Last night, I tortured Scott and watched the four hour presentation of Oklahoma! on PBS. It’s part of the Great Performances series, and starred Hugh Jackman as Curley. Yes, that’s right. Hugh Jackman. (And when I hear that name, my brain automatically turns it into Huge Ackman.) The man has a fantastic singing voice.
It was a pretty good show, but an eerie experience for me. I haven’t seen a production of Oklahoma! since the one I was actually in, some dozen-plus years ago. So all of the dialog was spookily familiar, and I still knew all the songs. Fascinating.
During the scenes where Curley fistfights with Jud Fry, Scott kept commenting that “now would be a good time for his claws to come out.”
I’ve decided that if I ever write a musical, it will be a nice and tidy 45-minute affair. None of these 10 minute dance breaks or lengthy dream ballets or anything.