Category:LGBT-related musical films
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The following 52 pages are in this category, out of 52 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. 8 Women – 8 Women is a 2002 French dark comedy musical film, written and directed by François Ozon. Trapped in the house, every woman becomes a suspect, each having her own motive, Ozon initially envisioned a remake of George Cukors 1939 film The Women, but eventually settled on Thomass Huit femmes after legal obstacles prevented him from doing so. Set primarily in the hall of a manor house, the film recreates much of the plays original theatrical feel. It also serves as a pastiche of and homage to the history of film, the films premiere was held on 8 January 2002 in Paris, where filming had taken place. 8 Women competed for the Golden Bear at the 52nd Berlin International Film Festival, released to generally positive reviews, with major praise for the stars, the film was nominated for twelve César Awards, including Best Film. At the 2002 European Film Awards, the film was nominated for six awards, including Best Film and Best Director, the film is set in the 1950s in a large country residence as a family and its servants are preparing for Christmas. When the master of the house is discovered dead in his bed with a dagger in his back, over the course of the investigation, each woman has a tale to tell and secrets to hide. Their conversation drifts to the subject of the patriarch of the family, Marcel, the singing wakes up Suzon and Catherines aunt Augustine, who initiates arguments with the rest of the family and the two servants, eventually returning upstairs and threatening to commit suicide. Mamy jumps out of her trying to stop her, haphazardly explaining her ability to walk as a Christmas miracle. Augustine is eventually calmed down, and she sings her song of longing, the maid takes a tray upstairs, finds Marcels stabbed body, and screams. Catherine goes up to see what has happened and locks the door, the others finally go up to Marcels room to see him stabbed in the back. Catherine tells the others that they should not disturb the room until the police arrive, realizing that the dogs did not bark the night before the incident, it becomes clear that the murderer was known to the dogs and therefore must be one of the women in the house. Attempting to call the authorities, they find that the line has been cut. Before that can do so, the women are distracted by the announcement that someone is roaming the garden, someone whom the guard dogs are not chasing. The person turns out to be Marcels sister Pierrette, a singer who is also rumored to be a prostitute. When questioned, she claims that she received a telephone call in which she was informed her that her brother was dead. She sings A quoi sert de vivre libre, commenting on her sexual freedom and it is realized that she has been to the house before, as the dogs did not bark and she knew immediately which room belonged to her brother, making her the eighth potential killer. The women try to start the car, and find that it has been sabotaged, cutting them off from help until the storm subsides, the women spend their time trying to identify the murderer amongst them
2. The Adventure of Iron Pussy – The Adventure of Iron Pussy is a 2003 Thai musical-action-comedy film written and directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Michael Shaowanasai and starring Shaowanasai. The protagonist is a transvestite Thai secret agent whose alter ego is a gay male convenience clerk and it is a cult film and has screened at several gay and lesbian film festivals as well. The scene opens on a rural Thai coffee shop, run by an elderly man, a gang of local toughs come in and start roughing up the customers and get abusive with the daughter. Suddenly, an elaborately coifed and tastefully dressed woman shows up and rescues the young woman and she disappears into the bushes and re-emerges as a slight, shaven-headed man, who then gets on the back of a motorcycle taxi and heads into Bangkok. Along the way, the driver, Pew, relates his memories of the day he and Iron Pussy met – Pew. Iron Pussy came on the scene and rescued not the woman, but Pew. Iron Pussy arrives at her job and she is a clerk in a 7-Eleven in Bangkok. Unfailingly courteous and professional, she greets a man who she believes is just another customer, when Iron Pussy scans the bill, a message comes up on the computer screen, Hello Iron Pussy. It is a message from the prime minister. It seems theres a job for Iron Pussy and she meets with Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and his cabinet, who take time to sing a song, extolling the virtues of Iron Pussy. Iron Pussy is tasked with uncovering the nefarious activities of Mr. Henry, Mr. Henry will be attending a lavish party at the luxurious mansion of Madame Pompadoy, so Iron Pussy must infiltrate the housekeeping staff as a maid. Her charms win over Madame Pompadoys