- A present just for you!
- the Ziemba photo smacks of Photoshop... Just sayin...
- Season over. And the Tony Awards madness is to begin, so it's bad form for OP to focus his attention on Ms. Ziemba.
OP thinks he's clever, but it's like someone's kid showing everyone how clever he is, but everyone just wants to slap him.
- Oh, I liked it!!! Good job, OP.
- It's never wrong to focus on Karen Ziemba.
- OP always has magic to do. Thanks for the morning giggle.
Karen Ziemba as a replacement in The Testament of MARY!
- Anything new on Kathleen Chalfant?
- Off to Pippin tonight to see who's right
- Donna Williams managed to be featured in that Playboy shoot by only showing side butt. Well-played, Donna.
- OH EM GEE! IT'S CHRISTMAS!!!
- Oh R1 you make me blush!!!!!!!!!
Don't forget CAROUSEL tonight on PBS!
Karen Ziemba, TONY winning actress/dancer/singer and Playboy model
- ...and banjo player!
- Ben Vereen attends the Pippin opening and tries to steal attention dressed like a Harlem pimp. He got magic to do.
- The KZ photo was 1984. She was 27, and they didn't have Photoshop. They had airbrushing.
She has lousy boobs. They should have featured her amazing legs and ass, but Playboy is all about tits.
- R13...he still looked better than Deb Messing. WTF was she wearing!?!?
- It's entirely appropriate that thread #110 be devoted to Ziemba, since she starred in 110 in the Shade at NYC Opera.
- Anyone else hear the rumor that Streisand snuck into Bette's show last night?
The dinosaurs surviving the crunch...
- [quote] WTF was she wearing!?!?
Post-abortion bloat wrapped in a riddle, then wrapped in plaid.
- "The Glass Menagerie" is coming to Broadway in September. I just read of that from my Twitter.
R18 I love you.
- Karen, why no cameo on "Smash"?
- Are they really trying to do more "work" on Flashdance? I saw it in Pittsburgh. It is ridiculous and horribly bad. Sergio is completely not ready to direct.
- "I Love Rock and Roll" seems like such an odd song to tack onto Flashdance.
And if they really wanted to do Pittsburgh it should have been "Ah, Leah!" by Donnie Iris.
- In honor of the smash new B*R*O*A*D*W*A*Y revival of PIPPIN, a Raul Esparza classic.
Growling Raul in a clip from Broadway @Bryant Park
"Simple Joys" from
NOT the PIPPIN! Troll
- We are getting that FLASHDANCE tour this summer and I was really hoping it would close on the road (101 DALMATIONS, anyone?) before it gets here.
- R13 LOL and I agree. Speaking of Vereen, I wish we could find that b&w picture of shirtless Ben cupping Liza's bare breasts. It might have been by Avedon or Kenn Duncan. It was taken when they were fucking, around the time of her Liza at the Winter Garden show.
- The Tony Committee just royally fucked Kristine Neilsen's chances of the Tony. What the fuck were the producers of that play fucking thinking?????
- How do you mean R26? What have they done?
- "Phew! Good. They're giving those four little bitches an honorary award. I still have a chance."
- Yes, and putting Bertie Carvell as a lead doesn't help Billy's chances, either.
- Kristen's very good, but the role is a supporting one, and she's a terrific supporting actress...
The Committee is out of its mind, but that's no surprise to anyone.
- Oops, Kristine.
- Well, Barry Weissler is back on top after the flops of Scottsboro and Sweet Charity.
- But Barry is on bottom with the black trans dominatrix.
- So who wins supporting actor in a musical and supporting actress in a play now?
- Regarding Kristine Nielsen....it's not the Tony Admin Committee who is to blame....in the opening night Playbill, she is billed below the title (David HP and Sigourney are above the title), which would automatically place her in the Featured Actress category...moving her to the Lead Actress category can only happen with a petition from the producers of the show, who, one would assume, ran this by Kristine before pursuing it....
- Is anyone else tired of Charlotte d'Amboise? Isn't it time to retire or do bit parts on shows like GLEE? Isn't she like 60 years old by now?
Jane Lanier's expanding waist line
- And poor Fran thinks she's in Boca...
- R25, I found the Ben/Liza nude in this long interview with Ben from BroadwayWorld last year.
- Wow! Liza looks REALLY stoned in that picture.
- But R35 of course it's the Committee's fault. The producers obviously petitioned them, and the Committee coulda shoulda said NO. That's how dumb they are.
- Where is the Kathleen Chalfant gossip?
- Ask Sarah Paulson
- Fuck the Tony committee. As usual, their collective heads are up their collective asses.
- So now the likely nominees for Best Actress will be Holland, Bette, Cicely, Kristine and Jessica?
Leaving behind Laurie, Amy, Sigourney (if she ever was in the race) and Fiona. Have I got that right?
The winner really is anybody's guess. And I don't care who wins the OCC or the Drama Desk....it's still anybody's guess on the Tony.
The Ghostess of Isabelle Stevenson
- Any chance Kristine will win in Lead? I was really excited to see her win.
- Karen Ziemba's tits look perfectly normal in that Playboy shot, and I guess that's the problem. People are so used to seeing breasts that have been surgically morphed into unnatural shapes that real ones look deformed to them.
- r46 must be Karen.....
- Sad news about Kristine Nielsen being put in the "Lead" category - I was looking forward to her winning.
- [quote]People are so used to seeing breasts that have been surgically morphed into unnatural shapes that real ones look deformed to them.
Remember when I got really big ones to replace Anita Morris in Nine?
- THat PBS Carousel is not helping anyone's career.
- Is there a link to Karen Ziemba and her tiny tiny titties?
- Uh ... It's right there in r1, r51.
- I just nutted.
- Wanda Richert may b serving The Lord, but she's also an insane conspiracy theorist who hates Obama (he's a Kenyan!) and has become the Unlovable Loon of South Florida.
- R50 Couldn't someone have told Kate Burton that Mainers don't have Brooklyn accents?
- (Setting fire to OP's rectal hair....)
- please kill yourself r56....we have no use for you here
- No one's forcing you to be here, r56.
- It's an interesting choice, having Mr. Snow be hotter and sing better than Billy Bigelow.
Nathan Gunn's 40s are not being kind to him.
- Love you, R59!
- Jessie Mueller IS Fanny Brice in FUNNY GIRL!!!!
she got the nose fer it!
- Jessie Mueller and Kelli O'Hara are not terribly photogenic. And their plastic wigs aren't helping.
But I was glad to see Stephanie Blythe is down to 250 lbs.
- [quote]Theatre Development Fund Offers Autism-Friendly Performance of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark April 27
Yikes! As if sitting through that shit-show wouldn't be bad enough with a NORMAL audience!
- Old video of Raul Esparza showing off his bare feet in all angles.
- Oh, Papi....that makes my cooze all tingly!
- I liked Jessie Mueller a lot in Carousel. How come Julie Jordan doesn't get the kind of big, show-piece number that Carrie Pipperidge has in "Mister Snow"?
- [quote]Wanda Richert may b serving The Lord, but she's also an insane conspiracy theorist who hates Obama (he's a Kenyan!) and has become the Unlovable Loon of South Florida.
Sounds like my kinda gal. God bless!
- Poor Jennifer Holliday has MS...my sister also has it. It is a tough disease.
- r50 and your career in the theater is going swimmingly? Oh, you have none - ergo the venomous jealousy.
- Thread request: Thank you!
Jane Krakowksi has been working steadily in tv and theater since the 90s, I cannot find a speck of gossip on her. Has anyone met her or know anything? I bet she has a lot of stories to tell!
- [quote] Jane Krakowksi has been working steadily in tv and theater since the 90s
She has been working since the 1980s.
- Thanks r72, I knew she is a National Lampoon movie in the 80s but wasn't sure if that was it.
- Wow - check out Wanda R's FB page if you want a major dose of crazy (it's open to the public). She's hungry, her foodstamps have run out, her daughter's on drugs, her daughter has texted many friends asking for help because her mom in an alkie and mentally ill, Obama is a Muslim, Bill Maher is vile, her daughter's boyfriend has stolen Wanda's mom's car, she's defriended her ex-husband because he won't answer her calls, donate to her ministry, she never got paid for Broadway's lost treasures, she never got paid for the 42nd Street LP she sold on eBay...
- Carolee Carmelo and Montego Glover were on "Smash" tonight (along with Broadway legend Kathie Lee Gifford.)
- Also on Smash there was a mention of Ivy having been flown out to LA to appear on Leno. What's the likelihood of that happening only a few weeks after Bombshell opened? Didn't it take the likes of Spring Awakening and Spiderman at least a year? Ivy's not a star so it would seem to make even less sense. And the idea of Marisa Tomei starring in a musical version of Moonstruck was laughable.
- Bombshell is supposedly a show by long-time, successful writers, with a famous producer, and a star who got great reviews. It wouldn't be so unusual.
In other news, I can't believe the sheer stupidity of Josh Safran, who makes Rebeck look savvy by comparison. Killing off the wrong person and making us suffer the rest of the episodes with ugly troll Jeremy Jordan. Ugh.
- The idea of a musical of Moonstruck isn't terrible though.
"Old man, if you give those dogs any more of my food I'm gonna kick you til you're dead" is an excellent lead in to a group number.
- [quote]And the idea of Marisa Tomei starring in a musical version of Moonstruck was laughable.
- Um there is a musical of Moonstruck and Idina Menzel did a workshop of it about 8 years ago. The idea of it happening with Marisa Tomei isn't a stretch at all. People bash Smash even when it doesn't deserve it.
- Has Wanda atoned for fucking Gower Champion to get the lead?
- Is Wanda still drinking? One day it's vodka, the next day it's Jesus, then vodka and so on.
- Andrea Martin was fantastic. The guy playing Pippin was bland and boring.
Didn't love it.
- I think a musical of Moonstruck is a bad idea in that music - That's Amore, It Must Be Him and La Boemhe - is already inherent to the telling of the story. Music is already present, it doesn't need to be musicalised. The characters souls are awakened by music which is what we need to see them experience. We don't need to hear them sing about it.
- Hey, R80/moron, Marisa Tomei can't sing a note, that was my point.
- Isn't Marisa a classically trained singer?
- Those SMASH references to things like Moonstruck with Tomei are meant to be jokes. Like the glamorous Hotel Carter hosting the Bombshell opening night party.
I am unable to find Wanda Richert's Facebook page. Could somebody provide a link. The only thing I can find is an "individual business" profile that she doesn't seem to have anything to do with.
- So who is winning Best Featured Actress in a Play this year? The two Judith's (Light and Ivey) seem to be the frontrunners.
I like them both.
- I'm listening and recording on my phone (thanks to the Tune In app) the Olivier Awards being broadcast now on BBC Radio 2. I really hope Rupert Everetf wins because his speech should be entertaining. And, of course, Helen Mirren.
- Sheridan Smith said "fuck" and someone said "shit" already and the BBC announcer had to apologize for them both.
Helen Mirren just won. Yay. But Rupert Everett lost.
