- God, I love you, OP!
- [quote] First it was Steve Kazee, now Tyler Maynard!
Didn't Tyler Maynard disappear after his alleged spree, i.e. before Kazee?
- I like how Vicki/Victoria Clark has become the Theater Gossip thread's bad angel to Karen Ziemba's good angel.
- Thanks you (R3) and all of DL.
You do realize Karen's Tony is for supporting while mine is for lead, yes?
- I bow before you, OP!
Has Stritch vacated and moved yet?
- R4 Yes, but she has more nominations than you.
- LOL. Extra rug glue for Steve!!! Good one, OP.
- Kudos to you, OP.
- Anyone else think there may be a Pippin backlash by the critics after the love fest for Matilda, Cinderella and the awful Kinky? I hope not but will they try to bring Diane down a peg? I mean how many raves for musicals can they give in one season? I think they will also love Motown. And will the dykes come out in droves to see their heroine Jane in the awful "Annie?
- OP needs to take his medicine.
- Rejoice, my theatergoing comrades. The children’s revolution has arrived on these shores, and it is even more glorious than we were promised. Rush now, barricade stormers of culture, to the Shubert Theater, and join the insurrection against tyranny, television, illiteracy, unjust punishment and impoverished imaginations, led by a 5-year-old La Pasionaria with a poker face and an off-the-charts I.Q.
“Matilda the Musical,” the London import that opened on Thursday night, is the most satisfying and subversive musical ever to come out of Britain, where it was nurtured into life by the Royal Shakespeare Company. In many ways this production would seem to be an example of show business as usual: It’s inspired by a book (the children’s novel of the same name by Roald Dahl) which was turned into a movie (in 1996). And in its melding of song, dance and story it’s as classic as “Oklahoma!”
But within its traditional form “Matilda” works with astonishing slyness and grace to inculcate us with its radical point of view. “Matilda,” you see, is about words and language, books and stories, and their incalculable worth as weapons of defense, attack and survival. It’s about turning the alphabet into magic, and using it to rule the world.
If I have made “Matilda” sound like a self-important “Sesame Street,” then I’ve led you astray. As directed by Matthew Warchus, with a bright, efficient book by Dennis Kelly and addictive songs by Tim Minchin, “Matilda” is as much an edge-of-the-seats nail biter as a season-finale episode of “Homeland.”
Above all it’s an exhilarating tale of empowerment, as told from the perspective of the most powerless group of all. I mean little children. Brilliantly designed by Rob Howell and lighted by Hugh Vanstone, with choreography to match by Peter Darling (“Billy Elliot”), “Matilda” captures the particular dread that runs like an icy rivulet through even the happiest childhoods. You know what I mean: the nagging awareness of the monster under the bed, the bully on the bus, the first day of school and the teacher who lurks there to make your life a humiliating hell.
- Can someone fill me in on the Tyler Maynard thief drama?
- I would but Tyler broke into my apartment and stole my notes, so let me go from memory.
he has talent and a giant cock so everyone hates him. Makes sense on datalounge.
- God Brantley's writing is putrid. Like a depressed thirteen year old girl trying to sound upbeat.
- So Matilda is now going to win Best Musical, right?
- At least Brantley isn't reading his reviews on WQXR radio any more. That voice!
- Who gives a shit what Dame Brantley thinks about anything?
- What the fuck are all the huzzahs for the OP? Really, you think they are clever bon mots? Christ, no wonder you theater queens hate everything.
- Dame Brantley used to write about blouses for Women's Wear Daily.
- It's almost like Brantley's sucking off all the male producers. and a few of the "female" ones.
- [quote]A Gentlemen's Guide to Love and Murder! The next big thing, or another Death Takes a Holiday?
It's coming to Broadway and then it goes to London. You read it here first.
- [quote] So Matilda is now going to win Best Musical, right?
R15, that was pre-determined back in September.
- The best musical in town is HERE LIES LOVE at the Public - also the gayest. The Imelda Marcos Story done completely to a disco beat, and an entire cast of hot Asians (incl. Jose Llana in his boxers)
- I'm sure it's a quality piece, R23, but dear God, that sounds like a description of hipster hell to me.
- Somewhere out there, Harvey Fierstein is curled up with a bottle of vodka and a teddy bear, crying himself to sleep tonight.
- Speaking of Kazee...
I know, here it comes again...
WHY did he REALLY leave the show???
- The answer to that question is in Tyler Maynard's apartment, along with the McStay Family, R26.
- [quote]WHY did he REALLY leave the show???
- Really r28? Since you would have us believe you know the reason, do tell us the cause.
- [quote]Since you would have us believe you know the reason, do tell us the cause.
Multiple causes. It is never just one thing.
- So will Bertie Carvell be a Lead Actor Tony nominee or a Featured Actor Tony nominee?
- The reason Brantley loves Matlida is because its about a nerdy little girl who thinks she is smarter than everyone else and loves books and words. And Ben Brantley is a nerdy queen who loves books and words and thinks he is better than everyone else.
He so identified with the story, he writes "I had that teacher" about one of the most ridiculous characters in the show.
As for civilians and normal people, they'll find Matilda just fine but nothing special.
- Rebecca! It ain't DEAD yet!
[quote]Ben Sprecher...told Playbill.com that he is getting closer to the $15 million capitalization necessary to bring the production to Broadway later this year.
- What's with Steve S and the ushers, OP? Do tell.
- Dame is only ever immediately followed by a first name, never a surname.
- I saw Bette in I'll eat you last a couple of nights ago. Phenomenal doesn't even begin to describe her performance.
She is truly one of the most underrated actresses out there. I wish she'd do more dramatic work. She wanted to do Medea a while back, and it's a shame no one has thought to put her in some Shakespeare production. We've truly been deprived of the full wave of Midler's talent. She's got hidden areas that have yet to be exposed.
- I'd love to see Bette Midler in a Tyler Perry movie.
- Back in the 90s they wanted Bette to replace Diana Rigg in Medea but Gary Morton talked her out of it.
- I'd love to see Bette Midler in Boys in the Band. As the apartment.
- Don't forget about ME, R35!
- "She wanted to do Medea a while back, and it's a shame no one has thought to put her in some Shakespeare production."
Just like Streisand was gonna do Juliet, Hedda Gabler and The Merry Widow!
- WEHT Kathleen Chalfant?
- Actually, I could see Bette as a great Madame Arcati or Judith Bliss (Hay Fever).
- Flower Drum Song
What went wrong?
- [quote]WEHT Kathleen Chalfant?
Her gf advised her to pass on this thread.
- [quote] Her gf advised her to pass on this thread.
So who is her gf?
- [quote]Just like Streisand was gonna do Juliet
There's still time!
- Haven't seen Kaitlin Hopkins around recently did she move to LA?
- Kahleen goes through a lot of gfs. She pays less than Tovah.
- [quote] We've truly been deprived of the full wave of Midler's talent.
There's more? Where?
She's like a golden retriever - she has three different expressions and none of them scratch any deeper than the surface.
If there's more underneath, that bitch needs to let it out.
To me, "Isn't She Great" sums up Bette performances in a nutshell.....She can emote or not emote all she wants, but five minutes into even the most dramatic performance, she Becomes Bette Midler. And any attempt at capturing any other character or being is kiboshed.
- Someone on the MATILDA marketing team is getting fired...
- Kisses R3! And hugs and a basket full of love to OP.
Go see MATILDA... see all four of those new stars of Broadway!
Karen Ziemba, operators are standing by to fill your MATILDA orders!
- That crazy Milioti bitch probably drove Steve bananas!
- This thread should have a Ziembot!
- R36, spoil I'll Eat You Last for us: is the real-time revelation that Barbra dumps her?
- Looks like Tyler Maynard is going into SILENCE, the musical
Jessie Mueller's silk scarf and i phone at Tyler's apartment.
- Serious BDF in the photo in R57's post.
- He looses his dick into fellow castmembers' dressing rooms and it picks up their wallets in its meatus.
- dramedy's prediction
i think cinderella will continue. In fact, this is a rather odd year--most years there are only 3 musicals that survive a season (beyond following new years)--either 1 new and 2 revivals or 2 new and one revival. I think this year will have 5 (Matilida, KinkyB, Cindy, Pippin and motown). I don't think Annie will make it much past January--it still will have run over a year- although it has been doing well the last two weeks with over 90% capacity--but most weeks it has been in the 70s and 80s which isn't that good for long term prospects and the Palace is a prime theater and large to fill.
- [quote] He looses
- It's Brit English, r61 - loose as a verb. "The hounds have been loosed" (ie, released, set free).
- Tyler Maynard in R57 's photo looks like he's eye-ing someone's iPad.
- LINE WAITING TO GET TICKETS FOR FINAL HARDBODY PERF!
- The only reason that last entry was in all caps. My cat was walking across the keyboard and laid herself down pressing the caps key lock. She's a big fan of that Settle woman in the show.
- Bette Midler should play Maxene in "Night Of The Iguana"
Or Grandpa in "You Can't Take It With You".
- Someone in an earlier thread suggest Bette Midler as Winnie in Beckett's HAPPY DAYS.
I thought that was an inspired idea.
- [quote]It's Brit English, [R61] - loose as a verb. "The hounds have been loosed" (ie, released, set free).
He hath loosed the fateful lightning with his terrible swift sword.
- [quote]Someone in an earlier thread suggest Bette Midler as Winnie in Beckett's HAPPY DAYS.
She'd be better as Al in Garry Marshall's "Happy Days."
- Someone please help me contextualize this thread by filling me in on the following:
--Vicki Clark. What's the story? Is she a nightmare? I think I missed something.
--Tyler Maynard. The last show I saw him in was Altar Boyz, ages ago. The thought that he's a chain-smoking klepto seems ... surprising? But true?
- "Flower Drum Song. What went wrong?"
The first blunder was to take what was essentially musical comedy material and place it in an epic/historical context. As a result, the score and book were out-of-sync with one another, not only in tone but in function as well (e.g., Mei Li running away from the Mao regime to A Hundred Million Miracles was just plain silly).
Rodgers' gorgeous long-lined melodies were designed to be fully experienced in the moment, not parsed out in phrases between dialogue in the style of the fragmented, contemporary musical, thus robbing them of their lyrical power.
Last but not least, Rodgers, Hammerstein and Joe Stein adapted the novel by C.Y. Lee as a comedy replete with types that would not have been out of place in a Rodgers and Hart musical but for the fact of their Asian heritage. However, these were considered offensive by modern standards. So what did Hwang do? He supplanted one stereotype for another and created a character of a backstage dresser who was a walking and talking textbook of every gay cliché imaginable, a veritable 'nance!'
Essentially, the dramatic and musical philosophies behind the R&H score and Hwang's revised libretto were at complete odds with one another, resulting in an idea that should never have left the drawing board.
- Will Jim Parsons be nominated for Harvey?
- Spot-on summation, r71.
- [quote]Essentially, the dramatic and musical philosophies behind the R&H score and Hwang's revised libretto were at complete odds with one another, resulting in an idea that should never have left the drawing board.
Replace "Hwang's" with "Beane's," and it's a spot-on summation of Cinderella, too.
But it was Joseph Fields, not Stein, who did the original FDS book.
- [quote]But it was Joseph Fields, not Stein, who did the original FDS book.
They did a musical about FDS? I would have thought Cheryl wrote the book for it.
- [quote]We've truly been deprived of the full wave of Midler's talent. She's got hidden areas that have yet to be exposed.
Like her neck. Or her waist. Or her humility.
- HANDS ON A HARDBODY!
- Bingo, on both counts, r74.
- Hey 71!
Great thoughts, I agree,
May I also add.
That the way they restructured the plot...everything was resolved by the end of act one. There was no reason for act two
In the original...the "crux" of every plot line came together at the end of act one. You wanted to know in the next act, how everything resolved.
Linda was cut down to nothing. Madam Liang was cut down to nothing. The new political book didn't need them...but they were there...wasting our time.
I have no problem with "refreshing" older books, but completely rewriting them to fit a "strong woman" political bent...well you see what happened.
I know places that have wanted to do Flower Drum Song...but refuse to use the new book.
Same with Annie Get Your Gun...Every regional theatre I know who has done it recently digs out their copy of the the 60's version. The Revival version of show within a show...sucks.
- What I want to know is this.
If Julie Andrews had NOT refused her nomination in Victor/Victoria would she have won the Tony Award?
