The Five Heartbeats (1991) directed by Robert Townsend
IS THERE A HEART IN THE HOUSE TONIGHT?? I had planned on Hollywood Shuffle being my first Robert Townsend post, but this movie being in the news between the anniversary and it going to Broadway means I got give it its due.
This is not just a great music film, but a personal film from my childhood. I was too young to see it in theaters, but I watched the VHS all the time and it is one of the great quotable films. It is based on the career of The Dells with elements from other soul groups (most notably The Temptations) added in. This is one of those movies I always watch when it comes on TV.
Let’s be real...
I enjoyed all the drinks and food this weekend. I haven’t had this much greasy food and alcohol in easily 8 months. I spent last night miserably bloated and in pain. My body isn’t used to being fueled with garbage and it wasn’t happy.
I’m still bloated, feeling irritated more than usual, sleepy, and blah feeling today.
It happens though. Life happens. I had a blast with my husband doing something that meant a lot to us and something we’ve wanted to do together since we first met. So I don’t regret the weekend I had.
After a slight injury and taking a few days off, I’m ready to jump back in tomorrow.
I’ve missed my workouts and my healthy food that makes me feel good. I love how much my mindset has changed throughout all of this. Even after a fun weekend, I’m able to reset and jump back in.
If this has ever been you... you are NOT alone. We all have fun days, weekends, weeks, or months. Recognize you’ve step away from your healthier habits and jump back on the healthy train.
“The Five Heartbeats” is headed to Broadway! I can’t tell you how many hours I’ve clocked watching this film — singing along to some of the fictional group’s hits, as if they were chart-topping classics. Excited to see how its adapted for the “Great White Way.”
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• The film - released in 1991 - was co-written by Robert Townsend and Keenan Ivory Wayans and directed by Townsend.
• The music supervisors for the film were George Duke & Philadelphia’s own Stanley Clarke (founding member of Return to Forever, one of the first bands in the genre of jazz fusion).
• The Heartbeats’ single “A Heart is a House for Love” was recorded by legendary Doo-Wop group The Dells (who also served as creative consultants).
• The choreographer for the film was none other than Michael Peters, known for choreographing many of Michael Jackson’s most famous videos (including “Thriller” and “Beat It,” in which he also starred).
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BLACK ON THE GREAT WHITE WAY: Robert Townsend's beloved black film classic "The Five Heartbeats" is eyeing a Broadway run. Starring Michael Wright, Leon Robinson, Harry J. Lennix, Tico Wells and Townsend as the R&B vocal group of which it was named, the film was released via 20th Century Fox in 1991 and follows three decades of ups and downs. It was loosely based on the real life stories of 1960s R&B groups The Temptations and The Dells (who were technical advisors on the film). A new documentary, "Making The Five Heartbeats," is playing in theaters in New York and Los Angeles this month to qualify for Oscar in hopes of landing a spot in the Best Feature Documentary category. According to @Deadline, Townsend is in negotiations to bring a theatrical adaptation to The Great White Way via an unnamed theatrical producer. "[It will] tell a similar story with music that people know from the movie, but there is a composer, Grammy-Award winner, a guy who has won some big awards who already said he will write an original song for us,” said Townsend, who started his acting career in theater — first in Chicago and then in New York acting Off Broadway with Woodie King, Jr. and the New Federal Theater troupe. Townsend said he is writing the Broadway play with Kennen Ivory Wayans --his original partner on the "The Five Heartbeats’ movie script.
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THE FIVE HEARTBEATS was based on which R&B singing group THE DELLS or THE TEMPTATIONS or both? For the answer watch my new documentary MAKING THE FIVE HEARTBEATS one night only August 27 go to fathomevents.com for tickets and to find a theater near you! Who do you think it was? Leave a comment now! #5Heartbeats#TheDells#TheTemptations#MakingTheFiveHeartbeats