'Wedding Singer' the musical hits sour notemore...
by PETER MARKS in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
New York - Mainstream musicals were once inspired by Sholom Aleichem, Thornton Wilder and George Bernard Shaw.
In an era when we've become far more adept at recognizing brands than genius, Broadway is devoting a lot more resources to piggybacking on proven pop success - the oeuvre, say, of Abba and Oprah.
Not in every case, of course. But where to look for adaptable material appears to favor, ever more intensively, buying power over narrative power. It can be easier to base the sale of a $110 ticket on a title that's already been stamped on a DVD.
published: April 28, 2006