Friday, June 1, 2007

Why, oh why?

This disturbing bit of news makes me wonder who's in charge of The Theatre these days. A musical version of Gone With the Wind? Doesn't Trevor Nunn remember the DISASTROUS attempt to accomplish that impossible task back in the early 70s?

Lesley Ann Warren and Harve Presnell were the poor schnooks roped into trying to establish Scarlett and Rhett as singing stars. The American production, with Pernell Roberts replacing Presnell, died on the road to Broadway, but the London production is better remembered.

Apparently the biggest splash on Opening Night in London was made by the performance of Charley, the horse helping the gang escape the burning of Atlanta. During that climactic scene, Charley took a dump onstage, and a star was born.