In preparation for Maine State Music Theatre’s 2017 summer season at the Pickard Theatre, MSMT will host three special Film Fridays at Brunswick’s Curtis Memorial Library this May. The programs will take place in the Morrell Meeting Room and will include a free showing of these classic movies, followed by a talk-back with Artistic Director Curt Dale Clark, who will discuss how the films compare to the stage versions. Film Fridays are free and open to the public. Free popcorn served!
The 1955 movie of the Abe-Burrows/Jo Swerling/Frank Loesser musical based on tales by Damon Runyan, Guys and Dolls, features Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra, Jean Simmons, Vivian Blaine, Stubby Kaye, and Sheldon Leonard in an engaging story about high stakes gambling, romance, and redemption, all set in the underworld of 1930s New York. The unforgettable score includes songs like “Miss Adelaide’s Lament,” “Luck Be a Lady Tonight,” “Sit Down, You’re Rockin the Boat,” “If I Were a Bell,” and “Take Back Your Mink.”
The 1978 film of Grease with songs by Jim Jacobs, Warren Casey, and John Farrar stars John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing, Didi Conn, and Jeff Conaway in a nostalgic tale about Rydell High seniors in 1959. A big dance show, it also features a highly memorable score with hits like “You’re The One That I Want,” “Grease Is The Word,” “Summer Nights,” “Hopelessly Devoted To You,” and “Greased Lightnin’.”
Disney’s 1992 movie, Newsies, with music by Alan Menken and J.A.C. Redford, is loosely based on the New York City newsboys’ strike in 1899. It stars Christian Bale, Bill Pullman, Ann-Margret, and Robert Duvall, and was later made into the 2012 Tony-award winning stage version with music by Menken, lyrics by Jack Feldman, and book by Harvey Fierstein. Also a major dance show, the score boasts such tunes as “Seize the Day,” “Watch What Happens,” “King of New York,” and “Something to Believe In.”