The Light-Blue Puppy
is a visually extraordinary India Ink-animated Soviet musical children's cartoon made in 1976
, only recently translated into English. It tells the tale of a small, sad puppy who has been rejected by his peers for his unusual color, but nevertheless manages to find his way in the world (with some help from a few other colorful characters, of course). On its surface it appears to be a cute, cleverly-animated story with a simple message of tolerance. [more inside]
posted by Ndwright
on Jul 7, 2014 -
SF/F legend Connie Willis pours a preview of a near-future version of the story of backstage back-stabbing, " All About Eve" with "All About Emily
" for Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine.
posted by The Whelk
on Apr 30, 2014 -
Written for the dedication of The John F. Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts in 1971, Leonard Bernstein created MASS: A Theatre Piece for Singers, Players, and Dancers
as a memoriam for John F Kennedy and as a thoroughly modern theater musical piece to reflect both its current times and universal questions of faith and existence. A recasting of the Tridentine Mass (in Latin)
, featuring additional lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a brilliant lyric quatrain from Paul Simon, the full staging requires multiple choruses, a full stage performance company (including ballet cast), a marching band, a rock band, and many others. The 2012 BBC Proms featured a concert performance
[1h56m, including introduction sequences]. MASS has had very few full theatrical stagings since its premiere, although now, over 50 years after its creation, it is beginning to find new acclaim and appreciation. [more inside]
posted by hippybear
on Mar 31, 2014 -
Since the taxonomical work of Erich Moritz von Hornbostel and Curt Sachs*
in the early twentieth century, organologists have classified musical instruments into four major categories, each distinguished by its primary sound-producing mechanism: idiophones (vibrating body), membranophones (vibrating membrane), chordophones (vibrating strings) and aerophones (vibrating air columns). Beyond these basic divisions, scholars have proposed such logically consistent additions as electrophones (for electronic instruments) and corpophones (for the human body as a source of sound). We propose a seventh category: fictophones, for imaginary musical instruments. Existing as diagrams, drawings or written descriptions, these devices never produce a sound. Yet they are no less a part of musical culture for that. Indeed, fictophones represent an essential if hitherto unrecognized domain of musical thought and activity, and it is in order to catalog these conceptual artifacts that we have established the first institution of its kind: The Museum of Imaginary Musical Instruments
posted by carsonb
on Mar 5, 2014 -
Back in 08', filmcow.com, the people behind Charlie The Unicorn and other such Internet nonsense, released a darling little video about adorable singing ferrets signing about the things they love, "Make Me Smile
posted by The Whelk
on Dec 26, 2013 -
In 1975, CBS aired the half hour animated special "Really Rosie" with story and lyrics by Maurice Sendak (based on five of his children's books) and with music composed and performed by Carole King.
Many have fond memories
of the broadcast ("Chicken Soup with Rice"
is a particular childhood earworm), and though it has yet to make it to DVD, you can watch it in full
on YouTube. The special was later turned into an Off-Broadway
production in 1980 and continues to be performed
by kids across the country.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI
on Oct 22, 2013 -
The mad doctor is (temporarily) out.
Five years ago this week, Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog
, in three separate acts
. Since then, there has been confirmation of plans for a sequel
dating back to April 2009 -- and July 2011
-- but something always seems to come up
... though Mr. Wheadon did have time to perform live
, singing commentary on his project, which led to the recording of "Commentary" in 2010
, reuniting the cast. Felicia Day, Jed Whedon
, and even Nathan Fillion
seem a little bit less busy, however... welding kid-toting robots and preparing for the zombie apocalypse
posted by markkraft
on Jul 16, 2013 -
What happens when the executive director of your lobbyist organization is hosting the national conference with a technical theater degree burning a hole in his pocket? A bewildering and Christopher Guestian piece of musical theater called "I'm In Payroll
posted by Shadax
on Jul 14, 2013 -
"I Want Fakht You"
is a semi-show-stopping musical number in the new Hindi comedy/fantasy film "Joker"
), a rather odd movie
(by Bollywood standards) about what happened after the Inmates literally started running the Asylum (plus a rocket scientist, some post-colonial history, a media circus and maybe
aliens!).It MUST be noted that the word "Fakht" is Hindi for "Just", so the lyric is "I Want Just You", but the audio may still be NSFW for clueless Anglophones.
posted by oneswellfoop
on Sep 6, 2012 -
Before Kristina från Duvemåla
, before Chess
, certainly long before Mamma Mia
, Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus of ABBA were experimenting with storytelling through music. As part of their 1977 world tour, ABBA closed out their shows with the mini-musical The Girl With The Golden Hair
[~25m, illustrative video (not a live filming), 1977 bootleg-quality audio] (full lyrics
). [more inside]
posted by hippybear
on Jul 14, 2012 -
What is Cyndi Lauper doing to follow up her brilliant, well-received (and award winning) 2010 album Memphis Blues
? Why, she's writing a musical! A stage adaptation of the charming UK film Kinky Boots
which will be opening in Chicago later this year, with an anticipated move to Broadway in 2013. Eager for a preview? EW is hosting a sneak peek of the track The Sex Is In The Heel
(scroll down for player), and the track will be available for free download at the musical's website
starting tomorrow. Lauper will also be performing the track live at the NYC Pride Parade this weekend, where she will be Grand Marshall.
posted by hippybear
on Jun 21, 2012 -