Wednesday, 6 April 2011

E is for .....Entertainers

Dancers, musicians, singers - they perfect their art to entertain us - and some of them do it so well!

Just a few off the top of my head:

Gene Kelly- often remembered for the iconic "Singin' In The Rain" dance sequence (from the film of the same name), but here's a clip my daughter showed me a while back - mindboggling!




Arturo Brachetti- surely the quickest of quick-change artists!





Tom Noddy- the 'Bubble-magic' man!



(OK - how many of you are going to raid the kids' toyboxes to have a go at blowing bubbles?) ;-)


....and of course, the magic of the Musical!

Here's Ramin Karimloo as The Phantom in 'Love Never Dies' - the sequel to 'The Phantom of the Opera' - fast becoming my favourite stage musical!

16 comments:

  1. Have you seen this one of Gene Kelly and Donald O'Connor dancing whilst sitting down?? It's awesome! :)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnFiqRiZh1s

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  2. Very Entertaining indeed. Thanks for sharing (and for commenting on my post).

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  3. I can't tap dance or rollerskate, forget putting the two together. And I had no idea there was a sequel to Phantom of the Opera. You really do learn something new every day.


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  4. Jenny - Wow! Thanks for the link - hadn't seen that! You've made my day! :-)

    MJ - 'Love Never Dies' opened in London's West End, Spring 2010. We were lucky to go and see it in it's early weeks (a 'double-header' to celebrate my birthday - POTP matinee followed by evening performance of LND!) Andrew Lloyd Webber interrupted its run to make adjustments because of critic's reviews - we went to see the 'new' production and although I was thrilled with the original edition, this newly re-vamped edition is trully gobsmacking and breathtaking. Of course, daughter and I just HAD to go and see it yet again a few weeks ago! :-) We count ourselves priviledged to have seen the earlier 'incarnation' as that will never be staged again!

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  5. Gene Kelly was why I took tap lessons. I still love tapping when no one is around.

    Thanks for the memory walk.

    GigglesandGuns

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  6. I love that clip of Gene Kelly dancing on roller skates. He makes it look so effortless, and in reality oh my gosh - so, so hard to do. Great post - thanks!

    You are one of my A-Z highlights for today! :)

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  7. And, of course, writers entertain as well! :)

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  8. Without entertainers, our lives just wouldn't be the same. We lost such a legend recently with Elizabeth Taylor's passing. Thanks for the Gene Kelly video. Love that one so much.
    Karen

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  9. This is a topic so dear to my heart since I was in the entertainment business for so long and grew up in it.

    I especially like those dancers like Gene Kelly and the great Fred Astaire. Entertainers us carry us away from our troubles if only for a little while and help fuel our dreams.

    Great topic!


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  10. That rollerskate clip still astounds me!
    (and thankyou to the commenter who linked to the sitting down dance - fantastic!!)

    Otherwise: I second everything you say! Hurrah for the Broad Way! :D xxx

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  11. Oh my gosh, these are fantastic! Thanks for "e"ntertaining us. And how have I not heard of a sequel to Phantom of the Opera??? I'll be checking it out!
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  12. I always loved Gene Kelly, even more than Fred Astaire. He looked so relaxed and made every dance like a ballet.

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  13. I remember watching all the old movies with my nana. One day I would love to go to the opera. I've seen a ballet Swan Lake, so opera is next on my list. It's just a matter of finding someone to go with me. Nobody else likes opera!

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  14. Making it look so effortless is true talent and these were wonderful. Thank you, so much, for the research and the sharing.

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  15. I have always like Gene Kelly. When he dances, he looks like a man dancing - with grace and strength.

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