‘you are my lucky star’: Don & Kathy’s romance in Singin’ in the Rain.

This blog post is a contribution to The Singin’ in the Rain Blogathon hosted by The Classic Movie Muse.

2022 marks the 70th anniversary of Singin’ in the Rain, a film which is quite possibly the greatest movie musical of all time. Originally, I planned to write about my personal history with the film (including my childhood crush on Gene Kelly), but then I started to think about how many of the musical numbers in the film illustrate the progression of Don and Kathy’s romance. The more I started thinking about that concept, the more fascinated I became. So that’s what I’m going to talk about today!

“All I Do Is Dream of You”

Don and Kathy’s relationship doesn’t begin in the most conventional way. Don jumps into Kathy’s car in a frantic attempt to escape his rabid fans. The conversation that follows degenerates into trading insults. When Don finally exits Kathy’s car, they’re sure they will never see each other again. But just a few minutes later, Kathy and her chorus girl colleagues show up to entertain the guests at a party held in Don’s honor.

This is the song they sing:

At this point in the story, Kathy and Don are in the ‘enemies’ stage of the enemies to lovers trope. Kathy even tries to throw a pie in Don’s face after the performance! Still, this musical number is a sign of things to come. Don does end up thinking about Kathy all. the. time. after she runs out of the party that evening.

(This wasn’t included in the movie, but originally there was a scene where Don sings a wistful reprise of “All I Do” after Kathy leaves. I would have loved to see that.)

“You Were Meant for Me”

Man. This scene and this song made my heart go crazy, back in the day. 😉

At this point in Don and Kathy’s relationship, they’re on good speaking terms. There’s even some hints of a budding attraction. But Don isn’t ready to commit. Yes, he sings a very, very romantic song to Kathy. He even sings it with great sincerity and tenderness. But he’s still holding something back—just look at the lyrics.

If I but dared

To think you cared

This is what I’d say to you

And then the rest of the song is what he would have said…if she cared. At that point, it’s pretty clear that Kathy does care about Don. A lot. But he’s not yet willing to be completely vulnerable and tell her right out how he feels, without relying on a stage or an ‘if only’ song.

“Singin’ in the Rain”

Having bonded over the terrible preview for The Dueling Cavalier, Don and Kathy are truly falling in love. Don walks home in the rain after Kathy bids him goodnight, and he bursts into the spontaneous song we all know and love. By now, Don is becoming more comfortable with admitting that he’s falling in love.

The sun’s in my heart

And I’m ready for love

However, the important thing to note is that Kathy isn’t there to hear his (near) declaration of love. Yes, Don is opening up…but only to himself. (So far.)

“Would You”

Once Cosmo’s idea of dubbing Lina Lamont’s screechy voice is implemented, Don and Kathy spend lots of time together in the recording studio, working on their lines. By this point in the film, they’re in love with each other and know it. But they’re keeping the relationship a secret until after The Dancing Cavalier is released. (It’s kept a secret because Lina isn’t supposed to know that Kathy is on set, much less dubbing her voice.)

In one scene, Kathy dubs over a particularly poignant line while Don watches.

“Our love will last ’til the stars turn cold.”

This line, as spoken by Kathy, moves Don so much that he declares they shouldn’t wait any longer to reveal their secret relationship. He’s ready to move forward with Kathy and let the chips fall where they may. But then Lina bursts in, furious and threatening to blackmail the entire studio…

“You Are My Lucky Star”

Lina’s machinations are finally uncovered in front of everyone. Kathy runs down the aisle, eager to escape the stares and murmurs of the audience. But Don steps in and, uncaring of the hundreds of people watching, begins singing a song meant for Kathy and Kathy alone. A song in which he shares with Kathy just how much she means to him.

You’ve opened heaven’s portal

Here on earth for this poor mortal

Kathy responds in kind. And the film ends with Don and Kathy kissing, fully in love and completely open about that love. It’s a wonderful character arc for both of them, particularly Don (which makes sense, as he’s the main character).


Have you watching Singin’ in the Rain? What’s your favorite song in it? Did you ever have a crush on Gene Kelly? Do let me know in the comments!

Eva-Joy

my top ten favorite movie musicals.

Since writing my review of Guys & Dolls, I’ve had musicals on the brain. The last time I compiled a list of my favorite musicals was wayyy back in 2017 (and that was only old Hollywood musicals). Time for a new list, methinks! This particular list will focus on live-action movie musicals. No Jane Eyre, Hunchback of Notre Dame, or A Tale of Two Cities. No animated Disney films either. With that made clear, let’s jump in!


