June Lucky 13 Film Club

It’s time to feature the history of song and dance on the big screen. Musicals on stage are a mainstay event for trips to the big city. Invariably, what’s live transfers to a film adaptation with varying degrees of success. While I believe live shows are more enjoyable than their film counterpart, there are several that meet or succeed live expectations. Join my friend ROBIN, who loves to talk about movies, write poetry, and share her photography of the New England countryside, in a discussion about musicals on June 13.

Hammerstein and Vincente Minnelli’s magic was unparalleled during Hollywood’s golden age. Sunny, funny musicals reigned in the 1960s while darker, discordant musicals came of age at the end of the 1960s through the 1980s thanks in part to Sondheim and Webber. Maybe you enjoyed the sexier, musicals imbued with rock and pop from the 70s and 80s? Recent musicals from the last twenty years pay tribute to an earlier era. Pledge to watch a musical you haven not seen or revisit a favorite. What do you look for in a good musical? Answer that on June 13. 

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    1. Musicals made into films. I was thinking about Tommy and wondered it The Who didn’t make it into a film first then followed up with the stage production. Are there film musicals first you are thinking about?

      1. In terms of ones that most captured my attention, 12 Angry Men Stands Out. I’d love to have seen Glengarry Glen Ross at the theatre. Paths of Glory would be spectacular if they ever made it. None of musicals to films stand out. Chicago, Les Mis and Mamma Mia have been successful mind.

  1. I’m very excited about this — I’m a huge fan of musicals. I also love dance films (eg Dance Girl Dance, The Red Shoes, The Turning Point, Strictly Ballroom, White Nights, etc.). Anyhow, here is my top ten (in order of preference):

    THE SOUND OF MUSIC (1965, Robert Wise)
    WEST SIDE STORY (1961, Robert Wise, Jerome Robbins)
    THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939, Victor Fleming)
    OLIVER! (1968, Carol Reed)
    CABARET (1972, Bob Fosse)
    ALL THAT JAZZ (1979, Bob Fosse)
    1776 (1972, Peter H. Hunt)
    SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS (1954, Stanley Donen)
    THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS (1993, Henry Selick)
    PYAASA (1957, Guru Dutt)

    1. Never heard of Pyaasa. I’ll have to check it out. Yes, the Red Shoes is a favorite film of mine. Did you like Black Swan?
      Hmmm. My favorite 10 in order of preference:
      WEST SIDE STORY
      THE WIZARD OF OZ
      CABARET
      THE SOUND OF MUSIC
      JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR
      LES MISERABLES
      MY FAIR LADY
      SWEET CHARITY
      CHICAGO
      SWEENEY TODD

      1. JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR is #11! That’s such a terrific adaptation of the stage hit. I love SWEET CHARITY! Fosse was a genius. I have issues with MY FAIR LADY (but more about that later …). Hmmm … get your fight gloves ready because I hated hated hated CHICAGO. 🙂

        1. Oh, good. That’s not the first time I’ve heard that statement. I don’t know the back story, but I think it has something to do with Rob Marshall and Bob Fosse. I was dazzled. But save this for the 13th. Oh, I forgot Phantom of the Opera. It’s gotta squeeze in there at number 10.5 😉

          1. Cindy, I hated Phantom of the Opera too. Joel Schumacher destroyed a fantastic stage musical! Chicago and Opera are fabulous shows that became bad movie musicals. Just my opinion. The movie version of Man of La Mancha was another huge disappointment. I’m less sanguinary about Annie (1982) and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982) because those are flawed stage shows. Looking forward to reading all sorts of diverse opinions. 🙂

  2. The 1940’s and 50’s as I remember were the time of big bands and musical movie extravagance. The group above were a departure from that in my opinion, but equally entertaining.

        1. I think you are right there. Both choices are excellent ones. In my top 10 list above, I put down The Wizard of Oz. That’s a film musical not a stage to film adaptation. Let’s just qualify them and talk away, okay?

      1. You can say the same thing about Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. A Hollywood original that was turned into a stage musical. It is usually the other way around, right?

  3. I don’t think I have seen a single musical. I guess I can’t really say if they are my thing or not, but a lot of singing and dancing doesn’t really tickle my interest

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