Typically, the musical numbers during the Oscar telecast are one big snoozefest. Even the producers think so and sometimes combine all the best nominated songs in one big medley to get them over with. Given the lame nominees in some years, I don’t blame them. That’s all about to change this year.
Craig Zadan and Neil Moran are producing the show and from the sounds of it, it’s going to be phenomenal. That is, if you’re a musical nut. They’ve already brought on Adele and Shirley Bassey as part of the tribute to James Bond’s 50th anniversary and enticed Barbra Streisand to perform at the Academy Awards after a 36 year absence. Now comes word a segment celebrating musicals from the past 10 years is on the program. That should come as no surprise given that Zadan produced the movie adaptations of Hairspray and Chicago, plus the classic Footloose and NBC’s Smash. Find out which musicals are being honored below.
Once it was announced that the cast of Chicago was reuniting for the 10th anniversary of the film’s Best Picture win, we should’ve expected this musical tribute. In addition to Queen Latifah, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere and Renee Zellweger belting out tunes, the cast of Les Miserables (Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tveit, Samantha Barks, and Helena Bonham) will perform together once again.
The other musical being honored is Dreamgirls. You know what that means… another amazing performance from Jennifer Hudson. With all this musical talent on deck, the 2013 Oscars is looking an awful like a Tonys telecast.
Are you looking forward to this weekend’s Oscar telecast? Do you think celebrating musicals from the past 10 years is a good idea? Or should they have honored classics as The Sound of Music and Mary Poppins as well. Sound off below.