I'm a little picky when it comes to musicals. Like many people who aren't in love with all things music, I find that some musicals can be a bit corny. I do see the ridiculous aspect of a group of people breaking into song. But see, that's the great trick. A really great musical doesn't seem corny or ridiculous because it's just that good. The singing, the music, the dancing, the characters, the story. When it all comes together perfectly, a great musical is made.
Reading the news last week that Rob Marshall will be turning the great Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine musical Into the Woods into a film, I was extremely excited. That's a great musical! If you need proof, check out the filmed theatrical version (1991) starring Bernadette Peters and Joanna Gleason. The 2014 cast includes Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, Anna Kendrick and Johnny Depp (plus many more!) and should be a heck of a lot of fun.
So I've been roused to make a list of my favorite movie musical moments. The requirement for this list was, well, it had to take my breath away. It did it the first time I saw the film, and it does again and again, every time I see it. To me, these examples are the perfect blend of singing, music, dancing, characters, and story. I'm hopeful that Rob Marshall will be inspired by these, and more of his own, best movie musical moments as he films what I'm encouraged to believe might be the next great movie musical.