Musicals in May

Exciting news for all movie musical enthusiasts! Discover the magic of song and dance with a vast collection of movie musicals available for free on the Kanopy app. From classic Broadway hits to contemporary gems, dive into a world where storytelling meets melody. Access the collection at

Jason Tyrrell
Kanopy General Manager
Across the Universe (2007) on IMDb

Across the Universe

An original musical film, Across the Universe is a love story set against the backdrop of the 1960s, amid the turbulent years of anti-war protest, the struggle for free speech and civil rights, mind exploration and rock ‘n roll. At once gritty, whimsical and highly theatrical, the story moves from high schools and universities in Massachusetts, Princeton and Ohio to the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the Detroit riots, the killing fields of Vietnam and the dockyards of Liverpool. Combining live action with painted and three-dimensional animation, Across the Universe springs from the imagination of renowned director Julie Taymor and writers Dick Clement & Ian La Frenais, and features an array of Beatles songs that have come to define the period.

Guys and Dolls (1955) on IMDb

Guys and Dolls

In New York, a gambler is challenged to take a cold female missionary to Havana, but they fall for each other, and the bet has a hidden motive to finance a crap game.

Rent (2005) on IMDb


Based on Puccini’s classic opera La Boheme, Jonathan Larson’s revolutionary rock opera RENT tells the story of a group of bohemians struggling to live and pay their rent in the gritty background of New York’s East Village. “Measuring their lives in love,” these starving artists strive for success and acceptance while enduring the obstacles of poverty, illness and the AIDS epidemic. One of the longest running shows on Broadway, RENT was the winner of the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the Obie Award, the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, four Tony Awards and three Drama Desk awards.

Royal Wedding (1951) on IMDb

Royal Wedding

Fred Astaire and Jane Powell star as a brother and sister dance team that is invited to England to perform at the same time as the royal wedding of Princess Elizabeth.

Till the Clouds Roll By (1946) on IMDb

Till the Clouds Roll By

On opening night of his new Broadway musical, Show Boat, composer Jerome Kern (Robert Walker) reflects on his long career in this star-studded fictionalized biopic. With the help of his mentor, composer James Hessler (Van Heflin), a young Jerry travels to Europe and soon has one of his tunes placed in a successful production.

Back home, Jerry’s unceasing efforts result in the production of his first show. Jerry’s career blossoms and he works with artists like Frank Sinatra and Lena Horne while guiding James’ wayward but talented daughter, Sally.

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