The ultimate guide to musical movie nights – Part one

Theatre treats don’t have to involve donning your best dress and heading outside

Nope, grab your popcorn and pyjamas folks because your movie night just got a musical makeover.

If you want to sing at the top of your voice, rattle your sweetie packets as loud as you like and listen to your fave part of the musical over and over again – guess what? You can. The remote’s in your hands.

The ultimate musical DVD list – Part One

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat

Obviously. If you treat yourself to the Donny Osmond version, I promise you won’t be disappointed. He’s the best Joseph the world can dream of, and this version is an absolute classic. I’m not massively keen on the narrator, but I can whiz past her bits.

Go the whole hog and order the Andrew Lloyd Webber: Broadway Favourites Collection for £14.

Guys and Dolls

Marlon Brando. Frank Sinatra. Two smooth voices crooning out of two very smooth men. Warning: every man you ever see in Guys and Dolls will never be the Sky Masterson of your dreams.

This one’s probably better for musical lovers, as the film’s pretty old now. Order your DVD here (or borrow from a friend, it’s pretty pricey). 

School Of Rock

The film came before the musical, but that doesn’t mean you’re excused from this musical masterclass. Jack Black is an absolute rockstar and trust me when I say ‘y’all be rocking when I’m done’.

Suitable for all occasions. Get this badger in your basket.

Billy Elliot
Billy Elliot

Billy Elliot Live

I have to admit I haven’t watched this yet, mainly because I don’t like the film or the book version of the show so I doubt adding singing and dancing kids is going to change my mind. Having said that, Ruthie Henshall is a bit of a legend, so I might give it a go. This one’s just on my list because it’s on my DVD shelf.


I particularly like this film version because it adds an extra dimension to the musical you just don’t get on stage. Roxie Hart’s inner thoughts and emotions Razzle Dazzle through this film, and Renée Zellweger is a siren throughout – no Bridget Jones pants here.

Great for a date night! Buy your copy here.


Two words: John Travolta. In his most daring role, he dons a big fat suit and an even bigger wig to play Edna Turnblad. Nikki Blonsky is crazy cute in her leading role as Tracey, a believable love match for the gorgeous Zac Efron.

Get the girls round and have a good sing-song.


Two words: John Travolta. If you haven’t seen Grease, consider yourself a disappointment to me and make sure you give it a watch.

This one’s a classic everyone needs to see – double points if you can make a newbie dance along to Greased Lightning. Get your copy sorted for your next film night.

Stay tuned for the ultimate musical movie night: Part Two!

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  1. Musical movies are a wonderful way to get introduced to musicals: some of these I only saw the movie or they only have a movie. Some musicals I started with the movie are Sound of Music, South Pacific, Annie (1982), Les Mis (2012), Beauty and the Beast: basically Disney, etc. Without some movies, I never would have fallen in love with that musical in the first place.


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