Francis Ford Coppola's first studio picture (and Fred Astaire's swan song
) was a big-budget musical about a leprechaun who magically ends racism in the deep south state of "Missitucky." Look!
—to 1968's Finian's Rainbow
. [more inside]
Nat King Cole. Eartha Kitt. Mahalia Jackson. Pearl Bailey. Cab Calloway. Ella Fitzgerald. Billy Preston. All assembled for a single musical
: the 1958 W.C. Handy biopic St. Louis Blues
. [more inside]
If you haven't yet had enough of Les Miserables - or have had way too much - you might enjoy what Forbidden Broadway did with it
. (slyt) [more inside]
For everyone who's thinking about assassins today
, I offer up Sondheim and Weidman's take
. [more inside]
From Russia With Love is not unsophisticated. You are.
Matt Zoller Seitz on whether older films are corny. [the comments are also worth a read
Les Mis + political parody = One term more
Soon Election Day will dawn,
We were meant to hold this seat!
At the ballot box of freedom,
Unemployment's in retreat!
Now the battle lines are drawn,
And Detroit's back on its feet!
Will you take your place with me!
The time is NOW the vote is NEAR!
One Term More!
From the creators of Total Recall: The Musical
, Rambo: The Musical
, Schindler's List: The Musical
, and Silence!: The Musical
, featuring a star-studded ensemble cast of Sylvester Stallone, Jet Li, Jason Statham, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mickey Rourke, and Bruce Willis, comes The Expendables: The Musical
[via mefi projects
A very special South Korean version of "The Miracle Worker" (Part 1
, Part 2
), featuring music purloined from the shows Bat Boy
and Legally Blonde
Why this lady is wearing a horse costume. previously.
"For the drama and the way it may happen to be played, and the plot or moral or meaning of it, nobody seems particularly to care. The point of interest is, first, the dancing; next, the dancers, and last, the scenery." [more inside]
Hey remember Lindsay Ellis' The Nostalgia Chick
) and her reviews of all things nostalgic and girly? She's done a lot more since then - Cruel Intentions
- The Craft
- and the Ne Plus Ultra of wish fulfillment Meg Ryan movies Kate & Leopold.
Susan Blackwell is an American actress, writer and singer, best known for playing herself in the musical [title of show]
The web series "Side by Side by Susan Blackwell" chronicles her unconventional encounters with Broadway celebrities: sorting laundry with Daniel Radcliffe
, feeding goats with Jonathan Groff
, researching rectal surgeries with Norbert Leo Butz
, naming dogs with Zachary Quinto
and consulting a ouija board with Andrew Rannells
, to name a few. [more inside]
"I've been called over the top," Steinman says. "How silly. If you don't go over the top, you can't see what's on the other side."
James Richard Steinman
is best known for
his collaborations with artists such as Meatloaf (Paradise by the Dashboard Light,
) and Bonnie Tyler Total Eclipse of the Heart
. His songs have been covered by artists such as Barbara Streisand
(Left in the Dark - here's Steinman's original.
) Barry Manilow
(Read 'Em and Weep, here performed by Meatloaf
) Air Supply
(Demo with Rory Dodd on vocals
) And of course, many of us have seen the “literal versions of his videos for Making Love out of Nothing At All, I Would Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That) Total Eclipse of the Heart
, inspired by his flamboyant, theatrical style, which does lend itself to parody.
But of course, there is much, much more. [more inside]
As he sings, the walls of the apartment begin to move off, and
the city walls surrounding them begin to close in on them. Then
the apartment it self goes, and the two lovers begin to run,
battering against the walls of the city, beginning to break
through as chaotic figures of the gangs, of violence, fail around
them. But they do break through, and suddenly-they are in a world
of space and air and sun. They stop, looking at it, pleased,
startled, as boys and girls both sides come on. And they, too,
stop and stare, happy, pleased. Their clothes are soft and pastel
versions of what they have worn before. They begin to dance, to
play: no sides, no hostility now; join, making a world that Tony
and Maria want to be in, belong to, share their love with. As
they go into the steps of a gentle love dance, a voice is heard
singing. [more inside]
Actress / Impersonator Carly Sakolove impersonates broadway divas singing broadway classics
It Ain't Necessarily "Porgy".
Director Diane Paulus is turning The Gershwins' (and DuBose Heyward's) Porgy & Bess
from an opera into a commercial Broadway musical, with a more upbeat ending. Stephen Sondheim takes issue with this bold reinterpretation
. [more inside]
Apparently there is a Sondheim
fan on the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic staff. The Art of the Dress
versus Putting it Together
(starts at 4:55) from Sunday in the Park with George
(or Barbra Streisand's arrangement
). At the Gala
versus Ever After
from Into the Woods
Ponies previously: 1 2 3
Arthur Laurents (wiki)
, writer of the libretti for West Side Story
, among many other things, has died at the age of 93. [more inside]
has made an entire career
of playing Jesus
in Jesus Christ Superstar
. He starred in the movie
back in 1973, and is currently on tour
, still playing Jesus at age 65
, almost twice the age of the historical Jesus when he died. Like the character he portrays, Neeley has quite the following
, but some wonder if he's too old
to play Jesus.
