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Post Accessibility of ALW?
In Sierra Boggess’s new live CD “Awakenings”, she mentions that Andrew Lloyd Webber’s music is extremely accessible. Is it, though? The majority of male-sung numbers in Evita are akin to Gilbert and Sullivan patter songs.

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Post Re: Accessibility of ALW?
What's inaccessible about Gilbert & Sullivan's patter songs? They're easily the most famous and popular parts of their operas.

I'd say Andrew Lloyd Webber (at least his popular stuff) is immensely accessible. It's the reason that Evita, Phantom of the Opera, and Cats were such resounding successes. The guy knows how to make a memorable tune and he's shows are good at catching peoples' emotions.


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What I meant was that Webber and G&S are difficult to perform at times.

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Post Re: Accessibility of ALW?
From a performer's standpoint, some ALW songs difficult to perform. From the audience's perspective, the stories and music are easy to interpret and fun to sing along to. I suppose it depends on the context of 'accessible'. If I were a violinist I'd have a tough time with the opening of 'Wishing you were somehow here again'. Not a particularly accessible section. But, from a listener's POV, it's easy to get wrapped up in the tune.

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