Often I am surprised with something right as the nominations come out, but, upon reflection, my surprise changes to understanding. This year that wasn't so. My opinions haven't changed since the announcements.
Susan Stroman, the director/choreographer who worked with Mel Brooks on the aforementioned blockbuster, has now joined forces with Allen but lightning is not striking twice. The main culprit, it turns out, is those songs.
Movie-goers haunted by the horror flick's final image will likely be waiting for it and dismayed when they don't get it. As they leave the theater, they'll realized they've had to settle for a not terrible but no more than mediocre version of Stephen King's prom-night nightmare inducer.
Sweet Bye and Bye has always been a legend. Its parentage was extraordinary -- Perelman and Hirschfeld wrote the book, Ogden Nash the lyrics and Vernon Duke the score. If Broadway operated like the Preakness that pedigree should have been surefire.