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.
A Tale of Two Cities
Something I Like: Jill Santoriello’s tenacity in seeing this musical through from conception to a Broadway production. It’s nothing short of astounding that she achieved what she did considering the overall quality of the show itself.
Something I Don’t Like: On that note, it’s sad that the show is something of a Frank Wildhorn knockoff. I also don’t like the fact that the recession at the time of the show’s premiere has become the official scapegoat for the show’s commercial failure. While this may offer those who had money invested in the show some comfort, it doesn’t excuse the fact that the show simply isn’t the compelling piece of work it should be given the pedigree of its source material.
Feel free to share your “double take” on A Tale of Two Cities in the comment box!