Appetite for distraction
Even if you’re a giant Broadway musical nerd who went along to see Les Miserables four times and enjoyed the movie too, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton will blow your mind
There’s this thing they do in rousing Broadway musicals that touches me deep in my soul. My nerdy, once-played-Oliver-in-my-all-girls-school-transition-year-production-of-Oliver-and-went-to-see-Hamilton-twice-in-one-week soul. It’s when the characters sing different bits of songs and lyrics together at the same time, and make it work in a glorious cacophony of sound and wide-legged stances before finally coming together in belting unison.
In the biz it’s called counterpoint, and Les Misérables’ The Confrontation is the daddy of...
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