- Start with what’s on the page
- Eliminate the “Cringe Factor”- things that might offend now but weren’t considered unduly incorrect a the time that the show was written
- Set it correctly, then get it out of the way and run with it
- Emphasize the element of audience participation
- The “show within the show” concept
- The structure of classic musicals has always been to invite audience participation
“Yes, we do have to dust it off and give it a lift…but let’s not throw away what was gold to begin with.”- Kathleen Marshall
Hm… so why did she retain the Plum Blossom subplot in Anything Goes?!
I guess I’d like to see some of Ms Marshall’s actual wording before being too critical. But this doesn’t seem like a very useful list of rules (even assuming all the things on the were rules, which they are not). What “show within a show” concept? What audience participation? In reality, the rules to a Kathleen Marshall revival are:
1) Take a show that everyone agrees is good but really old.
2) Make sure #1 is a show hasn’t been revived in a looong time (or is Anything Goes)
3) Hope that everyone assumes that, because the show is old, the book scenes will be flimsy and vapid. Rely on #2 to profligate the myths of #3. (Never mind that #1 actually negates #3…shhhh). Let them think you are a genius when it turns out the books scenes play well (because that’s how they were written).
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