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Blu-ray and DVDs: Musicals and about Musicals

Enjoy these musicals on disk, and don't forget to watch the behind-the-scenes features.

"The Making of..."

An enjoyable way to become more familiar with the world of musicals is by watching any DVD or video that includes a behind-the-scenes feature or featurette. Stories about the making of any musical or musical film can prove inspiring for our own work as writers.

SONDHEIM MUSICALS

Company - the musicalSondheim's Company Winner of the 2007 Tony Award. Includes "An Audience with Stephen Sondheim," Video interview with director John Doyle and actor Raul Esparza.

Into the WoodsInto The Woods (Plus Bonus Features) Includes comments by cast members and the film makers. Featurettes on the making of the film. 

Sunday in the Park With George DVDSunday in the Park with George (DVD) from Amazon.com Includes interviews with writer Stephen Sondheim, director James Lapine, and cast members.

Stephen Sondheim's Passion (Original Broadway Cast) (DVD) from Amazon.com Includes interviews with cast members and writer Stephen Sondheim.

The Making of West Side Story - Leonard Bernstein (DVD) from Amazon.com The making of the recording. (Sondheim lyrics).

OTHERS

A Chorus Line DVDA Chorus Line (DVD) from Amazon.com Includes "Marvin Hamlisch: From Broadway to Hollywood" featurette. A Chorus Line is about show business, so it offers insights in it's own way. (Note: The storyline is unusual in that there are multiple protagonists, so it is not likely to be a model for other musicals.)

Hairspray DVD Hairspray - The double version of the new Hairspray DVD includes documentary footage about the making of the film in relationship to the previous version, etc. Hairspray (Two-Disc Shake & Shimmy Edition)

Dreamgirls DVD Dreamgirls - The two-disc edition of Dreamgirls includes videos, documentaries and other behind-the-scenes features. Dreamgirls (Two-Disc Showstopper Edition) [Blu-ray]

Cats DVDCats - The Musical (Commemorative Edition) (DVD) from Amazon.com Includes the documentary "The Making of Cats" with behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Jekyll and Hyde DVDJekyll & Hyde - The Musical (DVD) from Amazon.com Includes a backstage interview with star David Hasselhoff.

Jesus Christ Superstar DVDJesus Christ Superstar (DVD) from Amazon.com DVD includes a "Making of" featurette.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat DVDJoseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (DVD) from Amazon.comIncludes "Making of" featurette.

Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma! (London Stage Revival)Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma! (London Stage Revival) (DVD) from Amazon.com Includes a 60 minute "Making of" program.

Irving Berlin's Alexander's Ragtime Band DVDIrving Berlin's Alexander's Ragtime Band (DVD) from Amazon.com Includes commentary with film score restorationist Ray Faiola.

All That Jazz DVDAll That Jazz (DVD) from Amazon.com Includes scene-specific commentary by star Roy Scheider.

Astaire & Rogers Collection, Vol. 1 DVD Astaire & Rogers Collection, Vol. 1 (Top Hat / Swing Time / Follow the Fleet / Shall We Dance / The Barkleys of Broadway) (DVD) from Amazon.com Includes many featurettes.

The Band Wagon (Two-Disc Special Edition) DVDThe Band Wagon (Two-Disc Special Edition) (DVD) from Amazon.com Includes "Making of" featurette.

Bedknobs and Broomsticks (30th Anniversary Edition) DVDBedknobs and Broomsticks (30th Anniversary Edition) (DVD) from Amazon.com Includes all-new "Music Magic" Featurette With The Sherman Brothers Songwriting Team, Angela Lansbury & Scott MacQueen on the making of the film.

Cabaret DVDCabaret (DVD) from Amazon.com Includes 25th Anniversary Documentary "Cabaret: A Legend in the Making".

Cabin in the Sky DVDCabin in the Sky (DVD) from Amazon.com Includes interviews with Fayard Nicholas and Lena Horne.

Call Me Madam DVDCall Me Madam (DVD) from Amazon.com Includes commentary by musical film scholar Miles Kreuger.

