Stage musical adaptation of H.G. Wells' alien invasion novel recorded live at London's O2 arena in 2012. The reimagined story which was first released in 1978 as a concept album by Jeff Wayne is narrated by Liam Neeson and includes performances by Jason Donovan Marti Pellow and Ricky Wilson.
Gigi, Vincente Minnelli's 1958 adaptation of Colette's story about a girl (Leslie Caron) groomed as a courtesan but desired as a wife by a Parisian playboy (Louis Jordan), won a lot of Oscars, but it also has the unusual distinction of being an MGM musical shot on location in the City of Lights. What a musical it is (by Lerner and Loewe): Maurice Chevalier and Hermione Gingold crooning "Ah, Yes, I Remember It Well", plus the songs "Thank Heaven for Little Girls", "Gigi", "I'm a Bore", and "She's Not Thinking of Me". Director Minnelli makes a sumptuous, dreamy, almost laid-back affair of it all and the indispensable cast is forever etched into memory. Hollywood's long-running infatuation with continental grace and manners, the memory of a much earlier time imported to American movies through such immigrant directors as Ernst Lubitsch, may have finally come to a gentle end with this film. --Tom Keogh
Available for the first time on Blu-Ray, Jesus Christ Superstar (1973). Rock opera of the last week in the life of Jesus Christ. The Last Supper and Crucifixion are events which impel this mystical/musical translation of the famous Broadway rock opera. Special Features: An Exclusive Interview with Master Lyricist Tim Rice Photo Gallery Jesus Christ Superstar Theatrical Trailer Feature Commentary with Director Norman Jewison and Actor Ted Neely
The wonderful Judy Garland stars in this charming musical as Esther Smith whose father comes home and announces he is going to uproot his whole family to New York on the very eve of the 1903 St. Louis World Fair. Brilliantly directed by Vincente Minnelli and full of wonderful songs - 'Trolley Song' 'Have yourself A Merry Little Christmas'.
This rousing musical, based on the stories of Sholem Aleichem, takes place in pre-revolutionary Russia and centres on the life of Tevye (Topol), a milkman who is trying to keep his family's traditions in place while marrying off his three older daughters. Yet, times are changing and the daughters want to make their own matches, breaking free of many of the constricting customs required of them by Judaism. In the background of these events, Russia is on the brink of revolution and Jews are feeling increasingly unwelcome in their villages. Tevye--who expresses his desire for sameness in the opening number, "Tradition"--is trying to keep everyone, and everything, together. The movie is strongly allegorical--Tevye represents the common man--but it does it dextrously, and the resulting film is a stunning work of art. The music is excellent (it won Oscars for the scoring and the sound), with plenty of familiar songs such as "Sunrise, Sunset" and "If I Were a Rich Man," which you'll be humming long after the movie is over. Isaac Stern's violin--he provides the music for the fiddler on the roof--is hauntingly beautiful. And despite the serious subject matter, the film is quite comedic in parts; it also well deserves the Oscar it won for cinematography. --Jenny Brown
New York, 1929: a war rages between two rival gangsters, Fat Sam and Dandy Dan in Alan Parker's much-loved kiddie mob flick.
For the first time ever on DVD - a visually stunning screen adaptation of the stage production of Oklahoma! which can be enjoyed at home recreating the magic of the live show. this award-winning Royal national theatre production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's musical classic has been specially filmed following its crowning as the best production of Oklahoma! ever made. The complete Royal National Theatre cast including Hugh Jackman Josefina Gabrielle Oliver Award-winner Shuler Hens
Julian Marsh a successful Broadway director produces a new show inspite of his poor health. The money comes from a rich old man who is in love with the star of the show Dorothy Brock. But she doesn't reply his love because she is still in love with her old partner. At the night before the premiere Dorothy Brock breaks her ankle and one of the chorus girls Peggy Sawyer tries to take over her part. Featuring incredible dance choreography from the master Busby Berkeley
Milos Forman's 1979 film of the 1968 musical Hair is far more watchable than it has any right to be. Controversial though the original stage version might have been at the time, it has not dated well. It was written back when most people thought the Vietnam War was a good idea and long hair on men a signifier of a hopelessly corrupt society, rather than the other way around. By the time the belated movie adaptation arrived attitudes had changed, and what made Hair so unique had become commonplace. However, the exuberance of the performances (led by Treat Williams) and the enduring appeal of some of the songs makes this movie version of Hair, even today, entirely impossible to dislike. On the DVD: The only extra is the theatrical trailer which, much like the film itself, is quite a cute period piece. Inexplicably, the scene-searching menu is not arranged by song, making it infuriatingly difficult to locate the tune you want, unless you already know the movie so well, which would leave little point in hearing these songs again anyway. --Andrew Mueller
In this pseudo autobiography of the Village People Jack Morell (a thinly disguised character of the group's founder Jacques Morali) is a struggling composer desperate to gain fame with his songs but all he needs is a group to sing them. With the help of his roommate Samantha and a lawyer named Ron Jack forms a group of six ""macho men"" from his Greenwich Village neighborhood and the rest of the film details their rise to fame from New York City to a climatic concert in San Francis
The World's Longest Running Erotic Stage Musical! Written by luminaries including John Lennon Sam Shepard and Samuel Beckett this adult musical matched the magic of Broadway with the exhilaration of a peep show over a rock score performed by a live band. Debuting in 1969 and running for a record 17 years the notoriously erotic stage musical Oh! Calcutta! playfully challenged taboos by representing the sexual revolution in a series of uproarious skits dance and naughty musical numbers performed (mostly) in the nude. From an elaborately-concocted scene in which a crafty virgin gets the upper hand on her seducer to a hilarious rendition of awkward first-time swingers Oh! Calcutta! gleefully runs roughshod over prudish no-no's while never taking sex too seriously. Directed by British theatre critic Kenneth Tynan Oh! Calcutta! is equal parts hubris and hilarity acting out on stage what usually never leaves the bedroom to side-splitting and blush-worthy effect.
