Blog 996 – 05.16.2018
So What Is Gay About Enjoying Show Tunes?
Having just spent a whole week, last week, singing songs and writing blogs about them from the recent hit movie musical, The Greatest Showman, I wonder what guys mean when they say enjoying show tunes is gay. In my considerably, at least in my own estimation, enlightened mind there is nothing whatever wrong with being gay or any of those other wonderful letters in the L, B, G, T, Q designation nor in any other letters or any colors of the rainbow why even heterosexual males a females of all hues are okay with me too. But as for show tunes, some of the most wonderful music ever, comes from this genre. Even opera which many deem some of the most outstanding music ever produced is but really show tunes from a by-gone day.
The nineteen thirties, forties, and fifties gave us many movie musicals and before that, during, even and up to today Broadway first produced many of those and many more besides. Of the modern movie musicals some of my favorites are, The Greatest Showman (I already mentioned), Beauty And The Beast, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, The Phantom Of The Opera, Camelot, and Westside Story. There are so many more but for the next few days, perhaps a week, I would like to pay tribute to the 1967 movie version of the musical Camelot starring Richard Harris, Venessa Redgrave, and Franco Nero as Arthur, Guinevere, and Lancelot respectively, all in their prime and deliciously making music, chemistry, and an orchestral and technicolor marvel worthy of continued viewing, listening, applause, and praise. It is the film adaptation of the musical by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe. Lerner also wrote the screen play based on T. H. White’s book, The Once And Future King.
Though the role of King Arthur had been played by such greats as Richard Burton and Robert Gullet already on Broadway, a relatively young Richard Harris, many years before playing Professor Dumbledore in the first two Harry Potter movies (he died and had to be replaced in the subsequent films) nevertheless made the role of King Arthur his own. See the movie or listen to the soundtrack and I am sure you will agree from his first vocal, “I Wonder What The King I Doing Tonight.” Here I offer my humble Mockingbird version of his finer one hoping to tempt you to seek out the original.
Your friend and fellow traveler,