The American musical, in its primitive shape, was born at the beginning of the XXth century it mixes at the same time singing, comedy and dance.
The themes of the musical can be light or tragic.
So West Side Story, (1957) inspired by the drama of Shakespeare Roméo and Juliette, cannot be considered as a "funny" room. This movie remains one most big boss of work of the musical.. HE is carried by big actors, dancers and singers such as Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Rita Moreno (Singing in the rain) and George Chakiris (the young ladies of rochefort).
THE Band Wagon dates 1930. Actor on the return, Tony Hunter (Fred Astaire) sees proposing by a couple of scriptwriters the participation in a new light and entertaining show. The anticipated director, Jeffrey Cordova (Jack Buchanan) full of his claim, look as partner to Tony the classic dancer Gabrielle Gerard ( Cyd Charisse), But the disagreement between both is immediate, in particular because Gabrielle is bigger than Tony. The light show(entertainment) is transformed into a somber adaptation of Faust and turns out an oven. The team decides to put back on foot the initially planned show, and turns in province before the big first New Yorker.