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Family Fun with Oscar Musicals

With the "High School Musical" craze taking over the country, kids are clamoring for great musicals! Movie lovers look to the Academy Awards for top pick movies of each year. Next time you go to the video store for a rental, consider a "Best Picture" musical winner from the past. Good musicals will stand the test of time!

Here are some great films to consider:

Westside Story (1961)

This contemporary Romeo and Juliet love story starred the utterly charming Natalie Wood. Today's teens will be captivated by this musical about star crossed lovers.

My Fair Lady (1964)

Everyone in your family will love this rags to riches classic starring Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison. "Wouldn't it be loverly" to watch with your kids?

Oliver! (1968)

For kids who love musical theatre, this is a perfect movie for family night! Familiar tunes such as "Consider Yourself," appear in this film adaptation of the much-loved stage show.

Sound of Music (1965)

Families have enjoyed this film since its initial release. If it has been awhile since you have seen Maria and her charges, pop this one in your DVD player and get ready to sing, "My Favorite Things!"

Make a big bowl of popcorn and enjoy!

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About Barbara Bietz

Barbara is a writer from Oak Park, California. Her favorite pastime is reading children's books. She enjoys writing for adults and children. Her work has appeared in numerous publications. Visit Barbara's website at and blog - Talking about great kid's books and sharing ideas about writing for kids.
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