It’s Double Take December at Musical Cyberspace! Every musical pretty much has something one likes and something one doesn’t in it. This month I’ll be listing one of each for a range of musicals, a different one each day.
Something I Like: Nine has a score that I really grew to love. Unfortunately, I was introduced to the show via the 1992 London cast recording, which is just abysmal in comparison with either the original or revival Broadway recordings of the show, so it took some time. But now I am a dedicated fan of what Maury Yeston achieved here. Oh – a special shout out must go to the new single version of “An Unusual Way” by Griffith Frank that was released on the film soundtrack. It’s amazing and great to hear a man singing this most beautiful of songs.
Something I Don’t Like: Well, it’s clear from what I said above that I don’t like the 1992 London cast recording. I was also incredibly disappointed by the film: a great cast was poorly served by Rob Marshall’s direction and the changes to the score. The new songs simply aren’t as good as anything in the score of the stage show.
Feel free to share your “double take” on Nine in the comment box! I’d love to hear what you think about the show!