I am PonchoMeg: The Modern Bohemian and I love movies. I especially love movie musicals. Movie musicals offer something a "regular" movie just can't offer! Basically... people bursting into song and dance at any given moment to express an emotion, tell a story, perform, or just play out some kind of action; and I personally love that. So here are the top five favorite movie musicals of PonchoMeg!
This movie is a Modern Bohemian's Dream! It's colorful, vibrant, it speaks to truth, beauty, freedom, and love, and it mixes modern music together to create a whole new musical sound! Oh yeah, and there's a pretty romantic love story between a courtesan and a writer. The courtesan, Satine (Nicole Kidman) wants to be a star! She has a chance to trade her heart and body to a bumbling Duke (Richard Roxburgh) for potential fame and a life in luxury, but in a strange case of mistaken identity, she falls in love with the idealist, naive, Bohemian writer Christian (Ewan McGregor) and cannot fully commit to the Duke as he wishes. Of course, things get quite complicated when they are all working together on a musical event for the Moulin Rouge and the bumbling Duke turns out to be power hungry, crazy, and capable of having Christian murdered! Directed by Baz Luhrmann, "Moulin Rouge" is an amazing movie musical. My favorite songs from "Moulin Rouge" include "Come What May," "One Day I'll Fly Away," "The Elephant Love Medley," and "Bolero" (The end credits music!)
When I was younger, I loved Madonna and became very interested in Eva Peron when I found out Madonna was shooting the movie musical "Evita," which is based on Eva Peron's life. I read books on Eva Peron, I looked up newspaper articles on her, and I studied her life, her legacy, and her fashion. I compared her to other female figures (Jackie O., Princess Diana, etc.) and compared her to Madonna who was playing her. I wasn't obsessed, I was just a very curious kid. Well, maybe I was a little obsessed... I did cry out of happiness when I found out my mom and dad were taking me to see "Evita" at the movie theater by the mall. But that's okay, my dad was able to use it as a joke when he turned to me and said "Don't cry for me, Argentina," which coincidently is the name of one of my favorite songs from the movie. Other favorites? "You Must Love Me," "Another Suitcase in Another Hall," "I'd Be Surprisingly Good for You," "High Flying, Adored," and "Waltz for Eva and Che." (Che is Antonio Banderas by the way! Amazing!)
I love "The Music Man," because I love bad boys who are reformed by love. I'm a huge sucker for it, and "The Music Man," supplies it in the form of Harold Hill (Robert Preston), also known as The Music Man, a travelling salesman (or conman, depending on who you ask) who starts boys bands in towns across America and then skips town without ever teaching the boys to play. Ouch! So who shows him the power of love? Rivercity, Iowa resident, Librarian, and Piano Teacher Marian Paroo (Shirley Jones), a young woman who dreams of love but has almost given up on it. Favorite songs here? "Til There Was You," "Goodnight, My Someone," "(Ya Got) Trouble," and "Marian the Librarian."
Julie Andrews, one of my favorite actresses of all time, stars as Maria in this musical based on the story of the Von Trapp family singers. I have always loved this movie musical, but I loved it even more after I did a report on Vermont and learned more about the real Von Trapps. And then I loved it even MORE when I got to play Maria in a stage version of the classic musical. My favorite songs from the movie (and stage version) are "The Sound of Music," "I Have Confidence," and, not surprisingly, "My Favorite Things."
"White Christmas" is the oldest movie musical on this list, but it is also my newest favorite. I watched it for the first time a few years ago and was hooked! Now I like to watch it several times every year before Christmas, especially on Christmas Eve. It's just such an amazing musical. It stars Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye as Wallace and Davis, two former military men who become a song and dance act after the war. It also stars Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen as sisters Betty and Judy, another song and dance duo that intrigues the guys so much that they follow the sisters to an Inn in Vermont (which happens to be owned by their old General). The two men end up, well, kind of saving Christmas! They bring people together, save the General's Inn, and fall in love. My favorite songs from this movie musical are "Sisters," "Snow," "Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep," and of course, "White Christmas."
Other favorite movie musicals: "Rent," "Daddy Long Legs," "Hello Dolly," "Mamma Mia!," "Hairspray," "Once," "Chicago," "Cinderella," "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," "Interstella 5555: The 5tory of a 5ecret 5tar 5ystem," and "A Hard Day's Night." What can I say? I love movie musicals!
I do love The Music Man and The Sound of Music!
I love "White Christmas"!! I'd add "Swing Time" and "Follow the Fleet" for outstanding dancing by the famous duo of Rodgers & Astaire.
Love Evita and the Sound of Music!
Great list of musicals.
this is truly a great list of movie musicals. Well done!
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