Mad About Musicals

I can’t believe 2018 is half over…how did I miss May and June, it seems like the TCM Film Festival was just yesterday. Due to circumstances beyond my control I neglected signing up for the online free Mad About Musicals course offered by TCM. I believe I procrastinated signing up because I didn’t want to be disappointed that the powers that be would ignore Deanna Durbin musicals. I was hopeful that TCM would include more than one DD movie in their Tuesday and Thursday Mad About Musicals lineup for June but no.
For the 1950’s I was happy that TCM showed Doris Day’s fun 1953 Warner Bros. musical Calamity Jane which garnered a Best Song Oscar for the Sammy Fain/Paul Francis Webster Song ‘Secret Love’.
However I believe the TCM programmer missed the mark on not including in their 1950’s lineup: the 1954 film Carmen Jones with Best Actress nominated Dorothy Dandridge in that role. And the 1959 musical also staring Dorothy: Porgy and Bess an Oscar winner for Best Music Scoring for André Previn and nominated for Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design and Best Sound.
I was shocked at the choice of the Beatles A Hard Day’s Night being shown as a musical for the 1960’s. Don’t get me wrong I love the Beatles and A Hard Day’s Night, after all I was an original screaming Mimi at the Keego Harbor Theatre in Michigan when it previewed on the big screen in 1964. Precursor to music videos yes, musical…no.
For the 1970’s musical’s I don’t think any can compare with the 1971 Fiddler on the Roof.
Oscar winner for: Best Cinematography, Best Sound, Best Music. Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Actor in Leading Role, Best Actor Supporting Role, Best Director, Best Art/Set Direction. Kudo’s to TCM for including this Musical in their June 28th line-up. From the opening strains of the song Tradition to the ending silent scenes of the people of Anetevka marching from their village, the wind whistling through the winter air as the towns people pray at the cross roads with the Fiddler following Tevye(Topol) and his family on their journey to America.

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