Roadshow! The Decline of the Movie Musicalby mjm2273 | created - 05 Dec 2017 | updated - 11 May 2018 | Public
from 1965 to around 1978 the majority of film musicals were presented in a “roadshow” format with overture, intermission and exit music. This format had only been used for big budget epics (i.e. Gone with the Wind, Ben Hur, How the West Was Won, Spartacus, etc,) and in the early days of the talkies with the “all star” musical revues. Success of the musical roadshow format varied and audience response could lead to the film being drastically re-edited. With the successes of non roadshow musicals like Cabaret and Grease, the format was abandoned by the end of the decade,
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2. Camelot (1967)
G | 179 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Musical
The story of the marriage of England's King Arthur to Guinevere. The plot of illegitimate Mordred to gain the throne and Guinevere's growing attachment to Sir Lancelot, threaten to topple Arthur and destroy his "round table" of knights.
Votes: 5,590 | Gross: $31.10M
4. The Happiest Millionaire (1967)
Approved | 141 min | Comedy, Family, Musical
A happy and unbelievably lucky young Irish immigrant, John Lawless, lands a job as the butler of an unconventional millionaire, Biddle. His daughter, Cordelia Drexel Biddle, tires of the ... See full summary »
5. Doctor Dolittle (1967)
Approved | 152 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family
After the animal communicating veterinarian goes too far for his clientele, he and his friends escape their hometown to the sea in search of the Great Pink Sea Snail.
Votes: 7,822 | Gross: $9.00M
6. Half a Sixpence (1967)
Not Rated | 143 min | Musical
Arthur Kipps, an orphan apprenticed to a tyrannical owner of a mercantile, has a sudden abrupt change of life when his wealthy grandfather dies and leaves him a pile of money.
8. Finian's Rainbow (1968)
G | 141 min | Family, Fantasy, Musical
An Irish immigrant and his daughter move into a town in the American South with a magical piece of gold that will change people's lives, including a struggling farmer and African American citizens threatened by a bigoted politician.
Votes: 3,106 | Gross: $11.60M
9. Funny Girl (1968)
G | 151 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
The life of Fanny Brice, famed comedienne and entertainer of the early 1900s. We see her rise to fame as a Ziegfeld girl, subsequent career, and her personal life, particularly her relationship with Nick Arnstein.
Votes: 17,230 | Gross: $0.22M
10. Oliver! (1968)
G | 153 min | Drama, Family, Musical
After being sold to a mortician, young orphan Oliver Twist runs away and meets a group of boys trained to be pickpockets by an elderly mentor.
Votes: 32,030 | Gross: $16.80M
11. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)
G | 144 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
A down-on-his-luck inventor turns a broken-down Grand Prix car into a fancy vehicle for his children, and then they go off on a magical fantasy adventure to save their grandfather in a far-off land.
12. Hello, Dolly! (1969)
G | 146 min | Adventure, Comedy, Musical
Matchmaker Dolly Levi travels to Yonkers to find a partner for "half-a-millionaire" Horace Vandergelder, convincing his niece, his niece's intended, and his two clerks to travel to New York City along the way.
Votes: 12,471 | Gross: $33.14M
15. Song of Norway (1970)
G | 138 min | Biography, Drama, Musical
Based on the life of Norway's greatest composer Edvard Grieg, and filmed in Norway where he lived. The soundtrack is all Edvard Grieg's music with added lyrics.
16. On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (1970)
G | 129 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
A troubled young woman who visits a psychotherapist to help her quit smoking undergoes hypnosis and finds herself reliving a tragic Victorian romance from a past life.
Votes: 3,350 | Gross: $14.00M
18. Fiddler on the Roof (1971)
G | 181 min | Drama, Family, Musical
In prerevolutionary Russia, a Jewish peasant contends with marrying off three of his daughters while growing anti-Semitic sentiment threatens his village.
Votes: 36,049 | Gross: $80.50M
20. Man of La Mancha (1972)
PG | 132 min | Drama, Fantasy, Musical
The funny story of mad but kind and chivalrous elderly nobleman Don Quixote who, aided by his squire Sancho Panza, fights windmills that are seen as dragons to save prostitute Dulcinea who is seen as a noblewoman.
21. Lost Horizon (1973)
G | 150 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
While escaping war-torn China, a group of Europeans crash in the Himalayas, where they are rescued and taken to the mysterious Valley of the Blue Moon, Shangri-La.
Votes: 2,023 | Gross: $8.28M
22. Mame (1974)
PG | 132 min | Musical
It's the late 1920s. Upon the death of wealthy Chicagoan Edward Dennis, his nine-year old son Patrick Dennis becomes the ward of their only living relative, Edward's equally wealthy New ... See full summary »
25. Sweet Charity (1969)
G | 149 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
Taxi dancer Charity continues to have Faith despite endless disappointments at its hands, and Hope that she will finally meet the man to romance her away from her sleazy life. Maybe, just maybe, handsome Oscar will be the one to do it.
Votes: 4,607 | Gross: $3.43M
26. New York, New York (1977)
PG | 155 min | Drama, Music, Musical
An egotistical saxophonist and a young singer meet on V-J Day and embark upon a strained and rocky romance, even as their careers begin a long, up-hill climb.
Votes: 16,712 | Gross: $16.40M
27. Oh! What a Lovely War (1969)
G | 144 min | Comedy, Musical, War
The working-class Smiths change their initially sunny views on World War I after the three boys of the family witness the harsh reality of trench warfare.
Votes: 2,483 | Gross: $0.13M