstar Elvis Presley ("Jailhouse Rock") stars as an American rock singer who becomes involved with a European teen heiress. Featuring a collection of the King's classics, including "Long Legged Girl." With John Williams (TV's "Family Affair").
Morton DacostaRobert Preston encores his Broadway triumph as Professor Harold Hill; Academy Award winner Shirley Jones stars as Marian the Librarian; and all the wonderful music, color and small-town charm of River City, Iowa, in 1912 come to life in this charming romance of a con man who falls in love and stays when he should take the money and get out of town. But just as Hill is expecting the townspeople to realize they have been duped, he witnesses a musical miracle ... which he leads as The Music Man.
George SidneyIt's a high-spirited Oscar-nominated musical clash between respectable waitress Judy Garland and wicked dance-hall queen Angela Lansbury when a restaurant chain opens up along railroad lines in the wild west of 1880's New Mexico. Get on board for the Oscar-winning song, "On the Atchison, Topeka and Sante Fe." A lavish MGM production, based on a true story. Starring Academy Award-winners Garland ("The Wizard of Oz," "Meet Me in St. Louis") and Lansbury (TV's "Murder, She Wrote," "Gaslight") with Ray Bolger ("The Wizard of Oz"), Marjorie Main ("Meet Me in St. Louis"), Academy Award-nominee Chill Wills ("The Alamo," TV's "Francis, The Talking Mule") and Cyd Charisse ("Singin' in the Rain"). Directed by the acclaimed George Sidney ("Bye Bye Birdie," "Show Boat," "The Three Musketeers") and produced by Oscar-winner Arthur Freed ("An American in Paris," "Gigi").
Michael CurtizJames Cagney ("White Heat," "Angels With Dirty Faces") danced and sang his way to a well-deserved Academy Award for his outstanding portrayal of vaudeville composer and performer George M. Cohan in this Oscar-nominated biography. Recently selected as one of the top American films of all time by the prestigious American Film Institute and directed by Academy Award-winner Michael Curtiz ("Casablanca"), this joyous musical tribute to one of America's most popular entertainers was nominated for 8 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Director, and Writing and won for Best Score and Best Sound. Oscar-winner Walter Huston ("The Treasure of the Sierra Madre") received his third Oscar-nomination as Cohan's show business father. Contains some of Cohan's finest songs, including, "Yankee Doodle Dandy," "Over There," and "Give My Regards to Broadway". A "must-see" American classic, Leonard Maltin awards it four stars. Inducted into the Library of Congress National Film Registry.
Vincente MinnelliIt's a fun-filled and musical case of mistaken identity when lonely Judy Garland ("The Wizard of Oz," "A Star is Born," "Meet Me in St. Louis") mistakes traveling clown Gene Kelly ("An American in Paris," "Singin' In the Rain") for a famed Caribbean pirate. With songs by the great Cole Porter, Oscar-winners Garland and Kelly light up the screen. Nominated for Best Score. Directed by Oscar-winner Vincente Minnelli ("Gigi," "An American in Paris"). With Tony-winner Walter Slezak ("The Inspector General" and father of soap-queen, Erika Slezak).
Michael CurtizElvis Presley delivers one of his finest early performances in King Creole. Elvis plays a teenager named Danny Fisher, who is forced to drop out of school to help support his ineffective father (Dean Jagger). Drawn to trouble like a magnet, Danny is saved from a jail term by New Orleans saloon-keeper Charlie Le Grand (Paul Stewart), who gives the boy a job as a singer. It isn't long, however, before local gang boss Maxie Fields (Walter Matthau), a shadowy figure from Danny's criminal past, puts the muscle on the boy, insisting that Danny sing at his establishment. To lure Danny to his side of the fence, Maxie relies upon the seductive charms of his gun moll Ronnie (Carolyn Jones), while Danny's true love Nellie (Dolores Hart) suffers on the sidelines. In addition to the expected musical numbers (which are cleverly integrated into the storyline), the film's highlight is a brief exchange of fisticuffs between Elvis and Walter Matthau. Together with Jailhouse Rock, King Creole is one of t
Busby BerkeleyAcademy Award-winner Gene Kelly makes his film debut as a song and dance man who lures singer Judy Garland away from her vaudeville partner. When WWI breaks out, he intentionally injures his hand to avoid combat only to reform and become a gallant hero. Kelly ("Singin' in the Rain," "An American in Paris") and Oscar-winner Garland ("The Wizard of Oz," "Meet Me in St. Louis") make a fabulous duo in this Oscar-nominated musical. With Academy Award-honoree George Murphy ("Battleground") and Keenan Wynn ("Mary Poppins," "Dr. Strangelove"). Directed by Oscar-nominated Broadway and screen director/choreographer Busby Berkeley ("Babes in Arms"). Produced by Oscar-winner Arthur Freed ("An American in Paris," "Gigi").
