CATEGORIES Music & Musicals, Deals, Dreamworks, Steven Spielberg, Trailers and Clips, Trailers and Clips, Movie News, CinematicalFamed director Steven Spielberg has made lots of different kinds of movies over the years. He's dabbled in sci-fi, comedy, period pieces, kid's flicks -- you name it, he's made it. But one genre he's never touched is maybe the hardest of them all: the musical. Well, that's about to change, because Variety reports the director is working with Showtime to develop a behind the scenes series about a musical Broadway show. Spielberg has reportedly been developing the series for years now, and has now handpicked his team for a deal with Showtime.
The series is still in development, but what is known is that the show will center on "a behind-the-scenes look at every aspect of launching a tuner, from penning the songs to recruiting investors." There are also plans to mount an actual Broadway show once the season finishes on Showtime.
According to Variety, Spielberg is counting on the series having the legs to go for at least a few seasons and center on different productions each season. Personally, I love pulling back the curtain on anything to do with the world of entertainment, and there is no shortage of stories to choose from considering the entertainment business is packed with some wild characters. So what do you think? I know I'm sold on the idea -- how about you?
After the jump: some of my favorite behind-the-scenes musicals...
1. All That Jazz (1979)
So on one hand, Bob Fosse directed a musical masterpiece that gave us a glimpse of the darker side of the Great White Way. But on the other hand he inspired Paula Abdul's video for Cold Hearted Snake, so I think we'll have to call this one a draw.
2. A Chorus Line (1985)
As a child I loved this movie, but then I saw All That Jazz and suddenly Michael Douglas in feathered hair and songs about T&A didn't thrill me like it used to. But you can't talk about 'backstage musicals' without including A Chorus Line, and now, after watching this clip, I'm going to have 'I Hope I Get It' stuck in my head for the rest of the week.
3. The Barkleys of Broadway (1949)
There's a famous quote about the skills of Ginger Rogers, and in her last film with her lifelong dance partner, Fred Astaire, she proved once again that even though she may not have gotten the credit, she was his equal on the dance floor.
4. 42nd Street (1933)
This film may look sweet on the surface, but there are some 'gritty' moments in the story of Julian Marsh's last shot at a hit after being wiped out in the Crash of '29. Plus, if you've never witnessed the choreographed craziness of Busby Berkeley, you are definitely missing out.
5. Waiting for Guffman (1997)
Most 'backstage musicals' show us people with talent to spare, but Christopher Guest's mockumentary about small town theater is packed with aspiring star-driven performers who are as talentless as they come. And if you've ever spent any time in community theater, this film is bound to bring back some (painfully) funny memories.