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Jacqueline 12:27 pm MST 02/23/17
In reply to: About the Book - Barclay 10:18 am MST 02/23/17

You're right! Very little has been said about the book and it is amazing! Without being overly wordy, it really communicates the Steinman spirit of being!!

> 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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