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re: I think the ideal correction would be . . .
Posted by: Michael_Portantiere 12:21 pm EDT 04/02/21
In reply to: re: I think the ideal correction would be . . . - Billhaven 12:09 pm EDT 04/02/21

"But we are talking about writing for the theater, not for a master's thesis or a legal brief. Songs have to be make theatrical sense. Singers have to be able to sing them. If the lyrics can not be understood or do not flow easily off the tongue then they are useless."

I honestly can't understand why you see this as a choice between the two. Why shouldn't Alan Jay Lerner have been expected to write lyrics that were grammatically correct and would ALSO be very singable, would "flow easily," and would "make theatrical sense," when most other lyricists who are held in esteem were perfectly capable of doing so?
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