We are watching a movie musical marathon this Christmas break.
The oldest son, Ben, is a drama and music geek. His dream is to sing the Phantom in Phantom of the Opera. He’s in two plays in Jan and Feb, and his drama teacher has asked him to watch other noted musical theatre pieces to study different character types and musical styles. (You can’t perform everything in gothic Phantom fashion!)
So, on our list:
- Hello, Dolly. We watched the Barbra Streisand/Walther Matthau version which was wonderful.
- Fiddler on the Roof. We saw the Norman Jewison-directed version starring Topol, also a great show.
- Chicago. Ben watched this last night, said it was depressing.
- Hairspray. Ben enjoyed this, especially got a kick out of John Travolta in drag.
- Rent. Ben enjoyed the music but was missing the cultural context to really follow the plot.
- Guys and Dolls. Up next!
- Singing in the Rain
- Music Man
- My Fair Lady
- Grease. I saw this when it first came out, but his generation has not.
I’ve been watching the shows I haven’t seen before with him. It’s been fascinating to range through fifty years worth of filmmaking, as well as the longer historical view of some of the productions.
As I posted previously, we did all go see Spamalot in its off-Broadway tour this fall and thoroughly enjoyed it.
Jersey Boys is playing at the Paramount this winter break, although it’s never been on my list of must-see musicals. I’m not sure I want to spend $80 a ticket on a show that I’m not that interested in.
We are going to see a live production of Phantom of the Opera in Vegas in February – that’s his graduation present, 2nd row seats and a backstage pass.
It’s been fun – we’re getting a lot of entertainment out of encouraging his interests!