sexta-feira, 27 de abril de 2012


Why on earth is Trevor Nunn remaking "Gone with the Wind"? Robert Butler thinks he knows. He learns the famed director's recipe for a show-stopping, heart-thumping, edge-of-your-seat-musical ...

In "The Last Tycoon", his novel about the 1930s film industry, F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote that "not half a dozen people have ever been able to keep hold of the whole equation of movies in their heads." It's the same with stage musicals. Not half a dozen people are able to keep the whole equation in their heads, but one who can is Trevor Nunn.
This spring, the director of "Les Miserables", the longest-running musical ever, and the director of "Cats", the second-longest-running musical ever, and the director of more than a dozen other hit musicals--from "Porgy and Bess" to "The Woman in White"--opens his latest production in London. Nearly everything about "Gone with the Wind" suggests it shouldn't work.
First, there's its fame. The movie of Margaret Mitchell's bestseller, "Gone with the Wind", released in 1939, won ten Academy Awards and became the then highest-grossing movie of all time. Most musical-goers have surely seen it, know it, and love it as a spectacular frankly-I-don't-give-a-damn experience starring Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh. It's there, it's great, don't mess with it........

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