The Dancing Stars madness has now a Cruise-dimension with Katie Holmes doing the Get Happy dance a la Judy Garland!
Every now and then, the Friday Break gets tuned to the news channel. Today I thought it was fun to get a piece of Get Happy with Judy Garland from the movie Summer Stock. Thank you for this wonderful week and your beautiful comments! I hope you’ll have the best weekend yet and don’t forget to Get Happy! (more info and a video with Katie Holmes singing and dancing Get Happy right after the jump!)
Even if it’s a joyful tune, Get Happy is indissolubly associated with Judy Garland, an absolute epitome of vaudeville-ish life, with tragic ups and downs, addictions and insecurities! Another one of those great artists whose life ended too soon because of various more or less legal substance abuse. Judy Garland was practically born on the stage with both parents being vaudeville artists – that (and her sisters) put her on the theater’s stage at the young age of 3.
Judy Garland sung Get Happy for the Summer Stock movie (1950) but the song dates back in 1930. Written by Ted Koehler and composed by Harold Arlen, it was first performed by the 30s legendary songbird Ruth Etting (The Nine-Fifteen Revue, 1930). The song has been covered so many times, performed on so many stages by so many dancers and still nobody rocked it better than Judy! (there’s even a video footage of Michael Jackson doing the Get Happy dance in the 70s – you can watch it here)
Now here comes Katie Holmes who rehearsed this Judy Garland homage for The Dizzy Feet Foundation (which enables children to receive mainly art related scholarships) and finally got to perform it last night. This special “So You Think You Can Dance” moment was thoroughly planned and the result was obviously, luckily, a positive one. Katie manages an honorable performance, both singing and dancing Judy Garland’s Get Happy from Summer Stock. There’s nothing bugging me about her stage happiness (besides the too obvious extensions, but hey, nobody’s perfect!) so I’m impatiently waiting for your reaction! (via 1, 2)