Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Gone With The Wind - The Musical

I guess it was destined to happen sometime…

It was Saturday evening. I was board stupid. I was surfing the internet, just goofing off. I realized, I hadn’t been on The New York Times’ website in months, and now seemed to be as good of a time as any to catch up on the goings on in worlds of the literary and the theatrical. Little did I know that both worlds would come crashing together when I clicked on the Books page and read a headline in the middle of the page that read: “A First-Timer Makes Rhett and Scarlett Sing.”

Yes that’s right. It’s finally happened. Margaret Mitchell’s run-away best seller has been adapted as a musical. It was truly one of those jaw-dropping moments where one wonders “Am I really reading what I think I’m reading?”

“Gone With The Wind,” the musical, written by first-time author and composer Margaret Martin and directed by Trevor Nunn, began previews in London’s West End (the equivalent of New York City’s Broadway) on April 4th and will open at the New London Theater on April 22nd.

Now, I’m not one of those people who go gaga over GWTW. I have sat through the entire movie once in my life, and have only just recently purchased it on DVD, as well as a hardback copies of Mitchell’s tome, and Donald McCaig’s latest incarnation of the story, “Rhet Butler’s People.” In face I think GWTW is one of the most over hyped movies of all time. Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not a GWTW hater. Actually, once I saw the making of GWTW documentary I realized there was much to admire about the movie. I haven’t yet purchase Alexandra Ripley’s “Scarlett,” nor have I purchased Alice Randall’s “The Wind Done Gone,” but I think it’s fair to say that they will be added onto my Amazon Wish List.

Many of the people associated with GWTW, the musical, are seasoned veterans of the musical theater. In fact, many have ties to the adaptation of Victor Hugo’s, Les Miserables to the musical theater. Let me say right now, and right here, that if they are as true to the heart and soul of GWTW as they were with Les Miserables, I’m absolutely positive that the musical version will be a major theatrical event all around the world.

You may visit GWTW – The Musical’s website HERE, but as of yet, no music has been uploaded to the site.

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