“Does this look like a kid’s story to you?”
This thrilling sci-fi/fantasy miniseries based on Lewis Carroll’s classic story originally aired on television in 2009. Highly recommended for an enormously entertaining adventure through the looking glass.
“Wonder” – The Lord of the Rings
Music: A.R. Rahman, Christopher Nightingale, & Värttinä Lyrics: Matthew Warchus & Shaun McKenna
J.R.R. Tolkien was born on this day in 1892. Regarded by many as the father of modern fantasy, Tolkien was the brilliant mind who brought us hobbits, orcs, and wargs, as well as a slew of other memorable creatures. Due to his enormous popularity, Tolkien’s stories have been transposed into several other types of media, and fans can now marvel at the wonder of experiencing Middle Earth in musical form.
“Look to the Rainbow” – Finian’s Rainbow
Music: Burton Lane Lyrics: E.Y. Harburg
In this musical fantasy with Irish roots set in the fictional Rainbow Valley, Missitucky, Sharon sings this charmer about how her father follows his dreams. NYC hot spot the Rainbow Room first opened on this day in 1934 and still stands, an official landmark of the city. For unparalleled entertainment today, look to either rainbow.
“Impossible/It’s Possible” – Cinderella
Music: Richard Rodgers Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II
Cinderella’s fairy godmother uses magic to demonstrate that impossible feats are sometimes possible in this ravishing sequence. The Guinness Book of World Records keeps track of these feats, the first edition of which was bound on this day in 1955. All right, a pumpkin cannot turn into a carriage, but this version of the well-known fairy tale is an impossibly appealing musical fantasy.