July 4, 2011

Happy 4th of July!

I hope all of you have a wonderful 4th of July - well, those in the US anyway. I don't know that Independence Day is my favorite holiday (though I still love it), but it brings to mind one of my favorite musicals The Music Man. My sister and I would watch this movie all the time when we were little, most times even more than once per day. Oh Meredith Wilson, how did you create such a wonderful musical? It's got everything a girl needs - a traveling salesman, a beautiful librarian, a stuffy mayor and his wife, barbershop quartets, dancing, Robert Preston & Shirley Jones, etc.... If you haven't seen it - EGads! definitely rent it. The newer version is quite good too! Have a happy holiday!




  1. I love The Music Man too! Don't think I've seen the Matthew Broderick version, but I'll look for it now that you've mentioned it. Happy 4th!

  2. Oh my goodness, I didn't even know about a Matthew Broderick version. I would completely poo-poo a remake but for him. I might have to look it up! Though the original is just so incredibly good. (My 2 y.o. especially loves the train song at the beginning and thinks it's hilarious to yell "He doesn't know one note from another!")

  3. I remember when it first came out - it was made for television - and I just knew it wouldn't measure up. But crazy enough, it has some pretty charming spots that the original doesn't. It also includes more music from the original broadway musical and I dare say its quite good and well executed. I still love the 1960s version best, but it's a very close 2nd. You'll love it I think!

  4. Happy 4th to you too! The Music Man really is just the bee's knees, isn't it!

  5. That's one of my favourite musicals, too! Here in Portland, they have free movies in the park during the summer. Last summer, they showed "The Music Man" and I was surprised by how many other folks knew all the words to the songs, too. We were ALL singing along. :) Good stuff!


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