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06.20.2014by: Alex Maidy

Top 10 Musicals for Guys Who Hate Musicals

Clint Eastwood's JERSEY BOYS aims to be the type of musical that appeals to a broad audience, especially those who aren't big musical fans. If you are one of those guys out there who discount musicals just because of stereotypes or other biases, here is a list of the ten best musical films you can check out without worrying about your man card. If you have a recommendation that didn't make the list, feel free to add it to the talk backs below.

#10 - HAIR

A vastly different experience on film than it was on stage, HAIR is nonetheless a very enjoyable movie from director Milos Forman that focuses on the peace and free love movements of the 1960s. Featuring Treat Williams and Beverly D'Angelo, the musical aspect of the film is very strong and features several numbers you may not realize originated from HAIR. Definitely influenced by rock n' roll, HAIR is not your standard Broadway musical.

#9 - NEWSIES

A musical film that floundered upon theatrical release only to receive a second look when it became a Broadway hit, NEWSIES stars Christian Bale before he became Batman and a full cast that includes Bill Pullman and Robert Duvall. Being a Disney film, NEWSIES definitely has a sunny streak despite being all about child labor at the turn of the century. Some pretty elaborate dance numbers and memorable songs makes NEWSIES a cult favorite.

#8 - THE PRODUCERS

You cannot go wrong with Mel Brooks. THE PRODUCERS was already an iconic comedy film before becoming a brilliant stage musical with performances from Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick. The film may not capture all of the magic the stage show had, but it definitely enjoys the benefit of adding Uma Thurman and Will Ferrell to the cast. If anything, seeing Will Ferrell sing a song about Hitler makes THE PRODUCERS a must watch.

#7 - THE MUPPET MOVIE

I toyed with putting the recent Jason Segel/Amy Adams THE MUPPETS on here, but in reality the original THE MUPPET MOVIE is where you should start. Full of musical numbers, THE MUPPET MOVIE feels the ever present Jim Henson in every frame. Younger audiences may be bored by the pacing of the film, but for my money you cannot go wrong with the original Kermit the Frog road trip. If "Rainbow Connection" doesn't get you to sing along, you have no soul.

#6 - SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET

Not just a musical, but a Tim Burton musical. Not just a Tim Burton musical, but a Tim Burton musical that is also a horror movie. THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS may have the bigger fan base, but SWEENEY TODD represents a more traditional stage musical adaptation using all of Burton's strengths in set design. Visually macabre, this may not have the strongest vocals of other musicals but it definitely has a unique quality you don't see very often.

#5 - SOUTH PARK: BIGGER, LONGER, AND UNCUT

Animated films are musicals, too! While most Disney animated films prior to the current century were primarily musical in nature, some folks say those are just for kids and do not enjoy themselves. But, SOUTH PARK proved to teens and adults alike that musicals can be crass, gross, and wholly inappropriate. SOUTH PARK reached a level many didn't expect by actually making a damn fine musical film. Years later, Trey Parker and Matt Stone created THE BOOK OF MORMON which may get added to this list once it is finally adapted for the big screen.

#4 - GREASE

If you are a car guy, GREASE may be the musical for you. Sure, it features dancing and singing, but the entire premise of the film is rooted in machismo and things guys like. There is almost nobody out there who doesn't like GREASE and that is because it is a completely relatable story for most American teens from any generation. Travolta was at his first prime and Olivia Newton-John was the perfect amalgam of girl next door and sexy babe.

#3 - GUYS AND DOLLS

Until the inevitable remake with Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, we can all recall the immortal magic that was Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra as the epitome of cool in suits, crooning tunes that make the babes melt. Don't let yourself miss this great movie just because it is sixty years old. GUYS AND DOLLS is about gamblers and criminals and the underworld they inhabit, only set to music!

#2 - WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY

Another classic. Alongside CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG, WILL WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY is a movie completely full of music that I never considered as a musical just because it was such a huge part of my childhood. But, everything about WILLY WONKA is what you find in your standard musical film only with the brilliance of Gene Wilder and the insane and surreal set design courtesy of Mel Stuart and the LSD-laden 1970s.

#1 - THE BLUES BROTHERS

F*ck you, THE BLUES BROTHERS is a musical, I don't care what you say. Musicals don't just have to be about the characters breaking into song at random points in time or to further plot development. Sometimes music is so integral to the fabric of the tale that it cannot be ignored. THE BLUES BROTHERS is one of the funniest movies of all time and one of the best musicals ever made. If you haven't seen it, you are missing our on so much that I cannot fit into this paragraph. If you are someone who never had a favorite musical before and you love THE BLUES BROTHERS, you can now consider yourself a fan of the genre.

