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'Singin' in the Rain' Storms to Top of AFI List

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"Singin' in the Rain" topped the American Film Institute's list of the "25 Greatest Movie Musicals," which was announced Sunday night at the Hollywood Bowl as part of a concert program presented by the Los Angeles Philharmonic in cooperation with the AFI.

A jury of more than 500 film artists, composers, musicians, critics and historians selected the list, whose top 10 are, in descending order, "West Side Story," "The Wizard of Oz," "The Sound of Music," "Cabaret," "Mary Poppins," the 1954 "A Star Is Born," "My Fair Lady," "An American in Paris" and "Meet Me in St. Louis."

Director John Mauceri and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra performed excerpts from each of the winning musicals, many of them accompanied by favorite movie scenes shown on the Bowl's big video screens.

The remaining 15 films are "The King & I," "Chicago," "42nd Street," "All that Jazz," "Top Hat," "Funny Girl," "The Band Wagon," "Yankee Doodle Dandy," "On the Town," "Grease," "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers," Walt Disney's 1991 "Beauty and the Beast," "Guys and Dolls," 1936's "Showboat" and "Moulin Rouge!"


Gregg Kilday writes for The Hollywood Reporter.

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