Something Good

Music & More challenge

24.) movie musical you would like Richard to star in

The Sound of Music


Richard as Captain Von Trapp could be swoony, don’t you think? The gruff widowed father who has become detached from his gaggle of children because they remind him of his wife and much happier times, rediscovers life and love through their unconventional nanny. I don’t necessarily think The Sound of Music itself needs to be remade but maybe a loose adaptation, set in modern times.


and if a way could be found to keep the waltz in, all the better!

music question: a song you like from a musical/children’s movie

Santa Fe from Newsies (the movie)

I’ve been happy to see the current popularity of this musical. It’s a good story, centering around the newsboys strike of 1899, with enjoyable dancing and catchy songs but like any adaptation, things have been changed. I don’t mind the changes much, except for when they took out my favorite lyric, the one that I instantly related to and has been near and dear to my heart for years. yeah, I didn’t like when they did that. at all.


When I dream on my own
I’m alone but I ain’t lonely
For a dreamer nights the only time of day

A few fun facts from the original movie version:

-it wasn’t popular with the masses when it was first released but the loyalty and persistence of the fans finally resulted in it’s wider release onto home video, years later.

-it wasn’t a musical when Christian Bale first signed on and initially he was not thrilled with the change but he threw himself into it, just the same. (seeing a 17 yr. old Christian Bale dance and sing, with an over exaggerated New York accent and his trademark lisp, is so worth it!)

-a few years ago, Christian spent some time in Santa Fe for work and said this song was on a running loop in his head, which was both humorous and annoying.

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  1. It’s so amazing that you said that! I cherish the thought of Richard playing Captain Von Trapp, I think he would be perfect!!
    I’d love to see him play the Phantom too, but I’m sure that’s too MUCH singing for him, he’d never do it (and maybe the range would be a little high??)
    I like Newsies too, and of course Christian Bale 🙂

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    1. The Captain is Richard’s kind of character. and for a musical, he doesn’t sing (or dance) too much so Richard might actually consider it! I’m glad to hear that you like Newsies and Christian Bale too 😀 I can fangirl about Christian anytime, anywhere! like on a Richard Armitage themed blog, for example…

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  2. OMGoodness – that is such a good idea!!! Gruff widower – perfect. And then some smiles at the end, yisssssssssss. And some singing, please! What a fun idea. (Note to Richard: No funky Djerman aksent pleese.)

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      1. I love that part! Where the Captain’s voice breaks as he keeps seeing the soldiers there to take him away….(And that, even though Christopher Plummer himself climbs my last nerve. He actually DOES seem inherently evil.)


          1. Oh, I forgot about that part, it’s nice too…. and yes, there’s something about Christopher Plummer. It may be mostly ever since I read that he actually hated SoM and referred to it as “Sound of Mucus” when he was asked about it. (That might endear to him to some people, I guess.) Oh, and probably evil in a “Spy Kids” kind of way…. although I could see him playing someone like Mengele pretty easily. “He’s probably not ACTUALLY inherently evil,” she grumbled. 🙂


          2. I’ve never seen CP in anything but The Sound of Music so I don’t know what his demeanor was usually like. I was always kind of afraid of his character when I was young, until I could see his eyes start to soften. I’m not sure how much of that was due to my odd mistrust of men who were clean shaven though 🙄 I have heard that he didn’t like the movie afterwards but you see that sometimes, when an artist gets popular for one particular project and nothing else :/


          3. He’s been in a zillion things. I mostly remember him from taking a course on Greek drama when I was an undergrad and we watched a bunch of modern productions of ancient plays, including him in Oedipus the King. He also played Caesar on stage, where some of my friends saw him a few years ago.


          4. I’m sure that’s real, when someone is famous for their (relative) trash rather than (what they consider) their treasure. I haven’t deeply thought this out, it’s kind of visceral for me …. what I DID find interesting was – an “odd mistrust of men who were clean shaven”…. perhaps I shouldn’t inquire further about a possible family of lumberjacks? or Proctoresque farmers? or Amishmen? 🙂


          5. well, I do have an uncle who is a lumberjack but he’s clean shaven 😀 my dad has had a mustache my whole life and several of my male relatives/family friends had some kind of facial hair too, so it’s just what I was used to.


          6. That’s really what I figured, just being silly as usual…. so are you in the RA beard camp then? Should I already know this? 😛 I can barely track myself lately….


          7. I don’t really have a preference. I think he looks friendlier with a beard for some reason and he seems more confident with one. I really like the look of his pale smooth skin though and his eyes are more noticeable without the beard, so…yeah, I like him both ways ❤

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          8. Now that’s a really interesting idea about him seeming friendlier /more confident with a beard – It does seem like a lot of his best interviews have been wearing a beard, but he’s also had one a LOT the last few years, hasn’t he? I’ll have to think about that some more 🙂


  3. If The Sound of Music happened, it would probably be the one RA project that I could never bring myself to watch. (I’ve never been able to watch even 5 minutes of the original either). I’m trying to image him in some other musical, but can only come up with Chicago.


    1. You made me think twice Cill. In general I dislike musicals and rarely watch them (or fast forward through the singing.) I was caught up with the idea of a gruff widower, a love story and the waltz.


    2. in my mind it would be a more modern adaptation (and in this day and age you know “adaptation” can be used very loosely). I’d keep the Captain pretty much the same, but I would overhaul Maria considerably. my second choice had too much dancing in it to be considered seriously, but one number in particular nearly bumped it up to number one…

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      1. No, it would be never. I really hate TSOM. (I didn’t want to say this because others love it so much, but I’ve left home to walk the streets in a snowstorm when my gran wants to watch it).


          1. Ski mitts, with woolen mitts underneath. Sometimes the snowflakes stayed, sometimes not. (You don’t think that happened only once, did you?) Thankfully, nobody makes schnitzel in my family and noodles only with Italian or Thai food, occasionally Chinese.

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        1. Wow, that’s a deep hatred…. leaving your gran to go walk in a snowstorm lol. I think you probably have plenty of company though, actually. 🙂


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