Chris ColumbusSet in New York City's gritty East Village, the revolutionary rock opera RENT tells the story of a group of bohemians struggling to live and pay their rent. "Measuring their lives in love," these starving artists strive for success and acceptance while enduring the obstacles of poverty, illness and the AIDS epidemic. RENT is based on Jonathan Larson's Pulitzer and Tony Award winning musical, one of the longest running shows on Broadway. The raw and riveting musical stars Rosario Dawson, Taye Diggs, Wilson Jermaine Heredia, Jesse L. Martin, Idina Menzel, Adam Pascal, Anthony Rapp and Tracie Thoms and is directed by Chris Columbus. (EN-CA)
George SidneyPal Joey stars Rita Hayworth, Frank Sinatra and Kim Novak in a sophisticated musical comedy. Sinatra plays Joey Evans, a cabaret singer who romances wealthy socialite Hayworth into financing his own nightclub, but then falls for voluptuous chorine Novak. Pal Joey took 17 years to get to the screen. Based on a series of stories written as letters by John O'Hara for The New Yorker, the letters were all signed "Your Pal Joey" by a mythical dancer. O'Hara later adapted the stories as a book for the Broadway musical which starred Gene Kelly. When Columbia bought the film rights, studio chief Harry Cohn wanted Kelly for the lead and Hayworth for the younger role of Linda. But Kelly was already contracted to MGM and the project was shelved. At one time, Billy Wilder was interested in doing the picture with Marlon Brando and Mae West but the studio passed. It finally took the combined talents of Hayworth, Sinatra and newcomer Kim Novak to bring Pal Joey to the screen. The gossip columns were f
George SidneyFrank Sinatra, Gene Kelly and Jerry the Mouse star in this charming musical mix of live action and animation. Two sailors (Sinatra and Kelly) in Hollywood looking for glamorous movie starlets find romance, dance with a cartoon mouse and help a young starlet get discovered--all during one shore leave.
Norman TaurogElvis Presley, the undisputed King of rock 'n' roll, stars in this fun-filled musical romance as a crop-dusting pilot who is escorted through the Seattle World's Fair by a cute Chinese girl and falls in love with a beautiful woman. Look for the screen debut of Kurt Russell ("Executive Decision," "Stargate"). Co-starring Gary Lockwood ("2001: A Space Odyssey").
Henry KosterDeanna Durbin was introduced as "Universal's New Discovery" in this delightful debut which launched the teenage singing sensation. The adventure begins when three lovely, high-spirited girls (Durbin, Nan Grey and Barbara Read) attempt to reunite their mother and father who divorced a decade ago. The girls decide to pay their millionaire father (Charles Winninger) a surprise visit in New York when they learn of his intentions to remarry. The object of his current affections (Binnie Barnes) is headed for disaster when the girls arrive to break up the romance and bring their father home. Wonderful songs punctuate the action, including the hits "My Heart is Singing" and "Someone to Care for Me," rendered by Durbin in star-making style. The girls let nothing stand in the way of their success, and their hilarious high jinks prove irresistible. Don't miss the film that made Deanna Durbin a household name and endeared her to millions of movie-going fans.
Arthur Allan SeidelmanEver since that Christmas Eve seven years ago when Ebenezer Scrooge (Kelsey Grammer) buried his longtime friend and business partner, Jacob Marley (Jason Alexander), Scrooge's melancholy has settled into an eternal bitterness toward the holidays and his fellow man. His loyal but meek clerk, Bob Cratchit (Edward Gower), is the constant target of his cruelty and even Scrooge's own nephew inspires in his uncle no Christmas sentiment warmer than "Bah! Humbug!" But this Christmas Eve is startlingly different. Scrooge has company, the ghost of his old partner has arrived to warn him of the consequences of the suffering he has caused and to extend an invitation for redemption. Charles Dickens's classic story of the Christmas spirit that still lives within embittered Ebenezer Scrooge is magically transformed into a musical event featuring a visitation of spirits from past, present, and future. Featuring memorable songs from Oscar nominee and Tony winner Lynn Ahrens (Ragtime, Anastasia) and Ala
Kenny Leon & Alex RudzinskiNBC assembles a star-studded team of award-winning talent for the live production of the beloved Tony Award®-winning Broadway show, Hairspray. Executive produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (The Wiz Live!, The Sound of Music Live!, Peter Pan Live!), Hairspray Live! tells the inspiring story of Tracy Turnblad (newcomer Maddie Baillio), a plump teen in 1962 Baltimore who wins a spot on a local TV dance program and ignites a campaign to integrate the show. The three-hour live event is directed by Tony Award®-winner Kenny Leon and features choreography from Tony Award®-winner Jerry Mitchell. The all-star cast includes Kristin Chenoweth, Harvey Fierstein, Ariana Grande, Derek Hough, Jennifer Hudson, and Martin Short.
