How the Spoken Word Shapes the Written Word

From a Times Insider column by Sarah Bahr headlined “How the Spoken Word Shapes the Written Word”:

Julia Jacobs, a general assignment reporter for The New York Times’s Culture desk, was working on a profile of Julie Benko, who temporarily took over the role of Fanny Brice in the Broadway musical “Funny Girl” earlier this year, and she wanted the introduction to sound, well, musical.

But simply quoting the lyrics from a line in Fanny’s big number, “I’m the Greatest Star,” was falling flat. She read it aloud and immediately realized what was missing: The instrumental riffs.