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Which version do you like better?
In my opinion I like the stage version.. the song between Elsa and Max ("How Can Love Survive?") is really nice.
I also like some of the changes in the script as well.

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The movie definitely. The stage play is good too, but the movie improved all the kinks that were in the stage show, and the movie "opened" up the story more. But, yet again, there's only so much you could do on stage. But I do find the Book kinda weak, but I'm very impressed with the screenplay.

I do like the song "How Can Love Survive?", and if it was in the movie, then the film would just have been 3 minutes longer. And I know one of their biggest concerns was time.


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Since I'm probably an unusual case, my answer might be a wee bit difficult:
I do like the stage show but see some broken links in the original script. I like how the film fixes them such that they can benefit the work as a whole. Some of these improvements can be transplanted to the stage version and work effectively there, not just the additional songs but the song placements. I think these changes benefited the work as a whole. As such I would like both the film script that the script of the 1998 Broadway revival production the most.


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degrassifan wrote:

I do like the song "How Can Love Survive?", and if it was in the movie, then the film would just have been 3 minutes longer. And I know one of their biggest concerns was time.
then cut junk like I Have Condfidence, Sixteen Going on Seventeen and Most of DO Re mi.

How Can love Survive,No Way To Stop It and Edelweiss are the only good songs in the score.

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I really do think they should have cut Do Re Mi.. it was just too long. The song is okay the first time but repeating it twice gets a little annoying.

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It's a bit long, no doubt, but to cut Do Re Mi? That's how I learned to sing, folks!


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I'm not suggesting they cut the entire song.. but fade to black after they sing it once. It ran a little long for me.

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exactly..you dont need 3 verses of a voring inane lyric and trite melody.


actually its too bad r&h couldnt have found another song for that spot.

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I wouldn't mind the song, because many of us who love this old chestnut can see the growing bond between Maria and the children as they sing it. I would rather that the Festival concert reprise of Do-Re-Mi have been cut and replaced with a reprise of Lonely Goatherd, just like what was done in the 1998 revival. I think this song would show the Austrians' resolve to face up to fascism with all that made them great.


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see..the concert reprise to me is at least listenable.

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I prefer the stage version...

I remember reading somewhere that they cut out "How Can Love Survive" and "No Way to Stop It" from the movie not only for time reasons but also because they did not want the Baroness to sing, incase she came across as too nice or loveable...

I totally agree that they should have cut out another some and at least included No Way to Stop it in the film...

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I prefer the movie version because Julie Andrews seemed to fit the part of Maria better.


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