Monday, August 04, 2014

Musicals: A Love-Hate Relationship

Most of us were introduced to musicals at a young age, whether it was in the form of movies like this:




Or this:




But it's impossible to forget the many instances of musicals that have failed. Does anyone remember this one?




Or, in a more recent example, this?




Creating a musical means carefully navigating the line between "entertainment" and "cheesiness." The cheese factor can often infiltrate even the best musicals. As popular as Glee has been, even its biggest fans have had seen their fair share of groan-worthy moments.




You also have to realize that most of the heterosexual male population is afraid to be caught watching a musical. Most express a deep distaste for them out of fear of being seen as someone who likes musicals.




Which makes you wonder what they were thinking when they came up with Cop Rock. A show about singing cops? Who's going to watch that?

Here's a clip from Cop Rock. Don't miss the part where the cop suddenly starts playing the keyboard (1:55).



Do you like musicals?

63 comments:

  1. I'm not a big fan, but I don't dislike them. Since I was in band in school, we played a lot of music from musicals such as Oklahoma. You couldn't pay me to watch Glee though.

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  2. I also grew up playing songs from musicals on the piano (guess my teacher liked them). I think there were some great songs, but I agree with you about the cheese factor.

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  3. I'm not a big musical fan but I did like the first season of Glee.

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  4. For better or for worse, musicals are a part of my job (gearing up for Wonka in the fall). I'd actually sworn them off for years but I've come back around to them. I'll say this for the genre: they're a relatively easy sell for young performers and that's worth a lot.

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  5. Of course I love The Sounds of Music and Grease and West Side Story and probably a few others. I'm not a big fan of movie musicals, but I love a lot of Broadway shows.

    One of the things I'm so happy I got to do in my life was see Cats at the Wintergarden in New York.

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  6. I love them, but more because of the choreographies than the songs :) My fave is MOULIN ROUGE. Hope you will like GALAVANT musical series at ABC

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  7. Cop Rock sounds awful LOL!

    I think the best thing about musicals is how cheesy they are - I love me some cheese!

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  8. The only musicals I like of macho men are the ones where soldiers are in Afghanistan, bored out their minds and making homemade musical parodies. :)

    Actually, I'm a fan of movie musicals like Grease or Grease II. I even loved Sound of Music and Mary Poppins. I recall Chitty, Chitty Bang, Bang was a hoot. But I never watched Glee or any of the other more recent musicals.

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  9. Although I love The Wizard of Oz and Mary Poppins I am not typically a fan of musicals. You might have to drag me to one or promise me a really nice dinner afterward.

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  10. I should have included Grease in my blog--best musical EVER! Grease 2, though? Not so much, but I loved it as a kid. I have to add Xanadu if we're talking about cheesy movie musicals that live on as classics!

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  11. I HATE musicals! Supernatural, my fav show e-v-e-r announced that they are doing a signing episode this year, and I was very disappointed with them. LOL

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  12. I like musicals, but I am very picky about which ones I like. Mary Poppins was great. My brother hates any movies where people sing in it.

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  13. OMG, couldn't watch much of that one...

    i love west side story, fiddler on the roof, grew up with oklahoma and 7 brides/7 bros. :)

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  14. Couldn't watch the video, wasn't working for me for some reason but Cop Rock sounds precious, haha. I do love musicals though- probable not in or TV shows though. Theatre- yes. But there's just something really cheesy when it comes to shows, I had to stop watching Glee after season 2. :(

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  15. The Cop Rock video just seemed awkward. The guy breaks into song and you feel like everyone else in the room is saying, "What am I supposed to do here? Because if this were a real situation, we'd all be looking at each other like, 'Why is he singing? Is he losing his mind? Should we CALL someone?'"

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  16. My husband loved the musical they did on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He's not ashamed to admit it either. :)

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  17. I liked Bedknobs and Broomsticks and Newsies growing up. Also the Xena(first one), Psych and Buffy musical episodes were done pretty well and all fit within the story. If its done well I enjoy it, but stuff like Glee with all that teenage angst crap, no way hosa.

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  18. There are a few musicals that I really like. My favorites are My Fair Lady and Into The Woods (which Disney is making into a movie). Then again, my daughter really REALLY likes Frozen. :) We have plenty of music in our household.

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  19. Musicals need something a lot of movies don't have; people with talent.

