Musicals: From Stage to Screen

I have always loved and adored musicals but I am fully aware that the genre seems to be the most difficult to please people who aren’t the biggest fans of them. After rewatching Chicago and the up and coming release of In the Heights it has me thinking about musicals going from stage to screen. Then if you have actually seen them on stage before the film adaptation or if you see the film first and then the stage musical. For obvious reasons a lot of changes have to be made when taking a show from the stage and putting it on screen, this is the main reason I feel Wicked has been left in production for around 12 years now. It’s one of my favourite stage musicals that I have currently seen nine times, but I really cannot picture how it will transfer to film without losing its magic and quite frankly being rather ridiculous on screen?

In the Heights is a show that I have been very lucky to see on stage twice, the first time on Broadway the night before it won the Tony Award for Best New Musical in 2008 and then in the West End in 2016. Both times I appreciated the unique nature of the music and quite frankly I think it is better than Hamilton. Both obviously coming from the genius mind of Lin-Manuel Miranda, seeing him perform on Broadway was certainly very special. I have been looking forward to seeing the film adaption of In the Heights since it was announced and that is now only a few weeks away. The reviews that have been released so far have been extremely positive and this increases my excitement to see the film. As we always seem to go through phases with musicals and one often leads to more being released.

I am really hoping that people who are not the biggest fans of musicals will give In the Heights a watch though as it really is not like any other musical you have seen before, we have come a very long way from the traditional musical numbers and acting. The rap/hiphop style is something so unique and different that it is a true joy to witness, I feel I have now moved more into begging people to see it, even though I haven’t myself yet either. I just hope audiences will be open minded and see something that dares to be different.

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RIP Ann Reinking

Broadway legend Ann Reinking has sadly passed away at the age of 71. She was part of the original Chicago broadway cast and over the years spent a lot of time working on the show, which I must add is my all time favourite.

Rest in peace to a true musical theatre legend who you might know from films All That Jazz (1979) and Annie (1982). Especially considering this blog is named Let’s Go To The Movies and that song is performed by Reinking in the film.

Musical Moments – For Good (West End Wicked Witches)

If you are in need of something to make you feel very happy but also possibly cry then here we have a a truly amazing collaboration featuring an incredible 23 West End actresses who have been in Wicked as Elphaba or Glinda.

In support of the MAD Trust which works with the theatre community to fight against AIDS and HIV.

Should you choose to donate, the theatre community would be truly grateful: Text “SUPPORT” to 70111 to donate £5 (UK ONLY) or Donate any amount at https://bit.ly/3bwP1qM or http://www.madtrust.org.uk

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Musical Moments – Avenue Q (For Now)

I know that Musical Moments is usually a Monday feature but considering the current world pandemic due to the Coronavirus I felt as though we need more Musical Moments!

I’ve had this song in my head most of the week “For Now” as I think thats important to remember that this pandemic is only for now and we will see better days! Also if you want more Avenue Q I really recommend watching other songs from the show.

The best thing about seeing it on stage is that they often change the final “For Now” to someone who is currently relevant in the country your in!

Les Misérables (UK Tour – Newcastle) Review

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Cast
Zac Hamilton – Jean Valjean
Nic Greenshields – Javert
Katie Hall – Fatine
Tegan Bannister – Eponine
Harry Apps – Marius
Bronwen Hanson – Cosette
Martin Ball – Thenardier
Sophie-Louise Dann – Madame Thenardier
Leo Miles – Enjolras
Joseph Sheppard – Gavroche
Pheenie Markham – Little Cosette

Date: Monday 19th August 2019
Venue: Theatre Royal, Newcastle

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Musical Moments – Les Mis (One Day More)

I am going to see Les Miserables for the second time at the Theatre tonight having seen it in the West End a few years back. I am really looking forward to it as the UK Tour is the new production and will be starting in the West End later this year after the theatre has been refurbished.

One Day More is one of the most incredible songs so I thought for todays musical moment it would be the version from the 10th anniversary concert show!