This is a prompt I can really enjoy. As a matter of fact, I love musicals. I remember as a kid seeing some of the lavish musical productions in movies that my mom would watch. I always thought the ones with the synchronized swimmers were amazing. I am blanking right now on who the star from those musicals was. I keep thinking Esther…. We’ll come back to that.
Then about 5th or 6th grade Grease came out. I LOVED that movie. Saved up money and went to see it six times in the theaters! My friend across the street had the soundtrack and we used to always sing along with it and wish we were Olivia Newton John. My obsession just went on from there.
I even passed it on to my daughter, watching musicals with her growing up. Of course, all the wonderful music in the Disney movies was how it started. When she was maybe 3 or 4, we got the stage production of Cats and she loved to dance and sing with it. So, logically when the touring company came to town my husband and I took her to see it live. She loved it.
We went on to Chicago, Rent, and Across the Universe. We had high hopes the genre may be back when La La Land came out. It did okay but was not a big hit. Unfortunately, we also went to see the new film production of Cats. I won’t say I hated it, but it was so much different from the stage production. There was a nice addition of a tap dance number that wasn’t in the stage production, but it will probably not make it to my DVD shelves.
Now I have a couple of new DVDs from Christmas that are musicals. I think I need to start adding some of those classic ones to my list. Now I must go listen to “The Tango Maureen” – bonus points if you know what musical that song is from. Oh, and yes, it was Esther. Esther Williams, I believe was the star of a lot of the swimming musicals. ♫♪
Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – musical