10. Guys & Dolls (1955)

Wasn’t actually sure if Guys & Dolls would get this spot, as the other contender was Mary Poppins (1964). Nostalgia or Sky Masterson? XD But you know, although I love the trifecta of Saving Mr. Banks, Mary Poppins, and Mary Poppins Returns, I don’t fully love MP itself. And Guys & Dolls is so fresh and fun—my current musical crush, in fact. (It will probably climb higher on this list the more I watch it.) Since I just wrote a whole blog post about my love for G&D, I’ll direct you there instead of elaborating further right now.

9. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)

Intrinsically tied to my childhood. The songs, the crazy story, the characters. CCBB is one of those special, personal films that I love but can’t really explain why.

8. Newsies (1992)

If they ever do a real, true movie version of the Broadway musical, it will probably be much higher on this list. But the 90’s film, the OG, is still a lot of fun. The songs are iconic to the max. And you get to see Christian Bale sing and dance. And Bill Pullman’s in it!

7. State Fair (1945)

The first time I watched State Fair, I was fresh from watching The Ox-Bow Incident and, probably, The Purple Heart. So it was such a relief to see Dana Andrews in a happy, cheerful, sweet role. ❤ (I wish the story had focused more on Pat and Margie’s story than Wayne’s doomed crush. Sigh.) The feel of this film overall is cozy and heartwarming—so heartwarming. (I dare you not to cry when Pa and Ma Frake see their humble dreams realized at the fair.)

6. The Greatest Showman (2017)

I find myself relating more and more to Hugh Jackman’s Barnum as the months and years go by. And his character development throughout the film is impeccably done. Like?? He starts out singing “it’s everything you ever want, it’s everything you ever need, and it’s here right in front of you” while imagining himself as the greatest showman, and then he sings the exact same thing at the end of the film while watching his daughters perform on-stage, as he sits beside his wife, having given up the circus life to be with his family. I LOVE IT.

5. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)

I used to think this musical was misogynistic. But it’s not. Sure, Adam is awful at the start (and remains so for most of the movie). But the film doesn’t condone his behavior! Millie is the true hero(ine) of the story. She’s my heroine. Overall, the characters (especially Millie, Benjamin, Frank, and Gideon) and the fun songs are what keep me coming back for more.

4. White Christmas (1954)

Best to watch at Christmas, but you can really enjoy White Christmas any old time. As with most of the musicals on this list (if not all, besides Guys & Dolls), I’ve seen this one so many times that I have it about memorized. I still love it though. Your favorite couple (Phil and Judy or Bob and Betty) says a lot about you, I bet. 😉

3. The Happiest Millionaire (1967)

Apparently, when I watched this movie as a toddler, I walked around the house afterwards imitating the alligator roars. I’ve been a fan ever since, lol. This is a movie that I really associate with my grandfather, so it’s special in that way. Sure, maybe it’s a bit too long. But the songs and the story and the characters are all great. Again—NOSTALGIA.

2. The Sound of Music (1964)

I think, having grown up with it, I tended to take The Sound of Music for granted. But it really is one amazing movie musical. Recently, I rewatched it and was blown away by how truly Great a movie it is. One of those impeccable films that never gets old. Love the Captain and Maria’s relationship after they’re married. They’re so comfortable and natural together—it’s very sweet!

1. Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

Singin’ in the Rain has been on my list of top ten favorite movies for years. It’s possibly one of my top five favorite movies. Catchy songs, memorable characters, a fast-paced plot, a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at ‘the pictures’, and one of the best villain comeuppance scenes in movie history. Utter perfection. (Also featuring Gene Kelly as possibly my first actor crush. Those were the days…)


Have you seen any of these musicals? What are some of your favorite movie musicals?

Eva-Joy

the Bernard Herrmann Blogathon: my top five favorite Bernard Herrmann film scores.

Bernard Herrmann is one of my favorite film score composers of all time. I fully realized this when I was watching a video that analyzed some of the tracks in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy. The narrator compared the music in Shelob’s Lair to Bernard Herrmann’s scores, and I geeked out over that connection. I was way too excited about it, in fact. =) So of course I knew I had to participate in this blogathon when I found out about it! Herrmann is best known for his Hitchcock soundtracks, but he composed some amazing scores for other films as well. I’m hoping to highlight both. So without further nattering on, here are my top five favorite Bernard Hermann film scores!

