Thursday, August 03, 2006

Webber Weighs in On the State of the Theatre

From Daily Mail:

"Theatre impresario Andrew Lloyd Webber has criticised new musicals as uninteresting. The composer, whose hits have included Cats, Phantom of the Opera, and Evita, said today's musicals were all about the "feel-good factor".

He tells the Radio Times that "something completely different needs to happen."
Lord Lloyd Webber, 58, whose revival of Evita has just opened to critical acclaim, says: "Can you name me an interesting new one? The feel-good factor seems to be the main thing."

The multi-millionaire adds: "There's going to be a cataclysmic change in entertainment in the next five years. "

I will agree that today's musicals are obsessed with having a happy ending. Of the shows with other kinds of endings, Little Shop of Horrors is one of my favorites, as is Miss Saigon. They are powerful and make you think. Not to say that I don't enjoy a happy ending from time to time.

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