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I’m singin’ again

The film musical has been out of fashion for 20 years. Christopher Tookey explains why it is now suddenly back

The Beverly Hills are alive with the sound of music. The film musical is back. Until recently, it was box office poison. Some of the biggest Broadway hits, such as A Chorus Line, performed horribly at the cinema; and any list of the worst movies of the last two decades would have to include such all-singing, all-dancing turkeys as Staying Alive (“It’s staying awake that’s the problem,” said a critic) and Can’t Stop The Music, of which a reviewer simply wrote “Why not?”

Times change, however, and the latest productions by Woody Allen (Everyone Says I Love You), Martin Scorsese…

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