How will 'Les Miserables' compare to these classics?
9. 'My Fair Lady'
"My Fair Lady" always starts off in a bit of a well-deserved hole as a musical because of the combination of Julie Andrews being passed over for the lead, Audrey Hepburn not doing her own singing and then Andrews winning an Oscar for "Mary Poppins" that same year. But if you can get past the fact that it's Marni Nixon singing, Hepburn's performance is entirely beguiling and Rex Harrison is, of course, utterly iconic as Henry Higgins. From there, it's hard not to be swayed by the Old Hollywood glamour of George Cukor's filmmaking, particularly the veteran director's work with cinematographer Harry Stradling Sr. And, of course, the Lerner and Loewe songs are as good as it gets.
- Daniel Fienberg