Andrew Lloyd Webber : Pros and Cons

The Lord

Pros

1. Spectacle – all his musicals are lush and romantic and BIG.

2. I adore Sarah Brightman and she’s amazing in ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ (it has no logic – she just is).

3. Tunes! Who can’t hum at least three of them?

My favourite Sarah album.

Cons

1. The lyrics – with a few exceptions they’re insultingly dim.

2. The plots – it’s not that the basic stories are bad, they’re just structured to seem that way.

3. The full scores – too often they’re Bad Opera; could be great Musicals reduced to rock versions of Ivor Novello Light Operettas (all of which are dreadful and forgotten).

There’s not much else for me to say – but if you have other opinions or insights I’d love to hear them.

Phantom! Steve Barton, Hal Prince, Michael Crawford, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sarah Brightman.
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