The season will feature a variety of events running from October until January 2020.

Gene Kelly in Singin’ in the Rain

The BFI has released early details of its upcoming season BFI Musicals! The Greatest Show on Screen, running in cinemas and venues across the UK from October until January 2020.

Celebrating some of the best film musicals ever to be released in cinemas, the season will include hundreds of screenings and events at venues across the UK programmed in partnership with the BFI Film Audience Network (BFI FAN)and the Independent Cinema Office (ICO), BFI UK-wide re-releases of classic musicals including Singin’ in the Rain , BFI DVD and Blu-ray releases of Yentl Hair and Les demoiselles de Rochefort , and musical collections on the BFI’s VOD service BFI Player. 

Talking about the news, Robin Baker, Head Curator, BFI National Archive and BFI Musicals! Programmer said: “Following the blockbuster successes of La La Land and The Greatest Showman, movie musicals are hitting a chord with audiences everywhere and the BFI will celebrate the very best of them together with rediscoveries and surprises. We’ll celebrate the biggest stars – from Judy Garland to Barbra Streisand – together with the composers who get our feet tapping, choreographers who make us want to dance in the aisles and the directors who have turned movie musicals into sublime art. Audiences flock to musicals in troubled times – from Depression-era hits like 42nd Street to the masterpieces made by MGM’s Freed Film Unit during and after WW2. So it’s no surprise that the big screen musical is enjoying its biggest success for decades. What better way to escape from our uncertain times than by immersing yourself in the emotional, hairs-on-the-back-of-your-arms-raising joy of the film musical? Forget your troubles, come on get happy!”

The full programme for the season is set to be announced in September.

BFI Musicals! The Greatest Show on Screen will take place across in venues all over the UK from October to January 2020.

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