Anyone else feel like this has all been one big long day? Waiting for “Tomorrow” can feel a bit hopeless sometimes. We have to remember that no matter how hard things get, there’s always hope, “Somewhere, over the rainbow.” When we can’t get negative thoughts out of our head, one of our favorite things to do is put on a feel good Musical. They bring us hope, a new perspective and a feeling that we’re not alone. Whether you need to “Put on a happy face” or you need “Money, money, money” there’s probably a song to relate to. Check out some of our favorites from the list 30 of the best feel good Musicals you need to see.
Although probably not relatable to many, this film is a CLASSIC that allows you to get in touch with your inner diva and alter ego. Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell are two showgirls embarking on a trip to Paris when one of them is entangled in a jewel heist. The costumes and songs are so over-the-top that watching this is like eating a ton of sweet, sweet candies.
Unforgettable Songs: “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend,” “A Little Girl from Little Rock” and “Bye Bye Baby.”
Mary Poppins was the nanny we all wanted to have. Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke have been delighting children (and adults!) for decades as Mary and Bert the chimney sweep. No one ever forgets the songs from this Disney classic; who would we be without “A Spoonful of Sugar?” Bonus: Disney is remaking this with Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda in 2018.
Unforgettable Songs: “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” “The Perfect Nanny,” “A Spoonful of Sugar,” “Chim Chim Cher-ee, “Let’s Go Fly a Kite,” and “The Life I Lead.”
This lively musical tells the tale of a Jewish father Tevya trying to find good husbands for his three daughters, each with a story of her own. Set in the fictional village of Anatevka, life is changing in the world around them and Tevya fears for their safety as anti-semitic forces threaten their traditional way of life. The film won three Oscars and is a classic.
Unforgettable Songs: “Sunrise, Sunset,” “Matchmaker,” “To Life,” “If I Were a Rich Man” and “Miracle of Miracles.”
This 1980 movie musical is based on the real life LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, and it follows a class of talented dancers, actors, and musicians from freshman year to graduation. It also gave us the ‘80s megahit “Fame” by Irene Cara. It’s gonna live forever.
Unforgettable Songs: “Fame,” “Out Here on My Own,” and “I Sing the Body Electric.”
Baz Luhrmann did something really risky with this 2001 musical. He had his characters sing modern pop songs in the context of 1899 Paris, and it totally worked. It’s one of the most romantic, stunningly beautiful musicals of all time — almost like a Valentine of exploding colors for your eyes.
Unforgettable Songs: “One Day I’ll Fly Away,” “El Tango de Roxanne,” Sparkling Diamonds,”Because We Can,” “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend” and “Lady Marmalade.”
*RENT * was really revolutionary when it debuted; it deals heavily with the AIDS crisis of the ‘80s, as well as LGBTQ issues, and tells the story of New York City as it was back before gentrification. We wish we had five hundred twenty-five thousand, six hundred minutes to watch it on repeat.
Unforgettable Songs: “Seasons of Love,” “Rent,” “:Out Tonight,” “One Song Glory,” “I’ll Cover You,” and “La Vie Bohème.”
Featuring gorgeous Greek scenery and the incomparable Meryl Streep, Mamma Mia! is a non-stop feel-good movie centering around a young bride’s spirited quest to find out who her father is. The only problem? There are three potential candidates, and she’s got to figure out who it is!
Unforgettable Songs: “The Winner Takes It All,” “Mamma Mia,” “Money, Money, Money,” “Honey, Honey,” “Take a Chance on Me” and “Dancing Queen.”
The animated classic came to life in the latest version of Beauty and the Beast. It’s a tale as old as time: girl meets beast, girl loves fall in love with beast, beast turns into prince and they live happily ever after, with song and dance all along the way!
Unforgettable Songs: “Beauty and the Beast,” “Be Our Guest,” “Gaston,” “How Does a Moment Last Forever” and “Something There.”
Struggling to make it in Los Angeles, jazz aficionado Sebastian and actress Mia fall in love. As their careers begin to take off, their relationship struggles. The film won the Academy Award for best actress, best original music score, best director, best cinematography and best production design.
Unforgettable Songs: “City of Stars,” “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” and “Another Day of Sun.”
For complete list visit: 30 of the best feel good Musicals you need to see.
We hope you sing your way through the week!
See you at the Ruby! (soon)