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Two teenagers on neighboring farms steal glances and hide their romance from their feuding fathers. Little do these love-birds know, however, that their fathers are actually good friends who've hatched a plan - with the help of a mystical roving side-show and its equally mysterious ring master - to get these two lovers down the aisle! But be careful what you wish for. Because to bring these families together... they must first be torn apart! Written by
I am the world's biggest fan of this stage show, having seen it three times. This is a weak and butchered rendition of my favorite musical, but it still retains enough charm and humor to convey the perfection of the original. The excision of three songs is bad enough, but the removal of a verse of one song (I Can See It) and the replacement of a verse of another (Metaphor) is downright bizarre; in Metaphor, the entire rest of the song depends upon the rewritten first verse, and so it makes no sense, and in I Can See It, much of the dramatic tension is lost with the missing verse, which they seemed to have cut because they couldn't figure out how to choreograph it. The movie had one really creative idea -- the carnival, and then apparently shot its wad. The Boy and The Girl are wonderful, as is Barnard Hughes and Teller as The Actor and The Man Who Dies, but Joel Grey is surprisingly weak, and Brad Sullivan as the other father is just a total mistake. Much of the material removed is that which suggests that El Gallo is some kind of mystical figure, engineering the whole thing, and this weakens the story considerably.
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