“Grease” wasn’t the only remarkable musical that John Travolta got to be a part of. In 1977, he played the leading role in “Saturday Night Fever.” Five years later, in 1983, he was cast in the leading role in “Staying Alive.” And in 2007, Travolta gave us another taste of his talents in performing the musical “Hairspray.” This movie was special for him as he actually played the role of a woman by the name of Edna Turnblad. Besides Travolta, other big names we could drop from this movie are Michelle Pfeiffer, Queen Latifah, and Christopher Walken, to name a few.
The star-studded cast is probably one of the reasons that made this film succeed the way it did. The stage version of this movie won eight Tony awards in 2002, and thanks to that recognition, it got this iconic film in its honor five years later. It’s fun, it’s silly and delightfully energetic.
The Greatest Showman (2017)
In "The Greatest Showman," audiences get to witness Hugh Jackman, Zendaya, Zac Efron, and Michelle Williams sing. What's not to love about that? This story is based on the outrageously true tale of Phineas Taylor Barnum, the entertainer portrayed by Jackman, as he faked his way to the top of a roaming circus. It was set in the late 19th century and showcased Barnum's ability to blur the line between fiction and reality.
He is hungry for triumph and thirsty for invention after introducing the never-before-seen live circus acts. It's a gamble as he risks everything to appeal to a high-brow audience, but will he be able to become the greatest showman of all time? This musical managed to get an Oscar nomination for the original song "This Is Me."
Top Hat (1935)
A golden oldie coming out of the 1930s is the four-time Oscar-nominated "Top Hat." Starring Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire, this movie exemplifies this power duo's on-screen chemistry, and it is considered the high point of their careers. While most of their flicks feature cosmic dancing, "Top Hat" gets extra credit for holding up as a genuinely outstanding comedy.
This story is about Jerry Travers, the song and dance icon, who is in London to open a show produced by his good pal Horace. Late one night, much to the annoyance of Dale Tremont, who was trying to sleep, Jerry whips out his dance moves in the hotel room. Dale decides to go downstairs to tell him off for the racket he is creating, but the two have an instant attraction. Things start to get messy when Dale confuses Jerry with the show's producer.
"Oliver!" from the late '60s was a musical adaptation of a tale revolving around the orphan Oliver Twist. Set in 1830s Victorian London, it follows the life of the boy as he escapes his orphanage to join a group of young boys who make their living under the direction of the criminal Fagin.
For the first time ever, Oliver feels a sense of belonging and purpose, even though he and the boys are getting up to no good. He only comes to realize the wrongdoings later on. This movie was so good that it got a staggering 12 Oscar nominations and five wins. Now, that's impressive.
Funny Girl (1968)
This fabulous 1968 musical film is "Funny Girl." This movie was special because Barbra Streisand tied her Oscar for her role in this film with Katharine Hepburn, which has only happened six times in the history of the Oscars. Furthermore, this movie got seven additional Oscar nominations, and that's no mean feat, even for a film from the '60s.
Set in the early 20th century New York, it follows the life of Fanny Brice, played by Streisand, who is a famous entertainer and comedian. She rises to high places after managing to become one of the Ziegfeld Follies. Beyond the stage, Fanny also wants to have a happy personal life, particularly with the worldly Nicky Arnstein, but things get rocky when his time with her gets affected by how much money he wins or loses as a gambler.