Episode 3: The Greatest Showman

The Greatest Showman

Charming and Charismatic AF

This week, your hosts Come Alive as they watch THE GREATEST SHOWMAN!

THE GREATEST SHOWMAN is a contradiction: a huge hit that was a flop; a catchy and engaging story about a man universally reviled; a dream project for one of Hollywood’s biggest stars helmed by an absolute nobody. After a disappointing opening weekend just before Christmas 2017, it’s a film that only just exited theaters (over six months later), with sing-along showings still packing them in only weeks ago.

Hugh Jackman, clearly delighted to return to his musical theater roots, heads a killer cast who (mostly) do their own performing. But it’s a film released at exactly the wrong moment in America, when those most in love with the arts had no patience for a feel-good story about P.T. Barnum.

Insanely catchy numbers paired with kinetic and exciting choreography, not to mention attractive people in delicious costumes, has us hoping that eventually this movie will “Rewrite the Stars” and win over those who never gave it a chance.

The Greatest Showman

The Greatest Sideeye

Show Notes:

Hugh workshopping “From Now On” and he just can’t not sing

Keala absolutely destroying “This is Me”

Zendaya on Jimmy Fallon discussing her trapeze adventures

Mentioned in this Episode:

Michael Gracey
Hugh Jackman
Michelle Williams
Zac Efron
Zendaya
Keala Settle
Ellen Mirojnick
Shannon Holtzapffel
Bill Condon
James Mangold
John Debney
Joseph Trapanese

The Greatest Showman (2017)
The Greatest Showman poster Rating: 7.6/10 (192,121 votes)
Director: Michael Gracey
Writer: Jenny Bicks (screenplay by), Bill Condon (screenplay by), Jenny Bicks (story by)
Stars: Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, Zendaya
Runtime: 105 min
Rated: PG
Genre: Biography, Drama, Musical
Released: 20 Dec 2017
Plot: Celebrates the birth of show business and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.

Episode 2: The King & I

Listeners: We apologize for the sound quality on this episode. The quality does improve as the episode goes on.

Episode 2 has us rewinding back to the classic THE KING AND I, starring Yul Brynner (and his chest) (and his

King and I

Bringing the smolder

calves) and Deborah Kerr (and her gowns!). Neither Vinnie nor Mike had ever seen the movie version, with its lavish sets and even more lavish costumes. More stunning than either of those is the chemistry between our two stars. Bonus gorgeous: Rita Moreno!

This movie demonstrates the emotional depths that a musical can achieve, with the psychological crisis of Yul’s King being the central conflict. Yul Brynner owned this role so completely, he would play it for the rest of his life, even while dying of cancer. Add in Jerome Robbins’ choreography – particularly  the iconic “The Small House of Uncle Thomas” –  and it’s easy to understand the enduring love for this movie.

Let’s continue “Getting to Know You,” listeners, by hopping (one-footed) on into THE KING AND I.

The King and I (1956)
The King and I poster Rating: 7.5/10 (21,880 votes)
Director: Walter Lang
Writer: Ernest Lehman (screenplay), Oscar Hammerstein II (book), Margaret Landon (from their musical play based on Anna and the King of Siam by)
Stars: Deborah Kerr, Yul Brynner, Rita Moreno, Martin Benson
Runtime: 133 min
Rated: G
Genre: Biography, Drama, Musical, Romance
Released: 29 Jun 1956
Plot: A widow accepts a job as a live-in governess to the King of Siam's children.

Episode 1: High School Musical

High School Musical

High School Musical

Here it is! Our inaugural episode! We chose to kick things off with a high-energy modern hit: HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL.

Each week, your trio of hosts – Windy, Mike & Vinnie – will be watching a musical, but here’s the trick: at least one of them will have never seen it before (and where we have all seen it, we’ll bring in a stunt n00b). For our first foray, Vinnie was our virgin watcher.

This movie launched the career of Zac Efron, kicked off a money-making trilogy for Disney, and cemented Kenny Ortega as a modern musical master. It’s got energy to spare and a huge fan base, so “Get’cha Head in the Game” and join us at the “Start of Something New!”

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High School Musical (2006)
High School Musical poster Rating: 5.4/10 (71,763 votes)
Director: Kenny Ortega
Writer: Peter Barsocchini
Stars: Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Lucas Grabeel
Runtime: 98 min
Rated: TV-G
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Music, Musical, Romance
Released: 20 Jan 2006
Plot: A popular high school athlete and an academically gifted girl get roles in the school musical and develop a friendship that threatens East High's social order.