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  20. I haven't been able to watch the video but it sounds like a hot mess. Musicals are hit or miss for me. I just think it's weird to be having a conversation with somebody and then burst into song or dance. If that happened in real life, I'd be kicking people out of my house!

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  21. Well, I can't imagine why THAT musical wasn't a huge hit! Personally, I love musicals like Les Mis, Rent, etc., but television musicals do not do it for me...

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  22. Don't forget Hull High. That was Glee's forefather.

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  23. OMG I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE musicals!!!! We would never be able to cherish the greats like Fred Astaire and gene Kelly if it were not for the musical. Musicals showcased the best of the best. Just go to youtube and watch Fred Astaire and Eleanor Powell dance begin the Beguine. You will be amazed at their level of artistry especially since Fred Astaire was 41 yrs old when he created and danced this dance. Cyd Charisse dancing like a vixen around Gene Kelly in Singing In The Rain which is The Best Musical ever and a great comedy that parodies, quite accurately, the coming of sound to Hollywood. The Musical is what saved many a person in the bleakness of the Great Depression. People could forget their lives for 1 1/2 hours and be in a dream of great dancing and singing. We think of Glee and these new shows (I did watch Cop Rock) and think that is how all musicals were and they were not. We can watch the great Judy Garland sing her soul out in The Wizard of Oz and A Star is Born. Fred Astaire made sure the camera was focused on the entire body and not just the feet or the upper torso. These were men and rugged who you believed could dance and score the gal. The Red Shoes is a brilliant classic that has to be seen to be appreciated. I hope, one day, a musical will come back that will bring what was back to the screen and make it believable. Can you tell how passionate I am about the great musical?? Now check out Fred in that dance routine and check out Gene dancing with his "conscience" in Covergirl and then Gene and Cyd in Singing In The Rain. I wish I had legs like hers

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  24. Yup, my husband is totally part of that male population, lol! Though he likes them more than he'll admit. And Cop Rock? Never heard of it, but it sounds hilarious!

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  25. Well, if I like the music then yes I like musicals. If I don't like the music then no.

    Love the briefing. I knew all the penal codes too. I was a cop for 25 years.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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  26. The Cop Rock feels out of place and awkward.
    I happen to love musicals like Grease, Mama Mia, West Side Story, The phantom of the Opera, The Lion King, Cats, and many more...The costumes are awesome.

    Hugs,
    JB

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  27. It's true that we have them a lot now and I always love to see Mary Poppins, this one is so good!

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  28. I like musicals in the traditional sense (Phantom of the Opera, Chicago, Hairspray, etc.) but I haven't really warmed up to shows like Glee. I used to watch Grey's, but I stopped before the musical episode. I heard it was... interesting. :)

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  29. Some musicals are okay, though the cynic in me finds them kind of corny, cheesy, and dated. Normal people don't randomly burst into song when they're in the middle of doing something decidedly non-musical.

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  30. Stephanie, you read my mind with this one. I'm not a huge musical fan but plays like Wicked and The Book of Mormon were quite enjoyable. We rented Frozen from Netflex this weekend and didn't realize it was a musical. I knew there would be some singing but wasn't expecting as much. Needless to say, my boyfriend did not enjoy all of the songs but I didn't really mind them... although in the beginning, I imagined it would be quite cheesy.

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  31. I liked High School Musical. Maybe it was all the dancing. I do enjoy playing the piano music to musicals, though.

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  32. I love musicals, but have yet to really connect with a musical TV show. I liked the first season of Glee, but it lost me partway through the second season and I never went back.

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  33. I love love love musicals, but many people don't. I actually still have old movies that are musicals. Can't let them dance out of my life. :)

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  34. I love musicals.
    Not too much of the modern TV ones though. I prefer the ones that are Broadway-based...

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  35. I had never even heard of Cop Rock - must less heard it. Thanks for the education.
    And the ear worm.

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  36. I adore musicals and have never heard of these failures! Wow just wow...

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  37. I LOVE musicals! But I'm picky about what ones I will watch. High School Musical? No thanks. Mary Poppins? Yes!

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  38. I grew up watching Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire movies - and have done my best to get the kids to watch them at least once. I love musical (but I was a community theatre kid) and I get a kick out of the new stuff too. I loved High School Musical and the Psych, the Musical episode was quite fun. Bit of trivia - Glee is set in my hometown of Lima, OH and I can assure our swing choir wasn't even close back in the day!

