to me, these guys are the definitive team, with such a string of dark, twisted, joyous and clever musicals. At the moment I am loving Scottsboro Boys and The Visit - oh that The Visit would be performed here. I feel so sad but nourished every time I listen to the score. You, You, You gets played on loop. And Scottsboro Boys - such a masterpiece.
The writers of my favourite musicals. I'm always glad we get relatively regular tours of Cabaret and Chicago but I wish people would perform their lesser-known works. And the Young Vic and subsequent West End runs of The Scottsboro Boys were such a treat, an absolutely unforgettable show. They're so masterful with music and the use of satire and subversion, I don't think there's anyone who could write quite the same kind of style.
Truly. I think they are more deserving of "Prince of Broadway" treatment than the Hal Prince portfolio- which is magnificent to begin with. There's The World Goes 'Round from the days when they did "revues", but a good curation of their work might be in order.
I love K & E but - just to be contrary - they've had their fair share of clunkers. I would put The Happy Time, Woman of the Year, 70 Girls 70, The Act, Curtains and The Rink (sorry alece10) in that category. Flora the Red Menace is also not very good but it's a first effort so slack can be cut. Steel Pier and Kiss of The Spider Woman could be classified as almost good.
They have been at their best in Brechtian stage-within-a-stage shows like Chicago, The Scottsboro Boys and, of course, Cabaret. In that particular genre they are the kings.
Kander has had two works since his partner's passing: The Landing and Kid Victory. I sort of forgot what The Landing is about, but Kid Victory is again in the vain of Dear Evan Hansen meets Next to Normal but not as pop/rock as these two. It's about a kid who disappears and comes back changed, how the town has changed and how they readapt to each other.
Did anyone see The Visit? Was it as emotional and dark as it comes across on the CD, especially with the ailing Roger Rees. Steel Pier I have a fondn ess for, but it didn't need the supernatural element, and I'm afraid I love the score to Curtains.
I love Curtains and not just the score, I mean anyone who loves musicals has a bit of Frank Cioffi in them don't they? I'd say Curtains is my favorite of their musicals but naughtily I've not seen enough of them.