When one considers old musicals, one would immediately think of An American in Paris or Singing in the Rain: slick talking characters who can also tap dance really well. Sometimes a musical like My Fair Lady would include a great story too. It’s a real difference from today’s frenetic, tightly cut and choreographed, sensuous musicals. In the case of Nine, which I have not seen on stage, it looks to also be a departure from the original inspiration, Federico Fellini’s 8 1/2. I don’t know how many potential audience members will have heard of the Italian film (I have no idea who goes to these things, anyway), but it doesn’t look like that will matter: there is no reason to think that knowledge of the original is required.
The new trailer, which you can see below, mostly features Kate Hudson singing Cinema Italiano, with quick cuts to other parts of the film. They happen much too quickly to be recognizable, except for Stacy Ferguson as Saraghina. It’s probably the most distinctive part of the trailer.
Nine will be released on December 25th, 2009.