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: I adore “We Need a Little Christmas”, I really do, and at this time of the year it’s always on my playlist. Besides that song, the score also offers other great joys: the celebration song, “It’s Today”; the brilliantly awful “The Man in the Moon”; the ever-golden affirmation of friendship, “Bosom Buddies”; the immensely moving “If He Walked Into My Life”; and even the seemingly endless title song, “Mame”. Those songs all represent Jerry Herman doing what he did best with Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee crafting the book around his catchy tunes.
Something I Don’t Like: Angela Lansbury is awesome in the title role, both on the recording and in the existing video footage of her performance. It is a complete travesty that she was not allowed to play the role in the film version.
Feel free to share your “double take” on Mame in the comment box!