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Wait. Wait. Wait. You think Fallen Angel is a weakpoint in the show?

That's probably my favorite song in the show hands down. And I'm kinda obsessed with Oh, What a Night, too.

I also don't think that the music is likeable commerically to the target audience of most movies. Most people 12-20 are going to think that older music is 'wierd'.

But I think more musicals should be turned into movies, if handled correctly and creatively.


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Wait. Wait. Wait. You think Fallen Angel is a weakpoint in the show?


It's a great song and a great scene for a Frankie to really show off some heart-wrenching acting abilities. I like it more now that I've seen the show, but I still think all the scenes where characters are not aware they're singing are not as strong as the ones where they are.

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I'm 13 and I love the songs.

I'm thinking that famous Itailan actors like Joe Pesci and Robert De Niro and even the real 4 Seasosn should make cameo appearances. They did that in the Hairspray film with some of the actors from the original Hairspray film. I think that's what they could do if there's ever gonna be a JB film.

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Good news for me!

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Lets try to think of the musicals with the original casts....

1. Rent
2. The Producers

(I can think of them because they are recent)

I know Vivian Blain was in the original Guys and Dolls cast...

What else is there?

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Look at "Ray." "Ray" is a meta-musical, very much along the lines of "Jersey Boys."

The songs used as narration could be used as underscore to the scene, with performance footage interspersed with the actual scene, a la "Chicago."

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How many times do movie musicals even compare to the original.
Plain and simple. 9.99 times out of 10...they don't. It takes away from the magic. It helps people who are not fortunate enough to see the real thing but they are not getting a good enough version to appreciate the magic and wonder a musical can bring. It is a slap in the face to every good musical. I've heard talks of an Aida, Jersey Boys, and Wicked movie. I'll be mad if they make an Aida or Jersey Boys one. I'll be discusted if they make a Wicked movie. How do you make that a movie anyway??? It defeats the purpose.


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i don't mind movie musical in general.. there is a movie of most musicals but i think now they are making them too fast. they need to give the show a good run first :) I definitely think jersey boys would have to be the original cast or at least broadway performers..the music and the blend is just too demanding...but I also think all these biopics are getting old right now. they need to just wait on this one and think of some creative ideas for themselves. In general I would like to see something innovative. Even sweeny was ok because they maximized the use of it being on film whereas hairspray and mamma mia were slightly flat though I loved loved loved most of the cast.

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Broadwaybabe1991 wrote:
How many times do movie musicals even compare to the original.
Plain and simple. 9.99 times out of 10...they don't. It takes away from the magic. It helps people who are not fortunate enough to see the real thing but they are not getting a good enough version to appreciate the magic and wonder a musical can bring. It is a slap in the face to every good musical. I've heard talks of an Aida, Jersey Boys, and Wicked movie. I'll be mad if they make an Aida or Jersey Boys one. I'll be discusted if they make a Wicked movie. How do you make that a movie anyway??? It defeats the purpose.


What a wonderful use of a first post.
You get mad about a movie based on Aida, Jersey Boys, and Wicked, boo hoo. You have absolutely no say in the matter. Keep in mind, I'm not justifying the creating of an Aida movie-musical (heaven forbid), I'm just reminding you of the obvious. A Jersey Boys movie could be sh*t on tape and it would still draw an insane crowd just because it's Frankie Valli. One person doesn't go because they don't believe in movie-musicals, it really wouldn't hurt the film's income much at all.

Anyway, in this case, were they to make a movie, the original cast, I believe, would be the way to go. There aren't many people who can imitate Valli as well as John Lloyd Young did, and the other members of the Four Seasons (mainly Bob Gaudio) were all fantastic in their roles.

Jersey Boys COULD work out on film...only if its done right. Making a movie based on a musical at all is tricky, but it's a helluva lot trickier making a movie based on a musical revue. How do you go about it? Jersey Boys would have to be very, VERY carefully done, or it'd fall flat on its face...it's as simple as that.

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audreydarling wrote:
i don't mind movie musical in general.. there is a movie of most musicals but i think now they are making them too fast. they need to give the show a good run first :) I definitely think jersey boys would have to be the original cast or at least broadway performers..the music and the blend is just too demanding...but I also think all these biopics are getting old right now. they need to just wait on this one and think of some creative ideas for themselves.


You can't have it both ways. Do you want to use a geriatric John Lloyd Young and a Christian Hoff who probably would (legitimately) injure his foot during filming for the novelty of having the original cast on film, or do you want Jersey Boys to play out the long run it deserves?

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i would much rather it play out a long run...but if they have to make a movie now I would rather them use the original cast.

if they hold off...using other broadway performers would be ideal. somehow they figured it out with rent! but perhaps if the movie hadn't been made the run would have been longer.

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All of you "theater people" have to decide. Are we an inclusive, or an exclusive culture. Do we want the public to accept, embrace and return to the musical as a valid and popular form of entertainment, in all of its forms, be it stage, screen or television?

Or, on the other hand, would you rather we become an exclusive niche culture, in which only the "deserving" should be able to enjoy a musical, or those able to go to New York and see it onstage? If many people like Sweeney Todd or Rent because they saw the movie, how does that take away from our own experience?

I, for one, welcome this new advent of popularity in the musicals. If you look back at history, movie musicals made up a huge demographic during the first half of the 20th century, but faded away in the second. Now, in this new century, their popularity is resurging. Is that a bad thing for us? No! It's not! How the hell could it be?

But really, the decision is up to you. Do we want more people, or would they not be "good enough" or "hardcore enough" to be musical fans?

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