16 Fan Theories From Movie Musicals That Make Us Want To Rewatch

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No matter what, fans never seem to get tired of movie musicals. From old classics like The Wizard of Oz and Mary Poppins to newer favorites like La La Land and The Greatest Showman, fans flock to the theatres and sing along. From unanswered questions to character quirks, some passionate fans managed to come up with some interesting theories surrounding the best movie musicals.

Check out these movie musicals fan theories below, and don't forget to vote!


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    264 VOTES

    Dorothy Is Actually The Wicked Witch Of The East In 'The Wizard Of Oz'

    Dorothy Is Actually The Wicked Witch Of The East In 'The Wizard Of Oz'
    Photo: The Wizard of Oz / Loew's, Inc

    From Redditor u/Primetime22:

    At the end of the film, (spoilers for an 80 year old movie) Dorothy wakes up surrounded by her family and friends, remarking that a few of them were actually in her dream ("You were there, and you were there...").

    "Oz" is one of Hollywood's famous "It was all just a dream" endings. However, due to the fact that "Oz" had many sequels and spin offs, it would be safer to assume that Dorothy's adventure in Oz was probably not just a dream, and she was sent to another reality only to be sent back by Glinda by tapping her heels together.

    I say alternate reality because Dorothy does, in fact, meet alternate versions of people she knows in Kansas. (Scarecrow, Tin Man, Cowardly Lion, Wicked Witch of the West, and The Wizard.) However, she never meets an alternate Dorothy. (Or alternate versions of her aunt and uncle, but oh well.)

    When Dorothy's house crushes the Wicked Witch of the East, we never see her face. In fact, the only thing we really know about her appearance is the fact that she and Dorothy have the same shoe size. Is it possible that, in Oz, one copy is drawn to destruction in order to avoid paradoxes?

    So I propose that Dorothy's copy was the Wicked Witch of the East. Dorothy simply replaced her in the world when she crushed her at the beginning of the film.

    264 votes
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    Annie Is Miss Hannigan's Daughter In 'Annie'

    Annie Is Miss Hannigan's Daughter In 'Annie'
    Photo: Annie / Columbia Pictures

    From Redditor u/furbyforest:

    That little orphan Annie is actually Miss Hannigan's daughter. Evidence: Miss Hannigan says to Grace Farrell that Annie isn't an orphan, she's...a drunk, and is particularly possessive of Annie, going on to say that Grace can have her pick of any other of the little brats. Miss Hannigan has the other half of the locket. The hair. Miss Hannigan has a change of heart and save Annie's life, her maternal instinct over-ride her greed in the end. Speculation: It would be very easy for Miss Hannigan to place her own child among the other orphans.

    191 votes
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    'The Phantom of the Opera' Was Written By The Phantom Himself

    'The Phantom of the Opera' Was Written By The Phantom Himself
    Photo: The Phantom of the Opera / Warner Bros. Pictures

    From Redditor u/StarManta:

    The musical Phantom of the Opera was written by the Phantom himself. Cool detail I've noticed in this listen through of Phantom of the Opera: The Hannibal and Il Muto shows-within-a-show have vastly different musical styles to the rest of the musical. However, Don Juan Triumphant, the opera that the Phantom wrote, has a musical style so similar that it even utilizes a lot of the same leitmotifs as the rest of the musical. This could be a subtle hint that the musical Phantom of the Opera was written by the Phantom himself after the events of the story.

    118 votes
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    The Music Used For 'Spectacular, Spectacular' Foreshadows The Ending Of 'Moulin Rouge'

    The Music Used For 'Spectacular, Spectacular' Foreshadows The Ending Of 'Moulin Rouge'
    Photo: Moulin Rouge / 20th Century Fox

    From Redditor u/juiceboxheero:

    At the end of the first Act of Moulin Rouge, Christian and Satine are caught in the elephant and must perform an impromptu performance of their show "Spectacular, Spectacular" to impress the Duke and hide their relationship. This performance lays out the rest of the plot of the movie, with lines such as "...in the end she hears his song, and their love is just too strong" and "...in the end should someone die?"

    This is whole sequence is scored by the music of the popular French can-can song "Orpheus in the Underworld." The lyrics of "Spectacular, spectacular" lead the audience to believe that a happy ending will come, with the line of 'their love being too strong,' but the use of "Orpheus in the Underworld" foreshadows the tragic ending that comes to pass, much like the Greek tragedy it is named after.

