Posted 20 January 2013 - 12:15 AM
There was talk a while ago of ALW doing some rewrites with David Zippel for a smaller-cast tour. You could easily do it with a cast of 8 or 9. I always thought is was a mistake that the 'title song' never really appeared in full - though recorded in an odd (but enjoyable) James Bond-theme style. Unusual for ALW to be so restrained with the use of the big theme - and on this occasion I think that subtle restraint was misplaced. It's a great song and act one needs that centerepiece statement of the situation at hand, and the obsession that affects the three central characters. [There was talk of 'If Not For Me, For Her' in Act II being developed as a duet and more of a set-piece dramatic turning point - sounds like a plan] I just hope they move away from the tremulous well-spoken-accented singing that these kinds of shows seem to invite as default performance style; Walter Hartright could easily be Northern sounding. There are about 30 lyric lines that are horrible clunkers - either inelegant words, or they put THE stress on THE wrong word in the sentTENCE. I hope they take the opportunity to revise. Do all that....and i'm looking forward to it!