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Stephen Sondheim blasts Lady Gaga's Oscars Performance 
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Post Stephen Sondheim blasts Lady Gaga's Oscars Performance
"On the Academy Awards [in which she performed a medley of Sound of Music songs] she was a travesty. It was ridiculous, as it would be from any singer who treats that music in semi-operatic style. She had no relationship to what she was singing. What people liked was her versatility.”

http://www.whatsonstage.com/london-theatre/news/stephen-sondheim-lady-gaga-oscars_37373.html

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I love Sondheim, he is my favourite Musical Theatre composer, but he can kiss my ass when it comes to this. He is coming across as a very bitter, old snob.

Gaga wasn't performing in The Sound of Music on Broadway, she was singing a tribute medley and an awards show.

He obviously has a prejudice against contemporary pop music but, to quote Gaga herself, 'Pop music will never be low-brow'.

How about praising the fact that she is bringing some theatricality and old-school musical theatre to a pop culture audience, instead of bashing her for not being up to your standard? She is head and shoulders above her contemporary pop artists.

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Post Re: Stephen Sondheim blasts Lady Gaga's Oscars Performance
Plus the number of actresses that have performed his scores that were good singers can probably be counted on one hand.

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Post Re: Stephen Sondheim blasts Lady Gaga's Oscars Performance
Her performance in the Oscars was pretty damn amazing. It brought me back to when I was watching SoM. She looked beautiful too, her beauty is often unseen because of her flashy outfits, but that Oscars performance showed a different side of her.

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