As stated in Matthew Algeo's book "Harry Truman's Excellent Adventure: The True Story of a Great American Roadtrip", "Harry and Bess Truman saw this stage play in New York in 1953 at the ...
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After the tsunami struck the coast town of Takua Pa, young architect Ton moves in town to develop a construction project and settles in a small hotel run by Na, a young sensitive local girl... See full summary »
Sisters Ruth and Eileen Sherwood move from Ohio to New York in the hopes of building their careers. Ruth wants to get a job as a writer, while Eileen hopes to succeed on the stage. The two ... See full summary »
Ice-cold college dean Susan Middlecott feels there's no room in her life for romance. Enter Prof. Alec Stevenson, British lecturer on astronomy, touring North America and in possession of a... See full summary »
Ruth and her beautiful sister Eileen come to New York's Greenwich Village looking for "fame, fortune and a 'For Rent' sign on Barrow Street". They find an apartment (such as it is!), but ... See full summary »
Rosie is a sweet, rich and generous woman, especially when is comes to giving away money. Daughters Mildred and Edith are worried that she will spend all their inheritance, so they plan to ... See full summary »
Susan Lane is a gifted psychiatrist, grounded in self-control. Before returning by train to her practice in Chicago, she spends time back East with war veterans, building their self-esteem,... See full summary »
Eugene O'Neill's updated version of the Orestaia. In New England, after the American Civil War, a war-weary Agamem--er, Ezra Mannon comes home to his unhappy wife (Christine) and loving ... See full summary »
A long-married couple are at war with each other and with their teenage son and daughter. The presence of a handsome young tutor complicates and sensitizes the savage domestic tensions ... See full summary »
Broadway star Valerie Stanton, breaking up with her producer-lover Gordon Dunning, unintentionally kills him. In flashback, she recalls meeting new flame Michael Morrell, and Dunning's ... See full summary »
Bob is a struggling artist who paints for his own amusement. Julie is a rich society girl. When they meet, it is cute and they are soon married. Living in a small apartment with the ... See full summary »
As stated in Matthew Algeo's book "Harry Truman's Excellent Adventure: The True Story of a Great American Roadtrip", "Harry and Bess Truman saw this stage play in New York in 1953 at the Winter Garden Theater on Broadway. It was written by Joseph Fields and Jerome Chodorov, with music by Leonard Berstein and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Wonderful Town is the story of two sisters from Ohio who move to New York City in search of fame and fortune in 1935." "... The most uproarious and original musical carnival we have had since Guys and Dolls. Six Tonys. Written by
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Legend has it that Edie Adams, who originated the role of Eileen on Broadway, was replaced for the TV production because Rosalind Russell was jealous of the reviews and attention that Adams had received for her performance. Jacquelyn McKeever was chosen to play the role. See more »
This musical is a prime example of the fluffy, light, grand and vivacious gold that has flown under the radar for decades. It possesses the classic feel-good attitude coupled with a pleasantly light, if somewhat weak storyline that is just good enough for it's problems to go unnoticed under the masterful score by a true genius, Leonard Bernstein. His intricate rhythms and brilliant melodies are complimented beautifully by Comden and Green's wonderfully witty lyrics that, even though they're irrelevant today, deliver some wonderful moments and give the show it's smart, mature yet surreally simple aura that just about forces you to sit back, listen, and enjoy the truly marvelous and colourful characters.
The film version of this masterpiece delivers this feeling in grand fashion, considering of course the limitations of the time. But the movie is made more special by the actors, Ms. Rosalind Russell especially since the role of Ruth was created for her to perform.
This musical is truly a gem. I recommend the film to any old movie lovers and musical theatre admirers alike. I also suggest picking up the Broadway Revival cast recording with Donna Murphy as Ruth, who delivers a fresh interpretation of Ruth which is in many ways better than the original.
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