NerdiPop’s top 5 romantic movie musicals

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Musicals have a way of touching your heart. If you enjoy musicals, this list of top five romantic movie musicals is for you.

 #1. The Phantom of the Opera (2004)

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“Masquerade… paper faces on parade. Masquerade! Hide your face so the world will never find you…”

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This Phantom of the Opera adaptation sticks closely to the original musical. The Phantom of the Opera is a 2004 British film based on Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 1986 musical of the same name, which is based on Gaston Leroux’s French novel Le Fantôme de l’Opéra. In a nutshell, a young soprano falls obsessed with a disfigured musical genius who lives beneath the Paris Opéra House. Listen to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s song “No One Would Listen”, written specially for the movie adaptation.

#2. Moulin Rouge! (2001)

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Christian, a young English writer, arrives in Paris in 1899 to follow the Bohemian movement that has taken hold of the city’s drug and prostitute-infested underground. The thrill of the underworld is alive and well at the Moulin Rouge, a nightclub where rich and poor men alike come to be charmed by the dancers, but things take a wicked turn for Christian when he begins a lethal love affair with the club’s top prostitute, Satine. The Duke, the club’s benefactor, is also interested in her. A perilous love triangle develops as Satine and Christian strive against all difficulties to stay together, but a force that not even love can overcome is at work.

#3. Grease (1978)

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Danny Zucko and Sandy Olsen (or Dumbruski) are two high school students who fall in love over the summer in the movie Grease. They’ve had a lovely summer together and are sad to see it come to a close. The first day of school approaches, and Danny has no idea that he and Sandy would soon be reunited. Sandy is surprised to learn that the charming guy she met at the beach is the leader of a greaser gang known as ‘The T’birds.’ Meanwhile, Sandy is attempting to make friends with the T’birds’ female counterparts, The Pink Ladies. Will Sandy and Danny ever get back together? Along with this plot comes a song that will stay with you for ages. Summer Nights, Beauty School Dropout, and the now-famous Greased Lightning are examples of such tunes. Grease is an all-time classic that will have you singing and dancing by the finale.

 

#4. Mamma Mia (2008)

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The plot, set on a colorful Greek island, provides as a backdrop for a plethora of ABBA songs. A young woman preparing to marry realizes that her father may be any of three men. She invites all three to the wedding without informing her mother, Donna, former lead singer of Donna and the Dynamos. Meanwhile, Donna has invited Rosie and Tanya, her backing vocalists.

#5. Enchanted (2007)

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Enchanted is a musical live-action/animated fantasy romantic comedy film released in 2007 by Walt Disney Pictures in collaboration with New York Academy, Barry Sonnenfeld, and Josephson Entertainment. The film, directed by Kevin Lima and written by Bill Kelly, stars Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey, James Marsden, Timothy Spall, Idina Menzel, Rachel Covey, and Susan Sarandon. The story revolves around Giselle, a stereotypical Disney Princess who is forced to transition from her traditional animated realm of Andalasia to the live-action world of New York City. The film is an homage to, as well as a self-parody of, classic Walt Disney Animated Classics, making various references to Disney’s past and future works through the use of live-action filmmaking, traditional animation, and computer-generated imagery. It marks the return of conventional animation to a Disney feature picture following the company’s decision in 2004 to switch exclusively to computer animation. Enchanted’s music were produced by composer Alan Menken and lyricist Stephen Schwartz, who had previously developed songs for Disney films. Menken also composed the film’s score.

 

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