Falling in Love with Love . . .
February is one of the better months of the year because it is the shortest winter month, the Superbowl and Academy Awards are both held during, and I look good in red. This year there is even more to celebrate in February. Alex and I have been “officially” together for 7 years and the month also includes Alex’s birthday.
Being that it is the month of love, I thought I would touch on the subject with another movie guide. The following movie guide is not totally focused on romance but instead on a movie genre I love . . . MUSICALS. Obviously, love is almost always the main focal point of a musical but the dancing and singing are the parts that make my heart swell.
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Tidbit – I was devastated to learn it is not actually Natalie Wood’s voice singing but I got over it.
Best Dancing Sequences: America, Cool
Best Vocal Songs: Tonight, A Boy Like That/I Have A Love
Tidbit – Read Shirley Jones’ memoir, it’s quite scandalous.
Best Dancing Sequences: June is Bustin’ Out All Over, Ballet (the daughter’s)
Best Vocal Songs: If I Loved You, You’ll Never Walk Alone (I cry every time I hear this song)
Best Dancing Sequences: Dancing, Hello, Dolly!
Best Vocal Songs: So Long, Dearie, Hello, Dolly!
Tidbit – Like many musicals, you can’t put this one on without many talented men. It is so frustrating for a director to have to cut the play possibility list in half when you think about who is available for the male roles.
Best Dancing Sequences: Barn Dance, Lonesome Polecat
Tidbit – As a child I have no idea how often I threw a blanket around my head and sang “Matchmaker” but the dream sequence to this day still terrifies me.
Best Dancing Sequences: Chava Ballet
Best Vocal Songs: Matchmaker, If I Were A Rich Man, Do You Love Me?, Far From the Home I Love
Tidbit – I really enjoyed being the assistant director on this musical when I was a teacher. I had excellent student dancers that I was very proud to help choreograph for.
Best Dancing Sequences: Out of My Dreams Ballet, The Farmer and The Cowman, Kansas City
Best Vocal Songs: People Will Say We’re In Love, All er Nuthin’
Tidbit – I dream of being able to choreograph this musical some day.
Best Dancing Sequences: King of New York
Best Vocal Songs: The World Will Know, Seize the Day, Once and For All
Best Dancing Sequences: Sixteen Going on Seventeen
Best Vocal Songs: Edelweiss, Climb Ev’ry Mountain, Something Good
Best Dancing Sequences: Make ‘Em Laugh, Moses, Good Morning
Best Vocal Songs: Good Morning, Singin’ In The Rain, Would You?
It should be fairly clear by now that I prefer the classics to the newer musicals ranging from “Hairspray” to “Rent” but I didn’t watch the modern musicals over and over again as a child.
Here are other musicals that certainly deserve honorable mentions;
(originally published Feb. 1st, 2015)