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re: Darren Criss' "Not Getting Married" from Broadway Backwards.
Posted by: portenopete 05:57 pm EDT 03/16/19
In reply to: re: Darren Criss' "Not Getting Married" from Broadway Backwards. - Thom915 05:29 pm EDT 03/16/19

Yes, it's now an accepted version of the song and doesn't really belong in a transgressive event like Broadway Backwards.

But it's specifically the performance of Michael James Scott that drove this person crazy. Who is he meant to be? A flower girl? A friend? Did they feel they needed to give him "bits" in order to do the number? If you take it literally, it's the voice of the minister conducting the service. But in the original it was sung by a woman in an era where women did not traditionally preside over marriages, so I always understood it to be a combination of the organist warming up and the sound of people arriving and the centuries of marriage tradition that are swimming madly inside Amy's/Jamie's head.

In the current Marianne Elliott revival in the West End it is staged very inventively and hilariously and the business is specific and adds to the tension Jamie is experiencing. I was not a huge fan of the production but this number was definitely brilliantly conceived and performed by Jonathan Bailey.

But it's difficult to know what any of Scott's take on it means. He just sounds ghastly oversinging everything and breaking the fourth wall. I empathized with Darren Criss when he came out and put his hand over Scott's mouth to shut him up.

And I know it's a benefit and it's supposed to be a bit of fun and all. but as Sondheim said to Beth Howland: "I'd like to hear a bit of the melody."

The more specific and clean the take on the song is, the funnier it is. Like John Mullany's Simon Sawyer says to the cast of Co-op: "When you lean into a rhyme you shatter the conversational tone of a lyric and it's like fingernails on a blackboard."
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