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Filed under: — adrian @ 5:37 pm

I saw and ad for a touring production of this the other day. Why? Why must ‘broadway’ (or the west end or theatre or whatever you want to call this in general) ruin everything. Check out the ‘video clips’ (sorry no direct link—stupid Flash) on that site if you have any doubt if it’ll be horrible.

Two questions:

  1. Has there been any originality[1] on the stage since West Side Story[2]?
  2. Does the public demand unoriginal copycat works or does the broadway establishment impose them on people?

[1] Even ‘good’ productions currently on Broadway (e.g. Spamalot, the Producers) are not original.
[2] I will maintain that this is the best musical every made and the movie version is a great movie. What other Broadway musical can hold its own, musically, with the best ‘classical’ works of the twentieth century (especially if you limit it to American classical works)?.

5 Responses to “why? WHY I ASK YOU!”

  1. Patrick Says:

    I hear you. I just don’t understand it.

  2. Colin Says:

    I blame people from New York and possibly people who visit New York. I belong to neither group and hence fail to grasp the attractiveness of paying a ridiculous amount of money to watch people dance around like idiots in stupid costumes. Somehow this appeals to New Yorkers, however.

  3. Dave Says:

    Isn’t this happening in all forms of media? Isn’t pop music just redigested, unoriginal repetition? And don’t even get me started on the state of Hollywood…

  4. Jesse Says:

    “…paying a ridiculous amount of money to watch people dance around like idiots in stupid costumes.”

    That is an awesome description of baseball!

  5. libs Says:

    geez! Knocking baseball AND New Yorkers… we’re not all that bad. Some people in New York do take issue with the price of tickets and lack of originality that seems to be pervasive in all media, which, contrary to nyc hipster writing, does not all originate in New York.

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