Sunday, January 02, 2005

That's Entertainment I, II, and III Finally Available

Hi, my name is Suzy Conn and I work in musical theater as a lyricist, composer, and librettist.

When I was a little girl, the first movie that my father took me to was "That's Entertainment". It was an electrifying experience, because sitting there in the dark, watching Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly narrate stories about the classic days of MGM Musicals, I suddenly knew what I wanted to do with my life: I wanted to work in musical theater.

It's been a long a weird journey, mostly because the Broadway I love has been gone for a long, long time. However, the last few years have seen the return of my classically-driven musical comedy shows like The Producers and Hairspray. And, hopefully one day, Plane Crazy, my musical about the adventures of stews in the 1960s Jet Age.

I was very excited to see that MGM had re-released all three of the That's Entertainment movies on DVD just before Christmas this year. And my lovely husband bought the set for me! I've been revelling in the beauty of these films, the memories of my Dad, and my optimism for the future of musical theater and movie musicals.

You can look forward to highly opinionated, strongly held points of view on musical theater here at Blogway Baby. And I'm not alone, so I'll be blogging pieces from other similar contrarians! Enjoy!

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