Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Behind the Singin': Peter Fitzgerald Looks Back at 50 Years of Singin' in the Rain for a New DVD Release. (Video)

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Behind the Singin': Peter Fitzgerald Looks Back at 50 Years of Singin' in the Rain for a New DVD Release. (Video)

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"I grew up in Orange Country [Calif.] and used to watch it on a black-and-white TV when I was 9 years old," recalls Peter Fitzgerald of when he first became enamored of Singin' in the Rain. "That was when I fell in love with the classic musicals. I also used to watch The Wizard of Oz and never knew until years later that the movie went color when Dorothy opened the door of her house."

Fitzgerald started researching Singin' in the Rain 10 years ago for the musical's 40th anniversary laser-disc release. And now he's written, produced, and directed What a Glorious Feeling, a new documentary featured on the 50th anniversary DVD edition of the Gene Kelly-Stanley Donen classic.

So in love with musicals was Fitzgerald that he spent six years as a performer in Broadway shows such as A Chorus Line in his 20s before returning to California, where he established himself as an archivist and documentary filmmaker. "It always amazes me when I sit down with someone who was involved in these films and they give me a nugget that I didn't know before," he says. …

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