By now it’s common knowledge that the rebirth of the audiences’ interest in the cinematographic musical has derived from an effective link between popular culture and classic narrative. Movies such as Moulin Rouge! or Mamma mia! are good examples of such a successful marriage.
But the musical also owes a lot to television, especially through shows like Smash and Glee, which have covered numerous songs from classic as well as recent musicals, thus helping to connect the genre with a younger generation.
Today the world woke to the sad news about Cory Monteith’s passing. The 31 years old actor played character Finn Hudson in the TV show Glee. Best known for his covers of rock ballads, the young star sung a couple of numbers from musicals such as The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Grease.
The loss of a senior performer is painful due to nostalgia, but the passing of a young talent shall always haunt us with questions regarding all the vanished possibilities.
Although it is definitely a day of mourning, it should also be a time for celebrating his life, kind heart and talent.
Goodbye, Mr. Monteith!