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West Side Story is the only Broadway musical I enjoy. Why is that?

The only Broadway musical I can actually, whole-heartedly enjoy is West Side Story. Am I the only one of my breed on this? Why might this be? [more inside]
posted by JimInLoganSquare on Jul 19, 2014 - 39 answers

Sweet and funny movies for my sweet and funny boyfriend.

I need recommendations for movies or shows to watch with my boyfriend, specifically lighthearted goofy comedies and musicals. [more inside]
posted by quincunx on Jun 19, 2014 - 54 answers

All the world's a stage...pictures or it didn't happen

Is there some sort of online repository where I can find photographs of the sets of Broadway productions? [more inside]
posted by BrianJ on Nov 14, 2013 - 10 answers

Name this Soviet-era musical film

It featured a jolly musical number on the difficulty of obtaining all the signatures one needs on one's paperwork. [more inside]
posted by scrambles on Aug 20, 2013 - 1 answer

Help me find the best love quotes from Broadway musicals

My partner is a huge, huge theater buff, particularly musicals, and he is going away to work for the next three months directing shows at a performing arts camp. Last summer, before he left, he hid little love notes for me to discover in the apartment, and it was just the sweetest gesture ever. I want to return the favor to him this year, and sneak my own notes into his luggage before he leaves and in his cabin when I visit. I decided that it would be perfect to use romantic quotes from show tunes - but I really don't know anything about theater other than what I've picked up from osmosis. I could google for Broadway quotes, but they wouldn't have any significance to me. So I'm hoping that if I give some ideas of what he likes and dislikes, the hivemind could make some thoughtful suggestions. [more inside]
posted by Neely O'Hara on May 29, 2013 - 33 answers

Single Seats Book of Mormon

Has anyone been to Chicago's Bank of America Theatre? Should I get these tickets for the Book of Mormon? They're all the way in Balcony Right and we wouldn't even be seated next to each other... [more inside]
posted by bluelight on Nov 8, 2012 - 12 answers

Where to find a good online vendor for hard-to-find DVDs?

Any recommendations for an online vendor for out-of-print/never-released films on DVD, specifically classic musicals. I'm looking for copies of The Big Broadcast, The Big Broadcast of 1936 and The Big Broadcast of 1937. I've seen a few vendors online, but have no idea of their reliability or the quality of their product.
posted by the sobsister on Oct 20, 2012 - 1 answer

Opera for Dummies?

I would really love to truly enjoy the magic and beauty of opera, but I'm a complete novice. While I have enjoyed Broadway style musicals since I was a child, opera has escaped me. Are there any books, specific productions or recordings I should read, watch or hear? [more inside]
posted by BrianJ on Sep 28, 2012 - 28 answers

Isn't it nice to know a lot? Tell me about Into the Woods.

I have become obsessed with Into the Woods. Tell me everything I don't know. [more inside]
posted by Charity Garfein on Sep 24, 2012 - 9 answers

What do Brigitta and Louisa mean by their lines in "So Long, Farewell"?

In the song "So Long, Farewell" from The Sound of Music, why does Brigitta sing "I'm glad to go, I cannot tell a lie" (i.e. is she tired? is she bored by the grown-ups?), and why does Louisa sing "I flit, I float, I fleetly flee, I fly" (does she, too, want to get out of there? is she half-asleep?)? Are their lines meant to be interpreted as somehow related, since they do a little dance together immediately afterwards? Yes, this is settle-an-argument filter, so I'm looking for canonical or otherwise authoritative info, not just casual speculation.
posted by No-sword on Jul 29, 2012 - 8 answers

Help me overthink a song from Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson.

Some very specific questions about three different lines from the song "The Corrupt Bargain" from the musical Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson [more inside]
posted by absalom on Jul 6, 2012 - 1 answer

Where can I find more music like "What You Feel" from Once More, With Feeling?

