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What differences are there?

I've seen the London show, but not the Broadway one, however I saw a..uh...vid of the Broadway version of 'Jolly Holiday', and noticed that it looks almost identical, except their policeman wears blue and white stripes in the colourful part and the UK version simply had a pink helmet, cuffs and shoes, and also that there were less statues on Broadway, just one section of statues who did all the dancing, wheras in London the big slidy things moved left and right a lot, exposing new sculptures and statues who would promptly come to life, I liked that a lot.

However I loved that Broadway's Queen Victoria gets a proper big enclosure when she appears, isntead of just statues around her.

Also...uh... whoever's playing Mary on Broadway... her accent is quite awful, she just doesnt sound right at all, very scripted too, and doesnt really LOOK like Mary, wheras the London versions looked and sounded like her, I think the Broadway one just LOOKS American, as odd as that is to say.

So any other differences?


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As of recent, there really are no differences between the two shows.

Certainly both shows are now more "Broadway" as Disney have really put their mark on it (anyone notice the "ever so subtle" change of logo?) and made the show more colourful (Jolly Holiday, noteably) and small changes like Temper Temper having a more defined (and better) ending and the show has been shortened by 20 minutes. The finale has changed in both shows (with that silly umbrella) and some music changes (Why replace Pomp and Circumstance with Rule Britania when Queen Victoria "comes to life"?)

I am sure there are others - as regards language and costume changes - but both shows are pretty similar. (The accents are probably better in the UK version, though)

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What is it about all the cast getting on a huge umberella or something?

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Eactly as you say - the whole cast get in a huge umbrella...and stand there. Don't ask me why - but it happens in Heaven, so - anything can happen if you let it...

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Does anyone have any clips /pictures of it?

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why do they have to have differences when it's exactly the same produciton team? I just wonder.


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sherwills wrote:
why do they have to have differences when it's exactly the same produciton team? I just wonder.


I've 1 word for you...

'Americans'.


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It's more Disney having more power over the production now.

Also, the Americans, apparently, have very fond memories of the movie - and they didn't want to offend any Amercians by having it being dark or not as colourful. The movie and its technological marvels wall all down to Disney (many people say it was his greatest movie ever) and, hence, Disney probably felt the American transfer had to portray the film as best as it could.

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Oh that makes sense. I actually use the term "Disneyfied" when a certain story is altered to have a sugarcoated ending or twist.

Little Mermaid is definitely Disneyfied... c'mon Hans Christian Anderson originally wrote a different ending...


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i saw teh london version and they didnt get on a big umbrella. mary just flew part way into the audience but she was holding her umbrella, not in it. im confused on what you guys are talking about.


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I saw it in London too. They DO get on a big umbrella during Anything Can Happen, but they dont float off or anything, they just stand on it, its on the floor, ie the open part, no handle.


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Yes - and apparently on B'way, the umbrella flies.

Seems pretty random to me...

Let's hope they introduce the flying to London.

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