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re: I finally watched the sound of music from pbs a few weeks ago
Last Edit: AlanScott 09:00 pm EST 12/11/18
Posted by: AlanScott 08:59 pm EST 12/11/18
In reply to: I finally watched the sound of music from pbs a few weeks ago - dramedy 03:37 pm EST 12/11/18

I agree that the movie is terrific. I think it's my favorite film version of any Broadway musical, perhaps equaled by The Music Man, but if I had to choose one, it would be Oklahoma! But I don't think the excellence of the film should spoil the show for future stage productions. If anything, you might instead think that would make people want to see stage productions. And perhaps the extremely problematic, arguably downright inept Carousel film lessens the potential audience for stage revivals.

I wasn't surprised that King and I did not do better. Personally, I did not think it was a great production. Of all the relatively recent R and H revivals, the only one I think was really first-rate was South Pacific (although even that production had a few lapses), and that had the best run. Perhaps I liked it best because it's my least favorite of the four top R and H shows, and my expectations were therefore lower, but I don't think so. I think it was just really an excellent production, and I would not say that of the Nunn-Stroman Oklahoma! or the more recent King and I. I did not see the recent Carousel, but i find the cast recording a mixed bag at best, with some of it really terrible. Many of the folks I know who did see it did not like it much. Some of them truly loathed it.

I'm in the minority, on this board at least, in not having much liked the Hytner Carousel, and that also had a somewhat disappointing run for LCT. Some of that may just be that the show itself is a bit of a hard sell. But I do wonder if general audiences were not as in love with it as most folks here.

While my personal taste often does not coincide with that of the general theatregoing public, I can't help but wonder just a bit if the reason why the most successful of all those productions was the South Pacific may have been because in this instance my taste and the taste of the theatregoing public coincided. It was a very good production, and I think the others were not.
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