Singing & Dancing: The Musicals
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as a new Member at the Aero during out Musical Series, March
26th - March 30th at any level will recieve a soundtrack CD to ACROSS THE UNIVERSE & a
DVD of HOLLYWOOD SINGING & DANCING. These supplies limited so act fast!
This series is an Aero Theatre exclusive!
Few genres demand the big screen treatment like the musical, and
this month the Aero gives you the opportunity to see some of the greatest song-and-dance
films ever made the way they were meant to be seen. From vintage classics like SINGIN'
IN THE RAIN and SHOW BOAT to revisionist masterpieces like CABARET and ALL
THAT JAZZ, this series is a feast for the eyes and ears. In addition to many of the
genre's most noteworthy films, we'll be screening a terrific new documentary (HOLLYWOOD
SINGING AND DANCING) as well as two of the most recent and most offbeat musicals, SOUTHLAND
TALES and ROMANCE & CIGARETTES. A special note: Don't miss the chance to
see HELLO, DOLLY! projected in glorious 70mm!
Wednesday, March 26 7:30 PM
HOLLYWOOD SINGING AND DANCING,
2008, 111 min. Director Mark McLaughlin's documentary is a very entertaining and
comprehensive look at the Hollywood movie musical. This celebration of song and dance
begins with Busby Berkeley's exquisite black-and-white choreographed extravaganzas that
lightened the dark days of the Depression and continues through the rousing patriotic
World War II musicals into the heyday of the great MGM spectaculars and finishes with the
genre's recent resurgence and multi-generational embrace. This wonderfully entertaining
historical document is illustrated by extraordinary clips and fabulous new interviews
with, among others, Liza Minnelli, Shirley MacLaine, Mickey Rooney, Rita Moreno, Debbie
Reynolds, Leslie Caron, Jane Russell, Tommy Tune, Joel Grey, Bill Condon, Rob Marshall
and more. Director McLaughlin makes good use of an incredible amount of archival footage
of luminaries like Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Marilyn Monroe, Bob Fosse
and many, many more who made the pictures sing and dance. NOTE THIS IS A 2 HOUR VERSION AND IS NOT THE SAME VERSION PLAYING ON PBS. Discussion following with actress Shirley Jones and director Mark
> Also playing March 19 at the Egyptian.
Thursday, March 27 7:30 PM
CABARET, 1972, Warner Bros., 123 min.
Director/choreographer Bob Fosses mad, desperate, thoroughly outrageous
adaptation of Kander & Ebbs Broadway musical stars Liza Minnelli in an
Oscar-winning performance as cheerfully depraved sprite Sally Bowles, falling in love with
na´ve writer Michael York in 1930s Berlin, while the shadow of Nazism spreads
across Europe. Co-starring Joel Grey as the devilish host of the sinful Kit Kat
Klub. Winner of eight Academy Awards, including Best Director, Cinematography (Geoffrey
Unsworth) and Supporting Actor (Grey).
ALL THAT JAZZ, 1979, 20th
Century Fox, 123 min. Intense, compelling musical based on the life of its director,
choreographer and screenwriter, Bob Fosse. Roy Scheider stars as an
obsessed, womanizing, pill-popping, chain-smoking Broadway choreographer and director who
pays the ultimate price for his insane, creative lifestyle and kudos go to Ann Reinking
playing his patient mistress. The movie probably has the only musical number set during
open-heart surgery. With Jessica Lange, Cliff Gorman, Ben Vereen. Discussion in between films with Michael York (CABARET).
Friday, March 28 7:30 PM
SINGIN IN THE RAIN,
1952, Warner Bros., 103 min. Dirs. Gene Kelly & Stanley Donen. Hand selected by
co-star Gene Kelly for the film, Debbie Reynolds delivered her stunning,
breakout performance at age 20 in this all-time classic, arguably the greatest of American
screen musicals. SINGIN' IN THE RAIN began with legendary MGM producer Arthur Freed giving
screenwriters Betty Comden and Adolph Green a stack of songs he'd written early in his
career (with partner Nacio Herb Brown) including "Broadway Melody,"
"You Are My Lucky Star," and the title song and saying simply,
"Weave a story around these." What emerged was a sublime marriage of song and
dance, innocence and nostalgia, heart-tugging romance and surreal comedy (especially in
co-star Donald O'Connor's show-stopping "Make 'Em Laugh" routine).
