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I've never actually read Gone With The Wind. Nor seen the movie...
However last night I saw the MTC production of Midnight and Magnolias: The greatest movie in Hollywood history has script troubles and movie mogul David O Selznick is bleeding a fortune. Five days, he figures, is all he has before his goose is cooked. But he’s got Hollywood’s best rewrite guy, Ben Hecht; he’s got big-time director Victor Fleming; he’s got a typewriter; he’s got a supply of bananas; and he’s got the key to the office door. No one’s going nowhere until the script is fixed.

The perfect brainstorm. Ron Huchinson’s thrilling and hilarious Moonlight and Magnolias captures the truelife madness behind the scenes of Gone with the Wind.


It was hysterical. Very well written, very well acted. Though I now have a strange desire to see Gone With the Wind done as a camp gay show. I think it would work :)

I'm now torn between a desire to read it and being swayed by the opinion one of the characters from M&M of Scarlett, nd the plot as well, which can be summed up as frivolous, wishy washy and incoherent. But clearly it had something to make it so popular (I won't start the conversation on Twilight again...).
So, surely some people on my friends lsit have read it, thoughts? Impressions? Is it worth it?

Two quotes that stayed with me from last night;
Description of the ending of the book: "To hell with it, let them (the readers) figure it out. I'm off to worm the parakeet!"

Talking about movie making: "We (movie makers) are on all down on our knees sucking the collective dicks of the great unwashed (the audience)"

Seriosuly, it's a lot of fun, very energetic, and really well done.
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Went and saw the Gilbert and Sullivan double, HMS Pinafore and Trial By Jury on Sat. IT was an enjoyable production. Though I can only wonder why they had Collette Mann sing in such a fasion... certainly for speaking, she ahd the aprt jsut right. But for someone with such a beautiful voice, to make her sound off key and weak voiced seems a crime. There was one moment where she hit a perfect, pure soprano note and it was breathtaking.

Overal HMS was fun - some bits were a bit ...ho-hum, and perhaps seemed to make even elss sense than intended, but as it was a cut down version perhaps tis is to be expected.

Trial By Jury on the other hand... Short and silly. And so very well done. Just beautiful. Well acted as well as sung. Anthony Warlow was stunning as the judge... As much for the comedic relief as anything else...

And the mdoernisation to include the line "As rich as the Packers" was cute, as was the defendenyt on his mobile phone.

It's not that HMS was a bad show, it just paled in comparison to TBJ, which seems a much tighter production - possily easier to ahcive because it was so much shorter, and that was it's natural length.

Lindsay laughed until he cried.

One thing I had a problem with in both though was that the orchestra overwhelmend the voices - particularly in TBJ it was very difficult to impossible to hear the 3words they were singing. People went with the mood expressed in the rhythm, but the words would have been nice too.

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