Sunday, May 31, 2009

Contemporary American musicals: four diseases

Terry Teachout in the WSJ finds four flaws in most contemporary musicals.
I'm paraphrasing here: too Disneyfied; over-produced, with too little substance; songs are static and don't advance the plot; too preachy.

Lest you think Teachout's an old crab, he names four recent musicals that he really likes (one of which Spokane got cheated out of due to excessive snow, and one of which will be here -- barring further snow -- next February).

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