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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

February 22, 2009 at 6:56 PM

A tribute to musicals — but why?

Well, that was once-in-a-lifetime all right, and probably that’s a good thing. Hugh Jackman (yelling “The musical is back!”) and Beyonce led a medley of songs from movies, some of them strange bedfellows indeed: “One NIght Only” (from “High School Musical”); “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” in which Jackman proved that, alas, there’s only one Fred Astaire; a very, very slow version of an ABBA song, which proved that ABBA songs sound silly when slowed down and sung by people in white tie. Baz Luhrmann, who created the number, looked a bit embarrassed.
The whole thing seemed perfunctory and unnecessary, since there are no big musicals nominated this year. I love a good movie musical, but this is the sort of thing that people used to mock on the Oscars years ago. Bring back Tina Fey and Steve Martin.

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