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The Magic Dance – Labyrinth (It’s that time of year!)

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Last year or a while ago I did the best broadway songs for Halloween and found 20 Halloween showtunes I love for any Halloween party.  The other day I heard a rumor that they are doing a sequel to the hit movie musical Labyrinth and it instantly meant it was time to come and finally do a blog post update.  Sorry for the delay in posts, it’s been a bit crazy here.

Anyways, when I think of Labyrinth I think of the Fire Dance, I think of the maze and the Goblin city and rave.  But if there’s one showtune from Labyrinth that “reminds” you of something, it has to be “The Magic Dance” from Labyrinth the musical.

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Into The Woods Movie Trailer Must See! Buy Into The Woods Here

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I was completely excited when they announced that they were filming a new stage version of Into the Woods for BlueRay and DVD and even more excited when I found out they were/are supposed to shoot a new movie version starring Maryl Streep.  I never actually did get to see the trailer for the new Into The Woods movie, but when I was going into YouTube to get a different showtune to share today, I came across and Into the woods movie trailer with a live stage version that is actually available and the show looks amazing.

Compared to the previous stage recording of Into the woods starring Bernadette Peters, they redid the set, went overboard with the costumes (wait until you see the witch in the movie trailer) and really did an amazing job.  I almost wish I went to see this stage version when I was in London instead of going to see The Bodyguard Musical, but The Bodyguard did turn out to be a great show, after you survive the first act which is horrible.  Anyways, unlike The Bodyguard which went from being a movie to a show, Into The Woods is another show that was turned into a Movie.  In the Into The Woods movie trailer above, it unfortunately isn’t the movie version that I thought was coming out or being filmed but instead is a stage recording of the revival with an amazing cast and incredible updates to the set and costuming.

If you aren’t familiar with the show, Into The Woods is about a bunch of fairytale characters and how they are all mixed together, react with each other and try to solve problems.  Each one has their own goals, their own issues and each one uses a different approach to get what they want.  The show is filled with amazing showtunes and classic broadway songs including Into The Woods, On the Steps of the Palace, No one is Alone, Lament and of course Children Will Listen which is probably the most famous showtune from Into The Woods.  The new stage recording looks amazing and is definitely worth checking out.  Feel free to leave a comment about the Into The Woods Movie Trailer and feel free to share this post on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

If You Didn’t Think Broadway Could Get Gayer – The British Have Done It!

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When Bette Midler took on Broadway and launched Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical around the same time that Harvey Fierstein’s show La Cage Aux Follies was in revival, we thought that broadway was about as gay as you can get. Now instead of having a ton of gays in musicals about gays, the British comedy team of Jennifer Saunders and Joanne Lumley who have entertained us as Patsy and Eddie on the hit tv show Ab Fab (Absolutely Fabulous) have put together a movie version of the show. It isn’t just a movie though, it’s an actual Musical according Vogue Magazie in the UK.

Not only is the show Ab Fab an iconic gay standard, but turning it into a musical takes a gay show to an entirely new level.  What’s even more shocking is that Jennifer Saunders, the writer and star of the show, just finished writing a new musical based on, for or featuring the music of the Spice Girls.  I don’t think it is going to get much gayer than this, but if anyone is going to be able to do it and to bring even more gays back to the theatre, it is definitely the two of them.  Even people who hate theatre, which are a few of my friends, love the show or the Spice Girls and having both of them being produced, worked on and coming out around the same time (I hope at least), is absolutely amazing.

If you’ve never seen the show Ab Fab, I highly recommend it.  It is a British comedy so there is a lot of humor and things you may not get.  It is also about two women who work in PR and fashion, do drugs, go to clubs, party, shop, obsess over designer clothing and also cause issues without any regard for anyone else or how much things cost.  By the time you finish watching the original seasons and episodes, I don’t think you’ll be able to resist saying sweetie darling, having a cigarette or even a bottle (not glass) of Stoli on the top of the nearest sky scraper waiting for your best friend to show up via helicopter to rescue you.  I can’t wait for both shows to come out and to see what they come up with.