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6:10PM on 06/22/2014
I'm a big musical theatre fan and it's my career/bread and butter. Mostly every movie musical sucks compared to the stage version they're adapting. However Reefer Madness is so freaking perfect it's better than the stage show and anyone could enjoy that movie. I agree with others... It's not only one of the best movie musicals ever (it was independent and not butchered by Hollywood) but it belongs in this list.
I'm a big musical theatre fan and it's my career/bread and butter. Mostly every movie musical sucks compared to the stage version they're adapting. However Reefer Madness is so freaking perfect it's better than the stage show and anyone could enjoy that movie. I agree with others... It's not only one of the best movie musicals ever (it was independent and not butchered by Hollywood) but it belongs in this list.
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6:06PM on 06/22/2014
Burton directed musical. Let's not forget this is Stephen Sondheim's masterpiece not Burton's.
Burton directed musical. Let's not forget this is Stephen Sondheim's masterpiece not Burton's.
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5:37AM on 06/22/2014

Hmmmm

Wonder if guys get the same benefit from watching a musical on TV as they do from taking their girl to watch it live, hmm makes you think. Might have to give it a shot.

Oh and yes Grease for guys, maybe as a drinking game between bouts of all out laughter.
Wonder if guys get the same benefit from watching a musical on TV as they do from taking their girl to watch it live, hmm makes you think. Might have to give it a shot.

Oh and yes Grease for guys, maybe as a drinking game between bouts of all out laughter.
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4:12AM on 06/22/2014
What about Chicago? It's a film about murder and prison life and features almost non-stop scantly-clad women. You don't think guys would enjoy that?
Also got to put another vote in for Reefer Madness: The Musical, that film is hilarious.
What about Chicago? It's a film about murder and prison life and features almost non-stop scantly-clad women. You don't think guys would enjoy that?
Also got to put another vote in for Reefer Madness: The Musical, that film is hilarious.
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11:46PM on 06/21/2014
Now do "Top 10 Musicals for Guys Who LOVE Musicals", and we'll see if any match. :-p
Now do "Top 10 Musicals for Guys Who LOVE Musicals", and we'll see if any match. :-p
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11:44PM on 06/21/2014
I prefer the Simpsons version:

"Guys and dolls,
We're justa buncha crazy guys and dolls,
Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah..."
I prefer the Simpsons version:

"Guys and dolls,
We're justa buncha crazy guys and dolls,
Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah..."
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11:36PM on 06/21/2014
Someday we'll find it, the porno collection. The midgets, the strippers, and me.
Someday we'll find it, the porno collection. The midgets, the strippers, and me.
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7:26PM on 06/21/2014
Rocky Horror Picture Show
Reefer Madness
Little Shop of Horrors
Dr. Horrible's Sing-a-long Blog
Mary Poppins (fuck you if you hate that movie)
1776 (great historical dramedy as well as musical)
Jesus Christ Superstar
Yellow Submarine
Tommy

as a musical nerd,these are the ones i recommend
Rocky Horror Picture Show
Reefer Madness
Little Shop of Horrors
Dr. Horrible's Sing-a-long Blog
Mary Poppins (fuck you if you hate that movie)
1776 (great historical dramedy as well as musical)
Jesus Christ Superstar
Yellow Submarine
Tommy

as a musical nerd,these are the ones i recommend
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2:39PM on 06/21/2014
Grease really? Why wasn't Repo the Genetic Opera on this list! SouthPark was a great choice should have been #1
Grease really? Why wasn't Repo the Genetic Opera on this list! SouthPark was a great choice should have been #1
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8:38PM on 06/20/2014
I LOVE THIS MOVIE!!!!
I LOVE THIS MOVIE!!!!
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7:40PM on 06/20/2014

More Suggestions.

