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: The most attractive thing about George Stiles and Anthony Drewe’s Honk! is its sweet sincerity. The score is solid and serves the story well. And it is a super family show, well balanced for the consumption of both parents and children. It’s an excellent musical for a family audience.
Something I Don’t Like: The bottom line is that Honk! is a piece of children’s theatre that tries to compete with the big boys. Maybe one day it will find its niche as the animated film it should be. (I’d say Don Bluth would be a perfect match for the piece, but Disney isn’t the first rank animation studio they once were, so perhaps it would be a nice step back to glory for them. As long as it’s traditionally animated, and not CGI.)
Feel free to share your “double take” on Honk in the comment box!