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Henry ManciniReinventing Film Music$
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John Caps

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780252036736

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252036736.001.0001

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Almost to Broadway

Almost to Broadway

(p.224) Chapter 16 Almost to Broadway
Henry Mancini

John Caps

University of Illinois Press

This chapter details the efforts to bring the film Victor/Victoria to Broadway. For thirteen years since Blake Edwards' successful experience with Julie Andrews on the film, he had been renewing the theatrical rights to the property, the story and characters, at considerable expense. His longtime producer and partner Tony Adams was urging him to do something with it or cut it loose. One idea was to take its song-and-dance aspects to Broadway. But first Edwards, Adams, and choreographer Rob Marshall would have to cobble together some kind of a show. Edwards started writing the musical's “book,” and of course Mancini and Leslie Bricusse would try to revisit the same story they had tackled in 1982 and come up with Broadway-styled songs. Victor/Victoria was supposed to go into previews in the spring of 1995 with a Broadway opening soon after. But so many things were out of shape; the real reason for the delays and for its ultimate weaknesses as a show was the sudden and quite unexpected health crisis of its composer.

Keywords:   Henry Mancini, Victor/Victoria, Blake Edwards, Broadway musicals, composers

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