A Not So Brisk-and-Bright Allegro

November 20, 2014 4:07 AM

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Why can't they just do Broadway musicals the way the authors wrote them in the first place? is a not infrequent cry along the Rialto. If a show was a hit, if a show is a classic, why do modern producers, directors and book doctors insist on trying to make them better?

And then there are the Allegros of the world. Rodgers & Hammerstein, those Midas Touch golden boys of the 1940s and 1950s turned out--as most good Broadway musical fans can count on the fingers of one hand--Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I and The Sound of Music in a span of sixtee...

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