by Kaylin Kaupish
Did you know singing can decrease stress, improve mental alertness and even put you in a good mood? And what better way to break into song than by singing along to a classic musical? Movie musicals can fill you with joy, give you a chance to dance and sing and lift your spirits in difficult times. Here's a few of our favorites.
Escape to the Greek Islands with this jukebox musical, starring Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried and Pierce Brosnan. Featuring hit sings from the pop sensation ABBA, Mamma Mia! has the perfect feel good music to sing and dance along to.
Based on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, this musical follows two lovers from rivaling street gangs in New York City. A gripping story of forbidden love, West Side Story has a dazzling array of songs and dance sequences.
Inspired by true events, Newsies follows a group of newsboys who strike from work due to unfair wages. The lively cast includes award-winning actors, Christian Bale, Bill Pullman and Robert Duvall. With music from Disney’s esteemed composer Alan Menken (Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast) it’s no wonder this musical was a smash hit.
A mysterious nanny named Mary Poppins, played by Julie Andrews, floats (literally) into the lives of two lonely children. She takes them on adventures into magical worlds, such as inside chalk paintings and the wondrous rooftops of London. This classic will transport you to a colorful, enchanting world.
Starring Beyoncé Knowles, Jennifer Hudson, Jamie Foxx and Eddie Murphy, this star-studded film tells the story of an all-women singing group in 1960s Detroit. As they grow more popular, each singer must learn to navigate love, fame and following their dreams.
This musical fantasy film follows an eccentric inventor named Caractacus Potts, who builds a car—a more magical vehicle than he realizes—for his kids. Starring Dick Van Dyke, this film is a perfect sing-along for the whole family.
When a nun named Maria becomes nanny to a large family of children, she helps bring music back into their lives, against the wishes of their strict father. Starring Julie Andrews, this musical is based on the true story of the Von Trapp Family singers.
This musical follows Dorothy (Diana Ross), a teacher from Harlem, who is transported to the magical land of Oz, where she meets a Scarecrow (Michael Jackson), a Tin Man (Nipsey Russell) and a Cowardly Lion (Ted Ross). Through fresh music and dancing, The Wiz retells a classic story in a stunning and unique way.
Set in 1960s Baltimore, Hairspray follows high school student Tracy Turnblad, who dreams of dancing on TV. But when she learns the station won’t allow African American dancers, she joins the fight to integrate television. This film includes an all-star cast (John Travolta, Queen Latifah, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, and Zac Efron to name a few) and tells an uplifting story about the power of dance, acceptance and perseverance.
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