Category Musical

Chicago: The Musical

by olgaberrios

In Chicago, the musical begins in Act One in which Roxie Hart murders her lover, Fred Casely, and subsequently attempts to blame her bumbling husband Amos for the slaughter (though she is soon found out and arrested). It’s in the cell blocks that we are treated to the infamous musical number “Cell Block Tango,” in which several other murderesses sing of their crimes.

Other characters introduced in Chicago are Matron “Mama” Morton, a corrupt prison warden with a favors-exchange system via which she provides mutual services to prisoners, and Velma Kelly, a vaudevillian charged with the double homicide of her adulterous husband and back-stabbing sister.

Velma and Roxie soon find themselves in a struggle to win the limelight of fame which Roxie ultimately wins when she manages to steal Velma’s lawyer, the renowned Billy Flynn, who spins the truth concerning the murder of Fred...


Five Reasons To Go And Discover Les Miserables In London’s West End.

There are various good reasons to see Les Miserables in the West End of London. The long term phenomenal musical has filled theatres around the world for years. Making London’s West End its residence since 1985, the hordes of lovers for this excellent stage show musical are testament to the superb portrayal of the characters brought to life on such a strong and heartfelt level.

The tale of Les Miserables is set in early 19th century France and is based around Victor Hugo’s 1862 entitled Les Miserables. The unique tale of characters that struggle against hardships for redemption is both endearing and engaging. Through the lives of student revolutionaries and factory workers the story of Les Miserables unfolds before your eyes.

The creation of Victor Hugo, Les Miserables continues to be one of the most prosperous musicals the world has ever seen...


London Divas! The Biggest Voices in London’s West End Theatre

Biggest Voices
by whizchickenonabun

London Divas, the biggest voices in the business are in some of musicals of London’s West End musicals. From the divine Sister Act to outstanding Oliver!, leading ladies are dazzling audiences in theatres across the capital. Want to hear London Divas belt it out with the rest? Here’s our pick of the five biggest voices in the London’s best musicals:

Kerry Ellis in Oliver!

Former Wicked star Kerry Ellis is hanging up her broomstick to replace Jodie Prenger as ‘Nancy’ in the acclaimed production of Lionel Bart’s hit musical Oliver! at London’s Theatre Royal Drury Lane. One of London’s favourite leading ladies, Kerry has had huge success both on Broadway and in London’s West End. Her most famous roles include ‘Meat’ in the original London cast of We Will Rock You, ‘Fantine’ in Les Miserables at the Queen’s Theatre and ‘Ellen’ in Miss Saigon...


On the Town

On the Town is a 1949 musical film with music by Leonard Bernstein and Roger Edens and book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. It is an adaptation of the Broadway stage musical of the same name produced in 1944 (which itself is an adaptation of the Jerome Robbins ballet entitled Fancy Free which was also produced in 1944), although many changes in script and score were made from the original stage version; for instance, most of Bernstein’s music was dropped in favor of new songs by Edens, who disliked the majority of the Bernstein score for being too complex and too operatic. This caused Bernstein to boycott the film.

On the TownThree sailors – Gabey, Chip, and Ozzie – begin their shore leave, excited for their 24 hours in New York (“New York, New York”)...


Cabin in the Sky

Cabin in the Sky is a 1943 American musical film based on the 1940 stage musical of the same name. Directed by Vincente Minnelli, the film stars Ethel Waters and Rex Ingram, who reprised their roles from the Broadway production, as well Eddie ‘Rochester’ Anderson and Lena Horne. It was Horne’s first and only leading role in an MGM musical. Louis Armstrong was also featured in the film as one of Lucifer Junior’s minions, and Duke Ellington and his Orchestra have a showcase musical number in the film.

Cabin in the SkyLittle Joe, a man killed over gambling debts, is restored to life by angelic powers and given six months to redeem his soul and become worthy of entering Heaven—otherwise he will be condemned to Hell...


