Rodgers' post Hammerstein shows
What do you think of them?
Apart from Two By Two (should I get a recording of it, btw?), I have heard them, and think they are fascinating in a Do not attempt this at home
sort of way...
I have heard No Strings several times, but I have trouble remembering it at all. I think it's sweet, but not very interresting. And I think the comedy numbers fall totally flat. Those beaver and money songs are hideous.
I do love DIHAW. I think it has a great score, and those lyrics are sensational (of course
Rex is a very strange beast. It seems like the songs are very heavy handed and static, but there are some impressive tunes, and the idea of the show is very intriguing (thoughawkwardly handled). That song about the time running is beautiful, though.
Now, I Remember Mama comes through as a pathetic last gasp of the dying swan. Several of the actual tunes are nice and melodic, but the show itself seems like a great collection of misjudgements and traces from R&H triumphs. Based on the studio recording only, it seems like it's supposed to be a cross between Oklahoma! and The Sond of music, with a little State Fair thrown in. Ev'ry Day (Comes Something Wonderful) sounds like a cheap Favourite Things imitation, and Liv Ullman must have appeared like something supposed to be Julie Andrews
Do you think Sondheim is right when he claims Rodgers had no interrest in how to tell a story through song?