The following is Mark Schorr’s review of the musical “Only Human” with book by J.D. Scrimgeour and music by Aidan and Guthrie Scrimgeour. See J.D.’s earlier essay “A Poet Writes a Musical.”
Oh, happy pair!
Oh, happy we!
It’s very rare
How we agree.
— Richard Wilbur’s lyrics for
Leonard Bernstein’s music in Candide
At their best, the lyrics of American musical theater form a rare agreement with the music by making a special kind of crossover from idea to poetry to music. [Read more...]