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5 most memorable musicals from each decade?



Who doesn't like musicals? I sure do.

The pomp... The circumstance... The singing... The dancing... The costumes... The sets... So how bout giving your 5 picks in the musical category from each decade?

The picture above is from The Barkleys of Broadway, a 1949 MGM Technicolor musical which starred Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.

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1930's
The Gay Divorcee
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (animated)
Top Hat
The Wizard of Oz



1940's
Fantasia (animated)
Holiday Inn
Yankee Doodle Dandee



1950's
An American in Paris
Funny Face
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
The King & I
South Pacific
Honorable Mentions: Brigadoon, Oklahoma!, Singin in the Rain



1960's
Camelot
A Hard Days Night
Mary Poppins
My Fair Lady
West Side Story
Honorable Mentions: Beach Blanket Bingo, Finian's Rainbow, The Jungle Book (animated), The Sound of Music, Sweet Charity



1970's
All That Jazz
Cabaret
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Saturday Night Fever
Honorable Mentions: Grease, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Scrooge, The Wiz



1980's
Absolute Beginners
Flashdance
Pink Floyd - The Wall
Streets of Fire
Xanadu
Honorable Mentions: Purple Rain, Rock & Rule (animated)



1990's
Anastasia (animated)
Hercules (animated)
Quest for Camelot (animated)

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I haven't seen the new Rocketman, or Bohemian Rhapsody btw. But given all the musical talent that's out there, I wonder why there have not been more musicals in recent years that feature actual well-known singers/musicians, as opposed to "actors who can sing". A couple of notable exceptions are Dreamgirls, Burlesque, and the upcoming Cats, which appears to be a blend of actual singers such as Taylor Swift and Jennifer Hudson, and other "personalities".

Why haven't Katy Perry, Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez or Ariana Grande ever done musicals?

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Forgot Jack was in this. Been awhile.

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Grease and that other saturday night travolta thing
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Grease and that other saturday night travolta thing
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Another kind of duet... Cagney and Hope in The Seven Little Foys. Cagney reprises his role from Yankee Doodle Dandee as George M. Cohan in this. And Hope plays Eddie Foy. Cagney and Hope were both born near the turn of the century, and in their 50's when this was made in 1955.


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Best musical films from 30s to 80s. Some decades were shy, and some plentiful.

1930s: 42nd Street (1933); Top Hat (1935); The Wizard of Oz (1939).
1940s Fantasia (1940); Hellzapoppin' (1941); Holiday Inn (1942); Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942); Easter Parade (1948).
1950s Alice in Wonderland (1951); An American in Paris (1951); Singin' in the Rain (1952); Peter Pan (1953); A Star is Born (1954); Gigi (1958); South Pacific (1958).
1960s Can-Can (1960); West Side Story (1961); My Fair Lady (1964); Camelot (1967); Oliver! (1968).
1970s Fiddler on the Roof (1971); Cabaret (1972); New York, New York (1977); Saturday Night Fever (1977); Grease (1958); All That Jazz (1979)
1980s The Blues Brothers (1980); Annie (1982); Footloose (1984); Dirty Dancing (1987).
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Very nice list, Panson.

I'd love to see some more oldies. We've only scratched the surface of the 30's and 40's so far.

New trailer for Cats, in case anyone's interested...


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