debonair son, Tang, who is nonetheless in another relationship, being engaged to marry Rungraree, Iron Pussy feels herself falling for Tangs charms as well, but she has a nagging feeling that something is not right about that relationship. Donning an all-black Spandex outfit and mask one night, Iron Pussy uncovers Mr. Henrys plot – hes making a mind-control drug, and Tang is involved in the scheme, which breaks Iron Pussys heart. Later, at the big party being thrown by Madame Pompadoy, Iron Pussy steps up when the main entertainment doesnt show up, the next day, the family is going into the jungle for its annual deer hunt. She is modeled after Thai cinematic heroine of the 1970s, Petchara Chaowarat, whose trademark appearance always included elaborate hair styles and makeup to accentuate her large, expressive eyes. The feature film was made while Shaowanasais friend, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, was experiencing a delay in funding for his feature film. Enhancing the retro look and feel of the film, the soundtrack is entirely dubbed, many of the voice actors who worked on Iron Pussy are veterans from the earlier era and are well-known to Thais. The Adventure of Iron Pussy at the Internet Movie Database The Adventure of Iron Pussy at AllMovie
3. Beyond the Valley of the Dolls – Beyond the Valley of the Dolls is a 1970 American satirical musical melodrama film starring Dolly Read, Cynthia Myers, Marcia McBroom, Phyllis Davis, John LaZar, Michael Blodgett and David Gurian. The film was directed by Russ Meyer and co-written by Meyer and Roger Ebert, Three young women—Kelly MacNamara, Casey Anderson, and Petronella Pet Danforth —perform in a rock band, The Kelly Affair, managed by Harris Allsworth, Kellys boyfriend. The four travel to Los Angeles to find Kellys estranged aunt, Susan Lake, undeterred, Susan introduces The Kelly Affair to a flamboyant, well-connected rock producer, Ronnie Z-Man Barzell, who coaxes them into an impromptu performance at one of his outrageous parties. The band is so well-received that Z-Man becomes their Svengali-style manager, changing their name to The Carrie Nations, Kelly drifts away from Harris and takes up with Lance Rocke, a high-priced gigolo who has designs on her inheritance. Harris at first fends off the sexually aggressive porn star Ashley St. Ives, Ashley soon tires of his conventional nature and inability to perform sexually due to increasing drug and alcohol intake. Harris descends further into drug and alcohol use, leading to a fistfight with Lance. Kelly ends her affair with Lance after he severely beats Harris, Casey, distraught at getting pregnant and wary of mens foibles, has a lesbian affair with clothes designer Roxanne, who pressures her to have an abortion. Petronella has a seemingly enchanted romance with law student Emerson Thorne, after a meet-cute at Z-Mans party, they are shown running slow-motion through golden fields and frolicking in a haystack. Their fairy-tale romance frays when Pet sleeps with Randy Black, a violent prize fighter who beats up Emerson, Susan Lake is reunited with her former fiancé Baxter Wolfe. The Carrie Nations release records and continue to successfully, despite constant touring. Upset at being pushed to the sidelines, Harris attempts suicide by leaping from the rafters of a stage during a television appearance by the band. Harris survives the fall but becomes paraplegic from his injuries, Kelly devotes herself to caring for Harris. Emerson forgives Petronella for her infidelity, Casey and Roxanne have a steamy, intimate romance. But this idyllic existence ends when Z-Man invites Casey, Roxanne, after Z-Man tries to seduce Lance, who spurns him, he reveals that he has female breasts, meaning he has been a female in drag all this time. Z-Man then goes on a rampage, he beheads Lance with a sword, stabs his servant Otto to death. Responding to a phone call Casey made shortly before her death, Kelly, Harris, Pet. Petronella is wounded in the melee, which ends in Z-Mans death, Harris is able to move his feet, the start of his recovery from paralysis. Cast notes Pam Grier has a bit part as a partygoer and she is credited by her full name
4. The Big Gay Musical – The Big Gay Musical is a 2009 gay-themed musical-comedy film written by Fred M. Caruso and co-directed by Caruso and Casper Andreas. The film follows a period in the lives of two young actors, one who is openly gay, the other closeted to his parents. The openly gay actor struggles with whether he should be sexually promiscuous or seek a partner, while the closeted one wonders if he should come out to his conservative. By the end of the film, the characters realize that life would be if they just accepted themselves the way they are. Paul and Eddie have just begun previews of an Off-Broadway musical titled Adam & Steve, Eddie, meanwhile decides he must finally tell his conservative parents that he is gay. Eddie comes out to his family, who do not accept the news well, paul turns