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Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
« Reply #105 on: May 24, 2013, 06:02:43 AM »
I'd say the closest in tone, with the exception or the recent Oz - The Great and Powerful, is probably the 80's animated series narrated by Margot Kidder.  That was pretty great.


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Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
« Reply #106 on: May 24, 2013, 06:06:36 AM »
I'd say the closest in tone, with the exception or the recent Oz - The Great and Powerful, is probably the 80's animated series narrated by Margot Kidder.  That was pretty great.
Never heard of that. Sounds cool.



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Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
« Reply #107 on: May 24, 2013, 06:37:11 AM »
It was part of a series of anime that adapted classics of children's literature (Anne of Green Gables, Around the World in 80 Days, Daddy Long Legs and the much less famous in English speaking countries 3,000 Leagues in Search of Mother).  It was actually pretty good stuff.  A few where translated into English including City of Gold and the Oz series aired frequently in Canada because the translation was done in Canada and Canada needs to meet those Canadian Content quotas.

I think all of the episodes of the first arc where edited into a movie.

It didn't adapt all the stories, but it get a lot of the big ones including The Marvelous Land of Oz, where the lead is Tip rather than Dorothy, which introduces Jack Pumpkinhead, Tik Tok and the Nome King (who is much less intimidatin than in Return To Oz, but ends up getting his hands on some intimidating monsters.

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Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
« Reply #108 on: May 24, 2013, 01:13:01 PM »
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Number 12 : Little Shop of Horrors
(71 points on 6 of 12 lists. Top Vote #10 by Routing Protocols)

This would have ranked a lot higher on the list if I hadn't totally spaced on it. I probably would have had it at #3. I even bought the Blu-Ray version of it that has the original ending restored.

I'm surprised Les Mis didn't rank higher. Little bit of trivia: The guy who played the bishop in the movie, Colm Wilkinson, was the original Jean Valjean. You can see him in the 10th Anniversary version.


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Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
« Reply #109 on: May 24, 2013, 01:56:32 PM »
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Memorable Songs:
Sadly, aside from the above song, there's not much new material in the film. "Man or Muppet" is an exception, and the cast does perform "The Rainbow Connection"... but we'll get back to that. They do cover "Smells Like Teen Spirit" though. On and "Mah Na Mah Na" returns too.

Awards:
Oscar for Best Original Song for "Man or Muppet"


Well, you are forgetting "Pictures in My Head" which gave me goosebumps when I first heard it.  Especially when the Electric Mayhem takes a great song and ups that beat.  Also, I really like Tex Richman's rap.  I will admit that the Rainbow Connection gets overused in the movie, though I still liked each time it was used.

I loved Man or Muppet, but why did that get nominated over Pictures in My Head or, most glaringly, Life's a Happy Song, which is an unashamedly old-fashioned, catchy and fun musical number.

Yeah, I totally agree. Pictures in my Head was easily the best song in the movie. I couldn't believe Man or a Muppet got nominated over that. BTW, there's also Me Party.


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Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
« Reply #110 on: May 24, 2013, 02:56:44 PM »
Ahem. The top 10.


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Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
« Reply #111 on: May 24, 2013, 02:58:32 PM »
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Number 10 : The Rocky Horror Picture Show
(76 points on 5 of 12 lists. Top Vote #4 by Tripe)

Synopsis:
The car of a newly engaged couple, Brad and Janet, breaks down and they walk to a nearby castle where the annual Translyvanian convention is going on. There they meet Dr. Frank N. Furter. After a song, Frank's humanoid creation, rocky, comes to life and Eddie, a psychotic delivery boy, arrives and causes havoc, before being killed. Brad and Janet are both seduced by Furter. Janet goes off to find Brad, but finds Rocky instead.

