Brodrick barely managed “competent” during most of the musical, but I gotta say his “Sadder But Wiser Girl” was the one moment he had a legitimate “A different, equally good interpretation” moment. He was just excellent in that one number. If only he would relax and perform that well in other numbers.
Chenoweth rocked, but she always does.
The mayor was inappropriately creepy. The mayor’s wife had absolutely no personality whatsoever.
Marion’s mom couldn’t decide whether she was trying to be the mom from the movie or not.
The “Marion the Librarian” number sucked so badly that, had it been even a tiny bit worse, it coulda collapsed in on itself and become a black hole. Repeat after me: “camera tricks are NOT a substitute for coreography”. Why is Hill teleporting around the library? Can’t he dance? What’s with the stupid, inappropriate scene from Cinderella that was inserted? Why are they waltzing? Where was the stolen kiss and the slap? It should be one of the two show-stopping moments. Instead it was an embarrassed-for-them moment.
Why isn’t “The Shipopi” Marcelles’s big number? Hill and Marion stole it. And why was “Three Blind Mice” inserted into the middle?
What was with the smoking car during the “Rock Island” number at the beginning? I’ve been in mansions less luxurious. And why wasn’t anyone (except the balding guy) bouncing in time to the train’s motion?
And the camerawork was sooooooo damn obviously desperate to not duplicate ANYTHING the movie did (except during the Rock Island number which was slavishly copied) that they had some really REALLY stupid camera choices: the obvious one was during the "Lyda Rose"number where, instead of the simple split-screen that the movie used, they seemed to think that “Holy Socks, Batman! We’ll use a “Tilt the camera” technique that was stale in the '60s! Then we’ll superimpose a left-tilted Marion over a right-tilted barbershop quartet so all you have is a big, ugly, unwatchable blur on the screen!” :rolleyes:. I understand that you don’t wanna imitate the movie shot-for-shot, but c’mon. You can go too far in the other direction too. (The aforementioned three-shot of Marion, Winthrop and Hill after “Wells Fargo” was another “We CAN’T do what the movie did so we’ll just make an inferior choice” moment)
Why was Tommy Chilas’s expression changed: Great Honk!=Funny. Jeezum Crow! (or whatever it was) = Not funny.
I liked the revised ending where it’s (presumably) a year later with “Hill’s Music Emporium”. That really worked for me.
I also loved the fact that they lost the atrocious “Being In Love With Love” song (which just sucked) and put back in the original (and far superior) “My White Knight”.
Overall, except for Brodrick (who just is too damn stiff in musicals: listen to him in “How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”. He’s got the same problem) and the Mayor (c’mon guy: you’re not playing the sherriff in “Cool Hand Luke”!), it was a nice try that did some things well (Chenoweth!!!) and some things horribly.
Overall, a nice try.