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Arts & Culture

Long Live The Movie Musical

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Gene Kelly singin' in the rain in 'Singin' in the Rain.'

The movie musical died a long, slow death a long time ago. Right?

Well, except that there's La La Land. And Moana. And The Greatest Showman and A Star Is Born and Mary Poppins Returns. Oh, and Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman. And Frozen II and The Lion King and Aladdin.

Those are just from the last five years. And I could keep going, but then I might forget to mention that Steven Spielberg's version of West Side Story is scheduled to come out this year or that the Hamilton movie comes out next week.

This hour, a long look at the long-dead movie musical. Long live the movie musical.

GUESTS:

  • Jeanine Basinger - Founder of the Department of Film Studies at Wesleyan University and the author of twelve books on film; her latest is The Movie Musical!
  • Steve Metcalf - Director of the University of Hartford's Presidents' College

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Colin McEnroe and Cat Pastor contributed to this show, which originally aired March 5, 2020.

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