5. CITIZEN KANE (1941)

Okay. I mainly put Citizen Kane on this list because I needed a fifth title. (I could have gone with Vertigo, but I already have a couple Hitchcock films on this list.) Citizen Kane was the first movie soundtrack Bernard Herrmann composed, but it was already clear that he had talent. And what a different film it is than the kind he’s usually known for scoring! A thoughtful, depressing biopic (is it okay to call it that even though Kane is fictional?) instead of thrillers or sci-fi adventures. I haven’t listened to the full soundtrack, just snatches here and there, but it’s excellent of course.

4. NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959)

I’ll confess that I haven’t really paid much attention to the soundtrack of North by Northwest besides the music that plays over the opening credits. (Though I know that if I were to listen to the whole soundtrack, it would be a treat–that’s Bernard Hermann for you!) That opening credits music though? The track that underlines and accentuates Saul Bass’ excellent title cards? Amazing. I love it. It captures the frenetic chase and the frantic hunters that Cary Grant’s character must evade throughout the film. There are elements of giant spectacle and dizzying heights (the Mount Rushmore sequence), the idea of a train running along a track, and of course fear pulsating in each urgent note. Top-notch.

3. PSYCHO (1960)

Everyone knows about the scoring for the shower scene. Utterly chilling–Bernard Herrmann nailed it. But when I watched Psycho for the first time (just a year or so ago), I was gripped by (once again) the main title soundtrack. Just as in the soundtrack for North by Northwest, there’s a sense of urgency, of being chased, of fear. But this time, there’s an added layer to the music–something a little crazed, a little intense, a little unsettling.

Or, maybe, a lot.

2. THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL (1951)

This film and the next were both staples of my childhood, and so their soundtracks have been ingrained in my brain from a rather young age. The Day the Earth Stood Still showcases Bernard Herrmann’s ability to instill terror in the hearts of audiences–but this time with a decidedly sci-fi flavor. The main theme perfectly illustrates this with the high-pitched female choir adding a spooky, otherworldly element to the music. There’s an uneasiness to the score for The Day the Earth Stood Still, which is perfect because the audience doesn’t know what’s up with the strange spaceship and robot that have landed in Washington, D.C. And honestly, as I listen to the soundtrack right now as I write this post, my stomach is twisting a little from the tension. That’s some solid composing work!

1. JOURNEY TO THE CENTRE OF THE EARTH (1959)

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Here it is, folks: my absolute favorite Bernard Herrmann soundtrack. One of my favorite movie soundtracks of all time, possibly, just for the feelings it evokes. As I alluded to earlier, I watched this film as a lot as a child and it’s become rather iconic in my family. How I feel about the music for Journey to the Centre of the Earth is irrevocably tied to nostalgia, so I’m certainly not the most unbiased critic. It might not be anyone else’s favorite Herrmann soundtrack. But the creepiness, uncertainty, and yes, wonder of journeying deeper and deeper beneath the earth…Bernard Herrmann captures it all. Here’s a fifteen minute soundtrack suite, since I can’t pinpoint one specific track that I love more than all the others.


Well, that was loads of fun! (For me–and I hope for you too, of course. <3) Have you watched any of these films? What are some of your favorite Bernard Herrmann film scores? Let’s chat in the comments!

Eva-Joy

my favorite composers #8 – Thomas Newman

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND.

Okay, no. I’m kidding about that. Nobody has really asked about this series that I can remember, and it kind of died away after the last favorite composer post I wrote. But now I’m back, with at least two more composers to add to this series. Thomas Newman is first on the list!

One of my great joys in life is being able to recognize who composed a film’s soundtrack without looking it up beforehand. I’m not always right, but with Thomas Newman I’m right pretty much all the time. That’s not to say his work lacks originality–far from it! But there’s just something about his soundtracks (particularly, I think, one or two instruments that he’s fond of) that triggers my brain into recognizing his work.

Except (and this is embarrassing), I only JUST found out (while writing this blog post) that he composed one of my favorite soundtracks of all time: Little Women (1994). (Listening to it now, I can totally hear his trademark.) *facepalm* I don’t know how I missed that.