A Hard Days Night

A Hard Day’s Night is a 1964 British musical comedy film directed by Richard Lester and starring the Beatles—John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr—during the height of Beatlemania. It was written by Alun Owen and originally released by United Artists. A Hard Day’s Night portrays several days in the lives of the group.

The film was a financial and critical success. Time magazine rated it as one of the all-time great 100 films. British critic Leslie Halliwell described it as a “comic fantasia with music; an enormous commercial success with the director trying every cinematic gag in the book” and awarded it a full four stars. The film is credited as being one of the most influential of all musical films, inspiring numerous spy films, the Monkees’ television show and pop music videos.

A Hard Day's NightBound for a London show from Liverpool, The Beatles escape a horde of fans (“A H...


The Many Magical Musicals of Rodgers and Hammerstein

by peter_komposch

Rodgers and Hammerstein are two of musical theater’s best collaborators. The Sound of Music is the best known of their productions.

Mention the names Rodgers and Hammerstein and almost everyone knows a bit about them. Rodgers and Hammerstein are two of musical theater’s best collaborators. Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II are best known for the musicals, The Sound of Music, Oklahoma!, South Pacific, The King and I, and Carousel.

Rodgers first partnered with Lorenz Hart. The partnership was a successful one, and they produced a number of Broadway works. Chief among these were Babes in Arms and A Connecticut Yankee. Hammerstein was also building a successful career on Broadway working with a number of composers. He collaborated with Jerome Kern to produce the well-known musical, Show Boat, in 1927.

The genesis of their first work together, Oklahoma!, resulted fro...


Babes In Arms

Babes in Arms is the 1939 American film version of the 1937 Broadway musical of the same name. The film version stars Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland, and features Charles Winninger, Guy Kibbee, June Preisser, Grace Hayes and Betty Jaynes. The film concerns a group of youngsters trying to put on a show to prove their vaudevillian parents wrong and make it to Broadway. The original Broadway script was significantly revamped, restructured and rewritten to accommodate Hollywood’s needs.

Babes In ArmsIn 1921 vaudeville performer Joe Moran (Charles Winninger) announces the birth of a son; but after the advent of talking pictures in 1928, vaudeville fails. His son Mickey Moran (Mickey Rooney) writes songs, and Patsy Barton (Judy Garland) sings “Good Morning.” Mickey sells the song for $100. He gives Patsy his pin and kisses her...


Love Never Dies Adelphi Theatre London

Love Never Dies
by Katie Morrow

The principal characters of The Phantom of the Opera continue their stories in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s LOVE NEVER DIES, currently playing at The Adelphi Theatre London. From the Gothic surrounds of the Paris Opera House to the dazzling heights of New York’s Coney Island – the Phantom returns. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s spectacular new musical reunites the masked Phantom with his only true love and musical protege, the stunning beauty Christine Daae. Love Never Dies is a roller coaster ride of intrigue, obsession and romance – where little is as it first appears.

With Madame Giry’s help the Phantom escaped the Paris mobs to construct a glittering brand new empire in the new world. For ten long years the Phantom has hidden himself amongst the freaks and sideshows nursing his broken heart along with yearning for his true love to return.

Now, blinded by money and also the bright li...


Musical Composition

Musical Composition
by backgroundsfree

Musical composition can happen in advance with an aim towards repeat performance or it can happen on the spot when musicians improvise or jam. Composition describes the formal construction of a piece of music, both it’s incarnation on paper and its performance incarnation. Originally Western music was composed for the church and for worship. Its function was to be repeated but the artistic/creative elements of musical composition were lacking as the music itself was more pedagogical in purpose. Once polyphonic sounds began to creep in, composers began to record music on paper for future performance. This begins to happen when the view of music starts to change from that of a form of worship to a form of worship that also provides audio pleasure.

There is a mathematical precision to musical composition that is present in most studies of musical theory...


