Philip Kraus | Chicago Reader

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Re: “Scrooge and the Ghostly Spirits

I totally agree. I saw the Wednesday Dec. 6 performance. The music is just simply terrible. All the numbers are in a similar tempo and have endlessly repeating little motives. Sondheim could get away with that but Mr. Post is out of his league. The reflective song for Scrooge when he sees his own grave is numbingly ineffective. Even the finale of the show is musically a downer. The "Bless Us Every One" song is dull and hardly uplifting. Mr. Post's characterization of the ghosts is non existent. Here the music could have added to the lack of magic in the staging (due to restrictions of the theater). Additionally, some of the leads have poor and indistinct voices. Diction is bad from many of the supporting players. Sorry, but I'll take Mr. Menken's or Mr. Bricusse's musical over this dreary affair. As a holiday theater treat, it is definitely on the sour side.

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Posted by Philip Kraus on 12/06/2017 at 1:53 PM

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