Directed by: Mike Petrone
Written by: Mike Petrone
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Caesar The Musical
The title of this film says it all. Caesar The Musical chronicles the life and times of general Caesar, using a classic stage play format with attributes of a standard film. If you can imagine sitting and watching your favorite broadway number, you should understand the format here. The same format you know, only recorded and edited for your viewing pleasure. The only thing missing is the bathroom and snack intermission halfway through. But that's what the pause button is for.
Mike Petrone has brought the theater experience home and kept his title focused on the prize—being a musical. There is dialog through this title, but the songs are what bring most of the value. The songs are what really tell the story of Caesar, but most importantly, the songs are catchy and captured well. As the narrator keeps the ball rolling and the acted scenes throughout keep confusion at bay, you will never forget this is a musical.
The cast of this title is a large ensemble but not as large as the music itself. I think it would be impossible to count the various instruments in this production and as for the style of music? It varies with touches of plenty of genres of music. All performed expertly by the mysterious orchestra in the background. All this is in addition to some very cool-looking costumes and props. No surprise there, however, since Caesar The Musical emulated a stage play, and a stage play without good costumes would be weird.
There's a bit of everything here. Drama, comedy, you name it. But Caesar The Musical is all about the music, and it's the music that will captivate you. You may even learn a thing or two about the life of Caesar. This was a nicely done production that seemingly has no problem capturing the energy of a stage performance. I would recommend watching with a decent set of speakers or some good headphones for maximum enjoyment.