Wednesday, December 6, 2006

Eeek! The Times is being dumbed down too . . .

Charles Isherwood may have come through in his review of Wings of Desire, but there was also THIS little gem in Monday's Times, from a news story by Holli Chmela on the recent Kennedy Center Honors:

"Mr. Lloyd Webber is often referred to as the Shakespeare of his time with musicals like Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Cats, and The Phantom of the Opera."

Wow. "The Shakespeare of his time"?

1 comment:

  1. Some commentators did lexis nexis searches and the one or two instances they could find where Andrew Lloyd and Shakespeare were mentioned in the same sentence are derogatory statments towards Andrew Lloyd.

    Although, as Slate noted, they do resemble each other in two ways:

    1. Both were financially successful through a combination of their theatrical ventures and business acumen.

    2. Both were recognized by royalty.

    It is extremely lazy on the Times part. I blame the editor for not catching that. A basic question of, "Who said that?" should have sufficed to scratch it.