Thanks to a nudge from our piano teacher, my children just saw the Music Man for the first time the other day and it's set us off on a musical (rest of the) summer. We've decided to watch one musical every week until the end of August. Why? Just for grins and giggles and because it's too stinkin' hot to do anything else! One of the first ones that came to my mind was My Fair Lady and this stunning book we discovered at our library seemed to give that idea two thumbs up. Just Being Audrey is pleasantly written and beautifully illustrated. It describes her childhood during WWII and the beginnings of her acting career. Her kindness and work ethic is applauded although after dozens of movies under her very tiny belt, "her dream role was being a mother". Her final years, working for UNICEF, harken back to the help she received as a child of war.
Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring. It tells the story of the collaborative ballet created by modern dance pioneer Martha Graham, composer Aaron Copland and set designer/artist Isamu Noguchi which you can watch on YouTube. (Don't click that if you are not a fan of modern dance! I will not be held responsible if you snort coffee out your nose onto your computer! : ) A few months ago, Google celebrated the anniversary of Graham's birthday with a special doodle. Again, some people aren't fond of her modern "ballet" techniques but I like the idea of introducing my kids to various forms of art (within reason) to help them figure out what kind they best appreciate.
So, have you made any fabulous book discoveries lately? Which musicals do your children enjoy? Kelly mentioned her family enjoys Brigadoon; that one is on our list for sure! We'd love your suggestions.
UPDATED TO ADD CURRENT RUNNING LIST: A (?) indicates might contain questionable material or scenes of peril for more sensitive children. I plan to preview those before showing them to my kids.
My Fair Lady
Sound of Music
The Music Man
Meet Me In St. Louis
West Side Story (?)
Fiddler on the Roof (?)
The King and I
Annie (with Victor Garber)
P.S. We've tried Fiddler on the Roof and my more sensitive kiddos aren't ready for that one yet. I'm not sure they could handle West Side Story either. Singin' in the Rain is a favorite.