Best Musicals of 2014

Who doesn't love musicals? The operatic feel of them. The memorable songs. The sometimes great dance choreography that accompanies them. Although Hollywood doesn't make as many musicals as they used to, there's no denying that some of the best movies in cinematic history did happen to be musicals.

Therefore, it would be almost downright criminal of me to not make a preview hub for them this year. Sadly, I wasn't able to make a preview hub last year for this genre because there simply wasn't enough musicals coming out in 2013 to justify a preview hub. Fortunately, that doesn't seem to be the case for 2014, so I'm honored to present my previews for the best musicals coming out next year. Like all my previous preview hubs, I basically offer the reader all the information they'll need on their favorite movie coming out next year. Little things like casting information and it's inevitable release date.

Although I do try to provide trailers for each preview, the reality is that not all of them have them up yet. However, I will be adding the trailers as they become available.

Take in mind that release dates are subject to change, so please be sure to check your local listings before checking out any of these films in theaters.

I never in a million years would've thought I'd see the day that Clint Eastwood would end up directing a musical.  What are the odds?
I never in a million years would've thought I'd see the day that Clint Eastwood would end up directing a musical. What are the odds? | Source

Jersey Boys

Director:

Clint Eastwood

Writers:

Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice, John Logan

Cast:

Christopher Walken, Vincent Piazza, Freya Tingley, James Madio, Kathrine Narducci, Francesca Eastwood, Mike Doyle, Steve Schirripa, Barry Livingston, Alexis Krause, Jeremy Luke, Silvia Kal, John Lloyd Young, Aria Pullman, Ian Scott Rudolph

Synopsis:

Jersey Boys is a musical biography of the Four Seasons-the rise, the tough times and personal clashes, and the ultimate triumph of a group of friends whose music became symbolic of a generation. Far from a mere tribute concert (though it does include numbers from the popular Four Seasons songbook), Jersey Boys gets to the heart of the relationships at the center of the group-with a special focus on frontman Frankie Valli, the small kid with the big falsetto. In addition to following the quartet's coming of age as performers, the core of the show is how an allegiance to a code of honor learned in the streets of their native New Jersey got them through a multitude of challenges: gambling debts, Mafia threats and family disasters. Jersey Boys is a glimpse at the people behind a sound that has managed to endure for over four decades in the hearts of the public.

Release Date: June 20, 2014

I don't know why, but "Sway" has to be arguably the weirdest damn title I ever seen for a movie before.
I don't know why, but "Sway" has to be arguably the weirdest damn title I ever seen for a movie before.

Sway

Directors:

Diane LeJeune, Sarah LeJeune

Writer:

Sarah LeJeune

Cast:

Sarah LeJeune, Jay Wilkinson, Nicole Lee Durant, Greg Kennedy, Will Merrick, Roxie Gregory, Debbie Cunningham, Annabelle Prince, Pam Seay, Hanah Crist, Hannah Moon, Alyssa Klaus, Jeremy Konkol, Julius Young, Danielle Smith

Synopsis:

Emma Mitchell (Sarah LeJeune) is a dance major who transfers to a new college her junior year. At the back to school bash Nick Stewart (Jay Wilkinson), a music major, is performing. He sees her and is so stricken that he has to know her. So when she offers ballroom dance lessons on campus, Nick is the first one to sign up. And through the dance lessons they fall in love. Shortly before graduation, Nick gets a record deal in L.A. and has to move out to California. Emma decides that she will go with him to L.A., for the summer to support him. But tragedy strikes when Emma's mother, Carrie, is diagnosed with cancer, so Emma has to move to Nashville to take care of her and leave their summer plans behind. Nick and Emma begin to fight because of the distance and eventually break up. Emma decides that she won't be returning to school because Carrie is getting worse, so she gets a job at a local dance studio where she meets Kristen (Betsy Foster). While Emma is struggling with her mother and...

Release Date: February 14, 2014

Wow, that's an interesting premise.  I just love how Hollywood keeps recycling the same plot points all the time.  Seriously, the old "mistaken identity" bit never gets old....By the way, I'm being sarcastic for those that can't tell.
Wow, that's an interesting premise. I just love how Hollywood keeps recycling the same plot points all the time. Seriously, the old "mistaken identity" bit never gets old....By the way, I'm being sarcastic for those that can't tell.

