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Musicals

As soon as sound was introduced to the movies, the movie musical was born. The musical was one of the most popular movie entertainments from the 1930s through to the 50s, before falling out of favour at the end of the 60s for audiences now being weened on Vietnam, race riots, political assassinations, flower power and psychedelia. The musical still continued onwards, albeit in a different form, with various efforts such as "Cabaret", "The Rocky Horror Picture Show", "Grease", "Hair", "All That Jazz" and "The Blues Brothers" appearing over the next decade. More recently, "Moulin Rouge" and particularly "Chicago" hark back to the glory days of the musical. Right: Liza Minnelli does "Cabaret"

Billy Elliot: The Musical - Live (2014)

7.7/10
Director: Stephen Daldry
Starring: Trent Kowalik, Haydn Gwynne, Gregory Jbara

Stage musical based on the 2000 film of the same name which is set in County Durham during the 1984 miners' strike. Young Billy Elliot (Matteo Zecca/M... Read more

Billy Rose's Jumbo (1962)

6.3/10
Director: Charles Walters
Starring: Doris Day, Stephen Boyd, Jimmy Durante, Martha Raye, Dean Jagger

This Rodgers and Hart musical was nominated for an Oscar for its score, and stars Doris Day and Jimmy Durante as circus owners who are going down the... Read more

Birth of the Blues / Blue Skies (1941)

Director: Stuart Heisler, Victor Schertzinger
Starring: Bing Crosby, Mary Martin, Brian Donlevy, Fred Astaire, Joan Caulfield

A double dose of crooner Bing Crosby begins with 'Birth of the Blues' (1941) in which he's a clarinet player who wants to break out of the traditional... Read more

Blue Hawaii (1961)

6.1/10
Director: Norman Taurog
Starring: Elvis Presley, Angela Lansbury, Joan Blackman

Tour guide Elvis sings 14 songs and still manages to drive sightseers around the islands in golf carts in this lush musical that features great locale... Read more

Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)

8.3/10
Director: Bryan Singer, Dexter Fletcher
Starring: Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joe Mazzello, Aiden Gillen, Tom...

Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury. Freddie defied stereotypes... Read more

Bohemian Rhapsody (Blu-Ray) (2018)

8.3/10
Director: Bryan Singer, Dexter Fletcher
Starring: Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joe Mazzello, Aiden Gillen, Tom...

Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury. Freddie defied stereotypes... Read more

Boy Town (2006)

Director: Kevin Carlin
Starring: Gary Eck, Bob Franklin, Wayne Hope, Mick Molloy, Sally Phillips, Glenn Robbins,...

'80s boy band 'Boy Town' are reforming! Twenty years later, they're older and, well...they're older. Co-written by and starring Mick Molloy ('Crackerj... Read more

Brigadoon (1954)

6.9/10
Director: Vincente Minnelli
Starring: Gene Kelly, Van Johnson, Cyd Charisse

Gene Kelly and Van Johnson are Americans lost in the Scottish highlands when they discover the charming village of Brigadoon and the charms of Cyd Cha... Read more

Broadway Melody of 1940 (1940)

7.4/10
Director: Norman Taurog
Starring: Eleanor Powell, Fred Astaire

Top-flight entertainment highlighted by a marvelous Cole Porter score ("Begin the Beguine"), exciting Fred Astaire-Eleanor Powell dance numbers, and s... Read more

Broadway: The Golden Age (2004)

8.4/10
Director: Rick McKay
Starring: Angela Lansbury, Chita Rivera, Ben Gazzara, Shirley MacLaine, Carol Burnett, Car...

Filmmaker Rick McKay's tribute to the Broadway legends of the past was made with no crew and no budget. With just his digital camera, McKay interview... Read more