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All That Jazz

Choreographing and picking dancers for his current show while simultaneously editing a feature film is wearing director Joe Gideon down. Without chemical substances, the womanizing ex-dancer wouldn't have the energy to keep up with his girlfriend, or his ex-wife or daughter.

Based on elements of director Bob Fosse's chaotic and colorful life, All That Jazz is intense, frantic and frenetic — and visually dazzling.

Directed by: Bob Fosse.

(Drama, Music, Musical)

An American In Paris

Jerry Mulligan is a struggling American painter in Paris, when he's "discovered" by an influential heiress with an interest in more than just his art. Jerry in turn falls for Lise Bouvier, a young French girl already engaged to a cabaret singer. Jerry jokes, sings and dances with his best friend, an aspiring and acerbic concert pianist, while romantic complications swirl around them.

Seven decades on, Gene Kelly is still one of the best and brightest of the Golden Era musical stars, and An American in Paris showcases him in fine form.

Directed by: Vincente Minnelli.

(Musical, Romance)

The Blues Brothers

On a "mission from God" the Blues Brothers, ex-convict Jake Blues and his brother Elwood Blues, head to their old hometown, paying a visit to the former convent of their childhood. Discovering the convent to be in a dire financial situation, the Blues Brothers decide to help by staging a big charity concert in hopes the proceeds will be enough to keep the convent from closing down by the end of the 11-day deadline.

The blues music and comedy masterpiece was directed by John Landis.

(Action, Comedy, Crime)


An adult story set in decadent 1931 Berlin with affairs, dances, romances, music, Nazis, and the night life at the Kit Kat Klub. As American cabaret performer, Sally Bowles spends most her nights at the Klub entertaining many a guest with lavish stage performances. Enter one rich German politician; an experimental Jewish man; a London teacher; and a dynamic Master of Ceremonies, and you have one sexy, seductive, chaotic expose' of the true nightlife of a politically unstable Berlin.

Bob Fosse brilliantly directed the story dramatically and with great musical numbers.

(Drama, Musical, Romance)


In 1920s Chicago the line between notoriety and celebrity is blurred when wanna-be vaudeville star, Roxie Harts finds she came achieve fame as cabaret star Velma Kelly through her murder trial. An entertaining stint in prison, under the watch of Mama Morton, and the legal guidance of smooth-talking Billy Flynn, Roxie rockets her way to stardom as America's newest "sweetheart," working through the muddy mire of economic depression, scandal, and one very competitive night-life scene. Hart is testament that, in the entertainment industry, "Any press is good press, but bad press is even better."

Directed by: Rob Marshall.

Written by: Maurine Dallas Watkins (play) Bob Fosse and Fred Ebb (musical Chicago) Bill Condon (screenplay).

Winner of several Oscars, including Best Picture.

(Comedy, Crime, Musical)

The Commitments

Set in Northern Dublin, Ireland, "The Commitments" features Jimmy Rabbitte, a young man fresh out of school and eager to start a "soul" band. But "soul" isn't exactly the sound of the times or local taste. Still, after several auditions, Jimmy finally assembles his band, and, with the help of three female back-ups, an amazingly energetic lead vocalist, and one aging trumpet player, the "The Commitments," work their way to celebrity status one song and pub at a time. Of course, inevitable conflict and chaos ensues en route.

Directed by Alan Parker.

(Comedy, Drama, Music)


Car salesman Curtis Taylor breaks into the music business, chasing his dreams in early '60s Detroit. He signs a trio of young women, the Dreamettes, gets them jobs backing an R&B performer, James "Thunder" Early, founds his own record label, and begins his wheeling and dealing.

Dreamgirls is splashy and flashy, has a great cast, strong performances, fantastic music and an absorbing story.

Directed by Bill Condon.

(Drama, Music, Musical)


The movie version of the hit musical — based on the amazing life of Evita Duarte, the illegitimate daughter of a penniless farmer who became a B-movie Argentinian actress and then the wife of Argentinian president Juan Perón, and the most loved and hated woman in Argentina.

A full-throated, epic musical that does justice to a Broadway phenomenon.

Directed by: Alan Parker.

(Biography, Drama, History, Musical)


Students at the New York City High School for the Performing Arts get specialized training that can often lead to success, given the right combination of talent, hard work, perseverance, and luck. Fame follows four students from their first audition to get into the school, through to graduation: the brazen Coco Hernandez, shy Doris Finsecker, sensitive gay Montgomery MacNeil, and brash, abrasive Raul Garcia.

The song and dance scenes are second to none in terms of sheer energy and atmosphere, although the dramatic storylines leave the viewer hanging sometimes.

