Confession: I detest musicals. I think they are silly. Pretentious. Illogical. They aim low. They bore. The dancing is just dumb.
If you’re offended, maybe I can redeem myself by admitting that I like some musicals very much, one of which is The Wizard of Oz.
Maybe it’s the familiarity. Or it just stuck with me as a big deal since childhood. But I like the story. The music is not nauseating. Somewhere Over the Rainbow is a powerful, emotional song. I enjoy the movie whenever I see it, and I loved a stage production I saw about 20 years ago.
Not so, however, this new production with new songs by Webber and Rice. They aren’t needed. They don’t add a thing. They don’t fit. They should just go away.
This new material proves that Webber’s best before date was a while back. But you knew that. There have been some big flops. Really big. And now, rather than coming up with a new clunker of his own, he has ridden the coattails of a timeless classic and managed to drag it down to the level of just another dumb musical, i.e. a waste of time. Like the Wizard, he should be ashamed.
New tunes and lyrics and jokes, oh my.