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re: Has anyone ever really noticed...
Posted by: Delvino 01:54 pm EDT 10/02/22
In reply to: Has anyone ever really noticed... - Chromolume 02:49 pm EDT 10/01/22

Having seen this production twice (Feldstein, Aardema), after never stopping to consider the lyrics in the film, I was struck with how blandly functional the song is to the scene that contains it. The intro which explains children and the folks of Henry street doesn't have much association with the generic platitudes that follow in the song proper. If you stop and wonder why she's singing the song -- what's the impetus -- you have to take context at face value. It's not a quite an emotional amplification of this moment in Fanny's life, even this fictional Fanny, just a love song where the show needs a love song. Compare it to, say, "If I Loved You?" and maybe the point is made.

That said, Michele nailed it for me on Fallon's show, and I'm not really her fan. What we see here: a show that showcases a singing actor putting the score front and center. Which is what the piece demands, for better or worse.
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