Morally challenged ROCK OF AGES hits the theaters this week and we thought that we’d create a list of top musicals from yesterday and today.
THE SOUND OF MUSIC
THE SOUND OF MUSIC is the most successful musical in history with a brilliant performance by Julie Andrews. It has a profound Christian message about seeking God’s will for your life and is as clean and wholesome as can be.
MY FAIR LADY
The multiple Oscar-winning MY FAIR LADY is a musical adaptation of George Bernard Shaw’s famous play PYGMALION with its endearing Cinderella elements. Professor Henry Higgins, a dialect specialist in turn-of-the-century London, takes in a cockney flower girl in an attempt to prove he can change her social status simply by changing the way in which she speaks. With the exception of the repeated use of one mild obscenity, MY FAIR LADY is an excellent, enjoyable, entertaining, musical comedy well worth revisiting.
The magnificent movie by Claude LeLouch, LES MISERABLES, is not another adaptation of Victor Hugo’s redemptive story; instead, the movie is a unique re-telling of Hugo’s masterpiece using Hugo’s work as a metaphor for life. Henri Fortin travels through life from boxer, to prisoner, to criminal, to a man redeemed in the midst of cruel and miserable experiences.
SINGING IN THE RAIN
SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN is of the most engaging, entertaining American movies ever made. Hilarious, with lots of good music and great dancing from Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST follows the fantastic adventures of Belle, a beautiful, but bored French girl whose life takes an unexpected turn when she finds herself imprisoned by a brooding Beast with a mysterious secret that holds the key to their future. With its newly enhanced format and the addition of a great new scene and song, this movie is a must-see for all except the very young or easily frightened.
TANGLED is Disney’s comical animated version of the Rapunzel fairy tale, wherein a thief gives Rapunzel a chance to escape the old hag who stole her from her parents, the king and queen. Despite an unresolved moral conflict, comical action violence and some Romanticism, TANGLED is beautiful, funny, exciting, delightful, and touching – with a redemptive, sacramental quality that lifts the movie, and its magical themes, into a more sublime entertainment.
THE KING AND I
Magnificent Rodgers and Hammerstein movie with Yul Brenner as the King of Siam and Deborah Kerr as the American school teacher brought to teach his children.
THE MUPPETS is a widely entertaining adventure that brings back all our favorite Muppets as they try to get a new show together. Honoring wholesome clean fun, THE MUPPETS is well made with a strong moral worldview that the whole family can enjoy.
WEST SIDE STORY
“Romeo & Juliet” is re-imagined as rival gangs in New York that features memorable choreography and songs.
A Scottish town only appears for one day a year and in the course of that day, true love is born.
YANKEE DOODLE DANDY
This is a musical portrait of real life composer/singer/dancer George M. Cohan starring the incomparable James Cagney.