Friday Musical Interlude: Back to Broadway!

September 2nd, 2011 at 7:29 pm

Reality is just too tough right now—we need to escape into the fantasy world of the old-time B’way musical, and for me anyway, that means Guys and Dolls.  

If you haven’t rented the DVD of the Brando/Sinatra/Jean Simmons then do so immediately, and I guarantee you a wonderful, escapist evening.  Old school, for sure…but pretty much pure bliss, I think you’ll agree.

Now, I grant you the Marlon Brando isn’t Sinatra when it comes to the vocal pipes, but he sure captures the spirit of Luck be a Lady.  And if Nicely Nicely’s spiritual boat ride doesn’t lift your soul, then just sit down and stop rockin’ the boat!

Finally, you can have all your Cameron Diaz’s and Nicole Kidman’s and Julia Robertses—I’d trade ‘em all for Jean Simmons in a heartbeat…start here and then go here.


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3 comments in reply to "Friday Musical Interlude: Back to Broadway!"

  1. Tom Cammarata says:

    If I were a bell, I’d be ringing!

    In the barbershop scene for “The Oldest, Permanent Floating Crap Game” in the chair farthest from the camera, you’ll see a young Jerry Orbach, new to Broadway and Hollywood, in an uncredited role.

  2. John Bailes says:

    I spent the Irene weekend with Kismet: Anne Blythe, Howard Keel and Vic Damone…how far away can one get? This may well have been a time when reality and fantasy were not so interchangeable: the largest percentage of us lived in a reality based world, extreme ideology, fantasy, was at best fringe, not core.

  3. luko says:

    Good memories…makes me miss dinner theatre hehe. I never did Guys and Dolls myself but I sure saw it enough times!