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re: Because Harold Hill isn't Donald Trump - Hill is infected/affected by something and changes in a positive way,
Posted by: portenopete 01:43 pm EDT 10/08/20
In reply to: re: Because Harold Hill isn't Donald Trump - Hill is infected/affected by something and changes in a positive way, - BroadwayTonyJ 11:15 am EDT 10/08/20

"I am a little skeptical about this particular production, though. 15 years ago Jackman would have been ideally cast as Harold Hill, but next year he and Foster will be much older than their characters were originally intended to be. Preston was 39 and Cook just turned 30 when they created the roles on Broadway."

True, but Jackman is still highly attractive and athletic and to my mind has the right blend of sincerity and smarm to be a good Harold Hill. He's also younger than van Dyke was (55) or Tony Randall (58) in that late 1970's tour.

Sutton would be fine except for the Winthrop problem, but even with a 30-year old Marian it's weird to me she has a 10-year old brother. But if she's under 30 the sense of her being an old maid evaporates.

I am optimistic that like DOLLY!, this will be a spirited and traditional production.
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