BFI Musicals! The Greatest Show on Screen

Chapter have announced a new programme of musicals as they take part in BFI Musicals! – the UK’s greatest ever season to celebrate film musicals at venues across the country this Autumn/Winter.

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, including re-releases of classic musicals like Singin’ in the Rain (1952).

BFI Musicals! will explore the reasons for the current success of the movie musical, including the notion that it is the best form of escapism from the troubled times we are living in.

Robin Baker, Head Curator, BFI National Archive and BFI Musicals! Programmer said: “Following the blockbuster successes of La La Land and The Greatest Showman, movie musicals are hitting a chord with audiences everywhere and the BFI will celebrate the very best of them together with rediscoveries and surprises… What better way to escape from our uncertain times than by immersing yourself in the emotional, hairs-on-the-back-of-your-arms-raising joy of the film musical? Forget your troubles, come on get happy!”

Chapter have selected a wide programme of films and events of beloved titles throughout the season until the end of January 2020. Their BFI Musicals! season begins by celebrating Judy Garland with new release of Judy (2019) and Summer Stock (1950). For Halloween, they screen Little Shop of Horrors (1986) and The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975). In November, Chapter take a look at the influence of Fosse/Verdon with Sweet Charity (1969), Cabaret (1972) and All That Jazz (1979). In December, they look forward to discussing the rise of the modern musical with new releases Frozen 2 (2019) and Cats (2019) as well as musicals in the pop charts such as The Greatest Showman (2017), Funny Girl (1968), Labyrinth (1986), Dreamgirls (2006), Into the Woods (2015), Bugsy Malone (1983), Dancer in the Dark (2000), Moulin Rouge (2001) Grease (1978) and a Mamma Mia double bill (2008, 2018).

Chapter are also working with some exciting partners including Live Cinema UK who present a Drag night with Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001), the UK Jewish Film Festival who bring Fiddler on the Roof (1971) back to audiences, artist film club ClubFootFoot who will show Phantom of the Paradise (1974) and Bad Film Club who will take apart some of the less successful musicals such as Xanadu (1980) and Can’t Stop the Music (1980).

BFI Musicals! season runs at Chapter October 2019 – January 2020. A list of the full programme and tickets for screenings available at chapter.org or through the box office 029 2030 4400.