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My new year’s resolution this year was to attempt to see all of the movie musicals in the canon – a difficult goal, to be sure, but what good are resolutions if they are easy to achieve!?
Luckily, Warner Brothers just released a 20 film collection that’s helped me check a bunch of the big ones off the list, including a number of classics I’d only ever seen clips of before.
The set contains:
- The Jazz Singer (1927)
- Broadway Melody of 1929 (1929(
- 42nd Street (1933)
- The Great Ziegfeld (1936)
- Wizard of Oz (1939)
- Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
- An American In Paris (1951)
- Show Boat (1951)
- Singin In The Rain (1952)
- Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)
- A Star Is Born (1954)
- The Music Man (1962)
- Viva Las Vegas (1964)
- Camelot (1967)
- Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
- Cabaret (1972)
- That’s Entertainment (1974)
- Victor, Victoria (1982)
- Little Shop of Horrors (1986)
- Hairspray (1988)
Though I consider a couple of the additions to this set questionable, like Hairspray, which is hardly a musical in its original film version and That’s Entertainment, which is not a musical, but rather a compilation of musical theatre clips and interviews, there are tons of great films in the package – The Wizard of Oz, Show Boat, Singin’ In the Rain, The Music Man and Cabaret – shows ANY fan would affirm are staples in the musical film canon. Probably my biggest disappointment was seeing Viva Las Vegas, as I hadn’t thought to include the 30 films Elvis starred in as musicals, though they most surely are…
As for the box set, the packaging is great. Unlike many of the sets I own, each of the movies is well protected in its own slot, divided into three separate casings.
The disks themselves seem to be exactly those you would receive if you purchased each film separately. If you’re a bonus feature kind of person, you’ll probably be disappointed, but if you’re just looking to see the films and add them to your collection – this set it a real treat.
The booklet contained in the package isn’t much to write about – quick paragraph descriptions that you’ll glance at once and then never pull out again, but it does have lovely stills from each film and does note which awards, if any, the film won. (I forget how popular musicals were back in the day – maybe Les Miserables will take home all sorts of Academy Awards on Sunday and bring us back to those glorious days!)
You can purchase the box set on Amazon here for $70.83 at the time of this writing, which works out to each film costing $3.50 a piece – not too shabby!
The bottom line review: Nothing too fancy and nothing you won’t find anywhere else, but nonetheless a great collection of films worth owning, packaged well and at a reasonable price.
The Broadway Musical Home received a complementary copy of this box set, but was not paid to endorse this product in any way.
The people of Twitter and Facebook have spoken; here are the shows they think should be revived and the stars that should headline each, listed in no particular order.
- Sunset Boulevard starring Sutton Foster, Hunter Parrish, Glenn Close, Joel Grey, Bernadette Peters, Neil Partick Harris, Norbert Leo Butz, Carol Burnett, Angela Lansbury, Doris Day, Tyne Daily or Josh Young
- Once Upon a Mattress starring Megan Hilty
- Gypsy starring Sutton Foster
- Grand Hotel
- Pippin starring Neil Patrick Harris, Naya Rivera, Gavin Creel or Traci Thoms
- Mame starring Carol Burnett, Vera Charles, Lily Tomlin, Megan Mallally or Sutton Foster
- Dreamgirls starring Patina Miller, Da’vine, Joy Randolph, Montego Glover, Anika Noni Rose, Queen Latifah, LaChanze or Beyonce
- Les Miserables starring Lea Salonga
- Bombay Dreams
- Aida starring Adam Pascal and Heather Headley
- Jesus Christ Superstar starring Adam Pascal
- Beauty and the Beast starring Clémence Poésy
- The Music Man starring Jeremy Jordan
- Assassins starring Tatum Channing
- Grease starring Justin Bieber or Sam Harris
- Hello Dolly starring Patty Lupone, Bernadette Peters, Bette Midler, Danny Divito or Harvey Fierstein
- Thoroughly Modern Millie
- Sweet Charity starring Sutton Foster
- Cats starring Ryan Steele
- Into the Woods starring Bernadette Peters
- My Fair Lady starring Angela Lansbury
- Funny Girl starring Sutton Foster or Lea Michele
- Pirates of Penzance
- Side Show starring Laura Osnes and Cassie Levy
- Sweeny Todd starring Christian Borle and Sutton Foster
- The Rocky Horror Show
- Miss Saigon starring Lea Salonga
- Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
- Ghost starring Sutton Foster and Richard Fleeshman
- Carousel starring anyone but Taylor Swift
Is a show or star missing from this list? Add it in the comments below!
Welcome to the new Daily Deal Alert series. Every day, we’ll scour the web to find the best musical theatre deals on cast albums, videos, sheetmusic, tickets, merchandise and more and will post the best deal here on the blog every day.
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We hope you find this new feature useful and that it can help you expand your music theatre library!
Without further ado, here’s today’s deal:
Now only $12.99 on Amazon