    In the myth of Orpheus, his wife Euryadice dies on his wedding day and he journeys to the Underworld to plea for her soul. After compelling the god Hades through song, he says he will release her back to Orpheus under the sole condition that he does not turn around to look at her as they ascend out of the Underworld. Orpheus, feeling he has been tricked, doubts the gods and turns around to look for Euryadice. She's been there the whole time, and because he doubted, she is plunged back to the underworld lost forever.

    In the finale of Moulin Rogue, Christian has a similar moment of doubt. Despite having the knowledge that their song will overcome all odds, he doubts his love and sells his typewriter to pay his 'wh*re.' He is prepared to walk away from her forever, until they are rejoined in the climatic finale of 'come what may.' Their love is reunited, but Satine ultimately succumbs to the tuberculosis she has been fighting the whole film, lost to Christian forever.

    So there you have it. The scene of "Spectacular, Spectacular" does foreshadow this tragic ending through the lyrics, but the use of "Orpheus in the Underworld" adds another layer of foreshadow to let the audience know that the story ends in tragedy.

    97 votes
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    Audrey II Is A Telepath In 'Little Shop Of Horrors'

    Audrey II Is A Telepath In 'Little Shop Of Horrors'
    Photo: Little Shop of Horrors / Warner Bros.

    From Redditor u/Killboypowerhed:

    It's unlikely that the world would go crazy for a plant. Think about it. Somebody discovers a strange new plant. Who cares? The reason everyone who sees it goes crazy for it is because it can control minds and here is the evidence:

    • When it is first put on display in the window a customer immediately walks into the shop asking about it and is talking as if he's under a trance.
    • It convinces mild mannered Seymour to commit murder
    • When Mr Mushnik confronts Seymour about the murder Audrey II is singing with it's "head" up against the door but Mushnik doesn't hear anything. Only Seymour does
    • In the original ending when the plant goes on sale, the whole country has a mad rush to buy one. Again why would people care so much about a plant?
    109 votes
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    Mary Poppins Is A Goddess In 'Mary Poppins'

    Mary Poppins Is A Goddess In 'Mary Poppins'
    Photo: Mary Poppins / Buena Vista Distribution

    From Redditor u/Im_not_nick:

    TL;DR: Mary Poppins is a Goddess and Burt is her priest/shaman

    First off, Mary Poppins is not a nice person. Everyone sees her as this gentle, sweet, perfect nanny, but she's incredibly vain. The first time we see her, she's checking out her image in a compact. Then, when she moves into the nanny's quarters, what is the first thing she does: brings out a bigger mirror to show her whole face. She measures the children with a mystical personality detector that sets her as the standard (bringing about the "practically perfect in every way" result). The biggest act of vanity on her part comes when they enter the chalk painting. Now remember, Burt had drawn some neutral countryside vistas, but it was Mary Poppins' magic that allowed them to enter this pocket dimension. This extraplanar space was created and populated by her. When they enter, a troupe of her own creations sing a song about how fantastic she is. Then she enters a race with children on mounts that she created and wins.

    My theory as to her origins make these vainglorious acts acceptable however. I believe that Mary Poppins is a manifestation or avatar of Hestia, the Greek goddess of hearth and home. She descended to bring peace and order back to the Banks household. She's a nigh-omnipotent deity which gives her the supernatural powers that she demonstrates (flight, weather manipulation, matter generation and reconstruction, etc...) and explains her attitude towards the mortal children that she is helping. She has to come to this upper-class family because her power is strongest in cities where there are many homes/hearths. I believe that Uncle Albert might be Gelos, the Greek god/spirit of laughter, hence his predisposition towards humor and the loss of his levitation abilities when he is blanketed in solemnity. That leads us to the most interesting character: Burt. The others give some hints as to their true identity, but Burt I have to extrapolate quite a bit. In his opening song, Burt states that he "can't put me finger on what lies in-store/but I feel what's to happen, all happened before". My theory is that Burt was a child that Mary Poppins descended upon and touched the life of. He then became one of her priests/shamans. He has an inkling of her magic and almost fanatical devotion to her (as shown by the song in the painting and drawing other followers, the chimney sweeps). I like to believe that in exchange for immortality, Burt must remain in the city and must change his profession daily. If he remains faithful to her, she will provide for him. That explains why he's a one-man band, then a street painter, then a roast chestnut salesman, and finally a chimney sweep.

    122 votes