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 Posted:   Jul 11, 2014 - 2:58 PM   
 By:   John McMasters   (Member)

Complete releases of Hello Dolly! and Thoroughly Modern Millie would be so awesome. I just about wore out my lp of Millie as a kid. I've always loved that score. Bernstein did a perfect job of weaving everything together seamlessly. It never bothered me that his Oscar was for Millie.

Also, re My Fair Lady, I had a close friend who saw the original production on Broadway many times -- and her descriptions of the show as experienced at those performances were, in many ways, light years from how I experience the film. While I admire the film for capturing some, stressing some, of the magic of some of the original performances, it always seems to me that the film as directed and edited tends to "land" each scene, each performance, each song, each new set design, each new costume, with such weight that I find the film tiresome. It always wears out its welcome, for me at least, well before the concluding number. I guess it just seems too dark and too overdone to me in many ways.

I gather from what my friend described that the original show had more theatrical magic and more movement and didn't seem "weighty" (it was known for an ingenious use of revolving platforms as I recall), with performances balanced perfectly between comedy and drama. My friend said it just seemed to weave an effortless and magic spell. I can't say the same for the film. Just IMHO.

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