Hugh Jackman (Actor), Russell Crowe (Actor), Tom Hooper (Director)
Broadway Musicals DVD
BM01 Broadway Musicals DVD - Hugh Jackman (Actor), Russell Crowe (Actor), Tom Hooper (Director) - Les Miserables - Broadway Musicals DVD - Hugh Jackman, Academy Award winner Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway star in this critically-acclaimed adaptation of the epic musical phenomenon. Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Miserables tells the story of ex-prisoner Jean Valjean (Jackman), hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert (Crowe), after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine's (Hathaway) young daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever. This enthralling story is a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit and an unforgettable experience. Why see this film if you have already taken in the Broadway show? First, Hooper distills the essence of the plot without getting bogged down in extraneous exposition. He elicits terrific performances from actors whose faces and voices are beautifully expressive. Since much of the dialogue is sung, it is worth pointing out that the sound quality is excellent and the performers take pains to speak and sing distinctly (not a given in today's films). Claude-Michel Sch?nberg and Alain Boublil's score and Herbert Kretchmer's lyrics are often soaring, at other times tear-filled and poignant, and always unforgettable. Les Miserables is unlike any film musical I've ever seen. The level of emotion is unmatched. The performances are out of this world. The story is ambitious, and the scope is huge. It's at once a very personal story about its various characters, but at the same time, these people are singing for a generation, that has fascinating parallels to events going on today. It's an incredible feat that I didn't think could be committed to film so well. I saw this movie a week before it came out because I won advance screening tickets and I have known the song I Dreamed A Dream my whole life but I have never seen the musical on stage or any of the adaptations before. I went into this with no expectations at all. At first I thought the movie started off kind of fragmented and I figured because it had to introduce everybody and I was right. The film ended up as it went on drawing me in more and more and making me fall in love with it and by the end i was mesmerized with how wonderful and amazing the movie is. I believe they picked perfect roles because after i saw the movie i listened to the broadway soundtrack and i believe they did very well on picking out the cast for their vocal ranges and capabilities. I think anyone who loves the musical or is a musical person should definatly see this movie because they will not be disappointed one bit by how amazing it is. Though the movie is rather long in length at slightly over two and a half hours, I did not feel like the movie dragged at all. Each scene was carefully set up and orchestrated and the songs and dialogue all came together beautifully. When I heard that famous line, To love someone is to see the face of God, I wept because that scene to me at least embodied what Hugo's work was all about. This is a beautiful cinematic masterpiece and I feel richer for having watched it.
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Musical Theatre Dance
D020 Musical Theater Dance Lessons DVD - Musical Theater Dancing Instruction. Instructor Christopher Gattelli recently won the TONY Award for choreography for the hit Broadway show, Disneys Newsies. His other Broadway choreographer credits include: Godspell, South Pacific, 13 The Musical, Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, The Ritz with Rose Perez, High Fidelity and Sunday In The Park With George. Off-Broadway he choreographed the smash hit Altar Boyz,...
Jazz Dances Kids Teens
D015 Jazz Dance Lessons DVD - Jazz Dancing Instruction. Bob Rizzo has taught dance for the undergraduate program at New York University, Broadway Dance Center and at STEPS on Broadway. Youve seen his dances in commercials for Levis 501 Jeans, Kelloggs Pop Tarts and Teddy Grahams. He holds the distinction as choreographer for three New York City based soap operas: As The World Turns, All My Children and The Guiding Light. Bob was featured on the cover...
Inspired Songs Silver Screen
D020 Musical Theater Dance Lessons DVD - Musical Theater Dancing Instruction. In this video, Cathy Roe choreographs dances to new, unique re-makes of some old movie musical favorites. These contemporary renditions of old favorites are sure to delight your audience! -- An elegant Hawaiian rendition of Somewhere Over the Rainbow -- A Contemporary, theatrical-jazz group number to Putin' on the Ritz -- A high energy jazz production routine originally...
Takes on Theatre Dance
D020 Musical Theater Dance Lessons DVD - Musical Theater Dancing Instruction. Enjoy the innovative choreography of Eugene Fleming whose Broadway career spans more than a decade. This Savoy Strut is a combination which captures the very essence of theatre dance. The Strut is reminiscent of the 1940s when Harlem was in its heyday. Its smooth, sleek, tight movements allow the dancer to express the exuberance of the era. This choreography is best suited...
funky Rhythm Tap
D027 Tap Tapping Dance Lessons DVD - Tap Tapping Dancing Instruction. Sharon Heller has performed with the American Tap Dance Orchestra and the World Rhythm Ensemble as well as improvisational performances with Tap greats Jimmy Slyde, Gregory Hines, Buster Brown and Savion Glover. She teaches Tap at STEPS on Broadway and for New York Universitys Musical Theatre Department. Learn the latest in Street Tap with instructor Sharon Heller from New York...
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