Camelot (Special Edition) DVDCamelot (Special Edition) (DVD) from Amazon.com Includes featurette "The Story of Camelot".

Chicago DVDChicago - The Razzle-Dazzle Edition (DVD) from Amazon.com Includes many interviews and special featurettes on the making of the movie.

Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella (1957 Television Production) DVDRodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella (1957 Television Production) (DVD) from Amazon.com Includes brand-new documentary featuring all-new interviews with stars Julie Andrews, Edie Adams, Kaye Ballard, and Jon Cypher.

Coal Miner's Daughter - 25th Anniversary Edition DVDCoal Miner's Daughter - 25th Anniversary Edition (DVD) from Amazon.com Includes commentary by star Sissy Spacek and director Michael Apted.

De-Lovely DVDDe-Lovely (DVD) from Amazon.com Includes "Making of" featurette.

Easter Parade DVDEaster Parade (Two-Disc Special Edition) (DVD) from Amazon.com Includes "Making of" documentary and other featurettes.

The Fantasticks DVDThe Fantasticks (DVD) from Amazon.com Includes commentary by director Michael Ritchie.

Fiddler on the Roof (Special Edition) DVDFiddler on the Roof (Special Edition) (DVD) from Amazon.com Includes commentary by director Norman Jewison and star Topol.

42nd Street DVD42nd Street (DVD) from Amazon.com Includes featurettes: "Harry Warren: America's Foremost Composer," "Hollywood Newsreel," and "A Trip Through a Hollywood Studio."

Grease DVDGrease (Widescreen Edition) (DVD) from Amazon.com Includes retrospective interviews with John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing, Jeff Conaway, Didi Conn, director Randall Kleiser, and producer Allan Carr.

Guys and Dolls DVDGuys and Dolls (DVD) from Amazon.com Includes "From Stage to Screen" documentary.

The Harvey GirlsThe Harvey Girls (DVD) from Amazon.com Includes commentary by director George Sidney.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch (New Line Platinum Series)Hedwig and the Angry Inch (New Line Platinum Series) (DVD) from Amazon.com Includes "Whether You Like It or Not: The Story of Hedwig" and original feature-length documentary "Long Story Short: The Forging of a Cult Legend from Stage to Screen".

High School MusicalHigh School Musical (DVD) from Amazon.com Includes "Making of" featurette.

Lady Sings the BluesLady Sings the Blues (DVD) from Amazon.com Includes commentary by producer Barry Gordy and director Sidney Furie and behind the scenes featurette.

Little Shop of Horrors the Musical DVDLittle Shop of Horrors (DVD) from Amazon.com Includes "Making of" featurette.

Mary PoppinsMary Poppins (40th Anniversary Edition) (DVD) from Amazon.com Includes many behind the scenes featurettes and interviews with composers the Sherman Brothers.

Meet Me in St. LouisMeet Me in St. Louis (DVD) from Amazon.com 2-disc set includes featurette "Meet Me in St. Louis: The Making of an American Classic."

Moulin Rouge (Double Digipack)Moulin Rouge (Double Digipack) (DVD) from Amazon.com Includes many behind the scenes features including HBO's half hour "Making of" special.

Mrs. Henderson Presents (Widescreen Version)Mrs. Henderson Presents (Widescreen Edition) (DVD) from Amazon.com Includes "Making of" featurette.

Mrs. Santa ClausMrs. Santa Claus from Amazon.com Includes "Making of" featurette.

Music ManThe Music Man (Special Edition) from Amazon.com Includes "Making of" featurette.

My Fair LadyMy Fair Lady (Two-Disc Special Edition) (DVD) from Amazon.com Includes many special features and a "Making of" featurette.

NewsiesNewsies (Collector's Edition) (DVD) from Amazon.com Includes commentary by director & co-choreographer Kenny Ortega, procucer Michael Finnel, writers Bob Tzudiker and Noni White, and co-choreographer Peggy Holmes.

