When I was a teenager, I used to go the Binghamton Public Library, check out records of operas and musicals, take them home, and listen to them until I had practically memorized them. One show I heard was Rodgers and Hammerstein's Me and Juliet, in which a chorus of critics sings "The theater is dying, the theater is dying, the theater is practically dead." This show was on Broadway in 1953. I was reminded of it by the reactions of certain critics of the Episcopal Church to the just concluded 77th General Convention.
The theater is not dying, nor is the Episcopal Church. By the way, Me and Juliet had a song called "Keep it Gay," which did not have anything to do with LGBT matters, although you can find Perry Como's version on YouTube with a montage of LGBT images (mostly gay.) Another song was "No Other Love, " which used the same tune as "The Southern Cross" from Rodger's Victory at Sea music.
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