'S Wonderful: The New Gershwin Musical

Published: Monday, March 19, 2012 7:00 am By: Eugene Paul Source: Theatrescene.net

Okay, kid, you say you know who George Gershwin is, big deal, that guy who wrote Porgy andBess back in the Middle Ages. And smoked cigars. Eeeuuww. Oh, yeah, and played the piano, especially ďRhapsody in BlueĒ which is, well, okay for a class in highbrow music, but letís see, thereís 42 songs in this show called ĎS Wonderful. Forty-two songs?!! And no hip hop, no rap, not even doo wop? Or rock and roll? And itís all music? For the Ďrents and their Ďrents, right? So whatís that got to do with real music? Hey, my folks canít stand my music, why should I listen to theirs, let alone see a show about those songs?

Because itís not just their music, you little music lover, itís been yours since before you were born and you know how I know? Because youíve heard it over and over and Iíve seen you take to it and hum it when you think I canít hear. Oh, you donít know them all, but you will, you will. Look at all your aunts and uncles. They all learned them and love them because their parents enjoyed those songs so much the enjoyment was contagious and you know how enjoyment is contagious. Except for rap, doo wop, hip hop, -- okay, Iím kidding, Iím kidding.

The Gershwin music Ė just look at the stats if you donít believe your ears and your hips. Almost every song in ĎS Wonderful is a ďstandardĒ. Whatís a standard? Itís the backbone of the music business. When all the hits happening now vanish in that great soup of lost sounds, the standards remain. Yes, new ones are added, of course, but nobody, nobody today, all the zillionaire instant artists, not one has forty-two songs as standards. Maybe one? Maaybe. But Gershwin, far and away more. You hear Gershwin every day of the year, all year round.

Now you know why you should go for ĎS Wonderful, take all the older generations in your family if you want to do a very nice thing, or go on your own with your
own date if you want to do a very nice thing. Good dinner and a fun show. Ď
S Wonderful is fun in spite of itself because itís got gold, solid