One of our favorite parts of musical films is the way the choreographers sometimes have to manipulate a scene to include singing and dancing where it might not necessarily make sense naturally. Sometimes this results in movie magic perfection. Other times… you get people dancing with bowling balls.
Yes, that’s right. Dancing with bowling balls. Sometimes a prop makes a dance scene all that much better… and sometimes it doesn’t. Here are a few of my favorite musical moments that involve some pretty random props…
We’re Gonna Score Tonight – Grease 2
Everyone knows that Grease 2 is the ugly stepsister to Grease… but I secretly kind of love how cheesy it is. It tries so hard to be as good as the original but fails miserably. Even Michelle Pfeiffer can’t save it. However there’s something kind of amazing about the bowling alley scene…. It’s so bad, it’s almost good. They are dancing with bowling balls!
Get’Cha Head in the Game – High School Musical
Get’Cha Head in the Game was one of the bigger hits from the insanely popular High School Musical. And yet… it’s so ridiculous that they’re singing and dancing while playing basketball.
Singin’ in the Rain – Singin’ in the Rain
This one is a true classic. Gene Kelly uses both an umbrella and a lamppost… but truthfully the rain and puddles are as much of props as the umbrella.
It’s Raining Men – Magic Mike
Channing Tatum and company managed to take Gene Kelly’s immortal dancing-with-umbrella and somehow make it sexy.
Step in Time – Mary Poppins
Another classic. Bert and the rest of the chimney sweeps dancing with brooms across the rooftops with Mary Poppins and the Banks children. You can’t help but love it.
The Lady in the Tutti Fruitti Hat – The Gang’s All Here
An oldie-but-a-goodie… in 2014 this one seems completely ridiculous, but remains the best use of bananas as a dance prop ever.
Dentist – Little Shop of Horrors
This must be the only time that dental equipment was used as a dance prop. (Correct me if I’m wrong.)
Heart and Soul/Chopsticks – Big
Not exactly a proper dance scene (and not exactly a “prop” per se), but this is one of those iconic movie moments that will stick with us forever.
Time – The American Mall
I’ve only met a few people who have even heard of The American Mall and that’s probably because it is incredibly dumb. (My daughter and I refer to it as “the best teen musical film… that takes place in a mall”). Almost every moment from this movie is hilariously silly, but this sequence with The Janitors might just take the prize for most random and ridiculous props used in a single dance scene.