Making A Song And Dance
Despite the horrible mess that is ‘Spiderman – Turn Off The Dark’, Broadway musicals are going through a bit of a boom at the moment by ditching their hackneyed old plots and taking on real-world issues that audiences can relate to.
Sparked off by ‘Legally Blonde’, which was lyrically far cleverer than its film origin, there’s ‘Catch Me If You Can’ by Hairspray’s Marc Shaiman and ‘The Book Of Mormon’, which makes damning fun of America’s Disneyfied ideas about the rest of the world. It seems Broadway now accepts that lyrics can be as sharp as any stand-up’s routine.
So here’s a virtual stand-up routine delivered to open the Tonys and featuring a roster of stars, which makes an interesting point about the New Broadway…