Sunday, December 29, 2019

A Little Night Music

The Broadway musical “A Chorus Line” (1975) gave us a look at what goes into casting an essential part — but unnamed — part of the show.  With the passing of Jerry Herman this week, I was reminded of both his monumental work and, paradoxically, this piece, the finale to the show.  In a lot of ways both the show and this number pay tribute to the work of Mr. Herman, but I can’t help but think there’s an edge to it; a little dig by composer Marvin Hamlisch at the kind of music and productions Mr. Herman was deservedly famous for.  Anyway…