beaglemusic

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  1. I adore Doris Day, but I also loved Betty Hutton’s performance (and she’s originally from Battle Creek, about 12 miles from where I grew up. I don’t have much to add to the other comments, other than to say Miss Day’s best acting was in Love me or Leave Me, by far. And I’m not crazy about the film Calamity Jane, itself, but I LOVE her in the movie, and Secret Love is probably my favorite song among many favorites that she has sung. Another movie I really like is Young at Heart (1954), which I wish would be on television more often. I ended having to hunt down a copy of the movie, so I have it to watch whenever I want. The movie is based on an earlier film called Four Daughters, and the ending has been changed from the original. But it’s still a guilty pleasure of mine, mainly because of the combined singing talents of Miss Day and Frank Sinatra. By the way, I’ve looked and looked, and the duet they perform at the end (You, My Love) is nowhere to be found, except for on YouTube. Here it is:
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    Showboat

    Though I agree with you that the original version is, overall, the better version, I’m a little biased when it comes to William Warfield. I met him in the 1980s; I was working at a fine arts camp and he performed there (I played in the orchestra!). I had a wonderful and memorable 20-minute conversation with him...mostly about possibly doing a voice masters at the University of Illinois, where he taught at the time. By this time, he was in his early 60s, and he still had that voice...and of course, he sang “Old Man River.” Another friend of mine knew him, as well, and concurs with me about what a lovely man he was. I was saddened when I learned about his death. So I’m a little partial about his performance. It’s my favorite scene in the movie.
  3. Both are wonderful dancers, but their styles are quite different. My favorite is Powell, because as someone else said here, she’s the more complete package. You can see her ballet background, for example, with the kicks. And she’s athletic yet not without grace. Keeler is a stronger tapper in some ways, but it’s more vaudeville and less grace and athleticism, if that makes sense.
  4. It’s difficult to say, as there are many that I find myself watching when I see that they’re on the television—and let’s not get started with my DVD collection, shall we? Hahaha! Some of the main ones I rarely miss are Yankee Doodle Dandy (I consider it a musical!), Lili (another one I consider a musical—my mom got me on this one), Singin’ in the Rain, Guys and Dolls (despite Marlon Brando’s, uh, singing), Showboat, King and I, My Fair Lady, Sound of Music, Kismet, any of the early Busby Berkeley movies or anything with Fred Astaire or Gene Kelly..those are the ones that come to my mind, now. As soon as I save this, I’ll remember more.
  5. My mother was a huge movie fan, and we watched many older movies together, starting with the old “Bill Kennedy at the Movies” on channel 50 Detroit back in the 60s and 70s. In the summer, she would even get me up in the middle of the night if she saw a movie she felt I needed to see, like the Margaret O’Brien version of Secret Garden or Katharine Hepburn or Bette Davis in just about anything. My mother has been gone now for 16 years, and I feel closer to her as I watch the movies on TCM—the only reason I have more than broadcast TV. I’m particularly fond of musicals, as a musician (singer and violinist) who has been involved in many theatre productions over the years—including at least 10 times playing Fiddler in Fiddler on the Roof.
  6. What a great question! First, I must qualify myself: I’m a long-time movie fan. But I’m also a musician who has performed in over 200 stage productions in one capacity or another. Here we go. Least favorite musical? Easy. Bye Bye Birdie. The stage version is marginally better, but having music directed it once (as a favor to a friend), I just really don’t like the show. And I’m sorry...Ann Margaret, whom I really do like, is just too old to play Kim. A complicated musical for me is Carousel. I think it’s some of the best music (if not THE best) in the R&H canon, but the show...I just really don’t like the show. And the movie version is much worse than the stage version, but it’s the book of the show I really don’t like. I know, I know...it’s a product of its time. Least favorite songs for me...agree about “Say a Prayer for me Tonight” (which I think was originally written for My Fair Lady, wasn’t it? I can’t remember.), but I put two others in a tie for this one—“My White Knight” (okay, only snippets are in the movie version of Music Man, but I don’t like the song that replaces it, either! Haha!) and “Something Good” from Sound of Music. Looking forward to this class!

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