One bad bit of singing renews Stephen Sondheim’s famemain
Several articles this weekend note the resurgence of the composer’s reputation thanks to the use of his songs in new movies.
From the Observer:
…according to his fans, the current Sondheim moment has been fully realised with the actor Adam Driver. Towards the end of Marriage Story, Noah Baumbach’s bleakly sad and funny portrait of a relationship breakdown, Driver’s character stands up in a piano bar and breaks out into an impromptu rendition of Being Alive. The song from Sondheim’s Company runs in parallel with Baumbach’s script, riffing on single-versus-married life, freedom versus the safety net of love.
What struck me on seeing the movie was how badly the song was done – out of tune, overacted, watch-me-me-me.
But who cares about the singing?
Am I the only dissenter?