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Not as creative as I hoped...
on March 14, 2004
I decided to purchase this CD after reading many of the reviews by Amazon customers. I did not find the musical as creative or ground-breaking as some. Don't get me wrong, I do not regret buying the CD and it will retain a well-deserved spot on my musical shelf. I did enjoy it and do recommend it to anyone interested. But I wouldn't say I "highly" recommend it.
I was allured by the notion that it is Sesame Street from a twenty-something's point of view. I suppose it is that, but it is not as inventive as I had imagined it would be. Some of the points it makes are not so poignant as they were made out to be. For instance, "Everone's A Little Bit Racist" doesn't quite make the point as powerfully as one might hope. In addition, I don't find that tune as catchy or hummable (or funny) as many suggested. The message is generally a bit facile and the humor is a little immature.
The songs are pretty well done overall. I think the standout tune is "There's a Fine, Fine Line." Very melodic and sweet. "I wish I Could Go Back to College" is also good and maybe more in line with what I expected from the musical as a whole.
The musical is entertaining and worth having, but it's not one of the best in my opinion. It does have its humorous moments, but I was expecting more message. A musical doesn't have to have a grand point, but I thought from what I read this one might. It really doesn't.