There’s a new type of entertainment that is becoming a popular fad in movie theatres and releasing to DVD: Broadway Musicals. Ever since the release of Moulin Rouge starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor, a new trend was started that has now led to the September release of the DVD Broadway Musical Chicago. Although Broadway has existed for many decades before, this style of entertainment, including music, movies and dancing, has become extremely popular and is now engaging a variety of actors and actresses who were seen in other forms of drama, have switched gear and are currently working in a production of Broadway. Actresses such as Jane Krokowski, Renee Zellweger, and Catherine Zeta Jones and actors such as Antonio Banderas and Richard Gere have all dipped in their talent or put their talent back into the large bowl of Broadway and made it extremely popular and interesting for current movie watchers to see.
There is an obvious difference in style and approach in Broadway Musicals. “It’s different so that it can’t be compared. Broadway can make their own standards in which they can do whatever. But also, the movie industry usually has a theme for the whole year so the Broadway fad is probably only gonna last one year. It was probably so popular because it was slightly shocking to hear those celebrity peoples sing. The music was awesome. And even the storyline was pretty good, it always had it's twists and intrigue. And did I mention that the music was awesome?” says Edward Puzon, a sophomore in the IB program. So is Broadway just going to be a short-lived trend? Mr. Snyder answered by saying “ I think if the quality of the Broadway movies remain as exciting or exceed expectations then, broadways will be long-lasting.” Ms. Dilks replied “ If the topic in Broadways are worthwhile to see, then it will always be something that viewers will want to connect and relate to which will keep it popular.” Jaime Frank gives credit to the release of Chicago and Moulin Rouge that made Broadway a sudden popularity. “ Moulin Rouge did start the trend though Chicago was more true to its Broadway roots. Also, I think a lot of actors began in theatres, and so them its like returning home. The theatre is a magical place. But I think the fact that Chicago was so different made it so successful. There hasn't been a successful musical in the theatres in decades, so the novelty of it definitely attracted movie-goers. Also the acting in it was amazing, as well as the costumes, choreography, and beautiful sets It all came together to make the movie so popular. Mr. Snyder also praised Chicago. “Chicago was a popular musical to begin with. But what I liked about the movie Chicago, was the staging. It was different from what I had seen before. Also, the production numbers succeeded in capturing Live Broadway.” Ms. Dilks gives the credit in popularity to the events that happened on September 11th. “ When the World Trade Towers fell, I think people became more interested in New York and also what was held within it. And in New York, there are a lot of Live Broadway Shows which I think contributed to the popularity of Broadway today.”
Ms. Dilks also gave her opinion on the trans of Broadways into Movies. “I don’t like watching movies that are translations or adaptations because they usually aren’t of a high quality.
There is a quality about Live Broadways that make it irresistible watch and be drawn into it. When something is live and 3 dimensional, the audience can connect. There is also the feeling of excitement since you don’t know what will happen next. In movies however, everything is perfected.” Mr. Snyder had a similar view. “ In films, the audience sees exactly what the director wants them to see. In a live Broadway showing however, the audience contains excitement and any surprise can occur. Although I do find it interesting when the energy and exuberance is successfully captured on film. It’s very ambitious for a director to want that quality.”
Ms. Dilks who hasn’t seen the movie, “It’s next on my list.” wants a surprise when she watches Chicago. However, from all the praise it’s gotten so far, that won’t be a problem.
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