re: "Silly People" in ALNM.
Last Edit: Chromolume 12:24 pm EDT 06/12/24
Posted by: Chromolume 12:16 pm EDT 06/12/24
In reply to: re: M"Silly People" in ALNM. - StageManager 12:01 pm EDT 06/12/24

We're introduced to Petra in the opening scene of the show, and she gets a couple of great scenes, and she's also featured in "A Weekend In The Country." By the time we get to "The Miller's Son" we know her pretty well, and have had fun with her bold sexuality and her humor. I think she easily earns the song.

Frid has very few lines, and very little opportunity to establish any meaningful connection with the audience. The song itself is lovely (and it's interesting for him to carry on the idea of the smiles of the summer night), but these is a definite case of "who is he?" to be made.

Also, it seems to me that the small subplot of the Petra/Frid tryst doesn't need more than one song. And his short monologue before their "giggle in the grass" serves quite well to get the moment going. Her sung reflection afterward is plenty for the musical end of things, and I think much more meaningful.
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