After all she is missing a Tony (not even an Honorary one!) to get to EGOT.
People would have voted for her as a lifetime achievement award Tony Award, even if the musical was not good.
So what do you guys think? Would she have walked off with the Tony Award, instead of Donna Murphy?
- IIRC Judy Holliday won the Tony the year Julie was nominated for My Fair Lady but who won it when Julie was nominated for Camelot?
I mean, I assume Julie was nominated?
- Julie lost her second Tony (Camelot) to Elizabeth Seal for Irma la Douce
btw Elizabeth Seal was FIRED from the London version of Chorus Line. She was to play Cassie. She replaced by the person she was suppose to replace, Donna McKechnie.
- Just saw Matthew Warchus on NY1. He's cute. Gay?
Also, any Jesse Eisenberg gossip? He almost seems asexual in a way but I suppose there's somebody out there he's banging. Any ideas?
- [quote] Just saw Matthew Warchus on NY1. He's cute. Gay?
Not that I'm aware of.
- W&W for R76 - bingo!
- [quote]So what do you guys think? Would she have walked off with the Tony Award, instead of Donna Murphy?
Andrews definitely would have won. Donna Murphy had just won for Passion two years before. Nobody was in a rush to give her another Tony until Julie refused the nomination. (Julie was still on the ballot though...she could have still won a la George C. Scott....had they wanted to vote for her)
- Speaking of Irma la Douce, I heard a rumor that it will be at Encores! next season. Despite the fact that it is a French show by way of London.
- I saw Matthew Warchus during one of the performances of THE NORMAN CONQUESTS when the lights went out on one side of the stage. He looked pained but he didn't make a scene. I wanted to get on my knees to let him get the stress out.
He's cute in person, too, but no gay vibe at all, except that British thing.
- Anybody see Samuel Hunter's THE WHALE at Playwrights Horizons last fall? Was it all that?
- r80, you have to remember the climate surrounding Andrews's return to Broadway. It wasn't just "It's great to have a big star on Broadway" or "It's great to have her back"; there was the feeling that this TREASURE that Broadway had given to the world, and who had inexplicably stayed away from it for decades, was FINALLY back where she belonged. (I'm saying it in a "MARY!" way because that's the way everybody treated it at the time.) There was no way in hell she wasn't getting the Tony (until the "egregiously overlooked" thing).
- [quote]Anybody see Samuel Hunter's THE WHALE at Playwrights Horizons last fall? Was it all that?
Personally, I had mixed reactions. He definitely knows how to pull heartstrings with this characters. And yet, there was so much HEAVY, LEADEN symbolism regarding whales that pulled me out of the play.
IMHO, "Bright New Boise" is much better, and is a gorgeous script.
- Thanks, r91. Somebody told me THE WHALE was the most moving plays she saw all last year.
By the way, Julie Andrews wasn't very good in VICTOR/VICTORIA, and the show was awful.
- "Bette's back! Let's all give her a hand on her big opening"
"She's got hidden areas that have yet to be exposed."
GROSS! What kind of depraved straight person is posting on our forum?!
- Frank DiLella was as tiresome as ever on NY1 Onstage today. He was in Hong Kong to interview David Henry Hwang? Daddy pays for his flights, not Time Warner, I assume?
- R94 - why do you think your cable bill is so high?
- Frank is a rich kid slumming it in a low paying job because he can.
- r79 - Rodgers & Hammerstein offers both the new and old versions of Annie Gat Your Gun and Flower Drum Song.
Well, actually, in the case of AGYG, it's the 1965 revival version, which eliminates Winnie and Tommy.
- [quote] GROSS! What kind of depraved straight person is posting on our forum?!
- r90 the weird part is that she'd only been on Broadway 3 times before V/V. Compare that to other stars who'd done so many shows.
How come she never came back after Camelot?
- Julie was brought to Hollywood by Walt Disney to make Mary Poppins and subsequently (and surprisingly) won an Oscar for her performance. She then focused her career on film. She wisely counteracted the sugar of Poppins with the spice of The Americanization of Emily.
She was really unlike anyone ever seen in Hollywood before, a true original. Her stardom was solidified by the unprecedented success of The Sound of Music and a couple of years later with Thoroughly Modern Millie. So she was able to continue singing in musicals but in big budget Hollywood films that were better paying and seen by far larger audiences than she'd ever entertained on Broadway. There was no reason to return to Broadway.
Somewhere along the way she divorced Tony Walton, her first husband who was (and is) a brilliant Broadway Set and Costume Designer (though he's also designed many films incl. Mary Poppins and Murder on the Orient Express, etc.) and she married Blake Edwards.
Together Julie and Blake chose very unwisely for their subsequent film projects together, or perhaps the times were just changing too much in the 1960s and by 1970, both of them seemed hopelessly out of step with the new Easy Rider Hollywood.
- Tony Walton is the only person in history to win an Oscar-Emmy-Tony award for set design.
He needs to design an Album Cover to get that grammy to be EGOT
- [quote]How come she never came back after Camelot?
I don't know, but maybe becoming an Oscar winning international movie star and then raising a family had something to do with it.
- When she became a mother, making movies was better in terms of being a working mother.
She got paid more, and she could work 4 months on a film and be off for 8 months.
Who would want to walk away from that?
- I'm never understood claims that Andrews was a true original. I've found her perfectly bland in most of the things in which I've seen her.
- An oldie but goodie.
When Gillian Anderson was in the Manhattan Theatre Club she was sleeping with Bebe Neuwirth. My ex-roomy told me about this one; see, Gillian dumped him for Bebe. This was in 1991.
- Is the character Alison Fraser plays in Wesley Taylor's webseries anything like Neuwirth?
- Nice try, R105.
But in 1991 Gillian was in London, and Bebe was in LA doing "Cheers". Neither one of them were anywhere near the Manhattan Theatre Club.
- I have to ask. Has anyone else found Matilda to be unfunny, bombastic, over-blown dreck? Yes, the little girl I saw playing Matilda was adorable. It is a wonder she can remember, let along give the performance she does in the middle of the drivel surrounding her. A painful score that is then shouted at the audience, not sung. Stomping choreography. Unfunny actors. I could go on but won't.
I re-read the New York Times review this morning and feel like I must be living inan alternative universe. Did Lady Brantley see the same show?
The audience cheered but I can't imagine recommending this to anyone although I know everyone now feels they have to see it. Ugh. Good luck.
- Did the Weisslers make a mistake by booiking such a small theater for Pippin? I guess they are paying small salaries to the hard working cast. But how are they gonna make zillions like they did for Chaicago?
The nut has to be huge-in addition to the high insurance premiums.
- r109, how huge is YOUR nut?
Sorry, I couldn't stop myself.
In other news:
Julie Andrews is a howling mediocrity, always has been.
- [quote]I have to ask. Has anyone else found Matilda to be unfunny, bombastic, over-blown dreck? Yes, the little girl I saw playing Matilda was adorable.
My friend saw it in London and said it was loud, soulless crap. but something tells me middle-aged gay men aren't their target audience.
- [quote] Julie Andrews is a howling mediocrity, always has been.
She's been mediocre as long as she's been a lesbian.
In other words, always!
- So you're Rachel Weisz, married to Daniel Craig, and an audience is supposed to believe you'd have an affair with dumpy schlub Rafe Spall? I don't get it.
- Despite good reviews Boots is still discounting and papering the house.
- The Weisslers aren't stupid. At least Barry isn't. Fran is semi-coherent at the age of 86.
Nevertheless, they'll sell out for the better part of a year, then move to a bigger theatre to fit more grasping patrons in. As they did with CHICAGO.
Maybe Rafe has a big dick. Why do you think Michele Pfeiffer was with freakish Fisher Stevens for so long?
- I thought CHICAGO moved to successively smaller houses: 1.) Shubert 2.) Rogers 3.) Ambassador.
- Julie Andrews fit a certain type of female character that was popular in the 1950s and pre-Womens Movement 1960s. She was perfect for the characters she played in "The Boy Friend," "My Fair Lady," "Camelot," "The Sound of Music," and "Mary Poppins," because these young women are supposed to be pretty and cute and not have too much in the way of sex appeal or individuality. Certainly Mary Poppins and Eliza Doolittle in their original incarnations and the real Maria von Trapp were much more formidable characters than the bland ones Julie Andrews inhabited.
- So we are all in agreement? That Julie Andrews gave up her Tony Award to Donna Murphy.
- Donna accepting Julie's Tony Award
- And it was the FIFTIETH Tony Award for Best Actress to Boot!
- [quote]I thought CHICAGO moved to successively smaller houses: 1.) Shubert 2.) Rogers 3.) Ambassador.
No, it opened first at the Rodgers and then moved to the Shubert.
- I look pretty fabulousshhh in that clip!
- R120 Bernadette is whispering to Liza: "I have this premonition that we're both going to end up on some schlocky NBC series about Broadway in about 15 years or so ..."
- Ah! Thank you R122. I had it wrong.
- Chicago started at the Rodgers for what they thought would be a 12 week limited run. It became a smash hit. Steel Pier already had booked the Rodgers for the spring. Luckily, "Big" closed at the Shubert.
- "Chicago started at the Rodgers for what they thought would be a 12 week limited run."
I never knew that, r126 - was this announced at the time? I don't remember it being billed or advertised as a limited run.
- The Nance has the best first 2 scenes in the worst play on Broadway this year.
So many things go wrong after Jonny Orsini (who is very miscast) emerges wet and naked in the 2nd scene. Act II is completely unnecessary.
The 3 women have no comic timing and wear more clothing than any strippers in the history of burlesque.
Nathan struggles...and struggles...
- Did Bernadette pronounce Daphne's name to rhyme with "rutabaga" ?
- It was R127. Originally billed as a limited run.
- The Nance is not good. What it is is long. Nathan is Nathan and doing his love me, love me routine as he tries to break your heart.
Pippin is tremendous - Saw original and cannot believe I enjoyedthis as much as I did. A female leading player is not as demonic or threatening as a male would have been and the kid playing Pippin takes a while to get going, but he scores big. Overall, best musical running in NYC right now. (Did not see Matilda and won't after hearing the score . Also, I've seen enough of men playing women to last me two lifetimes.)
- My pussy stinks.
- [quote]I've seen enough of men playing women to last me two lifetimes.
thank you! I am with you on that!
- r131 doesn't believe women have as much power as men.
r132 is a clichéd faggot who yearns to a be a closeted upper-east-side queer in a cashmere sweater in 1969 feeling disgusted by his desire in BOYS IN THE BAND.
- R134 what about Julie Andrews? If she had not refused her nomination for Victor/Victoria would she have won the Tony Award that year?
- R116, it's a play. It's called Betrayal. And that's what audiences will be asked to believe.
- r135, I don't understand your question.
My recollection is that everyone was desperate to give Julie Andrews a Tony. If she'd been George C. Scott, they'd've given it to her anyway! It's partly because she was a woman taking a stand that they didn't just go ahead and give her the award, whether she wanted it or not. Am I wrong? What if she'd been Richard Burton turning down the nomination? I bet they'd've given it to him anyway.
- No. It was because she was having a public tantrum over a show that was not that good, just because she and her husband had money and reputation at stake.
- She'd've won the Tony if she hadn't held her press conference and turned down the nomination.
What if a man of Julie Andrews's stature had done the same thing?
What if Brando had come back to the NY stage after decades away?
Bet you a million bucks they'd've ignored his hissy fit and given him the prize anyway.
- I really don't think the George C. Scott thing is comparable.
Scott was basically a maverick proclaiming a principle (that actors shouldn't be in competition with each other) at a time, 1971, when everything was upside down in the country, the old ways and the old culture were getting swept away, and iconoclasm and bucking the establishment were very much in vogue. All very different from Julie Andrews in 1996 saying that if voters couldn't recognize what she felt was the high quality of her absolutely shitty show, she didn't want any part of their award.
- Pippin is two shows. A very entertaining circus and the original show that has a really terrible book. The former tries to mask the latter.
- Won't someone PLEASE SHIT IN MY MOUTH!!
- So Miss Ross was at the Motown opening tonight? I wonder if she sang along.
- Broadway insider Wayman Pong is pissed!
- The Times review of MOTOWN won't do any damage to it's already evident popularity.
- [quote] So Miss Ross was at the Motown opening tonight? I wonder if she sang along.
She probably lipsynched, like she's been doing for years.
