Seen by over 10 Million people with a global theatre box office of over $720 Million and winner of over 80 theatre awards worldwide comes the one-off spectacular production from London’s West End! This amazing one-off staging of Billy Elliot is a celebration of one of the most popular and successful stage shows and has never been available to own on DVD or Blu-ray until now! ‘Based on the Academy Award® nominated film Billy Elliot the Musical has won the hearts of millions since it opened in London’s West End and has gone on to captivate audiences around the world winning over 80 theatre awards along the way including Tony Awards® and 5 Olivier Awards. Set in a northern mining town against the background of the 1984/’85 miners’ strike Billy’s journey takes him out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class where he discovers a passion for dance that inspires his family and whole community and changes his life forever. The original creative team behind the film including writer Lee Hall (book & lyrics) director Stephen Daldry and choreographer Peter Darling are joined by music legend Elton John (music) to produce a funny uplifting and spectacular theatrical experience that will stay with you forever! .…breathtaking choreography…’ ‘…remains the best musical in London.’ ‘Billy Elliot….is still terrific’ Baz Bamigboye Daily Mail April 2013 ‘A fantastic inspiring and uplifting night!’ BBC Radio 2 Chris Evans ‘Still the Musical of the Decade’ Radio 2 18 May 2009 Great Paul Gambaccini ‘Not only the best musical in London now possibly the best British musical ever – It’s simply tremendous’ Paul Callan 21 August 2009 Daily Express ‘A Definitive British Musical’ Time Out 3 November 2009
Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music — Winner of five ACADEMY AWARDS® including Best Picture* — with this 2-disc Blu-ray™ set that includes an all-new hour-long documentary detailing Julie Andrews’ return visit to Salzburg where she filmed her iconic role as Maria half a century ago! *1965: Directing Film Editing Music Best Picture Sound Includes All-New 60-Minute Documentary – The Sound of a City: Julie Andrews Returns to Salzburg and more!
They just don't make musicals like this any more. There are some who would be grateful for that--the plot is but a flimsy excuse to string together song and dance numbers. Some of us, however, love big, splashy, overdone musical scenes, of which there are many. Glittering stage numbers showcase a commanding Barbra Streisand as Dolly Levy, a New York matchmaker who can find a mate for anyone. Anyone but herself, that is. Determined to marry wealthy Walter Matthau, she lures him out of Yonkers and sets about wooing him. Don't worry about the lack of a solid story or Gene Kelly's pedestrian direction. Watch instead for the musical numbers and the lavish costumes. Listen to Jerry Herman's score, and dance around the living room when a sequined Streisand arrives in a club as Louis Armstrong strikes up the title tune for her benefit. (Just pull the shades first.) Based on Thornton Wilder's play The Matchmaker, Hello, Dolly! won Academy Awards for best sound, art direction, and musical score. --Rochelle O'Gorman
Following a case of mistaken identity dancer Jerry (Astaire) follows Dale (Rogers) the girl of his dreams to Europe and tries to win her heart through song and dance routines... This most lavish of musicals from Hollywood's golden era features lyrics and music by Irving Berlin.
The girl who became the greatest show in show business. Ringing with the show-biz sass of its Jule Styne/Stephen Sondheim score the film version of the Broadway hit Gypsy takes you on a grand vaudeville tour. It sweeps you up in the roller-coaster relationship of Louise (Natalie Wood) the wallflower later to blossom into sophisticated stripper Gypsy Rose Lee and her ambitious mother Rose (Rosalind Russell whose performance won her a fifth Best Actress Golden Globe
In this lavish Hollywood musical the headstrong daughter (Hayworth) of a powerful Argentine hotelier has to contend with her father's attempts to get her to marry...
Rodgers and Hammerstein's charming and vigorous tale of romance and adventure set in the Wild West. Songs include 'People Will Say We're In Love' 'Oh What A Beautiful Morning' and the title song 'Oklahoma!'