While I LOVE this list, I'm not fond of the title "Musicals for Guys who hate musicals". It really should be "musicals for people who hate musicals" The title kind of reinforces the idea of "Men dont like musicals"/"only gay guys like musicals"/"If a dude is going to see a musical, it must be because his gf made him" Which is complete BS, and proven by many of the guy commenters on here (WOOHOO You dudes rock for defying stereotypes!)
That being said, I'd like to recommend a few more. How
While I LOVE this list, I'm not fond of the title "Musicals for Guys who hate musicals". It really should be "musicals for people who hate musicals" The title kind of reinforces the idea of "Men dont like musicals"/"only gay guys like musicals"/"If a dude is going to see a musical, it must be because his gf made him" Which is complete BS, and proven by many of the guy commenters on here (WOOHOO You dudes rock for defying stereotypes!)
That being said, I'd like to recommend a few more. How about...
*Singin in the Rain is a classic movie. If you're into classic Hollywood, Id go with this.
*Rock of Ages-Im not a huge fan, but my roommate who dislike musicals likes this movie
*Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog- Joss Whedon +Nathan Fillion and NPH=40 minutes of HILARITY
*Across the Universe-Everyone who likes The Beatles needs to see this. Beautifully done.
*Enchanted-Yes it's Disney, Yes its a princess story, but its one Ive never found anyone to dislike. Bonus points for Amy Adams.
*Moulin Rouge!- Beautiful movie, plus the soundtrack is all songs you know Nirvana, Madonna, Elton John, David Bowie, Queen
*Cannibal! The Musical- Trey Parker & Matt Stone in their Pre-South Park days. "It is loosely based on the true story of Alferd Packer and the sordid details of the trip from Utah to Colorado that left his five fellow travelers dead and partially eaten. "
*Robin Hood: Men In Tights-Mel Brooks do you need another reason?
*The Nightmare Before Christmas -Obviously
*Little Shop of Horrors-We miss you Rick Moranis
*Pink Floyd The Wall-If you like the band it's a must see.
*The Rocky Horror Picture Show- If you are open-minded and can handle some crazyness, go for Tim Curry in leather.
*That Thing You Do!-Dont worry, Tom Hanks does not sing. This movie is just fun and enjoyable by all.

Enjoy.

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11:53AM on 06/20/2014
Oh, oh - Repo: The Genetic Opera. Pretty darn sick.
Oh, oh - Repo: The Genetic Opera. Pretty darn sick.
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11:51AM on 06/20/2014
NEWSIES: 3/10
SOUTH PARK: 10/10
WILLY WONKA: 7/10

I have to re-watch most of the others before grading them.
NEWSIES: 3/10
SOUTH PARK: 10/10
WILLY WONKA: 7/10

I have to re-watch most of the others before grading them.
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11:31AM on 06/20/2014
Maybe I need the list for guys who really hate musicals. I can't endure grease, guys & dolls, newsies and maybe tolerate Hair. That being said, no Little Shop of Horrors? Nightmare Before Christmas? I also enjoyed Dancer in the Dark, great soundtrack....
Maybe I need the list for guys who really hate musicals. I can't endure grease, guys & dolls, newsies and maybe tolerate Hair. That being said, no Little Shop of Horrors? Nightmare Before Christmas? I also enjoyed Dancer in the Dark, great soundtrack....
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11:06AM on 06/20/2014

What?

Reefer Madness so needs to be on here! Not too mention Repo the genetic opera! Granted that movie was kind of a train wreck, but hey! It was a decent musical!
Reefer Madness so needs to be on here! Not too mention Repo the genetic opera! Granted that movie was kind of a train wreck, but hey! It was a decent musical!
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10:56AM on 06/20/2014

Just..

Horrible. I mean, if you hate musicals (I do even though I'm not a guy), don't watch this. Boring with very little action in between long and tidious musical scenes. Rather go for The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Horrible. I mean, if you hate musicals (I do even though I'm not a guy), don't watch this. Boring with very little action in between long and tidious musical scenes. Rather go for The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
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9:23AM on 06/20/2014
Good list although some movies are left out, i.e. A Nightmare Before Christmas, Little Shop of Horror, Phantom of the Paradise, Rent, and White Christmas.
Good list although some movies are left out, i.e. A Nightmare Before Christmas, Little Shop of Horror, Phantom of the Paradise, Rent, and White Christmas.
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9:17AM on 06/20/2014
I guess guys don't like 'The Nightmare Before Christmas'? Weird.
What about 'Phantom of the Paradise', 'Streets of Fire', 'Tommy' or even 'Shock Treatment'?
I guess guys don't like 'The Nightmare Before Christmas'? Weird.
What about 'Phantom of the Paradise', 'Streets of Fire', 'Tommy' or even 'Shock Treatment'?
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9:20AM on 06/20/2014
Heck yeah for Phantom of the Paradise.
Heck yeah for Phantom of the Paradise.
9:05AM on 06/20/2014

A good list

I'd also add:

- LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (look for the original, much darker, ending for a Cool Videos segment).

- ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (Susan Sarandon singing, "Touch Me." Yum!).

