SINGIN' IN THE RAIN Tops AFI's List of 25 Greatest Movie Musicals of All Time

Other Honorees Include Well-Loved Musicals WEST SIDE STORY, THE WIZARD OF


Sep 03, 2006, 01:00 ET from American Film Institute (AFI)

    LOS ANGELES, Sept. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- American Film Institute (AFI)
 revealed the top 25 movie musicals of all time in The Big Picture -- AFI's
 Greatest Movie Musicals, a one-night only presentation produced by the Los
 Angeles Philharmonic Association in cooperation with AFI. A jury of over
 500 film artists, composers, musicians, critics and historians selected the
 Gene Kelly song-and-dance classic SINGIN' IN THE RAIN as the most memorable
 movie musical of all time.
     Rounding off the top 10 were movie musicals from the 1930s to today,
 (#8); AN AMERICAN IN PARIS (#9); and MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS (#10).
     Spanning a century of film music and counting down from 25 to number one
 throughout the evening, Director John Mauceri and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra
 performed excerpts from each of the winning musicals, many of them accompanied
 by favorite movie scenes shown on the Bowl's big video screens.  While
 television broadcasts have announced the previous nine installments of AFI's
 100 Years ... series, following the success of last year's AFI's 100 Years of
 Film Scores, this is now the second time an AFI countdown was revealed before
 a live audience.
     The Honorees Are ...
        FILM TITLE                        YEAR  STUDIO
      1 SINGIN' IN THE RAIN               1952  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
      2 WEST SIDE STORY                   1961  United Artists
      3 WIZARD OF OZ, THE                 1939  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
      4 SOUND OF MUSIC, THE               1965  Twentieth Century-Fox
      5 CABARET                           1972  Allied Artists
      6 MARY POPPINS                      1964  Disney
      7 STAR IS BORN, A                   1954  Warner Bros.
      8 MY FAIR LADY                      1964  Warner Bros.
      9 AMERICAN IN PARIS, AN             1951  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
     10 MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS              1944  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
     11 KING AND I, THE                   1956  Twentieth Century-Fox
     12 CHICAGO                           2002  Miramax
     13 42ND STREET                       1933  Warner Bros.
     14 ALL THAT JAZZ                     1979  Twentieth Century-Fox, Columbia
     15 TOP HAT                           1935  RKO
     16 FUNNY GIRL                        1968  Columbia
     17 BAND WAGON, THE                   1953  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
     18 YANKEE DOODLE DANDY               1942  Warner Bros.
     19 ON THE TOWN                       1949  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
     20 GREASE                            1978  Paramount
     21 SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS   1954  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
     22 BEAUTY AND THE BEAST              1991  Disney
     23 GUYS AND DOLLS                    1955  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
     24 SHOW BOAT                         1936  Universal
     25 MOULIN ROUGE!                     2001  Twentieth Century Fox
     Created as a sidebar to AFI's popular AFI's 100 Years ... series, AFI's
 Greatest Movie Musicals continues the mission of this program -- to
 reignite an interest in classic American cinema. This theme additionally
 befits the Hollywood Bowl's annual movie night, which brings to life the
 music of the world's most beloved films.
     AFI's 100 Years ... series has garnered considerable attention from
 movie lovers around the world -- and consistently sparks national
 discussions of America's film history. Previous programs within this series
 have included AFI 100 Years ... 100 Movies (1998), ... 100 Stars (1999),
 ... 100 Laughs (2000), ... 100 Thrills (2001), ... 100 Passions (2002), ...
 100 Heroes & Villains (2003), ... 100 Songs (2004), ... 100 Movie Quotes
 (2005) and ... 100 Cheers (2006).
     About the Jury Process
     AFI distributed a ballot with 250 nominated movie musicals to a jury of
 over 500 leaders from the creative community, including composers,
 musicians, film artists (directors, screenwriters, actors, editors and
 cinematographers), critics and historians. Due to the extensive number of
 memorable movie musicals in American film, jurors were also allowed to
 write in votes for musicals that did not already appear on the ballot. The
 jurors were asked to consider the following criteria in making their
     A feature-length American film* in which music and lyrics significantly
 advance the plot, develop character or are otherwise integral to the film
     Musicals that have left an indelible mark on the history of the moving
 image -- through innovation in song and dance, visionary narrative devices
 or other groundbreaking achievements.
     Musicals with songs that evoke the memory of its film source, thus
 ensuring and enlivening both the music and the movie's historical legacy.
     Musicals that continue to inspire artists and audiences alike.
