Posts tagged “musical

Into the Woods review

In a desperate attempt to break the curse that prevents them from conceiving a child, a baker and his wife enter the woods in search of four magical ingredients. If they find all of the ingredients in time then the witch, who cast the spell, will remove it.

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Rock of Ages Movie Review

A movie based on a Broadway musical based on hit songs from the 80s, there’s an Inception joke in there somewhere I know it.

Rock of Ages delivers exactly what it promises; it’s a fun, feel good movie that, unless you harbour a deep hatred for musicals or 80s music, will leave you with a smile on your face.  The film follows a small town girl named Sherrie (Julianne Hough) and a city boy called Drew (Diego Boneta), yeah I know songception, as they try to make it as performers in Los Angeles, but end up working in a club called The Bourbon Room.

Though Sherrie and Drew meeting and falling in love was a big part of the story, it was clear that they weren’t the only two characters worth paying attention too.  Tom Cruise stole a lot of the attention with his portrayal of rock star Stacee Jaxx.  He did a really great job and deserves praise for his performance, which was unexpectedly brilliant.  Jaxx is a drunken musician who’s difficult to work with and causes girls to faint upon seeing him; he also has a monkey sidekick which adds to the cool factor.  In both acting and singing Cruise did a really good job with the character.

The plot of the movie is noticeably different from the stage show.  This could cause fans of the stage version to feel disappointed with the film, but hopefully they will still be able to enjoy the ride.  Changes seemed to be made to give the film a happier ending than the show, which was probably for the bested.  Movies like this tend to work better when they leave the audience smiling, not to say that the Broadway show wouldn’t have that effect it’s just not as obvious a happy ending as the one in the film.

If you’re a fan of 80s music then you’ll have a hard time not singing along, but try to save that for the DVD release if you don’t want to get kicked out of the cinema.  Even if you don’t know anything about the 80s you’ll probably leave the cinema smiling anyway, especially after seeing Alec Baldwin and Russell Brand who have great chemistry and were one of the highlights of the movie.  All things considered, Rock of Ages is fun and light.  A great piece of escapism that will leave you wishing your life was a musical.

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Back to the Future: The Musical

Have you ever just watched Back to the Future and thought ‘this would be perfect for a Broadway musical’?  No, me either, but someone did because that’s what’s happening.

Though nothing is set in stone, writer and director Robert Zemeckis is in talks to transform the hit film into a singing dancing extravaganza.  Co-writer Bob Gale and the film’s composer Alan Silvestri are also involved in the project.  At least it’s in the hands of people that genuinely care about the story and the characters and, with the composer from the films involved, it’s likely that the musical will have a sound that is reminiscent of the movies, which is cool.

Nothing truly official has been announced, no actors have been attached to the project and no schedules have been released so it could be a while before we see people seeing Grease Lightning about the Delorean.  Still, I have a good feeling about the shows chances.  The films are so popular that I’m almost positive the musical will get made, I’m even fairly confident that it will be a success, though I’m not entirely convinced that there is an obvious link between diehard Back to the Future fans and Broadway musical fans.

If nothing else, it’ll be interesting to see how the film translates to a stage show and what parts warrant songs.  Though I’m not a big musical fan, I think I’d give this a shot, after all it is Back to the Future we’re talking about.

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Grey’s Anatomy Musical Episode

A while ago I read an interview with Sara Ramírez, in the interview she mentioned that the writers wanted to do a musical episode of Grey’s Anatomy, mainly because Remírez has such a powerful singing voice.  Since then rumours have popped up about a possible music episode, but nothing came of it.  Until now that is.

It has been confirmed that a musical episode, of the awarding winning series, is in production and actors have already begun recording their songs, let’s just hope they don’t realise an album.  I may live to regret that last part, as apparently a few of the other cast members can hold a tune.

Grey’s Anatomy is known for, among other things, the music that is featured on the show and it will be some of those songs that will be used during the musical.  This will include songs by The Fray and Snow Patrol.  Even though the cast will be singing, fans have been reassured that characters will not be dancing down the hall.  It will still be Grey’s Anatomy; it’ll just cut out some of the depressing talking and add in some depressing songs.

The episode will be told from Callie’s, Sara Ramírez, point of view and will see the return of Addison, Kate Walsh.  The reason for Walsh’s return has been revealed, but out of respect for non-American readers I must warn that the next line will contain spoilers.

Addison will be returning to help Callie with her pregnancy and the baby could be Mark’s.

What do you think about Grey’s Anatomy doing a musical episode?  Let me know by voting and commenting below.