|Frank's private tragedy|
|Posted by: peter3053 11:10 pm EDT 03/12/19|
|In reply to: re: MERRILY: The Hills of Tomorrow is the seed of Good Thing Going?? - StaunchKarakter 03:19 pm EDT 03/12/19|
|I think that there is a secret tragedy alluded to in the limited variations of Frank's melodies: I think that because he realized he was limited musically, and he so wanted to change the world through music, he retreated to the comforts of money. I think that's a key reason for the score the way it is, apart from the need to unify a work of art.
Of course, the lyrics of Merrily are also a wonder: all the road imagery (better used than in "Road Show" I feel), plus the titles so ironic "Not A Day Goes By" (no, they don't go by, in a show that goes backward; hence the title has two meanings, one emotional for the character, one thematic to the show), and "Good Thing Going", a sort of metaphor for the entire show; and of course the imagery of dawn in the (nowadays) final scene - a new day beginning, unified to the title of the aforementioned song. ("Days are sunny" in "Rich and Happy" is also part of the pattern of imagery, and deliberately a shallower thought than at the end of the show, given how tragically shallow Frank's life has become.) And of course, there is also the "doors" imagery.
This is the level of work which could be found even in a so-called Broadway 'flop' by Sondheim. (The flop is now a major work of art, oft-revived!)
How the mighty Broadway hath fallen, when pop singers who know nothing of such craft (or concentrated work) are given awards for shoddiness. (Can you tell I'm angry?)
How can we set the bar high again?
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