Didn’t realize Dirty Harry had a thing for four-part harmonies? Jersey Boys hits theaters today, becoming the latest stage to screen adaptation. Musicals filled movie theaters in the ’50s and ’60s, and a recent onslaught of movie musicals in the 21st century proved that modern audiences enjoy sporadic bursts of song just as much as Broadway fans.
2007’s Hairspray saw John Travolta in drag, dancing and bringing the peculiar Baltimore accent to the big screen, while Zac Efron filled out a suit and found new things to do with that mesmerizing head of hair. Dreamgirls proved that American Idol contestant Jennifer Hudson wasn’t going anywhere, and that Beyoncé doesn’t always have to be the star. The 2012 Les Miserables adaptation narrowly avoided casting Taylor Swift as Cosette yet still garnered a lot of buzz thanks to Anne Hathway‘s performance (and later on, her Oscar nipples). But can we forgive Russell Crowe for his underwhelming singing voice or Tom Hooper for the incessant close-ups? And we can’t forget Chicago, the 2002 film that began the recent movie musical revival and made breaking into song in public socially acceptable once again.
Will Eastwood’s adaptation hit the right note with audiences? Hopefully! To help celebrate the film’s release and gauge its place in the movie musical canon, here’s how 10 major movie musicals since 2000 stack up.
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