Waiting in the Wings: The Musical

Director:

Jenn Page

Writer:

Jeffrey A. Johns

Cast:

Adam Huss, Jeffrey A. Johns, Rena Strober, Lee Meriwether, Sally Struthers, Rebekah Kochan, Christopher Atkins, Blake Peyrot, Matt Wool, Harrison White, Ethan Le Phong, David Pevsner, Mitch Poulos, Arie Gonzalez, K.C. Morgan

Synopsis:

Waiting In The Wings: The Musical is a feature film where two entertainers, destined for the big time, are mismatched in a casting office from two very different online contests. Tony, a stripper from New York, is cast in an Off-Broadway musical and needs to trade in his tear-away trunks for tap shoes and tights. Anthony, a naïve musical theatre enthusiast from Montana, needs to decide if he can strip all the way down just to stay in town. Hilarity ensues as they realize that "to make it" they're gonna have to learn some new tricks.

Release Date: January 1, 2014

Another muppets movie?  HOORAY!!
Another muppets movie? HOORAY!!

Muppets Most Wanted

Director:

James Bobin

Writers:

Nicholas Stoller, James Bobin

Cast:

Tom Hiddleston, Salma Hayek, Lady Gaga, Christoph Waltz, Danny Trejo, Debby Ryan, Ty Burrell, Ray Liotta, Tina Fey, Ross Lynch, Bridgit Mendler, Ricky Gervais, Jemaine Clement, Til Schweiger, Frank Langella, Sean Combs, Céline Dion

Synopsis:

While on a grand world tour, the Muppets find themselves wrapped into a European jewel-heist caper headed by a Kermit lookalike and his dastardly sidekick.

Release Date: March 21, 2014

Hmm..I wonder if this is supposed to be a parody of the 50 Shades of Grey film set to be released soon...
Hmm..I wonder if this is supposed to be a parody of the 50 Shades of Grey film set to be released soon... | Source

50 Shades of F****D UP

Producer:

Kimberly Much

Director:

Tricia Brouk

Writer:

Tricia Brouk

Music:

Andrew David Sotomayor

Cinematography:

Pedro Gómez Millán

Cast:

Andrew Keegan, Sarah Armstrong, Kimberly Much

Synopsis:

Anastasia Steele, an innocent twenty-two year old literature buff, is swept away by a man named Christian Grey, a handsome billionaire with a dirty secret.

Release Date: February 14, 2014

A musical and a documentary all rolled into one?  Holly double joygasm Batman!
A musical and a documentary all rolled into one? Holly double joygasm Batman!

Last of the Showmen

Director:

Paul Becker

Writer:

Paul Becker

Cast:

Shirley MacLaine, Liza Minnelli, LeVar Burton, David Foster, Usher Raymond, Kenny Ortega, Louis Gossett Jr., Debbie Allen, Ann Reinking, Ben Vereen, Glynn Turman, David Copperfield, Chita Rivera, Nigel Lythgoe, Cornel West

Synopsis:

This docu-musical follows the amazing life of the song and dance legend Ben Vereen, through music, interviews, told through his one man show.

Release Date: December 31, 2014

Well...I guess this means I'll have to watch and review the original "Annie" before watching this one.
Well...I guess this means I'll have to watch and review the original "Annie" before watching this one.

Annie

Director:

Will Gluck

Writers:

Emma Thompson, Will Gluck, Aline Brosh McKenna, Harold Gray, Thomas Meehan

Cast:

Rose Byrne, Cameron Diaz, Jamie Foxx, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Bobby Cannavale, Quvenzhané Wallis, David Zayas, Danny Flaherty, Stephanie Kurtzuba, Nicolette Pierini, Jill Nicolini, Amanda Troya, Peter Van Wagner, Zoe Margaret Colletti, Raushanah Simmons

Synopsis:

An orphan girl named Annie is adopted by a wealthy benefactor. Based on the 1924 comic strip called "Little Orphan Annie." This marks the third time this story has been remade, as this new one promises to have more of a contemporary setting.

Release Date: December 19, 2014

Damn...she looks p***ed...
Damn...she looks p***ed...

Into the Woods

Director:

Rob Marshall

Writer:

James Lapine

Cast:

Johnny Depp, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Emily Blunt, Meryl Streep, Christine Baranski, Lucy PUnch, James Corden, Frances de la Tour, Tracey Ullman, Daniel Huttlestone, Billy Magnussen, Tammy Blanchard, Lilla Crawford, Mackenzie Mauzy

Synopsis:

A witch conspires to teach important lessons to various characters of popular children's stories including Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel.

Release Date: December 25, 2014

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