The glee club's fearless leader is Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison) a talented young teacher with hip-hop skills and a heart of gold. New Directions' aspiring stars include Rachel (Lea Michele) a pitch-perfect singer with an unfaltering determination to be popular; Finn (Cory Monteith) the heartbreakingly cool quarterback who struggles with his personal life; Kurt (Chris Colfer) the baby-faced soprano with a fierce eye for fashion; Mercedes (Amber Riley) a powerhouse vocalist whose diva attitude rivals the greats; Artie (Kevin McHale) a physically disabled performer with killer vocals and a dream to dance; and Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) a goth chick with a soft side. There's also arrogant and cocky crooner Puck (Mark Salling); ice-cold queen-bee-turned-teen-mom Quinn (Dianna Agron); and the dynamic dimwitted cheerleading duo of Brittany (Heather Morris) and Santana (Naya Rivera). With his heart in the right place Will is determined to help the kids take Nationals but at every turn he must battle with his nemesis Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) the conniving cheerleading coach; and his evil ex-wife Terri (Jessalyn Gilsig). Mr. Schuester's only allies at McKinley are OCD-afflicted guidance counselor Emma Pillsbury (Jayma Mays) and supportive parents like Kurt's dad Burt Hummel (Mike O'Malley). The second season of Glee includes guest appearances by Britney Spears Gwyneth Paltrow heartthrob John Stamos international pop star Charice and newcomer Chord Overstreet. Season 2 includes all 22 episodes.
Roustabout (Dir. John Rich 1964): The year was 1964. The miniskirt is in. If you can't Watusi you can't dance. Cassius Clay (soon to be Muhammad Ali) claims the heavyweight crown. And Elvis is a karate-chopping biker who's hired as a carnival Roustabout. At first he just provides the muscle and a diversion for the beautiful carny girls. Then he picks up a guitar and gets the midway rockin'. Looks like this talented tough guy may be what the good-hearted owner (Barbara Stanwyc
Majestic mountains are in the background and a waterfall in the foreground. Is that a canoe on the river? No it's a cradle with a baby. The buoyant Molly Brown has survived the first crisis of her life - a flood. Sixteen years later she sets out to make her way in the world. Can she sing and play the piano? She assures the Leadville saloon keeper that she can and learns quickly. Soon she is the bride of Johnny Brown who in a few years will be able to replace the original cigar wrappe
Cover Girl was one of the big hits of Rita Hayworth's run as movie queen (and World War II pinup girl), a splashy musical geared to the talents of its redheaded star. Be warned: this is the kind of movie in which a single magazine cover turns an unknown dancer into the toast of her own Broadway show, virtually overnight. The corn runs high, but so do the spirits; plus, Eve Arden is around to toss in her trademark one-liners. Gene Kelly, as Hayworth's sulky choreographer and part-time boyfriend, stops the movie cold with his brilliant dance alongside his own reflection. The Jerome Kern-Ira Gershwin songs are middling, except for the lovely "Long Ago and Far Away". One number presents a parade of magazine cover girls come to life (great snapshot of an era). And check out the movie's hats: a parade of insane creations, perched uncertainly on many beautiful women's heads. --Robert Horton
The work of the Canadian circus troupe Cirque Du Soleil, Dralion is a show which has toured worldwide. It features elements of Chinese circus tradition interspersed with the troupe's own pan-cultural sense of stage spectacle. It's a combination of music, dance, clowning and acrobatics lavishly bathed in dry ice, strobe lights and a colourful array of oriental finery, elaborate costumes and props. Here you'l find Chinese women finding the strength from somewhere in their tiny bodies to balance by their hands atop 10-foot poles which are wheeled around gracefully; and young boys tumbling rapidly through revolving golden hoops; and bronzed dancers swinging through the air in balletic arcs from lengths of blue ribbon. What one could do without, though, is the She-Goddess' New Age babble throughout the proceedings, as well as the soundtrack, which is a queasy fusion of world music marinated in bass. There's also an over-indulgence of costume and choreography, presumably the work of the "avant garde" Cirque Du Soleil, though much here is distinctly apres-garde, reminding the viewer irresistibly of the musical extravaganza that was the daily centrepiece of the ill-fated Millennium Dome. All of this at times smothers and distracts from the impressive physical feats of the Chinese performers. Still, for the three million people who have witnessed this show worldwide this will certainly provide a worthy memento.On the DVD: a number of extra features include a featurette about the five-month deadline the troupe had to meet in putting together the show, splendid for those who thrill to the spectacle of tents being erected and dancers being winched carefully into the rafters of giant hangars. There's also a facility for viewing the performances from different angles. The show is presented in 1.78:1 aspect ratio, and is generally pristine in both colour and definition. --David Stubbs
This beautifully presented box set contains four of the best musicals from the Hollywood phenomenon that is Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. The Gay Divorcee: A lively adaptation of the stage musical which featured Astaire and his sister Adele and the first film in which Astaire and Rogers actually received star billing. While vacationing at an English seaside resort a soon-to-be-divorced woman mistakes a lovestruck song-and-dance man for her paid co-respondent. As usual th
A glorious songburst of gaiety and laughter! Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers star in arguably their finest film together; packed with exhilarating dance routines and a marvellous score this is an indispensable musical classic! Swing Time is full of magical moments including a complex and delightful routine to Pick Yourself Up a luminous turn to Waltz In Swing Time and Astaire's breathtaking solo to Bojangles Of Harlem.
