This is a follow-up to intriguing Jackie’s post. I’m a fan of musicals, although I recognize they aren’t everyone’s cup of tea. A friend in college once said, “Doesn’t all that singing drive you nuts? I just want them to get on with the story.” In the best musicals, the songs are getting on with the story and I’m a sucker for all that intense character development, or the building plot scene with a chorus of thousands, combined with the emotional tug of music. There’s probably a correlation here with tearing up at country music songs when I’m alone in the car. (Or is that TMI?)
Thinking about that fixed pole of music that Jackie referred to led me to Wikipedia for:
Original songlist for On a Clear Day You Can See Forever
Overture, Hurry! It’s Lovely Up Here!, Ring Out the Bells, Tosy and Cosh, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, On the S.S. Bernard Cohn, At the Hellrakers, Don’t Tamper with My Sister, She Wasn’t You, Melinda, When I’m Being Born Again, What Did I Have That I Don’t Have, Wait Till We’re Sixty-Five, Come Back to Me, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (Reprise)
2011 Reincarnation List
Overture, Hurry! It’s Lovely Up Here!, She Isn’t You, Open Your Eyes, Wait ‘Til We’re 65, You’re All the World To Me, Who Is There Among Us Who Knows, On the S.S. Bernard Cohn, Love With All The Trimmings, Melinda, Entre Acte, Ev’ry Night at Seven, Too Late Now, When I’m Being Born Again, He Wasn’t You, What Did I Have That I Don’t Have, Come Back to Me, On A Clear Day You Can See Forever
Looks like some songs were used as is, others deleted, switched around in order, and a few were brought in from the musical film Royal Wedding. Interesting to contemplate how one song could provide intense character development for two different characters in different stories. It reinforces the duality of details in making characters simultaneously unique and universal.
I’d love to see the new show!