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About the Book

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Barclay 10:18 am MST 02/23/17

I haven’t posted my reflections on the musical because everyone’s said it already: it’s cataclysmically damaging theatre of the (exploding) heart, which I was happy to be splattered with the residue of, both literally and metaphorically. However, I do have one feeling that a few voices on here haven’t shared in a couple of posts I’ve read, and that concerns the book.

To me, the book was probably the absolute highlight of the first preview. I was floored by it – it’s mostly new material. Not the raw ‘Body’, nor the soulful ‘Two Out of Three’, nor the (*spoiler*) table-cum-car, nor anything else impressed me more than the book: the burning stars, the inability to dream, the old-fashioned gags (“pinch of salt”), the idea of only being beautiful in the dark – not to mention the (*more spoilers*) final line about always being young/beautiful, which is the highlight of the entire show for me (the way it busts into the opening notes of ‘Anything for Love’) – all of it blew me away, but so did the sets and everything else, don’t get me wrong.

I could’ve listened to ten more songs, believe me, but the way ‘Dead Ringer’ seemed slightly shoe-horned in made me yearn for more dialogue. I realise that the punters probably want the songs (especially a hit like that), but “kidz in Wisconsin” have their needs, too, and I just thought I’d give my two cents about the magic of the book, which hasn’t been criticised, but neither has it been truly lauded yet, I don’t think.


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