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Episode 4 of the Take Me to the World Musical Theatre Podcast is all about movie musicals. I get into some of the different types of movie musicals, what makes a good movie musical, and a few of my favourite and not so favourite movie musicals.
Just a quick note, I know I talked about the movie adaption of Rent and the Rent: Filmed Live on Broadway version, but not the recent TV version done of Rent. This is because I recorded this episode before that TV version aired. I actually haven’t watched any of the recent Live TV versions of musicals that have come out, aside from the Jesus Christ Superstar one last year. I’d like to watch a few of these first before I talk about them on this podcast. That’s why these “movie musicals” aren’t talked about on this episode.
Please note there are a lot of movie musicals out there, and I barely mentioned a handful.
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Resources – Music
It’s Broadway, Bitch – Spotify Playlist. This has over 1900 songs from different musicals I’ve either seen or have listened to obsessively. Most of the playlist is from stage musicals, but I have a few movie musicals and musical TV shows as well. As I see more musicals and listen to more cast albums I’ll add them to this playlist. The albums are in random order. Some songs contain strong language and subject matter, so listener discretion is advised.
Since this is the movie musical episode I’ve listed movie cast recordings and Broadway/London casts when possible.
Jesus Christ Superstar (1970 Cast). There have been a lot of different productions of this show, but this cast recording is my personal favourite.
Resources – Video
Bye Bye Birdie (1963). This is an old school movie musical. It’s a pretty fluffy/silly show.
Company (2008). This was filmed live. All the performers on the stage play an instrument and act as the band.
Chicago (2003). This is a great movie adaption of this musical. It won a few Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress (for Catherine Zeta-Jones), Best Costumes, Best Film Editing, Best Sound, and Best Art Direction.
Jesus Christ Superstar (1973). While I didn’t mention it in the episode there is a movie adaptation of Jesus Christ Superstar. Ted Neely, who originated the role of Jesus on Broadway and in this movie adaption. He actually performed this role in several touring productions as well.
Into the Woods (2014). This is the recent Disney adaption of this Stephen Sondheim classic.
Into the Woods (1991). This is the filmed stage version of Into The Woods, starring the Original Broadway Cast including Joanna Gleeson who won a Tony Award for her performance in the original run as the Baker’s Wife.
Les Misérables (2012). This is the recent movie adaption with Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, and Anne Hathaway (who won an Oscar for her performance).
Mamma Mia (2008). While Pierce Brosnan can’t sing, the rest of the cast does fairly well, and the movie is fun. It’s great to watch once, but I wouldn’t say this movie is a repeat viewing for me. I’ve yet to see the sequel though.
The Music Man (1962). This is a classic movie musical on the 1957 Broadway musical of the same name. The movie version stars Robert Preston and Shirley Jones (a.k.a the mom from the 70’s musical tv show The Partridge Family). The song “Ya Got Trouble” is one of the best patter songs in musical theatre, and a lot of fun.
The Phantom of the Opera (2004). This is a movie adaption with Emmy Rossum as Christine Dae, and Gerard Butler as the Phantom. As mentioned in the episode Lindsay Ellis did a great video essay critiquing this movie adaptation.
Rent (2005 Movie). This is an adaption of the musical featuring a lot of the original Broadway cast.
Rent: Live on Broadway. This was done in 2008 with the final Broadway cast. This live version is filmed like the musical.
Sunday in the Park with George (1986). This is a filmed live version with the Original Broadway Cast including Bernadette Peters as Dot/Marie and Mandy Patinkin as George Seurat/George.
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007). This is the Tim Burton movie adaption starring Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, and the late great Alan Rickman as the horrid Judge Turpin. I love this movie adaption. Don’t @ me.
And if you have Netflix there are several movies streaming on their service. The availability will change depending on where you are streaming from.
Resources – Websites and Apps
Reddit Musical Thread.This is a great place to go if you want to talk about musicals, or get recommendations on shows to check out.
Broadway Musical Home. This is an amazing website for any musical lover. They have an alphabetical list of over 300 musicals, and you can look up musicals by different categories like “based on a book” and “based on real life.” For anyone or any theatre company looking to put on a musicals you can check out the Rights page, where you can find where to get the rights to put on a variety of musicals.
Playbill has listing for shows (musicals and plays) in New York, London and National Tours.
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What’s your favourite movie musical? Leave a comment and let me know.