I Whistle a Happy Tune
As I play with the color balance in Photoshop, characters keep changing ethnicity accidently. I just go with it. This is particularly disconcerting when it involves a musical about a character from real life. Anna actually taught in the palace of the King of Siam. And she was white and English. Color blind casting--I guess there's nothing wrong with that, yes? The King and I was one of the first musicals I discovered which I did not love. The music was dated and the movie, the only version I had access to, was faded and strange-looking. I'm no fan of the Uncle Tom's Cabin ballet either. Although, remembering it now, it adds dimension with my casting choice.
Anyway, the musical AND Rodgers & Hammerstein have grown on me over the years. They have more of my respect, and a certain, simple beauty. The movie has also been restored and I think it's gorgeous now too.
Posted by Wilson Swain