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Musicals: From Stage & Film to Blu-ray

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#181 of 313 Charles Smith

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Posted November 09 2012 - 11:04 AM

Originally Posted by PODER 

What I wouldn't give to have a DVD of THAT evening!!

Oh my god.  Seriously.



#182 of 313 Ejanss

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Posted November 10 2012 - 10:07 AM

As to the One Showing Only of musicals on PBS: Some have come from Broadway or Lincoln Center (LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA, the latest SOUTH PACIFIC). Some have come from The Papermill Playhouse in New Jersey (CRAZY FOR YOU, a SHOWBOAT revival, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC). But, with rare exceptions, PBS only had the rights for One Showing.

Except, of course, for the 90's "American Playhouse" series getting the rights to the later Stephen Sondheim musicals, resulting in the original Bernadette Peters INTO THE WOODS, the Mandy Patinkin SUNDAY/GEORGE and PASSION going to DVD. (Unfortunately, DVD only, as video.) Sadly, I remember Showtime in the 80's being one of the meccas for getting current Broadway onto cable (eg. the original "Pirates of Penzance", "Sweeney Todd" and "Master Harold & the Boys"), until they tried that stunt of a live as-it-happens airing of "Sophisticated Ladies", and the Unions hadn't stopped picketing since. Pay-Per-View seems to have only recently revived the practice years later, even if we only got (yeesh!) MEMPHIS. Still, it's better than getting a movie version.

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Posted November 13 2012 - 04:50 AM

Here's another bit of good news.


The 1999 London production of Oklahoma starring Hugh Jackman is due out on Blu December 4th.

I've had this DVD for a long time and highly recommend the production.  it is a huge departure from the traditional treatment given the musical.

And Jackman as Curly and the actress who plays Aunt Eller are both excellent.

HERE'S the Amazon listing (currently at $26.98). 





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Posted November 13 2012 - 08:40 AM

It's a fine production even if the filming is a little wonky (audience applause at odd intervals) and Josafina Gabrielle, even if she is the first stage Laurey to dance her own part in the dream ballet, is only a mediocre singer who doesn't always do those rapturous ballads justice..



#185 of 313 Mike Frezon

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Posted November 13 2012 - 04:05 PM

I sampled sections of the NPH Company tonight and it looks awesome...and sounds even better.  The DTS-HD MA track is really terrific.


One strange thing:  the packaging describes the AR as 2.35:1.  It's 16:9.  I'm pretty sure 16:9 is correct.

One other thing--not crucial--is that they broke the disc into chapters based on individual songs...and yet they left off "Getting Married Today" from the list of songs.  The song is on the disc (its sandwiched between "Another Hundred People" and "Marry Me a Little."


I'm looking forward to taking the entire thing in...and getting a chance to experience the ending as it was meant to be seen.  Watching this on my new 55" Plasma will make for a much better viewing experience than what I had in the theater.  For sure.

There's Jessie the yodeling cowgirl. Bullseye, he's Woody's horse. Pete the old prospector. And, Woody, the man himself.Of course, it's time for Woody's RoundUp. He's the very best! He's the rootinest, tootinest cowboy in the wild, wild west!


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Posted November 14 2012 - 12:42 AM

I sampled sections of the NPH Company tonight and it looks awesome...and sounds even better.  The DTS-HD MA track is really terrific. One strange thing:  the packaging describes the AR as 2.35:1.  It's 16:9.  I'm pretty sure 16:9 is correct.  One other thing--not crucial--is that they broke the disc into chapters based on individual songs...and yet they left off "Getting Married Today" from the list of songs.  The song is on the disc (its sandwiched between "Another Hundred People" and "Marry Me a Little." I'm looking forward to taking the entire thing in...and getting a chance to experience the ending as it was meant to be seen.  Watching this on my new 55" Plasma will make for a much better viewing experience than what I had in the theater.  For sure. 

I am anxiously awaiting for mine to arrive. It was shipped out yesterday David

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Posted November 19 2012 - 05:05 PM

Amazon has just posted a price of $14.99 on the Blu-ray of the PBS Broadway: The American Musical. 


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There's Jessie the yodeling cowgirl. Bullseye, he's Woody's horse. Pete the old prospector. And, Woody, the man himself.Of course, it's time for Woody's RoundUp. He's the very best! He's the rootinest, tootinest cowboy in the wild, wild west!


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#188 of 313 Matt Hough

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Posted November 20 2012 - 12:25 AM

Wow! That's a super price on one of the greatest documentary series ever produced about Broadway. My only complaint about it is that even in six parts, it's too short. To cover the topic thoroughly (especially the Golden Age musicals), it would need to be twice as long as it is now.



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Posted November 20 2012 - 12:33 AM

Okay, I'm in for that!


While I totally agree, about doing the subject true justice in terms of complete coverage.


