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Dishing out daily (or almost daily) Broadway musical news and gossip. The companion site to The Broadway Musical Home (broadwaymusicalhome.com), a directory of Broadway musicals with the story, songs, merchandise, video clips, lyrics, tickets, rights & awards for almost 200 shows.

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Deal Alert: Musicals on DVD and Blu-Ray

No doubt you already own many of these, but just in case you don’t, we wanted to spread the word and let you know the price is right if you’re looking to grow your collection of musicals on film. Here are our top picks based on savings, but there are oodles more available at amazing prices on Amazon.com right now.

Little Shop of Horrors (Keep Case Packaging)
Little Shop of Horrors
Format: DVD
List Price: $14.97
Price: $5.49
You Save: $9.48 (63%)

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Grease [Blu-ray]
Grease
Format: Blu-ray
List Price: $14.98
Price: $10.27
You Save: $4.71 (31%)

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Brigadoon
Brigadoon
Format: DVD
List Price: $19.97
Price: $6.47
You Save: $13.50 (68%)

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The Phantom of the Opera [Blu-ray]
The Phantom of the Opera
Format: Blu-ray
List Price: $14.98
Price: $8.49
You Save: $6.49 (43%)

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Paint Your Wagon
Paint Your Wagon
Format: DVD
List Price: $14.96
Price: $9.49
You Save: $5.47 (37%)

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Product Review: Best of Warner Bros. 20 Film Collection Musicals

My new year’s resolution this year was to attempt to see all of the movie musicals in the canon – a difficult goal, to be sure, but what good are resolutions if they are easy to achieve!?

Luckily, Warner Brothers just released a 20 film collection that’s helped me check a bunch of the big ones off the list, including a number of classics I’d only ever seen clips of before.

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The set contains:

  • The Jazz Singer (1927)
  • Broadway Melody of 1929 (1929(
  • 42nd Street (1933)
  • The Great Ziegfeld (1936)
  • Wizard of Oz (1939)
  • Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
  • An American In Paris (1951)
  • Show Boat (1951)
  • Singin In The Rain (1952)
  • Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)
  • A Star Is Born (1954)
  • The Music Man (1962)
  • Viva Las Vegas (1964)
  • Camelot (1967)
  • Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
  • Cabaret (1972)
  • That’s Entertainment (1974)
  • Victor, Victoria (1982)
  • Little Shop of Horrors (1986)
  • Hairspray (1988)

Though I consider a couple of the additions to this set questionable, like Hairspray, which is hardly a musical in its original film version and That’s Entertainment, which is not a musical, but rather a compilation of musical theatre clips and interviews, there are tons of great films in the package – The Wizard of Oz, Show Boat, Singin’ In the Rain, The Music Man and Cabaret – shows ANY fan would affirm are staples in the musical film canon. Probably my biggest disappointment was seeing Viva Las Vegas, as I hadn’t thought to include the 30 films Elvis starred in as musicals, though they most surely are…

As for the box set, the packaging is great. Unlike many of the sets I own, each of the movies is well protected in its own slot, divided into three separate casings.

The disks themselves seem to be exactly those you would receive if you purchased each film separately. If you’re a bonus feature kind of person, you’ll probably be disappointed, but if you’re just looking to see the films and add them to your collection – this set it a real treat.

The booklet contained in the package isn’t much to write about – quick paragraph descriptions that you’ll glance at once and then never pull out again, but it does have lovely stills from each film and does note which awards, if any, the film won. (I forget how popular musicals were back in the day – maybe Les Miserables will take home all sorts of Academy Awards on Sunday and bring us back to those glorious days!)

You can purchase the box set on Amazon here for $70.83 at the time of this writing, which works out to each film costing $3.50 a piece – not too shabby!

The bottom line review: Nothing too fancy and nothing you won’t find anywhere else, but nonetheless a great collection of films worth owning, packaged well and at a reasonable price.

The Broadway Musical Home received a complementary copy of this box set, but was not paid to endorse this product in any way.

GIVEAWAY: The 40th Anniversary Blu-Ray Film Version of Cabaret

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It’s giveaway time once again and this time we’ve got a copy of the new 40th Anniversary Blu-Ray of Cabaret to give away (if you missed it, check out our review of the Blu-Ray here).

