Friday 25 August 2006
This was just what I needed after Severance, Rodgers and Hammerstein's great yahooing hoedown from the glory years of American musicals. Optimism didn't seem such a joke back in 1955, and this celebration of young love and the pioneer spirit could almost make you weep for its return.
Musically it hits the ground running with "Oh What a Beautiful Morning" and "The Surrey with the Fringe on Top", then sags heavily in the middle before bullocking towards its feisty finale.
And why are 'southern' ways of speaking spreading north?
Arts & Ents blogs
The 50 Best Christmas songs: Bells continue to ring for the Pogues' 'Fairytale of New York'
Paul Walker: Fast and Furious cast release video tribute to late star
David Bowie premieres politically-charged music video for ‘I’d Rather Be High’
Nymphomaniac trailer shown to children at screening of Disney film Frozen
The top gay icons (straight up!)
- 1 Cameron's freebie to apartheid South Africa
- 2 Nelson Mandela life story: An unconquerable spirit
- 3 Is this the scariest advert ever? Japanese tyre commercial comes with its own disclaimer and health warning
- 4 A forgotten episode in Russian history leaves links with the Philippines
- 5 Video: Students 'punched and dragged to the ground by their hair' as police break up demonstration