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I don't think the play works as well in the "contemporary/random" era as it does in 1970. it still works of course (as it does without Tick Tock) but...

My friends don't TALK the way they do in it. Maybe they wouldn't now either but...

Why update the opening to answering machine messages when you keep lyrics like "call me in the morning/or my service will explain"? Why change the bottles of wine swomeone drinks from 6 to 2? I don't act drunk enough to get arrested by a copper after two bottles.


Fri Feb 06, 2009 10:54 pm
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This is a good article on how they changed the play. In its way I feel its identity has been changed as much as Follies

http://www.sondheim.com/commentary/comp ... ten_1.html


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It's just another example of one of my few probs with Sondheim--for the most part once his shows are out there he shoudl resist tamporing with them


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Perhaps the dialogue does sound somewhat stilted in a non-Seventies production, but the changes in orchestration have made the show a little less dated, and the new material added to the show is much stronger, in my opinion, than Tick Tock was.

I find it hard, even after having read both scripts, to picture the show without "Marry Me A Little" and "a homosexual experience."

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really quick, ericmontreal, you mentioned a video of the original tour or something? how'd you get that/where/what is it? (PM me or something)

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You can only view it in the Lincoln Center/library archives. I wish it was floating out there in collections but it doesn't seem to be whatsoever.

D'Arque we're gonna have to agree to disagree I think--I love the original orchestrations (and the vocal minority). I do really like Marry Me a Little though--and I'm ok with the gay scene. But I really don't feel it works as a piece set in "2008" or "now"--but as one set in 1970. I mean the pot scene for example--would a couple be that new and weird about pot in 2008?


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The original orchestrations rock! And, I agree, the show works best as a period piece.

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