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re: Great overtures from flop shows
Last Edit: WaymanWong 03:05 am EDT 10/17/21
Posted by: WaymanWong 02:49 am EDT 10/17/21
In reply to: re: Great overtures from flop shows - pookndale 08:13 pm EDT 10/16/21

I really enjoyed ''The Human Comedy'' (1983) at the Public, where it got good reviews. It was based on William Saroyan's coming-of-age story of Homer, a young telegram messenger in a small California town during World War II. Rex Smith and Stephen Geoffreys, who played Homer, stood out in a wonderful ensemble, and the score was so beautifully sung. However, Galt MacDermot and William Dumaresq's ''The Human Comedy'' wasn't a traditional book musical. It was a series of thorough-sung vignettes, which made it more like an American folk opera. Some of the songs were quite catchy and lovely, like ''Beautiful Music,'' ''I Can Carry a Tune'' and ''Everlasting,'' and they ran the gamut from pop to gospel to showtunes.

Alas, it was not a good fit for Broadway, where it played 20 previews and 13 performances at the Royale. Its anecdotal story was too intimate for a big stage, and with little dialogue, no choreography, no colorful scenery or box-office names, it was too artsy to draw a mainstream audience.
Link 'The Human Comedy': 'Aunts and Uncles' - The Finale
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