Co-director Kelly shines as silent movie idol Don Lockwood, whose career and leading lady
(hilariously played by Jean Hagen) are imperiled by the coming of sound
until he hooks up with lovely ingenue Kathy Seldon (a stellar Reynolds). The brilliant
supporting cast includes Millard Mitchell, Douglas Fowley and the great Cyd
SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN
BROTHERS, 1954, MGM Repertory, 102 min. Musical maestro Stanley Donen directed
this infectious cinemascope musical about a group of fur-trapping brothers who, after one
of their own gets married, set out to find their own wives. The music of Johnny Mercer and
Gene DePaul, combined with Donens usual mastery of space and choreography, make this
a perennial standard of the genre. With Howard Keel, Jane Powell, Russ Tamblyn.
Saturday, March 29 7:30 PM
HELLO, DOLLY!, 1969, 20th
Century Fox, 146 min. This irresistible film adaptation -- from one of Jerry Hermans
finest musicals -- features the fabulous Barbra Streisand in a kick-out-the-jams
performance as matchmaker Dolly Levi, furiously working to make marriages while trying to
snag reluctant bachelor Walter Matthau for herself. Staged with gusto by dancing
legend-turned-director Gene Kelly, and featuring a wonderful supporting cast
including Tommy Tune, Michael Crawford, and jazz legend Louis Armstrong
(whose version of the title song is worth the price of admission!) Discussion
following with actor E.J Peaker.
Sunday, March 30 - 7:30 PM
SHOW BOAT, 1951, Warner Bros., 107 min.
Director George Sidney helmed this lavish color remake of the Jerome Kern and Oscar
Hammerstein musical, an update of the Edna Ferber novel. When someone informs the
authorities that singer Julie LaVerne (Ava Gardner), star attraction of the Cotton
Blossom show boat, is of mixed-race parentage, the then-in-place miscegenation laws kick
in, and she and her husband (Robert Sterling) are suddenly out of their jobs.
Magnolia Hawks (Kathryn Grayson), daughter of the ship's captain (Joe E. Brown),
replaces Julie and is soon bringing in her own huge fan base, as well as admirers like
Gaylord Ravenal (Howard Keel), a suave, reprobate gambler who eventually marries
her. Unfortunately, when the money runs out, Ravenal decides to skip town, not realizing
he has left Magnolia pregnant. With Marge and Gower Champion, Agnes Moorehead, Leif
Erickson. "SHOW BOAT...launched as a novel...and as a Broadway musical hit a
year later, has steamed across the screen twice before, in 1929 and 1936, but never with
such a lavish hand at the helm. M-G-M poured $2,400,000 into the latest voyage, refitted
the venerable Cotton Blossom with a bright profusion of crisply Technicolored costumes,
sets and vistas. The memorable Jerome Kern-Oscar Hammerstein II score ("Ol' Man
River," "Make Believe," "Why Do I Love You?") is as dependable a
mainstay as ever." -- Time Magazine
CAROUSEL, 1956, 20th Century Fox, 128
min. Dir. Henry King. This colorful Cinemascope adaptation of the beloved Rodgers
& Hammerstein musical (which was itself an adaptation of Ferenc Molnar's LILIOM) is a
feast for both the eyes and the ears. Gordon MacRae plays carnival barker Billy
Bigelow, a macho tough guy who tries to change his ways when he falls in love with the
innocent, lovely Julie Jordan (Shirley Jones). Timeless music and a witty script by
Phoebe and Henry Ephron make this one of the best musical epics of its era. Kathryn Grayson will not be present for discussion as was