Chicks and ducks and geese better scurry! Because I’m doing something GRAND this week. (Grander than the Budapest Hotel, the scheme of things and your parents’ parents.) I am going to re-watch every Rogers & Hammerstein musical! You heard me right– instead of devoting my traditional 102 hours of television a week to “Billions” and “The Wire,” I’ve decided to venture into the wonderful world of Curly, Laurey, the King of Siam, Bloody Mary and Maria!
First of all, I want to do this. I haven’t watched these films in years, and my weakness for soft lighting, and upbeat sing-alongs, is beginning to shine through. Second, as my dear friend Caroline turns 21 this month, I thought I might as well return to our favorite childhood pastimes! — Spending hours putting on musicals, in a futile attempt to stand on equal footing with Rogers & Hammerstein. Needless to say, Powers & Carmichael, ampersand included, has not garnered 34 Tony’s yet. YET! If anyone I know is going to win a Tony, it’s going to be Caroline.
So, what’s on the docket? Tonight, “Oklahoma!”. Then, in this order (chronological): “Carousel,” “State Fair,” “South Pacific,” “The King and I,”
“Cinderella” and “The Sound of Music”. I’m curious about a couple of things. Will my favorites still be my favorites? Will I finally be able to watch the implied-sex scene in “South Pacific”? Will I combust from musical overload? We shall soon see! I’ll be writing my responses, my favorite songs and my overall top pick within the week. (This is riveting stuff, people.)
In closing, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgzvTHsOxSQ. Watch THIS! It’s like an old-fashioned frat party! Maybe?