Sunday, September 27, 2009

Remember my name

Ever since movie makers announced they were re-making FAME I have been looking forward to this weekend. Luckily the bad reviews convinced me to go in with low expectations. If you prefer good acting and a compelling plot, I’d recommend you skip this particular movie. But the performances sprinkled throughout were still fun.

It’s movies like this—and TV shows like So You Think You Can Dance, and of course, GLEE—that send me into daydream heaven. Despite my bad knees and 30-year-old body that hasn’t done a double pirouette or split leap since high school, I still aspire to be a performer.

Nothing puts a bigger smile on my face than a flashy song and dance routine. Put me in the audience of any Broadway show and I’ve got happy tears in my eyes the moment the curtain goes up.

Why can’t life be more like a musical? We all randomly break out into song and a perfectly choreographed dance routine at random times—at the grocery store, during meetings at work, going to check the mail. I’d like to think heaven will be one eternal Tony Award-winning musical. But for today, I guess singing at my church and dancing at weddings (and occasionally in my living room) will have to suffice.

So, what’s your favorite Broadway or movie musical? I know. There are too many to choose from. I’ll have to think about it and get back to you with my pick later.


  1. WICKED is my favorite musical. Seen it twice and would go again tomorrow. Lion King was great as far as costumes go. Mary Poppins was better than I was expecting. I could go on and on! :) Les Mis was the first professional Broadway show I saw and have seen too many high school productions over the years to count.

    I agree about GLEE. Wednesdays are now my favorite day of the week! (I just rented 'Once Upon a Mattress' with Matthew Morrison.)

    As far as movie musicals go...I'll pretty much watch any and all that come out. That includes 'From Justin to Kelly'.

  2. I agree with Shree on this one - I went to Wicked in New York last summer and thought it was AWESOME - although I have also seen Lion King and again agree with her about the costume part. As far as movie musicals....GREASE! - - Love it...grew up watching it and my daughters will too!

  3. Oops...sorry typing too fast Sheree' I totally spelt your name wrong!

  4. Wicked gets my vote too. Also, I still remember and love my first big musical theater show ever...Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (with Donny Osmond)--the music is so fun and entertaining.

  5. I was going to try to be more original, but will have to agree with all of you on Wicked--it's the very best. As for favorite movie musical though: Newsies! Christian Bale will always be a newsie to me!