Les Miserables’ cast wows Oscar stage in rehearsals” href=”http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/movies/2013/02/23/les-miserables-oscar-performance/1940685/”>Les Miserables’ cast wows Oscar stage in rehearsals
This Oscar show is going to blow people away. It will be the most entertaining Oscar show ever and change the template and raise the bar for future shows. Craig Zadan & Neil Meron, 1st time producers of the show understand how to “put on a show”. They have produced many successful stage musicals for TV and Film: Annie (Kathy Bates, Audra McDonald, Kristin Chenowith), Gypsy (Bette Midler), Cinderella (Whitney Houston, Brandy), Chicago (Queen Latifah, Catherine Zeta Jone, Richard Gere, Renee Zellweger), and Hairspray (John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Queen Latifah, Zac Efron) to name a few. Also, the incredible mini-series Life With Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows (Judy Davis). They’ve been nominated for and won many awards. They know how to pace a show, surprise and wow an audience, and keep them entertained. The big element that they have up their sleeves is musical productions. The Oscars have tried this in the past with the Best Song nominees and save for a few great songs & performers, mostly failed. However, this year its the main theme of the show – saluting musicals (of the past 10 years. Finally, real staged musical productions not only with context but with a thread. This is why the Tony and Grammy Awards shows are so entertaining, they have staged production numbers with great musical talent. For the Oscars, they have planned a 50th Anniversary salute to James Bond films, a reunion of the cast from Chicago, a musical production with the current film cast of Les Miserables with cast members fom the U.S. and British stage productions, and Dreamgirls. Plus the 1st time Adele is performing Skyfall (James Bond theme) live, the 1st time Dame Shirley Bassey (Goldfinger, plus many more world wide hits) has been asked to perform on the show, Barbra Streisand (singing on the show for the 1st time since Evergreen won in 1977), plus much more. Will they have the casts of Hairspray re-united? Rent? Sweeney Todd? Moulin Rouge? Across the Universe? Film musicals have had a Renaissance in the past 10 years. I would say it actually began with Moulin Rouge. I grew up watching old musicals on TV with Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Gene Kelly, Cyd Charisse, and so many others. I love musicals. Always have, always will. There’s nothing like song and dance to express emotion. I wish I were a song and dance man. I would have moved to NYC and tried out for every Broadway musical. Even to be in the chorus. And if I were alive in the 1930’s – 1950’s and could sing and dance, I’d have gone to Hollywood, started as a contract player, and be in every movie musical they’d put me in. So of course I’m going to love an awards show that pays tribute to movie musicals. But I digress.
Even if you don’t care for musicals or production numbers, its still going to be a show worth watching for the sheer uniqueness, energy, excitement, star power, and wow factor. And if I’m wrong, I’ll be back here Monday morning to say I was wrong. Have a great weekend and as they say in the biz, “Let’s go on with the show”.