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re: Ever wonder if you could write a musical? (Thoughts on JRB’s “13”)
Posted by: simbo 04:37 pm EDT 09/28/22
In reply to: Ever wonder if you could write a musical? (Thoughts on JRB’s “13”) - GrumpyMorningBoy 02:28 pm EDT 09/27/22

The problem with Jason Robert Brown is that the desire to have a hit kinda has taken over from the desire to do a good show. "Mr Saturday Night" was very much a score that you do when you know the audience is showing up for Billy Crystal, so why should you bothe writing anything interesting for this when they're there already (never mind that the script hasn't fixed the thing that made the movie flop, that it's a story of an awful man being forgiven for being awful - the only thing the musical has over the movie is that Billy Crystal has aged up enough he doesn't have to act it through latex). Similarly with "Honeymoon in Vegas", it's got a "it's a memorable title, why bother making the songs good" vibe to it. Even Bridges and Parade, the two more prestige shows, have the "I've got talented collaborators like Marsha Norman, Hal Prince, Bartlett Sher, why do i need to try very hard on making the score good (bridges is closest but it's still ultimately a small-feeling score that never really chases the grand passions that the material is all about). The reason "Last Five Years" is one of his most performed works is because it's about something he's passionate about beyond "I would like to be successful" - yes, it's an ugly kinda passion in the "I'm not at fault for my failed marriage" way, but it's at least a passion.
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