Screen Argyll are bringing Magical Musicals to Argyll and the Highlands and Islands as part of BFI Musicals! The Greatest Show on Screen.

Thirty years after starring in “The Wizard of Oz,” beloved actress and singer Judy Garland arrives in London to perform sold-out shows at the Talk of the Town nightclub. While there, she reminisces with friends and fans and begins a whirlwind romance with musician Mickey Deans, her soon-to-be fifth husband.

West Side Story is the award-winning adaptation of the classic romantic tragedy, “Romeo and Juliet”. The feuding families become two warring New York City gangs- the white Jets led by Riff and the Puerto Rican Sharks, This electrifying musical (with music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim) sets the ageless tragedy of Romeo and Juliet in the slums of 1950’s New York.

Judy Garland stars in this delightful and romantic musical set in suburban St. Louis, where the four daughters of the Smith family are happily looking forward to the arrival of next year’s 1904 World’s Fair. When Mr. Smith reveals that he is being transferred to work in New York, the women in the family are distraught, not least because a new romance is blossoming with the boy next door… 

With sumptuous period costumes, dancing and well-loved songs throughout, this is truly a film for all seasons.

Judy Garland stars in this classic as Dorothy, who must escape from Oz by following the Yellow Brick Road to the Emerald City, where the great Wizard of Oz can help her return to Kansas. Along the way, she picks up some new friends – the heartless Tin Man, the brainless Scarecrow, and the courage-less Cowardly Lion, each of whom hopes that the Wizard can offer him what he lacks.

Filled with extravagant sets and costumes and glorious song and dance routines, this is a joy, even more so on the big screen.

It started as a 1960 Roger Corman horror comedy, filmed in two days; it then inspired a lavish 1982 Broadway musical with music and lyrics by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman. Finally in 1986, Little Shop of Horrors (1960) graduated into a multimillion-dollar, all-star film musical. Rick Moranis plays nebbish Seymour Krelborn, who works in a rundown flower shop on Skid Row. While his boss (Vincent Gardenia) bemoans the lack of business, Seymour seeks a way of bringing the shop — and himself, fame and fortune…

Guy, an auto mechanic, has fallen in love with Geneviève, an employee in her widowed mother’s chic but financially embattled umbrella shop. On the evening before Guy is to leave for a tour of combat in Algeria, the two share a passionate night, resulting in Geneviève’s pregnancy. She must choose between waiting for Guy’s return or accepting an offer of marriage from a wealthy diamond merchant.

Described by Jacques Demy as “a film in song”, the visually intoxicating The Umbrellas of Cherbourg pays homage to the Hollywood musical and is a major influence on directors including Damien Chazelle and Wes Anderson.

This original cult classic, 1988 comedy ‘Hairspray’, became a Broadway musical in 2002 and was later remade as a film in 2007.

A musical romantic comedy film about Tracy Turnblad, an overweight teenager with all the right moves who ends up on a TV show and being an overnight celebrity.

If you haven’t seen this version, with John Waters at his finest, the incredible Divine and a wonderful debut from Ricki Lake, then now’s your chance. This is a cult classic for a reason!

It’s 1927 in Hollywood and the stuntman-turned-matinee-idol star of Monumental Pictures, Don Lockwood (Kelly), is caught in the bumpy transition from silent films to talkies.

When the studio’s attempts to make their own talkie turn disastrous, it’s down to Don, his songwriter best friend Cosmo (O’Connor) and ingénue love interest Kathy (Reynolds) to save the day… by turning the film into a musical!

Full of classic songs like Singin’ in the Rain, Make ‘Em Laugh and Good Morning, Singin’ in the Rain is pure singing, dancing, laughing movie-watching joy.

2nd Oct Judy (12a) Eden Court Cinema Inverness

3rd Oct Judy (12a) An Lanntair Stornoway

11th Oct Judy (12a) The Tower Helensburgh

20th Oct West Side Story Luing Community Cinema

5th Nov Meet me in St. Louis Cowal Cinema Club

9th Nov The Wizard of Oz An Lanntair Stornoway

10th Nov The Wizard of Oz Dunoon Film Festival

15th Nov Little Shop of Horrors Screen Tiree

16th Nov Little Shop of Horrors Campbeltown Picture House

17th Nov The Umbrellas of Cherbourg Mull film Club

17th Nov Meet me in St. Louis Luing Community Cinema

1st Dec Meet me in St. Louis Discovery Centre Cinema Rothesay

1st Dec Singin’ in the Rain Cinemor77 @ The Pyramid at Anderston

8th Dec Hairspray Luing Community Cinema

8th Dec Wizard of Oz Cinemor77 @ The Pyramid at Anderston

8th Dec Meet me in St.Louis Mull film Club

11th Dec The Wizard of Oz Campbeltown Picture House

23rd Dec The Wizard of Oz Screen Tiree

29th Dec. Meet me in St.Loius Oban Phoenix

4th Jan The Wizard of Oz Discovery Centre Cinema Rothesay

4th Jan The Umbrellas of Cherbourg Screen Tiree

11th Jan Hairspray Screen Tiree

12th Jan Hairspray Campbeltown Picture House

19th Jan Singin’ in the Rain (with dance workshop) Mull film Club

26th Jan Little Shop of Horrors Oban Phoenix

26th Jan Singin’ in the Rain Screen Tiree

26th Jan Singin’ in the Rain Discovery Centre Cinema Rothesay

We have worked with Louise Lockhart from @printedpeanut to create a new risograph print Wizard of Oz poster printed by Risotto Print studio in Glasgow and printable resources downloadable below.

Film notes to accompany the Magical Musicals season. by Roy Stafford

Make a Wizard of Oz paper fortune teller to help you ‘follow the yellow brick road’

Video- How to make a Wizard of Oz origami fortune teller made with @printedpeanut Wizard of Oz characters.

If you don’t know how to use a fortune teller …

Follow the Yellow Brick Road to the Emerald City with this printable maze

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Dig out those tap shoes and dance away those winter blues!

BFI Musicals! The Greatest Show on Screen, a UK-wide film season supported by National Lottery, BFI Film Audience Network and ICO. #bfimusicals