Monday, April 16, 2007

A "Nine" musical

I know that Maury Yeston's Nine was a particular favorite at Foothill Music Theatre...many years ago. In fact I think they did it twice in the late 80's or early 90's.

I have only seen the show once, the Broadway revival starring Antonio Banderas. Now, according to the SJ Merc, Rob Marshall may be directing a film version of the musical.

I gotta say: my prediction is that it will be a great big flop.

Now, if we were going to do it all indie-like with a low budget it might have a chance, but I cannot see an extravagant film version of Nine packing them in. It's based on a niche film to begin with (Fellini's 8 1/2); it was never a huge hit musical, despite its Tony Awards; it doesn't get done a lot in regional or community or school theatre seasons, so it has never built up a huge recognition factor; Maury Yeston isn't exactly a household name. And most of all: it's an odd musical to begin's not some undiscovered gem that everyone who sees it wonders why it's not some huge hit. It's an acquired taste. It's a love-ot-or-hate-it type of musical.

Of all the musicals in the world, this would not be next on my list to take to a mass audience.

What do you think?

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