Sunday, February 5, 2012

A Little Bit of Broadway

Sunday, Feruary 5, 2012
5:00 - 6:00pm

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

We are continuing our review of great film musicals (whether stage adaptations or film musical) that are fun to watch with younger kids. Today is the 1971 Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, a musical version of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. With great music, a moral lesson that’s not too heavy and Oompa Loompas, what better way than to spend time with the kids!

Screenplay: Roald Dahl, David Seltzer (uncredited)
Based on: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Starring: Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Peter Ostrum
Music and lyrics: Anthony Newley, Leslie Bricusse

One bit of triva – Charlie Bucket was Peter Ostrum’s only film role. Today he is a large animal veterinarian in New York.

One of my favorite Newley/Bricusse shows is the 1963 Tony Award winning Stop the World - I Want to Get Off -- and who better to sing Little Chap than Sammy Davis, Jr. Here's some songs from the show.
I Wana Be Rich
Typically English
Gonna Build Me a Mountain

NBC tomorrow night premieres a new series based on Broadway. Called Smash, it's the story of a group of characters who come together to put on a Broadway musical based on the life of Marilyn Monroe. Early buzz is that it's pretty good. Check it out!

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