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MERRILY: The Hills of Tomorrow is the seed of Good Thing Going??
Posted by: StaunchKarakter 01:47 pm EDT 03/12/19

After seeing the Fiasco Merrily, I have to say I was really struck anew by the song "Growing Up." I love Frank singing this introspective variation over "Good Thing Going." Such a delicious moment.

I decided to revisit the Merrily section of "Finishing the Hat" to see if there was any insight on the development of that song, as it was added after the original production. Sondheim doesn't say a lot other than it was at the behest of Lapine in order to make Frank a less despicable character. I wonder, has Sondheim spoken anywhere about the particular musical choices of that song? I'd love to hear more!

Also, Sondheim says, in regards to "The Hills of Tomorrow:" "We recognize the tune as the seed of 'Good Thing Going,' the song that launched their careers." I love this song, but it doesn't register to my ears as "Good Thing Going." Can someone break this down a little bit for me? Thank you!
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