Connie and Carla – Trashy, Tragic and Fabulous

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If you love trashy, tragic and fabulously campy movies, then Connie and Carla is one for you. So why am I writing about a movie on a broadway site? Connie and Carla is a movie about two women who want to star on broadway. They want to have roles that are amazing, sing and perform as best as they can. Unfortunately they witness a murder and have to go on the run and abandon their dreams of becoming amazing Actresses. So they think about the only place that is large enough to not be found and where there is absolutely no talent or class or culture and they realize, it’s LA.

During the movie Connie and Carla never give up on their dreams of becoming broadway stars. Unfortunately LA doesn’t really offer any form of cultural performing arts like Broadway, so they end up in a Victor Victoria styled situation at a local gay bar.

Connie and Carla end up posing as men dressing like women and performing showtunes in full drag as drag queens in a drag bar. Not the classiest of places or things to do, but you’ll love watching as they perform “Maybe This Time” from Cabaret and then they go into Evita for a full standing ovation with the audience singing along to “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina”.

Connie and Carla is an absolutely fabulous and funny film to watch. They stuff more musical numbers into a show than I think almost any show that isn’t a musical could ever try and do. Starring Nia Vardalos from both Muriel’s Wedding and My Big Fat Greek Wedding and numerous broadway shows as well as Toni Collete who we all loved in The Sixth Sense, Little Miss Sunshine and many more films, you’ll fall in love with this trashy and fun film that is all about your favorite broadway showtunes being sung by women dressed as med dressed as women. The movie is a favorite cult classic in the gay and theatre community and you won’t be able to help falling in love with them and you may even start to sing a long to some of your favorite showtunes from a ton of classic broadway shows including “Don’t Rain on My Parade” from Funny Girl, “Let Me Entertain You” from Gypsy, “There are Worse Things I Could Do” from Grease and event “Gonna Wash That Man Right Out of My Hair” from South Pacific. Connie and Carla is the perfect movie for movie night and your friends will all love laughing and singing a long to it.

The Muppet Christmas Carol – It Feels Like Christmas

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If there is one holiday movie musical that makes everyone smile and laugh it has to be the Muppet Christmas Carol. Not only do the Muppets take this classic story and add all of their own twists and jokes to it, but you absolutely have to love the reactions from the actor that plays Scrooge. Not only does he get to live in a world of ghosts and spirits, but the ghosts and spirits are also Muppets which are a bit crazy and extremely off. Not only do I love the Muppets, but when you take one of the most well known holiday stories, add in music and showtunes and then take an Actor who can play along and keep up with them, you have a guaranteed classic Muppet Movie. One of my favorite scenes from the Muppet Christmas Carol has to be when Scrooge meets the ghost of Christmas Present.

The Ghost of Christmas Present in the Muppets Christmas Carol is a bit off. Not only is he happy and perky, but he lacks almost any short term memory. He can change size and teleport himself and others as well as almost appear to be alive. Something about the people controlling this muppet make him almost believable as a real person. Everything from the voice and the emotion behind him when he is sitting in the room where Scrooge meets him to watching him walk down the street and have an amazing presence that takes your eyes off of everything else. For some reason you cannot stop watching him and he just makes you want to smile and be happy. Everything about the ghost of Christmas present in the Muppets Christmas Carol is happy and everything he talks about is why Christmas is an amazing time. Even his song is about how the holidays should make you happy.

It feels like Christmas is one of my favorite songs from the Muppet Christmas Carol. Not only is it fun to sing along with, but when you add in the ghost of Christmas present and a ton of the other muppets, you have a great holiday classic. I absolutely love The Muppets Christmas Carol and will probably try to find it online to watch this weekend. The Muppets Christmas Carol is a great version of the story of Scrooge and if you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend it.