Once Upon a MattressOnce Upon a Mattress (DVD) from Amazon.com Includes "Making of" featurette.

Phantom of the OperaThe Phantom of the Opera (2-Disc Special Edition) (DVD) from Amazon.com Includes three "Making of" featurettes.

ProducersThe Producers (Widescreen Edition) (DVD) from Amazon.com Includes commentary with director Susan Stroman.

RentRent (Widescreen 2-Disc Special Edition) (DVD) from Amazon.com Includes 3 hours of bonus features including commentary by director Chris Columbus.

Seven Brides for Seven BrothersSeven Brides for Seven Brothers (Two-Disc Special Edition) (DVD) from Amazon.com Includes "Making of" featurette.

17761776(Restored Director's Cut) (DVD) from Amazon.com Includes commentary from director Peter H. Hunt and screenwriter Peter Stone.

Singin in the RainSingin' in the Rain (Two-Disc Special Edition) (DVD) from Amazon.com Includes "What a Glorious Feeling": a new 30-minute documentary about the making and impact of Singin' in the Rain and "Musicals Great Musicals: The Arthur Freed Unit at MGM", a 96-minute documentary about the career of producer-songwriter Arthur Freed.

Sound of MusicThe Sound of Music (40th Anniversary Edition) (DVD) from Amazon.com Includes many special features and interviews.

State FairState Fair (60th Anniversary Edition) (DVD) from Amazon.com Includes many special features and a "Making of" featurette.

Sweet CharitySweet Charity (DVD) from Amazon.com Includes "From Stage to Screen" featurette.

That's Entertainment!That's Entertainment! The Complete Collection from Amazon.com Includes many inteverviews with stars, directors, and writers of movie musicals throughout the 20th Century.

Topsy-Turvy DVDTopsy-Turvy (DVD) from Amazon.com Includes "Making of" featurette.

West Side StoryWest Side Story (Special Edition DVD Collector's Set) (DVD) from Amazon.com Includes "West Side Memories": 1-hour retrospective documentary with new interviews with the cast and crew, including Robert Wise and Stephen Sondheim.

The Wizard of OZ (Two-Disc Special Edition) DVDThe Wizard of Oz (Two-Disc Special Edition) (DVD) from Amazon.com Includes "The Wonderful World of Oz: The Making of a Movie Classic" (1990 TV special).

Yankee Doodle DandyYankee Doodle Dandy (Two-Disc Special Edition) (DVD) from Amazon.com Includes author commentary and other special features.

The Making of Miss SaigonThe Making of "Miss Saigon" THE MAKING OF MISS SAIGON is the definitive documentary film companion to one of the greatest Broadway hits of all time. Witness the evolution of this monumental production from its inception in the sumptuous hills of Provence to its glamorous London debut on a fascinating insider's voyage into the world of the theater. Under the exacting leadership of famed Broadway producer Cameron Mackintosh (The Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Les Misérables) the artistic forces behind the Tony Award®-winning show circle the globe in search of the perfect Miss Saigon. After auditioning thousands of girls in NewYork, Hollywood and Honolulu, they land in Manila where they finally find Lea Salonga whose angelic voice sends a rush of goosebumps--and relief--through the room. Acclaimed stage director Nicholas Hytner invites the camera to peer into the depths of the creative process as the orchestra builds, performances soar and the players hurtle toward the opening night that will determine their destinies. DVD Features: Interactive Menus; Scene Selection

 


To send suggestions, comments, or questions write to carol@musicalschwartz.com

ABOVE: Sondheim's Company revival performance.

For Stephen Schwartz musicals on DVD be sure to check the relevant pages on MusicalSchwartz.com

On the Godspell page, find out about the movie, movie locations, and all about the show.

Pippin DVDSee the Pippin the Musical page for DVD details. It includes an interview with director Bob Fosse.

Other DVDs include The Magic Show with Doug Henning

Geppetto - on DVD has become My Son Pinocchio for Stage.

The Prince of Egypt animated feature

 


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