Originally Posted by Fire Me Boy!
I can't imagine any director worth his salt would agree to make something less than stellar. But you're right, the movie is no substitute.
Have you seen the 25th anniversary version on stage? My wife and I saw it in Birmingham last year and were extremely disappointed. Aside from the performances (which weren't great), they completely redesigned the stage and set, using all the projected backdrops, no more turntable set; like the movie, they trimmed a little from many if not all of the songs, including completely removing Little People - which I still contend really undermines the effectiveness of his death scene/Little People reprise. We were pissed.
Keep in mind, Macintosh was involved in this, and he still makes a ton of money off the play touring and probably didn't want to **** that up. (These things become so clear when you're completely cynical.
The last time I saw it on stage I was also a bit disappointed. I probably saw the same one you did - definitely seemed like the JV cast, but I certainly didn't pay JV prices to watch them. One thing I noticed was that they sped up the tempo on some of the songs - it was almost like listening to an album on the 45 setting. And there were a few other tweaks I didn't care for.
The show was here a couple of months ago, and between my thoughts on the last performance I saw and anticipation of the film, I didn't go see it. Found out too late to get tickets that the production was much better than the last one. Oh well.