This was kind of a let down for me. I'm not a fan of musicals, but I have nothing against live theater. My wife and I were looking into going to a show and decided on this one. I saw the movie a few years back and remembered liking it, so I figured this would be a safe pick. Unlike other reviewers, I didn't have any problems with the acting. It was particularly fun seeing George Wendt in person, and I thought he did a great job in his role. I thought the cast did their jobs well, and my criticism is directed towards the script and direction. Maybe some people like this better, but I'll stick to the classic film version.
In other news, we also had problems with the staff at the Cort Theater. During a large part of the first act, staff members were congregating on the stairs behind the balcony and conversed and laughed loudly. It was very distracting and heavily noticed by the people in our section.
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This interpretation deviates from the hollywood movie. Holly doesn't seem quite as niave as the movie, and isn't really redeemable or likable. Fred is apparently bisexual in this version. There is nudity in the second act, and to me, it seemed forced, and there just for sake of being there. In the scene before, Fred was injured from falling off a horse. Next thing you know, they're both getting in a tub.
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