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Fri, 13 Apr 2007

The Scarlet Pimpernel / Original Broadway Cast
The Scarlet Pimpernel I love The Scarlet Pimpernel, both for its importance as the first of the "hero with a secret identity" stories that inspired comic books and much else I hold dear (it predates Zorro by more than a decade) and for the troubled romance that is at its heart. So when I learned it was being staged as a musical on Broadway, I couldn't wait. And I wasn't disappointed; it's full of action, danger, laughs and that romance stuff.

Unfortunately, the critics didn't agree with me; they were savage in their lack of appreciation. And what they say goes, at least in this case. The play got rejiggered, which didn't help, and closed before long. I saw the not-really-improved version in a touring company version, and can't say I was impressed by the changes in the book, the music or the cast.

But I still love the Pimpernel. Especially the music, which ranges from stately (my ring tone, by the way) to heroic to obsessive to wistfully and desperately sad to the kind of dopey that screams of aristocratic inbreeding. Great stuff, no matter what the critics may have thought.

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