What has he composed besides Little Women? Finding Nemo and WALL-E! Saving Mr. Banks! Also some other movies I’ve seen, but ones where I don’t remember the soundtrack like Bridge of Spies and Tolkien.

Gotta say that ‘Define Dancing’ is a national treasure though.

If you’re looking for a Newman track that isn’t super well-known, check out this one from Saving Mr. Banks. It’s short and simple and lovely.

I think the thing I most enjoy about Thomas Newman’s soundtracks (the ones I’ve heard anyway) are the gentle, memorable melodies that sometimes have a bit of a quirky flair to them at times. I can’t explain the trademark that helps me recognize a Newman soundtrack when I hear it, but it’s there I promise. OH WAIT. I think I can, actually! Go listen to this track. The ‘trademark’ starts at :05. Then on this track, again starting at :05 you can hear a similar motif in the background of the ‘larger’ melody. Then this track, starting around :40 also has the same instrument/motif/whatever it is in the background. And, finally, at 2:17, this track also showcases the quirk a bit.

If you actually clicked through and compared, I’d love to hear your thoughts. (And I don’t blame you if you didn’t. It’s nerdy and niche.) Maybe you don’t get the whole trademark thing at all, maybe I’m just hearing things. 😀

Do you enjoy any of Thomas Newman’s soundtracks? Let me know in the comments!

Eva-Joy

little life update + my favorite Easter song

Hey, all! What’s up? How’s life been going?

Mine hasn’t been too bad lately. There’s work of course, and then I also went to the mountains with a couple friends last weekend. Banff is gorgeous!!! I fell in love with the mountains themselves pretty much at once (even though my first close glimpses of them were in the dark). They are awe-inspiring, tranquil guardians. ❤ I was able to pick up some gifts for the fam in Banff’s maaaaaany gift shops, which was very fun.

I read Uncle Tom’s Cabin and watched The Light Between Oceans. My reactions to both are mixed (though I’m more positive about Uncle Tom’s Cabin). I’m also HUGELY excited for The Chosen Season 2 (episode one premiers this Sunday!).

There’s not actually too much to say in regards to life updates–work takes up quite a bit of my time (including on my days off because that’s when, sadly, I feel almost justified in being lazy and doing next to nothing). I’m working on the alto part to a song that I’m going to sing with my sisters on Sunday (in church). At first I was horrible at the part and I wanted to drop out, but I worked on it and I’m so much better at it now (and it’s fun to sing alto, when I actually do it correctly).

Anyway, I’m going to go and make myself a coffee and then start checking more things off my to-do list. This blog post will be my first completed item of the day. But before I go, I thought I would share my favorite Easter song. Let me know what you think!

Eva-Joy

the christmas countdown day #2 – The Jack Jones Christmas Album

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Christmas music makes my heart happy.  I’ve listened to countless versions of (nearly) countless Christmas songs – everything from Frank Sinatra to Michael Bublé.  But my absolute favorite Christmas album of all time is this one:

I first became aware of Jack Jones during my obsession with Rat Patrol.  It wasn’t long until I discovered that, while he was a great actor on that show, he’s an even better singer – and his Christmas album is the BEST. 

Now, I get that it won’t be everyone’s favorite.  But for me, I love his voice and I love the selection of songs on this album – so many of my favorite Christmas songs made the list!  His version of ‘Sleigh Ride’ is my favorite of all the different covers I’ve heard.  So if you’re looking for some new Christmas music, check out this album!  I don’t think Jack Jones is a super well known singer, especially when it comes to Christmas songs, so yeah.  Let me know what you think. 🙂

Eva

my favorite composers #7 – Patrick Doyle

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I don’t know if you remember, but when I did my post about James Newton Howard I said that he was probably the first composer whose name I remembered and whose music I noticed.  Well, I don’t actually think that’s true.  Because before I started writing my dystopian trilogy (which was when I became obsessed with JNH), I was in love with all things Jane Austen – and that included Patrick Doyle’s score for Sense & Sensibility (1995).

Especially ‘Throw the Coins’.

 

Anyway, ever since I became entranced with that bit of perfection, I’ve kept an eye on different soundtracks Doyle has done.  There are a few that I really enjoy (and it’s only a few because I haven’t watched many movies that he’s scored). 

