Brother Can You Spare A Dime?
Brother Can You Spare A Dime? – Movie Review
“Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?” Songs and Stories from the Great Depression will take the audience on a heartfelt journey from pre-crash mania through to the plight of the Dustbowl ‘Okies,’ the folks who rode the rails in search of work, letters to Mrs. Roosevelt and then the eventual recovery of our nation,” according to production notes. “A timely subject, the revue paints the emotions of a country in economic turmoil and how the music of Hollywood and Tin Pan Alley reflected the commonality of Americans and asked us to look toward better times.
“Brother, Can You Spare a Dime is a new musical at the Triad theatre on 72nd street. The good news about this is the tickets are only $45 and it’s a terrific cast. The bad news it’s songs of the depression, and I’m not sure that’s exactly what people are looking for right now. Although, ‘Happy days are here again” is pleasant, this musical was written over a year ago and probably felt like a very different kind of project then, then it does now. The musical itself is not bad. The problem is that a lot of the verbiage is a bit of a downer for right now. It’s about an hour and 40 minute with an intermission. Probably would be better if they cut out some of the verbiage and cut out several songs to make it 90 minutes. There is something to be said for music that came out of that era and also for the resilience that came out of that era. So, maybe it’s not a bad time to remind ourselves that we’ve had tough times before and come through, and we’ll probably have tough times again. I’m not sure that people really want to go and hear music from the depression, but if that’s your cup of tea or something that interests you, the cast is uniformly talented. It’s only $45, and this may be a reassuring prospectus.