re: Well, sorta
Last Edit: MockingbirdGirl 11:03 am EDT 07/28/20
Posted by: MockingbirdGirl 11:02 am EDT 07/28/20
In reply to: re: Well, sorta - Michael_Portantiere 10:55 pm EDT 07/27/20

Should Sondheim have softened his letter to the NY Times, or not sent it at all, BECAUSE the artists happened to be female?

I would say yes... but not because the artists were female. I think his letter should have noted his objection to DuBose Heyward's omission and left it at that. One of the great joys of theatre is seeing how familiar shows can be reimagined. Does it always work? Absolutely not. But that doesn't mean it isn't worth the attempt.

And has already been pointed out, Sondheim didn't write a similar letter about Oklahoma, which does rather point up the gendered aspect to his original critique.

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