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minstrel hussain boy

fosse did a great movie adaptation of "caberet." but, you're right, that's about it.

Lance Mannion

Mhb, I keep forgetting Caberet *is* a musical.


I also don't like musicals, but I've seen very few. The exception, the one I loved and remember is Marat/Sade. I can still call scenes to mind and hear the songs in my head. "Marat, we're poor and the poor stay poor."
Does any theatre company mount a production anymore? Is it as good as I remember? Or perhaps the questions of personal, political, and psychiatric simply suited the late 60s.


I'm late to the party on "Seven Psychopaths" but I wanted to comment on it he movie. I waited to read your review until I saw it. So...I have to say I agree and disagree with you in this movie.

First, I enjoyed it a lot because I saw it as a spoof. As a playwright I could appreciate how funny the entire discussion throughout the movie about the screenplay (and ideas for it), plus the hilarious realization that Billy became "Jack of Diamonds" in order to create an inspiration for Martin's screenplay. Hilarious. Inspired! I could see doing that! I have suggested things to create the catalyst for a play or story. (Not killing people, but still.)

I agree with you that this was Walken's best work recently. He was really good.

I saw the movie as written for all the screenwriters, playwrights, frustrated novelists good, bad and unknown out there.


I am a huge aficionada of musicals, musical theater, Broadway, Rogers & Hammerstein, Gershwins, Lerner & Lowe, Sondheim, etc. etc.

I am not a big fan of this soundtrack. It's ok. It beats the hell out of any Gawd-Awful Andrew Lloyd Weber (which is the fourth circle of Hell). It's not that great. Some of the songs are pretty good. I also thought "Cats" was both forgettable and annoying, "Phantom" was spectacular theatrically but the music was boring (and bad).

Les Miserables is, as you suggested in your first entry, such a great story, even mediocre (overplayed) music can't ruin it. Plus, it's a strong cast.

Interesting that you are so inspired by this movie!


Here's another example of Hugh Jackman's great skills live:


I thought Chicago worked beautifully as a movie, and I didn't even mind Richard Gere-- the brash Irish hack lawyer is a more dated stereotype than the new-money, media-savvy celebrity lawyer. Loved the first couple of numbers, but when the dripping faucet & night guard's steps started "Cell Block Tango," I was practically bouncing in my seat.

But I'm a theatre person anyway, albeit not a strong enough singer to have ever done anything but dance in the chorus... still, there's really no energy like that.

minstrel hussain boy

(i was musical director for a production of "chicago" two years ago. i spent an entire summer, in san diego, in stomp jazz heaven)

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