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re: Frank's private tragedy
Posted by: Michael_Portantiere 03:56 pm EDT 03/14/19
In reply to: re: Frank's private tragedy - AlanScott 10:42 pm EDT 03/13/19

"Maybe the show is not as successful as it might be in making it clear that it's about losing your way, losing who you want to be and what you want to do, whether you're good at it or not, but I think that's the intention (and it's not to suggest that producing commercial movies is a shameful thing to do)."

Along those lines, I also wish the creators had been able to be clearer about this, and that they wouldn't have gone so overboard in making their point. I think maybe the low point of the script as it now stands is the moment when Charley becomes incensed at the news that there is going to be a movie version of a commercial hit show that he and Frank wrote for Joe Josephson (it's MUSICAL HUSBANDS, right?), which will delay the writing of their personal project musical (TAKE A LEFT, right?) I mean, really, what are the chances that any musical theater writer would be upset at all -- let alone greatly upset -- at the prospect of a film version of one of his shows, even if it meant some time taken away from working on something else? Just how embarrassed about MUSICAL HUSBANDS is Charley supposed to be? If he hated writing it THAT much, then maybe he should have stuck to his principals and refused to do so, rather than continually berating Frank for selling out.

Alan, can you remember if this highly weird moment was in the original script of MERRILY? I haven't had the opportunity to check.
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