There’s A Little Princess (1995) which isn’t my favorite movie, BUT the music is beautiful.  The score for Cinderella always makes me cry (as does the movie, but the score obviously has a lot to do with that).  Brave (the Pixar film, y’know?) has some amazing Scottish-inspired music.  And then there’s Doyle’s soundtrack for Thor which I never really appreciated until I rewatched the movie a few days ago.  Just listen the GLORIOUSNESS that starts at :30!

 

Do you enjoy Patrick Doyle’s soundtracks?  Do you have any recommendations for me from his discography? (Is that what you call it?)

Eva

seeing ‘Newsies’ live…twice!

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I’m still glowing from the experience. ❤

A friend from church was recently in a student production of ‘Newsies’ and she invited my family and me to come watch.  We went on a Thursday evening and I enjoyed it so much that I went by myself on Friday (the last performance).  The whole thing made me want to give a Katherine Plumber-esque squeal.  I mean, it was student production quality, but that doesn’t mean it’s not good!

Actually, it was all kinda magical.

Ninety-eight percent of the newsies were played by girls (that included my friend from church) and it weirded me out for ten minutes and then I got used to it. (Well, Jack took a little more getting used to but I was firmly behind her performance by the second evening.)  There was a bit of off-key singing, awkward scene transitions, and bad acting but overall it was AWESOME.  Completely revitalized my love for Newsies.  I’ve been a fan of the show/movie for five years, you guys (pretty much exactly five years, come to think of it) and getting to see it live was literally a dream come true. (I don’t care that it was ‘only’ a high school production.) 

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bought a newsies-esque hat for Friday night’s performance. #worth

Random cool stuff about this particular production

-I actually knew someone in the cast!  My friend played Seitz and Mush and, yeah, seeing her performing on stage was awesomeness.

-I, um, preferred this Crutchie to Andrew Keenan-Bolger. *ducks flying tomatoes*  I know it’s hard to believe, and it’s only a tiny preference, but she was so, so sweet and absolutely killed ‘Letter to the Refuge’ (in a good way).  Just…SO good.

-Davey was also awesome!  Davey is my favorite character in the original movie/pro shot/this production and the girl who played him (weird to say, but okay) was a Pro™.  And she hugged me after the production which was really nice of her.

-The cast did a super cool thing during ‘Once and for All’.  You know when the beat kind of drops near the end?  Well, they all came out into the aisles and sang directly at the audience, waving The Newsies Banner in our faces.  It was Uncomfortable (slightly) but also sooooo neat.

-I didn’t have courage to do this the first night (#introvert), but my mom and Katie talked me into asking for autographs after the performance on Friday and I’m so glad I did.  I got autographs from my church friend, her friend, Crutchie, Davey, and Pulitzer.  I couldn’t stop grinning afterwards.

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everyone scribbled their autograph by their character name (#helpful), except Pulitzer (#mean) (#butjk)

-Friday night was dinner theatre and the meal/desserts they served were what the newsies, Katherine, Pulitzer, etc. could have eaten back in the day.  Which was awesome.

If you haven’t figured it out by now…this was one of the highlights of my life. (No exaggeration here!)  And definitely the highlight of 2019.  I’ve only seen a few live performances of plays and musicals, but ‘Newsies’ is my favorite so far. *continues to fangirl for the rest of my life*

Have you seen any Broadway productions live? (Whether on Broadway, on tour, or at a school.)  I’d love to hear about your experiences!

Eva

musical theatre review: ‘the hunchback of notre dame’ at la jolla playhouse

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No, I didn’t go see it live. 😦

BUT.  There’s an excellent bootleg available on Youtube right now and ever since Katie and I did that dream cast for the live-action version of ‘Hunchback’ I’ve been low-key obsessed with the musical.  So yes.  I watched it last night and, guys, I’M IN LOVE.

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rehearsals, not the actual musical.

I knew something of how gorgeous and rich the music is because a) I’ve seen the Disney animated movie, duh, and b) I’ve listened to the studio recording on Spotify.  But seeing it actually performed (even a kind of grainy performance) was a million times better.  I’m actually not sure how to review this properly, but I guess I’ll start with the characters because there’s sooooo much to unpack when it comes to them.

The success of any version of ‘Hunchback’ rests mainly on Quasimodo’s shoulders and Michael Arden was brilliant.  At first I was kind of weirded out by Quasi’s voice but when I learned he was deaf (character, not actor), it all made sense. (And his singing voice is still crystal clear.)  Loved the little bits of ASL here and there, loved the emotions he went through (fear, sadness, the new beginnings of love, guilt, etc).  It was all so good. (Arden is actually adorable IRL, by the way.)

