Category Archives: Movies

The Saturday List: Lights, Camera, Action! Ten Movie Musicals on the Way to the Silver Screen

Who doesn’t love a great movie musical? OK, there are loads of people who don’t. But I do, and it’s devastating when one doesn’t live up to its potential. On this week’s Saturday List, I’m taking a look at ten upcoming movie musicals to which I’m looking forward. Some of these are nowhere near opening day, but here’s hoping! Continue reading

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Musical Theatre Advent Calendar: A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum really has nothing to do with Christmas. Well, I suppose certain aspects of Christmas could be described as jolly and this is a very jolly musical. There we go. Tenuous … Continue reading

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Musical Theatre Advent Calendar: A CHORUS LINE

Michael Bennett’s work on the musical A Chorus Line might just be one of the greatest pieces of musical theatre staging ever. Take the number in the clip, for example: “At the Ballet”. It seems pretty simple, doesn’t it? Just … Continue reading

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Musical Theatre Advent Calendar: GYPSY

“Strippers at Christmas time?” I hear you protest. Well, when one of the strippers has a light up costume, then yes! Besides, Gypsy one of the greatest musicals every listen and it deserves place of pride on just about any … Continue reading

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Musical Theatre Advent Calendar: THE SOUND OF MUSIC

I don’t know whether I could get through the lead-up to Christmas without mentioning The Sound of Music. It’s a classic family musical – with a film version that almost immeasurably improves upon its stage source – and I love … Continue reading

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RIP Jerry Bock

Jerry Bock, the composer of the musicals Fiddler on the Roof, Fiorello! and She Loves Me, passed away yesterday at the age of 81. Born in 1928, Bock wrote his first musical in high school (My Dream) and then collaborated … Continue reading

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A TANGLED Song

We’re now able to hear one of the Alan Menken/Glenn Slater songs from Disney’s Tangled Rapunzel project: I’m not really sure what to make of it. It’s a sweet song, but I don’t get the stylistic link between the song … Continue reading

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