Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Theatre: London Road
The show seems like an opera in that it uses repetition in the phrases for emphasis, and the music and songs sound more operatic than the typical musical. The repetition was actually advantageous for me, since I have difficulty discerning accents, so hearing the same lyrics multiple times gave me more than one opportunity to catch the words.
London Road is very similar in tone to the only real opera that we've ever seen, which is the English language modern piece called Nixon in China. While we really did not care for Nixon in China and hated all the mindless repetition, we actually liked and appreciated it in London Road. I tried to think about why this was, and came to the following conclusions: