Monday, December 11

My Favorite Top 10 Broadway Musicals

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1. My Fair Lady (1964)

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A misogynistic and snobbish phonetics professor agrees to a wager that he can take a flower girl and make her presentable in high society. And he falls in love with girl at the end….

Director: George Cukor

Writers: 

 Alan Jay Lerner (book),George Bernard Shaw 

Stars:

Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison and  Stanley Holloway

2. The Sound of Music (1965)

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One of the most beloved movie musicals of all-time.This story of Maria and the Von Trapp Family, written by Rodgers and Hammerstein, is a classic.  Originally a musical, its musical recording and movie became just as beloved.  THE SOUND OF MUSIC won the Academy Awards for Best Picture of 1965 and Best Director (Robert Wise).

Writers: Rogers and Hammerstein

Stars: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer 

3.King and I, The (1956)

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The King and I (1956) is the popular and elaborate musical and story of the tutoring of the stubborn, King of Siam’s wives and children by widowed English school teacher Anna Leonowens in 1862. It was based on Margaret Landon’s 1944 novel Anna and the King of Siam that was based on Anna’s own autobiographical story – considered historically questionable by some sources.

Writers: Rogers and Hammerstein

4.Gone with the Wind (1939)

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Gone with the Wind’s world premiere took place in Atlanta on December 15,1939American classic in which a manipulative woman and a roguish man carry on a turbulent love affair in the American south during the Civil War and Reconstruction.

Director: 

Victor Fleming

Writers: 

 Margaret Mitchell (novel),Sidney Howard (screenplay)

Stars:

 Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh and Thomas Mitchell 

5.The Wizard of Oz (1939)

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It’s a story for children specially. About Dorothy Gale who is swept away to a magical land in a tornado and embarks on a quest to see the Wizard who can help her return home. A long with her friends (The lion Who is not brave, The Tin Man who hasn’t a hart, And the Scare Crow who does not have a brain).

Director: 

 Victor Fleming

Writers: 

Noel Langley (screenplay), Florence Ryerson (screenplay)

Stars:

 Judy Garland, Frank Morgan  and Ray Bolger 

6. Mary Poppins (1964)

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I loved this one when I was a child.This is also a magical story for children. Julie Andrews stars as the new nanny for Jane and Michael Banks and who uses magic to charm the previously troublesome children. Dick van Dyke plays Mary’s friend Bert. The best-known songs are “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” and “A Spoonful of Sugar”

Director:

 Robert Stevenson

Writers:

Bill Walsh (screenplay) &
Don Dagradi (screenplay)

Release Date:

29 August 1964 (USA) 

Stars: Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke

7. Oliver! (1968)

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Oliver Twist is the second novel by English author Charles Dickens

Always I  liked the story about Oliver Twist. It’s the Musical adaptation about an orphan who runs away from an orphanage and hooks up with a group of boys trained to be pickpockets by an elderly mentor.

Director: 

Carol Reed

Writers: 

Charles Dickens (freely adapted from “Oliver Twist”)

Stars:

 Mark Lester,Ron Moody and Shani Wallis

8.Moulin Rouge (2001)

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Genres:

Musical,Drama,Romance

Released:

May 18, 2001

Director:

Baz Luhrmann

Distributor:

20th Century Fox

Starring:

Nicole Kidman,Ewan Mcgregor,Jhon Leguizamo

Synopsis: The third film from pop-music-obsessed director Baz Luhrmann  tweaks the conventions of the musical genre by mixing a period romance with anachronistic dialogue and songs in the style of his previous Romeo+Juliet (1996). Ewan Mcgregor stars as Christian, who leaves behind his bourgeois father during the French belle époque of the late 1890s to seek his fortunes in the bohemian underworld of Montmartre, Paris. Christian meets the absinthe- and alcohol-addicted artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.

9. Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

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 Singin’ in the Rain is a 1952 American comedy musical film……

Jean Hagen was nominated for the 1952 “Best Supporting Actress” Academy Award for “Singin’ in the Rain

A silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound.

Directors: 

Stanley Donen,Gene Kelly

Writers: 

Adolph Green, (story),Betty Comden (story)

Stars:

Gene Kelly,Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds 

Release Date:

11 April 1952 (USA)

10.West Side Story

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 Genres:

Musical,Drama

Released:

October 18, 1961

Directors:

Jerome Robbins,Robert Wise

Distributor:

United Artists Films

Starring:

Natalie Wood,Richard Beymer,Russ Tamblyn

West Side Story is a 1961 American musical film.

West Side Storyopened at the Winter Garden Theatre on September 26, 1957 and ran for 732 performances before going on tour.

Synopsis: Romeo and Juliet is updated to the tenements of New York City in this Oscar-winning musical landmark. Adapted by Ernest Lehman from the Broadway production, the movie opens with an overhead shot of Manhattan, an effect that director Robert Wise would repeat over the Alps in The sound of music four years later. We are introduced to two rival street gangs: the Jets, second-generation American teens, and the Sharks, Puerto Rican immigrants. When the war between the Jets and Sharks reaches a fever pitch.

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