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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"

Vitus (2006)

7.7/10
Director: Fredi M Murer
Starring: Teo Gheorghiu, Bruno Ganz, Fabrizio Borsani, Julika Jenkins, Urs Jucker

A compelling domestic drama showing the family dynamics and ambititions surrounding child prodigy Vitus. A piano master by age six, Vitus' future seem... Read more

Elvis: The King of Rock 'N' Roll (2006)

7.4/10
Starring: Elvis Presley

Showcasing a collection of 30 performances from the King of Rock 'N' Roll culled from his televison guest appearances, movies, and concert films, this... Read more

Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds (2006)

8.9/10
Director: David Mallet, Jeff Wayne
Starring: Richard Burton, Justin Hayward, Russell Watson, Tara Blaise

Based on the acclaimed 1978 concept album by Jeff Wayne, this musical version of War of the Worlds was recorded live at Wembley in 2006 combining a sp... Read more

Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny (2006)

6.8/10
Director: Liam Lynch
Starring: Jack Black, Kyle Gass, Jason Reed, Ronnie James Dio, Troy Gentile

The self-proclaimed 'greatest band in the world' attempt to convince the rest of the world of their superstar status, embarking on a rock-musical odys... Read more

Dreamgirls (2006)

6.5/10
Director: Bill Condon
Starring: Beyonce Knowles, Jamie Foxx, Eddie Murphy, Danny Glover, Jennifer Hudson, Anika...

Discovered in a local talent quest by ambitious manager Curtis Taylor (Jaime Foxx), three soul-singing friends (played by Beyonce Knowles, 'American I... Read more

A Prairie Home Companion (2006)

6.8/10
Director: Robert Altman
Starring: Meryl Streep, Lily Tomlin, Woody Harrelson, John C Reilly, Kevin Kline, Garrison...

The late Robert Altman's swansong is this whimsical tribute to radio shows of days gone by. Scripted by Garrison Keillor (who plays himself in the fi... 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

Idlewild (2006)

6.2/10
Director: Bryan Barber
Starring: Big Boi , Andre Benjamin, Macy Gray, Terrence Howard, Faizon Love, Paula Patton,...

Andre Benjamin and Big Boi (both from hip-hop band Outkast) star in this raucous, larger-than-life action/comedy/musical set in prohibition-era Virgin... 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

High School Musical (2006)

5.3/10
Director: Kenny Ortega
Starring: Zac Efron, Vanessa Anne Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Lucas Grabeel, Corbin Bleu, Mon...

Two teens from different worlds come together for a karaoke contest and find they have more in common than they thought. Troy's the high school jock... Read more