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re: I hope Amanda Gorman writes lyrics for musicals at some point
Last Edit: GrumpyMorningBoy 06:07 pm EST 01/20/21
Posted by: GrumpyMorningBoy 06:03 pm EST 01/20/21
In reply to: re: I hope Amanda Gorman writes lyrics for musicals at some point - BillEadie 05:25 pm EST 01/20/21

If she can write this well at the mere age of 22, there's absolutely no telling what kind of things she can write. The fact that she dropped in a HAMILTON reference ("History has its eyes on you") tells us that she appreciates the form, and Mr. Miranda himself tweeted a broad appreciative response.

I do wonder what poets, if any, have successfully made the leap? I struggle to think of any. Hopefully, some of you Broadway historians will weigh in. Wasn't Richard Wilbur (CANDIDE) primarily a poet? I know that some of you here know more about the creation of that work and the many writers who eventually tinkered with those lyrics...

I suppose we could look at CATS for an easy example of what kinda works and what kinda doesn't...

And yet, I would say that some musicals with lyrics that are particularly poetic, even purple, can still work on stage. I think of lyrics to THE FANTASTICKS right away, but quite a few songs from SPRING AWAKENING are right on the cusp of poetry. ("The Mirror Blue Night," "The Guilty Ones," "The Song of Perfect Summer.")

Any number of musicals have songs here and there which tip toward poetry... little moments of repose along the way...

... it just gets dangerous if that's all you have. Without some character, dramatic tension and plot movement during song, you get in trouble pretty quickly.

- GMB
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