Why talk when you can sing? Sometimes a song succeeds where words alone fail. Musicals are as big a part of cinema as military epics, period dramas or gritty noirs. Whether adapting a Broadway hit or bringing original material to life, Hollywood can combine music and movie magic to create a truly unique experience for the audience. Throughout the 1930s and 40s, stars like Rita Hayworth and Fred Astaire rose to fame through the spectacle of song and dance. In the decades that followed, popular musicians like Bing Crosby and Elvis and even comedians such as Steve Martin discovered musicals as not only a creative outlet but also a natural step up in their careers. From One Night of Love to Bye Bye Birdie to Pennies from Heaven, the popularity of the musical has spanned generations, and there is no doubt that stories will be sung as well as told for years to come.