Robert WiseRodgers & Hammerstein's® cinematic treasure, “The Sound of Music” is the winner of five Academy Awards®, including Best Picture. In this true-life story, Julie Andrews lights up the screen as Maria, a spirited young Austrian woman who leaves the convent to become a governess for Captain von Trapp’s (Christopher Plummer) seven unruly children. Her charm and songs soon win the hearts of the children – and their father. But when Nazi Germany unites with Austria, Maria is forced to attempt a daring escape with her new family.
Christiaan OlwagenDrafted during Apartheid by the South African Army, Johan Niemand's love for Boy George and Depeche Mode lands him a spot in the SADF Choir - the 'Canaries.' In a landscape where law and religion oppress individuality, Johan and the Canaries have to survive military training and go on a nationwide tour. An unexpected romance on the battlefield forces Johan to reckon with his long-repressed sexual identity. This musical comedy revels in the discovery of finding your voice and learning to fly.
Barbra StreisandBased on a short story, "Yentl, the Yeshiva Boy," by Isaac Bashevis Singer. Yentl is the story of a young Eastern European woman, who, very early in our century (pre-WWI), disguises herself as a boy in order to pursue her passion for studying the Torah. Yentl (Streisand) has no trouble passing for a boy as she pursues her studies, but when she falls in love with a fellow student (Mandy Patinkin) she cannot, of course, express her feelings. Circumstances of Jewish law force the "boy" Yentl to marry a girl (Amy Irving), but the concealment must continue and Yentl must invent reasons for a long-delayed "consumation" of the marriage. Finally, she reveals her secret to her bride, who, after a time of shock, accepts Yentl for what she is.
Cory McAbeeSpace travel has become a dirty way of life dominated by derelicts, grease monkeys, and hard-boiled interplanetary traders such as Samuel Curtis. Written, directed, and starring Cory McAbee of the legendary cult band "The Billy Nayer Show," this sci-fi, musical-western uses flinty black and white photography, rugged Lo-Fi sets and the spirit of the final frontier. We follow Curtis on his Homeric journey to provide the all-female planet of Venus with a suitable male, while pursued by an enigmatic killer, Professor Hess. The film features music by "The Billy Nayer Show" and some of the most original rock n' roll scenes ever committed to film.
Gale EdwardsTim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar first exploded onto the West End stage in 1972 and it was clear that the musical world would never be the same again. For the first time ever Jesus Christ Superstar has been specially filmed for video. Shot at Pinewood Studios, this brand new filmed stage version starring Glenn Carter and Rik Mayall captures one of the best scores Andrew Lloyd Webber has ever written and is packed with hit songs including ‘I Don’t Know How to Love Him’, ‘Gethsemane’ and ‘Superstar’.
Joshua LoganA raucous musical comedy, set in the Wild West, Paint Your Wagon is punctuated with a classic Lerner and Loewe musical score (from the original Broadway production), including "They Call The Wind Maria" and "I Talk To Trees." The story of a goldmining boom town full of brawny men centers on the work-and-play partnership of Ben and Pardner (Lee Marvin and Clint Eastwood) alongside the rebellious Elizabeth (Jean Seberg).
Francis Ford CoppolaScreen legend Fred Astaire is an Irish rogue whose leprechaun comes to life in the American South. A whimsical, musical fantasy directed by mastermind Francis Ford Coppola ("Bram Stoker's Dracula," "The Godfather") and co-starring pop star/actress Petula Clark ("Goodbye, Mr. Chips"), this story is pure enchantment. Leonard Maltin calls this "elegant and witty... the best movie musical of its era."
Charles WaltersThe last Astaire/Rogers movie, about a show-biz team divided by career ambitions, is also the duo's only color film. Highlights: Fred's Shoes with Wings on and the pair's They Can't Take That Away from Me.
Beth McCarthy-MillerThe hills are alive again! Experience The Sound of Music, one of the most beloved musicals of all time, performed live in a joyous event your whole family can enjoy again and again. Grammy® Award winner Carrie Underwood stars in the iconic role of Maria, a vivacious young governess who falls in love with straitlaced Captain Von Trapp (Stephen Moyer) and his seven children and soon leads them all to embrace the joy of music and sing along – and you will, too. Filmed and broadcasted live from New York City, this astounding adaptation of the original Broadway musical features some of the most famous songs ever written for the stage, including “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” and “Sixteen Going on Seventeen.” A breathtaking musical production, this all-new family classic is sure to have you humming along to The Sound of Music!
Nicci GilbertFueled by the bright lights and illusion of fame, we follow seven women on their journey to self-discovery as they struggle with temptation, personal demons and false promises. While trying to revive Detroit’s hottest club in town, the Soul Kittens take customers on the ride of their lives with sultry sex appeal and silky vocals. Along the way, the Soul Kittens learn the real meaning of sisterhood from the yin and yang of reasoning, Good Conscience (Fantasia Barrino) and Bad Conscience (Faith Evans). Written and directed by Nicci Gilbert, this sensational stage musical has been thrilling audiences all over the country and now the Kittens can follow you home.
