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The kids have been watching Grease lately. They watched it once before about a year ago and liked it, but had apparently forgotten about it until they were reminded by an ad for the musical which is coming this fall to Malmö. It's fun to watch and hear all the music again, but some of the scenes make me a bit uncomfortable to sit watching with my 7 and 8.5-year-olds, in light of the fact that the subject is sex, albeit obliquely referred to most of the time. Because really, how AM I going to explain what Kenickie is talking about at the drive-in when he digs in his wallet for a condom and sadly tells Rizzo, "It's broken"?

Karin, however, is now a hardcore Travolta fan ("Han är SNYGG, mama!"*) and when asked if she wanted to be a Pink Lady or a Scorpion emphatically declared that she was a T-Bird. I haven't wanted to crush her illusions by mentioning that Mr Travolta is older than her mother by a good 10 years or that he looks like this now:

and not like this:

I admit to feeding my kid's musical habit with frequent injections of movies and music I have loved as well. If I can influence their musical taste away from rap and thrash metal, I'll do so gladly and be proud of it. My dad did it to me at a young age, giving me a lifelong admiration for musicals, by raising me on My Fair Lady and Fiddler on the Roof and The Sound of Music and South Pacific and Hair (and I wonder if he had the same sort of worries in regards to THAT film as I have with Grease, and hoo boy, Grease is a walk in the park compared with Hair in terms of sexual connotations).

While in this mode, however, I have realized that I don't actually have very many classic musicals on film, and although I DO have the soundtracks that isn't enough at this stage to capture the interest of the visually-oriented generation my kids belong to. And after looking at a (by no means complete) list of contemporary stage musicals, there are many that I haven't seen myself which makes me long for Chicago and the many, many theaters with which it abounds.

While looking for musicals on DVD, I also came across something frightening. David Hasselhoff in the musical version of Jekyll & Hyde? SO WRONG IN SO MANY WAYS.

Anyway, I'm thinking maybe Cats ought to be next up for the musical-obsession-maniacs that my children are turning into, or perhaps Fame. What do you think? Got any favorites you can recommend?

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I think they'd like Cats. The Lion King would be great too. There were a lot of children in the audience when I saw it, and they absolutely loved it.

The Lion King is one that I really want to see, the stage production looks amazing. We DO have the Disny movie, The Lion King, though, so the kids are pretty familiar with the story. Are the songs the same??

I am a dorky dork for admitting this, but I just LOVE Oklahoma!. I can sing right along with the "whatcha gonna do? spit in his eye?" song because my Aunt Lynn (who reads your blog) sang it for a stage production when she was about 18 years old and I thought that was about as cool as it could get. So yeah, Oklahoma!. Totally, dude.

Oklahoma! is one I don't know very well, which I definitely need to rectify. *adds it to the list* Thanks!

Most any Rogers and Hammerstein (Oklahoma! and The King and I for example) are going to be good. At Karin's age I was also into The Wizard of Oz and Oliver.

We've watched The Wizard of Oz a few times, but the kids were traumatized at an early age by the Wicked Witch, so it's actually not one of their favorites. :(

David Hasselhoff in the musical version of Jekyll & Hyde?

Please - no.

I approve of side burns, I must way, but maybe just on younger men.

hmmm to really turn her off the young lucious self that was Mr Travolta. Give her Hubbard's Battlefield Earth series. And tell her that Travolta believes this as if it were his bible.

The man is a talented actor, however at times it seems.......he is a talented actor.

Oh. and my 11 year old daughter, and 7 year old son, have been exposed to all the great Disney fare.

And what do I find them repeating ad nauseum?

Breaking into hysterical laughter about?

What scenes from a movie does my young James, explaining in serious 7 year old tones......and repeating to me, very carefully, so Daddy can understand and properly visualise the joke; talk about.

Monty Python's "Monty Python and the Holy Grail". They LOVE the scene at the start with the cocouts, and the explanation of how the coconuts got there. The logic on "what is a witch". Every cut and slash of the fight with the Black Knight.

I suspect there is no saving their sense of humour. :)

A lost cause from such a young age. So sad. :P

High School musical isn't a classic but it is very entertaining and fun- and has ok songs. Your kids might like ;)

"The Music Man" and "Kiss Me Kate"! I still adore "76 Trombones". I'm old enough to where my mother would take me as a special treat with her to the movie theater when most of the Rogers and Hammerstein musicals were first released, so I saw "Carousel" and "Showboat" and all of those on first release. I like the music for "1776" as well, but I don't think it would appeal to kids.

My dad loved all those :)


I love musicals! And I still love "Grease". :) I have seen that film so many times I have lost count. And I saw a Swedish staged version of it in the beginning of the '90s, with Pernilla Wahlgren as Sandy. It was great.

Other musicals I like that I have seen are Chess, Phantom of the opera and Mamma Mia. Don't miss Mamma Mia! If you haven't seen it - take the chance before it's over - take a trip to Stockholm with your children and see it. They will love it, it's a good show for children, and to see it live in the theatre will definitely make them musical lovers forever if they haven't been to a live musical yet. Ok, it's not classic musical music, but it's classy timeless pop music that fits the musical format very well!


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Karin has great taste, he is still "hawt" in my books. *laugh* I haven't any other suggestions, those I would have mentioned have been mentioned. I do however now have a list of new ones to get for the kidlet to watch. *smile*


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This reminded me that my (younger) cousin went through a whole "Grease" phase when she was about five...memorizing the soundtrack and thinking she wanted nothing more than to be Olivia Newton-John in that role. When she started kindergarten, she insisted to the teacher that her name was "Sandy" instead of Jenifer. :)

I guess that I am an Andrew Lloyd Webber fan. I love Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (which I first saw in a high school production) and Phantom of the Opera. Both are available on dvd.

I just watched "Singing in the Rain" the other day. I don't think that I had ever seen it all of the way through and I didn't this time, either. I missed about 15 minutes near the end when my hubby wanted to channel surf. I did get to see the very end, though, after he couldn't find anything to watch. *snicker* That'll teach him to interrupt my old movie/musical obsession!

The kids have been obsessed with Joseph for months, since a friend gave us the video. :)

I thought David Hasselhoff was setting up a musical of his own, based on his own life? But maybe his life is best described as Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde...

On the Travolta topic, do you know he is one of the few contracted actors for the remake of Dallas (as a movie, not another 10+ year TV series)? He will play the lead role of JR Ewing it seems. Dunno what Karin will think of that if it materializes and she gets to see it. Currently they at least have a director and writers, but very few officially contracted actors, so the production has been postponed from this fall to next year at best.

I saw that on actually, I think he looks scarily similiar to Larry Hagman.

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