Monday, January 12, 2015

Do I Hear a Waltz?

The fiercest critic of this 1964 American musical is one of its co-creators. It was Stephen Sondheim, who wrote the lyrics to Richard Rodgers's score, who dubbed it a "Why?" musical, meaning a perfectly respectable show that has no reason for being. Actually, it's rather better than that and, in this rare revival by Charles Court Opera, exudes a pleasant, watery charm...

But it is Sondheim who provides the salt to go with Rodgers's sugar, and although the relationship between the two men was notoriously fraught, you periodically find the young lyricist pushing the old composer into new territory.~  Guardian. 2014.

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