Thursday, May 29, 2014

The Magic of Musicals Via Netflix #StreamTeam #NetflixKids #Ad

This month our Netflix Stream Team Theme is school plays and spring musicals. 

It couldn't be more timely. My 11 year old daughter, Sage, was just in her first musical, Fiddler on The Roof, as the fiddler!  They had no budget and cardboard scenery, but these kids put their hearts and souls into the show and it was awesome. 

Sage got to do the infamous "bottle dance" and show off her mad gymnastics skills with splits & a back walk over, in addition to singing and dancing all the chorus numbers. Most of all she had a blast with the cast!

Disclosure:  ChiIL Mama is a proud member of the Netflix Stream Team. We've been compensated for sharing monthly posts with our readers.  All opinions are our own.

Back in high school, I too was in Fiddler on the Roof and Annie Get Your Gun.  Though not a musical, in college I was also in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. Now I generally stick to reviewing musicals and plays and/or shooting stills & video interviews with the performers for ChiIL Mama (family friendly) and our sister site ChiIL Live Shows (adult).

Whether you were Sandy in your high school's adaptation of Grease or have two left feet and sing off-key (we're not judging!), we have some titles that will get you and your kids singing along to some popular show tunes. And although you may not realize it - or be willing to admit it - you probably know the words to more than you'd think!

Check out our list of titles to stream on Netflix, then share one of your favorites with your kids. For older kids, we've pulled a list of our favorite musicals, and for little ones, we have a few fun sing-a-longs (perfect if you need something other than Let It Go in your head).

And speaking of Let It Go, moms, dads and older teens, check out Rent, starring Idina Menzel.  I've had press tickets to see the Broadway touring production of RENT twice, during different Chicago runs, and it's fantastic. Now Netflix lets you catch it on your own time. 

12 Musical Titles Available on Netflix:
For your big kids:

1. Shrek the Musical 

Here at ChiIL Mama we LOVE this one and have seen & 
reviewed both the Broadway touring version and the awesome Chicago 
Shakespeare Theatre production LIVE on stage and the Dreamworks version shown here as well!  Before I take the kids to theatre we love to play the "SAME/DIFFERENT GAME".  This means we check out the movie on Netflix if possible, read the book as a family, then go see the live show and compare what elements stayed the same and what changed. Fun fun.  

Click here to check out loads of ChiIL Mama's Shrek the Musical coverage.

Shrek Parfaits!
(Mmmmmmm kiwi)

Remember that scene in Shrek when Donkey says, "Parfait’s gotta be the most delicious thing on the whole planet!"? We agree. Click here to learn how to make your own Shrek-inspired parfait!

3. Grease

4. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 
This is another of our family's all time favs, as we raved about here last month *see below.
(I love it as a kid but didn't fully appreciate it till I rewatched it with my own kids. Remind you of James Bond a bit... with the goofy girls' names and wacky inventions? There's a reason. It was written by Ian Fleming, too, and produced by Albert Broccoli, who produced many of the Bond films! Road Dahl adapted it for the screen. Didja know Benny Hill is in it, too?)

6. The Phantom of the Opera 
"He's here... The Phantom of the Operaaaaaaaa!" It was my great pleasure to take my daughter to see the Broadway touring production in Chicago a few months ago. We even got a signed poster!  It was beyond awesome with stellar stage effects and songs that have become beloved, timeless classics.

It was a pleasure to be serenaded by some of the Broadway touring cast of Phantom of The Opera, at a Women Driving Excellence Event later that week. They had a post performance Q &A and I was one of the lucky few to score an autographed Phantom of The Opera poster. Sage and I had press tickets to review opening night and we loved it! Sage raved about all the parts she enjoyed, but conceded she was also a bit creeped out by the Phantom.  She even coined a new term and told me she'd been "dramatized" ie: traumatized by drama.

And your little ones:
(though my big ones still dig Mulan & Pocahontas at ages 11 & 13)

1. Mulan
5. Rock-A-Doodle

PS:  If you've been following along on our monthly Stream Team updates, we were last heading for The State History Fair in Springfield.  My 13 year old son, Dugan, wasn't picked to advance to nationals, but he still rocked state and came home with a blue ribbon for a "Superior" presentation. 

ChiIL out with us this summer in Chi, IL and beyond.  Check back with ChiIL Mama for more cool Stream Team Themes every month!  Stay cool and stream on...

Disclosure:  Once again, ChiIL Mama is a proud member of the Netflix Stream Team. We've been compensated for sharing monthly posts with our readers.  All opinions are our own.

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