I'm listening for the first time to the Naxos recording of I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky. I hate to say it but it will be a struggle to make it to the end. Would I like this more if I didn't know it was written by John Adams?
Or is it the case that an urban "faux-gritty" musical made sense in the fifties but not in the (Nine Inch Nails/Korn/Karen Finley/impeachment) nineties?
While I'm not generally into this type of indigenous music, apparently the composer was:
In my youth I knew all the famous American shows more or less by heart, and my later discovery of “West Side Story” convinced me that this particular theatrical form could actually attain the level of genuine art.