- I saw the original PIPPIN but with Vereen's replacement, Northern J. Calloway, who is not, it turns out, related to Cab Calloway, and who died tragically and young of exhaustive psychosis, otherwise known as excited delirium syndrome (EDS). I don't remember much about the show. Irene Ryan was also gone - maybe dead - and I saw Dorothy Stickney. As far as I remember, John Rubenstein and Jill Clayburgh and Leland Palmer were still in the cast. I wish I had more recollection of it. I remember in high school choir we tried to recreate the Fosse choreography from the TV commercial.
- Diana Ross and Mary Wilson, along with Berry Gordy, Smokey Robinson, Gladys Knight and Stevie Wonder came out on stage tonight for the Curtain Call at Motown the Musical.
- "The Nance" is meant to be a tragic love story, an expose of what gay life in NYC was like in the 30's, and a treatise about the fall of burlesque. It fails on all 3 counts, and having Nathan play the role as a pissy queen does the play no favors either. You can see Nathan straining to elicit tears, but by play's end, no one gives a shit.
This should disappear quickly, and deservedly so.
- But it's my big comeback!
- She had a definite knack for that female real estate agent role - I have to go to IMDB to find out where the hell I saw her do it.
- Julie Andrews definitely would have won the Tony for "V/V", but that press conference, in which she shamed the Tony nominators for her "egregiously overlooked" collaborators on the show, put that Tony award on a totally different path. This all happened my first year in NYC, and my friends quoted bits from that press conference for a full year after the fact. That was also the year of "Rent", so with Larson's death and Andrews' pouting, theater news was full and fun.
As for "The Whale"... Months later, I still remember Shuler Hensley's performance. The play mostly worked, but the reason to see it was Hensley, who gave a stunning performance and broke the hearts of most of us in the audience.
- r140 I'm not sure about Scott's true motivations. Later on in life he admitted he was just upset about losing the Oscar for Anatomy of a Murder, and not being nominated for Strangelove and snubbed the Academy out of bitterness.
In his later years he accepted his Tony nomination and attended the ceremony for Inherit the Wind and even attended the Oscars one year.
- What Julie did was noble, though. She led that company. What was she supposed to do? "Sorry you all suck, I'm getting a Tony!" She stood by her colleagues and, I guess, in some ways, was protecting what she and Edwards thought might be the long term success of the show.
Let's be honest, V/V on B'way killed her career. Obviously, she never recovered.
- [quote]I remember in high school choir we tried to recreate the Fosse choreography from the TV commercial.
That is adorable...but MARY!
- r150: Nathan playing a loveless, pissy queen? He's really stretching.
- Who did Julie expect to be nominated? Tony Roberts? Rachel York....both bad imitations of the original performances of Preston and Warren.
- Julie was pissed her husband was not nominated!
- Which overrated trust-fund baby princess will win her first Pulitzer today? Amy Herzog, Annie Baker, Gina Gionfriddo, Lisa D. Amour, Sarah Ruhl? Or maybe the grand dame herself of this category: Teresa Rebeck?
- [quote]Who did Julie expect to be nominated?
Her gay husband, probably. And Henry Mancini and Leslie B,
- Victor Victoria had the worst score ever. I heard that the best thing in the out of town tryout was an Israeli clown who did a bit where he got inside a balloon. He was fired because he stole the show from Julie who was unbelievable and awful in her role. Flop!
- Say what you will about bitch Victoria Clark, she was damn good in Encores! JUNO.
- CHICAGO opened at the Rodgers, then the Shubert and the Ambassador.
- Why are you picking on Wayman, he was just stating an incident. I have been at show in fact two of them in the last year when a few people realize they won't catch the train and decide to leave just at the moment of a conclusion and you miss it because they have to pass in front of you and you have to stand up, or the row in front of you has to get up and you miss it because they make you loose your concentration or you don't or hear that important moment. They just wanted to avoid the people leaving. or they step on your toe rushing out.
I have had one or two times where I had to leave just before curtain call or whatever I told the people in the aisle what I had to do and waiting till a pause or applause to fly out. They were very helpful to make this happen easily and they were very understanding as they knew the situation and helpful in helping me get out without a fuss and weren't taken by surprise.
I think I may have know that couple or someone like them and they always leave before the end and make their way up the aisle like that couple in many a show I have been to.
- R153- I also moved to NYC in 1995. Maybe we know each other?
- Um, r107, I just looked up Anderson. She was indeed at the MTC in 1991. Where the hell did you get London?
I got this from Anderson's own website:
A 1990 graduate of the Goodman School of Drama at DePaul University in Chicago, Anderson moved to New York soon after and quickly landed her first major break as the replacement for Mary Louise Parker in Alan Ayckbourn's play Absent Friends at the Manhattan Theatre Club in 1991. Anderson's performance earned her a Theatre Award. She also appeared in the Off-Broadway staging of The Philanthropist.
It seems you can't even remember who you directed or when, "Lynn".
- Someone on another board is hinting that Little Me is an Encores selection next year. I also heard whispers of another title that escapes me now. Also from the 1960s, I think.
- Well, looks like Broadway has to deal with Kevin McCollum again for another 5 years. Just when we thought it was safe...
- R168, the other Encores! for next season is supposedly IRMA LA DOUCE.
Maybe they're doing an all-60s season.
But neither Irma nor Little Me is a guaranteed seller. What will be their
- Debate on other theater chat board about who will win Best Actor in Musical....the black drag queen who is losing his voice in mediocre Kinky or the mean drag in the little girl show Matilda. A shame that Rob McClure will be overlooked. He was really great in the flop Chaplin.
- Well - who else will be nominated? Don't they have five now?
Porter for Kinky
Mean Brit drag for Matilda
The guy who plays Pippin?
Keith Carradine or Hunter Foster?
McClure might get in there, although his reviews were mixed.
- The 14 person nominating committee supposedly had Victor/Victoria is a few other categories (set and costume design, book, choreography) after initial voting, and then when discussion began someone argued hard to cut everything but best actress. Donald Brooks who designed Darling Lili and Star! apparently leaked this to The Edwards and thus Julie and her speech.
Something similar happened with Secret Garden.
I think they doubled the number of nominators the next year.
- Melanie Griffith IS Irma La Douce ought to sell a few tickets!
- If Teresa Rebeck wins a Pulitzer Prize, it's a sign of the apocalypse, and get your hard hats on and find your rain gear. OMG. That thing about writing workshops with the British guy who should be ashamed for accepting the part was THE WORST piece of shit I have ever seen on Broadway. Not a word of it bore a relationship to any reality you could think of or invent or imaginatively project. It was crap and Rebeck is obviously a hack.
I don't think any NYC productions will get Pulitzers, this year. The stuff that shows up in NYC is crap. I'm guessing the Pulitzer committee will pick another play no one has heard of.
By the way, that said, I liked Hudes's WATER BY THE SPOONFUL. It shouldn't have worked, but it did.
- I had heard about Irma la Douce as I posted earlier. But nothing about it makes it a Great American Musical. Its pedigree is French and British.
That being said, I'd like to see it.
- Harvey will do a rewrite on Irma, so that ends up being about a transvestite hooker with a heart of gold who calls himself Elmo la Deuce, and brings together the rest of the cast as one big happy family by reprising one of his old numbers from his time headlining bombed out piano bar cabaret nights.
Everyone will love it.
- If they put Bertie Carvel into the lead category for MATILDA, he'd better win over Billy Porter. He's doing amazingly intricate work, while Porter's doing a bad, one note RuPaul imitation.
- LOL R156! Yeah, I wondered what the "teacher" there must have looked like trying to "be" Mr. Fosse. Sweet story. Would love to have seen the work. Growing up around theater, I've always enjoyed it and have a soft spot for those working in it. Really hope Rob McClure isn't overlooked April 30.
- Our teacher was a woman! I don't think she was gay. All I remember, really, is lifting up my left should and then my right shoulder, over and over, and the teacher yelling, like, "Isolate your muscles! Isolate your muscles!"
- I thought Pippin was great. The reinvention works in it's favor, because do imitate the original would have been deadly - try watching the Ben Vereen/William Katt version and you will understand.
- DISGRACED, Ayad Akhtar, Pulitzer for Drama
- No one has noticed that Karen Ziemba has been cast in On Your Toes at Encores!?
Maybe she hasn't noticed yet.
- Pulitzer Prize for Drama finalists:
“Rapture, Blister, Burn,” by Gina Gionfriddo; “4000 Miles,” by Amy Herzog
- xoxo R183
Karen, sailing down the street so happy!!
- Breakfast at Tiffany’s set to close after 38 performances.
Why did they think they could make this version work, after Mary Tyler Moore and Richard Chamberlain version bombed out of town during previews?
To try to revive a massive flop like that is just crazy.
Hope they record a cast album though for future generations.
Maybe they will do just a concert version next time.
- You do know this wasn't a musical, right?
- Mary Tyler Moore and Richard Chamberlain version was criticized for their poor vocal performance.
- R186 they aren't "reviving" anything with this production. It's a completely new play by Richard Greenberg, and not a musical at that, so I don't know what cast recording you're hoping for unless it's one of the nearly three hours of spoken text.
The musical version does have a studio cast recording with Faith Prince and Marc Kudisch, not to mention the audio of the original with MTM is widely circulated.
- R189 it is a revival of the mega-flop that starred MTM
- It is NOT a revival of the MTM megaflop. Did you actually see the show? (I did.)
The MTM flop was a musical. This is not. This is a new play written by Richard Greenberg. It is completely new and based solely on the novella, not the movie.
It was truly terrible, but definitely not a revival.
- Well the mistake was stripping the music out of Breakfast at Tiffany's and doing it like a straight play.
- For the record they didn't "strip the music out," which would imply that they cut Bob Merrill's score and left Edward Albee's book. (They wrote the MTM flop musical version.)
This doesn't have a single vestige of the Albee/Merrill version, though that seems to be difficult for you to grasp.
Sean Mathias directed a new version of Breakfast at Tiffany's in London a few years ago written by Samuel Anderson. It starred Anna Friel.
When that version didn't work out Richard Greenberg wrote a completely new version, which is what is playing on Broadway for the rest of the week.
The mistake wasn't not making this a musical. The mistake was in Greenberg's horrible script and the slight miscasting of the two leads.
Fred now narrates the entire story to the audience. The scenic design is gloomy and the whole evening is sleep inducing. There was never a question this would close quickly after the devastating reviews, but it had nothing to do with whether or not this was a musical.
- But how/why do these terrible versions of famous books/films get produced? Are investors that happy to lose their money?
- Raisin in the Sun was a straight play. Raisin was its musical version.
Holly Golightly was the musical version. Breakfast at Tiffany's was the straight play.
They just dropped the music out.
When they put the music in, it is called a chop and drop.
When they take the music out, what is it called?
- I think the producers said, "We have a recognizable title and a TV star. Let's hope that combination can sell enough tickets to last the limited engagement we have planned."
They miscalculated, and the one thing they obviously didn't do was read Greenberg's script.
Breakfast at Tiffany's was never a play that they chop and dropped into though. Your analogy doesn't work R195. Breakfast at Tiffany's was a novella that was turned into a musical. It skipped over the play step completely.
Edward Albee's book for the musical was never, ever a play (and it was quite different from the novella).
Also Holly Golightly was the name of the musical during the out of town tryout in Boston, but Merrick had them change the title to Breakfast at Tiffany's when it began previews in New York. It never officially opened.
- What is the term where they strip the music and present a straight play instead of a musical?
- [quote] What is the term where they strip the music and present a straight play instead of a musical?
"My Fair Lady" without the songs.
- I've never heard of anyone stripping the music and just performing the book. Wouldn't they just perform the original play in that case? (Even in the most faithful of chop and drops the creators would have to trim and abbreviate the book.)
For example, If you stripped the music from Raisin you would perform the book to Raisin. You would just perform A Raisin in the Sun.
- "What is the term where they strip the music and present a straight play instead of a musical?"
- The last ten or so Tiffanys messages show exactly what is wrong with theater these days: stupidity.Why can't we close this thread and start all over?
Or else revert to Kathleen, Kazee, and Kompany.that may be silly but it's not perverse.
- I would have much preferred CATS and LES MIZ if they had stripped the songs out and just performed the book.
- R201 wants KKK.
- Instead of complaining, r201, why don't you bring up a subject you would like to discuss? Introduce another subject to the "conversation" and let's hope it catches on.
