It’s the last day of the year! It’s the perfect time to look back on the highlights of 2014: which musicals succeeded? Which musicals didn’t? Which news gave musical fans hope? What can we expect for the upcoming years?…
Discover it with our guide of 2014 film musicals: the year in review.
2014 Film Musicals: The Year in Review
The musical releases
2014 was a year full of musical titles with A-list celebrities. Starting with the release of Disney’s Muppets Most Wanted back in March, to Clint Eastwood’s Jersey Boys in June, Annie in November, and one of the most expected stage-to-screen adaptations of recent years, Into the Woods, which hit theaters on December 24th.
It was also a great year for enjoying smaller productions, with titles such as Stage Fright, Waiting in the Wings and God help the girl, amongst the many independent musical movies which premiered during 2014, proving the increasing popularity of this film genre.
The most successful musical
Undoubtedly, the most successful musical film of 2014, both in box office and amongst critics, has been Rob Marshall’s adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s timeless musical, Into the Woods. As of now, with only one week in cinemas, the movie has already had the best opening weekend for a Broadway musical film, grossing more than $40,000,000; a sum which will certainly grow as the film hits international theaters in January.
The performances of Meryl Streep and Emily Blunt have also received recognition even before the film opened in theaters, gaining both actresses early nominations for the Golden Globes. The movie is also nominated for Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy, and has received nods from the AFI Awards and several critics’ societies, making it a favorite for the 2015 Academy Awards.
The less successful musical
Although the film had an ensemble of A-list stars and some talented young performers, this year’s remake of the classic Annie is considered by many critics one of the worst movies of the year. The cast has been widely criticized for their lack of singing and dancing abilities, while the film has been described as soulless and plain.
Unfortunately, the full version of the feature was leaked online early on, thus affecting the film’s box-office performance, a problem which only added to the movie’s lack of vision.
The upcoming musicals
After the boost which films such as Les Misérables and Into the Woods have given the musical genre, there’s no doubt more movie musicals will continue to appear in the future.
2014 has been a year full of rumors regarding a possible adaptation of beloved Broadway musical, Wicked. Plenty of big names have been linked to the project, with Baz Luhrmann and Rob Marshall as possible directors, celebrities such as Lea Michele and singer Harry Styles considered for the roles of Elphaba and Fiyero, and other artists such as Julianne Hough and Amy Adams expressing their desire to be involved.
Another Broadway musical that might be adapted into a feature film soon could be Miss Saigon. After the success of Les Misérables, Cameron Mackintosh has been quite vocal about his interest in turning the play into a musical film, although as of now nothing certain has been stated about the project.
When it comes to musicals in TV, the upcoming year will see Glee airing its 6th and final season, while new comedy musical, Galavant, with tunes penned by Alan Menken, will premiere next year.
What was your favorite movie musical moment of 2014? Share it in the comments!