"Maybe This Time": The Top 10 Songs Added to Movie Musicals

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30 Aug 2014

Playbill.com correspondent Ben Rimalower offers a collection of the best songs that were added to movie musicals.


Movie musicals fell out of fashion for many years. They started to plummet at the box office in the late 1960s and early 1970s, as mainstream pop culture moved away from showtunes, gravitating toward rock and roll. Broadway itself has struggled to assert its role in the world as it no longer generates the bulk of music heard on the radio. In some ways, Broadway music has become a genre unto itself, which can be limiting to the point of keeping Broadway music in a box, as in the 1980s, when British pop operas seemed to be the only kind of musical theatre that could find an audience.

Things may be edging toward coming full circle, at least to a certain extent, nowadays, when Broadway is opening up to musicals of all different genres and sources. And Broadway's profile is gaining prominence again thanks to the reinvigoration of singing in American day-to-day life, initially from such TV shows as "American Idol" and more recently, and significantly, from more theatre-focused TV shows like "Glee" and "Smash." This in tandem with the success of somewhat journeyman movie musicals like "Chicago" and "Dreamgirls" has opened up the possibility of many more movie musicals as film studios seek to reap more rewards out of Broadway. In the reconception for this new medium that necessarily happens — even if only subtly in the case of cinematic adaptions very faithful to their original source — there are often new songs needed.

Click through to read the Top 10 Songs Added To Movie Musicals Adapted From The Stage.


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