- Discuss: Which Tennessee Williams play would make a decent musical?
- They did a musical version of 'Streetcar Named Desire'
- A musical? I know there is an opera, but where was the musical of Streetcar (aside from The Simpsons)?
- Opera, was it not? By Andre Previn.
- Yes I meant an Opera version
- "Streetcar" is an opera. "Glass Menagerie" could make a great musical, depending on the composers and the director. Please stay away, Rob Ashford, is all I ask. "Camino Real" would be a terrific musical as well.
- A musical version of The Glass Menagerie titled BLUE ROSES!
It will be Jerry Herman's swan song, and he will get another Tony for it.
Just like in the movie, there will be a flashback secret to Amanda as a beautiful Southern belle, with the handsome men singing "In all candor, we prefer Amanda"
- Kander and Ebb might have done something interesting with Sweet Bird of Youth.
- So if they musicale any of Tennessee Williams straight plays, that would be called a chop and drop, right?
- There is an audio bootleg of the next to last performance of BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S with Moore and Chamberlain. complete performance...
- [quote]I've never heard of anyone stripping the music and just performing the book. Wouldn't they just perform the original play in that case?
OK these were not plays but movie adaptations of musicals.
The movie versions of both FANNY and IRMA laDOUCE only used instrumental versions of the songs.... not one song was sung.
"A musical version of The Glass Menagerie titled BLUE ROSES!"
Unbelievably, there is a musical of TGM called exactly that! A reading was done at the York a couple of years back!
"The last ten or so Tiffanys messages show exactly what is wrong with theater these days: stupidity."
You may be joking, r201, but it's absolutely true. And the stupidity can be found behind the scenes as well as in front of it. Very sad.
- The movie of Fanny originally planned to film three of the songs, "Panisse and Son" and "To My Wife" and one other, can't remember. They actually wound up only filming "To My Wife," which they thought they could use because it's a celebration for Fanny and it would make sense that Panisse would sing a song for her. But in editing Logan realized that wouldn't work, so FANNY the movie remained songless. But much more of Harold Rome's score was used for underscoring than was the case with IRMA LA DOUCE, which only used a little of "Valse Milieu" and "Dis-Donc," with mostly a new score (underscore) by Andre Previn.
Alexandre Breffot hated the movie of IRMA, understandably (Monnot had died the year before). Harold Rome on the other hand, embraced FANNY and rolled with the punches (at least publicly).
- Night Of The Iguana! With ME as Maxine and Cheyenne Jackson as the Reverend.
- [quote]With ME as Maxine and Cheyenne Jackson as the Reverend
- If only they'd just done the book for TOVAH GYPSY.
- Why do they keep putting Christine Baranski in musicals?- She stunk in Follies and was even worse in Mame.
- Did she ever find that last note in I'm Still Here?
- Baranski is fine in musicals if cast in the right role and what she has to sing in On Your Toes is not much and not hard. She is there to provide glamor and deliver some zingers. She is perfectly cast in this role.
- [quote]She is there to provide glamour and deliver some zingers. She is perfectly cast in this role
Zingershhhh with a lisshp
Lizsha, they could have casshhht me!
- Christine Baranski in her BEST Encore performance.
- [quote]Why do they keep putting Christine Baranski in musicals?
She won an Supporting Actress Emmy for a low-end, barely watched sitcom from fifteen years ago. and she can kind of carry a tune. By Broadway standards, that's the definition of a star.
- R226 She's also won two Tonys.
- Baranski is on The Good Wife nowadays....very popular show I think.
- Although I get the point about her singing....it sort of sounds like when somebody's mom sings at Christmas. I once heard her sing God Bless America at some event....it was not pretty.
- Will THE Nance still open tonight as scheduled?
- [quote] She won an Supporting Actress Emmy for a low-end, barely watched sitcom from fifteen years ago. and she can kind of carry a tune. By Broadway standards, that's the definition of a star.
Don't forget her hilarious turn singing "Does Your Mother Know?" in Mamma Mia.
- And the reason I didn't suggest any options other than Kathleen, etc. is that you can't direct people to a topic and then suggest "Discuss." That's the role of a hall monitor! (See how pitifully the Tennessee Williams musicalization thread worked out, and then died. At least Baranski brought out some sassy riposte and if not gossip, at least a lot of life for its 10 responses!
A production of Disgraced to take advantage of the Pulitzer Prize Probably not...
- r132, I'd probably go see My Pussy Stinks. But only if there was a discount code on Broadway Box.
Audra McDonald in STANK! THE MUSICAL
- How big is Johnny Orsini's peenie?
- Wait - so if Christine Baranski is playing Luella Gear's part in On Your Toes, what part is Karen Ziemba playing? And who is playing Ray Bolger's part?
- R193, you're obviously being trolled.
- I'm guessing KZ will play the mother of Junior, the Ray Bolger role (played by someone named Shonn Wiley). Junior's mom pretty much disappears early in the first act. Right, Karen?
- Uh huh.. but I'll be backstage clapping and cheering on the rest of the wonderful performers
- Shonn Wiley had a lead in something else at Encores - was it Tom in No No Nanette? He's a good Christian boy, I think.
- yes, R239. It was No, No, Nanette. He was married to Meredith Patterson although I think they divorced and she remarried.
- Ziemba is Junior's mother, opposite Randy Skinner, her co-star in a stock production of Babes in Arms 30 years ago (directed by Ginger Rogers).
- Baranski won her Tonys for plays.....Mama Mia the movie was total diarrhea.
- im going to go out on a limb here and say that Wendy Williams cant sing a note
since mama Morton has about a dozen line of dialogue in addition to the two songs, that should make for a hell of a performance--
- I thought all big black ladies could sing!
- Looks like Holland got snubbed for the "Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards".
Are we still saying she's getting the Tony?
FAVORITE ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Jessica Chastain, The Heiress
Scarlett Johansson, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Patti LuPone, The Anarchist
Bette Midler, I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers
FAVORITE DIVA PERFORMANCE
Stephanie J. Block, The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Bertie Carvel, Matilda
Alan Cumming, Macbeth
Katie Finneran, Annie
Bette Midler, I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers
Sigourney Weaver, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
- Sigourney was also nominated for Favorite Actress in a Play.
- It's been a while but I remember liking Christine Baranski in Sweeney Todd
- [quote]he'd better win over Billy Porter. He's doing amazingly intricate work, while Porter's doing a bad, one note RuPaul imitation.
Gawd DAMN are we ever going to be assumed to have had our absolute FILL of the stereotypical "Sassy Black Drag Queen" characters!? I'm begging for mercy!
- Is it true that MOTOWN wrapped $1 million on Monday?
- [quote]Is it true that MOTOWN wrapped $1 million on Monday?
I doubt it was that much, but I'm sure it was a lot. Broadway has truly become Las Vegas.
- [quote]I doubt it was that much, but I'm sure it was a lot. Broadway has truly become Las Vegas.
Oh shut it. We've been through this before, Broadway has always had revue shows.
- Flo, as you know your Twenties-era shows frequently had NEW music, they were not "Jukebox musicals" of the hits of the 1890s.
- R250, would you call the West End of London "Las Vegas" because Thriller (a Michael Jackson revvue) has been in Shaftesbury Avenue in a major theater for several years? And We Will Rock You has been a major hit for many years?
- [quote]would you call the West End of London "Las Vegas" because Thriller (a Michael Jackson revvue) has been in Shaftesbury Avenue in a major theater for several years?
To a degree, yes. In a way, London is where these tribute shows started. How long did BUDDY run?
The difference is that the West End has a thriving culture of plays (and very good plays at that) in tandem with shows like THRILLER and VIVA WHATEVER. I imagine they're two very different audience bases, but I don't know for sure. But there is a healthy commercial market for plays in the West End that doesn't really exist on Broadway.
- YOu can go back and forth about the quality of Broaday, but it really doesn't exist anymore. It's merely a spot on a map, a destination, and, yes, it is a theme park for dumb, culturally deprived tourists and fraus from the suburbs. It no longer exists.
- Can you refuse a broadway.com audience favorite award nomination? It's embarrassing. Like those sad People's Choice things. Do people cite such awards in their bios?
- London is changing too! Very few plays run any longer than they do here. Almost everything is a "strictly 16-week limited engagement" that may make its 16 weeks or less, or occasionally extend another booking period. Helen Mirren's The Audience is a good example of that, especially one with an in-demand star. And London has tons of lousy jukebox musicals that can run and run with complete nobodies in their casts. Sound familiar?
- r245, none of the following are getting nominated for a Tony Award:
Jessica Chastain, The Heiress
Scarlett Johansson, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Patti LuPone, The Anarchist
Bette Midler, I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers
- No to Jessica Shitstain.
- [quote] Do people cite such awards in their bios?
KYLE SOLLER (Christian). Kyle trained at RADA. Theatre credits include: Long Day’s Journey Into Night (Apollo Theatre); The Faith Machine Winner of the Milton Shulman Award for Outstanding Newcomer, Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2011, Nominated for the Dewynters London Newcomer of the Year Award, Whatsonstage.com Awards 2012 (Royal Court Theatre); The Government Inspector Winner of the Milton Shulman Award for Outstanding Newcomer, Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2011, Nominated for the Dewynters London Newcomer of the Year Award, Whatsonstage.com Awards 2012 (The Young Vic); The Glass Menagerie Winner of the Milton Shulman Award for Outstanding Newcomer, Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2011, Nominated for the Dewynters London Newcomer of the Year Award, Whatsonstage.com Awards 2012 (The Young Vic); The Talented Mr Ripley (Northampton Royal Theatre); The Glass Menagerie (Shared Experience); Found In The Ground (The Wrestling School); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare’s Globe/Tour); Ice Cream (Royal Court Theatre); The Beautiful People (Finborough Theatre). Film credits include: Anna Karenina (Working Title Films).
- Midler definitely gets a nomination, but not the win.
No noms for Scarlett (she's got a Tony, recently too) or Jessica - sorry girls, back to the movies for you.
I'm telling you now - the Tony goes to Cicely Tyson.
And I was the only one right about DISGRACED winning the Pulitzer....
- "Bunty Berman Presents..."
Who's seen this? DL fave Scott Elliott directing a big Bollywood-ish musical! What could possibly go wrong?
- [quote] No noms for Scarlett (she's got a Tony, recently too) or Jessica - sorry girls, back to the movies for you.
After she was a total cunt at the last Tonys she was at (leaving as soon as she won, without saying anything to anyone) she's unlikely to be embraced by the community again.
- Midler getting a nomination is iffy and Tyson has pretty tough competition.
- I think Tyson has the Tony for sure.
- Get your tickets now, kids! Our favorite toe-tappin', bango-strummin', TONY-winnin' gal is one of the gang in a new Jerome Kern evening!
Yes, I am going!
The rest of the cast isn't bad, either
- I remember when there used to be good gossip on this. Now it's all whacko trolls.
- R267 I have to agree. It's boring now.
- [quote] I remember when there used to be good gossip on this.
- There's not enough sex gossip. That's how it first got its infamy, when Michael Musto quoted it with blind items referencing what were mostly sex items (although not all. Some were about who's a bitch, etc).
But that was = gee, almost ten years ago.
- Saw Kathleen Chalfant at "Dance of Death" @ Red Bull Theatre Sunday night. Was in the company of two guys who appeared to be a gay couple (though I've been wrong before). No people of a lesbionic nature were in their company.
- [quote] No people of a lesbionic nature were in their company.
What a random comment.
- The Assembled Parties is getting raves so far. Still waiting on the Times and what Dame Brantley says.
PS, we know it's Dame First Name, but Dame Brantley has never done anything by the books except her boring reviews.
- It's by the BOOK.
- Kiri, The gone-away
- Mark Kennedy, Associated Press: The latest work by playwright Richard Greenberg is a beautiful and touching look at the inner workings of a well-to-do family, their mistakes and the stories that bind them...Lynne Meadow directs with superb skill, keeping the tension rising while allowing the actors all the room to show their gifts...With a breathy, calm and happy demeanor, Hecht is addictive to watch...There are few more poignant scenes than the play's final one, in which wistfulness and hope collide, thanks to some superb acting and writing. It's worth aging 20 years to see.
