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The ''Secret Garden'''s many blooms

The ”Secret Garden”’s many blooms — We rate other adaptations including the Broadway play and audio recording

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Not all the versions of The Secret Garden have been books. Some of the best adaptations have been done for other media. Some recommended productions:

The Secret Garden video
This black-and-white 1949 movie starring Margaret O’Brien and Dean Stockwell (now on NBC’s Quantum Leap) is a suspenseful classic. When Mary and Dickon first bring Colin, and later his father, Archibald, into the garden, the picture bursts into Technicolor. A

The Secret Garden audio casette
Imagine what the grown-up Mary would sound like if she were telling the story. That’s what British actress Claire Bloom brings to mind with this quietly mesmerizing reading. A-

The Secret Garden on Broadway
When this play opened on Broadway last April, The New Yorker‘s Mimi Kramer called the show a ”lovely and evocative musical version of the children’s book.” Word quickly spread of 11-year-old Daisy Eagan’s performance as Mary and of Heidi Landesman’s enchanting set; both won Tony awards. B+