Big the Musical (1996 Original Broadway Cast Recording)
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if you have only one "bad" broadway hit show, make it
This isn't exactly songwriting at it's best, but I found the overall scheme of the story to be quite sweet. Lord knows the plot was genius enough to snag Tom Hanks a box office hit. But I wouldn't say the same type of audience clamouring to the local movie house are the same type of audience clamouring to the Shubert Theatre when this "gem" landed on Broadway in April of 1996. Lasting less than 6 months (and several rewrites) it seems this show was destined to fall into the hands of showtune queens searching around on iTunes for another hidden treasure to buy. My favorites are "I Want to Go Home", "Stop, Time", "Cross the Line" and "Dancing All The Time". Very cheesy but I think that's what it's supposed to be: a grown-up "kid".
Excellent show, great songs!!
We are doing this show at our community theatre and it is wonderful!! The songs are great and the story has a good moral. I am in the Time of Your Life/ Fun toy store scene. I am having a great time performing this and I hope you will enjoy the music.
Score has BIG potential but ultimately doesn't deliver
Honestly I bought this soundtrack because I was interested in hearing another project by Maltby and Shire after they succeeded in hooking me with "Baby" the musical. The writing and storyline was dissapointingly shallow and songs that should have carried the show like "Stars, Stars, Stars" had me feeling like I do when children I know forget the words to songs and so they make up their own and often use the same word over and over and over until "stars" doesn't even sound like a word anymore. Some of the songs like The Opening, "Stop, Time", and "Fun" manage to utilize Maltby and Shire's dynamic chemistry in the creation of a song that connects with the listener on a very intimate and innocent level. But in between it's just alot of exposition being sung.