Acorn Antiques: The Musical! is the all-singing all-dancing fully overalled stage version of the beloved TV spoof. This triumphant West End production brought together Julie Walters (Mrs Overall) Celia Imrie (Miss Babs) and Duncan Preston (Mr Clifford) - the original cast of the series. Directed by Sir Trevor Nunn (Les Miserables Woman in White Starlight Express) the show was written by Julie Walters' understudy the award-winning Victoria Wood! This DVD filmed during th
One of the longest-running musicals in West End and Broadway history has now been re-mastered in High Definition for Blu-Ray. Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats one of the most famous musicals of all time first exploded onto the West End stage in 1981. 'Memory' one of its many classic songs became an instant worldwide hit. Since then Cats has smashed records and conquered the world. Boasting an all-star cast headed by Elaine Paige and Sir John Mills breathtaking visuals and the full digital sound of an eighty piece orchestra this Ultimate Edition Blu-Ray will lead you deep into the mysterious world of Cats. Cats - as you've never seen it before - more mesmerising and magical than you could possibly imagine. Special Features: Character Make-up with Karen Dawson Harding Making of Cats Featurette Interviews with Andrew Lloyd Webber Cameron Mackintosh Trevor Nunn Gillian Lynne John Napier Gerry Schoenfield
Based on the Broadway musical, a trio of black female soul singers cross over to the pop charts in the early 1960's.
Joel Schumacher brings Andrew Lloyd-Webber's long-running stage musical to the big screen.
Celebrating 40 years since it first opened in London's West End, Andrew Lloyd Webber's new production of Jesus Christ Superstar, directed by Laurence Connor, promises to be the rock event of 2012. The star-studded line-up includes award-winning musical comedian Tim Minchin for the role of 'Judas Iscariot'. Three million album selling pop icon and former Spice Girl Melanie C will take the only female lead as 'Mary Magdalene'. BBC Radio 1's Breakfast Show host Chris Moyles will make his major stage debut as 'King Herod' and Winner of the ITV primetime show 'Superstar' Ben Forster in the title role of 'Jesus' in the 21st century 'Rock Musical' re-invention of Jesus Christ Superstar. An award-winning creative team have transformed this legendary rock musical into a unique state-of-the-art spectacular. Director Laurence Connor, known for his work on the 25th anniversary performances and concerts for Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera, will work alongside Mark Fisher, the acclaimed world-leading set designer responsible for the staging of the Diamond Jubilee music concert in front of Buckingham Palace. They will be joined by internationally renowned lighting designer Patrick Woodroffe, who worked on the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Both Mark and Patrick have worked on global arena and stadium tours for some of the world's biggest music acts including the Rolling Stones and U2. Filmed live as part of the 2012 arena tour.
Jesus Christ Superstar has been the definitive rock musical ever since its 1972 London stage premiere. Revived to great acclaim in the late 1990s, it has everything you'd expect from a blockbuster: great songs, strong characterisation and, crucially, a cracking story. This video is based on the 1998 London production. Director Gale Edwards pulls few punches in her efforts to draw a truly modern interpretation from a gifted cast. Pilate's cronies are sinister Darth Vader look-alikes. The whole thing has a hard, brutal edge, which both startles and thrills. And anyone who dismisses musicals as lightweight confections could do worse than look at the way Lloyd Webber and Rice treat Judas: this is a complex, well-written role. The performances are largely excellent: Jerome Pradon' Judas shines, and Renee Castle's Mary reinvents "I Don't Know How to Love Him" as a delicate exploration of her dilemma, far removed from its usual overblown treatment. Rik Mayall's relentlessly gurning Herod is less of a bonus than he would like us to believe, but will doubtless appeal to his fans. And the quality of Glenn Carter's singing in the title role makes up for a slight deficiency in the charisma department. --Piers FordOn the DVD: Die-hard groupies will appreciate the inclusion of a documentary about the making of the video, which includes interviews with the cast, the production team and Lloyd Webber and Rice. There are also previews for video productions of Cats and Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
Bring home the magic of broadway! The greatest fairy tale never told comes to life as never before in Shrek The Musical the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical based on the smash-hit movie! Featuring a fantastic score of 17 all-new songs along with unforgettable characters and outrageous humour Shrek The Musical is ogre-sized fun for the whole family! 2009 Best Costume Design. Special Features: From Swamp to Stage: The Making of Shrek the Musical Sneak Peak
'Our House' is the first new musical for decades which celebrates London. It's pacey hilarious and often touchingly romantic journey through one boy's London life. Includes performances of the hits House Of Fun Baggy Trousers Embarrassment Driving In My Car My Girl It Must Be Love and Night Boat To Cairo. Winner of the 2003 Olivier Award for Best New Musical.
This re-mastered, pan-and-scan 30th-anniversary edition of that kiddie-car caper is flawed but solid family fare. It retains a quaint charm while some of the songs--including the title tune--are quite hummable. A huge plus is Dick Van Dyke, who is extremely appealing as an eccentric inventor around the turn of the century. With nimble fingers and a unique way of looking at the world, he invents for his children a magic car that floats and flies. Or does he? The special effects are tame by today's standards, and the film is about 20 minutes too long--but its enthusiasm charms. The script was cowritten by Roald Dahl and based on the novel by Ian Fleming, best known for his James Bond adventures. --Rochelle O'Gorman
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