None of the Critics Like
- The book of the show
- Glenn Slater’s lyrics
Some of the Critics Like
- Lloyd Webber’s tunes
- The set
All of the Critics Like
- The half-woman, half-skeleton thing that pushes a trolley
And there’s been a little brouhaha over Lloyd Webber’s borrowing of his title tune. Not from himself, which is well-known – the melody started life in The Beautiful Game as:
It was later trotted out, with a Puccini arrangement and a different (but no better) lyric, as the first song from the Phantom sequel:
Then it was sent back for a slightly less disastrous lyric and some semi-formal work attire:
But the brouhaha has been over this – fans of Adolph Deutsch’s score for Billy Wilder’s The Apartment were quick to notice the similarity in the opening phrases:
Borrowings aside, I don’t think anyone has yet pointed out the obvious: Sequences Are Schmaltzy. If you like your first four notes, and decide to repeat their pattern exactly, only a bit higher, you’ve taken your first unbrave steps toward schmaltz.
Adolph Deutsch wrote a schmaltzy, throbbing love theme, and he wrote it for a film that is decidedly neither. Clever Adolph.
Lloyd Webber wrote a schmaltzy, throbbing love theme for a schmaltzy, throbbing show. Lazy Andrew.