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re: Questions about the new MERRILY
Posted by: AlanScott 12:21 am EST 01/03/19
In reply to: re: Questions about the new MERRILY - Chazwaza 09:03 pm EST 01/02/19

I suspect that Furth, in this case, was perhaps more opposed than Sondheim to allowing the old version to be performed. Furth would not even show up for the reunion concert, and it was at least rumored that the reason he wouldn't attend was because they were mostly using the old version. Minimal dialogue was used, and that may have been because he wouldn't allow the old dialogue to be used. But Sondheim and Prince were both there.

They did include "Growing Up," but otherwise it was pretty much based on what opened at the Alvin in November 1981, except for giving the act-one "Not a Day Goes By" back to Beth, and restoring a couple of shortish songs — "The Blob" and "Thank You for Coming" — that were cut during previews. "The Blob," of course, was later put back in the show.
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