14 June 2010

Boring Broadway

Wow! What is it with musicals on Broadway anymore? If last night's Tony Awards were any indication, musicals are now nothing more than singers screaming something unintelligible, dancers doing period-inappropriate back flips, and lighting design stopping at the instructions "install 100 strobe lights facing the audience: use often."

I am all for new kinds of musicals showcasing voices rarely if ever heard, but rock concerts and punk rock mosh pits are proving to be the beginning and end of inspiration for new generations of "artists" working in musical theater.

Seriously, if Stephen Sondheim were dead now, he would be spinning in his grave.

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