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re: It’s “The Hugh Jackman Show with songs from The Music Man”
Last Edit: libbymaebrown 05:04 pm EDT 05/25/22
Posted by: libbymaebrown 04:54 pm EDT 05/25/22
In reply to: It’s “The Hugh Jackman Show with songs from The Music Man” - Roman 03:04 pm EDT 05/25/22

I just saw MUSIC MAN last night and was entertained, but your observation about it being "The Hugh Jackman Show with songs (inspired by) THE MUSIC MAN" is spot-on!

Did Hugh need to dance in every single number? Absolutely not--leaving him to dance occasionally adds to charm; having him dance EVERYTHING (and dancing more poorly than his fellow dancers) got tiresome.

I'm not sure what happened, but the charm that Hugh had in spades that was SO effortless for THE BOY FROM OZ is here, but here, we SEE the effort. He is working so hard! My mom always said the greatest performances look like they were no work at all.

Off topic--I think the main issue the show has is that they assumed everyone already knew the property. My partner, who only knew a few of the songs, but did NOT know the story, was often confused as to what was going on.

Key lines have been cut (I am paraphrasing--HILL: "ladies...from now on you will never see these four apart" EULALIE: "Oh professor you're wrong...they have hated each other for years" as the intro to the ice cream section into "Sincere.").

Without that observation, the formation of a barbershop quarter with Hill's involvement makes no sense. "River City" is never established in any way--Harold is in front of a big barn with a sign that says "River City Hotel," and the barn opens and they River "Citizians" do a park and bark version of "Iowa Stubborn." Without the "reveal" of a town after "Rock Island," he assumed they were singing inside of the barn.

Lines cut for Zaneeta and Tommy make them almost completely disappear in the show. I asked him what he thought of them and he didn't even remember the characters or their relation to the plot.

We should *see* the River City characters transform from morose/stubborn to bright/happy by the end. The town is changed by Harold, and we should see that happen in little ways. That never occurs in this production. The town is as bright and loud at the beginning as it is at the end.

I could go on and on...I will note, however, that I was prepared to roll my eyes and be livid with lyric changes to "Shipoopi." I noted that the lyrics changes seemed to be less about political correctness as they were to make the song be about something--in other words, it would seem that Marcellus is singing about Harold, and what happens to make him into someone's Shipoopi. He is meant to be Marian's "someone." Without trying to tie the song back to the plot in some (even if meager) way, it is sort of pointless song and just an excuse to dance.

Someone (Hugh's dialect coach?) needs to tell him "Marian" and "Librarian" are supposed to rhyme.

Sutton is in a completely different show than everyone else, but she delivers a nuanced and interesting take on Marian; it is way too modern of a take for early 20th century Iowa, but I came away from the show more impressed by her than anyone.

Apologies for typos...
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