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I'm Sick of This Crap That Tesori Can't Write a "Hummable Tune".

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Has everyone forgotten she wrote, despite your opinion of it, a very hummable score for Millie. While Reidel's gossip is always spot on, he needs to stop trying to be a theatre critic in what is esentially Page 6 for the Broadway set.
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what did he say?


even things in Caroline are beautiful melodies.

the Night, mama, duet comes to mind.

salty Teardrops is the best.
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I love the Millie score. Hence, my user name.
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I know. I thought the music of Caroline was very accessible. The lyrics, not so much.

His quote was:

"Tesori is a very shrewd composer, but she's not exactly known as a tunesmith. Her score to Tony Kushner's "Caroline, or Change" is complex and dynamic, but you have to be a member of the Kushner claque to leave the theater humming a tune."

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"Lay Down Your Head" from VIOLET isn't a hummable, beautiful tune?

I'm still sick of old fogeys who say the same thing about Sondheim. FOLLIES and SWEENEY and MERRILY are full of "hummable" tunes.
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Oh, pffft, you're giving too much credit to a man who hasn't had sex since 1982.
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Also

"Her "Shrek" songs showed off her musical intelligence, but they weren't the sort of bouncy ditties you'd expect from a Broadway musical aimed at families. She might want to toss in a "Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo" here and there".
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Well, I don't think he's alone in this assumtion about Tesori as a composer. I've seen it on almost every thread that brings her up. While Violet isn't crowd fare, her score is memorable enough to hum, but her Millie and Caroline score really show her gift for Melody.

Besides being children's fare, the Shrek films are very smart, and can be enjoyed on many levels, especially the first film.

She beat out many other teams to get this job, so I wouldn't worry about her, it's the execution of the piece that concerns me.
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I think most of the Theatre World is on board about Sondheim being able to write Melody. Even Passion features lush melody.

Are Melody and Hummable even in the same category of criticism? Hummable is purely opinion, while Melody is easier to pinpoint.
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Do you have money invested on Shrek? You seem awfully nervous.
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Wasn't the "hit" song from Millie the title tune from the film? The song JIMMY is a relic from the 20's. Not one song in her catalogue covered by any major recording artist!This is definitely not JERRY HERMAN, ANDRE PREVIN OR HENRY MANCINI!
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Actualy, Kristin Chenoweth did a cut song from Millie on her debut album.
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You really don't consider Kristin C. a recording artist. While I'm sure her renditions were totally professional, I was thinking of someone who actually sold recordings in numbers larger than 2500!!
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Well, she has a record contract, so I'd call her a recording artist. And her first disc has been in print twice, so I'm pretty sure more than 2500 people own it, genius.
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and also, very few artists nowadays would cover a herman track anyway. Although I do love that disco version of la cage aux folles on youtube. that rocks.

I'm thoroughly in the tesori camp, I'm only really familiar with her score for caroline, but that's enough to make me a lifetime supporter. Salty teardrops, noah go to sleep, and no one waiting are all great songs, with melodies that i know I find myself humming a lot.

Also, to help that little threadjack, sondheim does seem rather sexless, doesn't he? I have heard a story about him indulging in an escort once. dunno if that's true. very talented man, who was rather attractive in his yonger years, but seems to suffer from johanthan rhys myers-esque axe murderer eyes sometimes.
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Please stop talking about how you can trust Tesori for Shrek because of Caroline. Shrek and Caroline are entirely different kinds of shows. Caroline worked with Tesori because it needs an uncoventional score to work, it's just that kind of show. I hated the Millie score because not only are the lyrics (for the Tesori tunes, at least) bland, but the music is as well. Same thing goes for Shrek, the composer needs to be able to be bouncy and catchy for it to work. This is an irreverent, funny story, not poetic and dramatic like Caroline. If they try to make Shrek a moving, dramatic romance a la BATB, they complete missed the point of the original movie. And BATB at least had a little something named Alan Menken. Why Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx weren't called up is beyond me...
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