Monday, March 23, 2009

Hall of Fame

The 15 American musicals that will always deserve to be revived. (About Last Night)

Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II, Show Boat (1927). The first Broadway musical in which book and score were fully integrated, Show Boat remains viable to this day, though it is rarely revived, presumably for reasons of race-related political correctness. Fortunately, virtually all of the show's essence comes through clearly in James Whale's splendid 1936 film version, which is mysteriously unavailable on DVD but pops up from time to time on Turner Classic Movies. David Thomson calls it "wonderful," and he's right. See it and marvel.

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