I've never seen a production, much as I like to, so I actually had no idea about the rewrites. Some of that sounds kind of crazy....I can't imagine Madame Guillotine as a solo number. Having only listened to it, the original version still sounds like one of the better crafted ensemble numbers in the show.
Acaila wrote:23623 wrote:....am I the only one who hears "you'll be sleeping with Madame Guillotine" instead of "you'll be smitten with Madame Guillotine"? I know the correct lyrics, but I still hear that.
Wait, sleeping is wrong?! (told you I was dumb!)
I always thought it was "sleeping," too! I kind of like it that way better....it is creepy, and it fits in with "ravish" later, and you know, the sleep of death and everything. But well, I guess I'm finding out that's wrong!
And alas, I really love Into the Fire, awfully campy and overstated as it is. (Confession: I've actually listened to it before almost every big presentation or interview I've done since I was about 14....and you wouldn't believe how well it worked).
I really enjoyed the 1982 movie as well, but I haven't seen any of the other versions.
deHavilland wrote:I read most, but not all of the books and if you didn't like the first one, you probably won't be overly enamoured with the rest of them either as the writing is pretty consistent throughout. El Dorado (the fourth book chronologically by publication) is the one that most of the movies tend to be based on or take most elements from, so it can make for an exciting read. Sir Percy Hits Back (the ninth) was good, too, and I confess I read it because one of the episodes of the mini-series is based on it and is about Percy teaming up with Chauvelin's daughter, which I enjoyed. I wouldn't say you necessarily had to read any of them in any particular order, though.
Me too! I think I read the first 15 or so when I was about thirteen, and I remember the writing being pretty mediocre, but in such a gung-ho, cheesy way that it's all great fun. The first one's still my favorite, and I think El Dorado was the only other one I really loved, but most of them were pretty enjoyable. I did kind of hate I Will Repay, but I don't remember any of the others being too awful.