Recently, my husband and I roped our high-school-aged son into watching the classic movie musical “My Fair Lady” with us. Before he was born, we’d not only seen the film, but we’d watched the play onstage a couple of times, including one memorable performance in Chicago with Richard Chamberlain in the role of Professor Henry Higgins. So, we already loved the show. Our son? Well, let’s just say he didn’t react to the movie quite as enthusiastically as we’d hoped, LOL.
So, thinking that maybe he wasn’t ready for musicals set too far back in the past, I then tried to show him a few absolutely hilarious numbers from “Grease.” The reaction from our resident teen? Not impressed. Not at all. Not even with the “Greased Lightning” scene in all of its cheesy bawdiness.
So, I tried one more time — I figured “Rock of Ages” might be a hit since, after all, he knew lots of those ’80s songs already, thanks to having grown up with me as his mom. (Doesn’t everybody blast Journey or Foreigner in the car?!) Plus, I knew he listened to a few radio stations on his smart phone that featured songs from “the ’80s, ’90s and today.” He’d heard of Def Leppard! But, for some unknown reason, this movie didn’t win him over either.
To give my son a little credit, though, he’d already endured a number of live performances from Andrew Lloyd Webber shows and a version or two of “Footloose.” He gave them a chance but — while this isn’t something I’ve wanted to accept and keep hoping he’ll outgrow this attitude — the truth is that he’s just not that into musicals…sigh.
But, ohhhh, I am! I love them. And every time I hear this song below, I not only want to dance all night, but I want to sing along with Audrey Hepburn:
Do you enjoy musicals — either onstage or onscreen? Any favorite shows/songs that keep you humming for a few days afterward? Please share!! (It’ll cheer me up to get to talk with you all about them. )
I’m hosting a giveaway this weekend for one PDF copy (winner’s choice!) of On Any Given Sundae, Double Dipping or Holiday Man, as well as a sneak peek PDF of the first chapter of my upcoming new adult romantic mystery, The Road to You. (There are no excerpts of this novel online yet — it’ll be released in early October!) All you need to do to be entered in the drawing is to leave a comment below. I’ll post the name of the winner in the comment section on Sunday night. Happy weekend, all!!