Movies That Should Be Musicals


At about 4:oo in the morning, I was inspired by Vulture.com’s genius article about turning A League of Their Own into a musical, complete with a two-act songbook. It seriously needs to happen. And they weren’t joking when they mentioned that Rocky was being made into a musical. Auditions are scheduled in the next few weeks. Weird. Not to mention, Mean Girls, Clueless and Little Miss Sunshine have all been turned into musicals. Seriously.  That got me to thinking about other movies that should be musicals.

  1. Take note from 30 Rock, and make Mystic Pizza a musical. Seriously. You could even have a dance number with pizzas and waitresses. If performed at the St. James Theatre or Helen Hayes Theatre, John’s Pizzeria on 44th could even provide the pies.
  2. The Devil Wears Prada: Come on people. Anne Hathaway & Meryl Streep could even reprise their famous roles, and there could be dance number where they actually Vogue to the song, Vogue.
  3. Ghostbusters: Featuring your favorite 80s hits, including “Call Me” by Blondie.
  4. Home Alone: Kevin McAllister singing “All By Myself” by Eric Carmen during the film’s climax when he realizes that he misses his family. Marv & Harry sing, “Just the Two of Us” by Bill Withers.
  5. The Shawshank Redemption: Andy & Red sing “We Gotta Get Out of This Place” by the Animals among others.
  6. Iron Man: Robert Downey, Jr. actually has singing talent, and it could play across the street from Spider-Man: Turn of the Dark.  Think about that for a second. SPIDERMAN is ACTUALLY a MUSICAL. For REAL. Like currently…playing on BROADWAY.
  7. Scream: The killer with that creepy mask could sing Sting’s famous ballad, “Every Breath You Take” (I’ll Be Watching You.)
  8. Mrs. Doubtfire: The chorus could sing “Dude Looks Like a Lady” by Aerosmith. They could even write the rest of the music.
  9. Stand By Me: Come on, kids and musicals equal box-office GOLD. They could sing “Lean on Me”
  10. The Godfather: Featuring originals like “Take the Gun. Leave the Cannoli” and “I’ll Make Him an Offer He Can’t Refuse” and “Drop the Gun, Michael” during the shootout in the restaurant.

Special Bonus: The Sandlot. I mean, come on, “You’re Killin’ Me Smalls” would be the hit song!

Seriously people. Composers, lyricists, producers: take note. People want musicals of movies. Just a few suggestions with jumping off points, so get a move on! We got casting to do and opening nights to plan!

Speaking From Experience: Losing a Role

Today, I lost a role. Normal. Because of my hair…Not normal to most people seeking employment in the everyday workforce, but it’s all too common in this industry. When I saw Jessica Chastain at an industry event, she had mentioned how crazy the business is, and how, for an industry that deals with the imagination, they really don’t have much of their own.  Every once in a while, I get fed up with how ridiculous this industry can be sometimes. When I told friends that I lost the part because of something as minor as my hair, their reactions went pretty much like this:

I know, right? Growing up, I loved when I’d see an actress with curly hair. I was seeing a part of myself reflected on the screen. Faces like Julia Roberts, Keri Russell, Julianna Margulies, and the previously blogged about, late Brittany Murphy, all had naturally curly hair. Key word: HAD. Since that time, they’ve all gone down the straight and narrow path of hair styling. I mentioned in my post about Brittany Murphy, that she had trouble getting roles because she was a brunette. Maybe it also had to do with the fact that her hair was curly. If you look at her work in the television series Almost Home, and movies like Clueless and Freeway, she had curly hair for all those projects. Take Julia Roberts as well. It was fine in the late 80s and early 90s to have curly hair like she did, because that was in fashion. Maybe I should have been up and coming in the 70s and 80s. I’d have cornered the curly-hair market. Nowadays, it’s all about silky smooth locks.  The fashion industry spends billions of dollars a year in order to tell me that my hair is too frizzy, curly, and needs to be “controlled” with straightening serums, creams and flat irons.

Just because you may not see a curly-haired gal in television and film all the time does not mean that we aren’t out there. I look up to my friends Eileen Galindo and Olga Merediz BECAUSE they remind me of myself. I really do hope I get to act with my supremely talented and gorgeous friends. I have a feeling we could play relatives or something.

I’ve had roles where I had to straighten my hair, so why should that make a difference now? Well, this is a very very fast moving business, and I didn’t have what they needed in the moment to make them give me the job. I can ask questions and make myself crazy about this. But I chose not to go insane simply due to the fact that I know I didn’t fit what they were ultimately looking for. It wasn’t about my talent, it was  as simple as my appearance. My hair is a part of me. It’s part of my personality. It’s what sets me apart from everyone else. At least I know I’m not a terrible actress. Other things are on the horizon for me, and something great might be just around the corner.

I don’t want to be just another boat that gets lost in the ocean. I want to be the lighthouse, creating a glow that helps the boats find their way home to the shore. I want to blaze a trail with my curly hair.

The Character Actress in the Ingenue’s Body: Brittany Murphy (1977-2009)

Brittany Murphy in “Girl, Interrupted” (1999)

Currently in the industry, I myself, get compared to a “young Brittany Murphy” in her Clueless days. She was always someone I looked up to as an actress, and when she all of the sudden became an ingenue, I forgave her. It was probably the people surrounding her who influenced her work and tried to fit her into a mold she was never really comfortable being in to begin with. She admittedly stated that she was a character actor. That’s what I initially loved about her and her work. She was different. She didn’t fit into the pretty-girl mold, and she did her own thing. And she was successful at it. But apparently, as she got older, she had trouble finding work as a brunette. So, in came the dyed blonde locks, the newly rail thin body and whole new image. She played Eminem’s girlfriend in 8 Mile, sang in Happy Feet, kicked-ass in Sin City, and was one heck of a character actress.

Brittany Murphy started out as “the best friend” or “the quirky” girl and by the early part of the new millennium, was transformed into an ingenue-the girl next door, the every woman, the damsel in distress. What was interesting about her was stripped away, as we were left with a carbon copy of a Hollywood starlet. And I find this so sad. I looked up to her as an actress and as a someone who wanted to get into the business. Her body of work is an interesting one and worth reviewing. The early stuff. The work where she really shows what she’s got and how she utilizes it. When she got lead roles, especially in indies, she was amazing. Still, she is one of those actors I wish I could have met, worked with, and in some way feel a kinship to.