Petula Clark sang "With One Look" quite oddly.
- Speaking of Wanda Richert-- what's the real story behind her getting fired as a Cassie replacement in A CHORUS LINE?
- [quote] Rupert Everett lost.
He and his tiny penis lost a looooong time ago.
- What was the Hamlisch song Idina sang at the Oliviers? I didn't know it.
- Heather Headley did such a gorgeous rendition of "I Will Always Love You" from The Bodyguard that the Olivier Awards crowd gave her a standing ovation which is very rare. And it left the co-host, Sheridan Smith, in tears.
- A pity then that Heather Headley rarely ends up performing in The Bodyguard.
- [quote] Heather Headley did such a gorgeous rendition of "I Will Always Love You" from The Bodyguard that the Olivier Awards crowd gave her a standing ovation which is very rare. And it left the co-host, Sheridan Smith, in tears.
- Heather Headley is the REAL DEAL!
- Idina just sang "Don't Rain On My Parade" and at the end sang "Hey, London...here I am!" Besides not scanning it was a cheesy choice, wouldn't you say? And she didn't sound as great as Ms. Michele did at the Tony Awards,
and I hate that bitch.
- This is Heather a few months back.
I am weeping. Flawless and full of feeling in a number that could have just been Whitney drag.
- Oh God, Michael Ball's singing "Love Changes Everything." I really hope he didn't take his shirt off, those man boobs made me nauseous.
- I fucking hate Love Changes Everything.
- I love Heather Headley. I have her first album, and also the duet she did with Brian Stokes Mitchell on "Make Someone Happy."
- If Wildcat and The Unsinkable Molly Brown crash into each other at 30mph, will we have a good show?
- An American R&B artist, singing a Whitney Houston-inspired cover of a Dolly Parton song at the Oliviers. Larry would be so proud.
- I wish I could see the Olivier awards here in NYC.
- I thought Heather was from Jamaica or some Carribbean island
Sheryl Lee Ralph
- Sheridan Smith sang a bizarre version of "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend" which opened the show. They should have brought over Megan Hilty.
Matthew Morrison did a good job with a West Side Story medley.
- [quote]I love Heather Headley. I have her first album, and also the duet she did with Brian Stokes Mitchell on "Make Someone Happy."
Speaking on "Make Someone Happy", why is the show it comes from "Do Re Mi" rarely done? I saw Heather Headley and BSM do it at Encores years ago, and it was wonderful. Great book and fantastic score.
- Heather Headley was AWFUL in Do Re Mi.
Girl can't act AT ALL.
- [quote] Marisa Tomei can't sing a note, that was my point.
have you heard her? she did the workshop of Sweet Charity i think and has said she wants to do a musical
- Uhhh, yeah, she did the workshop but did she do the show? Maybe there's a reason for that, dumbass.
- She quit the wokshop as did Jane Krakowski because they weren't happy with the way Neil Simon treated them......dumbass....why are so damn hostile btw?
- looks like she took it down r87. It was there yesterday and all the other poster said was true....she is quite the mess.
- Watched the Olivier highlights on ITV last night. British award shows are always so cringey.
The inexplicable rise and rise of the tedious Sheridan Smith continues unabated. I'm not sure why everyone suddenly decided she was so talented. I saw her in Legally Blonde and thought she was thoroughly underwhelming. The Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend opening was embarrassing. She looks like a short, squat man. Good face for radio though.
Speaking of faces, Rupert Everett now looks like a Picasso. A forged one, to be exact. What a fuckin' mess her face is.
Heather Headley has really big hands. I mean, unsightly big. She sounded like someone who sings I Will Always Love You eight times a week. Nothing against her. Just makes you realise what a talent Whitney was - even when she was down and out and phoning it in and saying her prayers out loud before the big note, she still gave a better performance than that.
Performances from Cats and A Chorus Line, what a fuckin' tired show. And the British really have zero dance talent. They always look so bottom heavy and unfit; every time a number ends their bellies heave with exhaustion.
And the way they fawn over the American talent, it's just embarrassing. "Matthew Morrison's FIRST UK performance! FIRST appearance on UK radio and television! For his FIRST album of showtunes!!" Called "Where It All Began!" What a fuckin' tool bag he is. And Idina Menzel - "renowned interpreter of Marvin Hamlisch!" How fuckin' hard can it be to interpret Marvin Hamlisch? She should've sung The Way We Were or Nobody Does It Better. Nobody wants to hear Marvin Hamlisch obscurities, of which I'm sure there are all too many.
And Dame Helen Mirren wins another award for playing The Queen. How predictable. And clearly now has trouble separating herself from The Queen. What a luvvy.
Best New Musical - Top Hat. That's not a new musical. But the competition was something called Loserville which barely ran eight weeks in the West End and would probably make Scandalous look very, very accomplished.
Bring on Imelda in Gypsy!
- Great reporting r114. THanks!
- Drama Desk Award Noms are this morning at 11AM.
They are always interesting because they include Off-Broadway.
- Ignore R3, OP. I thought it was hilarious, and it looks like others did, too.
- Drama Desk decides to eschew the whole "What Category Should Kristine Nielsen Be Nominated In" by not nominating her at all.
- Drama over at Drama Desk Awards
- Why? What's happening, r119?
- Did the choreographer of Cabaret in London come from the Gilliane Lynne school of choreography? WTF was that on the Oliviers?????? And they had to subject the audience to that shit from CATS? I had forgotten how incredibly lame and vomit inducing that choreography was. Bottom of the barrel. Makes Rob Ashford's dreck look like Ballanchine.
- No gossip on Jane Krakowski? Oh, well.
- Drama desk noms:
- I'll probably be crucified foe this...but I don;t think the Drama Desk Noms ere that bad.
- I'm especially impressed with who they DIDN'T nominate. Namely, Jerry Mitchell.
- The most tea Jane Krakowski has spilled is probably in this long BroadwayWorld interview from last year. Some interesting stories, for sure.
- Along with "Miss Witherspoon" (also by Durang), "Vanya and Sonya" etc. is the best performance Kristine has ever given. The telephone scene alone is award worthy.
- The TONYs would be smart to break out "Solo Performance" into its own category to get some more nominations and spread the love.
- Another humiliation for Kathy Lee....Glee had it's lowest ratings this past Saturday night. Kathy was guest star! LOL. Warning to NBC- don't throw this cunt any more bones or else she will ruin it for you.
- Isn't the KZ Troll ever going to comment on this thread's discussion, and evaluation, of her tits?
- Hoda honey, time to sober up. Glee didn't air on Saturday on NBC. SMASH, otoh...
- The nominations were actually very interesting.
- She did R130, first page of this thread.
- The nominations were actually very inane. But look at the nomination committee.
- A friend saw Jekyll & Hyde last night and said their were less than 200 people in The Marquis.
- Other than the incomprehensible love for "Hands on a Hardbody", I thought the Drama Desk nominations were interesting.
- She blushed when somebody linked to the picture, r133, but she hasn't been back to comment on the subsequent detailed debate about her titties' size, shape, and quality.
- I can't believe the Drama Desks dissed Kinky Boots the way they did. That crowd has been on its knees for Harvey Fierstein for years. Wonder what he did to piss them off?
- [quote]Heather Headley was AWFUL in Do Re Mi.
There's no accounting for taste. Everyone cheering for her the day I saw it was fooled, I guess.
- Thanks r126!
- What no one is talking about publicly with Heather is that she is only showing up for four shows a week in London. There's no way she can get away with that at The Marquis next Spring.
- What theater is the Carole King musical going to? Are they still going to San Francisco this Fall?
- Meant Smash of course. Maybe Kathy Lee will embarrass herself on Glee one day. She looked really hideous in that blond Marilyn wig.
- Current Rumor I hope!!!
Ann Miner the head of ATC Broadway chat, will be Julie James guest on the Sirius radio Broadway network this Sunday at 1 PM est.
- Sheridan Smith looked like an old frump on the Oliviers. Women in their 30's should never wear their hair in that style. She has as much sex appeal as Michael Ball.
- But Heather Headley made her bawl, Michael Ball! And you should talk-John Simon couldn't have been more right when he called you "The Pillsbury Doughboy."
- I want to see Michelle Dockery as Sally Bowles!
- so now, Roundabout is producing a revival-- of a revival-- of a production they didnt produce in the first place,,,discuss
- LOLOLOL R147, re your signature
- Major omissions at the Drama Desk noms:
Harvey Fierstein, Cyndi Lauper, Jerry Mitchell, Gregg Barnes and Kinky Boots
2/3 of the cast of Orphans
Rob McClure as Chaplin
Kristine Neisen and David Hyde Pierce
John Lee Beatty (The Nance, Orphans, The Big Knife)
Who else? Any other surprises?
- The only omission that irks me is Neilsen. She was great.
- Midler and Taylor were nominated in solo performance.
- Drama Desks mean nothing.
- Does anyone besides Wayman Wong give a shit about Drama Desk awards?
- And just think tomorrow morning at 8:30 the Tony noms will be announced and the ATC harpies will go ballistic when their favorites don't make the cut. At least Sutton will look right at home, since she always looks like she just got out of bed, and this time she actually will have!
- I recognize one name on the list and that's because she's a horrible person:
The 2012-13 Drama Desk Nominating Committee comprises Barbara Siegel, Chairperson (TalkinBroadway.com and freelance); David Kaufman (author and freelance), Samuel L. Leiter (Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Theatre, Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center), Martha Wade Steketee (urbanexcavations.com; editor and contributor, Chance Magazine), Adrian Wattenmaker (Theater Faculty, Brooklyn College; Director, School of Creative and Performing Arts) and James Wilson (Professor of Theatre, CUNY; co-editor of Journal of American Drama and Theatre).
- "Does anyone besides Wayman Wong give a shit about Drama Desk awards?"
Exactly. Like Jason Robards tells Jane Fonda in JULIA, "It's just a fur coat, Lily, it has nothing to do with writing."
- explain r158...is Fonda/Hellman getting caught up in fame? I don't remember that scene.
- Rocky DAS musical already holding auditions for Broadway!!!!
- I can't believe ROCKY is for real. It looks and sounds like an old SCTV skit. I hope the boys in Hamburg are paying Timbers, et al a boatload of cash.
- and Mama Mia has to move for this?
- Rocky Das Musical does have a certain undeniable ring to it.
Rocky, the Musical, much less so.
- Nick Adams IS Rocky.
- Those Germans sure know a first rate musical when they see it!
- Dance of the Vampires!
- r159, Lillian Hellman (as portrayed in JULIA) writes, after several false starts, THE CHILDREN'S HOUR, which is big, fat Broadway hit. A scene that follows shows Fonda/Hellman and Robards/Hammett at leisure in a montage of camping/fishing episodes, with the former reveling in her fame and spinning fantasies about how she'll spend her royalties. She mentions that she'd like to have a sable fur coat---and Robards responds with the wisdom I quoted above.
