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'Cactus Flower' - time for a revival ?

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'Cactus Flower' - time for a revival ?#26
Posted: 9/23/19 at 3:35am

nasty_khakis said: "GavestonPS said: "I still don't get the NYC success of thatdinner-theater staple, BOEING, BOEING."

Two words: Mark Rylance.
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Thanks.

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'Cactus Flower' - time for a revival ?#27
Posted: 9/23/19 at 3:44am

Jarethan said: "

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Was she ever considered. I have always enjoyed Streisand most in comedies, but think she would have been awful in this. She was much too young for the role, which was supposed to be a middle-aged frump blossoming. I know folks will say that Dolly was supposed to be middle-aged, but the movie clearly ignored that, if it was in the original Thornton Wilder script. While it may have had more pathos with a middle-aged woman, Streisand was IMO terrific in the role, emphasizing the comedy every chance she got.
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Dude, I love you, but even without a copy of the script didn't you wonder when Dolly had her epic love match with Ephram Levi? Maybe in high school? Perhaps she won a wet t-shirt contest at the Harmonia Gardens back in the day?

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'Cactus Flower' - time for a revival ?#28
Posted: 9/24/19 at 12:23pm

GavestonPS said: "Jarethan said: "

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Was she ever considered. I have always enjoyed Streisand most in comedies, but think she would have been awful in this. She was much too young for the role, which was supposed to be a middle-aged frump blossoming. I know folks will say that Dolly was supposed to be middle-aged, but the movie clearly ignored that, if it was in the original Thornton Wilder script. While it may have had more pathos with a middle-aged woman, Streisand was IMO terrific in the role, emphasizing the comedy every chance she got.
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Dude, I love you, but even without a copy of the script didn't you wonder when Dolly had her epic love match with Ephram Levi? Maybe in high school? Perhaps she won a wet t-shirt contest at the Harmonia Gardens back in the day?
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Valid point re her real age.  That said, couldn't you have believed that Dolly was 35ish in the movie(?).  I really didn't think Streisand looked in her late 20s.  At 35, she could have endured a tragedy  a few years earlier...and just be getting over it.  As I said though, my main reason for liking her in the movie was her comedy chops, and I still believe that she has done the best So Long, Dearie of anyone, with Pearl Bailey being second.  

The movie itself is a borderline guilty pleasure for me, since I think it could have been a lot better, particularly the title number, whose staging I never liked.

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'Cactus Flower' - time for a revival ?#29
Posted: 9/24/19 at 8:44pm
The spine of the show is Dolly's desire to "rejoin the human race" before the parade passes her by. In the movie That Streisand Woman sings her heart out while the parade actually passes her by.
"Long live God!" (GODSPELL)

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