Tuesday, June 9, 2009

The Golden Musicals

On the Town

During the past two weeks, PBS and Turner Classic Movies have shown On the Town,so I decided to put it on here. It is one of my favorite musicals because it is about my city, New York, and has two of my favorite actors/dancers/singers, Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra.

The 1949 MGM movie musical was an adaptation of the 1944 Broadway stage musical. "On the Town" included music from Leonard Bernstein and Roger Edens and lyrics from Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Directed by Stanley Donan and Gene Kelly, the movie stars Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Ann Miller, Betty Garret, Jules Munshin, Vera-Ellen and Alice Pearce. Not only was the musical the first big one for Kelly and Donan as a team, it was also noted for its on location filming in New York City (e.g. American Museum of Natural History, the Brooklyn Bridge, and Rockefeller Center).

Here are some of the performances from the film:

New York, New York

Prehistoric Man

When You Walk Down Main Street with Me (ignore spanish parts)

You're Awful

A Day in New York Ballet (Gene has a nice butt!)

You Can Count on Me

(Not Included: "Come Up to My Place" and "On the Town")

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