December 27, 2009, - 7:19 pm
**** UPDATE: OOPS, I forgot. “Showboat” and “West Side Story” are also the “greatest musical ever written and made into film.” Sorry for not noting those–both of which I love, too. ****
. . . the greatest musical ever written and made into film is on TV, right now. “The Sound of Music” on ABC. Began just a few minutes ago at 7:00 p.m., Eastern Time.
Hey, I gotta take a break from terrorism stuff, Obamanations, and horrible contemporary movies, sometimes.
It may be sappy and old-fashioned, but at 44 years old (the movie debuted in 1965), it stands the test of time. And it’s got everything, including terrif actor Christopher Plummer, Julie Andrews and her great singing of songs that stand the test of time. And escape from the Nazis. Plus, Penny Robinson (Angela Cartwright) from “Lost in Space.”
Are you watching? I try to watch every year when it’s on. Do you like “Sound of Music”? Why or why not? Like I said, I think it’s the best musical ever written, especially the way it’s presented in the film. It’s got the right mix of music/song and drama, it’s got romance, adventure, Nazis and some thriller stuff. Plus, singing nuns and kids wearing clothes made out of ugly drapes.
Can’t beat it. Great for kids and family viewing. And I think it’s inspired a new song, “How Do You Solve a Problem Like Obama?” (With apologies to Maria for the comparison.)
Go, Von Trapp Family, go.
If you don’t agree with me, what–in your opinion–is the best musical? The best musical on film? Why?
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