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    I remember travelling halfway across London years ago to see a rare showing of 'Carousel'. At the end the audience was copiously weeping. I never heard that in a cinema before.

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    "Carousel" has always been my favorite musical.

    "Carousel" was the musical adaptation of "Lilith," a film starring Charles Boyer. It was much darker, with the Boyer character in Purgatory, not Heaven.

    Frank Sinatra was apparently the original star contracted to play "Billy Bigelow" but left just before shooting started. I've always liked the performance of Gordon MacRae in the film, but would really, really, really have wanted to see Sinatra in the role.

    The "Carousel Waltz" and "You'll Never Walk Alone" are gorgeous and elevate the film to the status of an operetta, for me.

    Edit: Oops, the Charles Boyer film was "Liliom" not "Lilith" - sorry.
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    West Side Story is the only one I can think of at the moment whose film version is better than the stage version.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eschbeg View Post
    West Side Story is the only one I can think of at the moment whose film version is better than the stage version.
    I have never like the movie of 'West Side Story'. It starts great with that panorama of New York and the street dancing but then retires to the studio for the rest of the film where the sets are more stagey than the stage. Natalie Wood was OK as Maria but the beefcake they got to play Tony was useless. Neither of them sang.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Phillips View Post
    I have never like the movie of 'West Side Story'. It starts great with that panorama of New York and the street dancing but then retires to the studio for the rest of the film where the sets are more stagey than the stage.
    That opening sequence is one of the main ways in which the movie improves on the stage, as it is far more extensive and is really enhanced by the cuts and edits that the camera makes possible.

    The other much more substantial improvement is the order of events and songs. In the stage version, "Cool" is sung by Riff in Act I after the dance at the gym (right after the Sharks sing "America"), while the comedic "Gee, Officer Krupke" is sung by Ice after the rumble, totally deflating the shock of Riff's death.

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    What a subject for my first post on this forum!

    I saw the original London production of West Side Story
    at her Majesty's Theatre and I saw the 50th anniversary production when it visited Birmingham. I have always regarded the film version as entertaining but not as immediate, as powerful, as intimate as the stage play. I love the theatricality and constraints of theatre - the work was conceived for theatre, after all. The small pit orchestra adds an astringency that the film's symphony orchestra cannot match. That the West Side is in a major world city is immaterial. The play, the story, is an intimate one involving just a handful of characters, it is about a minor tragedy that will go completely unnoticed a couple of streets away.

    Maria, in the 50th anniversary production was Sofia Escobar - her Maria was fragile. On-one could say that of Natalie Wood.

    An aside - I heard a performance of the Symphonic Dances by the CBSO a few years ago. At the end (and the conductor played no part in this) there was total silence from the audience. It must have been about fifteen seconds before any applause started. West Side Story is inside all of us.

    As far as favourite film musical? Probably South Pacific (but the film WAS flawed) and My Fair Lady.
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