Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella premiered on ABC on November 2, 1997. Cinderella proved a major ratings success, originally airing to 60 million viewers and establishing itself as the most-watched television musical in decades, earning ABC its highest Sunday-night ratings in 10 years. Theatre, Out and About Continue reading
All That Jazz is the semi-autobiographical fantasy film based on aspects of Bob Fosse’s life and career as dancer, choreographer and director. The musical film was directed by Bob Fosse with screenplay by Robert Alan Aurthur and Fosse.
Sepia Cinderella (1947) is the second in a series of films produced by Jack Goldberg and Arthur Leonard, made primarily for the 684 theatres (in 1947) that catered exclusively to Black audiences that were kept out, or placed in a special balcony section, in most of the theatres in segregated America. Continue reading
Lady Sings The Blues is the story of jazz singer Billie Holiday and is loosely based on her 1956 autobiography. The name of the film was taken from one of Holiday’s most popular songs.
Buck and Bubbles were part of the amazingly talented cast of Blackbirds of 1930 along with piano virtuoso Eubie Blake and the magnificent vocalist Ethel Waters. While this revue is considered a landmark event in the history of black classical music, there is an awestruck need to be reminded that it only ran for a total of 26 performances, leaving Ford Lee “Buck” Washington and John W. Bubbles unemployed again. Continue reading
Martin: a ballet by Gordon Parks, an original five-movement ballet chronicling the struggles of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. Filmed in 1990 the work stars John Jones as Dr. King and Sheila Rohan as Rosa Parks, featuring choreography by Real Lamb. “Martin” (PBS, 1990), about the life of Dr. Martin Luther King. Parks served as executive producer, director, composer, keyboardist and documentary photographer for this boldly ambitious project. Continue reading
In the scene from the film Scent of a Woman, Frank Slade, a blind retired lieutenant colonel (played by Al Pacino) teaches Donna, a stranger whom he met at a restaurant, how to dance the tango. Continue reading
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is a children’s story by Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel written in rhymed verse with illustrations by the author. In 1957 the book was published by Random House, and it also appeared in an issue of Redbook Magazine. The story criticizes the commercialization of Christmas. The 26-minute short directed by cartoon legend Chuck Jones and narrated by Boris Karloff was originally telecast on CBS on December 18, 1966.
Scrooge is a 1970 British Musical Film adaptation in Panavision of Charles Dickens 1843 story A Christmas Carol. It was filmed in London between January and May 1970 and directed by Ronald Neame and starred Albert Finney as Ebenezer Scrooge. Continue reading
Grumpy Old Men is a romantic comedy film starring Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Ann Margret, Burgess Meredith, Daryl Hannah, Kevin Pollack, Ossie Davis and Buck Henry. Directed by Donald Petrie, the screenplay was written Mark Steven Johnson. Continue reading