Re: Who's Your Top Five Greatest Artists of All Time? (Music)
Originally Posted by MWM
Agree on Sondheim, disagree on ALW. Sondheim is as close to genius as the theatre has seen. ALW has more big name musicals, but he's not in Sondheim's class as far as lasting impact, IMO.
I don't like him either, but you can't argue with the run that Cats and Phantom had packing houses for years on end. Future generations will be curious about shows that were documented to have run on broadway for twenty years. Not even the Bard got that kind of run out of one show.
For sake of clarity, I was more responding to the turn that this thread had taken in terms of (a) 20th century and (b) lasting impact. Andrew Lloyd Webber is not a top 5 greatest artist of all time.
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