re: MERRILY-- we bring our entire Merrily "history" to each production
Posted by: rossde 03:00 am EST 02/08/24
In reply to: re: MERRILY-- A naysayer's review - portenopete 03:39 pm EST 02/07/24

For me, I also was disappointed, but I think it was because nothing can possibly live up to this legacy:

The legacy of devouring the vinyl record over and over and following along with the accompanying lyrics on the insert in 1982. The legacy of reading about all the subsequent attempts at improving it in 1985 and later. The legacy of seeing it done in community theatre in the 90s and analyzing how to fix it. Hearing about the reunion concert in 2002. Watching over and over Lonny Price's documentary in 2016, "The Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened" and gaining a fuller understanding of why that original version had to fail. And then finally seeing Maria Friedman's version of the show at the Hudson Theatre and an audience in rapture (as if they just saw opening night of "Musical Husbands") .

It probably is the best possible version of the show but maybe nothing can compare to the lived journey of a cult classic and the hope that the best version of this show was always in the future.
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