A two-volume set of Andrew Lloyd Webber stage musicals. 'The Phantom of the Opera' is a live performance from the Royal Albert Hall celebrating the 25th anniversary of the popular musical, based on the novel by Gaston Leroux. Lavishly staged, this first release of the hugely successful stage version stars Ramin Karimloo as the disfigured musical genius 'The Phantom', whose terrorising of the Paris Opera changes when he falls in love with 'Christine' (Sierra Boggess). Other cast members includ...
Before his handlers persuaded him to settle for the safety of a screen franchise, the young Elvis Presley had weightier ambitions as an actor. The 1958 King Creole, his fourth feature outing, hints at the underlying seriousness of his goals. Presley plays Danny Fisher, a New Orleans teenager struggling to graduate from high school while working in a sleazy French Quarter club to support his family. He's also characterised as a troubled youth with a dangerous temper and feelings of shame and resentment toward his meek, unemployed father (Dean Jagger). When Danny's gift for singing provides him with a potential career break (and the requisite excuse for Elvis's production numbers), his involvement with a ruthless gangster (Walter Matthau) and his sultry, alcoholic moll (Carolyn Jones) threatens both his future and his family. King Creole boasts an impressive production pedigree (including producer Hal Wallis and director Michael Curtiz, the team behind Casablanca) and the supporting cast helps elicit one of Presley's most emotional performances. Jones in particular overrides the inherent clichés of her role: her self-loathing and sexuality are both palpable. Presley--still a few years away from the more sanitised image that would be integral to those franchise features--is young enough to be a credible teen, but more crucially he makes his rage and yearning largely convincing. --Sam Sutherland
The international hit musical sensation Godspell comes to life in this first ever UK dvd release of the screen adaptation. An updated interpretation of the Gospels' lessons filled with unforgetable song and and dance numbers such as the chart hit Day By Day, Godspell is a rousing entertainment in the tradition of the classic rock operas Hair, Tommy and Jesus Christ Superstar. John the baptist (David Haskall) gathers a diverse band of youthful disciples to follow and learn from the teachings of Jesus (Victor Garber). They form a roving acting troupe that enacts Parables through the streets and landmarks of a brilliantly photographed, contemporary New York City.
Breakin': A struggling young jazz dancer Kelly (Lucinda Dickey) aspires to be a dancer and is working her way through dance school to make this happen. However she becomes increasingly bored by the dancing taught at the school and begins to look else where. When a friend introduces her to the breakdancing scene she realises she has found her calling.meets up with two break-dancers. Soon she becomes the sensation of the street crowds. Features ICE-T in his film debut as a club MC.
Footloose (1984): Footloose jumps with spirit, dazzling dance numbers and an electrifying musical score. It portrays the timeless struggle between innocent pleasure and rigid morality, when city-boy Ren McCormick (Kevin Bacon) finds himself in an uptight Midwestern town where dancing - and therefore all youthful joy - has been banned. Ren revolts with best friend Willard (Chris Penn) and the minister's daughter (Lori Singer). Footloose (2011): Get ready to cut loose! Boston tee...
After their roaring success in 'Top Hat' and 'Swing Time' 'Shall We Dance' is another classic Rogers/Astaire partnership. With the superbly exhilarating dance to 'They Can't Take That Away From Me' and 'Change Partners' the film also features one of the best known and fondly remembered dance routines ever performed by in 'Let's Call the Whole Thing Off' all on roller-skate!