to the Internet for dates, but cant even get a decent one-night stand. Eddies religious parents, on a different note, decide to attend the musical because of a promise made to their son, even though they are appalled by homosexuality. As the play goes on though, they begin to believe that maybe they judged their son too harshly, eddies parents make up with him at the end of the shows opening night. Principle filming began October 24,2008 and it was the first feature film for stage actors Daniel Robinson and Joey Dudding. The two leads were at first concerned with the manner in which sex scenes were to be handled in the film and he is reported as stating, It was a little too over the top for me. I wasnt comfortable with the sex scene and the nudity and it was too nude and gay for me. He expanded, A huge reason why I didnt take the film in the first place was that I didnt want to be seen as a gay actor, Big Gay Musical was like putting a tattoo on my body. He eventually decided the film was an opportunity, and in looking back on the production. Another of his concerns were fears about having his naked body exposed on film forever. Robinson and Dudding both offered that the most difficult aspect to their roles was portraying two different characters with different story lines and motivations within the same film. They concluded that the film was more adequate for festival. They called the film a pleasant romp, writing that this little gay musical has what seems to be about two full months of flawless preview performances. New York Cool reviewer Frank J and he wrote The film continuously and cleverly returns to the stage show, using it as a framing device of sorts as a means to underscore the films greater story of acceptance-of-self
5. Cabaret (1972 film) – Cabaret is a 1972 American musical drama film which was directed by Bob Fosse and which starred Liza Minnelli, Michael York, and Joel Grey. Only a few numbers from the score were used for the film, Kander. In the traditional manner of musical theater, called a musical, every significant character in the stage version sings to express his/her own emotion. In the sexually charged Two Ladies, about a ménage à trois, however, it is listed as number 367 on Empires 500 greatest films of all time. Cabaret opened to glowing reviews and strong box office, eventually taking in more than $20 million, but the biggest winner was Fosse. Shortly before the 45th Academy Awards, he won two Tonys for directing and choreographing Pippin, his biggest stage hit to date. When, months later, he won the Primetime Emmy Award for choreographing and directing Minnellis television special, Liza with a Z, in 1931 Berlin, young American Sally Bowles performs at the Kit Kat Klub. A new British arrival in the city, Brian Roberts, moves into the house where Sally lives. A reserved academic and writer, Brian gives English lessons to earn a living while completing his doctorate, Sally tries seducing Brian and suspects he may be gay. Brian tells Sally that on three occasions he has tried to have physical relationships with women, all of which failed. They become friends, and Brian witnesses Sallys anarchic, bohemian life in the last days of the German Weimar Republic, Sally and Brian become lovers despite their earlier reservations, they conclude that his previous failures with women were because they were the wrong three girls. Sally befriends Maximilian von Heune, a rich playboy baron who takes her and Brian to his country estate, after a sexual experience with Brian, Max loses interest in the two and departs for Argentina. During an argument, when Sally tells Brian that she has been having sex with Max, Brian and Sally later reconcile, and Sally reveals that Max left them money and mockingly compares the sum with what a professional prostitute gets. Sally learns that she is pregnant, but is unsure of the father, Brian offers to marry her and take her back to his university life in Cambridge. Ultimately she has an abortion, without informing Brian in advance, when he confronts her, she shares her fears and the two reach an understanding. Brian departs for England and Sally continues her life in Berlin, embedding herself in the Kit Kat Klub, but the final shot shows men in Nazi uniforms in the front row of the club. A subplot concerns Fritz Wendel, a German Jew passing as a Christian, who is in love with Natalia Landauer, the worldly Sally gives advice which eventually enables Fritz to win her love. Although the Nazis are not yet in power, some of them kill Natalias beloved dog one night, the Naziss violent rise is a powerful, ever-present undercurrent in the film
