Category Archives: Musicals

Sound of Music Live Follow Up (and more!)

After last week’s “live” blog of The Sound Of Music Live! on NBC, I just couldn’t let the subject of musical theater on television lie. No, this isn’t like my obsession with Les Mis in February. (I know it’s been … Continue reading

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The Sound Of Music Live “Live” Blog!

7:55 PST – A great and gracious good evening to you, Recyclers! By now, The Sound Of Music Live! starring Carrie Underwood, Stephen Moyer, Christian Borle, and (more to the point) Laura Benanti and Audra Freakin’ McDonald is drawing to … Continue reading

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5 Movie Musicals So Nice They Made Them Twice

As last week’s post on Show Boat showed, Hollywood has a history of repeating itself. (This is fortunate for me; otherwise this blog wouldn’t exist!) Here are 5 less complicated musicals that have been given the Hollywood treatment over and … Continue reading

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Show Boat in Black and White

Show Boat is many things. First, it was a nostalgic novel by Edna Ferber. Then it became a defining moment in American musical theater by two theater greats, Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II. Show Boat is a lithograph of … Continue reading

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5 Movie Musicals Better Than The Originals

I was surprised and elated by the great response to last week’s Gypsy Super Album! I’ll do another one again soon, but in the meantime, the lack of the movie cast recording on the super album got me thinking not … Continue reading

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Everything’s Coming Up Roses: A Gypsy Super Album

First, some good news: August 31st, I will be presenting my lecture, Streamline Superman and the Deco Dark Knight at the Queen Mary Art Deco Festival in Long Beach. I’m honored and elated to take part. Since this is the … Continue reading

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HMWYBS: How “A Star Is Born” Changed My Life

It’s strange to think how much one movie can affect your life. A Star Is Born could easily be considered the mascot film of this blog. I’ve raved (and occasionally ranted) about A Star Is Born in all its versions. … Continue reading

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Hit Me With Your Best Shot: The Wizard Of Oz

I was almost giddy when The Film Experience chose The Wizard of Oz for the first “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” Challenge. “The answer is obvious!” I thought. “Everyone knows what the most Historic And Aesthetically Significant shot of this film … Continue reading

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Make Musicals, Not Museum Pieces! (The Real Revival Lesson From Hollywood’s Musical Golden Age)

Some people may think I’m beating a dead War Horse devoting so much of this blog to the problems with recent Hollywood adaptations of Broadway shows. But with Sunday night’s Oscar tribute to the New Movie Musical, as well as … Continue reading

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