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I just returned from a visit to Ohio to be with my mother, who was having surgery in an inner city hospital. Years ago this particular hospital was "aging", and many wondered if there was still a reason to keep it open. Many other hospitals had moved into the suburbs. Luckily, the hospital stayed. A building that in parts was over 120 years old, in other parts 50 or 60 years old was renovated into a beautiful, state of the art facility that serves a diverse population. It can be done. If it can happen in struggling Ohio (I don't think I need to go into the economic situation in my hometown - Ohio is much like Michigan), it can be done in Knoxville.
Aw, I liked Kortemeier's performance. He played the role a bit darker than I've seen it done, and I liked it. When the role of Hill is played as a true conman Marian's role becomes more complex as well. Not an easy feat with a musical!