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Posted June 08 2013 - 03:47 PM

I think I did this list on another thread, but I can't find it! Here is a list of stage musicals from 1950 onward, and obviously the ones in blue are on blu-ray! In some cases, the stage musical in question was inspired many years later by the movie version, such as Gigi or Chitty Chitty Bang Bang:

 

1950: Annie Get Your Gun

1951: Show Boat

1952: Singin' in the Rain

1953: The Band Wagon

1953: Calamity Jane

1953: Call Me Madam

1953: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

1953: Kiss Me Kate

1954: Brigadoon

1954: Carmen Jones

1954: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

1954: The Student Prince

1954: White Christmas

1955: Guys and Dolls

1955: Hit the Deck

1955: Kismet

1955: Oklahoma!

1956: Anything Goes

1956: Carousel

1956: The King and I

1957: Funny Face

1957: The Pajama Game

1957: Pal Joey

1957: Silk Stockings

1958: Damn Yankees

1958: Gigi

1958: South Pacific

1959: Lil' Abner

1959: Porgy and Bess

1960: Bells Are Ringing

1961: Babes in Toyland

1961: Flower Drum Song

1961: West Side Story

1962: Jumbo

1962: Gypsy

1962: The Music Man

1962: State Fair

1963: Bye Bye Birdie

1964: Mary Poppins

1964: My Fair Lady

1964: The Unsinkable Molly Brown

1965: The Sound of Music

1966: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

1967: Camelot

1967: Dr. Dolittle

1967: How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

1967: Thoroughly Modern Millie

1968: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

1968: Finian's Rainbow

1968: Funny Girl

1968: Oliver! (coming later this year)

1969: Hello, Dolly!

1969: Paint Your Wagon

1969: Sweet Charity

1970: On a Clear Day You Can See Forever

1970: Song of Norway

1970: Scrooge

1971: The Boy Friend

1971: Fiddler on the Roof

1971: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

1972: Cabaret

1972: Man of La Mancha

1972: 1776

1973: Godspell

1973: Jesus Christ Superstar

1974: Mame

1975: The Rocky Horror Picture Show

1977: A Little Night Music

1978: Grease

1978: The Wiz

1979: Hair

1980: Xanadu

1982: Annie

1982: The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

1982: Victor/Victoria

1986: Little Shop of Horrors

1992: Newsies

2002: Chicago

2004: The Phantom of the Opera

2005: The Producers

2005: Rent

2006: Dreamgirls

2007: Hairspray

2007: Sweeney Todd

2008: Mamma Mia!

2009: Nine

2012: Les Miserables

2012: Rock of Ages

 

So what have we learned? 1) If a musical was filmed after the advent of blu-ray, it's likelier to be out on blu-ray. 2) The powers-that-be at Warner Brothers have barely begun to exploit their vast MGM catalog! 3) Cole Porter has YET to be represented in the blu-ray format!! 4) The films from the prolific mid-50s era are still popular and would probably sell well on blu. 5) All of these movies are on dvd; they all deserve to be restored and offered on blu. Even Mame...


Edited by Ethan Riley, June 09 2013 - 11:29 AM.

 

 


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Posted June 08 2013 - 06:07 PM

Great list, but at least two shows jumped out at me that are missing: A Little Night Music and Dreamgirls, and latter is, of course, on Blu-ray.



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Posted June 08 2013 - 07:05 PM

Added; thank you Matt!


 

 


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Posted June 08 2013 - 07:48 PM

Hair was released in Blu-ray about three years ago.
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Posted June 08 2013 - 09:00 PM

Funny Face is available from Paramount France in a region-free blu-ray...Oliver! is being released this week in region free blu by Sony in Europe as well...



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Posted June 09 2013 - 04:07 AM

Hair was released in Blu-ray about three years ago.

 

You're right! I even reviewed it for HTF! Can't believe my eyes skimmed right over that!


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Posted June 09 2013 - 07:29 AM

Caught another omission: Song of Norway.



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Posted June 09 2013 - 10:23 AM

Caught another omission: Song of Norway.


Even though, your list is very inclusive and shows a lot of work. Great list.
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Posted June 09 2013 - 12:11 PM

No doubt about it. I complimented him about the list in an earlier post. But we do want it to be as close to accurate as possible.


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Posted June 09 2013 - 12:45 PM

Has The Fantasticks ever been mentioned on this thread? It was released on DVD a few years ago.



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Posted June 09 2013 - 01:37 PM

Has The Fantasticks ever been mentioned on this thread? It was released on DVD a few years ago.

 

It certainly should be in this list. And would that Neal Patrick Harris version of Company that was broadcast in theaters apply? Maybe not.

 

And a couple more crossed my mind while thinking of this, two entries in the American Film Theater series:

 

Lost in the Stars

 

Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris.







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