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re: One quibble re: Li’l Abner
Last Edit: PlayWiz 05:30 pm EST 12/14/18
Posted by: PlayWiz 05:21 pm EST 12/14/18
In reply to: re: One quibble re: Li’l Abner - Michael_Portantiere 04:04 pm EST 12/14/18

I recently watched the film version of "L'il Abner" on Amazon Prime, and it still holds up. The film used most of the original cast, most notably lacking Edie Adams and Charlotte Rae, and it had the famous Michael Kidd choreography re-created. It's missing a few songs, and it was filmed on obviously artificial, but fun and appropriately designed movie studio sets. The thing is: it works. It has a great score, an enjoyable book, and even if you don't know the characters from the comic strips, most of them are introduced very well in its opening number. Plus, it still has a lot to say satirically about politics and the government. I think the show would be very revivable. It certainly used to be done by high schools all the time, as there are quite a few young characters in the show. Btw, the producers never to seem to advertise that it's by the same composing team that wrote the very famous "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" movie. Also, Valerie Harper and Beth Howland are among the lady dancers in the ensemble.
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