I love musicals. I can’t act, sing, or dance, but man, can I appreciate them. There’s just something about following an ridiculously impossible storyline perfectly set to music that draws me in. I’ve even reserved one of my magic genie wishes to turn my life into a musical (the others are for Harry Potter to be real and for me to be Harry Potter).
Though I love physically seeing musicals, sometimes it’s really expensive or inconvenient to see them live — but luckily the big wigs over in Hollywood understood my dilemma and adapted them into movies! Here are 10 of my favorite musicals that were adapted for the big screen. There are many others that deserve proper recognition, too, of course, so put your own suggestions in the comments. Just try not to be too hard on me for loving Mamma Mia!
1. West Side Story
Whenever I’m out at college and I see two guys fighting on the sidewalk I’m always secretly hoping one of them will rally their buddies to join in with a little, “when you’re a jet/you’re a jet all the way” and engage in highly choreographed punches ideally involving a see-saw and well timed snaps. But I digress…
2. The Sound of Music
My body still may be recovering from post-traumatic-cringe disorder due to the live action version, but I still
sob tear up when Christopher Plummer and Charmiam Charn sing Edelweiss and I don’t care that anyone knows. Badass rep, be damned!
I’ve never experienced jury duty, but I can only assume it’s filled with well choreographed dance numbers and incredibly flexible, perfectly pitched murderers. I could just see myself deliberating with the other jurors, “Guys, come on, she’s innocent! They totally both reached for the gun. We all saw the routine!”
I’ve been over this, Grease rules. I don’t if you say flying cars don’t exist, I prefer to live in a world where rivalries are hashed out in dance battles or drag races, pregnancy scares are evaporated within a verse, and my friends are super interested in my summer hookup. And, hasn’t it been great to see former T-Bird, Danny Zucko transform into expert teleprompter reader, John Travolta?
5. Rocky Horror Picture Show
I’m always a little hesitate when I’m showing it to friends for the first time, because, as good as it is, you have to admit it’s weird, but it’s the mark of a true friendship when you share a crazy, cult movie with someone and make it out alive sans judgement.
6. Les Miserables
It’s an opera so it technically shouldn’t be in here, but I’d be remiss if I couldn’t express the extreme patriotism I felt for France (sry ‘Murica) and my desire to make out with my favorite freckled actor, Eddie Redmayne and the beautiful Aaron Tveit. Thank you, Tom Hooper for your extreme close-ups.
7. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
As part of my master procrastination plan during finals last semester, I went through a classic movie phase on Netflix and was reminded how awesome this movie is. No wonder Lindsay Lohan, Ariana Grande, and everyone in between idolize Marilyn Monroe.
I used to belt out “It’s A Hard Knock Life” whenever I was asked to do anything. (The life of a dramatic child is never boring.) So I always felt like I could identify with the little orphan Annie. I am soooo excited to see Quvenzhané Wallis’ take on everyone’s favorite redhead. I don’t even care that I’ll be the oldest person in the theater without a child.
Though it’s an adaption based off an adaptation and John Travolta and Christopher Walken make a terrifyingly strange couple, the tunes are so catchy and it’s full of the fun and camp-iness a musical should have. Oh and did I mention Zac Efron is in it??
10. Mamma Mia!
Sometimes I hate on MM in front of mixed company, but truly I love it and I’m hooked, crazy plot and all. I’m waiting for the day when I invite a boy over, click shuffle on my iPod, and three hours of Mamma Mia! blasts out of my speakers. There’s nothing like trying to French while James Bond and Mr. Darcy sing about their feelings. Actually, that doesn’t sound half bad.