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re: BRIGADOON on TCM; I figured out its weak spot
Posted by: Chromolume 12:25 pm EST 03/09/19
In reply to: re: BRIGADOON on TCM; I figured out its weak spot - AlanScott 11:31 pm EST 03/08/19

Oh, I just remembered one other specific thing I disliked: Jane is so unpleasant (and she is also is on the recent recording). Really, she shouldn't be. They're just not right for each other, but if you really just look at her lines, she's very reasonable and patient with him, and he even seems to recognize that. I think it's wrong to make her a snotty bitch. We really don't need to have the deck stacked so totally against her in that way.

I mentioned this a bit also. I do think that the writing is part of the problem. We don't meet Jane until that scene, after spending the whole rest of the show with Tommy falling in love with Fiona - I think by the time we first see Jane, it's going to be very hard to be on her side, even if she's played sympathetically. To me it's a little similar to the Butterfly/Miss Saigon situation, where Kate/Ellen just never has a real chance to win us over, because we've already developed such a sympathy for Butterfly/Kim. (Even Ellen's constantly changing song has never really helped. In fact, I still like "Her Or Me" better than the other two, because I feel it's really a more honest and dramatic take on the emotional stakes.)

Now - I think this works the way it's supposed to in Butterfly/Saigon, given the dramatic arc and stakes. (And in the opera, Jane gets about as much stage time as Kate in Brigadoon, lol.) But part of my problem with that Brigadoon New York scene is, if Jane really could have more of an importance in the story somehow, it might give that scene a more credible tension and stakes, which I think it really could use. More fodder for Tommy to really have to make up his mind, instead of this vague idea that he just can't get Brigadoon OUT of his mind. Since we barely know anything about Jane and about Tommy's feelings for her, it just doesn't play well at all. She indeed might as well just "go home...go home..." lol.
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