Monday, April 30, 2012

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Dreaming.

"Need some chappy,
To make me happy,
And he don't have to be Hercules
Don't anyone know about birds and bees?
Ain't there anyone here for love, sweet love?"

Sunday, April 29, 2012

My week through movies.

Learning some strange but interesting news at work.

Going to a dance recital.

Visiting the dentist.

Getting (very) frustrated and upset.

Recovering (with some beautiful assistance).

Being contacted by an old school friend.

Writing.

Receiving good news.

Spending time with the boyfriend's mother.

Being hopeful.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Smile.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Top of the class. Screen-to-stage musical adaptations.

It is becoming increasingly popular to adapt films into musical theatre and I love it. The stage, particularly musicals, gives voices to those unheard elements and characters of a film narrative. Of course this can go wrong - The Umbrellas of Cherbourg was a sacrilegious production that still enrages me - but for the most part these range from entertaining (GhostShrek) to terrific (The Lion KingPriscilla Queen of the Desert). So with The BodyguardFar From Heaven and Finding Neverland finding there way onto the stage soon I thought it was a good time to list ten films I'd like to see turned into musical productions...


10. Frost/Nixon
I was not a fan of this film but there are two reasons why I often dream about this possibility: Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman. (Note: I swear the rest of this bunch are serious suggestions)
Suggested song: "Confess To Me" sung by David Frost and Richard Nixon. It'd be romantic.


9. It Happened One Night
This is an adorable narrative that has been replicated many times but remains as good any other romantic-comedies with mistaken identities. But could anyone compare with the charm and chemistry of Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert?
Suggested song: "You've Got A Name?" sung by Peter Warne and Ellie. Ellie tries to find out more about Peter who lies about his identity to gain her trust.


8. Calendar Girls
Rather than a sequel to Mamma Mia! I think this would be a fun film to turn into a jukebox musical with a fun ensemble cast. We could get more detail to the twelve calendar girls and there are plenty of songs they could sing.
Suggested song: "When You're Smiling" sung by ensemble. This would seem to sum-up the effect that their wonderful calendar had on the world.


7. Working Girl
This is a crowd-pleasing film similar to Legally Blonde where the protagonist triumphs over diversity, including her cruel boss. There are plenty of characters to create a great ensemble (perhaps Kevin Spacey's cameo could become more?) and I think it would be fun to keep this set in the 1980s with the nostalgia factor being a huge pull to the show. And we all love shoulder pads, right?
Suggested song: "I'm Back" sung by Katherine Parker. Katherine returns from her holiday and wants everyone to know it.


6. Mildred Pierce
Melodrama is an apt genre for musical interpretation and this is one of cinema's greatest. The rags-to-riches story of a mother whose attempt to create a happy home for her ungrateful daughter . Maybe Kate Winslet will reprise her Emmy award winning role in this (I'd hope) camper version?
Suggested song: "Being Veda Pierce" sung by Veda Pierce. This will establish Veda's malicious attitude towards her mother who has been unable to give her the life she desires.


5. Savage Grace
Another melodramatic film with a heightened reality and an outlandish protagonist. This is a shocking yet fascinating film, and I think the stage would only enhance the experience of delving into this crazy world of the Baekeland family.
Suggested song: "My Boy" sung by Barbara Baekeland. This is where Barbara would express her undying devotion to her boy and the complex emotions around this relationship.


4. Before Sunset / Before Sunrise
This would be a low key musical in the vein of Once where the romantic desires of the two strangers are expressed through song. I'm charmed by the idea of it!
Suggested song: "Just In Time". I don't know how it should be included or performed but I cannot imagine the second part of Celine and Jesse's story without this song.


3. The Hunchback of Notre Dame
This has already been made into a German production based on the 1996 Disney film but has yet to make an English-language translation. I believe this has the potential of being the greatest stage adaptation of a Disney text, if rather less marketable than their previous works.
Suggested song: "Someday" sung by Esmerelda. A beautiful song that was played on the credits of the Disney film but was added to the German stage production.


2. All About Eve 
This is a delicious concept with many fascinating characters in the world of the theatre. There is much potential for show-stopping numbers for Margo Channing, Eve Harrington and Addison DeWitt as well as a heartfelt song from the guilt-ridden Karen Richards when she sabotages Margo and unintentionally makes Eve a star.
Suggested song: "Give It To Me" sung by Eve. Eve will unleash her determination for stardom as she makes her first steps on the stage when she initially messes with Margo's costume. This would be reprised at the end where she now wishes to be free from the cost of her success, AKA being controlled by DeWitt.


1. Edward Scissorhands
This has already been adapted into a ballet by Matthew Bourne but I really believe that this could be a magical piece of musical theatre. The fairytale narrative of an outsider brought embraced by a community only to become victim to their ignorance is perfect for musical theatre.
Suggested song: "If (I Could Hold Her)" sung by Edward. This is Edward's declaration of love for Kim Boggs.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Subtitled wisdom.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

An irresistible statement.

"I don't really like the word depressed, I prefer to say that I'm in a tailspin."

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Endurance x4

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Advice from...Michael Gambon

"Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light."

Monday, April 23, 2012

Pause.

Monday, April 23, 2012

An image to treasure.

This reminds me of To Die For. And that is a very good thing indeed.

Monday, April 23, 2012

My favourite shot of...The Deep Blue Sea

Sunday, April 22, 2012

6 ways to celebrate...the 75th year of Jack Nicholson

  1. Get yourself into a mental institution.
  2. Share a jacuzzi with a naked Kathy Bates.
  3. Make Diane Keaton fall in love with you.
  4. Wear sunglasses. And be cool.
  5. Tell Tom Cruise that he can't handle the truth.
  6. Be a devil for Cher, Susan Surandon and Michelle Pfeiffer.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

My week through movies.

My boss returns from holidays.

Invited to a join a group.

Being stuck in an environment of increasing problems (and no solutions).

Writing.

Being excited about a project.

Starting a new project.

Suffering from tooth pain.

Going to the theatre.

Going to a gig.

Spending time in the park.

Visiting an exhibition.

More writing.

Wishing I was free.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Who's that girl?

This evening I will be in the audience of the Sydney Theatre Company's Big and Small featuring the one and only Cate Blanchett. I'm sure I'm in for a treat. 

Thursday, April 19, 2012

One reaction. The Magic Mike trailer.

This will be the most fun film of 2012.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Sunday, April 15, 2012

My week through movies.

Writing.

Planning an event.

Having a deserved drink.

Cooking dinner for a friend.

Having a creative meeting.

Celebrating a birthday.

Going to the theatre.

Relaxing.

More writing.