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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"

Breaking Glass (1980)

7/10
Director: Brian Gibson
Starring: Phil Daniels, Hazel O'Connor, Jonathan Pryce

A British drama about a talented young singer and her shot at a show business career. Hazel O'Connor is the rising rock star and Phil Daniels is her y... 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

Broken Bridges (2006)

6.2/10
Director: Steve Goldmann
Starring: Toby Keith, Kelly Preston, Tess Harper, Lindsey Haun, Katie Finneran, Anna Maria...

A fading country music singer returns to his hometown where he reunites with his childhood sweetheart and meets his teenage daughter for the first tim... Read more

Bugsy Malone (1976)

6.9/10
Director: Alan Parker
Starring: Scott Baio, Florrie Dugger, Jodie Foster, John Cassisi

A musical unlike any other! 'Bugsy Malone' is a gangster musical satire set in 1929 New York City, a city populated by hoodlums, showgirls and dreamer... Read more

Bugsy Malone ( Blu-ray ) (1976)

6.9/10
Director: Alan Parker
Starring: Florrie Dugger, Jodie Foster, Scott Baio, John Cassisi

A musical unlike any other! 'Bugsy Malone' is a gangster musical satire set in 1929 New York City, a city populated by hoodlums, showgirls and dreamer... Read more

Burlesque (2010)

6.4/10
Director: Steven Antin
Starring: Alan Cumming, Cher , Peter Gallagher, Stanley Tucci, Kristen Bell, Christina Agu...

In this spectacular showbiz fable, pop star-turned-thespian Christina Aguilera plays Ali, an Iowa girl waiting tables at a struggling Los Angeles burl... Read more

Busby Berkeley (2005)

7.6/10

One man. One camera. Unlimited magic. From numerous Warner Bros films of the 1930s come 21 complete musical numbers that established forever the geniu... Read more

By Jeeves (2001)

7.6/10
Director: Alan Ayckbourn
Starring: Martin Jarvis, John Scherer, Donna Lynne Champlin, James Kall, Ian Knauer, Emily...

A musical comedy based on the characters of P.G. Wodehouse, written and directed by Alan Ayckbourn and featuring the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber. The... Read more