10 musicals to watch if you love Mamma Mia

Musicals have been around for several decades now. Storytelling through music has won over audiences around the world. With Meryl Streep, Mama Mia! is one of those popular musicals, and for good reason. Featuring the songs of ABBA, this romantic musical has been a fan and critic favorite for over a decade. Mama Mia! even spawned a sequel, Here we go again, with Dear.

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A young bride-to-be invites three men from her mother’s past to her wedding, hoping that one of them will be her father. A musical filled with elements of nostalgia and romance, Mama Mia! is also a coming of age story. Mama Mia! explores the daily life of a woman who left her wild days behind and is an absolute must. For fans of Mama Mia! there are great musicals that are equally upbeat and uplifting.

ten The Barden Bellas for the win (Pitch Perfect)

Anna Kendrick as Beca in the Pitch Perfect movies

Perfect is a musical following Barden University’s all-female acapella group, The Barden Bellas. Perfect takes viewers on a rollercoaster ride of a Bellas journey as they grow as a team and attempt to win the Acapella National Championships.

While some critics call Perfect A dormant hit, this teen musical has had its ardent fans since day one. With Anna Kendrick as Beca Mitchell, Perfect has it all – from reluctantly participating and breaking old traditions to becoming a team player and maintaining a legacy.

9 The fourth time is a charm (A star is born)

Jackson and Ally sing together in A Star Is Born

The fourth remake of the same name, A star is born is Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut. A star is born stars Cooper as an alcoholic musician who discovers and falls head over heels in love with a young singer played by Lady Gaga. After a long time in development hell, A star is born saw the light of day and met with critical and commercial success.

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The soundtrack of A star is born won 4 Grammys, and Shallow won Best Original Song at the 91st Academy Awards. Lady Gaga was particularly appreciated for her role in A star is born.

8 Rock and roll addresses social issues (Grease)

Named after the 1950s working-class youth subculture known as the greasers, Fat is set in 1959 at the fictional Rydell High School and follows the lives and stories of ten working-class teenagers. While the original was described as raw, vulgar and aggressive, Fat aptly dealt with pressing social issues such as teenage pregnancy, gang violence, etc.

With themes of love, friendship, adolescence, self-exploration and class conflict, Fat was one of the most critically and commercially acclaimed musicals of all time. The music resonates with the beginnings of rock ‘n’ roll.

7 Origins of an American Founding Father (Hamilton: An American Musical)

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Written by and performed by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton: an American musical is a sung and rapped musical about the life of Alexander Hamilton, one of America’s Four Founding Fathers. hamilton draws heavily from various musical genres such as hip-hop, R&B, soul, and traditional show tunes, among others.

hamilton received tremendous critical acclaim. Particularly praised for its cast of non-white actors like the Founding Fathers, hamilton (in Miranda’s words) is about “America Then, As Told By America Now.” hamilton is available to stream on Disney+.

6 Everything that goes into writing a musical (Tick, Tick… Boom!)

Based on a musical of the same name, Tick, tick… Boom! follows Jonathan Larson as he struggles to compose and direct his first musical. Tick, tick… Boom! stars Andrew Garfield, who won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.

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A disintegrating romance, lack of money and friends who succumb to AIDS weigh heavily on Larson’s chest as he tries to make ends meet while juggling his personal life. While Garfield is applauded for his acting skills, Lin-Manuel Miranda makes a lasting impression in his directorial debut.

5 Not all dreams come true (La La Land)

Sebastian and Mia dance in the movie La La Land

Damien Chazelle The Earth is a musical romance starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. As struggling artists, the two meet and fall in love in Los Angeles while chasing their dreams. While one is a struggling jazz pianist, the other is an aspiring actress.

As events unfold, reality catches up with them, leading to The Earth ending on a tragically poetic note. Compound Hurwitz The Earthwhile Mandy Moore choreographed all the dance pieces. The Earth received critical acclaim at the 74th Golden Globe Awards.

4 From Rags To Riches (The Greatest Showman)

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With Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron and Zendaya, The greatest showman is the story of a man who comes from nothing and builds a one-of-a-kind empire. Inspired by the life of PT Barnum and his creation of Barnum’s American Museum, The greatest showman takes viewers on a ride through the tough and great times Barnum (Jackman) went through.

Although criticized for excessive use of artistic license, The greatest showman was praised for its production value, performances, and music. It’s me won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song.

3 A childless couple face the consequences of their actions (in the woods)

The Cast of Disney in the Woods

by Disney In the woods is a musical fantasy film, based on a production of the same name. In the woods stars Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Johnny Depp and Chris Pine, among others. Inspired by Grimm’s fairy tales Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel, In the woods is about a couple yearning for a child.

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The consequences of the choices this couple make while trying to shake off an evil witch’s curse come back to haunt them. In the woods enjoys critical and fan praise for its musical numbers, visual art style, and performances.

2 A 1950s Gang Conflict Turns For The Worst (West Side Story)

The second film adaptation of the musical of the same name, Spielberg’s West Side Story (2021) stars Ansel Elgort and Rachel Zegler in her first role. West Side Story is about a conflict between the Jets (a white youth gang) and the Puerto Rican Sharks, and the aftermath of this seemingly futile disagreement.

With star-crossed lovers, gang violence, betrayal and murder, West Side Story is one of the evergreen classics. A great blend of 50s sentiments and 21st century sensibilities, West Side Story enjoyed worldwide critical acclaim.

1 Justice during a rebellion (Les Miserables)

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Wretched (2012) follows Jean Valjean until his release after 19 years of imprisonment and rehabilitation while being pursued by a persistent cop. With an all-star ensemble including Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway and Amanda Seyfried, Wretched deals with themes of honor, morality, ethics, nationalism and rebellion.

Set against the backdrop of the French Revolution, this epic musical won several awards and received worldwide praise for its production, music, plot and performances.

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