     *AFI defines an American film as an English language motion picture
 with significant creative and/or financial production elements from the
 United States. AFI defines a feature-length film as a motion picture of
 narrative format that is typically over 60 minutes in length.
     About the American Film Institute
     AFI is a national institute providing leadership in screen education
 and the recognition and celebration of excellence in the art of film,
 television and digital media. AFI trains the next generation of filmmakers
 at its world-renowned Conservatory, maintains America's film heritage
 through the AFI Catalog of Feature Films and explores new digital
 technologies in entertainment and education through the AFI Digital Content
 Lab and K-12 Screen Education Center. As the largest nonprofit exhibitor in
 the US, AFI ON SCREEN encompasses the annual AFI FEST presented by Audi:
 AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival -- as well as year-round
 programming at ArcLight Hollywood and the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural
 Center in Silver Spring, Maryland, including SILVERDOCS: AFI/Discovery
 Channel Documentary Festival. AFI AWARDS, the annual almanac for the 21st
 century, honors the most outstanding motion pictures and television
 programs of the year, while AFI's 100 Years ... series has ignited
 extraordinary public interest in classic American movies. And, during the
 past 34 years, AFI's Life Achievement Award has become the highest honor
 for a career in film. Additional information about AFI is available at
     About the Hollywood Bowl
     Born in New York City in 1945, conductor/composer JOHN MAUCERI
 graduated from Yale University. He made his professional conducting debut
 in 1973 at Wolf Trap. Since his 1974 orchestral conducting debut with the
 Los Angeles Philharmonic, Mr. Mauceri has appeared with numerous major
 orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony
 Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the San
 Francisco Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony, the Israel Philharmonic, the
 London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic, the Philharmonia
 Orchestra, the Gewandhaus, the Orchestra of Santa Cecilia in Rome, the
 Orchestre National de France, the DSO Berlin, the Leipzig Radio Orchestra
 and the National Orchestra of Portugal in Lisbon. Much in demand as an
 operatic conductor, he has led productions at the Royal Opera House, Covent
 Garden, La Scala, the Metropolitan Opera, the San Francisco Opera and the
 Deutsche Oper, Berlin. Mr. Mauceri is one of the world's most accomplished
 recording artists and is the recipient of Grammy, Tony, Olivier, Drama
 Desk, Edison, Emmy, Diapason d'Or, Cannes Classique, Billboard, and four
 Deutsche Schallplatten awards. In 1999, Mr. Mauceri was chosen as a
 "Standard-bearer of the Twentieth Century" for WQXR, the nation's
 most-listened-to classical radio station. In addition, CNN and CNN
 International chose Mauceri as a "Voice of the Millennium." Mauceri has
 just concluded his sixth and final season as Music Director of the
 Pittsburgh Opera, where he led productions of Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos,
 with soprano Jane Eaglen in the title role, as well as Puccini's Tosca and
 Mozart's Cosi fan tutte. This past winter Mauceri conducted Leipzig's
 legendary Gewandhaus Orchestra for the 7th consecutive season, which is
 unprecedented in the orchestra's 200-year history. He will be appearing
 with them in four different programs in 2007 and 2008. This winter he also
 completed the world premiere recording of Danny Elfman's first work for
 symphonic orchestra, Serenada Schizophrana, which was recorded in Los
 Angeles and will be released on Sony Classical this autumn.
     One of the largest natural amphitheaters in the world, with a seating
 capacity of nearly 18,000, the HOLLYWOOD BOWL has been the summer home of
 the Los Angeles Philharmonic since its official opening in 1922, and in
 1991 gave its name to the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, a resident ensemble
 that has filled a special niche in the musical life of Southern California.
 The 2004 season introduced audiences to a revitalized Hollywood Bowl,
 featuring a newly-constructed shell and stage and the addition of four
 stadium screens enhancing stage views in the venue. To this day, $1 buys a
 seat at the top of the Bowl for many of the Los Angeles Philharmonic's
 concerts. While the Bowl is best known for its sizzling summer nights,
 during the day California's youngest patrons enjoy "SummerSounds: Music for
 Kids at the Hollywood Bowl," the Southland's most popular summer arts
 festival for children, now in its 38th season. Attendance figures over the
 past several decades have soared: in 1980 the Bowl first topped the
 half-million mark and close to one million admissions have been recorded.
 In February 2006, the Hollywood Bowl was named Best Major Outdoor Concert
 Venue for the second year in a row at the 17th Annual Pollstar Concert
 Industry Awards; the Bowl's summer music festival has become as much a part
 of a Southern California summer as beaches and barbecues, the Dodgers and
     The complete list of 25 Movie Musicals can be found at both

SOURCE American Film Institute (AFI)