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As a fan of Gilbert & Sullivan operettas, I loved the movie version of The Pirates of Penzance with Kevin Kline, Linda Ronstadt, and Angela Lansbury. We saw it on Broadway literally the last weekend of its run, with Peter Noone (of Herman's Hermits) as Frederick! BTW, if you like G&S, don't miss the movie "Topsy Turvy" (about the making of The Mikado).
I love Brigadoon the movie, and have seen a local professional theater version of it. Beautiful score (big fan of Lerner & Loewe & Rodgers & Hammerstein musicals here).
Love the score to the 1990's revival of Guys & Dolls (with Nathan Lane & Faith Prince as Adelaide). OTT, but we saw a terrific skating show back in 1998 called "Skaters' Tribute to Broadway." Caryn Kadavy skated to Faith Prince's version of "Take Back Your Mink." IIRC, Faith Prince may have sung the song live as Caryn was skating (have to go back to my tape).
We haven't seen "Catch Me If You Can" yet, but will a few months from now through one of our local theater subscriptions.
Even though Julie Andrews wasn't in the movie version of MFL, I still think it's a terrific musical and I love the movie version. Marni Nixon has a beautiful voice (we were delighted to see her in one of the roles in the National tour of "The Drowsy Chaperone" a few seasons ago. I love both Mary Martin & Julie in their respective musicals (have the Broadway cast recordings & movie soundtracks of "South Pacific" & "The Sound of Music"). If I have one bone to pick about the movie version of TSOM (and I hate to nitpick because I love it so much), I wish they would have kept the songs "How Can Love Survive?" & "No Way to Stop It" in the movie. Actually, the instrumental music of "How Can Love Survive?" was retained in the ball scene, but the lyrics are very witty. When we saw the lovely revival of TSOM on Broadway , back in 1998 (with the wonderful Rebecca Luker who was also Marian the Librarian in the 2001 revival of "The Music Man"), I was thrilled that those 2 songs were restored to the stage version.
Living in Philly has its advantages - every once in a while, we take the train to NYC to see a live show!
Somewhat unrelated to the thread title, but related to the discussion on My Fair Lady, I found this video of Mary Martin on YT. Wasn't she the one the character of Eliza Doolittle was written for, by Lerner & Lowe? She also happens to be the mother of the late Larry Hagman/JR Ewing (separate thread on JR passing)
Here's an interesting switch.. Rogers and Hammerstein wrote "Cinderella" for television. It starred Leslie Ann Warren and Stuart Damon with Ginger Rogers and Walter Pidgeon as the king and queen and Celeste Holm as her Fairy Godmother. To me it's one of their very best productions in terms of music. It was remade starring Brandy some years back and I heard today that it will open as a revival on Broadway this year. From Impossible and Ten Minutes Ago to A Lovely Night and Do I love you because You're beautiful... it's all splendor and old Broadway glamour..and it certainly fits in to the Disney on Broadway direction of Lion King and Beauty and the Beast,. Directed it in college and had a blast!
My favorite musical, however is COMPANY by Sondheim.
The Brandy version of Cinderella is totally ridiculous. I always love the fact that, for some unexplainable reason, Whoopi Goldberg and Victor Garber apparently have an Asian son. And then there's Whitney Huston hamming it up and Bernadette Peters stealing every scene she's in (and the two stepsisters are a very tall, skinny white girl and a very short, wide black girl?...). And Brandy's acting abilities were limited - not that Cinderella really called for much range.
The Lesley Ann Warren version is wonderful, but it was actually a remake. When they first wrote it for TV, it was in the 50s and starred Julie Andrews. I haven't seen Julie's version, but Warren's is available in its entirety on Youtube, in case anyone wants to watch it
Also, speaking of both those actresses, Victor/Victoria is the best. I freaking love it. I just thought of it the other day before this thread started and re-watched this scene. I just die laughing every time. I don't know how Warren didn't win BSA that year.
PBS? did a special rebroadcast of the Julie Andrews version a few years ago with lots of remembrances of the original broadcast and all the pressures of doing it live. I was able to record it. One of my favorite things.The Lesley Ann Warren version is wonderful, but it was actually a remake. When they first wrote it for TV, it was in the 50s and starred Julie Andrews. I haven't seen Julie's version, but Warren's is available in its entirety on Youtube, in case anyone wants to watch it
I remember reading an interview with Lupe Ontiveros (the woman who played the woman who killed Selena) on why she took on her role in the indie movie Chuck and Buck and how she loved it because it wasn't written specifically for a Hispanic woman. She was able to just play a character without any accent or mannerisms that she would have if she played a character that was written to be Hispanic. She ended up winning a few awards for the role.
If you want to see another great musical version of Cinderella, find "The Slipper and The Rose ".
Were Bye Bye Birdie and West Side Story mentioned yet? Both started as musicals on Broadway, were made into movies and then returned to the
Broadway stage as revivals after absences of over 20 years.
FYI, we saw The Sound of Music at the Papermill Playhouse, in Millburn, NJ. It was outstanding! All of the actors are currently not working Broadway actors. The vocals were phenomenal. We don't go there often, which is a same because it is so close and they do such a great job.
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Yeah, that I agree with.I didn't mind the color-blind casting. I minded that Brandy was cast in the role. Besides being not very attractive, I have never thought she had much talent either.
Even though "My Fair Lady" was adapted from "Pygmalian" (and stayed pretty true to the original writing), it is still not Pygmalian". My Fair Lady is clearly a separate and distinct production. Neither poster referred to "Pygmalian" nor George Bernard Shaw in their post. I'm quite sure both posters (positive about myself) were referring to Lerner and Lowe and their intentions during the creation of My Fair Lady.This is the 2nd time in this thread that someone suggested the role of Eliza Doolittle was written for a 20th century actress. The other suggestion was Julie Andrews. I knew George Bernard Shaw lived a long time ago so I googled him. He wrote Pygmalion in 1912 - a year before Mary Martin was born, and long before Julie Andrews was born. The play was written many years before it was renamed & made into a musical (1956).
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I really like musicals made into movies. I think it makes them more accessible, and I've loved most of the ones named.
What baffles me is movies into musicals, in many cases. Does Elf really need a broadway run, for example. I kind of thought the same about Legally Blonde.