Thank you for your excellent original post! It has stimulated an outstanding, thoughtful, instructive, and uncommonly enjoyable thread about a musical I have long held as one of the giants of the century, if evidenced only by this conversation it prompted. I saw it first as the movie in ’64 (I grew up in the hinterlands), and not onstage until 2011 (in a respectable summer stock production). But it was in seeing the most recent LCT production - three times - that I was able fully to appreciate (or to fully appreciate) its richness and wit, its depth and its power, its highs and its lows. I loved all three viewings, but was most deeply moved by the two I saw with Benanti and Haden-Paton (with changes in supporting cast). It's great to be reminded of them all. I will say that while the movie has great charm, it never reached me the way the stage production did. Possibly because of my age difference on viewings, but I prefer to think that the “life” of a stage production offers emotional depth that a movie musical rarely - if ever - achieves. The fixedness and gloss of film is valuable in many ways, but live art engages the whole person more fully and complexly. I suppose that’s why it has devotees like us on this board and thread.