I don't disagree with that assessment about McNally's book, newintown. And I love the movie, which itself is ultimately pretty sentimental, but certainly scruffier. I wouldn’t break my neck mounting a defense of it as a “great” show, but for me, it’s very much a comfort-food show, and I don’t have many of those.
I agree, Mark. “Scrap” is a pretty acute little psychological dissection. For my money, “Breeze Off the River” is as beautiful and likely to get me teary as “You Walk With Me.” And “Jeanette’s Showbiz Number,” “Life With Harold,” “It’s a Woman’s World,” “Big Black Man,” “Michael Jordan’s Ball,” and “Let It Go” never fail to get me singing, happy, and charged
Your quibbles are interesting, MarkBearSF. I’ve seen professional, college, and community theater productions of TFM, and no matter the varying levels of questionable talent involved, either onstage, in the pit, or from the creative team, the show always, in my opinion, seems to succeed in spite of them. Because of that, I’ve always seen the show as a foolproof crowd-pleaser, and, though I love the score, I’ve attributed that strength to the book, which admittedly isn’
Yeah, I'm really hoping to catch it in both iterations. I'm pretty stoked for Carolee, but have always found Norm Lewis to be a paralyzingly boring actor with a great voice, so I'd like to see a Sweeney who can act it first.