Rob Marshall has been at the helm of three of the most high-profile movie musicals of the 21st century—the Best Picture winner Chicago, Nine, and Into The Woods. His latest, Mary Poppins Returns, the long-gestating sequel to the 1964 musical fantasy film, hits theaters this Friday. In honor of the sequel, we sat down with the Academy Award nominee to talk about his five favorite musical numbers ever put on screen.
“My first major show as a performer when I started as a dancer was A Chorus Line, the opening number of A Chorus Line.”
“I think Barbara Streisand singing “People” in Funny Girl, for me, is huge.”
“It’s a montage of stunning work, choreography and performance.”
“It’s so exquisite and [Gene Kelly is] so brilliant.”
“It’s one of the most gorgeous performances on screen.”