Directed by Alan Parker.

(Drama, Music, Musical)

Fiddler on the Roof

This adaptation of one of Broadway's greats features the stories of Sholom Aleichem. Tevye is an Orthodox Jewish peasant living in pre-revolutionary Russia who copes with the daily toil of 'shtetl' life. Along the way, nuances of Russian government, Sholom's family adventures, Orthodox Judaism, and 'shtetl' life are exposed. But the encroachment of the Bolshevik Revolution, however, threatens the safety of the humble farmer, Sholom, his family, and his quiet Jewish community.

Director / producer, Norman Jewison with "Fiddler on the Roof" delivered a perfect musical/dramatic entertainment. Jewison received a nomination for best directing.

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar.

(Drama, Family, Musical)


Good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. But when they unexpectedly discover they're now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance?

From the great animated titles of John Wilson to the exuberant finale with John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John riding off into teenage happiness, Grease has got it.

Directed by: Randall Kleiser.

(Musical, Romance)

A Hard Day's Night

The exciting early days of the fab four are documented in this hyperbolic exploration of American Beatlemania. As the quartet makes their mark on the American music scene, a precarious "Grandfather" threatens to stir things up. Meanwhile all of America screams "More! More! MORE!" as each successive performance creates a "Beatles" craze that has yet to be surpassed by many a wannabe rock bands.

Directed by Richard Lester.

(Comedy, Musical)

Jesus Christ Superstar

Based on the concept album by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, and the long-running Broadway performance, this film tells the story of the final six days in the life of Jesus Christ as seen by Judas Iscariot. There are no spoken lines — everything is sung.

Like a baptism by fire, Jesus Christ Superstar, which is often surreal and beautiful, will not leave you in lukewarm waters.

Directed by: Norman Jewison.

(Drama, History, Rock Opera)

The King and I

A widow, Anna, and her son Louis arrive in Bangkok, where she is under contract to teach English to the children of the royal household. When she learns the house that has been promised to her isn't available, she threatens to leave, but she falls in love with the children and ends up staying. Anna and the King start to fall in love, but her headstrong nature and upbringing make it impossible for her to become part of his harem. On the verge of leaving Siam, she learns something important that makes her think about changing her mind.

Directed by: Walter Lang.

(Biography, Drama, Musical)

Les Misérables

Based on the Victor Hugo novel, 'Les Miserables' tells the story of prisoner-on-parole Jean Valjean as he runs from the ruthless Inspector Javert on a journey beyond the barricades of revolutionary Paris in the throes of the June Rebellion. Meanwhile, the life of a working class girl and her daughter hangs in the balance as she turns to prostitution to pay the evil innkeeper and his wife who look after her child, Cosette. Valjean promises to take care of the little girl, which eventually leads to a love triangle between Cosette, Marius (a student of the rebellion), and Eponine, a girl of the streets. The people sing of their anger and Enjolras leads the students to man the barricades.

Directed by: Tom Hooper.

(Drama, Musical, Romance)

Little Shop of Horrors

Seymour, an orphan and a nerd, is taken in and given a job by Mr. Mushnik, the owner of a run down florist shop in the seedy part of town. Seymour spends his time engaged in menial tasks and dreaming of the shop assistant, Audrey. One day, just after an eclipse of the Sun, Seymour discovers a strange plant, which he buys and names Audrey II. While caring for Audrey II, Seymour discovers the plant's rather unique appetite. Audrey II grows and grows, as does Seymour's infatuation for Audrey — but who will get her first? FEED ME!

Directed by: Frank Oz.

(Comedy, Horror, Musical)

Mamma Mia!

Sophia Sheridan is 20 and lives with her mother Donna on an idyllic Greek island. She's about to be married and wishes for just one thing: that her father walk her down the aisle and give her away. The only problem is, she doesn't know who her father is — and her mother won't discuss the matter with her. The story is told using the popular songs of '70s Swedish supergroup ABBA.

Directed by: Phyllida Lloyd.

(Comedy, Musical, Romance)

Mary Poppins

A magical tale which takes place in 1910 London, which tells the story of a rather unique nanny with special magical talents who floats down from the sky via an umbrella, to take care of two children, Jane and Michael Banks, answering their advertisement for a new nanny, even though it was torn into pieces by their disapproving, distant father, Mr. George W. Banks who had a different type of nanny in mind. Things are soon to change for the better as Mary Poppins not only nurtures and teaches the children about all sorts of things, but helps George Banks realize what he is missing by not being emotionally involved with his family.

