Sing Out, Sister: Broadway Musicals Through a Hollywood Lens- Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, 1954
Filmmakers have always turned to Broadway for inspiration and story ideas. And producing song and dance numbers for film is as old as sound recording on film itself – beginning with the movie The Jazz Singer in 1927. Fresh City Life takes a fresh look at four classic films – all stage hits interpreted by Hollywood for mass film audiences.
Directed by Stanley Donen. Starring Jane Powell, Howard Keel. This delightful musical actually worked its way back to Broadway; it was a film musical first and later was translated to the stage for Broadway (1982) and London (1985). Beautifully framed so that it ‘reads’ like a stage musical, the sets and backdrops are presented with such artificial grandeur that it makes a Currier and Ives print look like photo realism. But, that is part of its charm – as is the amazing singing and dancing of the principals. 102 minutes. Unrated.
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