Mom - I always liked the movie Big starring Tom Hanks, but I wasn't quite sure how it would work as musical. Still, I looked forward to seeing it. I was not disappointed. Big was a very entertaining show. It had hilarious comedy. It had moments of drama. It had good music although I have to admit I didn't remember any of the songs within a few days of seeing the show. They were good enough that I would want to listen to them again though. It had talented actors and actresses with beautiful singing voices. I especially loved the two leads; Kerry Butler as Susan Lawrence and John Tartaglia as grown up Josh. The very put together Susan (at least in the first act) was kind of a stretch for Kerry. She usually plays much more flaky characters like Kyra in Xanadu and Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors Of course, Kerry showed she was more than up to the task of taking on the role and was wonderful as always. We love her. We would go see her even if all she was doing was reading out of the dictionary. John Tartaglia was great too. Not for one minute did I doubt that his character was a 13 year old boy trapped in an adult body. I think he may even have been better than Tom Hanks in the role. The supporting cast was great too especially Jeremy Todd Shiner as Josh's best friend, Billy and my younger daughter is totally thrilled that now she has seen the actor who was the voice of Budderball in Superbuddies, her favorite movie, in a show. It was also a privilege to have seen lyricist, Richard Maltby Jr. performing in his own show. All in all the show had everything you could want in a Broadway show. So what was missing? A ton of props? Showy sets? Fancy costumes? Intricately choreographed dance numbers? This show didn't need any of that. In fact, having seen this version I can't imagine how it could have been any good when it originally ran on Broadway with all of that overkill. Some shows need all of that. Some shows don't. That's why I'm glad there are Musicals in Mufti which gives us a chance to see some of these shows in their natural state without all the trapping, the way they should be seen. I really enjoyed my first experience seeing a Musical in Mufti. I can't wait for my next one.
And that's our view. When is the last time you saw a show or movie that really surprised you in a good way?
Tune in tomorrow for Funny Friday.