"The rollicking melodies truly capture the flavor of circus spunk and struts, despite the backers' audition not including the various instrumental circus marches and rags. The lyrics by this perhaps underappreciated wordsmith are full of delightful and clever uses of language, deft rhyming and wit, all of which clearly pleased the folks in attendance, as bursts of both applause and laughter are frequent and hearty. Appreciation is palpable. Brash and buoyant tunes are balanced by a couple of ballads, with the reflective "The Colors of My Life" a textbook example of contrast and making a character more sympathetic and vulnerable through song as he speaks his thoughts and looks back on his life."
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