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re: The number of gross people working on the periphery of professional theatre is legion.
Posted by: Michael_Portantiere 02:36 pm EDT 06/02/21
In reply to: re: The number of gross people working on the periphery of professional theatre is legion. - NewtonUK 08:47 am EDT 06/02/21

You have a point, but I would say that ANYTHING GOES is a different matter because it was conceived as a very light, fluffy musical comedy rather than an "integrated" musical, and also because major changes to the song stack and the book began to made for revivals very early in the show's history, many of those revivals, movies, and TV productions within Porter's lifetime. If he had objected to any of those revisions, he could have easily put the kibosh on them.

WEST SIDE STORY is a completely different matter, to my mind. If I may focus on only one of the most deplorable aspects of the van Hove concoction: I know that Sondheim has expressed displeasure at some of his lyrics for "I Feel Pretty" (as well as several other sections of his lyrics for that show), but the fact remains that if Sondheim, Bernstein, Laurents, and Robbins had agreed that the song should go, they would have cut it. I'm sure the reason they did NOT do so is that, whatever the song's flaws, the creators all realized it very much needs to be retained for two reasons (1) it illuminates an important aspect of Maria's character, and (2) it's very valuable in maintaining the musical balance of the show as the most fun and joyous number in the score.
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