Meanwhile, Dr. Scott, Brad and Janet's old science teacher and Eddie's uncle, but Frank suspect that he works for the X-Files. Accusations are made before dinner is served. Unfortunately, the dinner is made from Meatloaf (rimshot), and they all run off screaming, before congregating in Furter's lab and being turned into statues. A cabaret show breaks out but then Riff Raff and Magenta return, announces that they are aliens, stage a coup, kill all but Brad, Janet and Dr. Scott, and then launch the castle into space to return to Translyvania.

Memorable Songs:
While fans of the show will known every song, "Time Warp" is probably the best known song among non-fans.

Awards:
None.

Trivia Notes:
The film is considered to be the longest running release in history, having been shown in a theater every week since 1975.

In 2010, Glee produced an episode entitled "The Rocky Horror Glee Show" which recreated several scenes from the show.

These days, Richard O'Brien (Riff Raff) can be heard providing the voice of Phineas & Ferb's dad. They do make references toward RHPS from time to time. Yes, Disney makes Rocky Horror references.

Coming Soon:
Number nine. Number nine. Number... well, there's no references to the Beatles in it, so I'm not sure why I'm referring to them.


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Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
« Reply #112 on: May 24, 2013, 03:02:30 PM »
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Number 9 : Jesus Christ Superstar
(82 points on 4 of 12 lists. Top Vote #1 by Tripe)

Synopsis:
Jesus returns to Jerusalem. Fearing that he will lead a rebellion, the Pharisees arrange for Judas to betray his location. Jesus is captured, turned over to the Romans and sentenced to death by crucifixion.

Yeah, that misses about 95% of the actual importance of the circumstances, but eh, talk to your priest for that.

Memorable Songs:
"I Don't Know How to Love Him", "Everything's Alright", "Could we Start Again, Please?" "King Herod's Song."

Awards:
Several Golden Globes nominations. A Theater World Award.

Trivia Notes:
The first book of the Golden Turkey Awards, by Michael and Harry Medved, awarded Ted Neeley the "Worst Jesus in a Motion Picture" award. The Medveds can show a complete lack of good taste at times. These days, I'm certain they'd vote for Phil Caracas of Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter fame. Or for Juan Schwartz, who played the role in Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel.

And yeah, yeah. "Jeepers Creepers Semi Star." The worst Broadway musical in history.

Coming Soon:
Quick everyone. talk in a squeaky high pitched voice!


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Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
« Reply #113 on: May 24, 2013, 03:08:12 PM »
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Number 8 : Singing in the Rain
(82 points on 5 of 12 lists. Top Vote #1 by Monty & Compound)

Synopsis:
In the 1920s, a silent film star (Don) is romantically linked to his co-star, Lina by the press, despite his disinterest in her. Trying to escape from his fans, he jumps into a nearby car driven by Kathy, a stage actress. She sneers at Don for acting in films. Later, at a party, the studio head presents an early talking picture, but the guests are unimpressed. A cake is wheeled out and a girl jumps out of it, revealed to be Kathy. Don teases her and in frustration, she throws a cake at him, which instead hits Lina. Kathy flees and Don spends weeks searching for her, believing that his actions got her fired. But Lina reveals that she was the one who made sure that Kathy lost her job. Don and Kathy later stumble across each other and reconsile.

In the meantime, the Jazz singer has premiered and talkies are now the rage and the studio casts Don and Lina in one. While Don sings and talks quite well, Lina speaks in roughly the same timbre as a child in a Japanese anime. The film tests very badly, and the group meets to determine how to salvage the idea.

Don, Kathy and the previously unmentioned by me Cosmo meet and decide to try and remake the film as a musical instead. To fix Lina's voice, they decide to redub her with Kathy's voice. Lina threatens to sue if it is mentioned that Kathy dubbed her voice, and the studio head agrees.

The premiere of the revamped show is a success and the crowd calls out for Lina to sing. Kathy is hustled backstage to do so and while she sings, Don and Cosmo raise the curtain  revealing that she's been Lina's singing voice. And the film ends with Don and Kathy kissing happily in front of a poster for their new film, singing in the rain.

