Last year, Burlesque was the only musical to hit the screen (unlike you count Camp Rock 2 and Scott Pilgrim), but somehow that was enough to make the genre catch fire again.
No fewer than three major divas are going ahead with large-scale movie musicals.
And interestingly, every one of them is a remake of a past movie musical.
Nostalgia is totally what it used to be!
Beyonce is doing her version of A Star Is Born, which was already done brilliantly with Judy Garland and woefully with Barbra Streisand.
And speaking of Babs, she’s announced that she’s definitely going to make her movie of Gypsy, playing the title stripper’s mother (though this time, she’s not toying with Garland’s memory, but with that of the last screen Mama Rose, the brassy Rosalind Russell).
And pint-sized pixie Willow Smith, as I’ve told you, is going to star in a re-do of Annie, as sure as I’m squealing “Leapin’ lizards!”
On the one hand, these ideas point to a complete lack of inspiration in remake-crazed, concept-recycling Hollywood, which is always scraping the nostalgia bin for any workable vehicle.
On the other hand, I happen to be living for all three films!
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on February 9, 2011