- Luke Treadaway, who won the Oliver for Best Actor (over Rupert Everett, Mark Rylance, James McAvoy and Rafe Spall) is a cutie. He played gay in a British miniseries, Clapham Junction, and had a pretty graphic sex scene in it.
Alas, the actor is straight in real life.
- I wonder if Patti LuPone will start trashing Debra Winger and Mamet since no Drama Desk or Tony noms have come her way.
- Speaking of "Morning Glow" (as per the thread title), I heard that song from the OBC album on SiriusXM the other day and now I can't get it out of my head. I remember getting the album (on vinyl from Motown Records!) when I was in college and playing it over and over. It's a really manipulative song, but it gets me every damn time!
- Too bad Schwartz never wrote a better Act One finale - oh, yeah, PIPPIN was originally done in-one. Not that that's how Schwartz wanted it.
Oh, but he did top it, so to speak (ha ha)... yes, he definitely did.
- Stephen Schwartz never topped anything, Idina.
- Erm, make that "renowned interpreter of Marvin Hamlisch," R171.
- Arlene Philips, another awful British choreographer, ruins Matthew Morrison's West Side Story medley on the Oliviers with more WTF interpretive dancing using a chorus of slutty looking chorus girls- seen on youtube. And what's with that Frank Sinatra hat he is wearing? Tony wasn't that cool.
- Ha, hating "Rocky" already, typical Theater Queens. Start with hating the concept, then casting and go all the way thru into opening night. Do any of you actually like anything? Bitch, bitch, bitch. 90% of the theater thread here and the Broadway threads are nothing but hate.
- Listening to Roma Torre and Pat Kiernan on NY1 dissecting the past Broadway season in anticipation of the Tony noms is enough to make a 30 year Broadway veteran want to leave the business.
- I'm surprised Rocky Das Musical isn't detouring to London before B'way. It's just the sort of tacky thing that would run for a while in the West End.
We've already had Flashdance The Musical!
- [quote] Broadway threads are nothing but hate.
- [quote]Ha, hating "Rocky" already, typical Theater Queens. Start with hating the concept, then casting and go all the way thru into opening night. Do any of you actually like anything? Bitch, bitch, bitch. 90% of the theater thread here and the Broadway threads are nothing but hate.
Thanks for your input, RonniK.
- No nomination for Bette.
- Not a lot of love for solo shows this year: No Bette, no Alan Cumming, no Fiona Shaw (but her shitty "play" got nominated - go figure).
Only Holland Taylor got an actress nomination for a solo show.
- Billy Magnussen nominated over Jeremy Shamos?!
- Nothing for Bette, Jessica Chastain, Chita Rivera, Alec Baldwin, Al Pacino, Scarlet Johanson, Sigourney Weaver.
- No Katie Finneran for ANNIE either.
- No Anthony Warrilow or Lila CRawford either. Annie only got the nom for Best Revival because there were no other options.
Sandy the Dog
- Will somebody just give Jane Greenwood that honorary Tony already?
Ann Roth, savoring her nomination
- Nothing for Cat at all. That must've sucked.
- Strange they nominated The Testament of Mary for Best Play but didn't nominate Fiona Shaw. Maybe they thought they had it covered with Nathan Lane in The Nance.
- When one thinks of the dearth of good plays, it's really no surprise they had to nominate Testament of Mary.
I mean, what play should have taken its place amongst the nominations?
- I wouldn't want to be anywhere near La Bette for the rest of this run.
- R175, you are correct. Rebecca is actually a good musical and was well directed by Francesca Zambello. If the American version was to be bad, it is because the producers did not trust to bring the Austrian production over w/o major changes.
- Instead of Testament of Mary, they could have nominated an actual play: Grace, The Nance or
The Other Place.
- [quote]Instead of Testament of Mary, they could have nominated an actual play: Grace, The Nance or The Other Place.
Now that's the funniest thing I've read all day!
- "Annie only got the nom for Best Revival because there were no other options."
And that need for CBS to have a crowd-pleasing musical number the people in the Midwest, and the devoted fans of GLEE, will watch.
- Kathie Lee just acted as if she got nominated for a TONY instead of Carolee Carmelo.
- The Testament of Mary was TERRIBLE. The Other Place or The Nance, while no great works of art, would have been a better category filler than that piece of crap.
Glad Bette was snubbed. Poor Jessica Hecht, but she'll live. I'm hoping Amy Morton can find a way to beat Tyson.
Would be AWESOME to see Morton and Letts take home those awards.
- Irwin and Turner didn't. Could go to Letts though who seemed to reinvent the role. But if Lucky Guy is going to win anything it'll be Best Actor, right? They must love it if they gave it a Best Play nominaton.
- I think Irwin did, didn't he?
- Yes, Irwin won. And Turner would have too but for Cherry Jones.
- Irwin won the Tony. Turner lost to Cherry Jones who, graciously, acknowledged Turner in her acceptance speech.
- They're giving Larry Kramer the Isabelle Stevenson Award???
- Well, in truth, Larry's looking more like Isabelle Stevenson than ever.
- Can someone please post all the nominations? Thanks!
- Best Play
The Assembled Parties
Author: Richard Greenberg
Author: Nora Ephron
The Testament of Mary
Author: Colm Toíbín
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Author: Christopher Durang
Bring It On: The Musical
A Christmas Story, The Musical
Matilda The Musical
Best Revival of a Play
The Trip to Bountiful
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Best Revival of a Musical
The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella
Best Book of a Musical
A Christmas Story, The Musical
Matilda The Musical
Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella
Douglas Carter Beane
Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
A Christmas Story, The Musical
Music and Lyrics: Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
Hands on a Hardbody
Music: Trey Anastasio and Amanda Green
Lyrics: Amanda Green
Music & Lyrics: Cyndi Lauper
Matilda The Musical
Music & Lyrics: Tim Minchin
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
Tom Hanks, Lucky Guy
Nathan Lane, The Nance
Tracy Letts, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
David Hyde Pierce, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Tom Sturridge, Orphans
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Laurie Metcalf, The Other Place
Amy Morton, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Kristine Nielsen, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Holland Taylor, Ann
Cicely Tyson, The Trip to Bountiful
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Bertie Carvel, Matilda The Musical
Santino Fontana, Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella
Rob McClure, Chaplin
Billy Porter, Kinky Boots
Stark Sands, Kinky Boots
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Stephanie J. Block, The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Carolee Carmello, Scandalous
Valisia LeKae, Motown The Musical
Patina Miller, Pippin
Laura Osnes, Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play
Danny Burstein, Golden Boy
Richard Kind, The Big Knife
Billy Magnussen, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Tony Shalhoub, Golden Boy
Courtney B. Vance, Lucky Guy
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play
Carrie Coon, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Shalita Grant, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Judith Ivey, The Heiress
Judith Light, The Assembled Parties
Condola Rashad, The Trip to Bountiful
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical
Charl Brown, Motown The Musical
Keith Carradine, Hands on a Hardbody
Will Chase, The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Gabriel Ebert, Matilda The Musical
Terrence Mann, Pippin
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
Annaleigh Ashford, Kinky Boots
Victoria Clark, Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella
Andrea Martin, Pippin
Keala Settle, Hands on a Hardbody
Lauren Ward, Matilda The Musical
Best Scenic Design of a Play
John Lee Beatty, The Nance
Santo Loquasto, The Assembled Parties
David Rockwell, Lucky Guy
Michael Yeargan, Golden Boy
Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Rob Howell, Matilda The Musical
Anna Louizos, The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Scott Pask, Pippin
David Rockwell, Kinky Boots
Best Costume Design of a Play
Soutra Gilmour, Cyrano de Bergerac
Ann Roth, The Nance
Albert Wolsky, The Heiress
Catherine Zuber, Golden Boy
Best Costume Design of a Musical
Gregg Barnes, Kinky Boots
Rob Howell, Matilda The Musical
Dominique Lemieux, Pippin
William Ivey Long, Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella
Best Lighting Design of a Play
Jules Fisher & Peggy Eisenhauer, Lucky Guy
Donald Holder, Golden Boy
Jennifer Tipton, The Testament of Mary
Japhy Weideman, The Nance
Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Kenneth Posner, Kinky Boots
Kenneth Posner, Pippin
Kenneth Posner, Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella
Hugh Vanstone, Matilda The Musical
Best Sound Design of a Play
John Gromada, The Trip to Bountiful
Mel Mercier, The Testament of Mary
Leon Rothenberg, The Nance
Peter John Still and Marc Salzberg, Golden Boy
Best Sound Design of a Musical
Jonathan Deans and Garth Helm, Pippin
- [quote]They're giving Larry Kramer the Isabelle Stevenson Award???
Yes, she died so she can't give it to herself anymore.
- Billy Magnussen from ATWT got a nomination.
Remember 3 years ago when all the Van Hansis fans said he was going to be a MAJOR superstar when the show ended.
I hate to say I told you so, but..
- [quote]Rebecca is actually a good musical and was well directed by Francesca Zambello.
Funniest thing I've read on DL in ages. This is how ya do it, bitches. Hysterical.
- How can Golden Boy be Best Revival of a Play when it was a Musical with Sammy Davis Jr?
Did they just strip out the music and present it was a play? Like they did with the mega-flop Breakfast at Tiffany's earlier this season?
- Once again, don't be ignorant R208.
- R209 you are not even answering the question.
- R209, don't feed the troll.
- It doesn't deserve an answer.
- Last four answers proves Theater fans are snobs
- The person is trolling.
I'm thrilled for Golden Boy. It was the best show of the season by a longshot.
- R214 there are some that are not that educated in the theater world like some others here.
What happened to helping others along the way?
- [quote]Rebecca is actually a good musical and was well directed by Francesca Zambello....
Funniest thing I've read on DL in ages. This is how ya do it, bitches. Hysterical.
Why is it funny? Did you see the show? Are you judging an entire production because the producer is screwy? Maybe the show deserves someone who knows what he's doing.
- Testament of MARY! closing Sunday. And the protestors will claim credit for it. And that sucks.
- Irwin didn't deserve the Tony, he sucked, so did Kathleen Turner.
- [quote]Why is it funny? Did you see the show? Are you judging an entire production because the producer is screwy? Maybe the show deserves someone who knows what he's doing.
I've heard the recording (which admittedly wasn't in English) and I saw a video of it. And I feel I can state with at least a bit of authority that the shady dealings of Ben Sprecher are dwarfed by the sheer incompetence of the piece itself. It's a shamefully awful adaptation of the story. And the music is numbingly bad. Dreck, even by the standards of those Euro-pop things.
I'm so tired of people defending these kinds of shows. And yes, that includes DANCE OF THE VAMPIRES. Whatever teeny, tiny bit of that show that was decent in Berlin (and that one I did see in person) was ripped to shreds by Rando, Crawford and company. BUT, even in its original form, it was still 99% dreck. It was never gonna fly here. And neither would REBECCA.
- [quote]Billy Magnussen from ATWT got a nomination
Billy's ass was the best thing on display in this past season's BOARDWALK EMPIRE! Too bad Gretchen Mol had to kill him (and his ass) off the show!
