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A Fine Romance Hardcover – Oct 1 2005

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Billboard Books; 1 edition (Oct. 1 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823077748
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823077748
  • Product Dimensions: 32.6 x 26.7 x 2.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,912,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Moving a Musical to the Big Screen Sept. 23 2005
By John Matlock - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Being an observer of plays and movies with a particular interest in musicals I've long been puzzled by the difficulty there seems to be with moving a musical from Broadway to Hollywood. Why does a smash hit like Gypsy, sometimes called 'The best damn musical ever,' basically flop on screen?

Darcie Denkert is an expert on both Broadway and Hollywood. In this book she has carefully researched a series of the most famous musicals that were made into movies. Sometimes, like with Gypsy, the play simply doesn't translate into the big screen. The scene at the train station, for instance when Rose is shifting her attentions to Louise after June left in the play works well. The train station doesn't look like a train station, it looks like a set. The orchestra is visible, the song works. In the movie, at a real train station, you don't just burst into song. And the stars, great movie stars, just didn't fit.

This is the kind of information that only an insider with a foot into each camp could get and then put into a book. Referring to Gypsy again, the author also tells us how the stories got written, who did what, how did the music get written, what did they do in the screenplay to adapt it?

The book covers 6 big plays: My Fair Lady, West Side Story, Gypsy, The Sound of Music, Cabaret, and Chicago, and 8 smaller ones. This format gives all the space that is needed to completely tell the story. Gypsy, for instance gets 38 pages, and they're big pages. To we outsiders, not plugged into either Broadway or Hollywood, this is an absolutely fascinatin book.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
dancing queen March 24 2007
By Darryl K. Clark - Published on
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darcie denkert has done a fabulous job talking about the great shows of broadway and their translation to the screen. i love this book--the illustrations are insightful and the text is very well thought out. it should be a great addition to any college course on musicals.

it is also a great thing to see a woman's voice come through on this subject that is dominated my many great writers such as ethan morrden and mark steyn.

go, darcie!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Gorgeous and Fun, Fun, Fun Oct. 15 2006
By David Cady - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I couldn't agree more with the other two reviews. This is a marvelous book that any musical and/or movie musical fan will devour. And the design, layout and pics are all sensational. If only "A Chorus Line" had been included, the book would be perfect. (Maybe Denkert was precluded from writing about it for some reason.) In any event, this is a reader-friendly (not to mean dumb) coffee table book that won't break your wrists or the bank.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Mame v. Mame: Mame Wins Feb. 18 2008
By D. J. Ginsburg - Published on
Darcie Denkert has given us a gem. Her lavish book with its incredible photographs tells Broadway and Hollywood tales with purpose. She discusses the influence of Broadway on filmmaking and the all-important connection between the two art forms in highly intelligent and most enjoyable prose. Her knowledge of the genres is huge, yet she lays it out in a natural way, never inserting herself into the stories, although she no doubt has many of her own across a distinguished career. Her passion for the subject is palpable. The people and places come alive in the telling.

This book is required reading for all budding theater impresarios and filmmakers.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A Coffee Table Volume with Real Information! June 25 2006
By L. Donald Bartholomew - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
You might expect that a work filled with such brilliant photography in the coffee-table sized format to be all fluff. Wrong, Ladies and Gentlemen. This work actually has something to say and does it in an intelligent fashion! Not for just anyone, but if you truly Love the American Musical it is a Must Have. Since I teach Musicals, both Broadway and Hollywood, this is a welcome reference work. Besides the photos are wonderful and many not seen elsewhere.