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Wonderful Town (1958)

TV Movie  -   -  Musical  -  30 November 1958 (USA)
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Ruth Sherwood and her sister, Eileen, have moved to 1935 Greenwich Village. They're surrounded by colorful Village characters (including an out-of-work football player known as the Wreck... See full synopsis »

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Ruth Sherwood and her sister, Eileen, have moved to 1935 Greenwich Village. They're surrounded by colorful Village characters (including an out-of-work football player known as the Wreck... See full synopsis »

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The original Broadway production of "Wonderful Town" opened at the Winter Garden Theater in New York on February 25, 1953, ran for 559 performances and won the 1953 Tony Award for the Best Musical. Rosalind Russell won the 1953 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical and recreated her role in the movie version. See more »

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Version of My Sister Eileen (1955) See more »

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Music by Leonard Bernstein
Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green
Sung by Rosalind Russell and Jacquelyn McKeever
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The Music, The Actors, The Experience.
23 August 2005 | by (St. John's Newfoundland Canada) – See all my reviews

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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