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re: MUSIC MAN Last Night — It's Really All That
Last Edit: Delvino 09:53 am EST 01/20/22
Posted by: Delvino 09:52 am EST 01/20/22
In reply to: re: MUSIC MAN Last Night — It's Really All That - Roman 08:31 am EST 01/20/22

If there's one consistent complaint -- and I've followed reports since the first preview -- it's this new focus on extended dance sequences, apparently with dance breaks added or heightened. It's not clear why they don't work, or rather, why they weigh the evening improperly; does it really feel as if the book material is shortchanged? Do the dances lack specificity? Or does it feel as if a town that doesn't have reason to physicalize emotion suddenly expresses itself via by moving to music? I can't figure out if it's the choreography or not encouraging the suspension of disbelief. In a preponderance of American musicals -- other than in dream ballets or the like -- dance is organic to the moment, tied to a circumstance that could be illustrated with dance. Music Man's tempi certainly suggest dance can work. But is it too little attention to the book scenes that's causing this imbalance? Can anyone elaborate? It's the first such critique I've read of any show.
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