David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter: Basically, it's like Aaron Sorkin meets Neil Simon. That should register as studied and artificial, and on many levels it does. But the cleverness is supported by a foundation of warmth, sensitivity, even delicacy that makes this funny-sad comedy as unexpectedly affecting as it is entertaining...This is an idiosyncratic play that reveals itself slowly and perhaps never quite fully, but Lynne Meadow's expertly gauged production has just the right feel for its shifting rhythms...More than the physical production, however, what separates this from a mannered New Yorker cartoon world is the wonderful anchoring performances of Jessica Hecht and Judith Light, both of them rich in complex humanity.
Linda Winer, Newsday: "The Assembled Parties," [Richard Greenberg's] first new play here since 2006, has been lovingly directed by Lynne Meadow and cast with such experts of emotional nuance as JudithLight and Jessica Hecht. The tragicomedy, despite a few unexplained improbabilities, shocks us into realizing how hungry we have been for witty and wounded grown-ups who toss off gorgeously written observations without knowing how little we know about what we think we know.
Tanner Stransky, Entertainment Weekly: The beauty of Greenberg's play lies in its richness. The playwright captures the particulars of how a New York family lives and loves through the years, with special attention to the subtle differences between 1980 and 2000 (a corded phone becomes cordless!). Director Lynne Meadow's production is greatly enhanced by Santo Loquasto's turntable set, a wonder in all its intricate details. And Meadow has assembled a first-rate cast that feels as familiar and complicated as any real-life clan. As an added bonus, you may be left with an overwhelming urge to call your mother. A-
- Sorry if this is the wrong place to ask this, but did anyone see Kinky Boots? Was it terrible? I like Stark Sands ( so cute in Generation Kill) and had hoped to catch this in Chicago when they previewed it there, but didn't get to it.
Just wondered what ever happened to it. It sounded like it had potential.
- Anyone see Matilda?
- My god, could Lynne Meadow actually win the Tony for Best Direction of a Play?
It is indeed a beautiful production and one of those strange quirky plays that is somehow only enhanced by its imperfections. So like life.
But I don't really understand the fuss about Santo Loquasto's sets. While the turn table reveals each new room of a large upper Westside apartment in wondrous ways, each room looks about as generic as those in a modern hotel. There's little sense of those specific characters inhabiting them.
- Dame Brantley creams herself an actress who is not (GASP) a star:
It’s impossible, though, to imagine “The Assembled Parties” without Ms. Hecht. You might not immediately think of her in this part, if you saw her on Broadway as the careworn women in recent revivals of “Brighton Beach Memoirs” and “A View From the Bridge.”
As Julie, though, she embodies all the fey, irresistible glamour that was missing from Emilia Clarke’s Holly Golightly in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” Mr. Greenberg’s other show on Broadway this season. As the daughter of an illustrious dress designer (whose vintage clothes, designed here by Jane Greenwood, she wears most fetchingly), Julie, who was a teenage movie actress, obviously has a different pedigree than the hillbilly Holly.
But as played by Ms. Hecht, Julie possesses an unworldly worldliness that Holly’s creator, Truman Capote, would have appreciated. Her gracious, willful whimsicality allows her to keep moving as if life were a lovely, lovely, dream even when all the evidence screams that the opposite is true.
I found myself thinking of Kitty Carlisle Hart, the actress and socialite, who might be considered spiritual kin to Julie. “I believe in denial,” Hart said in a 1993 interview with Marie Brenner in The New Yorker. “Denial is a marvelous thing.”
Why yes it is, at least when it’s applied in the high style that a Julie or a Kitty brings to it.
- Santo Loquasto used to be incredibly hot back in his younger days.
- Lynn will never win--Bartlett Sher for Golden Boy
- Jesus H. Christ, Ben Brantley really only knows how to write one type of (positive) review, doesn't he? I just to think that it can't be - but it's really true isn't it?
- I saw a preview of Orphans tonight. It was terrible and I left at intermission. I wonder what the reviews will be like when it opens.
- R285 You beat me to it.
- Santo has a very big cock, too.
- I'm still scratching my head for the overall mixed to positive reviews for "The Nance". This play is a mess. The writing is all over the place. Nathan is Nathan and for me, that's good. I enjoy his yelling and overdramatized moments. Orsini's cock and ass are the best things about this play and I would probably give my left nut to see his hard on. Anyway, back to the awful writing of this play. Beane gets a pass because the subject matter is being secretly gay in a society that frowns on it back in the 30's. Could have been so much more interesting but it's Beane, so we can't expect too much. The theater queens critics love that shit so I guess that's what the reviews were based on. I did enjoy the burlesque scenes even though there was too much of it. There was actually too much of everything except Orsini.
- r288, none of the reviews I've seen of "The Nance" had particularly nice things to say about Beane's script. The positivity was for Nathan and his costars.
- r205, to quote Mandelbaum, "Don't musicalize works that don't need music." Tennessee Williams doesn't need music. It's already grand opera as it is.
- As disappointing as The Nance is, it will still win Tonys for Nathan, John Lee Beatty's set and Ann Roth's costumes and whoever lit the damn thing.
4 Tonys for a flop is not bad.
- I'll pass. I have no desire to see Nathan do yet another variation of his patented poor sad/angry/bitchy gay-clown-laughing-through-tears thing ever again.
- Why Douglas Carter Beane continues to get a pass from the critics is a great question. The Nance is a mess. His "work" on Cinderella is leaden and mis-guided. Sister Act was just plain bad. Don't get it
- Maybe because people actually enjoy his work and aren't jealous and have a need to shit on every successful out gay man?
- [quote]Maybe because people actually enjoy his work and aren't jealous and have a need to shit on every successful out gay man?
Hey, Douglas Carter Beane's agent posts on Datalounge. Who knew?
- I'm not a crazy fan of Beane's work, but The Nance is the best thing he's written since Little Dog Laughed.
Mr. and Mrs. Fitch this ain't.
Nathan is excellent too, as well as the supporting cast. I don't think he has the Tony in the bag by any stretch though. The best male performance of the year is a tie between Tracy Letts and Seth Numrich. Tom Hanks has star power and David Hyde Pierce has the flashiest monologue to deliver of the whole bunch.
- [quote]I'm not a crazy fan of Beane's work, but The Nance is the best thing he's written since Little Dog Laughed.
Damnably faint praise, that.
And "you're just jealous 'cause he's so popular!" is a response better left to 14 year old girls.
- The general frustration with The Namce is Beane's utter lack of craft and vision dealing with such rich material.
Jonny Orsini is certainly quite a knockout but that role would have been so much more effectively played by a young quirky and quirky-looking actor who might have brought some individuality to the part and who we might have believed could be so transfixed by the likes of Chauncey (Nathan).
- Cory Michael Smith would have done much better in The Nance, and not that Orsini could have saved the disaster that is Tiffany's, but he would have been better suited for the part.
You're right R298. Someone with real craft could have written a knockout play with this source material.
- Kazee performing at 54 Below 5/10 and 11. I guess voice has recovered?
- R300 So you can see into the future?
- No, I think R300 may have just checked the calendar for 54 below, R301.
- And Kazee has started promoting it.
- [quote] Why Douglas Carter Beane continues to get a pass from the critics is a great question. The Nance is a mess. His "work" on Cinderella is leaden and mis-guided. Sister Act was just plain bad. Don't get it
Because applauding the Fabulous Funny Gay is much easier than watching work that challenges the norm.
The same reason Paul Rudnick still gets a check, too, looooooooong after his sell by date.
- jessie21 hated JEKYLL & HYDE. The former rent boy turned volunteer web theater reviewer hated the show. Gave it one star (*)
Jack Wagner's ex mistress Ms. C. Sexton
- jesse21 is also a bartender/gogo boy at The Ritz.
- jesse21 is 65 years old.
- Yes but he was young once.
- Jesse21...is the "21" his age? his birth year? or his IQ?
- [quote] Yes but he was young once.
Was he beautiful then?
- Thank you for this, Charles Isherwood:
"Frank Wildhorn musicals: the crab grass of Broadway. Although they have been liberally sprayed with herbicidal reviews ever since the first, “Jekyll & Hyde,” opened in 1997, they have continued to sprout every few years"
- Is Charles Isherwood that old dinosaur known as a critic? Critics mean nothing to anyone today. Well, except rabid theater queens.
- We know r312, you post a variation of the same sentiment in every post.
Chris Isherwood, Ben Brantley, etc all getting $$$$ for our opinions while you give it away for free r312.
- Who do you know who DOESN'T hit refresh on every opening night until the Times review is posted?! Of course critics are important!
- If she's smart, Judith Light will put herself in the Supporting Actress category and take home a second Tony in back-to-back years for THE ASSEMBLED PARTIES. Brantley may have cum all over Jessica Hecht (and she is VERY VERY good and deserves a nomination and may very well win Best Actress), but Light's character work is superb, her presence and comic timing are impeccable, and she is a HUGE help to a play that feels overlong and underwritten at the same time.
And Santo's set is to die for.
- Beane gets a pass because he was foisted upon us by the critics. If they blast him now, they look like fools.
- Dame Brantley's makes a point and contradicts herself in the very next sentence.
The first problem with Mr. Sullivan’s production is that nobody exudes a sense of, or even a sense of hunger for, power. The arguable exception is Mr. Sturridge, who portrays Phillip, the agoraphobic, seemingly autistic brother who stays at home while the older
- Sorry R316, but Judith Light isn't getting Tony #2 - Kristine Nielsen will be getting Tony #1 this year.
- Great news! Winter Garden will be FREE at last!!
- Why would the regulation-size ring soar out over the audience? You pay $400 premium seats to see the bottom of a boxing ring?
- But Rocky will take its place :(
- R318, the addition of "arguable" to the word "exception" means that you MIGHT could argue that there's an exception. How is that a contradiction? I don't care about his reviews one way or another, but please learn to comprehend what you're reading before spouting off.
- Scandoulous or Jekyll And Hyde
- Yay! The Winter Garden's getting freed up! I love that theatre. I can't wait to see what wonderful new musical opens next in... What's that? Oh, shit.
- Just caught the commercial for Annie- couldn't they have found a cuter girl? this little moppet is freakish looking- though not quite as ugly as Willow Smith. Jane will find great motivation to hate her.
- I went to see The Nance last night. Terrific cast. They all deliver. So does Nathan, who is always playing a variation of Nathan. It's an interesting period of time that I am not that familiar with. And it's a good contrast to Fiorello! which was at Encores a few months ago.
- The Winter Garden was so dirty and disgusting at the end of the Cats run it was referred to as "The Litter Box"
- I hope that Isherwood's "crab grass" remark will inspire someone to finally look at seriously how all this crap has been continually produced. He never gets good reviews, and he never makes money. How did he manage to get 8 shows on Broadway. There's the story...
- Molly Pope. It's like she's been beamed in from 1958.
- R329, He never makes money in NYC. He is actually very profitable in Europe and outside the USA. He may also have a market in US regional theater. Actually, Dracula sounded a lot better in German ;-)
- What Wildhorn flop will Jeff Calhoun direct next?
- Maybe they'll bring back Bonnie & Clyde for you, Laura, and you can finally win that Tony.
- CIVIL WAR is long overdue for a first class revival.
- R330 Looks like a flatter version of Christina Hendricks.
- "Why would the regulation-size ring soar out over the audience? You pay $400 premium seats to see the bottom of a boxing ring?"
Thanks for asking, R321. I didn't understand that either.
I also enjoyed Isherwood's crabgrass remark, but come on! For several years now, lots of people have been openly expressing bewilderment as to why Wildhorn's shows keep getting produced on Broadway. Isherwood doesn't deserve any special credit for doing the same thing.\t
- There is no life for Wildhorn in Regional theatres.
- Civil War was one of the most offensive pieces of theatre I've ever seen. It was Frank Wildhorn saying "it doesn't matter what actually happened and when; just how we feel about it, and simple pop music makes us feel." Amazing. I wanted to burn the theatre down.
- Was walking by the Eugene O'Neill and heard that Boston's touring Book of Nomrom has been cancelled from the l city wide Boston lock down. Sending good thoughts/
- I've worked with Frank (once, and never again). He is the ultimate narcissist -- the worst I've ever met and I've been around this business for 20 years. He will immediately begin telling you everything about himself, his company, his worldwide productions and how he is a corporation. He even tried the fuckin' clive davis quote on me. He surrounds himself only with people who have drunk the kool-aid, and repeat how wonderful he is, and how someday everyone will understand his greatness. He's not even a trained musician. He can't read music. On the project I worked on for him, anyone who at all challenged him was banished or fired.