Micky DolenzSet in the colorful world of ancient China, Aladdin is the story of a poor young lad who discovers a magical genie. Enhanced by a talented cast, exquisite surroundings and a captivating score, this magical family musical is based on a popular stage production by the Prince Street Players, and features a creative new look on the traditional tale.
Richard ThorpeElizabeth Taylor, Jane Powell and Carmen Miranda star in this fun and featherweight romantic musical comedy. Judy Foster (Powell) and Carol Pringle (Taylor) are two teenaged best friends attracted to the same older man, a situation that is further complicated because Judy is already dating Carol's brother. Meanwhile the girls catch Judy's father dancing the mambo with a Brazilian beauty (Miranda)--and mistake innocent dancing lessons for something more serious.
David MalletNominated for three Primetime Emmy Awards, Cirque du Soleil presents Dralion is a dazzling, dynamic show that fuses the ancient Chinese circus tradition with the avant-garde approach of Cirque du Soleil.
Charles WaltersMusical splash stars Golden Globe-winner Esther Williams ("Million Dollar Mermaid") as a spritely member of a fitness-obsessed family who sets out to swim the English Channel and finds romance along the way. Co-starring Fernando Lamas ("The Merry Widow"), Jack Carson ("Cat on a Hot Tin Roof") and Oscar-nominee William Demarest ("The Lady Eve"). Featuring an underwater sequence with the animated Tom and Jerry.
Sam O'SteenIn the tradition of "Dreamgirls" comes this Cinderella story starring Grammy Award-winner Irene Cara ("Flashdance," "Fame"), Lonette McKee ("The Cotton Club") and Philip Michael Thomas ("Miami Vice"). Three sisters from Harlem form a singing group and try to make it big, taking a path marked by romance, tragedy and finally triumph. The chart-topping soundtrack features songs by legendary R and B artist Curtis Mayfield ("Superfly"), including "Jump," "Hooked on Your Love" and the smooth ballad "Giving Him Something He Can Feel," recently covered with great success by En Vogue. Screenplay by hit-maker Joel Schumacher ("Batman Forever," "The Client").
Vincente MinnelliDuring a bizarre dream in which God and Satan battle for his soul, a lazy gambling husband is guided towards redemption. Oscar-nominated musical stars an all-black cast and features actress/singer Lena Horne ("The Wiz"). With appearances by jazz greats Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington. Directed by Oscar-winner Vincente Minnelli ("Gigi," "An American in Paris"). Selected by the prestigious American Film Institute as one of the 400 best American films of all time.
Roy Del RuthA nightclub lackey dreams he's France's King Louis XVI in this amusing comedy starring Golden Globe-winner and multiple Emmy-winner Lucille Ball (TV's "I Love Lucy") and Oscar-honoree and Golden Globe-winner Gene Kelly ("Singin' in the Rain"). Co-starring Golden Globe and Emmy-winner Red Skelton ("Around the World in 80 Days"). An enjoyable film for the entire family.
Joshua LoganNominated for five Academy Awards and winner of three, including best score, this adaptation of the Lerner-Lowe musical is a majestic romance set in the days of yore. Academy Award-nominee Richard Harris ("Unforgiven") stars as King Arthur with Academy Award-winner Vanessa Redgrave ("Mission: Impossible," "Julia") as the beautiful Queen. Franco Nero co-stars as Lancelot, the classic knight in shining armor.
Norman TaurogElvis Presley, the rock'n'roll king, stars as a singing race-car driver who must choose among three beautiful and appealing females in this high-speed musical romp. Co-starring Emmy-nominee Shelley Fabares ("Coach").
Mervyn LeRoyThis musical version of the life of stripper Gypsy Rose Lee tells the bittersweet story about an aggressive stage mother and the effects of her devotion to her two young daughters (Natalie Wood, "West Side Story," and Ann Jillian, TV's "It's a Living"), as she vows to make each of them into the star that she never was. Great music and lyrics are provided by the team of Stephen Sondheim ("West Side Story," "Dick Tracy," "Sweet Charity") and Jule Styne ("Funny Girl").
Robert Z. LeonardAcademy Award-winner Judy Garland ("The Wizard of Oz," "Meet Me in St. Louis") stars as a Chicago music store salesgirl who corresponds with a man through a dating service. She falls in love only to discover he's a despised co-worker. A musical remake of the acclaimed "The Shop Around the Corner" co-stars Van Johnson ("Battleground," "State of the Union"), Oscar-nominee Spring Byington ("Angels in the Outfield") and Oscar-honoree Buster Keaton ("The General"). Look for the screen debut of Judy's Oscar-winning daughter Liza Minnelli ("Cabaret," "Arthur").
