I love musicals. This is probably attributed to the fact that in high school I could never get a part in any of the musicals because I can't sing or dance. So instead, I had to be one of those geeks that wore all black and moved the scenery off and on the stage. When I found out that Erik was Conrad Birdie and Curly (from Oklahoma) in his high school musicals, I just about died. It was like my childhood fantasy to marry a musical singing star. Some of my favorites are Fiddler on the Roof, My Fair Lady, West Side Story, Dreamgirls, Phantom of the Opera, The King and I, and The Umbrellas of Cherbourg.
In my opinion, here are some of the worst, the cheesiest, and the best movie musicals of ALL TIME:
Paint Your Wagon (1969): Clint Eastwood picks up a polygamist's wife while pioneering into the west. They drink, gamble, fight, and of course, sing. I was in pain. Make it stop. I can't say much more because I have tried to block the whole thing out.
Saturday's Warrior (1989): My parents own "Saturday's Warrior: The Millennium Version" which consists of the cast reminiscing 11 years later, a documentary about the making of, and wait - it gets better - sing-a-long karaoke versions of eight songs. The last time I was at my parents' house I put in the DVD and sang gleefully off-key at the top of my lungs to each song until my Mom told me to stop. I love how the bad people wear spandex (of course) and Jimmy has fluorescent bathing suit shorts on the whole time. Classic stuff. The girl in the wheelchair always reminds me of my sister-in-law, Kirsten.
Back to the Beach (1987): If you like Beach Blanket Bingo or Gidget than you will love Back to the Beach. Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello reunite, Becky from Full House plays their daughter, and Pee Wee Herman sings a special musical number! The bird is the word.
Moulin Rouge (2001): I advised our friend Jake to break up with a girl if she didn't like this movie and he actually did. I've lightened up a bit on that type of dating advice, but still feel like this is one of the best movie musicals ever. I will never forget watching this for the first time, looking at my sister, Kelley, during Ewan McGregor singing "Your Song" and saying to each other, "Wow, this is really good." If I'm sad, I just pop in a little Moulin Rouge soundtrack and always feel better.
Sound of Music (1965): In high school I had friends who tried to memorize The Princess Bride. Well, I tried to do that with this movie. I have watched it at least 500 times - no joke. I don't know what it is. As a little girl, I dreamt about being in the Von Trapp Family. I own a trivia book about the Sound of Music where I read that Liesel never made anymore movies, moved to Encino and became an interior decorator. I've even read Maria Von Trapp's Autobiography. Good stuff.