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re: MERRILY: The Hills of Tomorrow is the seed of Good Thing Going??
Posted by: EvFoDr 02:53 pm EDT 03/12/19
In reply to: re: MERRILY: The Hills of Tomorrow is the seed of Good Thing Going?? - peter3053 02:44 pm EDT 03/12/19

I think Sondheim (or someone) once said that Frank writes the same song over and over. In Opening Doors as you note, in Hills of Tomorrow as also noted, and of course Good Thing Going. I suppose it made sense that Frank would "noodle" on that tune in Growing Up. Other sections of Growing Up are also of course The Blob as a slower tempo. Maybe he wanted to stick with existing tunes instead of creating something totally new when this song was added? On the other hand, I don't recognize the "Charlie is a hot head, Charile won't budge" music from anywhere else in Merrily. Like Country House in Follies, this musical section of Growing Up sounds out of place in Merrily and more like it belongs in Sunday or Into the Woods.

Of course the big mind blower, and much more subtle, is that Bobby and Jackie and Jack also fits the mold of being based on the same melody as Who Wants to Live in New York/Hills/Good Thing. It's harder to hear because of how the melody in Bobby... jumps around, but it's there! Brilliant.

Another fun one is the way Opening Doors and Old Friends are musically linked. At some point, the melody of each song is used at the accompaniment of the other.
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