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Thursday, October 10, 2013

It's Deja Vu All Over Again...

I am always slightly amused when people complain that shows are "derivative," especially when they talk about movies-turned-musicals.  Aren't they by their very nature "derivative"?  But how about when you see a show and get an overwhelming sense of deja vu?

I'm not talking about replica revivals.  I mean those moments when you see one show and recall seeing nearly the same thing in a different one!  Such is the case with the staging of Big Fish.  Several times, the action, costumes and scenery gave me that creepy little feeling...

The rustic scenery... the projections on the rustic scenery...

Big Fish...

...or Bonnie and Clyde
Trees in and out...
Cinderella...

... or Big Fish
Giants...
Big Fish...

... or Into the Woods
Fields of flowers...
The Wizard of Oz...

... or Big Fish
Witches... mysterious and pretty...

Big Fish...

... or Into the Woods 
Statues in the town square...

Wicked...

...or Big Fish
Mermaids...

Big Fish...

...or The Little M ermaid
Circus circus... (and both in blue!)

Pippin...

...or Big Fish
Americana dance numbers... (note the steps...)

The Will Rogers Follies...

... or Big Fish

Jeff
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