Childs Choir Music

I once had a friend that wanted to help out any way that she could at her church. Let’s just say that it didn’t take anyone in the church long to realize that they had hit pay dirt as they did not have a Childs Choir Director. They called her in and asked her if she would be in charge of one of the most important positions in the church – Director of Childs Choir Music. How could she refuse? After all this was one of the most important positions, and how hard could it be to get children to sing songs.

Her duties, she found, including setting up their first choir fundraiser and helping with all aspects of choir including song selection and recruiting. As in many cases the job of the volunteer can cover many different areas that are not anticipated. When it comes to choir, though, there are so many fun things to do to make it enjoyable for the kids.

After all, they natur...



Victor/Victoria is a 1982 British-American musical comedy film released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and starring Julie Andrews, James Garner, Robert Preston, Lesley Ann Warren, Alex Karras, and John Rhys-Davies.

Victor/VictoriaSet in 1934 Paris, the film opens with Richard di Nardo, a young hustler, emerging from the bed of gay middle-aged Carroll Todd (Robert Preston), a.k.a. Toddy; Richard dresses, takes money from Toddy’s wallet and leaves Toddy’s apartment. Going about his day, Toddy, a performer at Chez Lui in Paris, sees Labisse, the club owner, auditioning a frail, impoverished soprano, Victoria Grant (Julie Andrews). After the audition, Labisse drily writes her off, and she responds by sustaining a pitch to shatter his wine glass using resonant frequency. That night, Richard comes to Chez Lui as part of a straight foursome and Toddy incites a brawl by insulting Richard and the women in his group...


Why You Should Go and See the Mamma Mia Musical

The international hit musical Mamma Mia is best seen in the West End because of value for money, professionalism, safety and variety of other activities. The West End has the UK’s best talent. Public transportation is also available so the car can be left at home.

You would have to be living under a rock not to have heard about the hit musical Mamma Mia, based on the music of Swedish pop sensation ABBA. Although productions of Mamma Mia can be found from coast to coast all over the UK since the very first showing in 1999, the best place to see it is London’s West End.

Mamma MiaIt is a common misconception that the strength of a musical stands on its plot and songs. If that was true, then there would be no reason for anyone to go to the West End or even across the Pond to Broadway when the local drama club is putting on a revue...


42nd Street

42nd Street is a 1933 American pre-Code musical film, directed by Lloyd Bacon. The choreography was staged by Busby Berkeley. The songs were written by Harry Warren (music) and Al Dubin (lyrics). The script was written by Rian James and James Seymour, with Whitney Bolton, who was not credited, from the 1932 novel of the same name by Bradford Ropes.

42nd StreetIt is 1932, the depth of the Depression, and noted Broadway producers Jones (Robert McWade) and Barry (Ned Sparks) are putting on Pretty Lady, a musical starring Dorothy Brock (Bebe Daniels). She is involved with wealthy Abner Dillon (Guy Kibbee), the show’s “angel” (financial backer), but while she is busy keeping him both hooked and at arm’s length, she is secretly seeing her old vaudeville partner, out-of-work Pat Denning (George Brent).

Julian Marsh (Warner Baxter) is hired to direct, even though his doctor warns that he risks his life if ...


Music In Prague

The first time we went to Prague it was to see the city and its history, but music in Prague is part of the fabric of the city. I remember saying I had never seen a city where everyone seemed to be walking around with a musical instrument of some type under their arm.

The first thing we did when we got to Prague wasn’t to go and see the Charles Bridge or the Castle… it was to go to an opera…. and that’s what we suggest to all of our friends.

Whoa… wait a minute, you’re saying. “I’m not an opera buff.” We’re not either, and we don’t usually go looking for musical performances when we travel, but music in Prague just called out to us.

Back to that opera… We went to see “Don Giovanni” in the Estates Theatre Prague. This jewel box of a theater opened in 1783...


