Here, the legendary Menken—currently represented on Broadway with A Bronx Tale —breaks down the track-by-track inspirations, lyrical nods, and more on the recording:. Click here to purchase the album, which includes the page booklet of production photos, essays by director Michael Mayer , and more.
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The album is also available for download via iTunes, Amason, and Spotify. That seemed pretty appropriate then and still does. Back in it was our first time working together. And he has been my main orchestrator ever since. Note all the choice references so specifically belonging to the culture of the period when our show first came out.
He knows his mission now.
And he embraces it. Then, when the citizens of Rosewater recognize Elliot, they sing a genuine and warm welcome in a gospel inspired moment.
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It drives her to a nervous breakdown by the end of this number. The repeated musical figure is a childlike motif, tinged with dissonance; reflecting an enforced gaiety Sylvia puts on, as she copes with the finest cuisine imaginable trumped by a bag of Cheese Nips. The simplicity and gentleness of the music underscore the very basic items and sentiments that are offered.
The music leans towards a hymn-like tone, as befits a groups of people praising their savior, leading to a soaring counterpoint at the act break. We are treated to the desperate unhappiness and tawdry fantasies of this couple, accompanied by an impassioned tango.
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Their sordid song and dance is intermingled with a frantic, driving bridge sung by Mushari, as he is driving towards a rendezvous with his, and their, destiny. We start with a gently undulating accompaniment as he observes the landscape of Indiana out he window of the bus. And finally the song ends with an elegant waltz, in which he imagines a firestorm consuming Indianapolis.
This is one of the most unusual songs of ours, within a score that is equally unusual. As is typical of the dramatic integrity of Howard Ashman, we went into uncharted territory with only one goal in mind, fully reflecting and dramatizing the work and ethos of Kurt Vonnegut.
The tone of the song is that of a graduation march, a declarative hymn to being generous and loving. Its function? Unfortunately, that involves me figuring out what exactly my opinion is.
Am I supposed to not be able to summarize it succinctly? Most of them are important later. I sure hope so. But I liked it.
God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater
I promise. And the writing, as always, is top-notch. I may have come to God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater in the name of the project, but I stayed for the writing. I fell in love with Vonnegut because of word-masonry like that.
But confused is okay. Bernie could have slept with a worse book.
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