6. Camp (2003 film) – Camp is a 2003 independent musical film, written and directed by Todd Graff, about an upstate New York performing arts summer camp. The film is based on Graffs own experiences at a camp called Stagedoor Manor. The film centers on the experiences of several teenagers at Camp Ovation, the campers are a mishmash of youngsters from different backgrounds, dealing with different issues, but all feel most comfortable while performing. School is out, and the campers reunite as they prepare to board the buses to Camp Ovation, shy, self-conscious Ellen Lucas happily greets her friends, recovering from an embarrassing situation where she desperately tried to land a prom date, and ended up asking her brother. Nerdy Fritzi Wagner attempts to befriend icy diva Jill Simmons, returning camper Jenna Malloran laments that her parents forced her to have her jaw wired shut in order to lose weight. Upon arrival to Camp Ovation, the settle in. Ellen converses with her friend Michael Flores, a gay teenager who was beaten by his classmates after showing up to his junior prom in drag. The campers are struck dumb with the arrival of Vlad Baumann, a new camper who is, as a staff member marvels. Camp Ovation puts on a new play or musical every two weeks, Vlad and Ellen bond after rehearsal one day and flirt a bit. However, soon afterward, Vlad is seduced by the conceited Jill, feeling guilty, Vlad comforts Ellen and the two begin to inch toward a relationship. The camp enlists a guest counselor for the summer, composer Bert Hanley, frustrated with his lack of recent success, he is now a grumpy alcoholic and shows up two days late at Camp Ovation. He constantly drinks on the grounds and is very irritated by Vlad. Jill shares a cabin with Fritzi, who is still catering to her every whim, however, after Fritzi is caught washing Jills underwear, Jill expresses her disgust with Fritzi and kicks her out of the cabin. The usually meek Fritzi becomes filled with borderline psychotic rage, as Jill vomits during her performance of The Ladies Who Lunch, Fritzi shows up in costume and takes her place mid-song. She reveals herself to be a talented and passionate actress, Michael is rooming with Vlad, on whom he has developed a crush. Vlad convinces Michael to invite his parents to his next play, though his mother tells him they will come, Michael notices mid-performance that they did not. He is found later by Vlad, who explains that he too has his share of problems, though Vlad is a seemingly normal, all-American teenager, he reveals to Michael that he suffers from an acute type of OCD, for which he is medicated. Hanley is angered after hearing Vlad play one of his songs, Vlad follows a drunken Hanley back to his room and berates him for his cruel speech
7. Can't Stop the Music – Cant Stop the Music is a 1980 American musical comedy film directed by Nancy Walker. Written by Allan Carr and Bronté Woodard, the film is a pseudo-biography of discos Village People which bears only a resemblance to the actual story of the groups formation. It was produced by Thorn EMI Screen Entertainment, and distributed by independent distributor Associated Film Distribution, songwriter Jack Morell -a reference to Village People creator Jacques Morali-gets a break DJing at local disco Saddle Tramps. His roommate Sam Simpson, a newly retired at the peak of her success, sees the response to a song he wrote for her. Her connection, ex-boyfriend Steve Waits, president of Marrakech Records, is interested in getting back with her than in Jacks music. Meanwhile, Sams former agent Sydney Channing orders Girl Friday Lulu Brecht to attend, Ron White, a lawyer from St. Louis, is mugged by an elderly woman on his way to deliver a cake Sams sister sent, and shows up on edge. Brecht gets Jack high, which unnerves him when her friend Alicia Edwards brings singing cop Ray Simpson, Ron, pawed all night by the man-hungry Brecht, is overwhelmed by the culture shock of it all and walks out. The next day, Sam runs into Ron, who apologizes, proffers the excuse that hes a Gemini, spilling leftover lasagna on himself, Sam and Jack help him off with his trousers before Jack leaves and Sam and Ron spend the night. Newly interested in helping, Ron offers his Wall Street office to hold auditions, there, Glenn M. Hughes, the leatherman climbs atop a piano for a rendition of Danny Boy, and he and Alex Briley, the G. I. join up. Now a sextet, they get their name from a remark by Rons socialite mother Norma. Rons boss, Richard Montgomery, overwhelmed by the atmosphere, insists the firm not represent the group. Rons new idea for rehearsal space is the YMCA, the group cut a demo for Marrakech, but Steve sees limited appeal and Sam refuses his paltry contract. Reluctant to use her savings, they decide to self-finance by throwing a pay-party, to bankroll the party, Sam acquiesces to Channings plea to return for a TV ad campaign for milk, on the condition the Village People are featured. The lavish number Milkshake begins as Sam pours milk for six boys in the archetypal costumes with the promise theyll grow up to be the Village People. The advertisers want nothing to do such a concept. Norma then steps in to invite the group to debut at her charity fundraiser in San Francisco, Sam lures Steve by promising a romantic weekend but Ron is taken aback by the inference that shed go through with the seduction, and Sam breaks up with him. On his private jet, Steve prepares for a tryst, but its Jack and his former chorine mother Helen who show up, initially reluctant, Helen seduces Steve with her kreplach and before long theyre negotiating the T-shirt merchandising for the Japanese market. In the dressing room before the show, Ron, relieved to learn Sam didnt travel with Steve, at one point, Montgomery shows up to rehire Ron as a junior partner representing the group
8. A Chorus Line (film) – A Chorus Line is a 1985 American musical drama film directed by Richard Attenborough and starring Michael Douglas. The screenplay by Arnold Schulman is based on the Tony Award-winning book of the 1975 stage production of the name by James Kirkwood, Jr. The songs were composed by Marvin Hamlisch and Edward Kleban, the film was released theatrically on December 13,1985 by Columbia Pictures. It received mixed to negative reviews critics and was a box office bomb. A group of dancers congregate on the stage of a Broadway theatre to audition for a new production directed by Zach. After the initial eliminations, sixteen hopefuls remain, arriving late is former lead dancer Cassie who once had a tempestuous romantic relationship with Zach but left him to take a job in Hollywood. Now she hasnt worked in over a year, and is enough for work to even just be part of the chorus line. Whether hes willing to let professionalism overcome his feelings about their past remains to be seen. As the film unfolds, the backstory of each of the dancers is revealed, some are funny, some ironic, some heartbreaking. No matter what their background, however, they all have one thing in common, in the stage version, the company performs the number, with Diana leading. One - entire cast The songs And, many directors turned down the project, insisting that not only was A Chorus Line too beloved, but it would not translate well to the screen. When Attenborough accepted the project, there was some apprehension as to the treatment the British director would give the musicals quintessentially American story. In February 1984, according to Attenborough, the singer Madonna auditioned at the Royale Theatre on Broadway for a role in the movie using her birth name of Ciccone. The decision to tamper with the score disappointed fans of the show, Hello Twelve, Hello Thirteen, Hello Love, Sing. and The Music and the Mirror were deleted and new songs Surprise, Surprise and Let Me Dance For You were added. The stage musical was one of the first productions to address the subject of gay actors within the theatre, the film version opted instead to make a more family friendly film by dealing less with the experiences of gay actors. The dance numbers were choreographed by Jeffrey Hornaday, audrey Landers could move well but was not a trained dancer like the rest of the cast. Director Richard Attenborough felt that she was perfect for the role of Val. She does a job of keeping up with the rest of the dancers in the film but if you watch closely
9. Colma: The Musical – Colma, The Musical is a 2006 American musical independent film directed by Richard Wong and written by H. P. Along the way, they learn what to hold on to. The film features 13 songs all written and produced by H. P, Colma, The Musical was released through Roadside Attractions in partnership with Lions Gate Entertainment. The film premiered March 21,2006 at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, after a year of touring the film festival circuit and winning three Special Jury Prizes, Colma, The Musical was theatrically released on June 22,2007. The film follows three teenagers, Billy, Rodel, and Maribel, and their exploits only weeks after graduating high school. After Billy decides to audition for the musical, he meets a college student, Tara. Billys ambition expectedly puts a strain on his relationships with his best friends, Rodel, meanwhile, struggles with coming out of the closet to his single father, while Maribel struggles to figure out what to do next in life. When Wong listened to a track from Mendozas concept album, he asked Mendoza how long it would take to turn it into a script, after seven days, a first draft was born, Mendoza flew from Philadelphia to San Francisco and the plans were set in motion. After 18 days of shooting and several months of editing, a film was made for a budget of roughly $15,000. The film was distributed by Roadside Attractions theatrically on June 22,2007, the DVD was released on November 20,2007 by Lionsgate Home Entertainment with deleted scenes and an audio commentary by director Richard Wong and writer H. P. The film received favorable reviews and the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes shows Colma. Colma, The Musical premiered at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, the premiere was held at the AMC Kabuki 8 in its 700-seat house which was packed with people who knew nothing about the filmmakers, but possibly appeared based on the title of the film alone. The film was praised by young Asian Americans who identified with the lost, if a little wayward, negative reviews came from the Village Voice with Julia Wallace saying its unfortunate that Colma pays so little attention to Colma, it may as well be set anywhere. While Kyle Smith of the New York Post says The songs sound like they were recorded on a toy synthesizer in someones basement, and neither of the two male leads can sing. Ruthe Stein of the San Francisco Chronicle likens the film to American Graffiti and Diner, while Jurgen Fauth of About. com compared the film to Mallrats, Ghost World, and Once. P. Mendoza Official website Colma, The Musical at the Internet Movie Database Colma, The Musical at Box Office Mojo Interview with director Richard Wong
10. De-Lovely – De-Lovely is a 2004 musical biopic directed by Irwin Winkler. The screenplay by Jay Cocks is based on the life and career of Cole Porter and it is the second biopic about the composer, following Night and Day. As he is about to die, Porters life flashes before him in the form of a production staged by the archangel Gabriel in the Indiana theater where the composer first performed on stage. He immediately calls to mind the start of his story - the night he met his wife, Linda Lee Thomas - Paris latest divorcee, from the start, they click and become a devoted couple. Linda is well aware of Coles gay identity and activities, her ex was the same, Cole is completely different, she declares on their wedding day - he loves and adores her and shows it, so she tolerates his dalliances. Her love for and devotion to him are strong enough for her to overlook his romantic flings outside their marriage, with Linda his fun with music turns into a top international career. Their lavish lifestyle is enviable worldwide, at films end he tells her the songs were all about her - not all she corrects - but enough of them. The leaders in music praise his work and his amazing shows begin, to cheer Linda, the couple move the showbiz, by invitation, to Hollywood. Great excitement, a new extravagant home, but trouble, his flings get too overt and indiscreet, when he shrugs off the blackmail, she finally goes to Paris, leaving him bereft. Linda dies in 1954, and Cole is devastated, but he continues his work until 1958, when degeneration of the bad leg finally requires amputation, affecting his creative output. He never writes again, but works in productions of his earlier works and he stayed in character by limiting his vocal range. Most of his singing was recorded live on the set, according to Winklers commentary on the DVD release of the film, he had considered numerous actresses for the role of Linda when Ashley Judds agent advised him she was interested in the part. Winkler was certain her salary demand would exceed that allowed by the budget, judd is twenty years younger than Kline, although the composers wife was eight years older than he. Filming locations included Chiswick House and Luton Hoo, the film premiered at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. It was shown at the CineVegas International Film Festival, the Sydney Film Festival, a soundtrack album of music from the film was released on June 15,2004. Critically, the film had a mixed reception and it garnered a score of 53 from Metacritic and a 48% rating from review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. Roger Ebert gave the film 3.5 out of a four stars. He wrote, for his review in the Chicago Sun-Times, that De-Lovely. brings a worldly sophistication that is rare in the movies, larry King said, Far and away the best musical biography ever made
11. Ex Drummer – Ex Drummer is a 2007 Flemish film directed by Koen Mortier. It is based on the book by Herman Brusselmans of the same name, in Ostend three handicapped musicians are looking for a drummer for their band, consisting entirely of disabled people. They want to only one time at a music competition. They want famous writer Dries to be their drummer and his handicap is the fact that he play the drums. They only plan on mastering one song, Devos Mongoloid, for Dries this is an opportunity to get some inspiration for a new novel and he accepts the offer. The band members decide to call the band The Feminists, because four handicapped musicians are just as worthless as a group of feminists, in the contest they have to compete against the band Harry Mulisch, also led by a writer with the nickname Dikke Lul. As the story goes on Dries becomes more and more obsessed by his new novel and he tries to manipulate the band members, the film received mixed reviews ranging from very positive to very negative. The film currently holds a rating at Rotten Tomatoes with 44% of the critics giving it positive reviews. In Belgium it caused controversy due to the violence and explicit sex in the film
