Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Went downtown to see the stage version of "White Christmas". It was... eh. Same story, a few different ideas that I wasn't that keen on, and a few other Irving Berlin songs (new to the story, but songs you'd recognize mostly) that I thought were completely unnecessary. At the end of the first act finale song (everyone in white felt hats, white tux coats, white pants, doing Fosse jazz hands and dancing to the the tune of "Blue Skies" I turned to B and said "That was ridiculous". During our usual parking garage review session, we both agreed it was cute, but not a favorite. There were a couple of things missing that I felt are really a big part of what I like about the story. In the movie, Danny Kaye saves Bing Crosby's life when they are in the army, and gets hurt in the process. Their whole lives he keeps bringing that up by holding his arm and making puppy dog eyes when he wants something. That was completely left out. In the movie that's how he gets BC to go see the Haynes sisters act, it's how he gets him to do everything he doesn't want to do. The "Sisters" song that the guys do, because the girls are running off without paying their creditors-- that took place in a completely different part of the story.

Like I said, it was...eh.

1 comment:

rr said...

I hate it when they screw up the story. Why mess with a classic? It's a classic for a reason! Just do it like it was meant to be done or don't do it! Grrr....