Matchmaker Dolly Levi travels to Yonkers to find a partner for "half-a-millionaire" Horace Vandergelder, convincing his niece, his niece's intended, and his two clerks to travel to New York City along the way.
An ex-husband and wife team star in a musical version of 'The Taming of the Shrew'; off-stage, the production is troublesome with ex-lovers' quarrels and a gangster looking for some money owed to them.
The story of the marriage of England's King Arthur to Guinevere. The plot of illegitimate Mordred to gain the throne and Guinevere's growing attachment to Sir Lancelot, threaten to topple Arthur and destroy his "round table" of knights.
It's the early twentieth century American Midwest. A con man currently going by the assumed name Harold Hill has used several different schemes to bilk the unsuspecting, and now travels from town to town pretending to be a professor of music - from Gary (Indiana) Conservatory of Music, class of '05 - who solves all the respective towns' youth problems by forming boys' marching bands. He takes money from the townsfolk to buy instruments, music, instructional materials, and uniforms for their sons. However, in reality he has no degree and knows nothing about music, and after all the materials arrive and are distributed, he absconds with all the money, never to be seen again. Many of the traveling salesmen in the territory have been negatively impacted by him, as the townsfolk then become suspicious of any stranger trying to sell them something. For Harold's scheme to work, he must gain the trust of the local music teacher, usually by wooing her, regardless of her appearance. And if the ...Written by
The only Best Picture Oscar nominee that year to be also nominated for Best Adaptation or Treatment Score, and Best Costume Design (Color). See more »
During the lively dance at the library, Marian backs up into Prof. Hill's leg twice. See more »
Could you kindly direct me? Which way is the center of town?
[Nods his head to the right]
Runs right down the middle of the street.
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The closing credits appear in the style of a Broadway show's curtain call. First the minor characters are shown with the performers' names. The credits then progress through the cast ending with the lead. See more »
I fell in love with this musical after hearing a specially commissioned production for BBC Radio 2 starring Jim Dale in the title role. It was superb (particularly the opening patter "Railway Carriage" number, which comes into it's own on audio).
I finally acquired a copy of the Robert Preston movie (which somehow I'd always managed to miss), and the viewing was well worth the wait. It brought all the "audio" characters to life.
Meredith Wilson's score is unique and I was pleased to note that it hadn't been mucked around with. The photography was stunningly colourful, and the acting and singing chirpy and charismatic. However, I must comment on Winthrop's (Ron Howard) awful out-of-tune screeching. Perhaps this was supposed to add a natural charm, but if so it failed, and was the only downside to the film.
Maybe this musical doesn't have the best songs ever written, but the overall package exudes a certain "je ne sais quoi", which puts it squarely up there amongst the very best.
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