Sampler from US Musical Films / OST or movie clips
Oklahoma is a 1955 American romantic musical film set in farm country outside the town of Claremore, in 1906. This scene: Cowboy Curly McLain is on his way to visit his sweetheart, farm girl Laurey Williams.
The King and I is a 1956 American musical film, set in Bangkok in the 1860s. The film stars Deborah Kerr and Yul Brynner.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_King_and_I_(1956_film)This scene: King Mongkut wants to learn to dance the polka with Anna like Europeans. Marni Nixon was the ghost singer for Deborah Kerr in this film.
West Side Story is a 1961 American romantic musical tragedy film inspired by William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet. The film is set in the summer of 1957 in the West Side's Lincoln Square neighborhood in Manhattan, This scene: In the bridal shop where she works, Maria sings about being happy and feeling beautiful because she is "loved by a pretty wonderful boy". This number is simple but cheerful. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Feel_Pretty [Actress Natalie Wood with Marni Nixon as ghost singer.]
"Singin' in the Rain is a 1952 American musical-romantic comedy film. It offers a lighthearted depiction of Hollywood in the late 1920s." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singin'_in_the_Rain This scene: Kathy (Debbie Reynolds) performs the cheerful Charleston dance as entertainment at a screening after-party. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charleston_(dance) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUpAcPAipDA
Please watch the movie clip HERE. La La Land is a 2016 American romantic musical film which takes place in modern Los Angeles. Traffic jams are sometimes bad enough to be called parking lots, as they crawl slowly along. This number is a very fitting intro to a film about L.A. This scene: While stuck in Los Angeles traffic, aspiring actress Mia Dolan has a moment of conflict with Sebastian Wilder, a struggling jazz pianist.
Fiddler on the Roof is a 1971 American musical comedy-drama film which takes place in prerevolutionary Russia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiddler_on_the_Roof_(film) This scene: Tevye and Golde's daughters sing about the town matchmaker, Yente, choosing a husband for them. They are satirizing the issue and mocking Yente.
The music of Phantom of the Opera (1986 musical) was written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Charles Hart. Lloyd Webber was married to Sarah Brightman at the time. The notes for the song of the same name were written for her voice. Let's take a moment to remember Brightman's vocals at 3:15-4:15. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5z_l6NE3qs
The delusional Cervantes believes he must be properly knighted. He mistakes a barber's shaving basin for a golden helmet. He has taken a dirty rag from Aldonza, which he believes to be a pure token of the love of Dulcinea. The ceremony conducted by the innkeeper, using the token along with the golden helmet, stirs within Cervates the most passionate commitment to vanquishing the world's evils.
Aldonza had begun to believe that maybe she could be a Dulcinea to this kind, knightly man; she began to soften and let down her defenses. Tragically, this left her vulnerable and she was attacked by a group of pervs. This song expresses her agony. It always makes the collection author cry.
"'Memory" is a show tune from the 1981 musical Cats. It is sung by the character Grizabella, a one-time glamour cat who is now only a shell of her former self. The song is a nostalgic remembrance of her glorious past and a declaration of her wish to start a new life. Sung briefly in the first act and in full near the end of the show, 'Memory' is the climax of the musical, and by far its most popular and best-known song. Elaine Paige originated the role of Grizabella in the West End production of Cats, the first to perform the song publicly on stage." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memory_(song)