Some very passionate — and necessarily edited — responses follow. As soon as we left the theater we scooped up tickets to see it again before NPH left the show. We happened to be planning a trip to New York that Christmas season with my sister and her husband, and Michael C. Hall had taken over the role. Still wonderful and worth every penny, especially with Ms. Hall still inhabiting Yitzhak. Later it was announced that John Cameron Mitchell was taking over the part. How could we not go back for the O.
‘How could we not go back for the O.G.???’
Charm is fragile. For if ever there was an example of delicately balanced charm, poised to go flat or splat, it is the Irish movie that inspired this show. Both composers who play songs by the musicians who portray them, Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova , they achieve creative consummation by making a most promising demo tape. Only the steady, understated naturalness of the performances, much of which were improvised, keeps the movie from coming down with that bad case of the cutes that often afflicts rom-coms. Subtlety, for instance, has never been considered an asset in musicals. Whimsy, on the other hand, is often allowed to run wild. The script is now steeped in wise and folksy observations about committing to love and taking chances, most of which are given solemn and thickly accented utterance by Girl played by Cristin Milioti , who is Czech. Guy, played by Steve Kazee, has been transformed from a shaggy nerd into a figure of leading-man handsomeness, while Girl has turned into a full-fledged version of what she only threatened to be in the film: a kooky, life-affirming waif who is meant to be irresistible. And supporting characters who were allowed scant screen time have been scaled up to become the sort of winsomely wacky background figures you find in fluffy screen fare starring Julia Roberts or Kate Hudson. Characters become less adorably overwrought and more genuinely conflicted, with distinctive personalities instead of standard-issue ones.
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It turns out Ms. Guy, Girl — get it? He and Ms. They had since broken up, but the year-old Mr. Hansard felt protective of Ms.
And a shopworn new wave dance hit floods a dull world with the radiance of a neon rainbow. And every so often, the show slides intriguingly into a more nuanced and shadowy in-between zone. That show was also adapted by Walsh from a film by Carney about musicians in Dublin.