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This Series is Exclusive to the Aero Theatre,
however don't miss our first Sing-A-Long event at the Egyptian Theatre! Grease is the Word August 20th!
In the wake of MOULIN ROUGE and CHICAGO, two blockbusters
that served to re-ignite audience interest in movie musicals, and following in the path of
the series presented at the Egyptian and Aero Theatres the past three years, lets
look at an era not normally thought of as rich territory for filmed musicals: the
1970s and 1980s. Guilty pleasures THE APPLE, FLASHDANCE and JESUS
CHRIST SUPERSTAR! go up against even rockier TOMMY, HAIR and ROCK N
ROLL HIGH SCHOOL, not to mention modern classics such as ALL THAT JAZZ -- all
on the big screen where they were meant to be seen!! Keying on the New York-themed
ambience of some of the films, all ticket buyers, get a chance to win a New York goodie
Keying on the New York-themed ambience
of some of the films, all ticket buyers get a chance to win a New
York goodie package. Thanks to CTS Travel, Shoreham Hotels, Pasadena Playhouse and
Broadway/LA for their contribution to our raffle package!
Thursday, July 20 - 7:30 PM
THE APPLE, 1980, Sony Repertory, 90 min. This is your chance to
see one of the most mind-melting musicals ever made. Cannon Films mogul Menahem
Golans over the top directorial debut is a camp-lovers delight, set
"far in the future" (the year 1994) where almost all the world has become
enslaved to the hedonistic disco music of the BIM corporation, supervised by the demonic
Mr. Boogaloo. Be prepared for jaw-dropping set design, costumes and musical numbers that
jump from sappy soft-rock to 70s disco to glitter rock to cabaret and Broadway. Hold
on to your seats and dont be surprised if you feel the urge to don metallic fabrics
and strange make-up as you exit the theatre! Dress as your
favorite character from the film (Mr. Boogaloo anyone?) and we will have a special goodie
bag for the winner (apple included)!
Friday, July 21 - 7:30 PM
Beautiful Archival Print! TOMMY, 1975, Sony Repertory, 111 min. Having already brought an
outlandish, hellzapoppin quality to such films as THE DEVILS, director Ken Russell
was the perfect choice to helm The Whos landmark rock opera TOMMY,
transforming it into a stream-of-consciousness catalog of wild performances from the likes
of Roger Daltrey, Ann-Margret, Oliver Reed, Tina Turner, Elton John, Keith Moon, Jack
Nicholson and others.
Saturday, July 22 - 7:30 PM
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR,
1973, Universal, 108 min. Dir. Norman Jewison. Adapted from Tim Rice and Andrew
Lloyd Webbers landmark rock-opera, and featuring such standout numbers as "I
Dont Know How to Love Him," "Whats the Buzz?" and "Jesus
Christ, Superstar" performed by an extremely talented cast including Ted Neeley as
Christ, Yvonne Elliman as Mary Magdalene and the late Carl Anderson in a standout role as
HAIR, 1979, Sony Repertory, 121 min. Over
ten years elapsed between the initial Broadway run of one of the most controversial
musicals ever produced, and its cinematic incarnation - and it was worth the wait. Claude
(John Savage), a young soldier on his way to Vietnam, meets a gang of hippies
headed by Berger (a very winning Treat Williams), who teach him about love and
flower-power. Under the skillful direction of Milos Foreman and choreography by
Twyla Tharp (the same team behind AMADEUS), every musical number (including
"Aquarius", "Let The Sunshine In", "Hair", et. al.) works
beautifully. An especially relevant film in todays climate.
Sunday, July 23 - 7:30 PM
PENNIES FROM HEAVEN, 1981,
Warners, 108 min. Dir. Herbert Ross. Dennis Potter's beautifully melancholic
musical unspools against eyepoppingly amazing production design inspired by painter Edward
Hopper, pairing unhappily married Depression-era Arthur (Steve Martin) and sweet,
footloose Eileen (Bernadette Peters). The die is cast for bittersweet romance
punctuated with astounding Busby Berkeley style dance numbers. The entire cast, including Christopher
Walken as Tom the pimp and Jessica Harper as ice queen wife, Joan, shine. Walken's
legendary dance prowess is on ample display with his "Let's Misbehave" number, a
riveting standout. Interesting note: This was the last MGM musical.
Wednesday, July 26 - 7:30 PM
FLASHDANCE, 1983, Paramount, 105 min. Dir. Adrian Lyne.
Fiesty Alex (Jennifer Beals) is a blue-collar worker by day and aspiring dancer by
night. She dances in bars, longing for a true career in dance. An 80s movie-candy
fairy tale, with a romance subplot between welder/dancer Beals and boss Michael Nouri
that is especially sweet. The city of Pittsburgh co-stars. Giorgio Moroder, Keith Forsey
and Irene Cara won the Oscar and the Golden Globe for the title song
What A Feeling." Actor Lee Ving
will appear for discussion following the film.
Saturday, July 29 - 7:30 PM
ROCK N ROLL HIGH SCHOOL, 1979, New
World, 93 min. Dir. Allan Arkush. Rebel party girl and The Ramones
biggest fan, P.J. Soles, converts both fellow high school misfits and conservative
students alike to the joys of the black leather quartets intoxicating brand of punk
pop, which leads to open rebellion against the teachers, in particular, dictator principal
Miss Togar (Mary Woronov). Perfectly captures a teenagers mindset where food
fights and anarchy are equated, and blowing up the school building is the best antidote
for a boring Saturday night - ! Discussion following with
director Allan Arkush, writers Richard Whitley, Joseph McBride and Russ Dvonch.
Sunday, July 30 - 7:30 PM
ALL THAT JAZZ, 1979, 20th Century
Fox, 123 min. Intense, compelling musical based on the life of its director, choreographer
and screenwriter, Bob Fosse. Roy Scheider stars as an obsessed, womanizing,
pill-popping, chain-smoking Broadway choreographer and director who pays the ultimate
price for his insane, creative lifestyle. The movie probably has the only musical number
set during open-heart surgery, and kudos go to Leland Palmer (based on Fosse's wife
Gwen Verdon) as Fosses loyal ex-wife. Ann Reinking plays his patient mistress.