A play about racial conflict in South Africa based on the novel Cry the Beloved Country by Alan Paton


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  1. Alejandro Teruel Alejandro Teruel says:

    It s hard to evaluate a musical if you are not familiar with the music or the novel on which the play is based.Maxwell Anderson wrote the play based on the classic novel by Allan Paton who was not only a writer but a key South African anti apartheid activist The Wikipedia entry for the musical states Critic Brooks Atkinson, in his review for The New York Times wrote of the original 1949 Broadway production that Maxwell Anderson and Mr Weill had encountered obvious difficulty in transforming It s hard to evaluate a musical if you are not familiar with the music or the novel on which the play is based.Maxwell Anderson wrote the play based on the classic novel by Allan Paton who was not only a writer but a key South African anti apartheid activist The Wikipedia entry for the musical states Critic Brooks Atkinson, in his review for The New York Times wrote of the original 1949 Broadway production that Maxwell Anderson and Mr Weill had encountered obvious difficulty in transforming so thoroughly a work of literary art into theatre, and was sometimes skimming and literal where the novel is rich and allusive He suggested that people unfamiliar with the novel might not fully appreciate the multitudinous forces that are running headlong through this tragic story He praised Anderson s taste and integrity and described the last scene as profoundly moving Robert Garland, writing in the Journal American, similarly commented that the beauty and simplicity of Paton s book infrequently comes through The music written by Kurt Weil, was the composer s last work for the stage From the few songs I have listened to on YouTube, the music is adequate but does not reach the perfection of the music for The Threepenny Opera, or even, in my opinion, Mahogany In contrast, quoting Wikipedia Atkinson felt that the music positively added to the experience of the novel Here, the theatre has come bearing its most memorable gifts In the past Mr Weill has given the theatre some fine scores Butit is difficult to remember anything out of his portfolio as eloquent as this richly orchestrated singing music It is overflowing with the same compassion that Mr Paton brought to his novelThe music is deep, dramatic, and beautiful I hope to get around to reading the novel someday, which would allow me to come to a hopefullycomplete assessment of the play


  2. Jim Jim says:

    read this right after reading ruby bridges autobiography got kicked in the gut twice this play was written in the forties, so We know there is light at the end, but how the blacks in s.africa held hope i don t understand.