Much has been said about the cinematographic musical’s impending demise. From the moment of its birth, it has lived through many ups and downs, always being the object of either fanatical worship or unrelenting hatred from critics and audiences alike.
It seems that in 1996, with the premiere of Evita, a new wave of musicals hit Hollywood, and successful spawns like Moulin Rouge!, Chicago and Mamma mia!, plagued the big screen with music and dance.
Many have said that the rebirth of the musical won’t last long, and they’ve all pointed towards the lack of a constant production which characterized the early ages of the genre. Yet, a revision of the musicals to come in the next two years shows something different. Perhaps majors aren’t working in musicals like they did in the 20s, 30s and 40s; but a new wave of independent and minor productions is flooding the market with both classical approaches to musicals, as well as some interesting and noteworthy variations.
Consulting the Internet Movie Database, we thus provide a list of musicals to come (*). Remakes, adaptations from Broadway and Off-Broadway plays, and original narratives are to be expected; so mark your favorites in your Watchlist and keep enjoying the genre.
The last five years
(*) This list contains only U.S. –and U.S. coproduction- musicals, and excludes TV movies, documentaries, short films and live concerts.