Since it’s Easter and I completely destroyed my Easter Bonnet for the JRs annual Easter Bonnet Contest, I figured I would do a post about a show that gets about as much talent and Easter as you can stuff into one showtune. When I think of Easter Showtunes or broadway shows for Easter, the first one that comes to mind, if it is around Easter is Petter Cottontail, but for the rest of the year it is Easter Parade starring Judy Garland and Fred Astaire.
Not only do these two amazing iconic Actors create an amazing show, but the singing, the dancing and the way that they can feed off of each other is absolutely incredible. When thinking about which song I was going to use for Easter, I was originally thinking Easter Parade from Easter Parade, but then when I was looking through the videos, I had to do the song Happy Easter.
In Happy Easter you see Fred Astaire dancing through a city singing Happy Easter to everyone. Then he goes into a hat shop and you see some amazing (not as good as the one I created) easter bonnets, then you see some gorgeous flowers and then he goes into a toy store with a kid that you think is a girl until he talks and Fred sings that he is a boy. It’s funny how clothing and hairstyles, etc… have changed since this film was created and the time when it was supposed to take place. I miss the old fur coats, giant jeweled earrings and mink stoles…but then again all you have to do is go to a drag show and you can still see them. Unfortunately they aren’t as good as Judy Garland and Fred Astaire pulling them off. Fred in the toy store is one of my favorite scenes from this movie.
When he starts tap dancing and actually taps with the drums while playing them and using his tap shoes as drum sticks, you can see why he is such an amazing performer. Tap dancing is fairly hard to do, but to combine playing the drums and tapping and singing with it, you have to be seriously talented. That is one of the reasons I love the song Happy Easter from Easter Parade and why it is the perfect Easter showtune for my post today. Judy Garland and Fred Astaire were amazing in this show and the amount of talent that they had was incredible.