Monday, November 4, 2019

PBS streaming smash London 42nd Street revival this month

Gay Christmas is early this year the presents are free, and you can unwrap them almost all month.*
     PBS's Great Performances is streaming 42nd Street RIGHT NOW (Billed as "Broadway's Best" even though the production is London's 2017 West End revival of New York's 1980 production.)
     From Wiki:
     The show is a jukebox musical of sorts, in that, in addition to songs from the 1933 film 42nd Street, it includes songs that Dubin and Warren wrote for many other films at around the same time, including Gold Diggers of 1933, Roman Scandals, Dames, Gold Diggers of 1935, Go into Your Dance, Gold Diggers of 1937 and The Singing Marine. It also includes "There's a Sunny Side to Every Situation", written by Warren and Johnny Mercer for Hard to Get. A 2017 revival added the song "Boulevard of Broken Dreams", written by Warren and Dubin for Moulin Rouge.
     Nearly nothing compares to the Brothers Warner Busby Berkley movie versions of the songs in the stage version, although we have to say that the PBS's West End version of We're in the Money outstrips the Gold Diggers of 1933 film version, which was sung a little off-key by Ginger Rogers, and her Pig Latin went on a bit too long. (Oh yes it did.)
     In Dames, Berkeley cut a hole in the roof of a Warner's sound stage to get the camera higher for an overhead shot. In the stage version, a huge mirrored surface is ingeniously lowered at an angle to give the audience a similar perspective.
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     *Several Broadway shows will be presented on Fridays in November. A PBS Passport will allow you to stream all of them during the month. 42nd Street is streaming now without a passport. It may be replaced Friday or Saturday with the next performance in the series or be available all month.

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