Ken RussellThe star has injured an ankle, but the show and inexperienced stage assistant Polly Browne must go on. Break a leg, kid. And don't let the presence of Hollywood director and talent scout Mr. De Thrill add any pressure. And so begins this colorful tale of theater hopefuls with stars in their eyes and greasepaint in their veins, a work that, under the guidance of director Ken Russell, is not just an affectionate filmization of Sandy Wilson's London/Broadway stage hit but also an homage to the movie stagings of Busby Berkeley complete with imaginative use of kaleidoscopic top shots and rows of leggy chorines. Fashion icon Twiggy makes her screen debut as sweet-natured Polly, a role played earlier by Julie Andrews in her Broadway debut. Curtain up. Maybe someone will be discovered tonight.
Norman TaurogThe year was 1962. Teens twist at the Peppermint Lounge. John Glenn orbits Earth. Wilt Chamberlain scores 100 points in a single game. And Elvis digs the possibilities of Girls! Girls! Girls! This time he's a charter-boat skipper who helps tourists land the big ones. Of course, plenty of beautiful girls (including Stella Stevens) want to land Elvis. But there's something Elvis likes almost as much as romance–a boat! He yearns for a sleek sailboat with a $10,000 price tag. Let's see, that makes him about $9,999 short.
George SidneyLots of laughs and great songs have made this all-time favorite based on the hit Broadway show one of the most memorable musicals of all time. When rock star and teenage heart-throb Conrad Birdie gets drafted, the nation's teenagers go haywire and Conrad's manager, Albert (Dick Van Dyke), faces unemployment. So Albert and his girlfriend (Janet Leigh) organize a nationwide contest in which one lucky girl wins a farewell kiss from Conrad on the Ed Sullivan Show. Kim McAfee (Ann-Margret) turns out to be the lucky teenager and Conrad's whole entourage moves into her quiet, Midwestern home much to the chagrin of her ever irritable father (Paul Lynde) and her jealous boyfriend (Bobby Rydell). The result is chaos and a series of hilarious romantic complications.
David ByrneThis comedic musical vision of contemporary life marks the directorial debut of Talking Heads leader David Byrne ("Stop Making Sense"). Written by Byrne and Pulitzer Prize-winner Beth Henley ("Crimes of the Heart"), this film looks at everyday life and the unique qualities which make ordinary people special. Based on Byrne's collection of human interest pieces taken from tabloid newspapers, and starring multi-Emmy nominees John Goodman ("The Flintstones," "Roseanne") and Swoosie Kurtz (TV's "Sisters"). The music video "Wild Wild Life," performed by the Talking Heads, is available for promotion.
Robert Z. LeonardDiscovery by Flo Ziegfeld changes a girl's life, but not necessarily for the better. Three beautiful women soon discover this when they join the spectacle on Broadway. Susan (Academy Award and Emmy-nominee and Golden Globe-winner Judy Garland -- "The Wizard of Oz," "A Star is Born") plays a singer who must leave behind her aging vaudevillian father. Sheila (Academy Award-nominee Lana Turner -- "Peyton Place," "The Bad and the Beautiful") portrays a working girl who is pursued by both a millionaire and by her loyal boyfriend, Gil (Academy Award and Golden Globe-winner Jimmy Stewart -- "It's Wonderful Life," "Vertigo," "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington"). The mysterious European beauty Sandra (Hedy Lamarr -- "Samson and Delilah," "Ecstasy) struggles with her concert violinist husband who cannot endure the thought of escaping poverty by his wife promenading her glamour in skimpy costumes.
Otto PremingerPowered by Georges Bizet's grand music and Oscar Hammerstein II's magnificent lyrics, this Americanized all-black version of the classic opera Carmen is a dynamic superb show with a positively incandescent Carmen. Oscar® -nominee Dorothy Dandridge stars in the title role, a passionate, sexy creature who lures Joe (Harry Belafonte), a handsome soldier, away from his sweetheart (Olga James). Following a fatal brawl with his sergeant, Joe deserts his regiment with the sultry femme fatale. But Carmen soon tires of him and takes up with a heavyweight prize-fighter (Joe Adams), triggering Joe's tragic revenge. Helping to set the screen on fire are Pearl Bailey and Diahann Carroll, part of the sensational troupe that makes this jubilant musical film hard to beat.
David StubbsAs told through a series of iconic tracks, 'A Song of Love' is a beautiful story of love through generations.
Leaving her dying father's bedside, singer Maisie rushes to perform at an indie music gig in town. But as she sings the opening song, it's hard for her to ignore the heartfelt story she's just been told - the story of how her dad met and fell in love with her mother, and how it all devastatingly fell apart. As the night goes on, we see the love story of Eric and Rose through Maisie's eyes. From the time they meet in Hamilton in 1966 to their separation in the 1980's, we follow the bittersweet nuances of a couple's life, expressed with contemporary re-imaginings of iconic hit songs.
