Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Why Isn't Life a Musical?

I LOVE MUSICALS. I admit it freely. Ask me which one is my favorite and it might change depending on my mood. Musicals all mean something to me, mostly because I grew up with them. When I watch a musical, I think of my mom and I love that we share the same joy for this genre of movie. For you non-musical fans, they hold little to no interest to you and may even annoy you, but there is something about them that grabs my attention. They're very comforting to me. Some musicals, like some intense movies, can only be watched once in a while or once ever, period. If we could sing what we mean, wouldn't we be able to get our points across and arguements would be solved by using this method. I bet if I told you I hated you but was singing it, you wouldn't believe me and maybe I wouldn't really believe me either, and we would actually form a friendship. It's funny how that happens in musicals. The people that should be loathes, seem to be the people that the main character forms a friendship with. Seriously! Think about The Music Man, Singin' In The Rain, My Fair Lady, Oklahoma, and Chicago. Those are just a few, but that's what I'm talking about.

Currently, I can't stop watching Bride and Prejudice. I am addicted to the music, the fact that it's set in India and directed by an English Indian woman and based on Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. I LOVE IT.

Newsies has been a long time favorite of mine and this is the reason I knew who Christian Bale was. For those of you who are fans of his now, Newsies was here before he was big and I liked him first, so there. But it's still a good musical and based on a true story, I might add. The reason I love it so much is because the principal behind it is awesome. The working class challenges "The Man" and they get all the other working class people to challenge him as well. They win. There's one part, one line, of the entire movie that always gives me chills, no matter what. "When you got a 1000 voices singin'..." Something about that is powerful to me. I can't explain it, but it just grabs me and makes me smile.

I'm sorry, but this is just pure fun. It's a classic scene from a classic musical and you can't go wrong with it. Plus (even though this clip doesn't show him), I loveDonald O'Connar. If it weren't for him, I don't think this movie would be any good. I'm sure that I've seen him in other movies, but I can't remember their names. Regardless, he was a great comedian for his time.

If you didn't get to see this on the big screen, you missed out big time. "Cell Block Tango" is my favorite number in Chicago. The imagery of the crimes these women commit, is beautiful and very passionate. They all feel completely justified in their actions and it's really difficult not to feel the same way they do.

I could go on for quite awhile with this musical theme, but I will stop with those three. It's just that musicals can speak on higher level if you let them. Maybe not all of them, but some of them do. Something about music delivers a line like nothing else. Well, you be the judge. I suppose dancing and singing your emotions aren't for everybody, but it's a good time for me. These clips are just a few of the reasons why. If I haven't converted some of you, then this is only the first installment. I guess you'll have to leave a comment to convince me to only post once about musicals. ;0


Dawn said...

I love love love musicals why didn't I know this about you before you left town, we could have made a night of it...musical mondays or tuesdays or everydays?

Amelia said...

Hi Beth! I don't know if you'll read this cause i think this post was from a while back, but i was just re-reading in my spare time and JUST noticed you mentioned NEWSIES! i TOTALLY remember that musical. my sister sarah was so in love with that movie that my dad actually went out before xmas that year and paid lots of $$ to get her a copy of the video before it officially came out. I remember watching it over and over...shhh, don't tell anyone. i'm sure i could still sing along with the songs.

Tim said...

Beth, your blog is GREAT, with a capital "G," and that rhymes with "P," and that stands for POOL! I had, have, and will forever cling to my crush on Shirley Jones as Marianne the librarian.

Have I said too much?