Originally Posted by frazod
I wonder if they deliberately threw in some weak elements so as not to detract from people still going to see the stage play. While I enjoyed the movie and will certainly buy it when it comes out on blu-ray, that certainly won't stop me from shelling out big bucks to see the play the next time it comes to Chicago. Especially when you consider the top talent they had in the 10th and 25th anniversary concerts, pretty much everybody there completely blows away their movie counterparts.
The movie is no substitute for seeing the play. Not even close.
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.