Lloyd BaconOscar-winner James Cagney ("Yankee Doodle Dandee," "White Heat") stars a fledgling producer who finds himself at odds with his workers, financiers and his greedy ex-wife when he tries to produce live musicals for movie-going audiences. Co-starring Oscar-nominee Joan Blondell ("Public Enemy," "The Blue Veil") and Dick Powell ("Murder, My Sweet"). Featuring spectacular Busbee Berkeley dance sequences. Inducted into the Library of Congress National Film Registry.
Gene SaksLegendary Lucille Ball heads an all-star cast in her final feature film appearance. This lush screen adaptation of the Broadway musical hit "Auntie Mame" continues the story of the eccentric Mame who believes that "life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death." Co-starring Oscar-nominee Robert Preston ("Victor/Victoria") and TV's "Golden Girl" Beatrice Arthur.
Vincente MinnelliAcademy Award®-winner Vincente Minnelli ("Gigi," "An American in Paris") directs this musical film version of the acclaimed Broadway production about a Baghdad poet who charms his way into the Wazir's harem. Starring Howard Keel ("Kiss Me Kate," TV's "Dallas") and Oscar-nominee Ann Blyth ("Mildred Pierce," "The King's Thief"). With Sebastian Cabot (TV's "Family Affair"). Produced by Oscar-winner Arthur Freed ("An American in Paris," "Gigi").
George SidneyIt's an Oscar-nominated musical look at the lives and loves of a show boat theater troupe aboard an old-fashioned Mississippi riverboat. Featuring all-American classic songs by Oscar Hammerstein and Jerome Kern, including "Ol' Man River." Starring Kathryn Grayson ("Kiss Me Kate"), Oscar-nominees Ava Gardner ("Mogambo," "The Night of the Iguana") and Agnus Moorehead (TV's "Bewitched," "Citizen Kane") and Howard Keel (TV's "Dallas"). Produced by Oscar-winner Arthur Freed ("An American in Paris," "Gigi").
David ButlerDoris Day and Gordon MacRae star in an old fashioned musical salute to the small town American family. Inspired by the stories of Booth Tarkington ("The Magnificent Ambersons," "Alice Adams") and set at the end of WWI, it captures the travails of a returning soldier and his fiancee as family complications delay their inevitable wedding. Prequel to "On Moonlight Bay."
Miloš FormanThe explosive musical about New York hippie culture in the shadow of the Vietnam War. America’s First Great Rock Musical is as relevant today as it was when it debuted on Broadway in 1967. Treat Williams, John Savage & Beverly D’Angelo star.
Charles WaltersWinner of an Oscar for its wonderful musical score, this Irving Berlin musical classic is sure to entertain the whole family. Starring the elegant Fred Astaire ("The Gay Divorcee," "Funny Face," "Top Hat," "The Towering Inferno") as a rising Broadway star who tries to break away from former dance partner Ann Miller ("Kiss Me Kate") so he can be with newcomer Judy Garland ("The Wizard
of Oz," "A Star is Born," "Meet Me in St. Louis"). Produced by Oscar-winner Arthur Freed ("Gigi," "An American in Paris").
Featuring a spectacle of song, dance, and costume. With the Rat Pack's Peter Lawford ("A Royal Wedding," "Little Women").
Gino NicheleBarbie and Teresa tell us the fairy tale story of Liana and Alexa, best friends who shared everything including their love of music. One day their simple lives change when they are given an enchanted mirror and befriend the girl trapped inside! To save their new friend, Liana and Alexa embark on a dangerous journey to the hidden Diamond Castle that will put their friendship to the test. But through the power of song and with the companionship of two adorable puppies, the girls face their challenges together and learn that friendship is the true treasure.
Sam WoodThe zany Marx Brothers turn an operatic performance into chaos in their efforts to promote their protégé's romance with the leading lady. Considered by many to be the Brothers' finest big budget adventure. Co-starring Marxian regular Margaret Dumont ("Coconuts") and Allan Jones ("Show Boat"). A fun-filled musical romp. Inducted into the Library of Congress National Film Registry and recently selected by the prestigious American Film Institute as one of the top 400 American Films of all time.
Nick MorrisIn celebration of the 25th Anniversary of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, Cameron Mackintosh produced a unique, spectacular staging of the musical on a scale which had never been seen before. Inspired by the original staging by Hal Prince and Gillian Lynne, this lavish, fully-staged production set in the sumptuous Victorian splendour of London’s legendary Royal Albert Hall features a cast and orchestra of over 200, plus some very special guests an appearances.
David Mallet & Steven PimlottDiscover Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s fun filled musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat! Inspired by the record breaking London Palladium production, it stars Donny Osmond, Maria Friedman, Richard Attenborough and Joan Collins. A lively and colorful journey through Ancient Egypt, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat follows the rags to riches story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colors. Spectacular visuals and an enchanting score packed with hit songs including Close Every Door to Me, Go Go Go Joseph and Any Dream Will Do make this a dream of a show for all the family.
