This week's topic was my suggestion.
I have always been a movie buff and from my grade school days at Carlile Elementary in Pueblo, Colorado I have loved stage plays. The local Junior College regularly staged plays for kids. I have fond memories of walking from Carlile to PJC for the show. I saw things like Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood and many others. Those were fun. times
Of course I was also laying the groundwork for my love of films with classics like The Thing, The Day The Earth Stood Still, Tarantula, the Bowery Boys and too many more to name. Gotta love those Saturday matinees at the Uptown Theater. I still remember the first movie I ever saw in a theater - Tarantula. The first one at a drive in was Hell and High Water.
Jump ahead to 1976 - Lynn was offered a promotion to Hartford and we were in striking distance of New York and Broadway. Back then it did not cost a month's salary to see a show. Our first was Sherlock Holmes. Dinner at Mama Leones (Italian) and tickets combined were an affordable $75 or so for us and we had a great time.
By then I was also a big fan of musicals on the big screen. I saw them all - my favorite being Camelot. My folks used to buy records of the soundtracks of the Broadway shows so I regularly listened to those along with the pop/rock standards of the time. I knew all of the songs to West Side Story, Camelot, Music Man and the rest. An off Broadway show called The Fantastiks was a favorite of mine.
Here is a tune from that show - performed by an amazing octogenarian -
Of course I kept up with regular movie going - in fact rarely a month went by when Lynn and I did not see at least 2 movies. We made a deal early on - she would sit through the guy movies and I would sit through her chick flicks. In almost no time we were fans of both genres.
Somewhere along the way stage productions became so elaborate the cost of seeing one grew out of our reach. There were a couple of exceptions, both Camelot. We saw touring productions of Camelot in San Francisco with both Richard Harris and Richard Burton as King Arthur. Burton was the most famous stage Arthur and Harris owned the role on film. Truth be told, IMHO Harris owned the role on stage as well.
The last musical films I recall seeing were Darling Lily and Paint Your Wagon. The genre was almost nonexistent from those two until recently when musicals have made a comeback of sorts.
If given a choice between the latest blockbuster film and a stage production I would opt for the stage production almost every time, especially if it is an older show. It makes sense if you consider the fact that I prefer live music to studio recordings.
Be sure to check my cohorts blogs to see their take on this topic. Ramana, Pravin and Maria