Musicals Make Me Happy

There is nothing on earth like an old musical, complete with random songs and dances that may or may not have anything to do with the plot. Huge crowds of people all moving at the same time, knowing the same song, cameras looking down as they twirl in circles, throwing girls in the air — girls whose hips are hips. None of these so-skinny-she-might-blow-away women in the musicals I love. No way.

Ah, yes. Musicals make me happy.

Reality TV has nothing on classic musicals. In fact, the great American Musical grew from a desire to escape reality. Go back and watch some of great musicals from the 1930’s  – Judy Garland and Micky Rooney made several films during that decade. They were silly and fun and had nothing whatsoever to do with real life. The little guys always won, beat the odds, put on the show. For folks suffering through the Great Depression, that was exactly what they wanted to see. Hope. Joy. Success.

And the 1940’s. Ah, the Golden Years. Judy Garland and Gene Kelly paired up in “For Me and My Gal,” a film that glorified the soldier, showed him fighting hard for his country while pining away for his true love back at home.  Judy was with Fred Astaire in “Easter Parade,” with Van Johnson in “The Good Old Summertime.” I could go on and on.

(This, for those of you who don’t have the pleasure of knowing, is the great, the amazing, the astounding Judy Garland — greatest performer ever)

So watch your X Factors and Survivors, your CSI’s and NCIS’s, but don’t forget the classics. Everyone needs a little “musical” in her TV watching diet.

If you want suggestions, I’ve got plenty.

If you have some I may not know (and just try to stump me — I dare you!), comment away!


1 Comment

  1. Rachel
    Dec 21, 2011

    My absolute favorite musical is The Music Man. I don’t know if it is because Marian is a librarian and I am too or I love Harold Hill. Either way it is the best.

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