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re: Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cinderella Closes in the West End
Posted by: GavinLogan1 12:01 am EDT 07/20/21
In reply to: re: Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cinderella Closes in the West End - Live_From_London 07:23 pm EDT 07/19/21

I'm a big Lloyd Webber fan-- I'll start with that.

I got the music on the day it was released digitally, and had a quick listen to 3-4 songs, and found them to be alternately charming, then unmelodic, then jarringly 'synthetic', then lush... I wasn't paying it to much attention, as I was busy with my kids, but I thought it was a bit of a hodge-podge.

However, on the second listen (and subsequent ones, as I am now on my 10th or 11th listen) I find it a really clever melange of styles, but each one is applied to a particular character or attitude...I am rather enjoying it a lot, and I find David Zippel's lyrics almost entirely hilarious, touching, goofy, and fun-- I really enjoy his wit.

I can't speak to the book or the sound of the music IN the theatre, but the pre-recorded concept album has me very pleased. I am surprised the book is 'a mess', considering Fennell's credits...

As for my initial reactions-- that happens to me quite often with new shows. I find many of them difficult to 'get into' on one listen... my brain has to be come familiar with the recitative, with the motifs and how they appear... the first time I ever heard "Evita", it sounded like jarringly random notes to my 17-year-old ear, but within days I was enraptured. I had to same reaction to "The Light in the Piazza" and "Sunday In The Park With George". I'm certainly NOT saying "Cinderella" is in that league... but just the same, I find it takes a few listens and one really warms up to it.

My daughters won't stop singing it, either... and not just the 'big tunes', but the recitative and more conversational melodies...they are 8 and 5.

Anyway... As an ALW fan my liking it is not shocking, but I thought I'd throw my 0.02 in.

:)
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