Raw, adjective: 5. crude in quality or character; not tempered or refined by art or taste

You saw this NYT preview of the new Little House musical, yeah?

Includes some choice quotes from star Melissa Gilbert and director Francesca Zambello, who automatically earned points in my book for this zinger:

“The story goes to core American values, the search for the American soul, and I think that will resonate at a time when the religious right and the current administration are still trying to kidnap those values."

Love it. (And while we're on the subject of musicals, I had the misfortune to lose a few hours of my life the other day to the new film version of Mamma Mia! (yes, exclamation mark included). Dear god. It was awful. In every possible way: sophomoric choreography, cliched book, hammy acting, the works. But especially the way that, when poor Pierce Brosnan opened his mouth to sing for the first time, the entire audience burst out laughing. Don't waste your time on this shamble of a jukebox musical, no matter how pretty the Greek scenery might be.)

Ma, Pa, and Half Pint Now Sing on That Prairie (NYT)


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