Vincente MinnelliWinner of six Oscars, including Best Picture and Screenplay, this musical triumph stars hoofer Gene Kelly as a struggling American artist torn between a wealthy American woman (Oscar-nominee Nina Foch) and a French dancer (Oscar-nominee Leslie Caron). Kelly ("Singin' in the Rain") received a special Oscar citation for his stunning ground- breaking choreography. Recently selected as one of the top 100 American films of all time by the prestigious American Film Institute. Inducted into the Library of Congress National Film Registry. Directed by the brilliant Academy Award-winner Vincente Minnelli ("Gigi").
David MalletAndrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats, the most famous musical of all time, first exploded onto the West End stage in 1981. “Memory”, one of its many classic songs, became an instant worldwide hit. Since then Cats has smashed records and conquered the world. Breathtaking visuals and full digital sound (that has been completely re-recorded with a seventy piece orchestra) will lead you deep into the mysterious world of Cats.
Laurence Connor & Brett SullivanThe spectacular, sell-out 25th Anniversary Gala Performance of this acclaimed new production of the global stage sensation was described as "the most thrilling, soaring and emotionally stirring musical with magnificent performances" by the Daily Telegraph and "the greatest musical of all time" by the Daily Mail. The epic love story tells the tragic tale of young bargirl Kim, orphaned by war, who falls in love with American GI Chris - but their lives are torn apart by the fall of Saigon. The special gala finale also features appearances by the original cast including Jonathan Pryce and Lea Salonga.
Stanley Donen & Gene KellyGene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O'Connor star in one of the greatest musicals ever filmed. Musician Don Lockwood (Kelly) rises to stardom during Hollywood's silent-movie era--paired with the beautiful, jealous and dumb Lina Lamont (Jean Hagen). When Lockwood becomes attracted to young studio singer Kathy Selden (Reynolds), Lamont has her fired. But with the introduction of talking pictures, audiences laugh when they hear Lockwood speak for the first time--and the studio uses Selden to dub her voice.
Stanley DonenWhen the eldest of seven Oregon frontier brothers announces his marriage plans, the others follow his advice and kidnap six beautiful women of their own. It's a rollicking musical delight as the brothers compete for the women's affections with raucous song and dance. Nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Screenplay, it won an Oscar for its outstanding musical score. Starring Howard Keel ("Kiss Me Kate," TV's "Dallas"), Jane Powell ("Royal Wedding"), Oscar-nominee Russ Tamblyn ("Peyton Place") and the original "Catwoman," Julie Newmar (TV's "Batman"). Directed by Stanley Donen ("Singin' In the Rain," "Damn Yankees").
Patricia BirchGiven the runaway success of Grease, which became the biggest-grossing movie musical of all time, it was all but inevitable that there would be a sequel, and four years later this follow-up brought a new group of kids back to Rydell High. It's 1961, and Stephanie Zinone (Michelle Pfeiffer) is the tough leader of the Pink Ladies, while Michael Carrington (Maxwell Caulfield) is a clean-cut British exchange student. Michael likes Stephanie, but the Pink Ladies' by-laws prevent her from dating guys who aren't members of the T-Birds, their affiliated male gang. However, when a Zorro-like masked avenger on a motorcycle rescues Stephanie from a gang of ill-mannered toughs, she's eager to get to know the hero with the cool wheels. Any guesses as to who he might be? Eve Arden, Sid Caesar, and Dody Goodman return from the first film as members of the Rydell High faculty, while actual '50s teen icons Tab Hunter and Connie Stevens are on board as new members of the staff; Didi Conn as Frenchy is t
Alan ParkerFew times in the history of Hollywood has a film been released with the scope and daring of Evita! Now, experience this landmark achievement as entertainment megastar Madonna -- in the role of a lifetime -- joins Antonio Banderas (Assassins, Desperado) for the year's most talked about motion picture event! Directed by award-winning filmmaker Alan Parker (Mississippi Burning), Evita is the riveting true-life story of Eva Peron (Madonna), who rose above childhood poverty and a scandalous past to achieve unimaginable fortune and fame. Despite widespread controversy, her passion changed a nation forever! Winner of the coveted Academy Award for Best Song (1996) and 3 Golden Globe Awards (Best Picture, Best Actress, and Best Song) -- critics nationwide hailed Evita as a triumphant must-see masterpiece -- and so will you!
Max & DaniaWhen Taylor joins her sister for a holiday in beautiful Puglia, Italy she’s ready for relaxation and adventure. But she gets more than she bargained for when her sister Maddie springs a big surprise – after a whirlwind romance, she’s getting married! Things take a turn for the worse when Maddie introduces her betrothed – Taylor’s old flame and the love of her life. The course of true love never runs smooth in the most romantic and fun-filled comedy of the year. The biggest smash hits of the 80s including ‘Holiday’, ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun’, ‘Wake Me Up Before You Go Go’ and ‘If I Could Turn Back Time’ make Walking On Sunshine this year’s feel-good classic for hopeless romantics of all ages!
