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re: NYTimes: ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ Review: You’ve Got a Friend (Not)
Posted by: broadwaybacker 10:13 am EDT 09/24/21
In reply to: re: NYTimes: ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ Review: You’ve Got a Friend (Not) - writerkev 05:59 am EDT 09/24/21

Chromolume said: "I found it interesting that the reviewer admitted she had not seen the stage show."

I was struck by that when I read the review as well. I wonder if any other critic at the Times reviewed a movie musical never having seen the stage production. If I had more time now, I could do some research and check out the reviews of the films South Pacific, The Sound of Music, West Side Story among others, but I'd be pretty surprised (shocked, actually) if the author of those film reviews had not see the shows on Broadway.

Actually, after writing that I took five and looked up the 1965 NYT review of The Sound Of Music in which the author, Bosley Crowther, wrote that the film "comes close to being a careful duplication of the show as it was done on the stage, even down to its operetta pattern, which predates the cinema age." So I guess we know the answer on that one.
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