It is considered as the landmark American musical! It was the first musical which combined the book ( script/dialog) and music in a seamless way which paved the future for modern musicals ( theatre or movies). It opened on Broadway in 1943 and is still being revived either professionally or in high school musicals.
The film adaptation was released in 1955, with Gordon McRae and Shirley Jones.
In 1998, a revival with a new dramatic depth was introduced by the famed British director Trevor Nunn for the Royal National Theatre...and it has made the musical gain wider audiences.
It also introduced a new actor to the world, and here he is performing the opening song from the musical ( not the musical itself as it had not opened when he made this appearance) for a tribute concert for Cameron Mackintosh.
We all know him -- his latest movie just grossed $ 600 million worldwide, although it was not a musical
Among the people who saw him onstage in London when the musical actually opened was the producer who would help introduce him to international audiences ( and 17 years later is still the producer of his latest movie, LOGAN), named Lauren Shuler Donner ( who also helped launch the career of Marvel studio chief Kevin Feige)!
But this performance would lead to a career in film and theatre, in action/drama/musicals/rom-coms!
I travel annually thru the state of Oklahoma and while there, play the cd.
It's such a great show.
One of my favorites is "Poor Jud Is Dead". In the film version, Rod Steiger did a good job with his singing and dancing. No Barisnikov, but for a non-dancer pretty darn good and his non-expertise seemed quite in character.
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The treatment of "Poor Jud is Dead" in the London production is also very well done. That was part of the darker interpretation put in by director Trevor Nunn. The actor who played Jud ( Shuler Hensley who is an American performer) was not just an excellent singer ( he was a trained opera singer who crossed over to musical theatre) but was also a very good actor. It was a very nuanced portrayal. The Curly shown here is also not the goody-goody type but was actually prodding on Jud to kill himself, rather maliciously. Check it out at about 1 hour and 8 minutes of the video.