lovetheeloquence Posted October 28, 2009 Report Share Posted October 28, 2009 I guess as far as musicals go it's important to remember that with the classics like My Fair Lady, the Sound of Music, Camelot, etc... they were performed on stage well before they were ever films. This also is true of many dramas, comedies and on and on. So they are the originals. We see movies as classics because they are the versions we remember the best. But many, many films that we think are originals were actually done on film in earlier versions. The Phantom of the Opera is probably one of the best examples. Though not all versions are musical, there are over 10 "remakes" of the original silent picture with Lon Chaney. If it hadn't been remade and reinterpreted, we would never have had Gerard Butler performing the part. And there actually is another musical version by a different song writer that was written before Andrew Lloyd Weber wrote the Phantom we love. One last note on remakes...sometimes they are remade to make them relevant to changes in the world over time. "You've Got Mail" is a brilliant interpretation of the Shopgirl story, which has also been done several times very successfully. And "You've Got Mail" was a smash at the box office and in video and DVD sales. Once again we are taught that there are no absolutes. My college advisor always told us when we asked what was right or the best or how we should do a piece ..."it depends." Again, I personally love Gerry's original performances. But he's never disappointed me and I don't expect that he ever will! Once again, here's to what he generously and most beautifully brings to us in the future no matter what it is! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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