This week, Chris and guest Ashley Griffin dig into Disney's 1989 classic, "The Little Mermaid". We talk about everything from its glorious score, incredible voice-acting and discuss the Broadway musical and live action adaptation.Read More
This week we deep dive into 2001’s “Moulin Rouge”. Arguably Baz Luhrmann’s best film, it went to nab 8 Oscar nominations including Best Picture. My guest co-host, Grace Aki, and I take a look at everything from its music, gorgeous design and smart casting choices. It should be a spectacular spectacular podcast!Read More
This week, given Pixar’s release of Toy Story 4, we dig into the company’s one and only movie musical, Coco. With guest co-host, Melody Nicolette, we take a look at everything from the movie’s celebration of Mexican culture to its music and language.Read More
This week, Nicole and I take a look at a movie musical that has become quite polarizing with fans, 1985’s “A Chorus Line.” Based on the gigantic Broadway hit, it seems this movie is one that either people love or hate with little in between.Read More
This week Chris and Nicole shakedown Disney's 1992 animated classic, "Aladdin". We chat about the design, music and the incomparable Robin Williams. We also answer the question, "Should this get a remake"...do we ever.
Random Trivia: The opening scene with the street merchant was completely unscripted. Robin Williams was brought into the sound stage and was asked to stand behind a table that had several objects on it and a bed sheet covering them all. The animators asked him to lift the sheet, and, without looking, take an object from the table and describe it in character. Much of the material in that recording session was not appropriate for a Disney film.Read More
This week, Nicole and Chris tackle what many consider is the greatest movie musical of all time. We've been putting it off long enough. It's time to do "Singin' in the Rain."
Random Trivia: A microphone was hidden in Debbie Reynolds' blouse so her lines could be heard more clearly. During one of the dance numbers, her heartbeat can be heard, mirroring what happens to Lina Lamont in the movie itself.Read More
This week, guest co-host Tracy Danoff and I break down 1971's "Fiddler on the Roof". The film was a commercial and critical hit, going on to win 3 Oscars.
Random Trivia Note: The film was a surprise hit in Japan, where its obvious love for crumbling tradition struck a chord with Japanese audiences.Read More
Yes, you read that correctly. This week we're deep diving into the film that ignited the Dance Movie Trend of the early 2000's, Center Stage.
So fire up some "Higher Ground" and dance the sh*t out of it!Read More
This week we take a look at the 2001 cult hit, "Hedwig and the Angry Inch". A film that broke barriers, opened minds and created a legion of fans resulting in a Broadway revival of the show.Read More
This week, we're shaking down Disney's 1995 animated film, "Pocahontas". While I wouldn't call this one of their classics, the film does have a few praiseworthy aspects.
My guest co-host Melody Nicolette and I will be discussing the film's incredible cast, music, and making sure that some of the historical inaccuracies are rightfully pointed out.Read More
Just in time for the start of the baseball season, we're doing 1958's "Damn Yankees". As a Red Sox fan myself, I love this title.
Nicole and I talk about everything from Gwen Verdon's brilliance, seeing Bob Fosse dance to the incomparable, Ray Walston.Read More
This week we're shaking down a movie that's hard to watch in any lens, let alone 2019, 1967's "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying".
We're going to discuss everything from whether or not this movie satirizes or makes light of sexual harassment, Bob Fosse coming to save the movie's choreography and Robert Morse's weird need to nuzzle his co-stars.Read More
This week we're tackling 2007's "Sweeney Todd". While Tim Burton perfectly nailed the tone and look for the piece, did the cast live up to Sondheim's amazing score?
My guest co-host Dr. Alisa Hurwitz, aka Dr. Drama, and I break it all down.Read More
This week we're looking at the 2007 hit, "Hairspray", which is widely considered as one of the best movie musicals in recent memory.
I don't know if I'd go that far. But Erin and I break it all down from John Travolta to asking is Velma actually a good mother?Read More
Because we all love a good guilty pleasure now and then, this week's shakedown is a perfect movie to use as an escape for a couple of hours.
That's right, we're doing Mamma Mia this week!
My guest, Denise Smoker, and I talk about everything from the music, to the look of the film and Pierce Brosnon...Read More
Today we're breaking the seal on the Disney animated musical treasure trove and doing one of my favorites, "Hercules".
My guest co-host, Drew Boudreau, and I discuss all this glorious about this movie. Enjoy!Read More
This week we're deep diving into a movie that was likely as problematic in 1956 as it is in 2019. While it contains a gorgeous score, much of the story is hard to watch with a present day lens.
But guest co-host Tracy Danoff and I discuss all of that and more. It's "Carousel"! Right here on the Movie Musical Shakedown.Read More
My wife has two rules in our house: 1. Put the cap back on the toothpaste. 2. Don’t talk bad about Newsies. With this episode, I’ve broken both rules.
This week we're discussing one of the most influential movie musicals of the past 25 years and arguably, Disney's 2nd most popular live-action musicals of all time. That's right, it's time to Seize the Day, it's Newsies!Read More
This week, just in time for Fox's "RENT Live!", we're looking back at the 2005 adaptation of the Jonathan Larson classic.
This film famously divided the RENT fan-base and needless to say, we have some strong opinions on this episode.Read More