I don’t watch American Idol or The Voice so I am sticking with musicals and I will not pick Cop Rock even though, yes, I watched this show. I am choosing 3 shows that, I think, I have not chosen before but, I could be wrong...oh well. One has to choose 3 shows that correspond with the theme so it will be fun to see what the others have chosen this week. Head on over to Wandering Through The Shelves and find out. Here are my 3...
1. THE JUDY GARLAND SHOW-1963-1964
I love Judy Garland even though she could be a handful as many who worked on her show could attest but these shows are gems. I was so thankful to see all the episodes on PBS who aired them one year and, even though she did some skits and it could be classified as a variety show, her music was much more prominent with a special dedicated to JFK when he passed away. She got her way and sang the Battle Hymn of the Republic dedicated to his memory on her show.
2. THE PARTRIDGE FAMILY-1970-1974
This show catapulted David Cassidy to mega stardom which he couldn’t truly cope with, dying of alcoholism ( his dad suffered from this as well) a couple of years ago. Shirley Jones( David’s step-mom) was the matriarch of a very musical family as all her kids could sing and play an instrument, even the little girl who boogied with a tambourine. The red-haired ugly kid, played by Danny Bonaduce, got the better of their manager. Whatever happened in the half hour, we were always treated to some song by the group and, once, a beautiful song sung by the wonderful Shirley Jones.
I think I chose this before but I don’t care because I really liked this series and thought it deserved better. It’s all about putting on a musical about Marilyn Monroe and we see it come about from the very beginning to its final ending on Broadway. In between we see how 2 of the main girls are vying for the top spot, the director being a narcissist, the producer, played by the great Angelica Huston always searching for money and the song writers, who love each other as friends, but still have their "ups and downs". Well acted and the story lines often seemed to mesh with what was going on ..onstage. It’s worth a look if you like this style, which I do.
What would you choose?