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re: BRIGADOON on TCM; I figured out its weak spot
Posted by: Chromolume 05:42 pm EST 03/08/19
In reply to: re: BRIGADOON on TCM; I figured out its weak spot - Snowysdad 05:28 pm EST 03/08/19

In some ways, this "ending" issue may be a trait of theirs in general. We've certainly talked out here about the awkwardness of the final scene of MFL. And much as I love the music of "Guenevere" and the inherent drama of the scene, it too is an awkward moment when, out of the blue, we have a greek chorus narrating the story. (Although a similar technique is used in "The Joust," it's also clear that it's being sung by the court as they're watching the jousts - "Guenevere" is different.)

Now, whereas I actually like the ambiguous nature at the end of MFL, the other endings (or penultimate endings) just seem like they had to find some way to end the show but didn't know how to best do it.

There is a new, very very streamlined (and mostly effective) adaptation of Camelot that has been done at several regional theatres (including Boston 2 years ago) where the full company has a framing device as storytellers - but the problem still being that the only time that storytelling technique is done specifically through song is with "Guenevere.". So it still feels wonky.

I, too, would love to see a new solution to the ending of Brigadoon, because I agree with you that it's a wonderful show otherwise.
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