Vocal Score The complete vocal score to Sondheim s short livedmusical Songs include Anyone Can Whistle Everybody Says Don t Me and My Town See What It Gets You There Won t Be Trumpets There s Parade in Town With So Little Be Sure Of and Like most of the Sondheim shows from his prime, I don t think you would find many people who would argue that the score wasn t fantastic This one features the title song, Everybody Says Don t, There Won t Be Trumpets, and With So Little to Be Sure Of among others The trouble is that like many other great Sondheim scores, the book of the musical is a little bit harder to love In this case, it flummoxed people so much in its time that a bravura turn by Angela Lansbury couldn t save it from bein Like most of the Sondheim shows from his prime, I don t think you would find many people who would argue that the score wasn t fantastic This one features the title song, Everybody Says Don t, There Won t Be Trumpets, and With So Little to Be Sure Of among others The trouble is that like many other great Sondheim scores, the book of the musical is a little bit harder to love In this case, it flummoxed people so much in its time that a bravura turn by Angela Lansbury couldn t save it from being yanked from the Broadway theater in only a week Since then, this is one of the Sondheim shows that I ve seen produced the least But we re considering it at the theater where I work, so I wanted to take a closer look.It s written as a kind of fable mixed with farce A corrupt mayoress and her cronies have an iron grip on the local town and their latest scheme is to manufacture a miracle, a rock that starts to gush water Nurse Fay Apple brings her cookies, a group of mentally ill folk who are hard to discern from the regular population, on the outside hope that they will be cured At the same time, the mysterious Hapgood arrives on the scene, and in no time he has divided the townfolk into two groups who he sets in opposition to each other When the mayoress and her cronies try to stop it, he quickly uses a twisted logic to put them in his groups 1 and A He also develops chemistry with Nurse Apple, and the advance of their romance uncovers a fewsurprises which I won t spoil.I m of two minds on this On one hand, it s very convoluted, and I can see a poor production leaving audiences completely befuddled On the other, some of the psychology of this, especially how the population can be easily split into diametrically opposed groups, is incredibly apropos for the current situation And there s a lot of opportunity for humor if someone finds it in their staging and production But then again, I m almost beginning to get fatigued by the number of darkly comic scenarios that have become relevant again in Trump s America Do we needdark comedy when the news is already full of it everyday 2.5 Why is it the shows that challenge me and make me think are the ones no one will produce without a struggle Another show I d love to direct perform in One day after never This is funny, thought provoking and some of Sondheim s most inventive music A Plot that defies description, but great social commentary