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Monday, February 2, 2015

"The World Goes 'Round" at Broadway Rose

Dan Murphy's Director's Note reveals that he was unfamiliar with most of the songs in "A World Goes 'Round when he saw the New York production, and that prior knowledge was not required to enjoy it. I would respectfully disagree. There is no narrative in "The World Goes 'Round" a revue of Kander & Ebb show-tunes. So, all that's there is the songs. All of them are ably performed by the cast, but it would have been nice to have some context as to why a man has broken into an ode to his Sara Lee dessert, for instance.  I went back and looked in the playbill, and "Sara Lee" did not have a note about which show it was from, as some of the others did. Everybody knows "All That Jazz," a stand-out, but again I would say that a familiarity with the material is a must.

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