- I have not seen the production, but why did Fiona Shaw NOT get a Best Actress nomination?
- Too funny R215! Not Snobbery at all.
The person was making fun of the idiot in the last thread who thought that Breakfast at Tiffany's was a revival of the musical and not a new play.
Everyone here knows that Golden Boy was a revival of the Odets play and that the Strouse/Adams musical was a (loose) adaptation of that source material.
Don't the people posting in this thread actually go to theater and see these shows? I do.
- R219, Thank you for proving my point. I did see the Musical of Rebecca in Vienna. You cannot possibly know what the show is like off of Youtube. In a live performance it was wonderful. Yes, the orchestrations are Euro-pop. I don't mind that, but they are orchestrations. They can be tweaked. It sounds as if you hate anything European.
- [quote] Breakfast at Tiffany's was a revival of the musical and not a new play. Everyone here knows that Golden Boy was a revival of the Odets play and that the Strouse/Adams musical was a (loose) adaptation of that source material.
Then why don't producers use a DIFFERENT name so their is no confusion between the straight play and the musical.
Like Raisin in the Sun (Play) and Raisin (Musical)
It just makes things so confusing for us non-theater queens who can't keep up.
- Breakfast a tTiffan'ys the musical was originally titled HOLLY GOLIGHTLY. Merrick opted for the original title of the novella and movie around the time Edward Albee came in to replace the sacked writer.
In golden days, adaptions of films or books usually did have different titles than the original source.
A Time for Singing-- How Green was My Valley
Angel - Look Homeward, Angel
Here's Where I Belong - East of Eden
Hot September - Picnic
and yes, those mentioned above were all flops.
Is The Happy Time the first musical that used the original title? Anyone know for sure?
- I mean Breakfast at Tiffany's.. sorry!
- I know it is difficult to get MATILDA tickets, but is it as difficult to get KINKY BOOTS?
Bette's show should be looser now.
- Please R224.
If you knew that Golden Boy was not just a musical but a "Strouse/Adams musical", then you are hardly a "non-theater queen" but by all accounts you are a full-fledged Elizabethan theater queen with an oil portrait in the Tudor Wing of the National Portrait Gallery.
- R228 all I knew was that it was a Sammy Davis Jr Musical. That is all. I didn't know anyting about Strouse/Adams musical
- Oh, if only there were somewhere R229, et al, could go to find out information on these plays and musicals!
- why Burstein and Shalhoub-? noms should have gone to Numrich and Mastrogiorgio
- Not all of us are wrapped up with musical theater.
- [quote]Thank you for proving my point. I did see the Musical of Rebecca in Vienna. You cannot possibly know what the show is like off of Youtube. In a live performance it was wonderful.
How did I prove your point? If someone shows me a photograph of dogshit, I may not be able to tell you exactly how it'll smell, but experience suggests it ain't gonna be like roses. In this case, a story badly told is a story badly told. Being live in the room isn't going to bring any additional depth to that treatment.
[quote]It sounds as if you hate anything European.
It depends on how you define "European". Are you counting the UK? 'Cause I'll hold MATILDA against (and quite frankly above) any American musical of the last thirty years. BILLY ELLIOT was flawed left and right, but it was tremendously moving in the end. And I'm a huge fan of how they transformed the original French tableau rock musical of LES MISERABLES into what it is today. Masterful work.
If you're not counting the UK, then you may be right. VAMPIRES, MOZART, REBECCA, ELIZABETH -- all tripe in my book.
- Billy Magnussen nominated over Jeremy Shamos. WTF? Actually Magnussen over anybody makes no sense. He did nothing but wiggle his sweet ass at the fraus and queens in the front row. And this is how Tony nominations are born.
... and who is that chick nominated for best supporting Actress from the Vanya, Sonya, Masha and Shit? I saw the play and cannot remember her character at all!
Kristen Neilson (or whatever her names is) is nominated for doing the same dizzy thing she's done since God created dirt. Yawn. It's hers to lose it seems.
And Chris Durang and these constant odes to the gay sensibility. Belch. Again, His award seems certain. Has there ever been a more lightweight phony piece of claptrap awarded with such honor?
Is it a terrible season?
Are the nominators in the pocket of LCT?
- Nope R234- maybe it's just that LCT puts on the best theater in New York season after season after season. That's not to say they never have a stinker, but even their bombs are ambitious (Women on the Verge, Free Man of Color).
Kristine Nielsen is giving a bravura performance, and the telephone call is a highlight of the entire season.
To the fools who thought Golden Boy was a revival of the musical, what part did you think Seth Numrich was playing exactly? Danny Burstein? Tony Shalhoub? Or did you think this was the all-white version of the show and Lorna was being played by Anika Noni Rose or something?
- Danny Burstein resume is packed with musicals.
- You need to look up Clifford Odets on Wikipedia. That will answer your questions about Golden Boy.
- Yes, but as far as I know he hasn't performed in black face. (I realize there are a few white roles in Golden Boy: The Musical, but this cast was as white/Italian as can be!)
- One day, a producer came on board and offered me a part in the all-white company of the all-black version of Hello, Dolly! I jumped at it!
- Pearl Bailey was in the lead of Hello Dolly
- Are you wearing a muu-muu, R234? Because you sound like you are.
- I can just imagine Seth, Danny and Tony singing the part from "Don't Forget 127th St" where they spell out Harlem:
H is for the heroin they sell here
A is for the alleys where kids play
R is for the rats that run pell mell here
L is for the landlords, far away
E is for the endless clean up project
M is for the moldy roofs above
Put that all together it spells Har-ar-lem (oh, yeah!)
Nitwit! The place that white folk, white folk think we love!
- Again not all of us are familiar with the differences between the TWO different productions of Golden Boy.
- Dear God.
You're boring me senseless.
Please bring back the FOLLIES Trolls, already.
- For fuck's sake, GOLDEN BOY is a play about an Italian prize fighter. It was a big hit. It is frequently revived.
The musical made him black. It was a semi-hit that is rarely revived.
How hard is that to figure out?
- Well why didn't you just say so?
It took how many replies for R245 to set the record straight?
You come here for a question to be answered, and all you get is snide remarks.
- ENOUGH with Golden Boy!
The bigger question is why hasn't Ilya Darling been restaged?!
- R246, Maybe we expect people to come to the table with a modicum of knowledge. It's not like anyone's expecting you to know every lyric from Sarava.
Clifford Odets, Bartlett Sher, Charles Strouse, Lee Adams, Sammy Davis Jr, Seth Numrich- is it too much to expect that you know who these people are?
- No, the bigger question is, has Mamet's writing gone to shit now that he's become a noe-conservative in his later years?
Is patti thrilled to be overlooked so she won't have to grin and bear it at the awards ceremony?
- When was Mamet's last good play? Race wasn't any great shakes, but compared to The Anarchist it was genius.
- Who shall I wear to the TONYS, kids?
And if one of you big handsome lugs wants to be my date, I'd be tickled to the pink!
- [quote]Clifford Odets, Bartlett Sher, Charles Strouse, Lee Adams, Sammy Davis Jr, Seth Numrich- is it too much to expect that you know who these people are?
One of these things is not like the others.
- Whatever you wear, KZ, make sure you pad your bra so that nobody realizes you have tiny titties!
- Why wasn't I nominated for anything?? Bright side I suppose is that I don't have to host a nasty potluck this year for those starving, unclean, homeless actors.
Jan Maxwell Posting From Her Rent-Subsidized Palace
- [quote]When was Mamet's last good play?
1994: The Cryptogram
- Revenge Of The Space Pandas
- Why wasn't Erik Estrada offered the lead in Golden Boy? He did do the TV movie and has had Broadway in True West.
- Golden Boy was my ticket to the stars!!
Paula Wayne, having her third scotch on the rocks
- Erik will be doing the telenovela version, "El Chico Dorado."
- There is now a TV version of Golden Boy starring Chi McBride
- So, what did Bette throw out her dressing room window?
- Did they try for Michael Arden for Golden Boy? I'm sure he'd do it!
- LOL R262!
- Jesus Christ, the people on this thread are dumb. WTF is it with Golden Boy and Breakfast at Tiffany's?? One's a fucking play and the other a fucking musical version of the source material. Is that so damn hard to understand? Good God!
Yes, time to discuss ILLYA DARLING.
- R264 if someone had just said do from the start, we would not be dragging this discussion on.
But NO, the posters here refused to answer the question, thus dragging this discussion on FOREVER.
You guys have only yourselves to blame.
- Creating Musical Theatre: Conversations with Broadway Directors and Choreographers (Bloomsbury Methuen Drama - Paperback Book)
By Lyn Cramer. Featuring Rob Ashford, Andy Blankenbuehler, Jeff Calhoun, Warren Carlyle, Christopher Gattelli, Kathleen Marshall, Jerry Mitchell, Casey Nicholaw, Randy Skinner, Susan Stroman, Sergio Trujillo, Anthony Van Laast.
Now someone - anyone - dare tell me that theater is not dead after reading the above list.
- Someone needs to write "Golden Girl," a one-woman show based on Bea Arthur's life.
- R267 it is already being done called Golden Gays a new reality show.
- Hate to be that guy, but can someone explain the Michael Arden reference to me?
- [quote] Hate to be that guy, but can someone explain the Michael Arden reference to me?
Expect for this answer to be dragged out as well.
Why do you guys wish to makes us feel bad because we don't know as much about theater as some other people?
- [quote] Yes, time to discuss ILLYA DARLING.
Is that the version from whence they stripped the songs to make "Never on Sunday?"
- [quote]Yes, time to discuss ILLYA DARLING.
I saw Act One of ILLYA DARLING!. I wasn't familiar with the story having never seen the movie. I left at intermission.. what a stupid thing to do! My folks had take me and a high school friend for a week in NY. We saw shows every night some with my parents (I DO! I DO!), a few on our own (CABARET, APPLE TREE, HALLELUJAH BABY). This particular night, my parents went out to dinner, my friend Gary was seeing Betty Grable in DOLLY which I had seen with Channing. I must have been bored with ILLYA. Instead of staying for the second act, me, the idiot went back to the hotel and watched SPLENDOR IN THE GRASS on CBS Thursday Night at the Movies. I think about what a fool I was when I listen to the ILLYA DARLING cast CD Bruce Kimmel released a few years ago. So glad to have that memento at least.
kcguy, a foolish 16 year old in 1967
- "The bigger question is why hasn't Ilya Darling been restaged?!"
That's the kind of question that sets my heart aflutter and makes me want to have your babies, r247.
- "Now someone - anyone - dare tell me that theater is not dead after reading the above list."
You said it, r266. Requiescat in pace, Broadway.
- kcguy, I'm not yet 30, so I wasn't able to see Illya Darling, but I was thrilled when Bruce Kimmel released the OBCR too and listen to it frequently.
It wouldn't stand a chance having a commercial run, but Encores! would do a nice staging I'm sure.
- Honestly, ILLYA DARLING may not have the greatest score but the Overture (in truth, the production number Bouzouki Nights) and the Entr'acte are two of the most viscerally exciting instrumentals in the history of Broadway.
