leave your inhibitions at the door
On April 10th, I posted my review of “Ghost – The Musical” which had just started in previews on Broadway. In my review, I mentioned:
“Overall, the musical was a great spectacle, but the songs were flat and it generally lacked heart…when the special effects were the most memorable part of the musical, it doesn’t bode well.”
But I also gave the major caveat that I’m not exactly an expert in the topic. Since then, all of the reviewers who actually know what they’re talking about have pretty much said the same thing.
Charles Isherwood, The New York Times:”… may not be the very worst musical ever made from a movie…But it is just as flavorless and lacking in dramatic vitality as many that have come before.”
Suzy Evans, Backstage: “Warchus has turned a touching silver-screen love story into an overly flashy showbiz musical that betrays the intimacy of its source.”
Steven Suskin, Variety:”… a lumbering megatuner with little to offer beyond a limitless array of dazzling effects.”
Chris Jones, The Chicago Tribune: “… a show has co-opted and manipulated such an exquisitely raw and potent device, a vulnerable place for any audience where no show should casually tread, and used it so carelessly, tossing away the human vulnerability for a slew of harsh, digitized illusions.”
So the lesson for the day is that even though I don’t write gooder than the guys who get paid for it, I pretty much know what I’m talking about.