NINE, rounded upwards from 8 1/2, is the musical version of Fellini’s film, though much has changed. I’ve never seen it on stage but I do like the cast recordings, and ‘Unusual Way’ is one of my favorite love songs (some of the ones on YouTube give spoilers so I’ll link to a Streisand version- I doubt I’m the only one who can say the lyrics strike a bull’s eye with someone you’ve known) but I can’t say I’m crazy about the Nicole Kidman version from the film. I also hate that they cut BELLS OF ST. SEBASTIAN- totally a book number but still one of my favorite- while Fergie as Saraghina singing BE ITALIAN (it’s predecessor in the play) seems to be being groomed for a showstopper.
Still, I definitely plan to see it. Daniel Day Lewis could play all three title roles in ABBOT AND COSTELLO MEET MISS JANE PITTMAN and somehow be believable in each, and of course I’m a sucker for a musical anyway, and it has Judi and Sophia. But I’m not expecting miracles for some reason.
Thoughts? Plans? Anybody see the stage play (Raul Julia or Banderas/Stamos revival or regional)?