- This is an edited clip of the Ed Sullivan ILLYA performance. Can't find the complete clip anymore. Not even on blugobo. It must have been taken down.
- I never knew there had been an ILLYA tour with Cyd Charise..
- Re: R277
Those have to be some of the most boring costumes ever. It looks as if the Greeks shop a Filene's Basement.
- Fuck off, R265. We don't have to answer your stupid questions. It's a fair assumption that if someone knows about an obscure Sammy Daviis, Jr. musical they undoubtedly know the comparatively monumental source material and are just trolling for attention.
Shame you have nothing of worth to contribute here. Now fuck off.
- I'm really looking forward to Bette Midler presenting at the Tony Awards. That will be hilarious.
- Rebeca may have looked spectacular in Vienna (although the party scene was a clear rip-off of Phantom's Masquerade number) - but the score is, indeed, dreck. You can dress it up anyway you want to, but the score is truly dreadful.
Why Ben Sprecher would risk everything over this piece of garbage is a mystery. I don't see how he thinks it could be a smash hit, when it costs a fortune and is so terribly written.
- Wow, Illya Darling looks so visually unappealing in that clip. Compare it to the opening of Zorba, which was done on the Tonys a year later, and was much more exciting.
- Agree about Overture and Entr'acte of Illya Darling. I always thought they would be great musical pices for ice skating competitions- so exhilerating. And I LOVE Despo!
- Illya could be staged on the set of Mamma Mia. Especially if it means an end to Mamma Mia's run.
Who could be Illya? Jan Maxwell? Mercouri's dancing style isn't far off.
- Since Mamma Mia is moving theaters, I fear it won't be closing anytime soon. :(
- I did stay for the second act of Ilya Darling (though my parents left at intermission, Kcguy!). Sorry to say the best number was Despo singing "I'll never lay down anymore". In the 2nd act! And I liked the show a lot, though I was only 15.
- I know this is k-ra-zy but you know who'd I'd love to see play Illya? Arianna Huffington. Yeah, I know she's long in the tooth but...she's Greek, beautiful, sexy, funny. She'd be fine for a concert or staged reading.
On another note entirely...
"Yes, the orchestrations are Euro-pop. I don't mind that, but they are orchestrations. They can be tweaked."
Oh, please. Orchestrations are the one redeeming element of most contemporary musicals. They can take lackluster scores like LEGS DIAMOND or A CHRISTMAS STORY and actually make them sound like something. REBECCA is just another shrill, shrieking farrago of Euro-pop (and, sorry, r233, MATILDA, BILLY ELLIOTT and LES MIS are just as dreadful) that doesn't begin to communicate atmosphere, period, place or character. Maybe the producers should interpolate Eye of the Tiger and Gonna Fly Now---it couldn't hurt.
- [quote]I know this is k-ra-zy but you know who'd I'd love to see play Illya? Arianna Huffington. Yeah, I know she's long in the tooth but...she's Greek, beautiful, sexy, funny. She'd be fine for a concert or staged reading.
We could just get Nasim Pedrad doing her Arianna impression.
- Bombshell shut out of the Tonys-posting notice
poor Ivy Lynn -back to the perfume counter
- R290 - Hit List was also shut out, I hope Jimmy Collins doesn't go back to drugs
Just to say: I totally predicted way back when that Midler would not be nominated for a Tony Award this year, and many of you scoffed.
But I was right!
I still think Holland Taylor will win. Her play's still running, for one thing. She's fantastic, for another. And she wrote the thing, even though it's not particularly good - though on the other hand, it's as good as a lot of crappy new plays that get produced on Bway.
- R287-- Told ya. I was an idiot!
- Did anyone see JIMMY? Anita Gillette! Julie Wilson! Love the cast album.
- fuck right off r280, this is a gay theater discussion. If you don't have the sense to know what the fuck you are talking about, you deserve to get knocked around for it.
- There is no way THE OTHER PLACE is "better" than TESTAMENT OF MARY. The former was shit. Really tedious, manipulative (though it didn't work) and poorly written. Even Metcalf wasn't enough to make the evening worthwhile, and she was pretty great.
- But Nielsen and Tyson's plays will be running at Tony time too.
Tyson is the one to beat at the moment I think, though I'd give it to Nielsen or Morton personally.
- Jimmy - now that IS a shit musical. "oh gee, couldn't be sillier, your face is kind of familiar" UGH!
- Seriously, its the day of the Tony nominations and you're arguing over Illya Darling and Jimmy? How old ARE you people? Where is this basement you live in?
- That's what I heard. But I do like some of Anita Gillette's numbers.
- On Stage Across America debuts on Time Warner Cable all over the country so all of you can enjoy the amateurish talents of Frank DiLella.
The first episode does have a piece on some college that's doing Avenue Q. They mention that they had to make puppets by hand and yet Frank ends the piece with him calling John Tartaglia on the phone. Frank, you know EVERYONE!
- I've seen the shows this season... yes, I have. :) I am interested in the ones I missed. But by all means carry on R300. I'll step aside. :)
- r300, you're mixing your metaphors. Old people don't live in their mothers' basements.
There are a LOT of theater people on DL, which is why the freshest and most reliable gossip is generally to be found on these theatre threads. And theater people, unlike movie or TV people, tend to be knowledgeable about the world of theater outside of today.
Now go die in a grease fire.
- It should be called On Stage Across America Financed By My Trust Fund.
- Oh, get over yourself, r300. Even a second-rate score like Illya Darling's is SUPERIOR to anything that opened on Broadway this year.
- I saw Anita Gillette's cabaret at Birdland a few months ago and she sang a song from Jimmy- it was a ton of fun and the score has its moments.
She is still in marvelous voice, btw, and told some very funny and charming stories between the songs.
I'm 29 and love talking about all the hits (and flops) from the past just as much as the shows from today. If you don't know about a show being discussed here why don't you buy a cast recording, read a play or at the least go to ibdb/wikipedia and try to learn something for once in your life! (Thank you Golden Rainbow!)
- hugs R307! :)
- So besides the deserved closings of NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT and TESTAMENT OF MARY, what else is next?
- I was surprised J&H didn't announce a closing today after it didn't pick up a single nomination.
Almost every other play is a limited run and most will probably play out their engagements.
- R300 There is a TONY thread.
- Any news on Sally Bowles?
- Yea, she fucks gay guys.
- Is Tyson really respected as a stage actress though? Nielsen is the hometown NY theatre girl made good...I think she has the edge. (plus it is such an enjoyable performance...I was staring at my watch during Tyson's.)
- The old black actress is gonna win the Tony.
- Not the greatest year for Broadway shows but there will be genuine tension and surprise when the winners are announced. The only category that seems a given are Best Musical Revival Pippin and Andrea Martin.
Am I missng any other obvious winners?
- Disappointed that Deborah Cox didn't get a nomination. But the girl from Motown got one? Bah humbug! Vanessa Williams was snubbed as well.
- Will the Tony Awards do a remote from C Z-J's solarium?
- Nice cox, Deborah!
- Surprised that Bring It On got a nomination. What a piece of shit that show was.
Hardbody was really robbed.
Holland Taylor will win for Ann as I've said for months.
And the queens who can't answer silly questions need to dial it down.
What the hell is First Date the musical?
- Not a huge fan of The Onion, bu thought this was funny:
- First Date will be the first new musical of the 2013-2014 season. It's going into the Longacre and is sure to be a flop.
It had an out of town tryout in Seattle, maybe?
The cast hasn't been announced, but if the Seattle cast transfers there wasn't even a Betsy Wolfe type in name in the list.
- I'm waiting for "Mystery Date, The Musical."
- Did Betty Lynn get a Broadway show? Her classes have been cancelled from July thru the end of the year....because she's booked!!
- Michael Arden will do anyone to get ahead or is that give head.
- I walked by the First Date marquee the other day and thought for sure it was done up for a fictional musical in a movie or TV show.
- "There are a LOT of theater people on DL, which is why the freshest and most reliable gossip is generally to be found on these theatre threads."
You're kidding, right? Maybe seven or eight years ago...
- The Michael Arden reference is to him liking to get pissed on.
- Michael Arden will give head to anyone to get ahead - actually, if they're hung and cute, they don't even have to give him a career boost.
As for being a "golden boy," only after a really kinky night.
- [quote]Is The Happy Time the first musical that used the original title? Anyone know for sure?
Yes and no. David Merrick bought the original play, but essentially used only the title and a few of the characters and put them into a different story.
- Michael Arden is into water sports?!? Holy shit my dream has come too. If I lived in NYC -- or, I suppose, in LA now -- I would seriously be stalking that boy. With a full bladder. He is the cutest thing on earth.
- Michael Arden's cuteness is past its sell-by date.
- I got to suck on Anita Gillette's tits once.
- [quote]According to sources, despite the buzz surrounding Flashy, Masturbatory Horseshit for best revival of a musical, sources confirm that it is almost certainly Pippin’s year.
- [quote]I got to suck on Anita Gillette's tits once.
So did half of New York.
- From Budapest?
I never met a ruder pest.
- Power threesome.
Mikey Arden and Andy are "an item" now. Although, who's the bottom?
- Gee Andrew Rannells is alert in that photo.
- That picture is hysterical. Three Bottoms In Search Of A Power Top.
- If Jason in bare was this hot off Broadway, maybe it would have ran a little longer...
- Wait, Bare was originally an opera? Do they really mean sung through musical?
- For the guy who is a plus one with his Tony nominator boyfriend who wondered if their tickets would be honoured for I'll Eat You Last w/o a nomination for Bette - read Riedel today. Your tickets have been pulled.
Also says Bette has no intention of appearing as a presenter but that's likely to change. She ought to go and lap up all the appreciation - she would steal that show in a heartbeat.
- Call me, Bette. We'll discuss "egregious errors."
- Earlier show than THE HAPPY TIME that didn't change the title from the source material: FANNY
- And even earlier, r345:
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
- Well, Street Scene is the only one that was a stage play before it was a musical (or opera).
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn was a novel, then a movie. Zorba (the Greek) was a novel, then a movie. Pal Joey was a series of newspaper stories.
- I'll Never Stop Trying to Make Jekyll & Hyde Happen, Vows Frank Wildhorn
- [quote] I'll Never Stop Trying to Make Frank Wildhorn Happen, Vows Frank Wildhorn
There, I fixed that for you!
- Kristin Chenoweth appeared on the Tonys in 2010 when she didn't get a nom for "Promises, Promises," right?
- Bette should make an appearance, be gracious. It's not that people don't like her it's just that there are far more accomplished actresses in more demanding roles that deserve recognition.
Plus, it's kind of tiresome, these people who open a week before the deadline and expect everyone to fall at their feet. At least Holland Taylor had the balls to open in March. When Robert Morse did Tru he played for 6 months before the Tony Awards. Maybe she should've tried that.
- Bette should take any exposure she could get these days.
- Why should she cowtow? Her show is selling out nightly.
- [quote]Why should she cowtow?