I remember witnessing a conversation he was having with a choreographer, and the choreographer was gently suggesting that the song perhaps needed a second draft. (The first draft was written in two hours -- I'm not kidding. Idea at 10 am.; Song at noon. ) The choreographer was eventually screamed at, concluding with "Don't you know a fucking grammy winning song when you hear it?!"
The choreographer was fired the next day. The show tanked big time.
- Will Scandalous get nominated for anything? Especially after the terrible way it was treated by the critics? They deliberately went out of their way to savage the show because of their hatred of Kathie Lee. Nevermind that the woman who played Aimee gave one of the best performances Broadway has seen in years.
This is a show that will be rediscovered somewhere down the road as the classic it really is. And Kathie Lee will eventually get her due as a premier Broadway composer.
- 341 = Cody Gifford
- I don't know if you're kidding r341, but Carolee Carmello will surely be nominated for playing Aimee in Scandalous.
Other than Laura Osnes in Cinderella and the Matildas, who else would be eligible this season for that category?
Kinky Boots, Pippin, Jeckyll & Hyde, Motown, Hands on a Hardbody....none have female leads. Have they determined if Annie or Hannigan are leads? Am I forgetting anyone/thing?
This has been a dreadful season for Broadway divas.
- Hey, what about me!
- Patina Miller will be taking home the Tony this year.
- Well, ok.....
4 Matilda girls
maybe someone from Annie
- I can fill one of the spot!
- "Why would the regulation-size ring soar out over the audience? You pay $400 premium seats to see the bottom of a boxing ring?
Thanks for asking...I didn't understand that either.
But just think! The audience will have the privilege of getting drenched with the actors' sweat during the fight scene, while being bombarded by Eye of the Tiger or some bland A&F tune.
- The Tony for Best Actress in a Musical will be between the 4 Matildas and Patina.
Laura Osnes, Lilla Crawford and most likely Carolee will be nominated with them.
Of course the nominating committee might want to send a message to Scandalous that they REALLY hated it and could snub her. Stephanie J Block could take her spot for Drood, but Carolee is much beloved and should be nominated.
- What's wrong with writing a song in two hours? That seems like plenty of time. There is a long Broadway history of writing last minute songs for Broadway shows while out of town or in previews.
- I doubt that some on the Tony nominating committee were part of the hundreds of people who saw Scandalous. But I did know Tony voters who never saw all of the shows and would do an eeny meeny miney mo when they cast their ballots....so who knows.
The Bucket List woman frm the commercial
Santino Fontana – “Cinderella”
Rob McClure – “Chaplin”
Billy Porter – “Kinky Boots”
Stark Sands – “Kinky Boots”
Anthony Warlow – “Annie”
Stephanie J. Block – “The Mystery of Edwin Drood”
Lilla Crawford – “Annie”
The Matilda Quartet – “Matilda The Musical”
Patina Miller – “Pippin”
Laura Osnes – “Cinderella”
- [quote]Why would the regulation-size ring soar out over the audience? You pay $400 premium seats to see the bottom of a boxing ring? Thanks for asking...I didn't understand that either.
Has anyone seen ROCKY DAS MUSICAL? (It amuses me to type that out.) I keep hearing about this boxing ring going out over the audience. How does that work and why? That just sounds gimmicky and bizarre.
As for best actress in a musical, I actually think Stephanie J. Block has a better chance of getting nominated than Carolee Carmello. Carmello deserves a gold medal for carrying that show on her back, but there's a weird group-think that settles in, and I suspect the nominators are going to want to punish the show and all involved.
- Throw out Block, no one liked Drood either, but Carmello got universal raves, and not just from critics.
- I think they would rather nominated Erin Dilly or the two cheerleaders in Bring it On before Carollee.
The last time they nominated an actress in a musical disaster was Dee Hoty in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. They were ridiculed for that and have tried hard never to do that again.
- If Scandalous were as good as Whorehouse it would still be running.
- Well, in all fairness R355, Carmello did get nominated for LESTAT, didn't she?
- What the hell was Erin Dilly in?
- A Christmas Story.
- I might have got a nom if it wasn't for that bloody kid!
- R352 You forgot Matthew James Thomas from Pippin who will absolutely be nominated.
Yes Carmello got nominated for Lestat. Donna Murphy was nominated for The People in the Picture and Beth Leavel for Baby, It's You. Crista Moore was nominated for Big.
I wouldn't call Amour a creative disaster, but certainly a financial one, and Errico got nominated for that.
Carmello is so loved she was able to eke out a Drama Desk nom for The Addams Family, and that show couldn't have been more hated. Just because Scandalous closed and was a disaster doesn't mean she won't be nominated.
I actually think Rob McClure will have a more difficult time finding a nomination than Carmello.
- Caroline O' Connor would be supporting, and I think she'd be nominated, except she and her show stopper number aren't on the (non) cast album.
I see the musical men as;
Matthew james Thomas
with one getting bumped
It's a real interesting year.
- Yes people. Don't forget about Christmas story
- You can see from this clip how "Jekyll & Hyde" is a blatant knockoff of "Phantom of the Opera." This performer throws in a Colm Wilkinson squeal now and then as a little megamusical lagniappe. If this ran four years on Broadway, no wonder the investors keep whipping their wallets out.
- Keep whipping their wallets out for Wildhorn, I whent to whay.
- Actually, that clip from Jekyll looks pretty good - much better than the current revival. Cucciioli is a credible actor and makes the material seem less comic book.
- Andrea McArdle told a story about auditioning for Wildhorn. She came in and asked what she had prepared, and she told him. He said he'd rather hear one of his songs, and "don't worry, you can just do 'This is the Moment'" She replied that she didn't know that song, and he tore into her and asked her to leave.
- I think what makes this a more "interesting" year concerning the Tony nominees is because no one is great and clearly deserving.
Andrea Martin, swinging from a trapeze to standing ovations
- Wildhorn makes Lloyd Webber look like Beethoven and Bach rolled into one in comparison.
- Ohmygawd! Has everyone seen that Bette Midler clip from the Sue Mengers show? Bette is just sitting there saying the lines as herself, as if she's reading from an autobiography! She's not bothering to act at all. She's just reading her lines as Bette Midler as i she were onstage in her concerts telling a joke. It's embarrassing. THIS is the part they WANT us to see?
- Here's an "uproarious" moment from Bette's show.
The word is... underwhelming. Good thing it's a limited engagement.
No fucking way is she getting a Tony nom.
- The punch line doesn't work. French Connection began filming Nov 1970. Casting discussions would have been, at the latest, summer of 1970. Who the hell knew who James Coco was then? He was still doing Last of the Red Hot Lovers then, and was known in Hollywood as a bit player.
- The idea of sitting through an evening of that is really... unappealing.
I'd much rather see BUYERS AND CELLARS.
- Wouldn't Matthew James Thomas be in supporting?
- In what world is the title character who is in virtually every single scene and musical number in the supporting category?
- I would assume Pippin would put Pippin and the Leading Player in Lead and everyone else in featured, especially since the Leading Player is an actress and Matthew James Thomas won't compete for a nomination.
- Cucciolli's curtain call in the original J&H was the campiest thing I've ever seen on Broadway. It wouldn't have been out of place in an SCTV skit.
- Do tell, R377.
- I realize this has turned into the Tony nominations thread, but no one has any other intel on MJT and his tight bright white body?
- Oh God, I'll never forget it. The show was bad enough, but the curtain call topped it.
Everyone came out and bowed like a normal human being. But then Cootch did this slow seductive, cat-like walk down to the lip of the stage, one foot directly in front of the other, his lips pursed and his eyes narrowed to noble slits. When he got to his spike mark, he raised one hand up with a flourish, Lauren-Bacall-in-Women-Of-The-Year-style, released his abdominal muscles and violently folded in two like a piece of paper. It was all very Master Thespian. I wish I could properly convey what his face looked like when he was doing this. It was like the applause and cheers (and in all fairness, the crowd was eating it up) was feeding his Katra life essence.
- Bette sounds like she's still channeling Sophie Tucker in that clip.
Pretty caftan, though...
- Carmello deserves a Tony. Older Tony voters remember when her husband was lynched after that factory murder. She deserved a Tony then especially since she stood by him during the trial instead of visiting her sister in Savannah.
- Wait just a God damn minute R382!
- Video montage of the new production of PIPPIN
Charlotte dumb Boise
- R372 The play takes place in the early 80's. So yes, the punchline does work.
She's recounting her career while waiting for the phone to ring. What the fuck do you want her to do? If she were running around with her arms flapping you'd say she was overacting. Jeez.
- Respectable reviews of Big Fish coming out of Chicago. Anybody see it? Seem to recall The Addams Family was well-received there also, so I'm skeptical.
- Bette-Get off of my back!- That looks like 90 minutes of nothingness. All yours for $140. Why do people laugh just because someone curses? No nomination. Haven't seen it but the way critics are being generous this season, it may get good reviews.
- Andrew Lippa is a hack of the highest order.
- Bette's so sensitive. How is going to handle being panned on Friday? She seems like a flight risk.
- 140 fucking dollars to see Bette do the same shtick she's done since Year One?
Jesus, that woman is delusional.
- I saw I'll Eat You Last. It was fine, but nothing special. Lots of jokes about 60s and 70s movie stars that won't mean a thing to younger audience members. Bette indeed sits there the entire play.
R385- Have you seen Ann, The Testament of Mary and Macbeth? There's A LOT you can do with a one person play than just sit there. (Well Macbeth has two other actors who barely speak, but it's basically a one-man show.)
- Oh no! The Theaters Queens hate her now for one line on Larry King! How will the show go on? The real theater going public love her and she knew Sue Mengers and you didn't.
- Holy SHIT! Those clips of "The Bette Show" are awful - they ain't doing the show ANY favors!
"I'll never forget it - you know?!"
- I agree R392. The audiences are in love with this play, which is doing big business right now.
Midler at the very least deserves a nomination. She is Mengers, and the resemblance is chilling.
- Can we talk about the Sutton Foster-Kelli O'Hara fued
Will these two bitches ever kiss and make up?
- Midler's Mengele would be portrayed the exact same way.
- Are there any film clips out there of Sue Mengers talking? She doesn't even have to be moving much as Bette doesn't attempt that.
I wish someone young and clever woud find them and post them here so we could compare and contrast the real thing.
- I never miss a Bette Midler play!
- They should change the title to "The Testament Of Sophie". Audiences could give a shit about a foul mouthed Jewish yenta named Sue Mengers that they never heard of. They are going so they can tell their friends that they saw Bette live. Just like they are going to that awful play about Mike McInery or whatever his name was, so that they can brag about seeing Tom Hanks live.
- R375-Ask Michael Cerveris about getting nominated for Featured actor playing the title role in TOMMY.
R377-That curtain call of Cuccioli's made me despise him for years and ruined the evening for me, which was pretty dismal as it was.
- Well, was John Rubenstein nominated for Best Actor for playing the original Pippin?
I'll never understand why he didn't win more accolades and attention for that performance. He was just perfection in every way.
- Playing the eponymous lead in a Broadway musical is no guarantee of top billing or a Best Actor/Actress nomination.
Gypsy Rose Lee, Oliver Twist and Conrad Birdie
- So, The Prince of Broadway is premiering in Tokyo. It all sounds so desperate. Also, what's up with Prince's generally fucked up choice of material to work with these past few years? That floperetta thing at the Menier sounded like dreck.
- BREAKING: Jesse21 gives 2 and 1/2 stars to both Testament of Mary AND (the Alan Cumming) Macbeth.
- John Rubinstein wasn't nominated for Pippin at all. If he had been, he still would have lost to Vereen.
Pippin and the Leading Player are the two stars of PIPPIN. If Matthew James Tighty-Whities gets nominated, it will be in Best Actor.
- Who are the deranged Bette Midler fans who have shown up here? They sound feeble-minded.
- The resemblance to Sue Mengers is chilling - it's very daring of Bette to play her as a corpse!
- No R406 we just appreciate true quality.
- Midler still has fans?
- I'm a fan of Better Midler but will probably not see her show. That doesn't mean she isn't a tremendous talent, it's just too expensive.
- [quote]Midler still has fans?
Yes, and both of them are posting here.
- Did Sue Mengers actually do anything interesting? Wasn't she just an agent?
- Yes, but it's just dishing dirt about celebrities. It's the National Enquirer on Broadway,
- R355, you mean The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public
- Could Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public be salvaged? The plot sounds as idiotic as Sister Act 2, but a handful of songs are excellent.