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Okay, you know what I just said about productions of ‘Hunchback’ depending mostly on Quasimodo’s character?  Well, I almost felt that this production was more Esmeralda’s story than Quasi’s (almost).  I’ve seen Ciara Renée in The Flash and I had no idea she was such a beautiful, powerful singer.  She nailed ‘God Help the Outcasts’, ‘In a Court of Miracles’, ‘Someday’…allllll the songs. (At the end of ‘Outcasts’, you can hear a guy wolf whistling at her [from the audience] and I was like, “Srsly?  You do know you’re putting yourself on the level of Jerk Phoebus and Frollo, right?”)

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Patrick Page was really good as Frollo.  Which…I guess is a compliment, but at the same time, well, y’know.  I think ‘Hellfire’ was a lot more impressive in the movie (Page did a good job showing all of Frollo’s emotions and everything, but you can’t really beat creepy faceless monks and actual fire).  There was one moment where he explodes at Esmeralda (because she was like “I’ve seen the way you look at me!”) that was fantastic acting.  Loved it.  Also, the backstory with his brother was interesting (though I’m not sure which backstory I prefer – animated or stage musical).

Phoebus was a lot more annoying than in the animated film.  Quite a jerk for most the musical, which I HATED because it made it so much harder to ship him and Esmeralda in their (super romantic) scenes.

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The musical sticks more faithfully to the book with Frollo’s backstory (at least there was a Jehan in the book, though Quasi wasn’t his child) and Esmeralda dying at the end.  Of course, that makes it sadder but I was obsessed with Les Mis for years, so yeah.  I don’t mind.  Loved the songs that were in the original animated film (except for them changing “Who is the monster and who is the man?” to “What makes a monster and what makes a man?”) and I adored most of the new songs too.  ‘Someday’ is achingly beautiful.  I also appreciated that they kept ‘Heaven’s Light’ and ‘Hellfire’ back to back because it shows such a startling, powerful dichotomy between Quasi’s pure love and Frollo’s corrupt lust.

In the end, I love how this stage musical reinforces the message of the animated film: every human being has value, no matter what.  And we need to be kind to everyone, no matter what.  It’s a lesson all of us – and I’m definitely including myself in that – could stand to be reminded of.

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I’m so grateful that the person who recorded the show included the curtain call at the end.  Because I was bawling my eyes out over the finale and having everyone happy (and ALIVE) on stage and all that joyous clapping and cheering…it was the cathartic release I needed.  ‘Cause I’ve found that if I watch something sad and there’s no happiness at the end, it’ll depress me for the rest of the day.  So, yes.  Thank you, bootlegger. *grins*

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I highly recommend watching the musical sooner rather than later (if you have the inclination) because Youtube will probably take it down at some point. (It’s definitely PG-13, just so you know.)

Have you seen the stage musical version of ‘Hunchback’?  What’s your favorite of the new songs?

Eva

my favorite composers #6 – Bernard Herrmann

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Elmer Bernstein was going to be the next composer featured in this series, but I watched ‘Journey to the Center of the Earth’ (1959) yesterday and, well, Bernard Herrmann knocked that score out of the park.  So I had to write this post about him.

Bernard Herrmann is probably best known for scoring Hitchcock films – ‘The Trouble With Harry’, ‘The Wrong Man’, ‘The Man Who Knew Too Much’ (1956 version), ‘Vertigo’, ‘North By Northwest’, ‘Psycho’…and the list goes on.  In fact, he scored almost every major Hitchcock film of the 50’s and 60’s.  It’s no wonder, then, that whenever I see Herrmann’s name in a film’s credits, I expect something atmospheric, a little creepy, and definitely intriguing.

Like this:

 

But aside from Hitchcock’s films, Herrmann also did excellent work with other genres and film makers.  His first film credit was ‘Citizen Kane’ – a fact that speaks for itself.  I also love his work in ‘The Day the Earth Stood Still’ (1951) as I mentioned in this post.  Probably the first Herrmann score I heard was, as I talked about earlier, ‘Journey to the Center of the Earth’.  It’s not a great movie, but it’s a fun one, and the music is ingrained in my brain.

Just to give you a taste…

 

So, do you enjoy Bernard Herrmann’s work?  Have you seen ‘Journey to the Center of the Earth’ (1959 version)?

Eva

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