The Band Wagon

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Released 1953

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Director:
Vincente Minnelli
Released:
1953
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The Band Wagon is a romantic musical comedy directed by Vincente Minnelli and released in 1953. Tony Hunter (Fred Astaire) is an accomplished actor, dancer, and singer who is depressed that the news media have begun to ignore him in favor of younger stars. To lift Tony out of the dumps, his close friends Lily (Nanette Fabray) and Lester Martin (Oscar Levant) suggest that he star in a musical they're producing. Tony excitedly agrees, hoping that this will get his name back in the newspapers. His euphoria is short lived, however. The Martins have also hired Jeffrey Cordova (Jack Buchanan), a snobbish and avant-garde director whose extravagant demands soon threaten the entire show. What was supposed to be a musical comedy is now a contemporary treatment of Goethe's "Faust," and opening night is only a few days away. Tony and the Martins must find a way to salvage the production before Cordova utterly destroys it.

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  • 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Singin' in the Rain is a comedy, but The Band Wagon has a note of melancholy along with its smiles, a sadness always present among Broadway veterans, who have seen more failure tha...

  • 100

    New York Post Lou Lumenick

    Sorry, the beloved Singin' in the Rain isn't the finest of the legendary MGM musicals. For my money, it's a close second to The Band Wagon, which has better music, better dances, b...

  • 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    With songs Triplets, Dancing in the Dark and Shine on Your Shoes, it's my fave musical. [18 Mar 2005, p.6E]

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Arts, Comedy, Drama, Music

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Musicals