Skip to main content
Advertising

Originally published Sunday, June 22, 2014 at 6:18 AM

  • Share:
           
  • Comments (0)
  • Print

The List: 5 musical movies that made summer sing

The List focuses each week on books, movies, plays, music and more — all recommended by Seattle Times arts writers.


advertising

‘Mary Poppins’

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.

‘Grease’

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.

‘Hairspray’

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).

‘Once’

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



Want unlimited access to seattletimes.com? Subscribe now!

News where, when and how you want it

Email Icon

Autos news and research

Mechanic double-checks his air-bag work

Mechanic double-checks his air-bag work


Advertising
The Seattle Times

The door is closed, but it's not locked.

Take a minute to subscribe and continue to enjoy The Seattle Times for as little as 99 cents a week.

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription upgrade.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. For unlimited seattletimes.com access, please upgrade your digital subscription.

Call customer service at 1.800.542.0820 for assistance with your upgrade or questions about your subscriber status.

The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Activate Subscriber Account ►