The Theater: Love on Asphalt

SEESAW

Written, Directed and Choreographed by MICHAEL BENNETT

Music by CY COLEMAN

Lyrics by DOROTHY FIELDS

Broadway would rather rely on a reflex than a new idea any time. The trouble is that some of these reflexes are as unreliable as they are automatic. One such automatic reflex is the assumption that any hit play of the past can be transformed into a successful musical. The process goes like this: chop the original text into fragments, toss in songs and dances, and whir everything together at the pace of a Waring blender. The resulting concoction blandly eludes taste, flavor or identity.

This is more...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!