Film: Musical Chairs


Rainy days call for a little bit of relaxation. Kick back with your feet up, and cue up a good film while in the comforts of your own home, with a bowl of popcorn within reach. For some, this may have to wait until after work, but just imagine unwinding to a feel-good romantic film. Musical Chairs may do the trick.

Directed by Susan Seidelman, Musical Chairs tells the story of an unlikely couple in contemporary New York, facing a number of challenges before find one another and finding themselves. With the competitive ballroom dance scene as the backdrop to this romantic tale, Musical Chairs follows Latino Bronx native Armando (E. J. Bonilla), who dreams of being a dancer while working as a handyman at a Manhattan dance studio, and Mia, who’s the studio’s star from the Upper East Side. When tragedy strikes, leaving Mia in a wheelchair, Armando finds a way to return Mia to her passion: a wheelchair ballroom dance competition. Through a shared passion and intense training, the two find their way back to center stage. The film also stars transgender actress and advocate Laverne Cox (Orange Is the New Black), who co-stars as a cheerful, wheelchair-bound transgender woman. Musical Chairs was produced by Janet Carrus, who has long been active in charities benefiting the disabled. Last month, the film was screened in Austin at the Cinema Touching Disability Film Festival. The official DVD is now available for purchase on Amazon.

Burning Questions

Would you let a life-changing accident defer your dreams?


ballrooms, dance, New York, film, (thinking of a few more)

Purchase film