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  39. I don't like musicals, never have. Just can't watch them.

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  40. I love musicals—both stage and screen. I have Les Miserables memorized.

    I do remember Cop Rock, and I liked the first season of Glee.

    Can't say I've seen High School Musical, though.

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  41. My first date with friend who later became my wife was at Curran Theatre's production of "Hair" in 1969. Have since had a great fondness for musicals, San Francisco and her.

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  42. Yes and no with liking musicals. I like the tunes that come from them, but never could understand why they would be acting one moment routinely and then jump into song and dance the next.

    betty

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  43. I am not a huge fan of musicals but I did love Grease... so I guess it would totally depend on the music :)

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  44. I remember when Cop Rock was on, but I never watched it. I love musicals, especially on Broadway.

    Love,
    Janie

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  45. A big fan of some musicals but not all, I didn't actually see Mary Poppins all the way through until a few years ago. My favourite has to be Rocky Horror.

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  46. Ummm the rocking cops is very funny and yet some how horrifying as well. :P

    I actually really like musicals but they have to be done right. We have a small theater nearby (about an hour away) that performs outdoors in the summer and it is so much fun to watch and see. They put spins on classics and make them super funny and entertaining to watch.

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  47. I love musicals but hated Cop Rock.

    Glee started out good and as time went on it did its own personal bell-curve path to bleh.

    Cherdo
    www.cherdoontheflipside.com

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  48. I'm not a huge fan of musicals . . . some are okay, but not that Cop Rock. No. Just No. lol

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  49. I LOVE Les Miz! Phantom didn't do it for me. I enjoyed watching High School Musical with my son when he was nine or ten. Now, he wouldn't be caught dead watching it. I've never seen Glee, but I remember the collective groan when Cop Rock came out. It was the sigh heard round the world. :)

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  50. Bwaha Cop Rock?! I've never seen that. That's so awesomely bad!

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  51. I watched your Cop Rock clip last night and got sidetracked reading the history of the show. I was laughing how some of the biggest names in the business could have thought the concept was an appealing idea. Yikes.

    Musicals are not my thing, but the Mrs. enjoys them. Before kids, we saw quite a few of them. My mom always loved the Sound of Music so the tunes from that one have meaning for me.

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  52. After all these years still my favorite is Mary Poppins!and remember all the songs:)

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  53. I've got to admit...noooo, I don't really like musicals! But then there is Frozen. And I do know all the songs off by heart. Thanks to my 3yrs nephew who is absolutely obsessed with the movie. So I have a love hate relationship with them too! ;)

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  54. Depends on the musical. I went through a Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers phase. I still love Singing in the Rain. And Gigi. But like with any genre, it can be done badly. As a kid I loved the soundtrack to Xanadu. Still do. But I recently (well, in the last decade) saw the movie, and... Yeah, don't.

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  55. Thankfully I haven't watched the awful ones you mentioned. My daughters and I love musicals though.

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  56. I like some, where it makes sense. Mary Poppins, for example. It made sense when they sang. But there are others where people are singing and I have no idea why. If it happened in real life, a normal person would freak the bejeebes out.

    Imagine this in song:
    "Ooooh hello, Ms. Cashier, yes I'd like to pay with debt."
    "Pay with debt?"
    "Pay with debt."
    "Very well, please swipe your caaaaard."
    "Swipe my card?"
    "Yes swipe your card. Then the pin must be entered."
    "A pin number is a number that I chose. It is a very special code. Much care and caution, so it is not forgotten, and lines are not slllloooowweeddddd..."
    "You forgot your pin, haven't you?"


    Funny as it might be, I'd think the store was trying to drug me if I heard that. But, in a musical, it happens that way. Someone is all, "hey, they haven't sung in three pages of this script. How about if we fix that? Here, turn this into a song."

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  57. I like musicals like Mary Poppins, but I didn't not like the singing episode (or episodes) that Grey's did. My husband mostly just likes the ones from his childhood. :) I had never heard of Cop Rock!

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  58. I liked "Cop Rock". I thought it was quite fun. In general, I like musicals. Do you remember Clint Eastwood in "Paint Your Wagon"? He sang "I talk to the trees" which still cracks me up.
    The View from the Top of the Ladder

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  59. I like a select few, like Phantom and Jesus Christ Superstar. But overall, I think they're just silly.

    I did enjoy Mamma Mia, but only because I love ABBA so much.

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