"When Mr. von Trapp finally returned to take over from his father, Johannes, he had had quite a decade: teaching skiing in Aspen, modeling for Ralph Lauren, surfing in Chile and even making People magazine’s America’s Top 50 Bachelors list in 2001. Recently, he sat in a dark office at the Trapp Family Lodge, the inn his grandmother started, trying to decide what to do with some old curtains..."
- the legacy of the Von Trapp family
, made famous (but not rich) by The Sound of Music
, now with less singing at the Trapp Family Lodge
in Vermont. [more inside]
In the 1960s and 1970s Hong Kong had a thriving film
, dominated by studios such as Cathay Studios
One of Cathay's most fabulous stars was Grace Chang
), referred to by some as the Marlene Dietrich of Hong Kong Chinese
cinema. Her greatest hit was The Wild Wild Rose
(Ye mei gui zhi lian), based on Bizet's Carmen. The showstopper is
her version of Habanera
(YT). [more inside]
"I don't want to be writing for a fuddy-duddy audience."
Tori Amos follows up this year's Comic Book Tattoo
(a graphic novel adaptation of 51 of her songs) with a musical version of George MacDonald's The Light Princess
for the Royal National Theatre
Even if you only have a passing familiarity
with Bollywood musicals, Asha Bhosle
's voice will be familiar to you.
As one of the most sought after playback singers
in Bollywood, and an accomplished, versatile
musician in her own right, she's reputed to have sung over 12.000 songs
and may be the world's most recorded artist. She's
certainly one of the most beloved.
Finally available on CD is the Original Cast Recording
of Sondheim's Evening Primrose
. Although other recordings of
the score have been made available, this is the first time that the original cast will be heard on a publically released recording. [more inside]
I don't know about you, but I've always thought West Side Story needed a little extra something. Like Cher doing all the parts
. (Part two
Nearly 12 Years Old, ‘Rent’ Is to Close.
The 1996 Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning musical will close its doors at New York's Nederlander Theatre on June 1st.
The 7th longest-running musical
in Broadway history, it is based on Puccini's La Boheme
and is credited with bringing young people to musical theatre and the invention of Broadway Rush
ticketing - it sold its first two rows for $20: first in , first served on the day of the performance. [more inside]
Fiddler on the prairie.
The story of a 1970s high school production of Fiddler on the Roof
. The school was in Billings, Montana.
Although Industrial Musicals
and their jaunty odes to corporate pride and brand loyalty have seen the same fate as the values they espoused (mostly
), goofily earnest and undeniable catchy tunes like Exxon's Up Came Oil♫
, General Electric's Make a Woman Out of Your Wife♫
, and The Monroe Calculator Company's 1660 & 65♫
are still as potent as all get out!
[More songs and albums to help you get your gray flannel funk on inside]
"Someone in a Tree" -- an incedibly rare video from the original, 1976 production of "Pacific Overtures."
I grew up listening to an L.P. of these same people perform this same song, but I've never before seen them perform it. I grew up in Southern Indiana, so actually seeing a Broadway show was out of the question. But I loved this song, and -- years later -- I read that it was Stephen Sondheim's favorite of all the songs he ever wrote. Today, I found this video on YouTube and it was like finally seeing someone after being blind for years. I still have chills running up and down my spine. Also: Sondheim forum
, online journal
, and various gems (and bombs) on youtube
-- including the man
himself teaching a master class and this
12-year-old's spirited performance!
has been doing a video diary of Legally Blonde: the Musical
as it moves toward Broadway. See the first rehearsal
with director/choreographer Jerry Mitchell, visit a costume fitting
, or catch a sneek peek
of the show's pre-Broadway tryout in San Francisco. Legally Blonde
starts performance in New York City on April 3rd.
Of course, you've seen Get Your War On
the comic strip, but have you seen Get Your War On, the Musical
? It's playing in Austin
, apparently to rave reviews and sold out shows. They even have photos of a performance
The Elements of Style,
the classic writing manual by William Strunk Jr. and E. B. White, has been produced as a musical
featuring the Omit Needless Words Orchestra.
A couple years ago
, they did SILENCE
! the musical version of Silence of the lambs, now they're working on "RoboCop The Musical" with this track uploaded as a preview
entitled "Murphy, It's You" performed by RoboCop and Anne Lewis.
"Sometimes, you are moved by such a strong emotion that you can only express it through song. As we learn from musical theatre that emotion can swell up anytime: in a corner deli, on a playground, in an open field--and even at the library."
"I must congratulate you on your virtuoso performance, my boy. Centauri is impressed. I've seen 'em come, and I've seen 'em go, but you're the best, my boy. Dazzling! Light years ahead of the competition! Centauri's got a little proposition for you. Are ya interested?"
That's right. The Last Starfighter: The Musical. Can a Planet Of The Apes musical
be far behind? What other sci-fi flicks would you like to see a musical made of? And why isn't Carrie Fisher's virtuoso performance
from the Star Wars Holiday Special
on the new DVD set?