When it comes to musical theater, the audience expects spectacle, drama and amazing music, and one production that amply combines all three is Cats. Cats is a musical produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber, and its energy and its fantastic costume and plot have brought people to see it for decades.
One of the reasons why Cats does so well and has in fact become a Broadway staple is due to the sheer strangeness of the production. The actors play cats that live rough on the streets, and the costume Continue reading
â€œThe Merry Widowâ€ is a famous operetta written by Leo Stein and Viktor Leon and composed by Franz Lehar, an Austro-Hungarian.
The story tells the tale of a rich widow, Hanna Glawari, and the attempts of her countrymen to keep her riches within the kingdom. The men try to find her the perfect husband, and hilarity, romance and trouble ensue.
Other roles in the operetta include Count Danilo Danilovitsch, Hanna’s former lover, Baron mirko Zeta and his wife, Valencienne, Hanna’s admirer Camille and a host of other dignitaries and diplomats.
â€œThe Merry Widowâ€ was adapted Continue reading
Often imitated, but never surpassed, the story of the Music Man is the classic tale of a man trying to be something that he is not and, ultimately, discovering that who he really is can be just as rewarding as the myth he shrouds himself in. I’m talking about the classic original that you can probably find on AMC or any of those classic movie channels that you can get through http://www.rasertech.com/ or the like. While good things were certainly said about the various remakes and versions of this American musical classic, there is just no substitute for the original.
Taking place in the countryside of Iowa, music man Harold Hill is a con man who sets out to swindle the local townsfolk by getting them to invest in a school marching band. What they don’t realize is that Harold Hill has no intention of fulfilling their orders for uniforms and instruments and plans to skip town once he has enough money. Along the way, he dodges the various town council members who try to investigate him and ultimately manages to fool everyone except the lovely librarian, which kicks into all sorts of musical nonsense. If you have not seen the Music Man then you are missing out on a true American classic.
The Wizard of Oz was made in 1939 and became an instant classic. The film was shot in sepia, black and white and in Technicolor. The veteran actors are ideal in their supporting roles, and Judy Garland is exceptional in the starring role.
The movie appeals to both children and adults. It involves various elements such as magic, witches, wizards, munchkins, a cute dog, fantasy, terror, a cyclone and a yellow brick road, which all blend together to make an engaging and timeless movie. It is universally appealing and will be for the end of time.
It was nominated Continue reading
The Sound of Music is a popular musical film that debuted in 1965. The film is based off of the Broadway hit of the same name and stars Julie Andrews as the lead. The film garnered much media attention and in 2001 the musical was named an important piece of entertainment and was placed into the National Film Registry. The Sound of Music was and still is a breathe of fresh air for the musical genre. It features a free spirited woman, Maria, Continue reading
Song and dance seems to be in a renaissance; just look at the wild popularity of “Glee” and “Dancing with the Stars.” So where do they get their inspiration? They look to the original silver screen musical stars, who were inspired by and came directly out of Vaudeville.
Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers were both petite and had delicate, graceful, fluid movements. Whether in a foxtrot or tap dance they were the power couple on the dance floor. Their romantic chemistry and sense of humor Continue reading
Cabaret the film musical could have been created especially for Liza Minnelli. Sally Bowles’ character allowed Liza to portray so much of her personal style and talent. Growing up as the daughter of two talented parents, Judy Garland and Vincente Minnelli, one can imagine Liza playing as a night club singer on a home made stage. Her remarkable singing, dancing and acting ability won her an Oscar for Best Actress in 1973.
Liza’s rendition of the title song “Cabaret” was stunning; however my favorite song that she performed was “Maybe This Time”. Continue reading
Gene Kelley is “Singin’ In The Rain,” in this beloved classic musical. “Singin’ In The Rain” tells the story of one movie studio’s transition to talking films.
Don Lockwood (Gene Kelley) is a leading silent film star. While filming his latest movie, a rival studio releases the first talking picture and Don’s studio decides to convert his film into a talkie. However, the film’s lead actress, Lina Lamont (Jean Hagen), has a grating voice and cannot legally be replaced. Don and his producers decide to dub over Lina Continue reading