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one of the group's brilliant songs is performed
on 30 December 2014
Eastwood's decision to focus more on the darker side of the tale (organised crime, horrendous gambling debts) is understandable, but unfortunately it throws off the stage show's balancing act between the music and the darkness at the heart of the story; just when the play starts to feel very despairing, one of the group's brilliant songs is performed, which lifts the mood.
This isn't the case with the film, which has a relatively smaller amount of musical content (the pasted on performance coda feels like just that), and, in the end, feels sour and grim and ultimately isn't satisfying as either a vintage mob story or as a musical.