How to Enter

In honor of the upcoming Oscars (and the incredible 8 awards this film won at the 1972 Academy Awards), comment with who you think most deserving of an Oscar for their work on the film. Bob Fosse? Liza Minnelli? Joel Grey? Michael York? The cinematography? The art directors? The makeup designers? Should it have beat out The Godfather for Best Picture?

Can’t wait to hear what you think.

UPDATE 1-20-13

Congratulations to Gaby, the winner of the 40th Anniversary Blu-Ray Version of Cabaret!

If you aren’t Gaby but still want a copy of the Blu-Ray, you can purchase it from Amazon now!

Thanks again to everyone who entered. We’ll have another contest coming up on the blog soon, so if you haven’t yet, be sure to to subscribe via email or RSS to ensure you don’t miss the next contest.

The winner was chosen at random from all comments using a random number generated by random.org on February 20th at 5 pm EST.

The Broadway Musical Home was furnished with a complementary copy of this Blu-Ray for this contest, but was not paid to endorse this product in any way.

A Merchandise Review: The 40th Anniversary Blu-Ray Version of Cabaret

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The 1972 film version of Cabaret is now out in a new 40th anniversary Blu-Ray edition, and if you haven’t seen it in a while, it’s well worth revisiting.

As you may or may not remember, the movie version is quite different from the staged one.  Many songs are cut or just played as instrumentals, and singing arises realistically — songs are performed onstage at the cabaret by Sally and the Emcee, with the action of the play grounded in unsung realism. Many of the subplots are missing and much of the original Isherwood tale is added back in, but Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey give wonderful performances in their roles under the expert direction of Bob Fosse. The movie won eight Oscars, especially impressive when considering  it was nominated alongside another movie you’ve probably heard of – The Godfather.

The film quality isn’t too much better than the DVD version (and is exactly the same as the previously released Blu-Ray), but what the 40th Anniversary Blu-Ray does offer is an insanely large collection of extras, including a detailed (and wonderful) documentary about how the show changed musical theatre.  Also included are ‘behind the scenes’ videos, oodles of interviews, and funny and touching stories from the actors and others involved with the film.

If it all just sounds too marvelous to miss, you can buy your own copy at Amazon for under $20, and starting tomorrow, we’ll be featuring a giveaway of the new Blu-Ray on the blog here — so be sure to come back and enter to win!

The Broadway Musical Home received a complementary copy of this Blu-Ray, but was not paid to endorse this product in any way.

GIVEAWAY: Win a Les Miserables Movie Prize Pack

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If you’re anything like us, you’re brimming over with excitement for the new Les Miserables movie. Will the film live up to the high expectations all of the musical’s many fans have for it?! Can those big Hollywood names do it justice?

If you haven’t yet seen the teaser, where the director and cast talk about the process of recording the songs live on set, check it out:

And because we know you too can’t wait, we’re thrilled to give away a prize pack in honor of the films opening Friday, December 21!

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One (1) Winner will receive:

  • $25 Fandango Gift Card
  • T-Shirt
  • Journal
  • Soundtrack

Prizing values: $55
Prizing provided by Universal Pictures

To enter to win, comment below with your favorite song from the show. The winner will be selected at random on Thursday, December 20th (when it’ll only be “One Day More!”).

Good luck!

Update 12-20-12:

Congratulations to Mary Happymommy, the winner of our Les Miserables movie prize pack giveaway! Mary was randomly selected from all commenters using a random number generated by random.org.

For those of you who didn’t win, don’t worry, we’ll have another giveaway coming up shortly…one that’ll have you trading in your cockade for a newsboy hat…check back soon or subscribe to the blog to ensure you don’t miss it!

DEAL ALERT: $18.99 for The Sound of Music 45th Anniversary Blu-Ray and DVD Set

Every week we scour the web to find the best musical theatre deals on cast albums, videos, sheetmusic, tickets, merchandise and more, but many items are available at these great prices for a limited time only, so grab them while you can…

$18.99 for The Sound of Music 45th Anniversary Blu-Ray and DVD Set

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Get the deal!

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WEEKLY DEAL ALERT: All PBS Great Performances and More 25% Off with Free Shipping

Every week we scour the web to find the best musical theatre deals on cast albums, videos, sheetmusic, tickets, merchandise and more, but many items are available at these great prices for a limited time only, so grab them while you can…

All PBS Great Performances and More 25% Off, with Free Shipping

Get the deal using coupon code BF25 at shoppbs.org

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