- Saw that Annie documentary, Life After Tomorrow, about all these grown women who played Annie and/or orphans on B'way or Nat'l tours (including SJP). It's fucking brutal!
- BREAKING: Ms. Isherwood likes the Alan Cumming MACBETH less on second viewing!
- Saw the Midler over the weekend. It's her doing her Sophie Tucker stuff from 30 years of concerts on a couch in a Caftan. It's basically one bitchy story after another, and it will sell to the self-loathing film business insider crowd that comes to Manhattan once a year in the Spring. It's not a play. If you know Bette's work, its the same rhythms and schtick that you love in small doses, but is only so-so in this format. She doesn't look all that comfortable, but she is game. I don't expect a Tony nomination, in which case I wouldn't want to be her agent or her dresser.
- Word from people who went to the Chicago opening of Big Fish is it's a flop. Chris Jones' review is supportive (he is for every pre-B'way) but the inside line is its an unfixable mess. Stroman again proves she's not the first choice for new musicals. Good luck, Bullets Over Broadway.
- So happy Ishy called out Macbeth for the subpar endeavor it is. A vanity project of the first order.
- [quote]So happy Ishy called out Macbeth for the subpar endeavor it is. A vanity project of the first order.
- Outer Critics Circle noms announced.
- Will Bette bring in Bruce Vilanch to write some zingers for her? Did he write her material back in the day? If not, who did and is he available?
Bette's dresser, sobbing in the laundry room
- [quote]Outer Critics Circle noms announced.
What? Nothing for "Bombshell" or "Hit List"?
- Can't wait to hear Kathie Lee's reaction to the Outer Critics Circle noms.
- The Alan Cumming MACBETH sounds like a great Fringe show...Broadway - not so much!
- Morgan James is playing Studio 54, but I heard she sucks.
- With NY Theatre awards it always feels like they can barely fill up the categories. Hard to believe all of that work is so outstanding when most of those shows barely ran.
- Who let the two dames on SMASH Saturday night pronounce pauper like amyl nitrate, not once, but twice?
"I've been a puppet, a POPPER, a pirate, a poet-a pawn and a king"......
- Oh for fuck's sake, who gives a shit, r429? You're probably the only one who noticed.
- R428 they snubbed Patti Lupone and Debra Winger.
As well as Tyne Daly and Laurie Metcalf.
The only one who noticed? I highly doubt it. Changing the lyrics? Someone probably noticed that as well. But hell, Sinatra probably never sang the lyrics as written.
- Please elucidate on the difference between pauper and popper pronunciation.
- pauper = paw-per
popper = pah-per
- The Prince and the Pauper=novel by Mark Twain
The Prince and the Popper=80's gay porn film
- r434, that makes no sense. They are both pronounced paw-per. Where are you from? Michigan?
- It is a very subtle distinction. Pawwwwwwwper....Popper.
- Girls! Girls! You're probably both paupers!
- Maybe Fiona Shaw won't get a Tony Nom...
- Dear God, the Schwa Queens of ATC have taken over this thread.
- I love poppers. Especially the jalapeno ones!
- Wow- the Outer Critics sure gave a big FU to Matilda. Did the little girls cry cause they didn't get nominated?
- [quote]they snubbed Patti Lupone and Debra Winger.
[quote]As well as Tyne Daly and Laurie Metcalf.
For what was Tyne Daly supposed to be nominated?
- Popper? I don't even know her!
- Tyne Daly appeared as Maria Calas in Master Class last summer.
- Master Class was summer of 2011.
- Ben Brantley is a certifiable idiot.
Much better written review that provides a clear illustration of The Testament of Mary in The Hollywood Reporter by somebody who can actually write.
- I actually think the critics missed the boat with Cumming's MACBETH, though I blame it on the marketing/producing team.
It was fairly clear to me that this wasn't actually a production of Shakespeare's MACBETH. It was a play about a man in a mental institution who (spoiler deleted), and it simply employs the MACBETH text to tell this guy's story. If they'd called it MADMAN or ASYLUM or SLEEP NO MORE (oops) or anything other than MACBETH, I think the critics might have been more receptive.
- I'm glad the NYT called Fiona Shaw out on that waste of time at the Kerr. When do they post notice?
- [quote]The only one who noticed? I highly doubt it.
- I loathe Fiona Shaw, what a pretentious ham.
- Drama League noms announced.
- Has anyone posted an opinion on Murder Ballad? Or has anyone seen Here Lies Love? The first sounds sort of interesting; the second sounds like a 1990 nightmare.
- Well, now that Fiona Shaw seems to be out of the picture, maybe Holland or Cicely will have a chance at that Tony.
- Will Fiona ever be forgiven for The Black Dahlia?
- If Carolee Carmello couldn't get a Drama League nom in a category with SIXTY other nominees, there's not chance for any other recognition, is there?
- Did Carmello already win one, perhaps. That would make her ineligeble, right?
- [quote] Will Fiona ever be forgiven for The Black Dahlia?
Or Three Men & A Little Lady?
- Really enjoyed Murder Ballad at MTC
- R458 I don't think so, or she would've been listed with the other previous winners right below.
- I think the Best Actress in a Play will go either to Tyson or Hecht. Poor desperate Holland is trying WAY too hard.
- Tyson and Hecht are both giving excellent performances, and Tyson is in the better play. I think she'll end up winning by a landslide.
- Is JEKYLL posting closing tonight? You know the Nederlanders ain't gonna float this thing.
- It's a limited stop on the national tour R464. 12 weeks. Isn't it selling well to the Wildhorn freaks?
- No noms for Ivy Lynn :(
- J&H was selling poorly in Chicago. Discounts and freebies everywhere. I doubt it's going to do that much better elsewhere.
- No one associated with "The Black Dahlia" deserves forgiveness, and that includes James Ellroy.
- Jekyll's numbers last week were terrible. The reviews were terrible. They're gone.
- So it sounds like we may be spared from Flashdance the Musical for at least another season.
- The failure of "The Black Dahlia" falls squarely on the manly shoulders of Hillary Swank, who couldn't pass herself off as a femme fatale if her life depended on it.
- Opening night tix to Bountiful tonight on TKTS. No C list celebrities wanted to attend? Was Corbin Bleu there?
- Matthew Murray HATES Here Lives Love so it must be brilliant!
The man proclaims love for musical theater but has yet to meet one he loves!
- Jessica Hecht will be nominated in supporting (she is below the title, and MTC won't fight for her to be in lead) and will win. She can't beat Tyson, but she can beat Light (since she already won) and the chick for Virginia Woolf.
- First of all, Isherwood reviewed TESTAMENT OF MARY, not Brantley, and secondly, all the other major reviews were quite positive, so don't count Shaw out for a nomination so quickly.
- Oh, sh*t, it was Brantley. Sorry.
- Jessica Hecht will NOT win in featured. That award belongs solely to Kristine Nielsen.
MTC would be stupid not to petition Hecht for Leading Actress as there isn't enough room for both Hecht and Light to be nominated in the same category. You're right that Hecht won't beat Tyson, but she won't beat Nielsen either. The nomination will be her award.
- You shouldn't be using poppers anyway unless you want to fuck up your vision.
- I don't think NYT hated Fiona at all. They hated the direction. I agree. Let this amazing woman speak and stop with all the fuckin random props and ladders and bottles and water. Trust your actress and script. I hate Brantley but he got this review right.
- A friend and I heard about Rachel Weisz and Daniel Craig planning to do "Betrayal" this fall as well as Ian McKellan and Patrick Stewart in "No Man's Land" and are thinking of coming up in December to see them. Where and when should be looking to get tickets?
- Disappointed that The Testament of Mary wasn't a greatest hits of datalounge monologue.
- Stewart and McKellen are doing two plays in rep: No Man's Land and Waiting for Godot, so if you're big fans, you're going to want to see both.
- OPening night tickets to Broadway shows are often at TKTS because producers can't expect even D List celebs to sit in the bleachers (though I've seen many sitting off to the far sides of the orchestra.
I saw Barnum's opening night thru TKTS decades ago.
- Michael Riedel is now Bette's apologist. She's a shoo-in for a nom per him, along with Fiona, Hecht, Metcalfe, and Holland Tunnel.
"Poor Bette, it took her awhile to get her Broadway legs back!"
- You really believe Cicely Tyson will NOT get a nomination?
- [quote]Matthew Murray HATES Here Lives Love so it must be brilliant!
The man proclaims love for musical theater but has yet to meet one he loves!
Not true. Matthew, who goes by the nickname "Western Actor" loves all things FOLLIES. Oh, and if you ever meet him, be sure and call him Wes. You'll be his friend for life!
- wit and wisdom for R481
- I heart R481. And I really want to see that onstage. After his recitation of the Sorority Meltdown email, I vote for Michael Shannon to do it as a one man show.
- Unfortunately, great British actors have a habit of scheduling limited runs of classic plays in New York City when I'm not able to get anywhere near them, so no John Hurt's "Krapp's Last Tape," Rickman's "John Gabriel Borkman," and now no Stewart-McKellen double feature for me.
I'm gonna see Nathan in "The Nance" next month, though. *sprains eyes rolling them
- I was surprised how poorly attended "Bountiful" was the night I saw it. Audience very responsive but quite small.
- Of course Tyson will be nommed, R485. Reidel is deliberately trying to pre-emptively lower her chances against Midler by acting like she's not even in contention to be nominated. What's the connex here for why he has become Midler's shill?
- The movie "Bountiful" was a huge bore, I'm sure this version is even worse. Bad idea, I'm sure they could find a better more current, hip vehicle for Cicely.
- NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Flashdance postponed Broadway opening. I wanted to see Rachelle Rak shake her tits.
- The Help would make an interesting musical. Tyson could reprise her role as Constantine.
Fuck it. Bring back Caroline, or Change.
- OMG. AnnE is doing Sally in Cabaret, with Alan Cumming for freshness (will the Emcee become his new Dolly?) as co-star. September. No other news.
- I could imagine Hathaway pushing a new Cabaret movie but onstage is a surprise. Will be strange if Cumming reprises the role in yet another different staging of it.
- Reidel has succumb to the Shubert/CAA mafia again. They're all petrified that Bette won't get the nomination, so they've put out the pre-emptive strike.
- How many of the Shubert/CAA mafia are members of the Pink Mafia? Is Elton invited to meetings?
- I actually wouldn't mind seeing that production of CABARET again, but NOT with AnnE. Ugh.
- Well, I would've thought Cumming didn't need the Emcee anymore, but if he's going to do it again, r495 might end up being right--it'll turn into his Dolly. It certainly served something of that role for Joel Grey after a point, even though he had plenty of other work.
- [quote]Reidel has succumb to the Shubert/CAA mafia again. They're all petrified that Bette won't get the nomination, so they've put out the pre-emptive strike.
ATC's Jesse21 Looooved the show and Midler too. Perhaps those that have actually seen the show enjoyed it and didn't judge it based on a thirty second film clip, or a Larry King appearance.
[quote]I could imagine Hathaway pushing a new Cabaret movie but onstage is a surprise. Will be strange if Cumming reprises the role in yet another different staging of it.
False rumor, denied today.
- It IS happening but WITHOUT Hathaway.
- [quote]It IS happening but WITHOUT Hathaway.
Nothing happens WITHOUT Hathaway, R502. There is only WITHIN Hathaway. We are all but her imaginings, brought into existence merely to perpetuate Her greater glory. Read the FAQs in the future.
- Any chance of Midler's show being filmed?
She should have considered a supporting role in a musical - there's no way she'd go for the lead. Carlotta in Follies could have been interesting.
Any more word on Iris Rainer Dart's Beaches musical?
- It is happening R503. Trust me. I know. But Anne Hathaway is not in it. Alan Cumming is reprising the role of the Emcee.
Not everyone is as enamormed by Miss Hathaway as you and your friends might think. Imagine if she wanted to do it but they turned her down... sometimes 'impossible' things happen... every day. Even a snub, Oscar are no Oscar.
- [quote]Any more word on Iris Rainer Dart's Beaches musical?
It's being done at VA's Signature Theatre next season. It can't possibly be worse that PEOPLE IN THE PICTURE, can it?
- enamored.. sorry!
- I hope they case someone appropriately offbeat as Sally. No ingeues please.
