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What's your fauvorite R&H musical?

  • Oklahoma!

    Votes: 1 11.1%
  • Carousel

    Votes: 1 11.1%
  • Allegro

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • South Pacific

    Votes: 2 22.2%
  • The King and I

    Votes: 1 11.1%
  • Me and Juliet

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  • Pipe Dream

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Cinderella

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Flower Drum Song

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • The Sound of Music

    Votes: 4 44.4%
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  1. I love the sexual tension in Oklahoma!
  2. Carousel - what a gem!
  3. Allegro - paved the way for the concept musical
  4. South Pacific - is it possibly a perfect musical?
  5. The King and I - written as a star vehicle for Gertrude Lawrence, evolved into a star vehicle for Yul Brynner
  6. Me and Juliet - the first 'setsical'?
  7. Pipe Dream - never saw
  8. Cinderella - impossible things are happening every day!
  9. Flower Drum Song - is it possibly under-rated?
  10. The Sound of Music - schmaltzy, yet fun.
What's your favorite?

Cordially,

Al
 

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I'm in the barracks T.V. lounge in Kodiak Alaska Airstation on a friday night. Everybody else not on watch was in town. I'm a few days out of bootcamp, excited, but feeling lost.
T.V. in those days was a 48 hour delay tape from Seattle.
I settled down to watch South Pacific.
This 1st class petty officer walks in with a brown paper sack and a pizza.He stops at the entry, seeing the glow of the T.V. and a sole occupant.
Uh, hello. Were you going to watch anything SPECIAL?
uh, well, South Pacific is coming on and...
He sits down next to me, pulls a bottle of blackberry brandy from the base 'package store' and pours two shots into coffeecups, opens the pizza and tells me to help him eat it.
within a few minutes four more senior petty officers strollled in to watch South Pacific.
My military 'career' was off to a positive start, making friends with the right people.
 

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A good friend was a reporter in Vermont in the 80s. He had several occasions to interview Baroness Maria Von Trapp.

She was a short, stocky, reserved, and occasionally foul-tempered woman. She tolerated Mary Martin's stage version and didn't care for Julie Andrews' movie version AT ALL. Her stock line, which she also used when she appeared as a contestant on To Tell The Truth, was "It's a beautiful story, but it's not MY story."

She was hired to be a nurse to the oldest daughter, not a governess to the family. The children didn't like her at first, and weren't happy that she married their father. They had three children together before fleeing Austria during WWII.

Neither she nor the children like the way the Baron was depicted in the movie. The real Georg von Trapp was a jovial man with a walrus mustache who encouraged his children exploring the outdoors and their singing. The bo'sun's whistle did indeed exist, but they didn't have separate calls for each child.

Flower Drum Song was a good show in its original form, but the recent revival tried to modernize a story that is very much set in its place and time. The tradition-bound elders were seen as backwards in the 1960s; trying to place it in the current time did NOT work.
 
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