Memorable Songs:
Aside from the title song, "Make Them Laugh", "Good Morning", "You Are My Lucky Star", "All I do Is Dream of You" among others.

Awards:
A Golden Globe . It was also one of the first 25 films inducted into the National Film Registry.

Trivia Notes:
No, Lina's last name is not Inverse.

Rita Moreno, who was later in West Side Story, has a small role in the film as one of Lina's informants.

Many of the songs in the film, including the title song, came from earlier musicals.

Coming Soon:
Tom gets an opportunity for his Anthony Newley impression.


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Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
« Reply #114 on: May 24, 2013, 03:11:14 PM »
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Number 7 : Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
(82 points on 7 of 12 lists. Top Vote #7 by Pak-Man)

Synopsis:
A mysterious owner of a chocolate factory announces to the world that 5 Golden Tickets have been placed in his chocolate. These tickets will entitle those who discover them to a lifetime supply of chocolate and a free tour of his factory, which has never been seen by the public. The world quickly goes buts trying to find them but four of the five are quickly found by various children.

Meanwhile, poor Charlie Buckley, a newspaper delivery boy, is trying to keep his poor family afloat. After finding some money, he buys a pair of chocolate bars and in the last bar is the final golden ticket. Charlie runs home and his bedridden Grandpa Joe agrees to take him to the factory.

At the factory, Charlie, the spoiled Veruca Salt, the gluttonous Adolphus Gloop, the TV-crazed Mike TV and the gum loving violet all meet the factory's owner, Willie Wonka. He takes the kids and their parents inside. As the tour progresses, the children fall prey to their various vices until only Charlie remains. Wonka attempts to toss him out for also breaking a rule, but Charlie shows an act of honesty and Wonka relents. He then reveals that the tour was a test to find a replacement to run the factory, and Charlie is the one who will run it. And they all fly into space in a glass elevator. And then the elderly grandfolks and turned into babies...

Memorable Songs:
"Candyman" "Oompa Loopa Doopidy Doo", "I've Got a Golden Ticket"

Awards:
Golden Globe for Gene Wilder.

Trivia Notes:
Roald Dahl wished for Jon Pertwee to play the part of Wonka, but due to obligations to Doctor Who, Pertwee declined.

Dahl despised the film and never allowed a sequel to be made.

Of course, Rifftrax fans will note that the film was riffed by Mike and Neil Patrick Harris. All for a mere $2.99! Here, have a taste:

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Coming Soon:
Hmm. Didn't I just mention...?


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Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
« Reply #115 on: May 24, 2013, 03:12:23 PM »
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Number 6 : Dr. Horrible's Sing-A-Long Blog
(87 points on 7 of 12 lists. Top Vote #3 by Johnny Unusual)

Synopsis:
A wannabe super villain films a series of vlogs for his blog, detailing his plans and talking about the girl he pines for. As he does so, his room mate, Moist, storms in revealing that the arch villain Bad Horse has responded to his application to join The Evil League of Evil. They await the results of his next crime.

Dr. Horrible then heads out to steal some wonderflorium to power his freeze ray. But the van he's controlling remotely veers towards Horrible's crush, Penny. Suddenly, the heroic Captain Hammer arrives and stops the van, saving Penny, even though Horrible had it under control. Hammer and Penny begin to date.

The next day, Horrible completes hi Freeze ray and heads out to use it. He then returns, defeated, noting that both Hammer and the LAPD actually watch his blog. Bad Horse then sends another notice that he'll only get admittance to the League now if he kills someone. Later, Horrible runs into Penny at the Laundromat. They chat and suddenly Hammer appears to take Penny out. As Hammer talks to Horrible it becomes apparent that Hammer is only interested in Penny to annoy Horrible. With that in mind, Hammer sets out to use a death ray to kill Hammer.

