20 behind-the-scenes musical facts

What I wouldn’t give to see the version of La La Land located in Boston.


Director Julie Taymor sat next to Sir Paul McCartney the first time he watched Across the universe, and during the “All My Loving” sequence, he started singing in a low voice. At the end of the screening, Taymor asked if there was anything he didn’t like, to which McCartney replied, “What’s not to like?

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At issue “96,000” of the film adaptation of In the heights, Benny sings, “Tiger Woods and I on the Ties, and it’s my caddy!” The original lyrics for the Broadway musical were, “Donald Trump and I on the Ties, and He’s My Caddy!” Lin-Manuel Miranda explained that when he wrote the musical, Trump was “an avatar for the Monopoly man,” but his transformation into a “stain on American democracy” required a change in the wording.


Martin Charnin, creator and director of Annie, the absolutely hated Broadway musical Annie, the film. He said the film “twists” his musical, with Miss Hannigan transformed into a “crazy drunk man” and Annie herself “cute”.

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Costume designer Michael Kaplan invited Nadja Swarovski to watch a number in Burlesque where all the dancers were dressed in outfits made of gold chains and Swarovski crystals. She loved it so much that she invited Kaplan to design a jewelry line for Swarovski.

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Each member of the Cats The actors went to “cat school”, which involved a few hours a day to learn “basic cat anatomy and movement training”. Movement director Sarah Dowling and a hairless sphinx cat named Paname oversaw the lessons. Taylor Swift only had to attend for a week because, in Dowling’s words, she is “a natural cat”.


Jeff Conaway (Kenickie) gave Stockard Channing (Rizzo) a real hickey during their “on-camera makeup sessions”.


Zendaya performed several of her own stunts in The greatest showman, and she didn’t even use a safety net. Of course, this required some pretty intense acrobatic training, which co-star Zac Efron also had to go through.

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John Waters made appearances in the original 1988 film Hair spray and the 2007 adaptation of the 2002 Broadway musical. In the first, he plays Dr. Frederickson and in the second, he appears as “the flashing light who lives next door” during the “Good Morning Baltimore” sequence.


Bart Johnson (Coach Bolton) told Seventeen that he and Alyson Reed (Mrs Darbus) were supposed to have a duet in Musical High School but that the number (supposedly similar to “All you can do, I can do better” of Annie takes your gun) was cut due to time constraints.


After turning 40, Meryl Streep was offered three witch roles in one year, prompting her to implement a ‘no witches’ rule for herself. She only broke it when she was 65 and played the witch in the 2014 adaptation of Stephen Sondheim. In the woods.

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Rightly for Damien Chazelle, a Harvard graduate, La La Land was originally located in Boston, with the Griffith Observatory sequence taking place at the Boston Museum of Science.


Anne Hathaway had her hair cut on camera in Wretched, although only half was done by actor Nicola Sloane, who played the “hair crone”. The task was completed by Hathaway hairstylist and makeup artist Paul Gooch, who donned the old lady’s costume for the occasion.


The extravagant necklace that the Duke (Richard Roxburgh) gives to Satine (Nicole Kidman) in Red Mill! was designed by jeweler Stefano Canturi and constructed with 1,308 diamonds. The piece, nicknamed “Satine,” was worth $ 1 million during filming, making it the most expensive piece of jewelry ever made for a movie. It is now worth around $ 3 million.


Julie Andrews declined to make an appearance in Mary Poppins Returns because she didn’t want to distract star Emily Blunt’s attention, although director Rob Marshall assured Entertainment Weekly that Andrews was “a thousand percent” backing the sequel.

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Peter Hinwood was a professional model when he was chosen as the titular creation of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and he subsequently quit acting for three reasons: “First, I can’t act. Second, I cringe in embarrassment every time I see myself in a movie. Third, I relish a calm life. and peaceful. ” Rather, he became an antique dealer in London.

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In The sound of music, the von Trapp family make a spectacular escape over the Alps to safety in Switzerland. However, in real life this route would have led directly to Nazi Germany, so the real von Trapps escaped in a slightly less cinematic way: Board a train for Italy and pretend that they were just going on vacation with the family.


Catherine Zeta-Jones insisted on getting her hair cut in a bob for Chicago, explaining, “If you think I’m going to have long hair on my face so everyone thinks I’m doubled up and not taking every step, you’re crazy.”

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After seeing the costume jewelry she was supposed to wear as the queen in Cinderella, Whoopi Goldberg told costume designer Ellen Mirojnick to go talk to a contact she had at Harry Winston’s and choose “the real stuff” because she wouldn’t be wearing fake jewelry.

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When Jerome Robbins and Leonard Bernstein started working on what would become West Side Storyit was called History of the east side and his plot followed a young Jewish girl falling in love with a Catholic boy. They ultimately rejected this premise because it was too outdated.

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In order to achieve the period look of violin on the roof, cinematographer Oswald Morris shot the film with a “brown silk stocking which he stretched over a lens.”

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