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    Change the ending???! The ending is what makes the story so powerful… and what the whole musical is about. Huh? God I hate that writers today are afraid of getting dragged on social media for their material. What was the point of Disney wanting to adapt this to film if they weren’t down with the story? Almost everything in this musical would be technically considered “problematic” in 2020 if you don’t want to focus on the bigger message of love. Sigh. Once again… what’s the point of this adaptation if it’s not going to be faithful when they have The Little Mermaid coming out???

    Yeah, this interview has actually removed a lot of faith that I had in this project. It makes me think of the recent revival of Kiss Me Kate where they kept stressing in the press that they updated it for modern times, even though nobody was going around calling it offensive.

    But this is even worse. Kiss Me Kate missed on some of its biggest laughs, but this could completely rob Once on This Island of all purpose and power.

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    This wouldn’t be the first time that a feature film adaptation of a stage musical deviated significantly from its source material (nor is it going to be the last time). There have been several that took the right liberties to the movie’s benefit like West Side Story (1961), The Sound of Music, Cabaret, Grease, Chicago, and Hairspray. Though there are others that took the wrong liberties to the movie’s detriment like The Wiz, Annie (1982), and A Chorus Line.

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    This wouldn’t be the first time that a feature film adaptation of a stage musical deviated significantly from its source material (nor is it going to be the last time). There have been several that took the right liberties to the movie’s benefit like West Side Story (1961), The Sound of Music, Cabaret, Grease, Chicago, and Hairspray. Though there are others that took the wrong liberties to the movie’s detriment like The Wiz, Annie (1982), and A Chorus Line.

    Sometimes it works indeed, but this talk of changing the ending would land it in the latter category.

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    I’ve never seen the stage musical, but I am very familiar with the score. Though it’s really cool to see more of the stage works of Lynn Ahrens & Stephen Flaherty get the cinematic treatment. I’d still love to see their Ragtime musical adapted for the big screen.

    I’ve always wanted RAGTIME to get miniseries treatment where they could try to flesh out some of the content and work the music into it.

    “The art of making art is putting it together...”

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