I was so taken the other night by Springsteen on Broadway, which I regard as a piece of one-man musical portraiture, that I thought I’d assemble a roster of my 25 all-time favorite musicals. How am I defining a musical? Any presentation of any kind (filmed narrative musical, stage musical live or captured on film/video, filmed concert) in which a minimum of five or six musical numbers are performed, for any reason or within any scheme.

1. Springsteen On Broadway

2. John Carney‘s Once

3. Lars von Trier‘s Dancer in the Dark

4. Sunday in the Park with George (1999 taping of B’way stage musical)

5. Damien Chazelle‘s La La Land

6. Richard Lester‘s A Hard Day’s Night

7. Alex Gibney‘s Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown

7. Alfred and David MayslesGimme Shelter

8. D.A. Pennebaker‘s Monterey Pop

9. Carousel (Live From Lincoln Center)

10. Michael Wadleigh‘s Woodstock

11. Pennies From Heaven (oriainal 1978 British version)

12. Baz Luhrman‘s Moulin Rouge

13. Richard Linklater‘s School of Rock

14. Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen‘s Singin’ in the Rain

15. Bill Condon‘s Dreamgirls

16. Ken Russell‘s Tommy

17. Tie between Randall Kleiser‘s Grease and Allan Arkush‘s Rock ‘n’ Roll High School

18. Fred Zinneman‘s Oklahoma!

19. Hal Kanter‘s Loving You

20. Vincent Minnelli‘s An American in Paris

21. Otto Preminger‘s Carmen Jones

22. Martin Scorsese‘s Shine A Light

23. Frank Oz‘S Little Shop of Horrors

24. Albert Magnoli‘s Purple Rain

25. Otto Preminger‘s Porgy and Bess