I'm Breaking Down: The Top Ten Songs by William Finn

By Ben Rimalower
16 Nov 2013

6. "And They're Off" (from A New Brain)

You could fault "And They're Off" for being typical in the style of contemporary musical theatre, where the characters relates a story that occurred offstage without any actual events taking place in the moment. Nonetheless, the story related in "And They're Off" is action-packed and deeply compelling. Again, Finn's wit and humor balance the sentiment and the words are set to music that snaps and crackles and pops with feeling.