- I hear Audra McDonald is playing Sally opposite Alan Cumming.
Could be true to since she sang some of Sally's songs with Anne at that Cabaret concert at Joes pub.
Will this be Tony #6 for Audra?
- Wow, Sheridan Smith would make a great Sally Bowles, actually.
So is this going to be the Rufus Norris production that was in the West End with Will Young? That's very risky. The Mendes production here was so highly acclaimed.
- Actually count me in as another one who thinks Sheridan would be a perfect Sally. She was amazing in LEGALLY B. in London and a good singer. Plus she'd have the accent down for Sally. Good call R508!
I do know that Samantha Barks (LES MIZ movie) has been approached. She played Sally in the Rufus Norris version which is different from Mendes staging. Barks did the UK tour briefly.
- Kander confirms it and it's the Mendes version.
Scroll down to the 4th article.
- Isn't Sally supposed to be a bad singer and a hot mess? If so, bring on Hathaway.
- [quote] Isn't Sally supposed to be a bad singer and a hot mess?
Bring back Liza!
- Adam Chanler-Berat for Cliff!
- Nice Work is closing June 15! What will take the Imperial?
- If Beaches was happening in London it would probably have just used the movie soundtrack and Bette's back catalogue.
Which mightn't be a bad idea, given how mediocre the score for The People in the Picture is.
[quote]Nice Work is closing June 15! What will take the Imperial?
Not us R516!
Rachelle, calling in her.... um.....prescription order, yeah, that's it!
- Barks would be an awful Sally. She's got too strong a voice and Sally should be quirky, a quality Barks lacks.
- [quote]sometimes 'impossible' things happen... every day
I think RR is giving us a hint that legendary ingenue Vicki Clark will be playing Sally. What's the fly space like over at Studio 54?
- Imogen Poots, who played Jean Ross, the real-life inspiration for Sally Bowles, in the BBC TV movie "Christopher and his kind", might also make a good Sally Bowles.
- If my birth name were "Imogen Poots", I sure as hell would have taken a stage name when I became an actress.
- Yes, what an awful name.
- What's the point of bringing Cumming back for CABARET? He's done it... I say put in Wesley Taylor as MC.
- You can play one of the "Two Ladies, Wes.
- Lindsay Lohan IS Sally Bowles. (Actually, she kind of is, in her personal life.)
- There's only one real fake Sue Mengers and it ain't Betty Middling.
Starts about 1 minute in.
- She was good in that film R521.
- More real fake Sue.
- Bringing Cumming back to Broadway to play the MC seems like a weird choice when there are so many other interesting things he could be doing. Maybe he has a new concept for the character he wants to try.
- [quote] Maybe he has a new concept for the character he wants to try.
He's going to play ALL the parts himself! And that includes the orchestra!
- My friend is a Tony voter and we're not seeing the Midler play until the end of May. If it doesn't get nominated, will they pull the tickets?
- [quote]My friend is a Tony voter and we're not seeing the Midler play until the end of May. If it doesn't get nominated, will they pull the tickets?
I'd be very surprised if TONY snubs Bette. You'll be seeing it.
- [quote]Wow, Sheridan Smith would make a great Sally Bowles, actually.
Yeah, now that would put asses in seats, whoever the hell he is.
If Academy Award winner Anne Hathaway were doing Broadway, she would be doing "My Fair Lady" with Academy Award winner Colin Firth. Oopps, did I say that out loud?
If Imogen Poots married Norbert Leo Butz she'd be....
- Alan Cumming is the draw this time out.
- Well, Midler walks away with every single review. So much for the question of her getting a nomination.
- Kelli O' Hara is Sally Bowles.
- how about kate wetherheed as sally? anyone see her play it at dallas theater center?
- Wow, that NYTimes review of "I'll Eat You Last" is a rave. Flat out rave. It's Isherwood. But still, a rave.
Color me surprised.
- Jessie Mueller for ..... Fraulein Kost.
For Sally? Please, anyone but Sutton Bunheads Foster.
- Midler gets a nomination with this review in the NY Times:
In “I’ll Eat You Last,” a delectable soufflé of a solo show by John Logan that opened Wednesday night on Broadway, Bette Midler portrays the Hollywood agent Sue Mengers, who at the height of her reign in the 1970s could make a career merely by issuing an invitation to one of her A-list-only dinner parties. For a limited time, the tightly closed doors of the Beverly Hills aerie in which Mengers held court are being thrown open, and for the price of a ticket we all get to feel a little twinkly for a night.
It’s a heady sensation, thanks to the buoyant, witty writing of Mr. Logan (“Red”), the focused direction of Joe Mantello and above all to Ms. Midler, who gives the most lusciously entertaining performance of the Broadway season. Dropping names as if to the rhythm of a disco beat, snapping out wisecracks like acid-tipped darts that find the sweet spot every time, proffering profanity-laden advice about how to get ahead in show business: as the frank, brassy, foul-mouthed Mengers, who died in 2011, Ms. Midler cradles a spellbound audience in the palm of her hand from first joke to last toke. (Mengers’s love of celebrity was perhaps equaled only by her affection for marijuana.)
- R523 Seriously.
Nolan Gerard Funk
- ROMANCE ROMANCE!
GRAND HOTEL! Seriously, time for a revisical!
- Is there any movement on the Sally Bowels front?
- [quote] If my birth name were "Imogen Poots", I sure as hell would have taken a stage name when I became an actress.
Every time I see it, I see "Imagine Poops."
- Roundabout is bringing CABARET back because they are embarrassed by everything they have done since then (and it wasn't even theirs in the first place).
They want to remind everyone: "Look we had a hit...once...a long time ago!"
- Martine McCutcheon could share the role of Sally with Audra McDonald
- THat's LynnE Meadow!
- Andrea Riseborough can sing,apparently...
[quote] she took on a series of part-time jobs (including a stint making greetings cards and singing in a band to pay the rent).
- Cabaret was the biggest critical AND commercial hit Roundabout's ever had. They've been trying for years to revive it for a long time now, Mendes has always been the hold out.
- R550 Is right- If Roundabout had their druthers this would have been revived several years ago.
They are in a pretty pathetic state and would do theatergoers a favor if they just packed it in.
- Whatever happened to the all male revival of Forum?
- Midler - love her or hate her - is what she is: a PRO. She's going to deliver when it counts. Is it always some variation of her Divine Miss M? Well, most of the time. But she proved with "The Rose" she can dig deep and create a character. It's not her fault Hollywood didn't develop roles for her and give her the opportunity to keep developing as an actress. That's been the situation for many actors in recent years - no studios helping talent grow and develop in films.
- Karen Ziemba IS Sally Bowles.
- The all-male FORUM was a miscast, ill conceived piece of shit. That's what happened to it.
- Haven't seen Kinky Boots, but what about Annaleigh Ashford for Sally Bowles?
No, she's not a B.O. draw, but . . .
- Isn't Annaleigh Ashord more of a "turn" than an actress?
- R457, I've always thought Martine McCutcheon would make a great Sally Bowles. And she could have been the definitive Louise in Gypsy if they ever got around to reviving it in the West End.
For those wondering who MM is she played the "fat" love interest of Hugh Grant's Prime Minister character in Love, Actually.
- R547 is referring to McCutcheon's disastrous run in the revival of My Fair Lady opposite Jonathan Pryce. She was the Nell Carter of London, missed a ton of performances and on one of those nights she was snapped in a nightclub, in a pair of lacey pants. And Cameron Mackintosh basically had her blackballed. She's had terrible trouble finding work, especially in the theater. She did a lot of Activia commercials for a while but stopped doing those a year or so ago. She was, ironically, one of Liza's "bridesmaids" during that three-ring circus David. Gest organized in London. He apparently picked out MM out of OK magazine, contacted her and she said, uhhh, OK.
- Liza and David Gest's wedding was in New York, r559 - did they bring her over here to be a bridesmaid? Or did they have an additional ceremony in London?
- Has anyone seen Here Lies Love? I had no interest in seeing it, but, after reading the rave in the Times, it sounds incredible. I live in Nashville -- so there's no chance of my seeing it -- but I'd love to hear how it is.
- Listening to Patti's "Some People" on Sirius...was she drunk when they made this recording? The dialogue at the beginning in particular sounds...odd.
- I had to crack up at how quickly CAA squashed the rumor about her majesty, Dame Ann Hathaway. She probably cried herself to sleep last night worried that her legions of fans will not get the once in a lifetime opportunity to see her shine in this incredible role, but as we learned this year from Saint Anne, dreams do come true, but in their own time, in their own CAA way.
- CABARET was a BIG hit for them. They need to bring it back. It was Roundabout's only cash cow.
- Forget who'll open the show, who'll replace?
- Kat McPhee is Sally Bowles - the quaalude tour.
- Actually McPhee had her people submit her name R566.
- Jm J. Bullock on the line for Roundabout Casting...
- Patina Miller IS the Emcee.
- Pick me!
- Are there no biographies of Sue Mengers? The gossip alone would sell copies.
- There's a long Vanity Fair article, which is pretty good.
- R560, she was brought over from London, I guess. Gest had an exclusive £££ deal with OK magazine for pix of the wedding and they needed UK celebrities to beef up the wedding party and McCutcheon was deemed suitable, I guess.
- Sutton Foster is set for Sally. You read it here first.
- R574 that's just disgusting! Almost as disgusting as another rumor I just heard. Matthew Morrison and Katharine McPhee together in another revival next season.
- Matthew Morrison is Mame?!
- I'd rather see Patty Fucking Lapone as Sally, rather than Sutton Foster.
- Damn it! I hope it's not Sutton...
- r559, "in a pair of lacy pants," heheheheheh.
- Matt and Kat in "They're Playing Our Song"
- [quote] had to crack up at how quickly CAA squashed the rumor about her majesty, Dame Ann Hathaway. She probably cried herself to sleep last night worried that her legions of fans will not get the once in a lifetime opportunity to see her shine in this incredible role, but as we learned this year from Saint Anne, dreams do come true, but in their own time, in their own CAA way
Please. I'm as A-list baby as you can get. You think I'm gonna play a role that every frumpy non singer from Brooke Shields to Liam Neeson's dead wife has played?....and at the Roundabout no less?
- Sadly, I do not think Roundabout is capable of being embarrassed by anything, r546. They have a reverse Midas touch that just destroys any property they get their hands on.
- I think it's pretty hilarious that the PIPPIN troll and others were screaming out for a revival of PIPPIN just a couple of years ago, thinking it would never really happen and now PIPPIN is opening tonight and is poised to be the biggest hit revival since CHICAGO.
- [quote]Jm J. Bullock on the line for Roundabout Casting
Isn't he booked for the next several years on Carnival Cruises as Edna Turnblad?
- Cool down, r583 - there is no way PIPPIN is going to be a bigger hit than the CABARET revival was. This production does not have six years in it. It will be very lucky if it even lasts as long as the ANNIE GET YOUR GUN revival.
- And the marvelous Brantley has dumped a pretty poor review for Pippin. He doesn't really like much about it except for Andrea Martin. That's a stunning way to finish the season and rain on everyone's parade.
- Pippin got a mild backhanded review in the Times. As it should.
- Anyone who can't have fun at Pippin is dead. The Dame says it lacks heart - the original was even colder, trust me on that one. Not everything has to feel like a warm puppy on your lap licking your face.
- I don't understand why anyone would have a Roundabout subscription anymore. Their membership numbers must be terrible. In the past five years I can't think of a single show that was decent enough AND difficult enough to get a ticket to that would warrant having a subscription. LCT and MTC have so much more quality stuff. I'd imagine given their track record very few estates or writers want anything to do with them AND the Sondheim is like the new Nederlander as far as desirability. The only thing positive I can say about Roundabout is they stopped calling and they found and under-utilize Stephen Karam.
- Saw Jekyll and Hyde last week. Loved it. Deb and Constantine and Teal were all great.
- agreed r589...I liked Harvey last year but that was almost entirely because of Jim Parsons...I hate going to the American Airlines theatre. I don't think I've ever enjoyed anything there. How do they stay in business....let alone buy more theatres?
- Can't a bitch get ONE thread named after her?
- I saw your dirty tit bags online Karen Ziemba!!! What were you thinking? Taking those tiny little things out in public!!! Disgusting!!
- Has someone ever time the fastest one of these theater threads has filled up to 600?
- Has to have been the one when Ricky Martin was opening in Evita.
- Let's discuss a revival of COCO!