Musical Moments – In the Heights (Tony Awards 2008)

After seeing In the Heights film for the second time at the cinema yesterday I felt this was the perfect time to have In the Heights as a musical moment. I have picked the performance from the original Broadway cast at the Tony Awards in 2008 in which it went on to win the Best New Musical Tony Award (and I was at these awards!)

Musical Moments – Class (Chicago)

Having rewatched Chicago over the weekend it got me thinking about this song Class, which was added to the DVD release as a deleted scene. It is an incredibly powerful song that still feels so relevant to this day. It has always been in the stage show and that is something that I love about that version, the reason it was cut from the film? Well, they didn’t feel it fit in with the rest of the film being the musical numbers taking place in Roxie’s head (I mean don’t get me started that Mr. Cellophane doesn’t fit in with that). Anyway why not enjoy Queen Latifah and Catherine Zeta Jones singing Class?

Trailer: In the Heights (2021)

Feels very strange to be doing another post about a trailer for In the Heights and changing the release year to 2021. This is a film we should have all loved and enjoyed already. I was lucky enough to see this on Broadway the day before it won the Tony Award for best new musical back in 2008 and also saw it in 2016 in London.

It is a truly outstanding show and I personally think the musical numbers in it are better than Hamilton.

One Day More (of Trump)

Now I know technically we are now into the final day of Donald Trump as President of the United States before Joe Biden is sworn in today. But I have just watched this in full and thought it was utter genius. One Day More from Les Miserables is probably the most parodied musical theatre song of all time, for good reason though considering the music and being able to fit many different lyrics in. I am not the biggest James Corden plan but I applaud this effort!

Also Patti LuPone is everything as always!

Musical Moments – There’s Gotta Be Something Better Than This (Sweet Charity)

As we are now in Lockdown 2.0 in the UK I felt as though only one song would be appropriate for today’s musical moments. Surely “There’s Gotta Be Something Better Than This”?

Taken from musical film Sweet Charity with Chita Rivera, Paula Kelly and Shirley MacLaine . . .

RIP Ennio Morricone

Legendary Italian composer Ennio Morricone has passed away aged 91 in Rome.

Affectionately known as ‘Maestro’ he is involved in some of the most memorable scores in film history.

Once Upon a Time in America, The Untouchables, Cinema Paradiso, The Hateful Eight. His haunting melodies for Sergio Leone’s trilogy of westerns A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. A lot of these films I have caught up with watching over the past few months and the scores blew me away each and every time.

He was presented with an honorary Oscar in 2007 and then went on to win for The Hateful Eight.

Let’s take a little bit of time to appreciate some of his most famous music from films . . .

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Musical Moments – The Sopranos Theme

Over the past few weeks I have eventually had the time to watch The Sopranos, all six outstanding and amazing seasons of it! I can now fully understand why it is regarded as one of the greatest tv series of all time, its truly amazing. So in celebration of finishing it all yesterday I though what better way to start this Monday than having the theme song of ‘Woke Up This Morning’ by Alabama 3?