12. Fame (1980 film) – Fame is a 1980 American teen musical drama film directed by Alan Parker, and written by Christopher Gore. The film follows a group of students during their studies at the High School of Performing Arts in New York City, from their auditions to their freshman, sophomore, junior and senior years. Producer David De Silva conceived the idea in 1976 and commissioned Gore to begin work on a script that would depict the lives of students attending the High School of Performing Arts. The script became the subject of a war among a host of established film studios before it was sold to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. After the release of his previous film Midnight Express, Parker signed on to direct the film and rewrote the script with Gore, aiming for a more dramatic, principal photography commenced in July 1979 and concluded after 91 days, with a budget of $8.5 million. The film was shot on location in New York City, MGM gave Fame a platform release which involved releasing the film in select cities, before expanding distribution in the following weeks. While it received mixed reviews from film critics, Fame was a box office success. The film received awards and nominations, it was nominated for six Academy Awards. The success of the film spawned a media franchise encompassing several television series, stage musicals, and a remake that was released in 2009. Auditions In New York City, a group of teenagers audition to study at the High School of Performing Arts, where they are sorted into three different departments, Drama, Music and Dance. Accepted in the Drama department are Montgomery MacNeil, a homosexual, Doris Finsecker, a shy Jewish girl, and Ralph Garci. In the Music department, Bruno Martelli is an aspiring keyboardist whose electronic equipment horrifies Mr. Shorofsky, Lisa Monroe is accepted in the Dance department, despite having no interest in the subject. Coco Hernandez is accepted in all three departments because of her all-around talent, Leroy Johnson goes to the school, performing as part of a dance routine for an auditioning friend, but the dance teachers are more impressed by his talents than hers. Freshman year The students learn during their first day of classes that academics are weighed equally with performance, Doris, overwhelmed by the energy and spontaneity in the lunchroom, flees and meets Montgomery. As the year progresses, Coco tries to convince Bruno to book performing gigs with her, Doris befriends Montgomery, but worries that she is too ordinary against the colorful personalities of the other students. Leroy and his English teacher, Mrs. Sherwood, clash over his refusal to do homework and it is later revealed that Leroy is illiterate and ashamed to admit it. Bruno and his father argue over Brunos reluctance to play his music publicly. Miss Berg, the schools Dance teacher, warns Lisa that she is not working hard enough, Michael, a graduating senior, wins a prestigious scholarship and tells Doris that the William Morris Agency wants to send him out for auditions for television pilots
13. Fruit Fly (film) – Fruit Fly is a 2009 musical film with gay and Asian-American themes, directed by H. P. Mendoza, who wrote the screenplay for Colma The Musical, the film, made entirely in San Francisco, premiered on March 15,2009 at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco. It had a limited run in New York on September 24,2010. Fruit Fly is a comedy about Bethesda, a Filipina performance artist finding home in the unlikeliest places. She moves into an artist commune in an attempt to workshop her latest piece which deals with finding her biological mother, in the process, she finds an artistic family, clues of her mother’s whereabouts, and the startling possibility that she just might be a fag-hag. Subplots include her relationship with her roommates in the artist commune, L. A. Renigen as Bethesda Ivan de Guzman as himself Mike Curtis Aaron Zaragoza E. S. Park Theresa Navarro Christian Cagigal Don Wood Michelle Talgarow H. P. A, Renigen would jump back and forth from gay film festival to Asian film festival for about a year. After experiencing the strange treatment Renigen would receive from gay men, he decided to create Bethesda, Bethesda, like Renigen, is a performance artist who moves to San Francisco to workshop her latest performance piece dealing with finding her biological mother. Also like Renigen, Bethesda finds herself going to gay bars every night, mendozas last musical - San Francisco Chronicle The buzz on H. P
