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re: It's easy enough to find the Temptations performing on television
Last Edit: Chromolume 06:01 pm EDT 06/10/19
Posted by: Chromolume 05:52 pm EDT 06/10/19
In reply to: re: It's easy enough to find the Temptations performing on television - broadwaybacker 05:20 pm EDT 06/10/19

Sergio was very clear in interviews that he wasn’t trying to replicate the original choreography , he was trying to “re-imagine” it as it might be choreographed today.

Then maybe the show needed to be about a group that was formed in our era. Or maybe they shouldn't be singing the arrangements the Temptations sang, instead singing the music as it might be written/arranged/produced today?

Creativity is one thing. But if you're doing a show that's supposed to be honoring a certain era/style/group, because that's what jukebox musicals DO, what's the point in re-imagining an iconic part of that?

If, instead, you want to do something along the lines of what Kyle Riabko did with the Bacharach catalogue, etc - that's great. I really love that, and actually wish that more jukebox shows would endeavor to try that kind of rethinking. But that means you have to change more than the dance steps, you really have to rethink the music as well, plus the basis of the book's story etc. What's the point if the book is trying to tell you a form of the original story, the music is based on the original charts, but the dance is out of left field?

As it is, I believe that jukebox shows count on the idea that audiences want to experience the nostalgia of what they have already seen and heard. If you're going to do something else, by all means do it - but do it 100%. Whatever Trujillo has said, I haven't heard anyone say that the concept behind the show is to hear the music of the Temptations while watching them party like it's 2019, lol. ;-)
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