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A couple of observations about today's discussion about the film of Funny Girl: How did William Wyler deal with Barbra's diva demands -- he turned off his hearing aids and let her rant. Then did what he wanted. Yes, this was Wyler first musical, but he actually had begun The Sound of Music before disagreements with the producers led to his existing the project. On the Gypsy segment, they very much neglected composer Jule Styne. This time nary a mention of lyricist Bob Merrill. Without Bob, "People" would just be a pretty melody. Barbra Streisand did not win a Tony for Funny Girl (in fact, she lost both times she was up for a competitive Tony). She lost to Carol Channing for Hello, Dolly! which is why she campaigned for the film role of Dolly Levi. Barbra's revenge.
I'm a veteran viewer of TCM and I greatly appreciate it's ability to maintain viewership, great movies, huge library, and still no commercials or on screen ads or bumpers. From time to time I would see something different like bleeping curse words or brief nudity, and you forgive those things in favor of all the advantages. However, this time around I felt like I have to comment on "Roadshow" not showing "Roadshow versions". It was especially sad to see the great Michael Feinstein and his wealth of knowledge, fully and correctly explain what roadshows were, and then introduce "Sweet Charity" with everything still chopped out the beginning, middle and end. "Sweet C" is such a great example of music, choreography, dance history, and then the cast!!; I was really disappointed. I don't own them all but I think the BD and DVD's contain all the extras. Please, TCM, don't promote roadshows and herald the overtures, intermissions, entr'acte and exit music of not only these titles in the series, like "Star!" or "Oliver!", in addition to other roadshows like "Jumbo!", and then chop out all the music.