The BFI will host the UK’s greatest ever season to celebrate the film musical, at BFI Southbank, on BFI Player and at venues across the country.

Singing and dancing its way into cinemas and venues across the UK, BFI Musicals! will celebrate the joyful, emotional, shared experience of watching film musicals; with the biggest stars, the most iconic scenes and the best-loved song and dance numbers back on the big screen.

Here are some of the musicals TBB is excited about.

Show Boat – 20th/21st December: Adapted from the landmark stage show – the first musical to have a narrative and where black and white actors were given equal prominence – Show Boat takes place on and around the Mississippi, and like several of Oscar Hammerstein’s works it addresses racial prejudice. This is by far the best of three film versions, and Paul Robeson, with his deep velvety tones, performs the definitive version of ‘Old Man River’.

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Dreamgirls – 17th/23rd December: Beyoncé may have received top billing in this rapturously mounted adaption of the successful Broadway show (and she’s pretty amazing), but there’s absolutely no doubt as to whose movie it is – as testified by the deluge of awards Jennifer Hudson received for her performance as Effie. Loosely based on the rise to fame of The Supremes, Dreamgirls is packed full of great numbers, with Hudson’s rendition of ‘And I Am Telling You’ worth the ticket price alone.

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Broadway Rhythm – 27th December – This backstage musical puts emphasis on the numbers rather than narrative logic, but it’s packed with extraordinary delights. Enjoy Lena Horne’s sensational renditions of ‘Somebody Loves Me’ and ‘Brazilian Boogie’, as well as pianist Hazel Scott’s dazzling performance. The contortionist number featuring the Ross Sisters will leave you slack-jawed and breathless.

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West Side Story – 23rd December: Leonard Bernstein’s musical take on Romeo and Juliet is a masterclass in transforming a hit stage show into an Oscar®-winning movie sensation. With director Robert Wise at the helm (supported by Jerome Robbins, who directed the Broadway production), we follow two rival New York gangs, the Jets and the Sharks, as romance and racial tension runs high.

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BFI Musicals runs from now until January 2020. Find out more here.