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Tuesday, May 01, 2012

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Loren A. Roberts (guru of multi-hyphenate media)

Two things:

1. I like Tim Rice's work in Chess. A very witty (but ultimately bogged down by its now-past periodness) musical. I was bummed it never made it big in the U.S.

2. I wonder if Isherwood's review points to a larger distrust of musical theatre embracing modern or "new" technology to tell the story. I see some reviewers with almost-disdain for video screens, projection, new lighting techniques, or anything that reeks of ultra-modern technology. It's almost like they are looking for a "pure" (read: more traditional, less technological) form of musical. I believe that the musical theatre genre will have to change in order to be relevant, so shows that embrace technology -- and use it well -- have my full support, because those shows will truly appeal to a younger audience -- an audience which will be increasingly necessary to ensure the future economic viability of musical theatre.

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