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Laredo

Just let it go whichever way
Jul 29 '12

Beautiful - Kate Weatherhead and Jared Gertner

So this is the finale to Adam Gwon’sĀ Ordinary Days, and it’s a piece that gives me hope for the future of musical theater. There’s a strong mix of speech and music, with swells in all the right places. The actors are clearly comfortable with the work and are able to convey the words without stumbling through expansive metaphors. The composition of the song is beautiful as well— if you listen closely, the piano part is complex and interesting all on its own. Ultimately, what draws me to Ordinary Days is that the music sounds honest— Gwon says exactly what he means to say, and does so simply and effectively. Shows like this don’t usually make Broadway, but they certainly deserve a place in musical history.