A Ministers Wife provides a pleasant evening?s entertainment but it sure ain?t no My Fair Lady. The book by Pendleton is satisfactory but adds nothing to Shaw?s original work. The score by Schmidt is good, more opera than musical theatre, but the lyrics by Tranen are uninspired and readily forgettable. Both the acting and singing performances are acceptable but far from outstanding and the small orchestra is more of a distraction than an enhancement. All in all, turning Candida into a musical didn?t really add to the production and I much prefer the original straight play. I have posted an expanded review of this play and of several other plays on my blog www.aseatontheaisle.blogspot.com.
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