Things I mused about this week:
Listening to my "Showtunes" playlist, I have come to the conclusion that, at least for the shows I've heard, that any time they write new material to expand an old movie into a new musical, the new music REEKS. This is particularly noticeable in shows like Victor/Victoria, where the original Mancini songs sparkle and the new material lays there like soggy Wheatabix (particularly the song they wrote for King). That it suffers from a severe "lack of Robert Preston and James Garner" is quite beside the point. There's a couple of others; on the whole I've taken to skipping the new material and sticking to the old.
On a similar note, as I analyzed a while back on the difference between the original cast recording of Evita and the Madonna movie, noting that while Antonio Banderas is not a bad singer, he's no Mandy Patinkin. Likewise, I downloaded the soundtrack for the new Johnny Depp Sweeney Todd and listened to it without watching it -- Depp is a perfectly serviceable tenor. Problem is, he's no Len Cariou (he's not even George Hearn) -- nor is he a baritone, something Tim Burton was not savvy enough in his desire to cast Depp in the part to consider. And as much as I love and adore Bonham-Carter, she's no Angela Lansbury (or Patti Lupone). Also, without visuals, leaving out the chorus (particularly in "God, That's Good!") makes the song sound really... freaking... odd.
I found out by accident that my favorite group has disbanded (Cross Canadian Ragweed) -- one of the members had family business that required him to give up show business, and they agreed that without all four of them, they were not going to go on. The lead singer/guitarist has gone solo, but I've only heard one of his songs. He's gone more strongly rock rather than Americana/southern-roots, but it's still pretty good.
I worked this morning. Very tired, though, since I stayed up too late last night watching Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Part 2 -- I liked it a LOT, one of the best of the films, really, IMHO. Some of that, I think, is due to the fact that Radcliffe has grown into a fine actor (as well as all the rest of his supporting cast), but also some tight writing and tense directing. If the rumors of David Yates doing a Doctor Who movie ever come true, he could do a good job with it (although Steven Moffat says it ain't true).
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