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re: I’m not sure what number would have worked
Posted by: Chazwaza 11:01 pm EDT 08/10/22
In reply to: re: I’m not sure what number would have worked - Singapore/Fling 09:02 pm EDT 08/10/22

Well, I'll give you that, but I have to admit it is far from my favorite part of the score... and taken on its own, without immediately leading into the rest of the first section of the show, it's even less a favorite. I can never not have seen the show at Playwrights before ever hearing anything from the show, so I can't know how'd I'd have responded to the song if I first heard it (or anything from the show) on the Tonys that night... but it's not a song I'm going to show people to say "look, this is why I love this score!". It contains musical themes that continue in the show that I love, and upon repeated listening when I am tuned to what the show is, I like it more, and I think sitting in the small theater having it just rush at me like that was exciting and engaging, but it did not come off that way on the Tonys, in my little opinion.
It has energy, and character, I'll give it that. But I see it as part of a tapestry I loved, not as a piece I love on its own. And like I said, I do think it comes off as a bit obnoxious in the 0-60 energy of the song and performances it requires and the storytelling. You really get no time to orient yourself to what you're seeing/who you're seeing, and what they're talking about in the song.

I really do think they'd have served the show and the purpose of a Tony performance if they had done Inner White Girl or Memory Song. Hell, I'd have done Periodically... but it doesn't have the lead actor so that wasn't gonna happen, it's not Hello Dolly after all.
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