- DOWNTON ABBEY spoof Downstairs at 54
Adorable Matt Doyle!
Mary Stout without the hot dog cart!
Laura Osnes, Broadway's Golden Girl!
- R350, Yes Chenoweth did appear on the Tonys that year after not being nominated for Promises, Promises and was a good sport about it. If I recall, she was supposed to present an award, but she just walked out of the wings and began thanking people like she had won! Then someone came and told her she didn't win, and she was like, "But I always win!" He answered, "You weren't even nominated," and she fainted.
Nathan and Bebe also presented that year when they weren't nominated for The Addams Family. Lane quipped that they were silent on nomination day, or as it was called in his household: Passover.
Much better for people to have a sense of humor about it. No one wants to see actors pouting in the corner.
- Daniel Radcliffe was also a trooper after Tony passed him over for How to Succeed a few years ago. He was part of the Tony Show (Remember Brotherhood of Man?) and became a darling of the Broadway community for all his Broadway Cares work and for his generally fabulous personality.
- Bette, of course, received a Special Tony Award in 1974 (presented by Johnny Carson) "for adding lustre to the Broadway season. She does not need to show up at the Tonys, but she should. Like Dustin Hoffman, who was not nominated for Death of a Salesman in 1984 but showed up and presented anyway, she will appear gracious and classy.
- it's trouper not trooper
- Most of the people being cited for showing up despite not receiving a nomination really can be seen as professional actors more than celebrities. Celebrities need reinforcement because, on some level, they know their fame rests on very little. Real actors have a resume.
- ...and real actors sometimes get rewarded. Remember how surprised everyone was when David Hyde-Pierce won for "Curtains"? That was pretty much his "thanks for being a good actor and a nice guy" award.
(I think Boyd Gaines also gets those).
- ZORBA doesn't count, because the book and movie were ZORBA THE GREEK.
And FANNY isn't just based on the movie Fanny, but on the whole trilogy - Marius, Cesar, and Fanny.
- I've heard several songs from REBECCA performed at various concerts/events by people who were supposed to be in the second canceled Broadway production (as opposed to the first canceled Broadway production). Judging from those songs, I agree that the score is dreck, and it's hard to understand why Ben Sprecher is so hell-bent on getting the show up. I guess he has no taste, aside from everything else.
- [quote]Lane quipped that they were silent on nomination day, or as it was called in his household: Passover.
A joke which he stole from Bob Hope on the Oscars.
- [quote]would have ran
- r361 not to mention he was excellent in a so-so show.
- [quote]I agree that the score is dreck,
Yeah, yeah dreck. Every theater queen thinks every score is dreck, except Sondheim of course, which the general public dismisses time after time.
- Are there any promising scores on the horizon? Listened to Kinky Boots and Dogfight - nothing really thrilling. Matilda's works much better in the show, but it seems like there's nothing great coming up. Even shows like Women on the Verge have some excellent songs.
- Far From Heaven starts soon R368. I haven't heard a note of the score, but it could be good.
Otherwise it has been fairly slim pickins.
- Will Kelli be showing her baby bump when Far From Heaven begins previews next week?
The nasty thing about pregnancies is they just keep getting bigger and bigger each week. Can she survive a month of previews without resorting to holding bigger and bigger purses over her waist in every scene?
Far From Over
- [quote][R361] not to mention he was excellent in a so-so show.
Carolee Carmello's mantra for the next four weeks.
- [bold] Andrea McArdle Becomes an Auntie [/bold]
Andrea McArdle Begins Her Mame Reign
Audiences know Andrea McArdle best as Broadway's favorite redhead—no, not Jesse Tyler Ferguson—Annie! Now the Tony nominee returns to a suburb of her Philadelphia hometown to take on the eccentric and fabulous title Auntie in Jerry Herman's 1966 musical Mame, opposite Lea DeLaria as bosom buddy Vera Charles. Catch them at the Media Theatre through May 19, then at the Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, PA, from May 23 through June 9.
- Oh trooper, as in state trooper, and trouper as in lesbian! Or do I mean thespian? Same thing...
- "Far From Heaven starts soon. I haven't heard a note of the score, but it could be good"
It's not. I found the FFH songs disappointingly unmememorable, and in one instance, misconceived (the songs for the gossip, though I hear they've been cut).It's strange. I thought the score for Grey Gardens was among the most accomplished since Urinetown. But nothing Frankel has written since comes close. And speaking of Hollman and Kotis, whatever happened to their Man in the White Suit project, or any other follow-up, for that matter? I know Kotis on his own has written a couple of plays but as a team?
"Are there any promising scores on the horizon? Listened to Kinky Boots and Dogfight -nothing really thrilling. Matilda's works much better in the show, but it seems like there's nothing great coming up. Even shows like Women on the Verge have some excellent songs."
All of the scores you mentioned, including Matilda, are lackluster, IMHO, and only Laura Benanti's song in Woman on the Verge made any impression. This is my biggest pet peeve with contemporary Broadway--the music sucks. There hasn't been a decent musical theatre song, let alone score, in ages. But given the malaise of contemporary pop music and the abysmal state of music education in the U.S., is it surprising? Nevertheless, it's dispiriting. I've heard a couple of songs from Big Fish promos and they're somewhat above average for Lippa. But I'm confused by the response the show has been receiving: industry people give it a thumbs down but the critics have been warmly receptive, including Variety (though its critics have the biggest tin ears going). Time will tell, I guess.
- "Bridges of Madison County" is a lot better than anything else Jason Robert Brown has crapped out lately - he's clearly been on autopilot for "13", "Urban Cowboy" and "Honeymoon in Vegas" and it's good to hear him actually trying again.
Not a huge fan of his, but I'm reserving judgment. Could be not terrible.
- You watch. Ms. Midler will present at the Tonys.
- r374 is spot-on. After GREY GARDENS I was very excited about Frankel, but after the numbing HAPPINESS and dissapointing scores for FINDING NEVERLAND and FAR FROM HEAVEN (OK, the husband has a beautiful solo in the second act) I'm very uncertain of his Broadway future.
THE MEMORY SHOW was another dissapointment. Two good songs for Kritzer about on-line dating and one about "I am the apple and she is my tree", but the rest is painful and so-wants-to-be-another-NEXT-TO-NORMAL.
- And even Next to Normal wasn't Next to Normal.
- And "the apple doesn't fall far from the tree" has already been done by Kander and Ebb in The Rink.
- I think Kristine Neilsen will win for the Durang play. She is SIMPLY AMAZING in the role. Cecily Tyson is a legend but I don't like her Carrie Watts at all.
- I heard a bootleg of the Far From Heaven score and thought it was remarkable, with O'Hara soaring on the material.
- how has Michael Arden had a career.
Mediocre actor, Mediocre singer, terrible posture
What's the attraction people?
- he's on that Charlie Sheen sitcom now
- He was cute in that Deaf West production of BIG RIVER. But age has done him no favors. He's like a less talented TR Knight.
- Miss Tyson seemed very eldery in movie The Help two years I can imagine what she is onstage now. Isn't her character advanced middle-aged not 80?
- Was Far From Heaven shut out at the Tonys?
- Yes dear. Now go back to bed.
- Michael Arden has a career because he's adorable, a good actor, and a good singer. Have you seen the clip of him singing "Run Away with Me"? It's brilliant.
- What's the longest-running musical that's never been revived? I'm thinking maybe "The Magic Show"?
- Try Cats R389
- Sorry ... I don't mean to include things that have closed in the past decade or so ...
- The musicals Seventeen and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes both came from novels bearing the same titles.
- while not surprising--no real mention of both Glengarry-Pacino/Cannavale and Cat-Scarlett/et all all being shit out this year at The Tonys
- What was the first film-to-stage work that kept the original title? 42nd Street?
- What is it about women who are get pregnant before doing FAR FROM HEAVEN. Julianne Moore was preggers during the shott for the movie Julianne More, seriously.
- Hello poster 396. Is it meds time? Or plenty of black coffee. Or have you had too much black coffee already?
- I really was pulling for Dream Skipper in the category of Most Supporting Metaphor.
- [quote]no real mention of both Glengarry-Pacino/Cannavale and Cat-Scarlett/et all all being shit out this year
I think the reason is right there in your typo.
- If/Then will be the show to beat next season. You read it here first. Amazing score.
- Michael Arden is way past his "adorable" phase. He is not aging well, and its only going to get worse. Recent pictures are evidence of this. His nude pics used to be all over the place.. now no one cares anymore.
- Just heard that Encores! next year will consist of Irma La Douce, Little Me, Most Happy Fella. Any confirmation?
- [quote]Did Betty Lynn get a Broadway show? Her classes have been cancelled from July thru the end of the year....because she's booked!!
Well, she got an OFF Broadway show...at Signature.
- McArdle as Mame?
She has zero,charm, can't act ,no comic timing.
Comes off as very hard onstage.
- [quote]McArdle as Mame? She has zero,charm, can't act, no comic timing. Comes off as very hard onstage.
"McArdle has all the vitality and charm anyone could ask for in the role of Mame. Her gorgeous vocals strike beautifully well-rounded notes. Singing or dancing, she illuminates the stage with her presence — an absolute delight from start to finish...
And yet she received terrific reviews like that, which means it's probably you.
- What is If/Then? Details please.
- If you use the google, you get this...
- Tyler Manyard is doing Silence! Isn't he the one that steals (things not the show...)
- yes R408
Jessie Mueller's fur wrap at Tyler's apartment
- That description of If/Then at the link makes it sound utterly dreary and mournful.
- Michael Arden has nude pics on the net?
- [quote]His nude pics used to be all over the place.. now no one cares anymore.
- "Michael Arden Nude" on google just brings up a bunch of pictures of naked women.
- Gang, should I go to this?
- did Karen ever take a husband like a normal woman?
- It is a little scary to think of being in the same city as Betty Lynn. Someone alert homeland security.
- Karen Ziemba has a very nice husband.
OP - I saw the Cincinnati Trip to Bountiful and it was rich and moving. The lead actress has Broadway credits but is not a name in the sense that Tyson is but she blew CT away. Wilson stole the idea for himself, he is a friend of Douglas', or at least he was; Douglas had developed his production over a 2 year period. The current Broadway production is misguided; the relationships, and significance of a black woman farming in the deep south, are glossed over.
- Wilson didn't steal the idea, Hallie Foote did. She saw Douglas' production, thought it was magnificent, and then went and called Wilson and said "What do you think about this?"
- I was told my someone close to the production that Wilson and Douglas had spoken about it years ago when it was first in development. Perhaps both things are true.
- [quote]Karen Ziemba has a very nice husband
Does he like her teeny tiny titties?
- S. Epatha Merkerson should do The Trip To Bountiful on HBO.
- Would some post the Arden photos?
- The Trip To Bountiful should be retired....big yawn fest.
- You can post all the small-town reviews you want, r405. There's a reason McArdle hasn't hit as an adult leading Broadway star.
Forget Peters - McArdle is the "Original" 'Sluggo In Curls'.
