Think movie musicals and most people might think Singin’ in the Rain or The Sound of Music. It might not be as dominant a movie genre as before, but the musical is still alive and well in cinema today.
In "Dangerous Rhythm: Why Movie Musicals Matter," historian Richard Barrios explores movie musicals from the first hit, the Jazz Singer, to present-day examples like Chicago and Les Misérables, providing a history of the genre, as well as a touch of backstage gossip of some of its biggest stars.
Richard Barrios, author of “Dangerous Rhythm: Why Movie Musicals Matter” (Oxford University Press, 2014). He’s also the author of “Screened Out: Playing Gay in Hollywood from Edison to Stonewall” (Routledge, 2005)