Last month, when we showed Mamma Mia! as part our Friday Film Series, we could not get over the smiles on the faces of our audience members as they left the Community Room. Between the humming and the swaying, we heard many of you say that you'd love it if we showed more musicals. We have heeded the call! During the month of June, we will show a musical every Friday at 7:30 p.m. We do hope you'll join us! Here's the schedule:
The Band Wagon (1953) Starring Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse; Not rated; 111 minutes
Each song and dance routine, from the lovely "Dancing in the Dark" through the insanely happpy "A Shine on Your Shoes" to the thrilling coda "That's Entertainment" is a slice of cinematic magic in this delightful musical. The original ballet sequence "Girl Hunt" choreographed for Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse by Michael Kidd is especially notable.
A Hard Day's Night (1964) John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr; Rated G; 85 minutes
A re-release of the 1964 classic musical comedy about four shaggy-haired lads from Liverpool, this is a playful day-in-the-life look at the emerging rock stars: John, Paul, George, and Ringo. Pursued by hordes of shrieking girls caught up in Beatlemania, they dash in and out of railways, through London streets, and into a TV recording studio. With concert footage of The Beatles performing "She Loves You," this movie survives as an indelible portrait of a particular time.
Funny Girl (1968) Barbra Streisand and Omar Sharif; Rated G; 149 minutes
Marvelous musical biography of the legendary Ziegfield girl, Fanny Brice. Fanny (Barbra Streisand) was all-laughs on-stage, but her personal life was considered a tragedy. Barbra Streisand received an Academy Award® for her leading role.
Singin' in the Rain (1952) Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, and Donald O'Connor; Not rated; 102 minutes
Considered by many to be the finest musical comedy of all-time, SINGIN' IN THE RAIN is sheer delight. Betty Comden and Adolph Green wrote this wonderful film about the time when movies were changing from silent to talkies. The songs range from the hilarious "Make 'Em Laugh" performed by O'Connor, to the delicate "You Were Meant for Me" and the show-stopping classic "Singin' in the Rain" solo by Gene Kelly.