Tag Archives: Liza Minnelli

LA LA LAND’s Nod to CABARET

“La La Land”, writer/director Damien Chazelle’s widely critically and popularly acclaimed original movie musical currently basking in the glow of 14 Academy Award nominations, is a love letter to romance gained and lost, to Los Angeles and its tribe of … Continue reading

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NEW YORK NEW YORK in Pieces (of Song and Puzzle)

Let’s celebrate New York, New York in pieces!  Musical pieces!  Jigsaw puzzle pieces! The first song must be New York, New York of course! What, you thought It’d be Old Blue Eyes’ New York New York?  No worries, I won’t … Continue reading

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NfaC Double Repost: BREAKING INTO SONG IN MUSICALS

Time for another Notes from a Composer rerun, or repost, this time a double feature from last April on the convention of breaking into song in musicals, and how cleverly the movie version of Caberet subverted that convention.  This post … Continue reading

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How Cabaret circumvented the “characters breaking into song” musical trope

When people who say they hate musicals explain why they hate musicals they usually fall back on this well-worn reason: it is unrealistic that characters just break into song and dance; this doesn’t happen in “real life”.  I find this … Continue reading

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How this young chum came to the Cabaret

This Christmas one of my “stocking stuffers” from Ed was the gift that thrilled me the most this holiday season: a (battery operated) votive candle with an actual screen cell of Liza Minnelli singing the title song from the movie … Continue reading

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