Directed by: Robert Stevenson.

Screenplay by: Bill Walsh and Don DaGradi, based on books by P.L. Travers.

MARY POPPINS was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar.

(Comedy, Family, Fantasy)

Moulin Rouge

MOULIN ROUGE is a modern day juxtaposition of La Boheme, and Showgirls in this over-the-top, visual and auditory splendor. When a penniless Bohemian writer falls in love with the infamous underground night club Moulin Rouge's star courtesan, Satine, his life is forever changed. Though its love at first sight for these two, a nefarious Duke enters the picture with the bucks to financially back the Moulin Rouge's latest show, to be written by none other than the Bohemian writer himself. As the production ensues, however, the lusty Duk's jealous skepticism threatens to destroy the love between courtesan and poet before the courtesan's own fatal secret tragically emerges.

Written by: Craig Pearce.

Directed by: Baz Luhrmann.

(Drama, Musical, Romance)

The Music Man

A talented con artist, posing as a band leader and organizer of boy's bands, arrives in River City, Iowa, to do his usual sell and flee scam, but he gets his foot caught in the door, which ultimately saves him from his dishonest trade and opens up a whole new honest world of music, because of his love for a woman, and her love for him, and his underlying wish to be a real band director.

Produced and Directed by: Morton DaCosta.

Musical Score: Meredith Wilson.

THE MUSIC MAN was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar.

(Comedy, Musical, Romance)

My Fair Lady

On a bet, a language-obsessed phonetics professor takes in a poor, cockney-speaking flower girl, and teaches her how to speak properly and to be a lady, hoping to introduce her into high society as an upper class lady, who would accept her as one of their own.

My Fair Lady won 8 Academy Awards, including: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Musical score, Best Cinematography, Best Set Direction, and Best Costumes.

Screenplay by Alan Jay Lerner — based on George Bernard Shaw's stage play "Pygmalion".

(Drama, Family, Musical)

The Phantom of the Opera

Deformed since birth, the Phantom is living his bitter existence in the sewers beneath the Paris Opera House, when he falls in love with an obscure chorus singer named Christine, and privately tutors her, while he terrorizes the rest of the opera house and demands that Christine be given lead roles. A crisis looms when Christine meets and falls in love with an old childhood acquaintance.

Fantastic sets, costumes, great art direction and inspired camera work make this a visually stunning movie. If only the same could be said for Andrew Lloyd Weber's musical score.

Directed by: Joel Schumacher.

(Drama, Musical, Romance)

Purple Rain

The Kid is an arrogant young man with a talent for music, and a great career ahead of him. When he meets an aspiring singer, Apollonia, he finds that talent alone isn't all that he needs. A complex tale unfolds as the Kid risks repeating his father's self destructive behavior, loses Apollonia to another singer (Morris Day), and eventually comes to grips with his own connection to other people.

While the story is well-told but emotionally overwrought, the music is just plain fantastic. It's no surprise that Purple Rain was one of the biggest-selling movie soundtracks of the '80s.

Directed by: Albert Magnoli.

(Drama, Music, Musical)

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

While driving home on a rainy night, straight-laced lovebirds Brad Majors and Janet Weiss suffer a mechanical breakdown in the neighborhood of a castle belonging to one Dr. Frank-N-Furter and his strange and bizarre entourage, and find that he's having a party. But it's no ordinary party. It's the unveiling of the mad Doctor's latest creation: Rocky — a manmade Adonis designed to give nothing less than... absolute pleasure.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show is an hour and a half of pure alt-sex celebration that whips up a bizarre bacchanalian cocktail of sincerity mixed with pure unadulterated craziness. Best experienced in a movie theatre with mobs of rice-throwing fans at midnight.

Directed by: Jim Sharman.

(Comedy, Musical)

Saturday Night Fever

Nineteen-year-old Brooklyn native Tony Manero lives for Saturday nights at the local disco, where he's king of the club, thanks to his wickedly stylish dance floor moves. But outside of the club, things are bleak. At home, Tony fights constantly with his father and can't compete with his family's adoration of his older brother, a priest. Nor can he find meaning, much less satisfaction, at his dead-end job at a small paint store. But things start to change when he sees Stephanie Mangano in the disco and starts training with her for the club's dance competition.

Strong and engaging, John Badham's film is a time capsule picture that perfectly captures the disco subculture of the 1970s like no other work before it, highlighted by an electric, star-making performance from John Travolta.

Directed by: John Badham.