Outside, the city is a buzz with Hammer's campaign to help the homeless, which was Penny's idea. At the homeless shelter's opening, Hammer launches into a speech about his greatness, but Horrible appears and freeze him. Horrible readies his death ray, but Hammer unfreezes and hits him. The death ray falls from Horrible's hand and fires, striking Penny. She dies in Horrible's arms. Afterward, Hammer is shattered by the death of Penny and his own vulnerability. Horrible gains admittance to the League and commits a series of crimes, joining the big time of villainy. He's gotten everything he every wanted.

Except for the one thing he wanted the most.

Memorable Songs:
"A Man's Gotta Do", "Brand New Day", "The Bad Horse Chorus", "So They Say", "Everyone's a Hero"

Awards:
2009 Hugo for Best Short Dramatic Presentation, Several Streamys, A People's Choice Award and A Special Emmy

Trivia Notes:
The DVD release contains, as a commentary track, another musical performed by the cast. It's very tongue in cheek.

A sequel was set to begin the year, but has been delayed until work on The Avengers 2 is finished.


Coming Soon:
I hear Vin Diesel will be in the remake.


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Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
« Reply #116 on: May 24, 2013, 03:13:04 PM »
Top 5 coming soon. The writeups are a bit slow today.


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Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
« Reply #117 on: May 24, 2013, 04:39:33 PM »
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Number 7 : Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
(82 points on 7 of 12 lists. Top Vote #7 by Pak-Man)


One of my favourite rifftrax and a good film in it's own right.  I loved the original book very much and as a kid I didn't care for the movie as much.  The songs are only so so.

Jon Pertwee as Wonka would have been VERY interesting.

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Number 6 : Dr. Horrible's Sing-A-Long Blog
(87 points on 7 of 12 lists. Top Vote #3 by Johnny Unusual)

Afterward, Hammer is shattered by the death of Penny and his own vulnerability.

Well, much more the latter.  I don't think he even noticed the former.

"IS THIS WHAT PAIN FEELS LIKE!  MAMA!  SOMEONE MATERNAL!"

I love Dr. Horrible very much.  I think this film might be why I don't care for Once More With Feeling as much as I used to: this one is just better all around.

I actually showed this to my English club (the boy's club last week and the girls club this week).  The boys kind of liked it, but didn't seem too invested, but the girls were really into it.  It's actually surprisingly easy for them to understand and where really surprised by the ending, but they liked it all the same.

"Is that the end?"

"Yes.  Sad ending, huh?"

"Yes."

"Did you like it though?"

"Yes.  But it is sad that she died.  But Penny was stupid.  She should have been with Billy.  I would kill her myself."

Also, the boys and girls laughed at different parts.  Interestingly, the boys laughed at the Hammer is my penis, but the girl's took that line rather seriously, sort of like the lines leading up to it.  But the girls laughed long and hard at the first shot of act 2.


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Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
« Reply #118 on: May 24, 2013, 05:18:26 PM »
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Yeah, I only saw the recent movie.  Which was pretty OK.  Russell Crowe didn't bother me as much as most, but I was not familiar with the play and don't always have an ear for that kind of thing.  Some of the talk-singing that bothered me in Phantom is here too, but I think they use it better.  Mostly.  It really bothered me in the opening number (which was made for the movie, right?)

The thing you have to understand is that Les Mis is more of a modern day Opera than it is a musical. The talk-singing is what in opera would be called Recitative, while the full blown songs are the modern equivalent of opera's Arias. And, like opera, common musical themes appear throughout the piece, which you only pick up on after multiple viewings, and which usually connect related events.

And if you think Russel Crowe wasn't that bad:

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Javert has my two favorite scenes in the whole production: Javert's Suicide, and The Stars. Crowe was terrible in both. Not only was he a horrible singer, but you could just see it in his eyes "why am I doing this tripe?". Then go and watch Master & Commander to remind yourself that he can be a good actor when he wants to be.



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Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
« Reply #119 on: May 24, 2013, 05:29:20 PM »
Ahem. The top 5.