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musicals have seemed to be revived in the last five years:

As a way to satrize popular culture
(South Park BLU , Simpsons, even Bamboozled )
a framing device ( Magnolia ,Oh Brother Where Art Thou)
a peice of genre work
( Dancer in the Dark, Everybody says i love you )
or as Spectacle ( Moulin Rouge, Loves Labour Lost)

musicals have seemed to be revived in the last five years
As well it seems like they deal with complex and serious issues. Now there have always been a few serious musicals but most of them seemed to be Vanity Projects or fluff. Why have so many maverick directors chosen now to revive this ? Is this random ?

Now i know the inclusion of Oh Brother,Magnolia and Bamboozled may be contrversial. But the vital nature of music in their structure makes them imho fit defacto into these charchteristics

anthony, Thursday, 30 August 2001 00:00 (13 years ago) Permalink

I know i forgot some and the question is awkardly phrased and misspelled. Please do not bog it down in pendatry.

anthony, Thursday, 30 August 2001 00:00 (13 years ago) Permalink

WHy are musicals coming back? Because current filmakers like musicals. Late seventies and eighties rewrote the book on spectacle when it came to movies. Previously the big films were aimed at a predominantly female audience and were developed out of the prevailing theatrical artform of the early twentieth century vaudville, via follies into the big stage musicals. Then the three shots of pop music, lighter cameras and increased ability of special effects made musicals irrelevant and out of date.

Pop music started moving faster. Trends changed quicker. A big screen muscial would take at least two years to make. First thing doing will be to write the script and the music. However pop trends moved so fast that said music would be out of fashion - and if it was any good said writer would release it as a pop tune first (main reason Burt Baccarach never really got into musicals).

Lighter cameras meant more location shooting. More location shooting meant added realism, people found the idea of shooting on set starting to look silly. Therefore incoming directors of the seventies were all about realism, and realism has no room for song breaks.

Special effects ties in with realism, but also into the production of the new kind of event film from Jaws onwards. Suddenly certain tyeps of films (science fiction, horror) became more realistic, they became more respected and they garnered huge audiences in adolescent males. Suddenly Hollywoods focus changed to this audience who was a lot more precictable. And who hated musicals.

I'll return with why I think musicals are slowly coming back later....

Pete, Thursday, 30 August 2001 00:00 (13 years ago) Permalink

3 months pass...
new answers

anthony, Wednesday, 19 December 2001 01:00 (12 years ago) Permalink

Taliban! The surprise hit of the new season. "Don't cry for me, Mullah Omar/The truth is, I'm leaving now..."

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 19 December 2001 01:00 (12 years ago) Permalink

Or Bin Laden, Superstar while I'm thinking of it. John Ashcroft can play a corrupt government official. Hey, wait!

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 19 December 2001 01:00 (12 years ago) Permalink

Oh Ned stop it! After I read that the NY Post seriously had TALI- BLAM! and KaBUL-SYE! as headlines it's too much!!!

Sarah, Wednesday, 19 December 2001 01:00 (12 years ago) Permalink

Unless BIZARRE mag is lying to me of course.

Sarah, Wednesday, 19 December 2001 01:00 (12 years ago) Permalink

Probably not. That sounds like the Post.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 19 December 2001 01:00 (12 years ago) Permalink

6 years pass...

http://www.sandiegoreader.com/events/ongoing/2149/

"Luann: Scenes in a Teen's Life"
High-energy musical based on popular comic strip by Greg Evans, directed by Dana Case, March 7-16. 760-744-1150 x2453.
Through March 16

iiiijjjj, Sunday, 16 March 2008 18:16 (6 years ago) Permalink

9 months pass...

Has anyone in New York seen the Grey Gardens musical? I watched a piece about it on PBS and it seemed pretty intriguing, despite my reticence toward new musicals. Thoughts?

Your heartbeat soun like sasquatch feet (polyphonic), Wednesday, 31 December 2008 07:49 (5 years ago) Permalink

I can't imagine it as a musical. I have seen the Public Broadcasting production of it the film and the documentary of the film being made and don't recall any reference to a musical production in the works. No Offense, but the thought sort of horrifies me, really.

Wiggy Woo, Wednesday, 31 December 2008 07:58 (5 years ago) Permalink

It got an extremely good review in the NY Times, and Maysles was pretty enthusiastic about it. Ben Brantley concludes:

"Watching this performance is the best argument I can think of for the survival of the American musical." Pretty high praise from Brantley.

http://theater2.nytimes.com/2006/11/03/theater/reviews/03gard.html

Your heartbeat soun like sasquatch feet (polyphonic), Wednesday, 31 December 2008 08:16 (5 years ago) Permalink

I saw Grey Gardens. It was really good. Very funny. I think I even nominated one of the songs from it (Revolutionary Costume of the Day) for some of the year end polls. I highly recommend (and I went in very skeptical).

Mordy, Wednesday, 31 December 2008 08:19 (5 years ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

Just listened to this:

Weirdly, I like him better on his cast recording of Sunday in the Park with George, then on this album singing the same songs.

Mordy, Sunday, 22 March 2009 20:56 (5 years ago) Permalink

2 years pass...

this song has been fucking my shit up all week i don't mind admitting

Kony Montana: "Say hello to my invisible friend" (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 15 March 2012 11:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

8 months pass...

Of these ten overlooked films picked by Ehrenstein, I've seen #2 several times, but p sure no others.

http://www.fandor.com/blog/unsung-musicals

saltwater incursion (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 11 December 2012 17:48 (1 year ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

took daughter to see Singin' in the Rain at the Castro yesterday, was awesome (altho by the end she was complaining that it was too long)

If I was a carpenter, and you were a douchebag (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 27 December 2012 21:27 (1 year ago) Permalink

is Cosmo gay Y/N

If I was a carpenter, and you were a douchebag (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 27 December 2012 21:27 (1 year ago) Permalink

oh that would be wonderful to see it at the Castro!

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 27 December 2012 22:09 (1 year ago) Permalink

6 months pass...

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2180411/

Into the Woods (2014)

Anna Kendrick ... Cinderella (rumored)
Johnny Depp ... The Wolf
Chris Pine ... Rapunzel's Prince
Jake Gyllenhaal ... Cinderella's Prince
Emily Blunt ... The Baker's Wife
Meryl Streep ... The Witch
Christine Baranski ... Cinderella's Stepmother
James Corden ... The Baker
Daniel Huttlestone ... Jack
Tracey Ullman ... Jack's Mother

for real???

Mordy , Friday, 12 July 2013 22:16 (1 year ago) Permalink

4 months pass...

oklahoma is on great performances tnite! yay pbs - hugh jackman 1998 version

Mordy , Saturday, 16 November 2013 02:14 (11 months ago) Permalink

shut up! so watching this

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 16 November 2013 02:16 (11 months ago) Permalink

can anyone recommend john clum's "something for the boys"? watching "kansas city" performance makes me curious how he talks about oklahoma

Mordy , Saturday, 16 November 2013 02:28 (11 months ago) Permalink

10 months pass...

I quite liked the recent Live From the Lincoln Center performance of Sweeney Todd w/Emma Thompson and that Welsh opera dude. PBS has already taken it off their site, but it's up on YouTube.

you little affront to god (reddening), Monday, 13 October 2014 21:16 (1 week ago) Permalink

oo, that sounds good

Mordy, Monday, 13 October 2014 21:19 (1 week ago) Permalink


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