Thursday, April 05, 2012

beyond fred, ginger & gene

Herbert Ross' collaboration with Nora Ephron, "My Blue Heaven" (1990) - about the uneasy relationship between a big-living hood and an uptight FBI agent - stands as one of Steve Martin's most underrated films.

And even if the film was as disappointing as the critics said (and it isn't), a delightful dance number - titled “Merengue!” - certainly redeems it.

For good measure, Ross (a former dancer and choreographer himself) had it staged twice.

The number: “Merengue!”

The composer: Ira Newborn

The choreographer: Lynne Taylor-Corbett

The dancers (the initial performance) : Steve Martin, Rick Moranis, Lesley Cook and Melissa Hurley

The dancers (the encore) : Moranis, Joan Cusack and Bill Irwin

The cinematographer: John Bailey

The editors: Robert Reitano and Stephen A. Rotter

The production designer: Charles Rosen

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