re: P.S. Why is there an Andrews Sisters parody in 'Company'?
Last Edit: Chromolume 01:47 pm EDT 06/09/24
Posted by: Chromolume 01:32 pm EDT 06/09/24
In reply to: re: P.S. Why is there an Andrews Sisters parody in 'Company'? - Unhookthestars 12:03 am EDT 06/09/24

DEFINITELY NOT Barbershop.

I hear a variation on 50's male vocal jazz groups, like The Four Freshmen or the Hi-Lo's, etc. Not nearly as harmonically sophisticated as those groups got, but something in that ballpark. [EDIT: I just read the linked interview with Joel Fram, and he confirms what I had posted, lol.]

However, I have to say that I really don't like the arrangement very much. (Though I will say that I most often enjoy Fram's work - the additions he made to the new Merrily are nicely done.) It could just be that I'm too attached to the original - which I agree would make no sense in this version of the show. I guess I feel it does what Fram said he was trying to avoid, which is calling too much attention to itself so we start to take more notice of the arrangement than the lyrics and the dramatic situation.

In terms of Sondheim barbershop - I can only think of two real examples - one, obviously, is the quartet section of "Gun Song" from Assassins. The other is the short vocal a cappella moment in the "Cookie Chase" from Anyone Can Whistle ("lock 'em up, put'em away" etc).
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