March 2012 at Musical Cyberspace is all about songs with people’s names in the title.
Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine spend a great deal of time in Sunday in the Park with George establishing the characters of Georges (Seurat) and Dot, as well as the dynamic of their relationship. That’s what makes “Everybody Loves Louis” pay off brilliantly. The song is not only funny because of the wordplay, but also because we understand precisely the contrast between Georges and Louis. And what’s more, the song is not only funny. There’s also a sting, because we know that Louis isn’t simply better than George. It’s that kind of eye for detail and complexity that made Sondheim the legend he is.
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