I’m back again to announce my upcoming blogathon for the entire month of September 2022, with the topic being that of musical screen teams!
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My Reason For Picking This Topic
As you may have read here, earlier this year, things went wrong at home, forcing me to make a lot of changes, both at home and here on the blog. One change was to pull back on my “Star/Screen Team Of The Month” series, and stop hosting them as blogathons. However, when I announced last year’s musicals blogathon, I expressed my desire to host another one, except this time with a focus on film musicals featuring various screen teams. At that time, I had already started trying to plan out my schedule for 2022. In doing so, I had decided to start featuring different screen teams during the “longer” months (when there were five Sundays in a month instead of four). Since I liked the idea, I figured it would also be fun to emphasize screen teams for the return of my musical blogathon (which was the one month I was determined to keep as a blogathon). I certainly hoped that it would be something that others might also be willing to try!
I think, for most, the phrase “screen team” conjures up the thought of two or more people who worked together for several films. Since we’re sticking strictly to the film musical genre, there are some well-known teams, like Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland, Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy, etc., that many have heard of. However, I don’t want to limit everybody strictly to those “big” teams, as some of those stars worked with other actors/actresses for multiple films (like Fred Astaire worked with Rita Hayworth for two films, for example), and some of those lesser known teams are certainly an option here. Whichever direction you go with, my main requirements are that the film is a musical and the team should do a song/dance together (so if you choose Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland, for example, I wouldn’t suggest using any of the three Andy Hardy films they did together, since they didn’t do any songs together in them). Also, while the main focus here is certainly going to be on those teams that did multiple films together, I am also opening it up to the possibility of people who actually worked together for just one film (that you wish had done more). Granted, I do ask that, if you’re going to pick a team that worked together for one film, that it be for a movie you know and love (as opposed to being something you’ve never seen before, which is still okay for teams that did more than one film). I’m still not placing any restrictions on film eras, so that everybody can enjoy this! I look forward to seeing what everybody chooses for next month!
Note: Even though I hosted one of my “Screen Team Of The Month” blogathons for Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy earlier this year (before all the trouble started at home) and just finished one of my non-blogathon months with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, both those teams are still on the table as options, if you so choose.
Roster For The “Musical Screen Teams (September 2022)” Blogathon
Since this is obviously for next month’s blogathon on musical screen teams, then that’s all you need to worry about signing up for. As always, here are the rules that we are working with.
- At this point, I am not putting any restrictions on topics related to the musical genre, whether it be on individual movies, lists of favorites, etc., as long as the focus is on a screen team that did musical numbers together (and no “solo” films).
- This is intended as a celebration of the musical genre, especially those films that feature a screen team as part of its cast, so obviously this would not be a good month to join in if you are not a fan of either the genre or the stars.
- I’m requesting that all posts would be new material, and not any previously published ones.
- As previously indicated, this is a month-long celebration of the musical genre and screen teams, so you will have that whole month to work with. Lately, I myself have been publishing about two or three posts per month (depending on the number of Sundays and whether there are any recent disc releases that would fit the bill), so you can decide how many you want to do (within reason).
- If you are interested in joining, I would certainly suggest you either comment on this post, email me at email@example.com, or, for the Facebook savvy, contact me at my FB page. And feel free to use the banners I have put together.
Thoughts From The Music(al) Man
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