BROADWAY: Stage VS. Film

I was eight years old when I saw my first Broadway show. My parents took me to New York City for my very first time to celebrate my eighth birthday with my best friend and her parents. We saw “Beauty & the Beast” on the Great White Way; I was completely captivated. It helped, of course, that the play was based on one of my favorite Disney movies. Scenes that played fondly in my head in soft animation exploded in front of my eyes in a dazzling display of pyrotechnics and choreography. Broadway has held a special place in my heart ever since; I’ve seen approximately a dozen shows and there’s only been a handful that I haven’t loved. It’s an amazing experience each and every time. The success of certain stage shows has been helped along by film versions for years now, but only recently have I started to truly enjoy comparing the two. There are movies I’ve seen and loved even without even having the experience of the stage to back it up (like “Rent” and “Sweeney Todd”). Just this month alone, I was able to do some of that comparing twice. On June 18, I saw “Aladdin” on stage. On June 26, I saw “Jersey Boys” on film. So I decided to do a quick breakdown of all the Broadway shows vs. movies I’ve seen. Ya know. For fun.

Beauty&theBeast1. Beauty & the Beast (1995)

What worked: The “Be Our Guest” dinner show has been unmatched in any show I’ve seen since.

What didn’t: The beast in the film is scary. The beast on stage was scary-ugly. That costume could’ve used some work.

Which was better: The movie. Don’t get me wrong, the show was amazing. But there’s a reason why the Disney generation holds those classic animation films on such high pedastals. Continue reading

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The Sound of Music - Season 2013

This looks downright delightful!

The fourth season Idol and country superstar will take center stage as our fave fraulein for a three-hour live adaptation modeled after the 1959 Broadway show, not the 1965 film classic we all know and love—although the poster does bring to mind a certain iconic scene. And even though Ms. Underwood won’t exactly be stepping into her shoes, Dame Andrews still wishes it well. Sidebar: The fact that 78-year-old Julie can’t sing like this anymore makes me want to cry. End of sidebar. The production also stars Stephen Moyer as Captain Georg von Trapp, plus appearances from Smash’s Christian Borle with fellow Great White Way vets Audra McDonald and Laura Benanti.

The musical airs live December 5 at 8 (ET) on NBC.