Talk to the wrong people and they’ll tell you that La La Land saved the musical, reviving the genre from the distant past. Like we said, wrong.
However, with Beauty and the Beast taking $1bn at the international box office and The Greatest Showman newly out on DVD – whilst STILL in cinemas – it’s undeniable that musicals are very much in vogue at the moment.
With film studios clamouring to find the next hit sing-a-long, we’ve rounded up five musicals heading your way before the year’s out. Could one of them be the next Greatest Showman…
1. Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! (Ol Parker)
It’s been ten years since Mamma Mia was released to a critical sniff and became one of the highest grossing films in UK box office history.
Now, in the same year that ABBA are to release brand new music, Ol Parker is taking us back to Kalokairi for one last Summer.
The A-List cast are all back in action – although Meryl Streep’s Donna might be dead – for the sequel, which will feature ABBA hits like Waterloo, Fernando and, of course, Mamma Mia.
Oh yes, Cher too.
Mamma Mia is out on 20/07/18.
2. A Star is Born (Bradley Cooper)
From Dominic Cooper to Bradley. Also out this year is a new remake – the third in the English language – of David O. Selznick 1937 A Star is Born.
In 1937, Janet Gaynor played Esther Blodgett, a North Dakota farm girl who goes to Hollywood to become a star. In 1954, it was Judy Garland, followed by Barbra Streisand’s rock-musical version in 1976.
2018’s Esther is Lady Gaga…except, she’s not called Esther anymore, she’s Ally. Songs have been written for the film by Lukas Nelson, son of country music legend Willie.
A Star is Born lands on 5/10/18.
3. Mary Poppins Returns (Rob Marshall)
After Julie Andrews, could any actor be more perfect for the role of Mary Poppins than Emily Blunt?
A wonderful cast ensemble comprises Meryl Streep, Ben Whishaw, Pixie Davies, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Julie Walters and Colin Firth. There’s even room for Angela Lansbury, David Warner and Dick Van Dyke.
With Chicago and Into the Woods under his belt, Rob Marshall’s no stranger to musicals and this time he’s recruited Hairspray’s Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman.
Watch out for umbrellas in the sky when Mary Poppins Returns on 21/12/18.
4.. Dumplin’ (Anne Fletcher)
Based on the 2015 young adult novel, of the same name, by Julie Murphy, Dumpin’ stars Danielle Macdonald, the breakout Australian star of last year’s Patti Cake$.
Macdonald plays Willowdean Dickson, an overweight teenager nicknamed “Dumplin” by her mother (Jennifer Aniston).
Though comfortable with her appearance, Willowdean is hit by a flood of insecurities when the handsome Bo (Luke Benward) arrives on the scene.
Thrillingly, music for the film is coming from Dolly Parton and we’re feeling a Hairspray vibe (again) – now you’re excited!
With no date as yet, Dumplin’ is due later this year.
5. Anna and the Apocalypse (John McPhail)
An zombie musical set at Christmas? We’re in.
Ella Hunt plays Anna, a teenager in the sleepy town of Little Haven, who must team up with her school friends when the undead attack.
‘How would she survive what the season would bring? Well, that’s simple. She’d slash and she’d sing…’
Watch out for Mark Benton in a cast full of fresh rising stars.
This is another TBC on the release schedule but we’re expecting it around December, whilst you can watch the trailer here…