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Check out this list of Musicals that you may have missed, or just want to see again!

Cabaret

Cast: Liza Minnelli, Michael York, Helmut Griem, Marisa Berenson, Joel Grey.

Sally Bowles, an American cabaret singer in 1930s Berlin, becomes involved in the rise of the Nazi party. Rated PG.

 

 

A Chorus Line

Cast: Michael Douglas, Alyson Reed, Terrence Mann, Yamil Borges, Vicki Frederick, Nicole Fosse.

After narrowing down hundreds of Broadway hopefuls, Zach leads a select group of dancers on the tryout of their lives. In an audition twist, Zach asks each performer personal and intimate questions–with results that powerfully affect not only the young performers, but the hardened stage veteran as well. Rated PG-13.

Guys and Dolls

Cast: Marlon Brando (Sky Masterson), Jean Simmons (Sarah Brown), Frank Sinatra (Nathan Detroit), Vivian Blaine (Miss Adelaide), Robert Keith (Lt. Brannigan), Stubby Kaye (Nicely Nicely Johnson), B.S. Pully (Big Jule), Johnny Silver (Benny Southstreet), Regis Toomey (Arvide Abernathy), Sheldon Leonard (Harry the Horse), Dan Dayton (Rusty Charlie), George E. Stone (Society Max), Veda Ann Borg (Laverne), Kathryn Givney (General Cartwright), The Goldwyn Girls.

Times Square is all a bustle with petty crooks, lazy cops, and especially, gamblers. Gamblers are everywhere, but Nathan Detroit–who maintains the “Oldest Established Permanent Floating Crap Game in New York”–is short the $1000 he needs to secure a site for a fleet of big players coming into town. Nathan’s other problem is his burlesque showgirl fiancée, Miss Adelaide. Her fourteen-year long engagement and Nathan’s failure to give up the gambling racket as he promised have given her a permanent, psychosomatic cold. When Sky Masterson, with a reputation as a fast and loose bettor, arrives in New York Nathan devises a plan. Nathan bets Sky that Sky won’t be able to convince Sergeant Sarah Brown, local Salvation Army Sergeant and goody two shoes extraordinaire, to go to Havana for dinner. Sky only has 24 hours to succeed or sacrifice the cash. What he doesn’t count on is losing his heart as well. Thus, the die is cast, the fates engaged, as songs, dance, and old-fashioned gambling good fun ensue. Not rated.

The Jazz Singer

Cast: Al Jolson, Mary McAvoy, Warner Oland.

Jakie Rabinowitz is the son of a Jewish cantor. Turning his back on family tradition, Jakie transforms himself into cabaret-entertainer Jack Robin. When Jack comes home to visit his parents, he is warmly greeted by his mother, but is given the cold-shoulder by his father, who feels that Jack is a traitor to his heritage by singing jazz music. On the eve of his biggest show business triumph, Jack receives word that his father is dying. Out of respect, Jack forgoes his opening night to attend Atonement services at the temple and sings the Kol Nidre in his father’s place. Not rated.

Mamma Mia!

Cast: Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, Julie Walters, Dominic Cooper, Amanda Seyfried, Christine Baranski.

20-year-old Sophie is preparing to marry at her mother’s hotel on a Greek island. She has a carefree life, a loving fiance, and great friends. She is only missing one thing: a father. By reading her mother’s diary she discovers that she has three possible fathers. Sophie secretly invites all three men to the wedding in a desperate bid to discover which of them is her father. But not all goes according to plan. Now, old loves are re-kindled, new loves are formed, and Sophie risks everything to discover the true identity of her father. Rated PG-13.

Les Misérables

Cast: Liam Neeson, Geoffrey Rush, Uma Thurman, Claire Danes, Hans Matheson, Peter Vaughan.

Rated PG-13.

 

 

My Fair Lady

Cast: Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Stanley Halloway, Wilfird Hyde-White, Gladys Cooper, Jeremy Brett, Theodore Bikel, Mona Washbourne, Isobel Elsom.

Outside Covent Garden on a rainy evening in 1912, cockney flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, meets linguistic expert Henry Higgins. Higgins, in turn, bets with his companion, Colonel Pickering, that, within six months, he could transform Eliza into a proper lady, simply by teaching her proper English. The next morning, face and hands freshly scrubbed, Eliza presents herself on Higgins’ doorstep, ready and willing to be turned into a lady. Rated G.

Oklahoma!

Cast: Gordon MacRae, Gloria Grahame, Shirley Jones, Gene Nelson, Charlotte Greenwood, Eddie Albert, James Whitmore, Rod Steiger.

A cowboy wins his girl despite the intervention of a sinister hired hand. Rated G.

 

 

The Producers

Cast: Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, Uma Thurman, Will Ferrell.

Max Bialystock was once the king of Broadway, but now he only seems to be able produce flops. Things turn around for Max when he’s visited by the neurotic accountant Leo Bloom, who proposes a scheme tailor-made for producers who can only make flops: raise far more money than you need, then make sure the show is despised. No one will be interested in it, so you can pocket the surplus. With this in mind, they decide to produce a musical called ‘Springtime for Hitler’ written by escaped Nazi Franz Liebken. Then they get the insanely flamboyant Roger De Bris to direct and hire the loopy Swedish bombsheel Ulla as the lead actress. Rated PG-13.

The Sound of Music

Cast: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Richard Haydn.

In this true-life story, Julie Andrews lights up the screen as Maria, a spirited young woman who leaves the convent to bring love and music to the home of Captain von Trapp and his seven children. Rated G.

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