Billy Bigelow has been dead for fifteen years, and now outside the pearly gates, he long waived his right to go back to Earth for a day. But he has heard that there is a problem with his ... See full summary »
I just watched some clips from this production on Youtube. It's corny, but it's wonderful. Mary Martin brings great clowning and athletic dancing to this role, as well as great B'way singing. Her singing has much more guts than it did on the audio recording of the national touring company. In the studio she tended to sweeten things up and sing with a warmer sound. This was filmed "live" in front of an audience and has all the energy and spontaneity of a theatrical performance.
The "I'm an Indian Too" scene is wonderful. It includes a fantastic and athletic dance as Annie arrives for her initiation into the tribe. I believe this song was cut from the new Broadway production as it's comic take on American Indians would be a hard sell today.
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