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11.3: Seeing a Musical That Doesn’t Suck

Today I went to a local performance of Falsettos, a musical I actually enjoyed. The production was quite simple and stripped down, with just a handful of cast members and a set that consisted of two door frames, four red folding chairs, and a couple of large black boxes. Little dancing but all singing. I tried to find a representative YouTube clip conveying the deconstructed nature of this production but still providing good sound quality, but couldn’t find one. Instead, here’s a sample from an old Tony Awards, which sadly contains most of the elements I hate about musicals (too slick, too broad, big smiles and empty eyes):

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