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Onstage in the Broadway show-within-the-movie that lies at the heart of 42nd Street, everybody is working together in sync - dozens of dancers hoofing together in perfect unison. But backstage, brutal individualism rules as those same dancers plot, flirt and lie to get the lead in show. Coming into the mix is naive smalltown girl Peggy, who with the help of more experienced showgirls Lorraine and Ann learns to negotiate the cut-throat theatre world. Raising the stakes of the scheming is the background of the great world economic crisis of the 1930s - with the show a real make-or-break venture for its director.
Classic musical filled with beautiful dancing sequences and gripping romantic entanglements.
7+ years 113 mins
Widely considered the best musical ever made, this tribute to Hollywood is about an actress who can't sing trying to move into sound films.
All ages 98 mins
Big-screen adaptation of the stage musical set in 1920s Chicago about prisoner Roxie and the vaudeville star she idolises.
11+ years 109 mins
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With the release of Oscar front-runner La La Land, we look at the dynamic history of the screen musical, and the way La La Land draws upon the genre's heritage.
Reading time 4 mins
We explore new animated film Sing, and the way it celebrates the value of creativity and the thrill of 'daring to do'.
Reading time 6 mins
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