60 years on, technology makes this celluloid history available at our fingertips in the privacy and convenience of our homes. As one who was unduly shaped and influenced by this particular genre I’m curious to examine it in toto; revisit my feelings and impressions and the memories they conjure up. As an only child of immigrant parents, growing up in a spanking new suburban universe, cupid’s arrow hit me at the confluence of Hlwd & Bway. This is a journey thru the signposts of my life. I know there are others out there with parallel histories, similar passions and obsessions. This blog is for us to trade notes, discuss and revel in the world of the Broadway musical as preserved, revised and interpreted by Hollywood.
Up until the 1950s, with the exception of the 1936 Show Boat (and isn’t Show Boat always the exception to the rule?) the filmed Bway hits were routinely pillaged, bowdlerized, and stripped of their best assets. Cases in point: On Your Toes, Babes in Arms, Anything Goes, The Boys from Syracuse, Louisiana Purchase, Panama Hattie, Best Foot Forward, Let’s Face It, DuBarry Was a Lady, Yokel Boy, Knickerbocker Holiday, Something for the Boys, Up in Central Park, One Touch of Venus, Lady in the Dark.