Saturday, May 23, 2015
Saturday Scribbles Vol 16
It's Saturday! That means it is time for another edition of Saturday Scribbles. I'll let you in on a secret. This feature is one of my favorite things to write. About last week's lack of Scribbles post. Yeah that didn't happen. I'd meant to. I have something I want to share, and last Saturday would have been the perfect day to do so. But I came home Friday night, watched the Amazing Race and then fell asleep. And my Saturday was busy, so I didn't have a chance to get it written. So I'll share NEXT Saturday what I'd planned for the 16th. Why not today, you may ask? That's because of what I'm about to talk about.
Ever since Disney introduced this movie back in 1992, I've loved it. Yes it's a musical. Which is something I love. But it's unlike any musical I'd ever seen. Most musicals have a bit of a romance in it. Or the entire story is a romance. Not so with this one. This one follows a group of newspaper sellers, you know the paper boys who are shouting Extra Extra, in the late 1890's in New York who purchase their newspapers to sell for 50 cents per 100 papers. When the newspaper owners decide to raise the cost to 60 cents per 100 papers, the boys go on strike and a leader emerges to lead the newsboys. One reason I love this musical is that I was a girl in junior high. The cast is predominately male. I had crushes on at least 3 or 4 of the actors. :) But another reason is that Gene Kelly was a special consultant to the film, especially with the choreography. I've probably grown up seeing just about every, if not all, Gene Kelly movie. Knowing that he consulted on the film, I was easily able to pick out specific scenes he had helped with. The movie is actually based on true events.
Well the movie was turned into a Broadway play. It is currently touring the country. When I heard it was coming to Houston, I was thrilled. I figured, I could figure out a way to get a pair of tickets. My Mom got me some for Christmas. And my one of my long time friends (we've known each other since we were babies) is coming with me to see it. And the best thing is - we are seeing it TODAY!!!
Can you tell I'm just a little bit excited?
So here are a few clips from the movie of three of my favorite songs to let you, my reader friends, share in my excitement today. Happy watching. By the way Christian Bale is very young in this film.
This clip from the the movie is one where Gene Kelly's influence is the most obvious.
This is the song "Seize the Day." Even in this clip, Gene Kelly's influence is noticable to one who has watched as many of his movies as I have.
And finally, Jack Kelly played by a young Christian Bale, in the number "Santa Fe."
So what musicals make up your favorites that you have seen live?