Not the Usual Song and Dance: 14 Unlikely Stars of Movie Musicals

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By Oliver Lyttelton, Yahoo Movies

After months of wowing people on the festival circuit, Damien Chazelle's film La La Land, a new spin on the classic Hollywood musical genre, finally hits theaters today. Aside from the glowing reviews and its Oscar front-runner status, it's been eagerly anticipated in part because it sees a beloved A-list pair, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, test their skills in a musical for the first time.

While it’s always a joy to watch stars who are skilled at singing and dancing, from Fred Astaire to Anna Kendrick, do their stuff, there's a particular pleasure in seeing actors with little song-and-dance experience take a chance and attempt a musical, whether they triumph or crash in flames. Above you'll find some of our favorite risk-takers in movie musicals from the past 60 or so years.