While you are sitting at home, it can happen to anyone. You hear that song and then the questions begin to form in your brain. Is that lyric or line from a musical?
Even though many of us do not want to admit it, we do love them. When they are done well, those musicals get into your head and you cannot help to sing along or at least tap your feet. Some are a bit more mature than others. Who hasn’t had that moment when you watch Grease with your child and must turn it off quickly…
What? ‘That’ was in Grease? My mum took me to see that one!The innocence of youth is lost!
Which means that we need to put them into different categories. Some of these classics are perfect for the family, while others should go into the ‘date night’ category. The opportunity to sing a completely different tune with your honey.
The team at Reel Dialogue has put together a list of musicals. A fresh batch of films for the family or for a bit of mature viewing. Regardless, they will get you singing and forgetting all of the craziness outside. Enjoy.
American Film Institute’s top 25 musicals
Best date night musicals
These films are wonderful, but do contain mature content. They will not be appropriate for children.
- LaLa Land
- West Side Story
- Singing in the Rain
- Guys and Dolls
- A Star is Born (2019)
- Les Miserables
- Sing Street (2016)
- Once (2007)
Best family-friendly musicals
This list is not exhaustive, but it does get you started on the musical path.
- Sound of Music
- Beauty and the Beast (animated)
- Aladdin (Live Action)
- The Greatest Showman
- Music Man
- Mary Poppins
- The Wizard of Oz
- Annie (1982)
- The King and I
- My Fair Lady
- The Lion King (Animated)
- Seven Brides for Seven Brothers