Starting Here Starting Now (Original London Cast)
Richard Maltby, Jr. & David Shire
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I love you Richard and David!
I don't know if you read these reviews but I was part of the 2004 production of this at Stagedoor Manor! I think about it all the time and wish I could do it again! Thank you both for coming and workshopping with our cast, it was so much fun and I have not had an experience like that since! xoxx Linnea
Start with the Broadway Cast, Not Here, Not Now.
Maltby and Shire are the overlooked masters of the 'story song' genre in musicals. Their strong melodies and clever topical lyrics create self-contained monologues for the singers and audiences to bask in. This is both their blessing, and their curse. For while individual songs of theirs stand alone better than any other, when placed in structured musicals (Baby, Big) they tend to suffer from the surrounding source material. As a result, they are better known for their reviews which surface off-broadway.
"Starting Here, Starting Now" is the first of these ventures and it bristles with energy and vibrancy. A cast of two women and one man command the stage from the the opening with the title song and then launch into the evening. This review was created earlier in their career and it reflects the optimism and youth the two had toward the world (where as their second effort 'closer than ever' is a darker and more reflective work) extolling the virtues of love and 'being pleased with myself' under a New York backdrop. While the themes may seem trite to today's audience, it reflected the times it was written and pointed always toward 'A new life coming' that was overall, a happier one.
My major qulams with the 1993 London productions lie in both the voicing and the interpretation of the material. All three are able to hit the money notes when called for, but they sound shrill and experience phrasing issues. Additionally, the male singer produces a very nasal sound which serves to distract. They also seem to be uncomfortable at times and don't fully commit.
The other problem is the interpretation. They have treated this much like a period peice; and oddity of a past time that they have uncovered for us to see how strange people were. Rather than characters, they create charactures which overplay all emotions to lampoon the era. Additionally, a group of Londoners affecting New York accents in song is a tricky feat to which they fail miserably. For this musical to work, it must be embraced whole-heartedly, not with an eye toward sardonic wit. Buy the original cast version first, and then this one if only for the three extra songs on this version.
im kinda unsure why i'm the first because most theatre goers probably havn't heard of this show but it's really good. i would reccomend Starting here Starting Now Crossword Puzzle Autumn i Don't remember christmas i hear bells pleased with myself please buy this wonderful album. THANK YOU ITUNES!! Okay linsage this is really funny because i go to stagedoor manor too and they just did this show in 07' so we're like 2 reviews that went to the same camp lol