- I'm not sure I like Andrea McArdle. She's comes off pretty rough. I've watched some of her cabaret performances on YouTube and there isn't any subtlety or nuance to what she does at all. More power to her but as an adult she just performs like some hammy child actress.
- The clips of McArdle as Miss Hannigan were pretty bad. She showed no comic ability at all.
- McArdle sang the hell out of "Cabaret" when she was in the national tour but her acting left a lot to be desired. Wooden.
- Jekyll & Hyde to close.
- Seriously somebody post a link or the pics of nude Michael Arden! I wanna see!
- Maybe the nude pics of Arden don't really exist?
- McArdle's a racist, too. Years ago, in the Times Square Howard Johnson's, she came in and told her assembled friends: "That nigger cop just gave me a ticket!"
- I was there, r431, she said "friggin cop."
- I don't really understand all of the Michael Arden hate on this board. He seems like a sweet guy, and I have to believe that those who do not recognize him as probably the most talented of his MT contemporaries must not have seen enough of him.
I saw "Pippin" the other night and enjoyed the production overall, but I couldn't help but wish that Arden had been cast in the title role. He and MJT look sort of similar, so it seems like a blatant snub to me. Who did Arden piss off (pun intended)? That kid undoubtedly would have garnered another Tony nom for the show.
- R430, the pics exist. I don't have them, but I saw them a LONG time ago. They're not really anything special.
- JEKYLL & HYDE to Close on May 12 on Broadway
- As mentioned, the pics are not spectacular. He tends toward chubbiness, and not down there.
- If Melissa Errico can make a comeback, is it too late for Debbie Shapiro?
- Bette will win the Tony in an unprecedented write-in blitz.
- I'd rather see Debbie Gravitte as Mame than McArdle, She's 58 and looks ten years younger.
- So the Tonys are honoring another non-union production this year. That cruise ship Hairspray thing didn't work out so well for them.
- For the really hardcore theater geeks - here are the Drama Critics Circle ballot info:
Some really interesting choices mixed in.
- R441 It's fixed!
- Doesn't look like Vanya should have won
- r435, as someone said on that other forum, I guess this wasn't the moment.
- Kyle Dean Massey is hot. Too bad the last part of the video is devoted to some unattractive kid...
- Jekyll and Hyde should've gotten a chance to finish it's run. It's an entertaining show and Deborah Cox is amazing! It's alot better than some of the other shows on Broadway.
- poor r446. Take your crap to Broadwayworld please.
- MAGGIE FLYNN!
- Is Bette Midler going to host the Tony's?
- No ever posted a link to the nude Michael Arden pics.
Is it hard to come by to find the pics?
- I searched r450 but couldn't find anything. Were they candids or was he nude in a film?
- Why did someone as talented as Michael Arden ever become involved with that sleazeball who had a harassment lawsuit filed against him? This does not compute, but maybe it explains the Arden hate in some quarters.
- Whach you talking about r452?
- Who are those other tarts in the link at r1? What shows were they in?
- When was Michael Arden nominated for a Tony?
- How is Pippin gonna make money for the Weisslers in such a small theater?
The producers of Book of Mormon
- Everyone said they loved Bette on the Project Runway Reunion Special. This is going to ignite the write in campaign for the Tonys.
- Is it true that LCT recently had to shut the men's bathroom at the Vivian Beaumont because too many gay men were meeting there to fuck?
- Neal Patrick Harris is confirmed to host the Tonys again this year, it just hasn't been "formally" announced yet.
- A Patina-less Pippin last night! Stephanie Pope (exactly how OLD is she?) went on with one hour's notice!
For Patina's sake, I hope those Tony voters decided to come back another night.
- I saw the Patina-less PIPPIN. Maybe it was her absence, but I didn't get what all the fuss was about. Andrea Martin aside, I thought it was so-so. And Stephanie Pope can't sing for shit. Great legs, though.
- Pope's singing in keys not right for her voice.
- HEY! Producers of Book of Mormon!
We got 990 seats, you got 1,066.
We'll make it work!
- Patina's playing it as Ben Vereen as Leading Player. Is Pope doing the same?
- According to Sirius XM, Patina gave them 20 minutes notice. Did Stephanie hang and swing from the trapeze too?
- Apparently, Pope didn't do the specialties. According to the whining Broadway performer-worshipers on Broadwayworld, we're supposed to give her a break on that because she's 49.
Uh, Andrea Martin is 66.
- More like give her a break because she hasn't even been rehearsed in that stuff.
- Sat in the first row -- Pippin was aglow!
- Of course, R467, that's the logical response.
- I find it hard to believe about the Men's Room at the Beaumont. There is NO privacy in there -- the stalls and the urinals are set up directly across from the sinks. And the security guards are obnoxious about refusing to let you use the restroom if there's no show going on. The bathroom is next to the box office but they will yell at you if you try to use it.
- Michael Arden used to be cute, but he's never had a good body - kind of doughy. And he's not a great actor.
I'd still love to see those nude pics, though.
- Speaking of Linda M, she went in for Vicky Clark the same night Patina Miller was out.
- R470 has that always been the case though?
I seem to remember a few years ago needing a bathroom during the day and being surprised that it was open in the middle of the day.
- Vivian Beaumont sucked my cock!
- Did anyone catch the Tony nom references in tonight's "Smash"? They mentioned "Pippin" and "Drood", and there was a bulletin board with pictures and names of potential nominees. I noticed Victoria Clark, but it went by too fast to see anything else.
- If Dan Stevens is a presenter at the Tonys I will vomit.
- Saw Karen tonight in the Lyrics and Lyricists tribute to Jerome Kern tribute. She danced and even tapped and sang quite a few numbers, but she just doesn't wow me the way she did way back then. And, she needs to do something with her hair.
- was she topless r477?
- She's 55 years old. Give her a break.
- That Lyrics and Lyricists thing didn't even have a real soprano in it, and it was KERN for heaven's sake.
- [quote]So the Tonys are honoring another non-union production this year. That cruise ship Hairspray thing didn't work out so well for them.
It's The Tony Awards, not The Equity Awards, get over it.
- it will be 2 hours of dead air space if Equity decided to boycott the Tony awards broadcast.
And if that line isn't a set up....
- I guess the temptation to have sex on Broadway is too much for them.
- Again, 481, the Tony Awards were set up to honor Broadway. There are a million other theatrical awards for off-Broadway and regional theater. They can give honorary awards all they want, but the merit awards (ha!) are about Broadway. Broadway performers and stage managers are members of Equity.
- : Rebecca Luker was in the house last night at Lyrics. She should have done the whole show.
There were maybe 5 people there under the age of 82. I think they were disappointed that it was so jazz oriented.
- August: Oh say it's not true County
- R480, the current artistic director of Lyrics and Lyricists just hires her friends to perform. Apparently, she doesn't socialize with legit sopranos.
- dont worry Patina. missing a lot of shows in May wont hurt your Tony chances
- agree. the Tony's shouldn't have anything to do with non equity productions.
Whose fucked up idea was that?
- Michael Arden nude pics please please please.
- R475 I freezed it. They had Laura Osnes and Audra McDonald up for Tony's in lead, and Patina and Victoria Clark for featured.
- Can we please stop with the apostrophe in "Tonys"? This isn't Broadwayworld. I expect better from you queens.
- Anyone want to see my nudie pics?
- Yes please Michael!
- Only if they were artfully taken by Christian.
- [quote]Again, 481, the Tony Awards were set up to honor Broadway. There are a million other theatrical awards for off-Broadway and regional theater. They can give honorary awards all they want, but the merit awards (ha!) are about Broadway. Broadway performers and stage managers are members of Equity.
And every year for decades they have honored, and promoted theater outside of Broadway, like last year's cruise ship, which is where many young people get their first taste of theater or Regional Theaters all over the country. If you don't like it, start your own Equity Awards. SAG did it. This year's Academy Award Best Actress nominee Quvenzhane Wallis was not nominated for a SAG because the shoot was Non-Union.
- Lyrics and Lyricists hasn't been worth seeing overall since Maurice Levine and Berry Levitt left. They constantly paper the house. I don't know how it supports itself. DGW is a nice person, but she knows zero about music and no one does it except her "friends". Mediocre.
- Who cares about the Tony Awards? It means nothing.
Karen Olivo, greeter at Cosco
- I care -it is an opportunity for me to host the show again and sing another specially written song by Mark Shaiman about gays on
Neil Patrick Harris
- [quote]sing another specially written song by Mark Shaiman about gays on Broadway.
Don't we (still) have "Smash" for that?
- r486, it looks like the marketing campaign is "We know you won't want to see this so we just knocked something together using Publisher."
- Chita was also up for Featured/Supp on Smash. Audra was up for lead. The props people made a big mistake though. They listed Karen as being up for Hit List even though Eileen says that Hit List isn't going to Broadway.
- Didn't you watch all of the show? Eileen's ex is taking Hit List to Broadway... Why, who knows?
- I'm WAAAY Off-Broadway now, won't somebody give a special award to ME!? I was't on that Hairspray cruise ship, but I acted as if I worked on one in "Sail Away".
- Well, the LORTEL AWARDS happened tonight.
Play: The Whale
Revival: The Piano Lesson
- Equity isn't going to boycott the Tonys. Lets be real here. They wrote their letter, appeased the people who are angry (look we're DOING something) and everyone will move on and be happy.
If Equity really mattered anymore they'd have insisted on equity tours, but they didn't. It's all rather silly lately.
- Don't you love how they keep telling us to love Pesach and Poled, when their music is kitten-on-the-keys bad (the weakest element of A CHRISTMAS STORY- saved by the orchestrations) and DOGFIGHT got mediocre reviews and closed quickly?
- R495, they were artfully taken in a dorm room at Julliard.
- R507 = taste-free idiot.
- Hey R510, "Inaccurate idiot" would also have worked as a description of r507, but I think I like yours better.
- [R510]: If you like their swill, you're the taste-free one, m'dear.
- R511: inaccurate, how? Did it get good reviews? No. Is it still running? No.
- R503/bette Midler- yes, I watched the whole show. And when we looked at the potential nominee board, Hit List was NOT going to Broadway and Eileen said so. So why was Karen on the board? The props people messed up. They were jumping the gun.
- I love the score to A CHRISTMAS STORY. Love love love it. Didn't see DOGFIGHT. Rumors it's headed to Broadway?
- r507, every word of your post is insightful and true. And "kitten-on-the-keys bad" is perfection.
- Dogfight will not last a week on Broadway unless there are huge stars in the lead.
- A Christmas Story sounds like an Adler and Ross musical to me with You'll Shoot Your Eye Out as Steam Heat or Hernando's Hideaway and that little tap dancer as Carol Haney!
It's not Sondheim or LaChiusa, but I found it tuneful and charming and funny. Abbott would have cut the first mother song, but other than that I loved it.
If I was giving kids special Tonys, I would have given one to the cast (and casting) of A Christmas Story before Matilda.
- AEA website has an audition announcement for the workshop of the latest movie to become a musical: BULL DURHAM.
