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By R. B. Harris
Published June 1 2007

Well, it was bound to happen sooner or later. Someone would have to get around to doing a musical version of Margaret Mitchell's Pulitzer Prize-winning 1936 novel Gone with the Wind. And that person is former artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare company Trevor Nunn. The show will feature a score by Margaret Martin and will begin performances at the New London in April of next year. Casting and other arrangements will be announced shortly.

As everyone with a pulse will remember, GWTW is set in the South, just prior to the Civil War and follows the trials and tribulations of one Scarlett O'Hara, from a life of luxury on her father's plantation, to one of hardship and pain as the war decimates the southern way of life. And, what of the men in her life:The wan, pale Ashley Wilkes (played by the wan, pale Leslie Howard in the movie)and the manly Rhett "I don't give a damn," Butler, played by the manly Clark Gable on screen). And alas and alack, who would ever be cast as the indomitable Miss Scarlett. Well, Vivian Leigh, of course. But, I digress.

Gone with the Wind shouldn't faze Nunn. A chap who's directed The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby(my favorite show of all times, but I digress) and Les Miserables, with Cats thrown in for good measure, will probably find GWTW, a piece of cake, preferably something sweet.



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