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re: Seeing iconic moments for the first time, without expectation
Last Edit: BroadwayTonyJ 04:05 am EST 01/12/21
Posted by: BroadwayTonyJ 04:00 am EST 01/12/21
In reply to: re: Seeing iconic moments for the first time, without expectation - Michael_Portantiere 05:44 pm EST 01/11/21

I've seen the clips of Duncan performing "I'm Flying" and "Ugg-a-Wugg" -- I love her interpretation. She really transforms herself into a believable Peter Pan. I wish I could have seen her live. The '79 revival was such a huge hit. It's really strange that there was no cast recording, especially since George Rose (I assume) was a delicious Captain Hook. It strikes me as a role that was right up his alley.

I was able to eventually catch Duncan on stage. I saw her in the musical version of The Grass Harp at York Theatre in 2003. She gave an extraordinary performance as Verena, a role that usually comes off as unsympathetic. However, Duncan made me really understand who Verena was and care about her situation. She stopped the show when she performed "What Do I Do Now?". Jeanne Lehman knocked several of her numbers out of the park also.

I was only 6 years old when I saw Mary Martin in Peter Pan on TV in 1955. It was really a thrilling experience. I had been watching The Ed Sullivan Show for a few years by that time and loved all the performances from Broadway shows, but seeing a complete musical on TV for the first time was an amazing experience for me at such a young age.

Now I have both the '55 and '56 versions on Blu-Ray.
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