Robots in love: WALL-E meets `Dolly’

Jul 09

Not only is Pixar’s WALL-E an extraordinary movie – it’s also, in its strange way, a paean to musical theater. You just don’t head into a computer-animated film set in the 2100s to feature tunes by the great Jerry Herman, but that’s exactly what you get. WALL-E is about a soulful little robot, one of the last moving creatures on Earth...

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`Brokeback’ sings, `Fair Lady’ redux, `Nine’ lives on

Jun 09

So much information to digest. First comes news that Annie Proulx’s extraordinary short story, “Brokeback Mountain,” which was turned into a less extraordinary but admirable film, is now becoming an opera. New York City Opera has commissioned American composer Charles Wuorinen to create an opera based on “Brokeback” for the 2013 spring...

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‘Mama,’ Meryl, musings

May 27

Got a little excited when I saw the Mamma Mia! trailer in a movie theater recently. With the success of Hairspray last year, it looks like summer is becoming the season for frothy stage musicals turned silver screen tuners. Here’s one of the trailers. I like this one because it actually shows Meryl Streep singing. Here’s the trailer I saw in the...

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Cinematic theatrics: A LaGravenese musical?

May 26

This holiday weekend I saw some movies on the big screen (Indiana Jones and the blah blah Crystal Skull – exactly what you think it would be, enjoyable but nothing more; Iron Man, which made me love Robert Downey Jr. all over again – oddly more human than Indiana Jones) and at home. One of the movies I watched at home was P.S. I Love You, a movie I had avoided...

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Broadway `Cat’ headed for big screen?

May 18

Anika Noni Rose and Terrence Howard in the Broadway production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Photo by the New York Times Interesting article in Variety about the recent Broadway production of Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof starring James Earl Jones, Phylicia Rashad, Terrence Howard and Anika Noni Rose. Not surprisingly, this camera-ready cast may be...

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‘Sweeney Todd’ on screen: Nice slice

Dec 19

The movies have not been all that kind to Stephen Sondheim. His early Broadway hits, for which he supplied lyrics only, West Side Story and Gypsy, became classic studio musicals (with West Side Story being a movie for the ages and Gypsy being an interesting movie with some good work by Rosalind Russell and Natalie Wood). But once Sondheim emerged as SONDHEIM, cinema...

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