The Light in the Piazza

The Light in the Piazza

The Light in the Piazza was the big winner at the Tony Awards this year, fetching best score among its many trophies. Something of a revisit to the idea of Do I Hear a Waltz?, the sole failed collaboration between composer/lyricist Adam Guettel’s grandfather Richard Rodgers and his idol Stephen Sondheim, whose musical sensibilities permeate Guettel’s score. Check out the very Sunday in the Park “The Beauty Is” with its jointy minimalist riffs. But, no complaint. Would that most of the new music coming out of Broadway continue the groundbreaking melodic and harmonic paths of Sondheim rather than try to ape current popular trends with often dubious artistic success!


—FJO

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