Friday January 18, 2013 / 8:00pmMarry Me a Little
Price Level 2
How was your experience?
Four of us attended. We thought the singing was very good. The stage looked very cluttered, but the revue left you no choice but to create all those spaces. We felt quite cheated by a show that was only 1 hour and 15 minutes. That seemed like Act I with a missing Act II. I have seen every Sondheim musical except this one, and it's clear that a revue is not his forte - we were bored. If he'd thought of it more as an opera, he could have maintained the singing-no dialogue with a story and a plot. Or he could had added some dialogue to push the story forward about people trying to connect. Sondheim's "Company" is also about a guy trying to connect, but all his relationships with couples and single women push the story forward and show Bobby's growth as a person, building to the climax when he sings "Being Alive". Ironically, "Company", the first musical for which Sondheim wrote music and lyrics, is my favorite musical of all time, and I'll see a production of it anywhere I can. The problem with "Marry Me a Little" really lies with Sondheim - he strung some leftover songs together and tried to pass it off as a musical.