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A Fine Romance Hardcover – 1 Oct 2005
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After glancing through this book, maybe reading the introduction only, this book disappeared from my life for a time. Apparently it slipped into a drawer and wasn't seen again for a couple of years. It's possible the "Cleaning Fairy" got it; that can happen in our house, especially when guests are expected. Anyway, while downsizing our household in preparation for an eventual retirement-center life, this book re-appeared. "Do you want to keep this one," my wife said. "Let me read through the text tonight, and then I think I can let it go," I said.
Oh, Boy! While spending a week of evenings reading though this fine book, I was repeatedly amazed at the depth and breadth of experience and research this book exhibits. It's an A+. Buy this book to read it--best done at a library table, because it's really BIG and HEAVY! The great pictures are gravy, compared to the meat and potatoes of the text.
No single example of how the Broadway play influenced the movie--or the movie the play--can suffice. Time after time, era after era, title after title, this book tells the story of how the play, or the movie, or the remake; or the re-staging, or the adaptation, or the revival was conceived, written, produced, cast, and re-cast: Who wanted the part? Who got the part and why? Who was dropped from the Broadway cast for the movie? Who sang the overdubbing because the star couldn't sing that well?
OK, one example (or counterexample): My Fair Lady. They said Rex Harrison was no singer. You've heard how he succeeded famously in the part of Henry Higgins by "talk-singing" the role, both on Broadway and in the movie. What you haven't heard until you've read this book is how the composer, Frederick Lowe (of the team of Lerner and Lowe) wrote the music (the melodies) to reflect Harrison's own (natural or theatrical) cadence while reading the book or the lyric aloud!
This book cannot be donated to just any old thrift store; I've got to find a suitable library, in a school of film or musical theatre, to curate it properly. Darcie Denkert Rocks!
As a stage person myself I found it fascinating and very informative.
I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in stage and movie production .
it is also a great thing to see a woman's voice come through on this subject that is dominated my many great writers such as ethan morrden and mark steyn.
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