- BLAZING SADDLES ("The French Mistake," "The Ballad of Rock Ridge," and, of course, "I'm Tired.")
I'd also add:

- LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (look for the original, much darker, ending for a Cool Videos segment).

- ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (Susan Sarandon singing, "Touch Me." Yum!).

- BLAZING SADDLES ("The French Mistake," "The Ballad of Rock Ridge," and, of course, "I'm Tired.")
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8:43AM on 06/20/2014
Little Shop Of Horrors.
Funniest dark-comedy musical ever made, and the songs are good too.
South Park was a good call though.
Little Shop Of Horrors.
Funniest dark-comedy musical ever made, and the songs are good too.
South Park was a good call though.
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8:41AM on 06/20/2014

Grease?

I actually don't know any guy that likes that. Grease was the crappy movie substitutes put on in school and we all wanted to commit suicide. And for it being about cars... I only recall one scene where they make a lame car to a lame song. Talk about world's worst paint job. Most of the rest of the list I can get behind though.
I actually don't know any guy that likes that. Grease was the crappy movie substitutes put on in school and we all wanted to commit suicide. And for it being about cars... I only recall one scene where they make a lame car to a lame song. Talk about world's worst paint job. Most of the rest of the list I can get behind though.
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8:29AM on 06/20/2014
The (stage) musical that Jim Morrison's lawyer wanted to bring the jury to see during the infamous Miami trial in '69.
The (stage) musical that Jim Morrison's lawyer wanted to bring the jury to see during the infamous Miami trial in '69.
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8:01AM on 06/20/2014

You may have forgot

There are a couple here worth mentioning. Scott pilgrim vs the world is a great musical for the indie rock crowd and a little film call American Astronaut is not only an amazing musical but one of my all time favorite films. It's the closest we'll ever get to finally seeing that David Lynch Star Wars film
There are a couple here worth mentioning. Scott pilgrim vs the world is a great musical for the indie rock crowd and a little film call American Astronaut is not only an amazing musical but one of my all time favorite films. It's the closest we'll ever get to finally seeing that David Lynch Star Wars film
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7:38AM on 06/20/2014
Not a bad list at all, and an interesting theme for the ten spot. Since Les Mis was a hit, I'm hoping Miss Saigon gets adapted, though that one's sure to be controversial
Not a bad list at all, and an interesting theme for the ten spot. Since Les Mis was a hit, I'm hoping Miss Saigon gets adapted, though that one's sure to be controversial
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7:36AM on 06/20/2014
The likes of Pure Imagination and Candy Man Can deservedly classics.
The likes of Pure Imagination and Candy Man Can deservedly classics.
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7:35AM on 06/20/2014
I'm actually not opposed to the idea of a remake; they could aim for a tone akin to the Ocean's Eleven remake.
I'm actually not opposed to the idea of a remake; they could aim for a tone akin to the Ocean's Eleven remake.
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7:32AM on 06/20/2014
Saw the stage version and while they all but cut Those Magic Changes from the film version, the story details work better in the movie. The idea of the dance being televised also makes it more of an event.
Saw the stage version and while they all but cut Those Magic Changes from the film version, the story details work better in the movie. The idea of the dance being televised also makes it more of an event.
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7:28AM on 06/20/2014
Probably the last truly good Burton-Depp collab.
Probably the last truly good Burton-Depp collab.
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7:27AM on 06/20/2014
The songs are great and the design of the film is really fun, but it just feels so static and flat. This was directed by Susan Stroman, who's a veteran director of stage plays, but her inexperience with film was evidenr here. Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick just couldn't quite capture the same dynamic as Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder. I did love John Barrowman as Lead Stormtrooper though.
The songs are great and the design of the film is really fun, but it just feels so static and flat. This was directed by Susan Stroman, who's a veteran director of stage plays, but her inexperience with film was evidenr here. Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick just couldn't quite capture the same dynamic as Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder. I did love John Barrowman as Lead Stormtrooper though.
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7:25AM on 06/20/2014

Not Newsies...

Replace it by either Rocky Horror Picture Show or Little Shop of Horrors and now, we're talking!
Replace it by either Rocky Horror Picture Show or Little Shop of Horrors and now, we're talking!
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7:22AM on 06/20/2014
Singing dancing baby Batman...from the guy who directed the High School Musical movies?
Singing dancing baby Batman...from the guy who directed the High School Musical movies?
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7:21AM on 06/20/2014
This is the age of Aquaruis...
This is the age of Aquaruis...
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