A Star Is Born

A Star Is Born is a 1976 American musical drama film telling the story of a young woman, played by Barbra Streisand, who enters show business, and meets and falls in love with an established male star, played by Kris Kristofferson, only to find her career ascending while his goes into decline. It is a remake of two earlier versions – the 1937 version was a drama starring Janet Gaynor and Fredric March, and the 1954 version was a musical starring Judy Garland and James Mason. It will be remade for a third time in 2018 starring Stefani Germanotta and Bradley Cooper.

A Star Is BornEsther Hoffman, an aspiring singer-songwriter, meets John Norman Howard, a famous, successful and self-destructive singer/songwriter rock star, whom, after a series of coincidental meetings, she finally starts dating. Believing in her talent, John gives her a helping hand and her career begins to eclipse his.

Writer and direc...


Musical Tickets

Musical Tickets
by HatM

Come holiday season, all the musical theatre fans are excited. After all, they have a chance to catch up on all the new musicals at the various venues across London, and enjoy late night theatre performances or take pleasure in a late night stroll at the West End theatre district, after having watched a wonderful musical play. Of course, there is that one issue to be tackled first; how are you going to find affordable musical tickets for such favoured shows? The answer is simple. Just buy them online.

You can find a host of different official ticketing websites that boast of selling discounted tickets of all theatre genres from operas to musicals, in addition to meal packages, theatre gift vouchers and London attractions like the London Eye, cruises on the river, London Dungeon, Madame Tussauds, etc., which are ideal for an wonderful evening out...


High Society

High Society is a 1956 American musical comedy film directed by Charles Walters and starring Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, and Frank Sinatra. The film was produced by Sol C. Siegel for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and shot in VistaVision and Technicolor, with music and lyrics by Cole Porter.

Based on the play The Philadelphia Story by Philip Barry, with a screenplay by John Patrick, the film High Society is about a successful popular jazz musician who tries to win back the affections of his ex-wife, who is preparing to marry another man. The cast also features Celeste Holm, John Lund and Louis Calhern, with a musical contribution by Louis Armstrong.

High SocietyThe highly successful jazz musician C.K. Dexter Haven (Bing Crosby) was divorced from wealthy Newport, Rhode Island socialite Tracy Samantha Lord (Grace Kelly), but remains in love with her...



Mame is a 1974 Technicolor musical film in Panavision based on the 1966 Broadway musical of the same name (itself based on the 1958 film Auntie Mame) and the 1955 novel Auntie Mame by Patrick Dennis.

It was directed by Gene Saks, and adapted by Paul Zindel, and starred Lucille Ball in her final theatrical film performance. The cast also stars Bea Arthur, Bruce Davison and Robert Preston.

At the reading of the will of young Patrick Dennis’s (Kirby Furlong) father, a trustee, Mr. Babcock (John McGiver), reveals that Patrick is to be left in the care of his aunt, Mame Dennis (Lucille Ball), as well as his nanny, Agnes Gooch (Jane Connell). Taking a train to New York City (Main Title Including St. Bridget), Agnes and the boy arrive at Mame’s home, where they walk into a wild party that she is giving for a holiday she herself created (It’s Today)...


New York, New York

New York, New York is a 1977 American musical drama film directed by Martin Scorsese and written by Mardik Martin and Earl Mac Rauch based on a story by Rauch. It is a musical tribute, featuring new songs by John Kander and Fred Ebb as well as jazz standards, to Scorsese’s home town of New York City, and stars Robert De Niro and Liza Minnelli as a pair of musicians and lovers. The story is “…about a jazz saxophonist (De Niro) and a pop singer (Minnelli) who fall madly in love and marry”; however, the “…saxophonist’s outrageously volatile personality places a continual strain on their relationship, and after they have a baby, their marriage crumbles”, even as their careers develop on separate paths. The film marked the final screen appearance of actor Jack Haley.

New York, New YorkThe story opens on V-J Day in 1945...