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re: MUSIC MAN Last Night — It's Really All That
Posted by: dsikula 02:28 am EST 01/21/22
In reply to: re: MUSIC MAN Last Night — It's Really All That - Delvino 09:52 am EST 01/20/22

I found the book shortchanged in that, other than Harold and Marian, no one's characters go beyond a quick sketch (not that they're deeply developed in the first place ...), but you'd really never know about the whole Tommy/Zaneeta thing without paying close attention and the Marcellus/Harold relation is pretty much "Greg!" "Marcellus! You're here?" "There's a pool table!" and we're into "Trouble."

I thought the most "egregious" of the dance sequences were "Trouble," "Seventy-Six Trombones," and "Marian the Librarian," where the River Citizenians are almost immediately dancing in unison, with no needing to be persuaded by Harold. I wouldn't have minded them so much had there been some storytelling or development, but they're big production numbers from the get-go, unlike Onna White's lovely character-based work in the movie (and, I assume, in the original).
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