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Old May 31 2012, 10:02 PM   #156
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Re: "King's Speech" director to take on "Les Miserables"

Vanyel wrote: View Post
A famous example is West Side Story. In the play Cool is sung before the gang fight and Gee, Officer Krupke after it.
In that instance, that was how Sondheim intended it to be in the stage version, but in the chaotic production phase Jerome Robbins had already planned out the staging with the idea that they would be in the order they ended up being in, so he said that if they did a movie, they'd switch them to how Sondheim originally wanted (the famous alteration of "America", likewise).

In this film, no doubt they're going to have to streamline the story a good bit in order to get it into a manageable film length, so moving the song toward the end probably heightens the impact of it while saving time.
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