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  1. I saw Aladdin in Chicago and thought it was well staged.
  2. I liked when Irene Dunne sang to her daughter and other children in the hospital in I Remember Mama. She really had a beautiful voice. I don’t know who dubbed Deborah Kerr in An Affair to Remember. I think the song was called. How Do You Get To Tomorrowland. It was first sung by her character in a night club and then the children sang it to her after her accident. Jean Harlow singing Reckless in the film, Reckless.
  3. I am retired so I thought I could watch the movies, but I found that I couldn’t sit and watch all day. Most of the movies I’d seen several times so I didn’t watch them again.
  4. I have never seen the play version of this musical and this movie didn’t make me want to see it. I have heard Richard Kiley sing The Impossible Dream and he probably would have been amazing. This whole movie seem amateurish at the least. Peter O’Toole’s makeup may have worked well on the stage, but was badly done for movie makeup. I was just watching Mame thinking how miscast Lucille Ball was in that role. That was Angela’s Lansbury’s role. (Or if they made it in Rosalind Russell’s time. She was the ultimate Aunty Mame). Lucy couldn’t sing or dance. And the silkscreen they had over the lens made it uncomfortable to watch. I also feel that some musicals should never be movies...Chicago, A Chorus Line, Cats, Annie...I hope someone comes to. Their senses and doesn’t make Wicked into a movie. (Think-of how the messed up The Wiz casting Diana Ross. Another example of miscasting.)
  5. First...I have to say that Barbara does manage to belt out the song at the end. She can’t help it...she’s Barbra Streisand. I think the scene was meant to show her putting her thoughts into words. She was letting him know how people amazed her. Fanny wasn’t sure why this handsome, sophisticated guy was even interested in her. This song was sung after her success on stage. I think having Nick watching her in the scene is way of getting him to fall in love with her. As she shares her thoughts with him he becomes more attracted to her personality and her mind. This part of the movie felt if was lifted from a stage play. The staging didn’t seem to go with the rest of the movie. I don’t ever want to see a remake of this movie, but if it ever is restaged on Broadway, I vote for Lea Michelle to play the role. She has the acting skills, the voice and the look to play this role.
  6. I will just say that My Fair Lady reminded me of Gigi! The music was glorious and the costumes divine. You saw the growth of the main character through her interaction of the father figure. These were two of my favorite musicals. The directors, George Cukor and Vincent Minnelli, knew how to tell stories in the most lavish ways. The costumes, the lighting and the sets as well as the well chosen cast made theses movieswork from start to finish. George Cukor used his immense talents of paying attention to details in the film, The Women.
  7. I was able to see Richard Burton in the stage play, Camelot when it toured in Chicago. I always wondered why he wasn’t cast in the movie version. I read that he was asked, but declined. Then he regretted the decision. I also read different reasons why Julie Andrews wasn’t cast. One reason was that she didn’t want to work with Richard Harris who was very boorish while Filming Hawaii. I also read that Jack Warner said she was too wholesome. Do you think Camelot would have been as successful if cast with the original Broadway cast? Note 1: Julie Andrews was also passed over for My Fair Lady. Audrey Hepburn was excellent after Professor Higgins transformed her, but was not a convincing Cockney Eliza. Note 2: Here is some trivia that I found on IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0061439/trivia Note 3: Two clips of Burton/Andrews singing on the Ed Sullivan show. What Do the Simple Folk Do? Camelot: (No one sings this better than Richard Burton.) https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=xqWFbo_ZLUA and What Do the Simple Folks Do?
  8. Sorry! I saw All That Jazz and was disappointed. The other ones???
  9. The costume designer for Music Man, Dorothy Jeakins did as much to make the movie great as the rest of the crearive team. What would The Ascot Opening Day be without the beautiful gowns and hats created by Cecil Beaton? Who are some of your favorite costume designers of the 50s and 60s musicals?
  10. Here’s an article written after he died. https://www.nytimes.com/1987/03/23/obituaries/robert-preston-actor-is-dead-at-68.html I forgot was in the TV show The Chisolms. I was sad when they cancelled it after a short run.
  11. I love Shirley Jones as well.she was great in Carousel and Oklahoma. Her voice was so beautiful. She seemed equally comfortable in dram (Elmer Gantry) and comedy (Courtship of Eddie’s Father) Then she was one of the best TV moms in the Partridge Family. Dr. Ament was so fortunate to work with her.
  12. I loved most of the earlier Disney musicals Snow White, Pinocchio, Sleeping Beauty...and the later ones Beauty and The Beast and The Lion King. It’s amazing what great stage plays those two films made.
  13. I loved him in Union Pacific and How The West Was Won. Enjoy!
  14. As you look back to the masculine performances in musicals of past decades, what changes in male representation, and performance would you say are most noticeable? In earlier musicals the men were the center of the films. They were looking for love and found willing partners in talented women. Even Judy Garland who was just as talented as Gene and Fred was looking for love and the men overshadowed her. Like in A Star Was Born. Judy’s character was thecreal star, but she was going to give up everything for Norman. In the fifties the women were the center of the musical. Doris Day was the focus of Calamity Jane and Love Me or Leave Me. The 60s brought forward super stars like Barbara Streisand and Julie Andrews and the men were now in the secondary roles What other specific qualities do you notice about Robert Preston in either or both of these clips? Robert Preston used his whole body to express the lyrics he was singing. Sometimes it was a facial expression or a quick flip of a hand or a slight wiggle of his hips. I always thought that he played The Music Man in an effemonate manner. It was a little over the top at times. I felt if he was playing to a live audience. He also had sweet and quiet moments, especially his scenes with little Ronnie Howard. Rappers should take note of how he handles “Trouble.” In Victor/Victoria, he still plays Toddy in the same over the top style as in The Music Man. Yet he has more opportinity to emote especially in his scenes with Julie Andrews. You really feel that the characters were the best of friends. One of my favorite scenes is his first encounter with Norma. Their dialog is so precise and funny. Because Robert Preston plays his character so well, it is easy to see why she is attracted to him before and after hecreveals that he is gay. I can watch both of those movies over and over and enjoy the music and performances if I was watching them for the first time. Have you seen any Robert Preston films that are not musicals? If so, what do you notice about his characters and his approach to acting, now that you are more aware of his dedication to working his craft outside of his stage or film work? i saw him in a couple of westerns after I saw The Music Man. He played a kind of a blustery guy in How the West Won. He tried to demand that Debbie Reynolds choose him over Gregory Peck. He had a wide range of talents. I had a hard time to believe he was the same person. Robert Preston had a wonderful voice. Some times when he spoke, you felt if he was singing.
  15. I tied Liz and Mike because although Jimmy and Ruth are better actors, I just love Frank and Celeste. Never felt Celeste Holms got her due. And you’re right about the music. I withstood the dialog just to get to each song. What a Swell party.

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