kdogg36 said: "Jarethan said: "Re By The Sea, I know that your observation is right-on...I just wish it was a better song. Again, however, over familiarity doesn’t help."I don't think "By The Sea" is a bad song at all,but it just doesn't hang together with the rest of the score, to my ears. It sounds jarringly different to me. I wouldn't want to simply cut it, for the reasons given elsewhere in thisthread, but I wouldn't hate it if it were replaced!For a Sondheim song I could simply do without, I'd cite "It Would Have Been Wonderful" fromA Little Night Music."Your answer is sorta why I started this topic. To see different opinions. Obviously, a lot of people disagree with me re Little Lamb and All I Need is the Girl. On the other hand, I love It Would Have Been Wonderful and Liaisons (mentioned in another thread), because I think Sondheim's lyrics are so funny in the first case, and witty in the second. Yet, I almost included The Miller's Song, even though I like the song, because I have always felt it was pretty irrelevant to the show and it's late in the performance.
Hot Pants said: "Loopin’theloop said: "No More (Into the Woods)"The movie is proof that doing so ultimately makes the story much worse. It’s an enormous part of bothThe Baker and Mysterious Man’s characters, and is arguably the emotional crux of the whole show."Only if what you replace it with is as badly written as the movie sequence was.The show tries to have three emotional crux moments in a row, I’d take ‘Children Will Listen’ over ‘No More’ personally
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