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Seesaw (Original Broadway Cast)
Seesaw (Original Broadway Cast)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great neglected Coleman/Fields score, 4 July 2012
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This is a wonderful neglected gem of a contemporary musical, contemporary as in of its time and about its time (1973). The poignant, rhythmic and sumptuously tuneful Coleman score comes across beautifully in this full on Broadway production, with truly great vocal performances, especially from Michele Lee, who's rendition of 'I'm Way Ahead/Seesaw' as the showstopping finale has to rank with Ethel Merman's 'Roses Turn' in Gypsy. The reprise of the opening number here is truly heartbreaking. Full of the wit and wisdom of Dorothy Fields lyrics. Shame will never get to see those fabulous Michael Bennett production numbers. One of the last really great full on Broadway musicals.


Parade's End: Some Do Not...; No More Parades; A Man Could Stand Up - ; The Last Post (Penguin Modern Classics)
Parade's End: Some Do Not...; No More Parades; A Man Could Stand Up - ; The Last Post (Penguin Modern Classics)
by Ford Madox Ford
Edition: Paperback

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5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest English novel of the 20th century, 11 Jun. 2009
Parade's End remains the most unknown, underread and yet greatest English novel of the 20th century. Only Proust's masterpiece can rival it in world literature of its time. Ford was undoubtedly a flawed genius but in this novel sequence, along of course with The Good Soldier, he attained an unequalled peak of perfection. To embark once again on this masterpiece is to enter a world peopled by the most extraordinarily well realised and vividly drawn characters and to follow a tortuous and harrowing journey to a deeply satisfying resolution. Sylvia Tietjens is most surely the greatest monster in English fiction but Ford's mastery is such that even in the end one cannot condemn her utterly to the hell she so richly deserves. Yes Christopher Tietjens' unrelenting good behaviour almost drives one to distraction but he is the solid centre around which all the other extraordinary characters revolve in their dance of death. Whole passages of these books are breathtaking in their total mastery, the closing section of No More Parades for just one instance as Christopher and General Campion confront each other in a titanic battle of wills, ending in the relief of the kitchen inspection. There is not a weak passage in the whole sequence though, even in the often derided slow diminuendo of Last Post which brings peace and resolution of a sort to the hero and heroine, rendered more poignant by the knowledge that in Ford's real life that very relationship which is celebrated in Parades End was already falling apart.


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