next to normal? Three: Which is better - gasping at scenery or at the live performance you are watching unfold before you? I know people gasped several times at the "pared down" Sweeney Todd revival - I was one of them. The scenery never changed, and there were what? 10 people in it, and there wasn't anything really to watch aside from brilliant acting, singing and astonishing staging. Same thing for the Company revival. And four: there is a huge difference between pared down and cheap. A Little Night Music: spare scenery, brilliant acting and staging = pared down. Finian's Rainbow and Bye Bye Birdie: flimsy set, cheesy costumes and uninspired staging = cheap. To be fair, the best parts of both of the latter shows were the acting and chemistry between the leads.
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