14. Glee: The 3D Concert Movie – Glee, The 3D Concert Movie is a 2011 American 3D concert documentary film directed by Kevin Tancharoen and produced by Dante Di Loreto and Ryan Murphy. It is based on the Fox television series Glee and features the cast performing during the Glee Live. The film was released theatrically in the United States on August 12,2011 to minor box office success, grossing over $18 million worldwide, Glee, The 3D Concert Movie depicts a Glee Cast concert in East Rutherford, New Jersey during the groups Glee Live. It features behind-the-scenes footage, and a setlist of songs from the shows first, the fan segments were created by documentary filmmaker Jennifer Arnold. The film features performances from the cast as their characters from the show. The fourteen central cast members are, Jane Lynch and Gwyneth Paltrow appeared at concerts shot for the film, ten actors and dancers appear as the Dalton Academy Warblers, joining Criss for a mini-set of three songs. Four of these Warblers appeared on the Glee TV series in the season, Titus Makin. Curt Mega, Riker Lynch, and Jon Hall, in May 2010, the Glee cast performed a sold-out 13-date North American concert tour. A European extension of the tour was announced in November of that year, Murphy stated that the number of venues Glee Live. Could visit was limited, due to constraints imposed by producing the television series, and as such. They felt left out because we went to four cities during our first tour. This movie will give fans—not just in the US but around the world—the chance to experience the Glee concert in a visceral way, newman said that the 3D format was chosen to give the audience an immersing experience, and that the project is principally about brand extension. Filmed on June 16–17,2011, at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey, Glee, glen MacPherson served as director of photography, and utilised seven Fusion 3D rigs with a range of set-ups, including a Cablecam, Steadicam, and Technocrane. The digital cinematography cameras held by the rigs mainly comprised a combination of Arri Alexas, CPG CEO Vince Pace noted, One of the biggest challenges that we were able to overcome was the way these cameras are handled in a live production environment. The infrastructure of had to accommodate the camera formats and process them as a single format. That is not common in the broadcast world and he cited this as a factor which helped enable the films completion with just a six-week post-production schedule. Such budget was revealed by The Hollywood Reporter to be $9 million. The press junket for the film was held in Los Angeles on August 6–7,2011, the film was released in the United Kingdom on August 19,2011, also running for a two-week engagement
15. Hedwig and the Angry Inch (film) – Based on Stephen Trasks stage musical of the same name, the film follows a fictional rock band fronted by an East German transgender singer who survives a botched sex change operation. Hedwig subsequently develops a relationship with a man, Tommy, becoming his mentor and musical collaborator, only to have Tommy steal her music. The film follows Hedwig and her band, the Angry Inch, as they shadow Tommys tour, while exploring Hedwigs past. The musical has developed a cult following. Despite largely positive reviews critics and audiences, the film was a box office bomb. Mitchell received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor and the Premiere magazine Performance of the Year Award, Hansel Schmidt is an East German slip of a girly boy who loves rock music, and is stuck in East Berlin until he meets Sergeant Luther Robinson, an American soldier. Luther proposes marriage to Hansel, this plan will allow Hansel to leave communist East Germany for the capitalist West, however, in order to be married, the couple must consist of a man and a woman and according to Luther, there will be a full physical examination. Hansels mother, Hedwig, gives her child her name and passport, the operation is botched, however, leaving Hansel – now Hedwig – with a dysfunctional one-inch mound of flesh between her legs, the eponymous Angry Inch. Hedwig goes to live in Junction City, Kansas as Luthers wife, on their first wedding anniversary, Luther leaves Hedwig for a man. That same day, it is announced that the Berlin Wall has fallen and East Germans are flooding freely into the West, meaning as material gains go, Hedwigs sacrifices have been for nothing. Hedwig recovers from the separation by picking up odd jobs. Babysitting for the commander of the fort, she befriends Tommy Speck — a shy. For six months, she teaches him rock history, lyrics, grooming, Hedwig gives him the stage name Tommy Gnosis for his graduation. Feeling her inch, Tommy leaves her and goes on to become a successful rock star by stealing the songs Hedwig wrote alone. The internationally ignored Hedwig and her band, the Angry Inch, are forced to support themselves by playing in a chain of failing seafood restaurants called Bilgewaters, Hedwig is following Tommys tour while pursuing a copyright lawsuit. In between songs, she reflects on her story through flashbacks and stories told directly to either disinterested restaurant patrons or her small. Throughout the film, Hedwig refers to Aristophanes speech in Platos Symposium and this myth, retold by Hedwig in the song The Origin of Love, explains that human beings were once round, two-faced, four-armed, and four-legged beings. Angry gods split these early humans in two, leaving the people with a lifelong yearning for their other half