7 Musicals To Watch If You Love The Greatest Showman
Look out ’cause here they come…
What to do when you could watch The Greatest Showman on a loop all day, every day, but your mates are starting to get sick of you singing along? Find another musical obsession, of course!
While we’re not suggesting you replace The Greatest Showman in your repertoire, we do have a few ideas of other musical movies you might enjoy. Just in case you want to change it up a little, you know?
Here are seven of our favourite musical films to get you started.
High School Musical
Laugh all you want, but clearly you love dramatic musical numbers and Zac Efron, so it could be time to revisit High School Musical. You may find yourself enjoying the songs of Troy Bolton and Gabriella Montez SO much that you end up watching the second and third movies, too. We’re soarin’, flying… Don’t pretend you don’t remember the words.
Paint the town and all that jazz with this Oscar-winning musical about rival murderesses Velma Kelly (Catherine Zeta-Jones) and Roxie Hart (Renée Zellweger). Set in the 1920s, the flapper girl outfits are as magical as you would expect, while the songs are all killer (excuse the pun) no filler. We guarantee it will Razzle Dazzle you.
Directed by Baz Luhrmann, Moulin Rouge! is a treat for the eyes and the ears. Poor British writer Christian (Ewan McGregor) falls for courtesan Satine (Nicole Kidman), who is part of a show in Paris’s Moulin Rouge. A love triangle develops between them and the wealthy Duke of Monroth, while Kylie Minogue plays The Green Fairy, which isn’t as nuts as it sounds. Actually, it is, but it’s all part of the musical’s charm.
A Star Is Born
If you haven’t seen A Star Is Born yet we suggest you get to your local cinema ASAP. Directed by (and starring) Bradley Cooper, it tells the story of alcoholic rock star Jackson Maine, who falls in love with a talented nightclub performer named Ally (Lady Gaga). Their tumultuous relationship rise and fall is soundtracked by solos from both artists, as well as truly stunning duets, like worldwide smash Shallow.
If you can’t stop singing This Is Me, allow us to give you And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going to temporarily replace it with, because the effect is the same. Based on the real life story of The Supremes, Dreamgirls stars Beyoncé and Jennifer Hudson, so you know there’s SO MUCH POWER in those power ballads.
La La Land
The dreamiest love story with Los Angeles as its perfectly-hued backdrop, La La Land revolves around aspiring actress Mia (Emma Stone) and jazz pianist Sebastian (Ryan Gosling). While it might not end how you expect, the musical punctuations of the story are perfection, not least Oscar-winning City Of Stars and John Legend’s Start A Fire.
More songs, more Zac Efron, MUCH more hair! Set in 1960s Baltimore, the wigs are high and so are the stakes as Tracy Turnblad (Nikki Blonsky) follows her dreams of becoming a dancer, while rallying against racial segregation. Where does Zac come in? He’s the lead male dancer on The Corny Collins Show, who is dating lead female dancer Amber (Brittany Snow)… but finds himself attracted to dance-loving fan Tracy. Zac’s musical number Ladies’ Choice was the lead single from the Hairspray soundtrack.