This thread is a spin-off of the Meet Me in St. Louis thread, wherein Lissener cals MMISL “the great American musical” (which I don’t dispute; it’s very good).
That threatened to start a hijack: what’s the Greatest American musical?
I’m not a expert on American musicals, although I was a film major in college and even took a class in American musical film. I’ve seen many, but by no means all, of the “great” musicals (and some of them I haven’t seen in 20 years more). But I suggested that The Music Man and The Wizard of Oz derserved consideration, along with others mentioned: Singin’ in the Rain, An American in Paris and West Side Story.
I have to admit, I like the Gene Kelley and the Judy Garland. However, I’m not going to nominate The Pirate, which I saw again recently.
So what do you think? Oklahoma or Chicago? Phantom of the Opera or Fiddler on the Roof?
Let’s limit ourselves to films only, not stage shows (although films derived from stage shows are fair game). Anything between The Jazz Singer and Momma Mia is up for consideration. Please show your work.