The musical genre has captured all our hearts from 1952’s Singin’ In The Rain to this year’s Les Miserables.  And this year, the Academy Awards decided to honor those great musical films by setting it as the theme for the night.

In addition to MacFarlane’s many musical numbers with Joseph Gordon Levitt and Daniel Radcliffe, the awards had several performances from musicals from the past decade or so. Catherine Zeta-Jones performed the hit from Chicago, “All That Jazz.”  Love the song, adore the movie, but Jones might have lost the spark of the passionate women found in Chicago. Jennifer Hudson proved once again she is NOT and will never be Beyonce’s backup! During her performance of “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” from Dreamgirls, she belted out every note on key while looking gorgeous in her grey floor-length dress. Her voice continues to impress me and she only makes me want to watch Dreamgirls over and over.

(Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

(Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

Although these two performances were extremely nostalgic and entertaining, the cast of Les Miserables trumped them all with their rendition of “One Day More” in opera style.  With solo entrances by Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway, the performance stood out as the most powerful of the night (Sorry Adele!).  “One Day More” is one of the most memorable songs from Les Miserables, as well as “I Dreamed a Dream.”  However, this performance rivaled that of the performance from the concert style 25th Anniversary of Les Miserables.  I got goosebumps from the giant chorus singing one day more as well as the overlapping of each character’s personal theme song.  Anne Hathaway may have made that film for me, but this live performance might have convinced me to take a second look at the film.

Which musical is your favorite?

Kristel Lugo/ CW44 Tampa Bay


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