Monday, October 26, 2009
A Way Back to Then
Hello J+1 Fans!!
I grew up a child of the 80's and 90's which of course means my first exposure to musicals were the blockbusters of the day: Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables and Miss Saigon, slowly graduating to Rent, Aida and Next to Normal.
I loved and adored this over-synthesized music mostly because is was a departure from 'my parents' musicals like anything Rodgers & Hammerstein, Lerner & Loewe and Cole Porter.
Over time and being involved in musicals I'd come to appreciate even adore some of these musicals where theatre got it's start. One show I NEVER liked was 'South Pacific'...that is until I saw the most recent revival at Lincoln Center. The beauty of that production as transcending. The one thing I was stuck by was the overwhelming beauty and sound of a full orchestra and to hear a score the way it was written
This past week I had the fortune to see 'Finian's Rainbow'. I didn't know the story and was stuck by how amazingly SIMPLE this production is. In it's simplicity was it's beauty. I sat there and watched what a musical should be, no huge productions, simple sets, amazing dance numbers and a beautiful story strung together with stirring music.
It really made me wonder why we've gotten SO far away from it. I think think the bottom line is that when you have a good story, beautiful music - all else will come together. The flash and shizam we see today is simply a distraction from where the writers lack (i.e. Legally Blonde, Spring Awakening and any other slew of jukebox musicals)....oh a way back to then