Here’s your round-up of best musical films to have on your DVD shelf
If you missed Part One, make sure you give it a read to ensure a fully comprehensive theatrical showcase!
Right, on with the show…
Jesus Christ Superstar: Live Arena Tour
Let’s face it, no other version is really worth watching (and I’ve seen the musical massacred live on stage, too.) The musical is a work of genius, and this Arena Tour version is cast and directed to perfection. Chris Moyles as Herod? Tim Minchin as Judas? “Will it work”, I hear you cry? YES!
The Full Monty
The musical version of the show is set in Buffalo, America. The British play is set in Sheffield, a very similar version of the film. Whichever stage version you see, make sure you have seen the original film version starring Robert Carlyle and Mark Addy. It’s a beautiful example of how to take a meaningful, serious topic and bring it to life with comedy.
Don’t be deceived – the lads will love this film too.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
It’s my very firm view that musical theatre lovers will find the stage version of The Rocky Horror Picture Show an absolute living hell. However, the film’s not half bad and the exquisite cast bring an incredibly weird premise to life.
High School Musical 1, 2 and 3
Preferably all three in one great big cheesy movie marathon. Relive the teen years literally noone has ever had with this feel-good Disney film, packed with lovely songs and a cast of super celebs.
If I were you, I’d pick the karaoke version.
There’s something magical about seeing Cabaret on stage, but the Liza Minnelli version is an unmistakable classic. It’s got grit and a superb plot, as well as a range of unforgettable showtunes.
Pick either the 25th Anniversary edition (I would) or the Hugh Jackman film version. Say that to most people, and they’ll respond “the one with Russell Crowe”? Somehow he’s managed to make his role unforgettable for all the wrong reasons, and frankly I’m a little frustrated the film didn’t give a great opportunity to the countless and spellbinding musical theatre professionals working day in and day out in theatres across the UK to put on a damn better show than Crowe did. But hey ho. To see what my rambling’s about, you’ll have to watch the film.
The 25th anniversary edition, however, is a little more organically talented, so I’d definitely settle down with this one.
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