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According to Wise's commentary, the songs were cut from the film with Rogers permission. Rogers even thought those songs didn't move the plot forward, anyway.

I agree.

I also like "How Do You Solve A Problem" in the lower key. To me, it sounds better transposed down.

"Something Good" and "Confidence" are good songs and they move the story.

I also like how "Favourite Things" is sung to the children. I cannot understand wht R&H gave it to the Mother Abbess. To me, it doesn't fit her character.

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Rodgers was merely teh composer its easy for him to cut two of Hammerstiens's best lyrics after the man was dead. He and Okie never got along and Hammerstein was the genius behind their shows. Rodgers never could deal with that.

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


...?
That doesn't make much sense.

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I often wonder if the show was written today, how would the characters be written?

From what I've read, Maria Von Trapp wasn't anything like what her character in the show/film. She, according to bios, was not a very nice person.

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[quote="degrassifan"]

I do like the song "How Can Love Survive?", and if it was in the movie, .[/quote]

Part of it was in the film. In the opening scenes of the ball at the von Trapp home when the camera shows the orchestra, it is playing a few bars of "How Can Love Survive"?


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True, I always wondered, even before seeing the movie, WTF is Mama Nun doing singing this song? It's... cute, and nice. Giant Old Nun Lady is supposed to be neither.

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I vote for the movie, because that's the version I know best, having seen only one stage production:

1. The movie was filmed in Salzburg, where the real story happened.
2. Julie Andrews carried Maria well, in particular standing up to Captain von Trapp at his supercilious worst (the "straitjacket speech" being the best example; she really laced into him). That was for most of his first 20 minutes or so on camera; Christopher Plummer was priceless in that, and his subsequent mellowing was credible.
3. The kids, and their varying degrees of exuberance, usually high.
4. Most of the other actors and actresses in were good in their respective roles: Mother Abbess and other nuns; Herr Zeller; Rolf.
5. A big one: The orchestra, and Irwin Kostal's keying its power to the kids' varying degrees of exuberance (OK, OK, I'm a partisan of his!). A lot of his work through the 1960s and 70s was musical films that either directly or indirectly involved kids.
6. Robert Wise's direction, pulling it all together.


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I have seen the musical twice, and the differences from the movie are apparent (such as the song cuts, placement of songs in the show etc) but what I would really like to do is be able to read the script from the musical and see what the changes in the book are. But heaven forbid I ask on this forum for someone to share it.


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


She seems to fit a lot of parts really well. (i.e., Mary Poppins)


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Post Re: Stage Version vs. Movie Version
I prefer the movie, I thought the stage version was a hot mess.

I actually like "I Have Confidence" and I didn't really care for "No Way To Stop It" or "How Can Love Survive".

I almost laughed when Mother Abbess and Maria sang "My Favorite Things", I thought that was stupid.

I much prefer "The Lonely Goatherd" to be the puppet show.

And I think the placing of "Do-Re-Mi" was better in the movie.


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


...?
That doesn't make much sense.


Sorry but I don't understand why you think that it doesn't make sense.


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