Sunday, November 20, 2011

Re-thinking Broadway is My Beat

Back in February, I did a review of Broadway is My Beat.

This is a show I did not really like then and haven't really since I was 10 years old, when I first started listening to OTR during the 1970's revival.

Until last week, I really hadn't listened to it at all since I did the review; I figured this just "isn't the show for me."

But a funny thing happened as I started listening to it again last week.  And you know what?  I don't hate it anymore.  While it's not my favorite show, it's so different that it's hard not to enjoy it a little.

It's done so well.  The writing, while very different from anything out there, lends itself to the slightest hint of noir.  I actually feel the show would be much more enjoyable without (what I feel) are the silly, needless soliloquies but avoiding them would be like avoiding Ransom Sherman on the Fibber McGee and Molly show; it may not be the best part but it's part of the show.

The show's nowhere in my Top 50 at the moment but after almost two weeks of listening, I'm wondering why I disliked the show so much.

I'll keep you informed.

Your comments about the show are welcomed.

©Jimbo 2010/2011


  1. Glad to see you mellowing on BMB. I like the show especially when Elliot Lewis started to produce it. I enjoy his soliloquies and that is why I probably rate it higher than you. It is not a top 10 show, but pretty solid.

  2. I think when this show is on it's top notch, but sometimes the stories are hard to follow and downright silly. But I love Larry Thor and the openings and closing dialogue is so noir-ish


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