"Singin' in the Rain" Shines as Top Movie Musical According to AFI's Top 25

News   "Singin' in the Rain" Shines as Top Movie Musical According to AFI's Top 25
 
At a Sept. 3 one-night-only presentation of "The Big Picture—AFI’s Greatest Movie Musicals," the American Film Institute (AFI) selections for the best 25 movie musicals of all time were unveiled with "Singin' in the Rain" at the top.
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Director John Mauceri and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra performed excerpts from each of the winning musicals, selected by a jury of over 500 "composers, musicians, film artists (directors, screenwriters, actors, editors and cinematographers), critics and historians," according to a release. Audiences were treated to the showtunes played while scenes from the movies were shown on big video screens.

The Top 25 honored musicals were:

25. "Moulin Rouge!" (2001)
24. "Show Boat" (1936)
23. "Guys and Dolls (1955)
22. "Beauty and the Beast" (1991)
21. "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" (1954)
20. "Grease" (1978)
19. "On The Town" (1949)
18. "Yankee Doodle Dandy" (1942)
17. "The Band Wagon" (1953)
16. "Funny Girl" (1968)
15. "Top Hat" (1935)
14. "All That Jazz" (1979)
13. "42nd Street" (1933)
12. "Chicago" (2002)
11. "The King and I" (1956)
10. "Meet Me in St. Louis" (1944)
9. "An American in Paris" (1951)
8. "My Fair Lady" (1964)
7. "A Star Is Born" (1954)
6. "Mary Poppins" (1964)
5. "Cabaret" (1972)
4. "The Sound of Music" (1965)
3. "The Wizard of Oz" (1939)
2. "West Side Story" (1961)
1. "Singin' in the Rain" (1952)

"AFI's Greatest Movie Musicals" was created as a sidebar to the popular AFI's 100 Years... Series which is meant to be a catalyst for interest in classic American cinema. Previous 100 Years… series topics have chosen 100 Movies (1998), 100 Stars (1999), 100 Laughs (2000), 100 Thrills (2001), 100 Passions (2002), 100 Heroes & Villains (2003), 100 Songs (2004), 100 Movie Quotes (2005) and 100 Cheers (2006).

For more information on the 25 Movie Musicals, visit www.AFI.com and www.HollywoodBowl.com.

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