I wanted to write something today because I need to get my brain not thinking about theology for a few minutes. Unfortunately, none of my stubs are really grabbing me today as something I want to write about. Luckily, the old standby of the Friday 5 (even though it’s not Friday) suggested a topic I love: Musicals, Musical Theatre, Movies, and Arts.
1. What’s your favourite musical?
Les Misérables. No question. By far. At last count, I’d seen Les Mis a total of 16 times live in theaters. I watched the movie twice, and I was equally disappointed with some of the changes to the story, characters, songs, and script that were made to translate it to the screen. I understand that they are different mediums, but that doesn’t mean I have to like the changes.
Les Mis is actually one of my favorite books, too. If you like the show, but haven’t read the book, I recommend you do so. There are details in the book that are ignored in the musical that create a whole new level of depth. For example, who is Gavroche? He’s not just a random street urchin in Hugo’s tale, and his relationship to the principle players in the story serves to increase the pathos yet further.
2. Would you rather star in a musical or movie?
This is a difficult choice. Can I say a movie-musical for the money? Seriously, though, while people who have heard me sing will almost certainly disagree with this decision, I’d have to say a musical – and a live one. In high school in Florida, I studied acting (It was a performing arts school – think Fame), and there is nothing like that thrill of being backstage just before the curtain rises or the moment the curtain falls at the end of a performance.
3. Which actor do you think deserves to be in a musical rather than a movie?
People who know me know how bad I am at identifying and commenting on actors outside of specific works. I’m just not good enough with celebrities to figure out such questions. I can say, though, that there are actors who have been in musical-movies who should never have been allowed to sing on camera. Are you listening, Russell Crowe?
4. Which is bigger in your opinion, the Oscars or the Tony Awards?
Same problem as number 3 – I don’t pay enough attention to these things to answer well. I can say, though, that I’m a much bigger fan of watching the Tony Awards. The performances are great. I have especially loved seeing a few of the openings that Neil Patrick Harris did. A few years back, they did the opening number from Book of Mormon. It was hilarious.
5. Should old musicals be shown in cinemas for those who didn’t have the chance to catch it?
I’ve never really thought of this, but definitely. I’d love to see some of the old musicals on the big screen. How can you not want to see a 20 foot tall Fred Astaire dancing across the screen?
A while back, a friend introduced me to a youtube “star” name Malinda Kathleen Reese. She does a bit where she runs songs through Google Translate a bunch of times through a bunch of languages then back into English. Whatever English she gets back, she sings to the music of the original song. Not only is it hilarious, she’s amazingly talented. This is the video that first got me hooked on her stuff – One Day More from Les Mis, courtesy of Google Translate.