Dear Mr. Sondheim,
If you would permit us to be so bold, we have a suggestion for how you can take an already treasured song and make it even more emotionally resonant. In your musical Sunday in the Park With George, you illuminate George Seurat's passion for his work by showing his obsession with the details of his painting in the song "Finishing the Hat." What if instead of focusing on the hat, his concentration were instead being consumed by the monkey?
Look how the lyrics take on a new life when you change a single word:
Finishing the monkey
How you have to finish the monkey
How you watch the rest of the world
From a window
While you finish the monkey
Imagine how the audience will rise to their feet when they hear the emotional climax of the song:
Look, I made a monkey
Where there never was a monkey!
Yes, we know you'd have to add an extra beat to the song to accommodate the extra syllable, but don't you think it's worth it?
Please feel free to use these new lyrics. You don't even have to pay us.