Broadway Blip: Dorothy Fields

Many of you might not know who Dorothy Fields was (I’m sure some do), but you will certainly know the lyrics to myriad songs she wrote from Broadway musicals. Featuring one of most prolific (and certainly groundbreaking) careers as musical theatre writer, Fields was a constant voice in the business when very few other women were making headway in the male-dominated profession.

Movie Morsel: The Night of the Hunter

Up until a few months ago, my experience with the film noir genre was minimal. On a Facebook page dedicated to classic film, I found a thread discussing film noir and saw how passionate many of the writers were about it. I decided to give it a try. What an amazing world of film I had been missing. For my maiden voyage into film noir, I decided to watch The Night of the Hunter. Truth be told, I had been doing research on a stage musical based on the film, so I was killing two birds with one stone. The film was stunning, chilling even, in ways I had never experienced.

TV Tidbit: The Neighborhood of Make-Believe

From 1968 to 2001, one of PBS’s most-beloved and celebrated shows for kids was Mister Rogers Neighborhood. Featuring the kindly Fred Rogers who invited kids to join him in little house for play, learning, and self esteem building, the low-key was a staple in the home of anyone who had children. One of the highlights of the show was when Mr. Rogers would take the models of The Neighborhood of Make-Believe off his kitchen shelf and set them up for an adventure to the colorful little village where puppets and people interacted and everyone learned how to treat each other with love and kindness. It was a special place in all our childhoods, as Mr. Rogers sent us down the trolley tracks (the man had a trolley in his house!) for our daily lesson in fun and play.

Movie Morsel: Clue — A Board Game Becomes a Movie

Clue is a board game where the players must guess who committed a murder, in what room, and with what murder weapon. From a list of suspects that include Miss Scarlet, Mr. Green, Mrs. Peacock, Colonel Mustard, Mrs. White, and Professor Plum, they must divine whether the culprit used a wrench, a lead pipe, a revolver, a knife, a candlestick, or a length of rope to kill a guest in a sprawling estate. Almost everyone has played some form of this game, as it has been around since 1947 when it was developed in Birmingham, England by Anthony E. Pratt. It was known as “Cluedo” at the time, but when it came to America in 1949, Parker Brothers shortened the title to “Clue”.