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What Happened to BIG?

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What Happened to BIG?#0
Posted: 11/6/04 at 10:30pm
Personally I think it's an awesome show. My theatre school did it and I love. What happened to it that made it such a flop? It has good music etc.....whats the deal? (P.S. I'm listening to it right now, hence the randomness)
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re: What Happened to BIG?#1
Posted: 11/6/04 at 10:35pm
Well, I know (and you do too, if you did the show!) that many, many songs seemed to have changed after Broadway, because the current script/score have many songs added from the tour(s.) I always assumed it was a bit like too many cooks in the kitchen ruin a million dollar show backed by FAO Schwartz, or whatever that expression is re: What Happened to BIG?

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re: What Happened to BIG?#2
Posted: 11/6/04 at 11:04pm
It sucked, that's what happened.
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re: What Happened to BIG?#3
Posted: 11/6/04 at 11:43pm
it did suck, but it opened the same year as rent and that got all the attention.
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re: What Happened to BIG?#4
Posted: 11/7/04 at 2:19am
What happened?

First..take a movie that doen't need to be musicalzied and then musicalize it.

Second..well, after the first reason..there is no need for any other.
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re: What Happened to BIG?#5
Posted: 11/7/04 at 2:57am
Mr. Tuttle, (sorry I keep picturing you as that short chubby teacher with the nazal voice from "Saved by the Bell,") what makes a movie able to be musicalized or not able to be musicalized?
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re: What Happened to BIG?#6
Posted: 11/7/04 at 3:56am
It's not so much whether or not a movie can or cant be musicalized, but how they do it. In the case of BIG, the original production lacked focus and heart, and without those, you're gonna die.
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re: What Happened to BIG?#7
Posted: 11/7/04 at 7:29am
The late Mike Ockrent was a brilliant director of broad comedyh - as seen in ME AND MY GIRL and CRAZY FOR YOU, but not warmth and heart, which "big" was desperately in need of.

And who can forget the usually genius Stroman's attempt to capture the (sanitized suburban white kid) style of hip-hop dancing? FORBIDDEN BROADWAY parodied it wonderfully:

"Hey - Susan Stroman choreography! AWESOME!!!"