I'd like to find more music like the song "What You Feel" from the episode "Once More, With Feeling" from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. [more inside]
posted by johnofjack on May 21, 2012 - 10 answers

Fantine's Backstory.

What is Fantine's back story? [more inside]
posted by Wordwoman on Apr 14, 2012 - 16 answers

Video recordings of original Broadway "Annie" performances...do they even exist?

...because Google-fu is failing me thus far. I'm in the midst of a random nostalgia attack regarding the musical "Annie", and would love to find a video recording of either a late 1970s or early 1980s performance. I've already got the original Broadway audio soundtrack and I am not looking for the 1982 or 1999 movies. [more inside]
posted by aecorwin on Mar 14, 2012 - 2 answers

Can i make a reality show into a musical?

Legality/advisability of turning a reality show season into a musical? [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Dec 29, 2011 - 11 answers

Musicals for a 6-year-old girl

Musicals for a 6-year-old girl. [more inside]
posted by libraryhead on Dec 11, 2011 - 36 answers

A young couple sing their love for eachother under the stars.

I would like to have a deeper appreciation of operas, musicals, and regular 'plays'. If I had the money, I would simply go to a ton of them. But I don't - so I ask for your assistance! [more inside]
posted by Evernix on Dec 10, 2011 - 18 answers

Help Me Plan Family Movie Night

Is there a guide for adult movies that are appropriate for children, in terms of psychological/emotional readiness? [more inside]
posted by aimeedee on Nov 1, 2011 - 16 answers

Headphones in a theatre?!

What was this person doing wearing old headphones and making hand signals in a theatre during a musical? [more inside]
posted by AmandaA on Oct 24, 2011 - 19 answers

Help me choose a show to get tickets to for her birthday in August.

My girlfriend loves musicals. Help me choose a show to get tickets to for her birthday in August. I'm new to Atlanta, and I also don't know much about musicals. I'm in need of some help and suggestions on where and for what to get tickets. I'm open to any ideas those with knowledge of these things (musicals and Atlanta) may have. Thanks!
posted by rbf1138 on Jul 11, 2011 - 8 answers

Sondheim masterclass

Random Sondheim question: Can anyone identify the woman wearing the multi-coloured top in this video?
posted by Optamystic on Mar 20, 2011 - 2 answers

How to find Broadway musicals on DVD?

Is it possible to get DVD copies of these Broadway shows in Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by plightclub on Mar 7, 2011 - 3 answers

Junior High School Musical!

What is a good choice for a Junior High School musical production? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by fantasticninety on Sep 6, 2010 - 6 answers

Getting the necessary rights to turn a movie into a musical?

What's the best way to find out if a pre-existing work has already been optioned for an adaptation to a different medium? Specifically, if a film has been optioned for a musical. [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski on Aug 9, 2010 - 9 answers

All That Jazz, Also Online?

Where can I watch the 2010 Tony Awards live online? [more inside]
posted by metacort on Jun 12, 2010 - 0 answers

Gotta daaaaaaance! Gotta daaaaance!

Help me plan a real-life musical number! I need suggestions for music tracks for a real-life burst-into-song-and-dance musical sequence. [more inside]
posted by Pickman's Next Top Model on Jun 7, 2010 - 7 answers

Great Uncle Luddite needs enlightening

My old and frugal great uncle needs a music and audio book set up. He's recovering from a heart procedure and needs to walk 2-4 miles every day. He's thinking Walkman. I'm thinking Apple. [more inside]
posted by Pennyblack on May 3, 2010 - 8 answers

Forgotten pages from the Great American Songbook

What obscure musical gems have you unearthed from the Great American Songbook genre -- Broadway show-tunes, cabaret and jazz standards from the 1930s-1960s? [more inside]
posted by dontjumplarry on Mar 26, 2010 - 13 answers

I just wanna slappa da bass while people in clown costumes swing around me.

I play bass guitar. I'm not bad at it. In fact, I'm quite good. How do I get auditions to start playing for touring musicals and the like? (and do I stand a chance?) [more inside]
posted by tylerfulltilt on Nov 9, 2009 - 3 answers

Songs similar to Spring Awakening's "Touch Me?"

