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November 24, 2012 12:06 AM

'Miracle on 34th Street' musical not as good as film

There’s a good reason you’ve probably never heard of the musical version of “Miracle on 34th Street.” As seen in Troupe America’s touring production now running at Modesto’s Gallo Center for the Arts, it’s not that good of a show. Though it was written by respected composer Meredith Wilson (“The Music Man,” “The Unsinkable Molly Brown”), the 1963 show has few memorable songs beyond “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas.” While the 1947 classic movie that inspired it (starring Maureen O’Hara and a young Natalie Wood) is heartwarming and sweet, the musical is often dull and plodding.

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