Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Broadway I've Been Listening To

Rent's good, though the second act pales to the first. One doesn't mind the prevalence of STDs, nor the omnisexual cast--kind of fun, actually, but one can't ignore the occasional lame rhyme and trite lyric.

Sweeney Todd, however, is the best thing I've ever heard.

5 comments:

Lyco said...

That's because you wish you were the Demon Barber of Fleet


Street.

Wild Pegasus said...

Sondheim? Blech. Set me up with Girl Crazy and Gershwin.

- Josh

Scott said...

Lyco, I just looked at your comment in my email which has differnt formatting--this is the first I'm seeing it with the very comic


spacing.


Josh,

Of course, he's not Gershwin. Gershwin's fantastic. But most regard Sweeney as Sondheim at his best--if you haven't heard that, it's worth a listen. At the very least, he's a fine lyricist--not Ira Gershwin, but close.

Jonathan Larson's wordplay, however, is more and more mediocre as I listen to it.

Wild Pegasus said...

I've heard Sweeney Todd. In fact, I've heard most Sondheim. I just don't care for the atonal sing-talking that he liberally intersperses. I want goddammed songs in my musical.

- Josh

Scott said...

I know what you're talking about, but it doesn't bother me like it does you.

How do you feel about opera recitative? Similarly annoying?