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December 18, 2009



Your observations are very astute... and I should first say that I have not seen the London revival. Although, I am very much looking forward to it. I'm sorry that I have to correct one thing... It's important to note that the original production, while very socially significant at the time was never realized in the way Fierstein hoped it would. He has actually stated this in many interviews. Glamour and Razzle Dazzle was pumped into that musical by Arthur Laurents, who actually fought what was intended by the authors, and strayed very much from the 1978 film and the play. Albin and Georges' home became palatial, the cabaret itself became a venue for high art and gender illusion. They lost any sense of REALITY found in real drag nightclubs. So as a result, with the couple in focus looking like a pair of Kennedy's OF COURSE they would be accepted by mainstream society. But then... that's not the point, exactly. The point is to say, You are what you ARE and that is precious even if you are someone who lives on the FRINGE. So from what I hear, this actually is closer to it's original intention. I hope to like it more than you did, although your opinions are very well stated.

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