Charles WatersAn all-star musical romp finds Grace Kelly ("Rear Window," "Mogambo," "High Noon") about to remarry when wealthy ex-husband Bing Crosby ("The Bells of St. Mary's," "Going My Way," "White Christmas") pops back into her life and tries to win her back. Oscar-winners Frank Sinatra ("From Here to Eternity," "The Manchurian Candidate") and Celeste Holm ("Gentleman's Agreement") snoop around as reporters in this Cole Porter-penned musical remake of "The Philadelphia Story". Featuring jazz great Louis Armstrong ("Hello, Dolly!") in a duet with Crosby. Nominated for Best Story, Song and Original Score.
Tom HooperOscar®-winning director Tom Hooper transforms Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-shattering musical into a cinematic event. Starring James Corden, Judi Dench, Jason Derulo, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellen, Taylor Swift, Rebel Wilson and introducing Royal Ballet principal Francesca Hayward. With a world-class cast of dancers showcasing styles from classical ballet to contemporary, hip-hop to jazz, street dance to tap, this film reimagines the stage musical for a new generation. You will believe in the fun and magic of CATS.
Jerome Robbins & Robert WiseTwo gangs from opposite sides of the street. One romance that dared to cross the line. In 1961, this movie adaptation of the Broadway smash-hit musical West Side Story broke box office records and won an incredible 10 Academy Awards, more than any other musical before or since. On the streets of New York City, two gangs (the Sharks and the Jets) battle for territory and respect. But when Tony, the leader of the Jets, falls in love with Maria, the sister of Sharks leader Bernardo, a chain of events is set in motion that will tear their worlds apart forever. Featuring music from Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim, and songs like “America,” “Somewhere,” and “Tonight,” this timeless story of star crossed lovers and rival gangs races to a shattering climax you will never forget.
Carol ReedExperience the high-spirited adventures of Oliver Twist in this Oscar®-winning musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic tale! Young Oliver (Mark Lester) is an orphan who escapes the cheerless life of the workhouse and takes to the streets of 19th-Century London. He's immediately taken in by a band of street urchins, headed by the lovable villain, Fagin (Ron Moody), his fiendish henchman, Bill Sikes (Oliver Reed), and his loyal apprentice, The Artful Dodger (Jack Wild). Through his education in the fine points of pick-pocketing, Oliver makes away with an unexpected treasure...a home and a family of his own. Set to a heartfelt score that includes such favorites as "Consider Yourself," "Where Is Love?" and "As Long As He Needs Me," OLIVER! leads us on a journey in search of love, belonging and honor among thieves. Winner of six Academy Awards® (1968), including Best Picture and Best Score, OLIVER! will steal your heart!
Jim SharmanPart campy musical, part horror film, the movie details the travails of a squeaky clean couple stranded at a creepy castle where the inhabitants sing and dance through a bacchanalian romp of murder, bisexuality and cannibalism. The madcap, musical mayhem begins when rain-soaked Brad and Janet take refuge in the castle of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a transvestite mad scientist from outer space who is about to unveil his greatest creation! Join Tim Curry, Barry Bostwick, Susan Sarandon and rock star Meat Loaf in the most popular cult classic of all time.
Tom HooperSet against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption - a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Jackman plays ex-prisoner Jean Valjean, hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert (Crowe) after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine's (Hathaway) young daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever.
Dexter FletcherHome is where the heart is for best pals Davy and Ally. Returning from duty in Afghanistan to their lifelong residence in Leith, just outside Edinburgh, the lads kindle romances old and new: Ally with Davy’s sister Liz, and Davy with Yvonne, his little sis’s best friend from work. Meanwhile, their parents Rab and Jean are busy planning their 25th wedding anniversary. Everything’s going swimmingly, until a revelation from Rab’s past threatens to tear the family and all three couples apart. Dexter Fletcher directs Sunshine on Leith; a jubilant, heartfelt musical about the power of love, home and family, adapted from the acclaimed stage musical by Stephen Greenhorn and featuring the euphoric music of The Proclaimers.
Randal KleiserJohn Travolta solidified his position as the most versatile and magnetic screen presence of the decade in this film version of the smash hit play Grease. Recording star Olivia Newton–John made her American film debut as Sandy, Travolta's naive love interest. The impressive supporting cast reads like a "who's who" in this quintessential musical about the fabulous '50s. Grease is not just a nostalgic look at a simpler decade – it's an energetic and exciting musical homage to the age of rock 'n' roll.
David ButlerDoris Day is at her best as the roughest, toughest, rootin'-tootin' gal of the wild West, riding, roping and shooting her way through a jamboree of action and hit songs. Howard Keel is her on-again, off-again paramour Wild Bill Hickok, who only begins to realize his feelings for her when she makes a stab at being more "feminine." This classic Warner Bros. musical features a Sammy Fain-Paul Francis Webster score, including the Oscar-winning song, "Secret Love."