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JUMBO: the SPIDER-MAN of 1935
I just read a rather interesting article comparing the follies of Rodgers and Hart's Jumbo with those of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. While the comparison is interesting, reading some of the facts and figures and anecdotes about Jumbo is even more so - and at least the critics of that time seemed to have something better to do than bemoan the postponement of the show's opening. Jumbo was was adapted for film in 1962 with a plot that was altered from what had transpired on stage in the original production. I wonder if there is any viable way of reworking the apparently flimsy book and the concept for a contemporary audience. With animal circuses no longer considered en vogue, I suppose not - unless, perhaps, the score and book were placed within a framework that told the story of the making of the musical, which (according to the article) seems to be a very interesting one indeed.