The List: 5 musical movies that made summer sing
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Celebrating its 50th anniversary this summer, this 1964 children’s classic was Julie Andrews’ feature-film debut — and a joy, from start to finish.
‘A Hard Day’s Night’
Also marking its half-century, the Beatles’ delightfully cheeky first movie — sort of a musical mockumentary — had fans screaming on both sides of the Atlantic. Watch for it back in theaters next month.
Tell me more, tell me more: The multiplexes of summer 1978 were filled with the infectious tunes of this ‘50s-flavored musical, starring a very young John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John.
Nearly 30 years post-”Grease”, Travolta returned to movie musicals — in a dress. As mama Edna Turnblad, he’s part of an irresistible ensemble in this bouncy 2007 hit (based on the stage musical, itself based on a 1988 John Waters movie).
As gentle and quiet as “Hairspray” is boisterous and colorful, this sweet Irish musical-ette (only a few songs, but they’re powerful — particularly the lovely “Falling Slowly”) was an art house hit that same summer — and later became a successful stage show.
Moira Macdonald, Seattle Times movie critic