I have a long-time love of live theatre, even though I am a huge media-hound who lusts after all things TV and Movie-related. In fact, my Masters degree is in Theatrical Production Design, at NYU. While I was in New York going to school I had not only the opportunity to see dozens of Broadway musicals, but I studied under professors that were responsible for the original designs of many of them. When my two loves come together in the form of Movie Musicals, I get a special treat. Putting the big Broadway musical onto the silver screen has been popular for many years. Throughout the 1950’s and 1960′ especially, movie musicals were very popular and many were made. Films like Oliver, Fiddler on the Roof, My Fair Lady, The Sound of Music, The King and I, and Guys and Dolls, were just a few of those. Right up to the present, hit Broadway musicals become hits again for the movie crowd, and this also allows people all around the world to be exposed to a form of art that they may not have gotten a chance to see any other way. I looked back over the years and found films made from shows that I had worked on, or just always enjoyed. I asked some of my friends in the business what their favorite musical films were also, and came up with these top 8 films. Every single film is great, and you should give them a look, even if you are not sure you would like this type of movie. Take a chance, just this once.

#8 – Tommy (1975)

Director: Ken Russell
Stars: Roger Daltrey, Ann-Margret, Oliver Reed, Elton John

This is one of the of the so called Rock Operas that became popular during the 1970’s. Written by the Who, this is the story of a boy who was born normal, but then became deaf, dumb and blind from the psychological trauma of abuse. When he gets older he becomes an expert pinball player and then later a religious icon, worshiped by a strange cult because of his miracle talents. Almost every song in this musical became a hit, and even people who don’t know the movie, are familiar with the music.

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    Tommy was a movie long before it was a Broadway show. Do your homework, folks!