Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Reel Change: The Movie Musical (Part I)

Today's Reel Change begins a delightful dive into the history of the Movie Musical. For a twist, we start in the present day and move backwards in time, step by step, song by song in a most melodious walk down memory lane. We hope today's selections (by no means intended as an exhaustive 'greatest of' list) spark joy in the way only great movie musicals can.

Join us and be prepared - you may find yourself suddenly and uncontrollably bursting into song.

[Note: This 2-part podcast focuses on songs from live-action Movie Musicals. A future Reel Change will cover the wonderful tradition of music from Animated Musicals].

Today's Selections:

Mary Poppins Returns
“Nowhere to Go but Up” (music: Marc Shaiman, lyrics: Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman)

The Greatest Showman
“A Million Dreams” (Benj Pasek / Justin Paul)

LaLa Land
“City of Stars” (music: Justin Hurwitz, lyrics: Benj Pasek, Justin Paul)

The Last Five Years
“Nobody Needs to Know” (Jason Robert Brown)

Les Miserables
“Castle on a Cloud”
(music: Claude-Michel Schönberg, French lyrics: Alain Boubil, English lyrics: Herbert Kretzmer)

Sweeney Todd
“Pretty Women” (Stephen Sondheim)

“That’s How You Know”
(music: Alan Menken, lyrics: Stephen Schwartz)

How the Grinch Stole Christmas
“Christmas, Why Can’t I Find You”
(music: James Horner, lyrics: Will Jennings)

Robin Hood: Men in Tights
(music: Hummie Mann, lyrics: Mel Brooks)

“King of New York”
(music: Alan Menken, lyrics: Jack Feldman)

Dick Tracy
(Stephen Sondheim)

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