I love the song "Touch Me" from Spring Awakening. Are there more like it? [more inside]
posted by mellifluous on Oct 25, 2009 - 6 answers

Anyone know anything about "Umbrellas of Cherbourg" actress Ellen Farner?

"Umbrellas of Cherbourg" French actress Ellen Farner, M.I.A. [more inside]
posted by holdenjordahl on Jul 9, 2009 - 5 answers

Meg Brockie: I'm highly attracted to you. Why, when I look at you, I feel wee tadpoles jumping in my spine.

I'm going to be auditioning for a musical theater role in a month, and could use some advice on how to prepare. [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Apr 28, 2009 - 10 answers

Why are they always singing? You got something to say, SAY IT!

As a child of the 70s, I have often had some sort of revulsion to movie musicals. Well, it more like "perplxed." For instance, "Flying Down to Rio" with Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire is on right now. As is the norm for Astaire movies, there is a lot of singing and dancing. My question: Why? My understanding is that these style movies were the preferred and desired form of movie entertainment at the time, but how did that come to be? And why are there so few today? Books on the subject are welcome answers.
posted by tcv on Apr 5, 2009 - 17 answers

What constitutes a "lead role" in a musical?

My friend's two daughters are in a school musical, and she is naturally extremely pleased. She's been telling everyone that they have the "leads", but neither is cast in the leading female role. I think "lead role" refers to the leading female and the leading male roles, as in this case there are both? (In single gender plays, I would think the "lead roles" would be the two characters with the most lines? ) Of course I won't point this out to her....and I'm wondering if I am wrong? The musical is "Thoroughly Modern Millie".
posted by ragtimepiano on Mar 27, 2009 - 15 answers

Songs with overlapping verses?

What is the musical term for songs that feature overlapping or simultaneous verses? The only two examples that I can think of to illustrate what I'm talking about are "All for the Best" from Godspell and Irving Berlin's "You're in Love." Anyone ever come across a list of songs of this type, specifically songs from the world of musical theater?
posted by trivirgata on Feb 28, 2008 - 39 answers

I'm just a girl who can't say no

What is the origin of the name "Ado Annie" in the musical Oklahoma? [more inside]
posted by nax on Aug 24, 2007 - 5 answers

Song from musical that starts with argument?

I'm looking for a song from any musical that starts off with two people arguing. Not a specific song, but any song like that. [more inside]
posted by duckierose on Aug 16, 2007 - 27 answers

Best stores in Albuquerque, NM for musicals on CD?

Any recommendations for stores in Albuquerque, NM for the cast recordings and soundtracks for stage or film musicals on CD? The Borders and Barnes & Noble stores are pretty good, but I'm wondering if other stores in town have better selections. Thanks!
posted by jroybal on Aug 12, 2007 - 1 answer

i'll have my name in lights...

In a few weeks, I have the wonderful opportunity to go see a Broadway show (my first!). My options are Hairspray, Wicked, or the Drowsy Chaperone. Which one should I pick?
posted by kidsleepy on Aug 5, 2007 - 27 answers

TKTS - Downtown or Broadway?

Question regarding strategy for which TKTS location to try next Tuesday to get Broadway tickets... [more inside]
posted by rorycberger on Nov 16, 2006 - 11 answers

Movies where actors sing?

What are some good movies with musical numbers sung by the actors? [more inside]
posted by BigBrownBear on Mar 30, 2006 - 53 answers

Does anyone else dream in musicals?

Does anyone else dream in musicals? [more inside]
posted by Orange Goblin on Oct 22, 2005 - 23 answers

Finding a production of a play.

Is there a good resource (online or not) to find out if a given theatrical production is running, anytime in the near future, anywhere in the country (USA/Canada)? [more inside]
posted by mto on Oct 16, 2005 - 7 answers

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