The North American Musical Film

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The North American Musical Film The musical film in the United States is largely associated with Broadway theatre. Broadway is an area in New York City where the biggest theatres are located, accommodating at least 500 people. Smaller theatres are said to be located Off-Broadway and even smaller theatres are called Off-Off-Broadway. Some notable musical films such as Chicago (2002), My Fair Lady (1964) and West Side Story (1961) were adapted from musical plays and trace their origins to Broadway where they first started their production. Some Off-Broadway productions also enjoyed a surge of popularity that warranted their expansion to film such as Rent (2005) and Fame (1980). Some musical films were adapted from West End productions which is the British counterpart of Broadway in London. Examples of such films are The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975), Oliver! (1968), and Mamma Mia! (2008).
But not all musical films were adapted from the stage. When the musical genre enjoyed its peak of popularity, Hollywood was churning out original musical compositions. It was hard to resist adapting iconic compositions like Singin’ in the Rain (1952), Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) and 42nd Street (1933) for the stage. Given all these variations and just the sheer number of films originating in the United States, it is safe to say that North America has a very rich history of musical films.
The musical film burst into the scene at a time when the United States was undergoing a revolution of
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