I had a long conversation today with a schoolfriend who I hadn't seen for, literally, fifty years. It was a bit weird to begin with, as you can imagine ("so, what have you been up to ...?") But we ended up agreeing that the Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals were probably the greatest body of artistic work of the twentieth century. Discuss.
The question of which of them was the very best was left unresolved, but, just as a clue, I stuck on my DVD of "Carousel" this evening, and my many layers of tears of emotion and delight are still welling up.
What's your vote?