Okay, so they don't write 'em like they used to. Folks desperately seeking the next Porter or Berlin won't find them in these songs culled from workshops and revues. But considering the complexities of cracking Broadway, the composers and lyricists here should be applauded merely for persevering.
Some, of course, should be applauded more than others—Douglas Bernstein and Denis Markell, for example, for "Ninas," a Noel Cowardish patter song about caricaturist Al Hirschfeld. And often it's hard to tell the message from the messenger: Is it Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker
's deadpan delivery of "Let's Get Domestic" (by Stephen Hoffman and Mark Campbell), or is it the impish lyrics? Broadway, take note. (Varèse Sarabande)