(Drama, Music, Romance)

Singin' in the Rain

A romantic musical / comedy that humorously explores the late 1920s movie studio system, and how the "Talkies" shook up the status quo. The film focuses on the famous 1927 on-screen duo, Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont. Between Lina's mistaking acting for "real love," and the studio's decision to turn the duo's latest film into a musical — a genre which Lina is anything but qualified for — the entrance of one beautiful aspiring actress, Kathy Selden, is sure to shake things up in and out of the studio.

Singin' in the Rain is an excellent example of what "one production unit could do when songs, story, choreography, casting — everything — went right."

Perfectly directed by: Gene Kelly.

(Comedy, Musical, Romance)

Sister Act

Delores Van Cartier is a struggling Reno casino lounge singer who, after witnessing her mobster boyfriend kill an employer, is forced to flee to a convent where, with the help of the FBI, she takes the alias "Sister Mary Clarence." Quickly befriending Sister Mary Robert, Sister Mary Lazarus, and Sister Mary Patrick, Dolores is anything but becoming to a skeptical Mother Superior, who continually catches her violating the convent's moral codes, often with other nuns following suit. Before Dolores can wreak total havoc on the convent, however, Mother Superior assigns her to head the local church choir, hoping her vocal skills can work to save the church from certain doom. As Dolores puts hers and her Sisters' pipes to the test, Mother Superior anxiously awaits for the pews to once more fill up with easer guests as in days of yore.

Directed by Emile Ardolino.

(Comedy, Music)

The Sound of Music

This delightful musical tells the adventures and tribulations of the singing Von Trapp family prior to WW2. When former nun, Maria, arrives on scene as the new governess of the seven Von Trapp children, the family is suddenly inspired despite the current unstable political climate of their country. Spirits "in tune," Mr. Von Trapp decides to throw a bash to introduce his fiancee, much to the demise of one Maria who, having left the covent, is ready for love. But will the political situation, and Von Trapp's latest fiancee allow for such a happy ending? As Austria's new German ruler tries to pull Baron Von Trapp back into service, the Von Trapp children wrestles with the fate of their family and Maria.

Ten Oscar Nominations; Five wins (Best Picture, Best Director, Editing, Sound, and Music).

Directed by Robert Wise.

(Biography, Drama, Family)

A Star Is Born

Alcoholic film star Norman Maine is on his way out professionally when he gives a career boost to Esther Blodgett, an unknown aspiring actress. After the two marry, Esther's fame and fortune rise sharply while Norman's fortunes spiral down just as sharply. Unable to accept this, he crawls deeper into the bottle.

Of the four versions of A Star is Born that have been filmed, this one, made in 1954, is the one most worth watching. It is Director George Cukor's finest work -- the music and performances are stellar, and the story is thoroughly absorbing.

(Drama, Musical, Romance)

That's Entertainment

(Drama, Family, Musical)


Tommy Walker is blind, deaf and dumb, even though there's nothing physically wrong with him. As a small child, he witnessed the murder of his father by his stepfather. His mother and stepfather tell him to forget everything he's seen or heard, and to never talk about it; but Tommy takes their instructions to extremes. Eventually he finds fame as, of all things, a pinball champion, is billed as a messiah, and leads a religious sect.

With his emphasis on the sensual and musical elements of Pete Townshend's rock opera, Ken Russell brings his over-the-top visual flamboyance to the material and gets good performances from Ann-Margret and Oliver Reed, in this thoroughly original musical adventure.

Directed by: Ken Russell.


West Side Story

A stunning, updated musical version of "Romeo and Juliet," taking place in New York's Puerto Rican jungle with the two warring factions being two rival gangs:"Jets" vs "Sharks." Tony (Beymer), who is a Jet, and Maria (Wood), who is the sister of the leader of the Sharks, find each other at a social dance, fall in love, become star-crossed lovers, doomed to tragedy.

Winner of 10 Academy Awards (including: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Editing, and Music)

(Crime, Drama, Musical)

The Wizard of Oz

The most famous tornado in the history of movies sweeps 12 year old Dorothy, her beloved dog Toto and her family's farm house out of Kansas and into the Land of Oz, where they encounter fantastical adventures, a wicked witch, and dear friends who help her on her quest to find her way back home.

(Adventure, Family, Fantasy)


The Greek muses incarnate themselves on Earth to inspire men to achieve. One of them, incarnated as a girl named Kira, encounters an artist named Sonny Malone. With the help of Danny McGuire, a man Kira had inspired forty years earlier, Sonny builds a huge disco roller rink.

Campy and extravagant, there's some catchy music in it, and for some people the strange pleasure of watching something so bad it's good.

Directed by: Robert Greenwald.

(Fantasy, Musical, Romance)