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Everything posted by ThinMan15

  1. I'm not watching the film, though I have listened to the original cast album and if it's any indication, The Wiz on stage should be pretty darn good.
  2. Apparently her personality was enough and the fact she was in a musical brought in the crowds. I haven't read too many reviews, but it seemed like the critics thought she was pretty fascinating. I think Hepburn had a first version of the album pulled because she wasn't happy with it. I don't know if the CD is the first version or a second, though, but listen to it if you can.
  3. Kate's voice is quite wobbly and harsh on the original cast recording of Coco. She once said that her "singing" sounded like Donald Duck.
  4. I've never been a fan of Lauren's singing either, but out of morbid curiousity listenened to the cast album from the Broadway musical Applause, which was based on All About Eve. Not an improvement for Eve or Bacall. Other B'way musicals with Hollywood stars would be Coco with Katharine Hepburn, the revue Two's Company with Bette Davis, Wonderful Town with Rosalind Russell, and of course The Music Man and My Fair Lady, with Robert Preston and Rex Harrison respectively. Kate's and Bette's have their strangest musical moments when they sing (or do they?)
  5. How could I have forgotten Busby Berkeley?!?! he had some of the most surreal, imaginative and tasteless musical numbers in movie history. A few examples: "Shadow Waltz", Gold Diggers of 1933-with those swirling dresses and glowing violins. "Remember My Forgotten Man," sung by Joan Blondell in Gold Diggers of 1933 "Hoe Down" in a Mickey and Judy musical. Several tasteless blackface numbers in various Mickey and Judy musicals, most notably in Babes on Broadway. And in the spirit of Berkeley, there's the title number in Flying Down to Rio, with chorus girls doing various arm-and-
  6. Fred's partner in that kitschy number is Lucille Bremer, who he also partnered in "This Heart of Mine" in the same film. She also played Judy Garland's older sister in Meet Me in St. Louis, and danced with Fred again in Yolanda and the Thief (in which there are many more strange musical moments.) My personal favorite from the Follies is the opera excerpt with those hideous costumes. It's so bad it's funny. Practically every Esther Williams water ballet qualifies, but the one on water skis has to be the last word on overdone spectacle outside of DeMille. I might also add the "tribut
  7. OK, you can post strange musical moments from anytime after 1960. I did that originally since there are so many "worst musicals" from the decades following which have already been discussed. 1928 was because sound pictures were beginning to pick up speed and "musicals" were quite popular for a short period but had burned out by the time 42nd Street was released (a hit.) Most early musicals were mediocre (at best!) with creaky plots, or even no plot at all (think of the Hollywood Revue of 1929, with no plot and the original Broadway Melody, both by MGM.) There are some exceptions, The Love Par
  8. Strange indeed! By the way, here are a few others: In the Barkleys of Broadway (with Fred & Ginger), there is a number (presumably in a theater) called "Shoes with Wings On." In the beginning, we hear Astaire's disembodied voice singing (live theaters weren't wired for sound in those days). When he begins to dance, the shoes on a shelf hop down and dance with him. Love the number, but it could only happen in the movies! I might also add "The Girl Hunt Ballet" from "the Band Wagon" (also with Astaire) as improbable since it also involves narration by Fred over the dancing. It's als
  9. This category is for unusual, funny, or just plain weird music or performances of it. It doesn't have to be in a musical. It would be helpful if you put down who sang it and what movie it is from (if you know). A few I thought fit this description: Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn singing "I Can't Give You Anything but Love, Baby" to Baby (the leopard) in Bringing Up Baby "How Could You Believe Me When I Said I Loved You When You Know I've Been a Liar All My Life?" Song title in Royal Wedding, sung by Fred Astaire and Jane Powell. "How Long Will It Last?" sung in three languages
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