CONRAD JOHN SCHUCK
Music by Charles Strouse
Lyrics by Martin Charnin
Book by Thomas Meehan
Choreographed by Peter Gennaro
Directed by Martin Charnin
Rated by Jorge: ++
When it opened in 1977 it became a big hit and won 7 Tony awards. Later it was turned into an enjoyable movie that didn't have much success. Now it's time for a revival celebrating it's 20th Anniversary.
The great problem with this production it's the cast. How can I forget the bad guys of the movie version? Nell Carter is a pale shade of Carol Burnett and together with Jim Ryan and Karen Byers-Blackwell ruined the, otherwise fabulous, EASY STREET number.
I didn't saw the original Broadway production, but it must have been much better than this revival. It's true, the original creators are repeating their jobs, but I can't believe that Peter Gennaro's original choreography was as poor as the one seen in this revival. If so, how could he have won a Tony for his work?
The score still is very good (well, I have to confess I'm tired of TOMORROW) and the kids are very good, with Brittny Kissinger revealing herself as a lovely Annie. I think the director didn't take full advantage of Colleen Dunn as Grace Farrell, she could have done much more.
This revival is nice but poor, very poor. I prefer the movie adaptation.