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The Red Shoes on Broadway

The Red Shoes on Broadway In the BBC Arena documentary "A Very British Affair" (1981), Michael Powell is seen talking to some people who are planning to put on a Broadway musical version of The Red Shoes.

In the same documentary, Emeric is asked if he thinks a musical version can be as good as the film. After a long pause and a sly look at the camera, Emeric says "That is an unfair question".
Very diplomatic :)

This was the 1993 musical by Jule Styne with Music was by Jule Styne (Gypsy, Funny Girl etc.), book by playwright Marsha Norman and lyrics were by Marcia Norman and Paul Stryker. It starred Roger Rees, Hugh Panaro, George De La Pena, Leslie Browne, Tad Ingram and Margaret Illmann. Choreography was by Lar Lubovitch and the direction was by film director Stanley Donen (who's only Broadway credit was as a 16-year-old dancer in the original Pal Joey at the Barrymore Theatre). Mr. Styne's score re-used some old tunes from other shows which didn't fare well either. It was a big disaster and not the final triumph we would have wished for Jule Styne.

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