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Friday, January 06, 2006

Musicals & Music

The Sun's Eric Grode has a thoughtful overview today on the widening gulf between musical theatre and (good) pop music.

His big question, "Why is it that good rock songs make for bad musicals and vice versa?" recalls a very different (yet perhaps related) problem in film, namely: why is it movies made out of great books tend to be vapid and mediocre, while many of the great movies have been based on mere pulp and less respected literature? The universal message may be, beware when taking on source material already great in its own right.

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