Top 5 Favorite Musicals

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I don’t understand people who say they don’t like musicals. Well, I do, but I disagree. I love musicals and live for the soundtracks. I understand people who don’t like blockbuster musicals like Les Miserables, Hairspray, RENT, or Mammia Mia; they’re cheesy and overdone. But what about less popular musicals? Musicals from the 50’s and new quirky musicals? Don’t get me wrong, I love Les Mis, but my favorite musicals are ones a lot of people haven’t watched and are refreshing. New indie musicals and old ones. Here are my favorite musicals with amazing stories and soundtracks.

La La Land
If you haven’t seen La La Land yet, you need to head to your nearest theater. It reminds me of 50’s Hollywood musicals with monochrome outfits, waltzing, and jazz music. It’s a romantic-comedy drama that focuses on an aspiring jazz musician and an actress who fall in love in Los Angeles and shows what happens with love and careers. I love the score of the film, “City of Stars” and I think it’s a realistic story and shows the best hidden gems of LA. It brings me so much joy and the soundtrack is amazing.

Begin Again
Begin Again wasn’t what I was expecting, but I loved it. The original songs from the film are amazing (looking at you “Lost Stars”) and it shows a budding friendship and career between an old, struggling record label executive who persuades a singer-songwriter to record an album all over New York City. The film stars Mark Ruffalo, Kiera Knightly and Adam Levine and deals with career dreams, love, and family. I love the folk-indie tone of the movie and watching Kiera Knightly’s character film all over the city.

God Help the Girl
Yeah, I talk about this film a lot but still none of my friends have watched it. The film follows Eve who escapes a psychiatric hospital to explore Glasgow and forms an indie band. Staurt Murdoch, lead of Belle & Sebastian, directed the film and used the songs off the 2009 album “God Help the Girl” as the songs for the musical. I love the indie-pop tone of the film, costumes, and quirkiness of the movie – it’s truly refreshing.

Across the Universe
Another film I talk about a ton. This is a psychedelic rock Beatles musical set in the Vietnam War Era. The film follows Jude who comes from Liverpool to America to find his dad but ends up making American friends and moves to New York. I love the incorporation of Beatles references and use of using unpopular Beatles songs to drive the plot.

Singin’ in the Rain

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The film is about the transition from silent film to “talkies” during the 20’s in Hollywood. Don and Cosmo are silent film producers who seek to transition films to sound. I love the music, the dancing, and it always makes me smile. If you’ve never seen a musical from the 50’s, please watch this one.

What's your favorite musical?

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