- I saw Dogfight. It was OK. It wouldn't last on Broadway unless it had some stars. The day I saw it at 2ST there were rows of empty seats. I think it'd be foolish to try on Broadway.
- So um the press agent for Rebecca was anonymously emailing the finances and telling them not to fund the show? Isn't that like career suicide for him?
- the nude pics were circulating back when he was on Broadway. He has now been replaced by Jeremy Jordan, Aaron Tveit, Bobby Steggart etc etc. Michael Arden had this young boy face that hasn't aged well. He tried to go to Hollywood and didn't make it. Now he is stuck in awkward no-man's land - both Broadway and Film/TV have rejected him. It is sad.. he'll probably show up on a webseries or something. When you can't get cast on Broadway or in LA, you create a web series for Bway fan tweens that still care.
- R522- you are wrong. Michael Ardem is a series regular on Charlie Sheen's show "Anger Management" which has been picked up by FX for 100 episodes.
- Michael Arden works all the time in LA, including a regular role on the upcoming new Anger Management.
Did you play a famous character in a fantasy franchise?
- Wonderin' if Jane Lynch wants to lynch her agents for getting her into "Annie" which is dropping like crazy in it's grosses and has little advance. Are the producers even promoting her? Word of mouth must have finally caught up with this crapfest.
- Can someone PLEASE post the nude pics of Michael Arden? pretty please? I think he's adorable.
- Break a Leg this week Karen Z and Christine B!
You're each delightful and incredibly talented!! The lights on B'way (well a bit uptown) will be brighter with you two troupers singing and dancing this week in OYT!!!
I squeal with anticipation of seeing you trod the boards for us!!!!
** s w o o n **
- For Gods Sake, somebody please post these lousy pix, so everyone can then start ranting about his tinymeat and pudgy pecs and we can get a new non Michael Arden post going. Maybe it will focus on ME.
- I squeal with anticipation of seeing Shonn Wiley backstage in his tighty-whities.
- ORPHANS to close a month early.
- Are they paying Shia? or is Alec getting a ridiculous salary? It is only a 3 character play after all. Note to future producers- Alec's name means shit on Broadway.
The cast of 30 Rock
- Yes, please, get ready for new thread! And maybe link Michael Arden pix to finish this tired act off!
- It's almost June, bitches. Time for y'all to start thinking about huggin' my bejeepas!
- Would have loved to have Leslie Uggams do her special take in that boring PBS production of Carousel a couple of weeks ago. It would have woken everyone up.
- I wonder if Michael Arden might be on a TV series? Like Anger Management? The Charlie Sheen series?
- love you r534
- Why wouldn't Orphans be paying Shia a run of the contract star salary? They fired him, didn't they?
So, between Shia's salary and Alec's astronomical salary, they couldn't possibly be profitable without selling out every week.
The hole in Jan Maxwell's former Roundabout dressing room
- I think I've seen the Arden pics. They're cum shots from him masturbating. I don't know where they are now. Buried in an old computer somewhere.
- Well, FIND THAT COMPUTER! Post haste! i really really really want to see Arden naked.
- Testament of Mary closing after grossing 300K last week how much does a one person show have to gross to run in this town
- It sucks that everything has to be a MEGA hit or close a month early. Maybe it was ever so, but it's depressing.
- I hate seeing productions close early; too many unemployed actors.
That being said, no more play and no more tv series for Alec Baldwin is good news; the more unemployed Alec Baldwin becomes the better life will be for all. I cannot stand seeing him EVERYWHERE on a daily basis.
- Didn't Baldwin post that he was 'retiring from acting' a while back?
- Alec's new wife is due in July so he's gotta keep making money somehow.
Is she coming from Russia? Or The Phillipines?
- the reason something like Orphans tanks-is that there was basically no reason for the production--its not a play that was screaming for a Broadway production--or had a directorial perspective that was going to reexamine the material in a new way--or a star that genuinely made it an event.
Its the further summer tock-ization of Bway--you cant just pick a title-plop a"Name" in it and produce something for the sake of producing it and think thats a recipe for success. On the other hand--if you cant run a 3 character play for what, 12 weeks, with Alec Baldwin--why produce commercially anymore (plays, at least)
- Alec's role in Orphans was a big misfit. For someone who doesn't often do theater, I can't imagine what made him want to play it. The 2 boys' roles are the star parts.
And the play doesn't belong on a Broadway stage which is too formal and distancing as a setting for the action.
- Testament grossed 300K last week because they posted the notice that Tuesday and it was people's last chance to see it. If the notice wasn't put up, the gross would have been 150K. No one cared.
- I bet Baldwin's role, in the right hands, could be as meaty as the two others. I think he was out to prove himself as a capital A actor. And he failed.
ORPHANS is one of those uber-actory-actor shows, and the sad truth is that Baldwin doesn't know how to dig down deep enough. It isn't in his tool-kit. Not no more. He gave it his all, but his all is pretty limited and shallow.
- New, much younger wife and new baby? Yawn. Sorry Alec - you just got played.
Big pay-out within three years
- I walked out of Orphans because it was so bad.
Main problem is that the play itself is terrible. I thought all the actors were bad but especially Baldwin who seemed to be miscast.
- I saw the great Albert Finney do Orphans and it was still a small, not terribly good, play. You can't blame Baldwin for that.
- I'm shocked that no one wants to drop $140 to see Alec Baldwin or Fiona Shaw depress the shit out of you. Maybe $70, but $140?
- Fiona Shaw is NO Cherry Jones
- r552 is right. Bad play, and Baldwin, the day I saw it, seemed totally uninterested in being there.
And my "discount" orchestra seat was $99...WHAT??!
- Who produced that horrific commercial for Annie? A bald guy dancing with a red headed little girl? Very unexciting If you're gonna sell a musical- it's gotta be splashy. Meanwhile Matilda is running their splashy commercial every minute on TV. They must have major advertising bucks. What will the Big Fish commercial look like?
The producers of the Hands On A Hardbody commercial
- Alec Baldwin tears Ben Brantley a new one on HuffPost and calls for his firing.
Alec, I agree with your opinion on Brantley, but it wasn't his fault the shitty Orphans is closing.
- p.s. He and the proofreaders need to learn how to spell "Shubert."
- [bold] Megan Hilty, Aaron Lazar Star in Pre-B’way ‘Can-Can’ Reading [/bold]
Megan Hilty and Aaron Lazar have been tapped to star in a staged reading this summer of “Can-Can,” the Cole Porter tuner gearing up for a Broadway revival helmed by TV vet David Lee.
A thesp’s participation in a reading doesn’t guarantee his or her involvement in the final production, but it can always offer insight into casting possibilities. Hilty is a Broadway vet (“9 to 5,” “Wicked”) who became a TV face on NBC skein “Smash,” while Lazar’s Rialto credits include “A Little Night Music,” “Les Miserables” and “Mamma Mia!”
In the reading, Hilty will play the owner of a Belle Epoque dance hall where the scandalous dance of the title is performed, attracting the attention of a conservative judge (Lazar).
Lee (“Frasier,” “Cheers”) also co-pens a revised book for the 1953 musical, teaming with another tube veteran, Joel Fields (“The Americans,” “Rizzoli and Isles”). Rialto production of “Can-Can,” with choreography by Patti Colombo and music direction from Steve Orich, follows in the footsteps of Lee’s 2007 rejiggering of “Can-Can” at the Pasadena Playhouse in 2007.
Jonathan Burrows, nephew of the musical’s original book writer Abe Burrows, produces the revival, which aims for a Broadway berth in spring 2014. Industry-only staged reading is set for July 15-17 in Gotham.
- R558 - I find myself agreeing with everything he says about Brantley, who is there longer than Frank Rich and he needs to be dumped immediately.
- Brantley's the high school book report version of a theater critic.
- THE BLACK CROOK!
- Ok, but if your main argument that Brantley is wrong is that there has been a standing ovation every night, then you're not making much of a case there.
- Broadway's Sweetheart Karen Ziemba is ON.. HER.. TOES!!
Short rehearsal dance and interview with our special gal in this Encores! video
Karen's piece begins at 6.23. Video runs 26 minutes total and includes interviews with others working on the production ON YOUR TOES.
ON YOUR TOES Ziemba style!!!!!!!
- That teaser poster for AOC is ridiculous. It looks like a fan-made poster - is it real?
- Can the Karen Ziemba troll and the Michael Arden troll please run off together?
Someone discuss JUNO!
- Who has bigger tits - Karen Z or Michael A?
- Now that's just rude!
- I love JUNO! I have a video bootleg from the Encores! production and the cast recording with Shirley Booth. Heartbreaking score. Just my opinion. Not a Victoria (I refuse to call her Vicki .. I don't know her) Clark fan vut she was excellent in the CC production. By the way, R568, you did know that Michael Arden was in the Encores! production, yes?
One of the Ziemba trolls (also mlop, Jen Cuddles,Olivio etc) on break
- Oh, I can't just imagine the Oirishness.
- Maybe they'll do a new JUNO based on the Ellen Page movie!
- Karen Ziemba is a NATIONAL TREASURE and a QUADRUPLE THREAT!
She is not to be trifled with!
- Speaking of Karen Z -
oh...so THAT's what this song sounds like sung by someone with pitch and key!
- What's AOC?
- "Heartbreaking score."
Not really. Other than WE'RE ALIVE and I WISH IT SO, the rest of the score doesn't quite cut it, although BIRD UPON A TREE comes close. Too bad the excellent dance music in Act Two has never been recorded.
- Baldwin's rage against the Times is a little silly. There's no guarantee anymore that had the Times raved about his not well reviewed show that it would have run any longer. And they've panned a ton of shows that will run forever. A Times review only means something to handful of people who are not enough to sustain a Broadway show for more than a couple of months.
- Surely, R578, you're not suggesting that Baldwin was having a hissy fit without really thinking it through. He's such a thoughtful lamb.
- KZ's boobies look just fine in that clip, which was nearly 10 years after the Playboy pic.
- Michael Arden's nude pix also feature Kathleen Chalfants girlfriend.
- AOC = August: Osage County by Tracy Letts
The film is staring La Streep and Julia Roberts.
- Kathleen Chalfant masturbating in "Kinsey" with her saggy boobies flopping around scarred me for life.
- ORPHANS is a piece of shit, Baldwin's a homophobic,nasty piece of shit, and the producers were charging a small fortune for a lot of shit. Could that be why they're closing early?
Maybe this will stop the next producer from putting Baldwin in anything
again. Because he's sure not going to get a break from Brantley in the near future.
What a narcissistic twat!
- [quote]Baldwin's a homophobic
What did he do/say?
- Ziemba with a "Z" was fantastic in the Jerome Kern concert at the 92nd street Y this weekend, singing "Can't Help Singing" (shout-out to Deanna Durbin!), "Can't Help Lovin' dat Man" and dancin' and duet'n with Jeffry Denman on "Pick Yourself Up" and "Long Ago and Far Away", radiating charm and warmth. Denman was exceptionally good, much better and in much better voice than his BROADWAY BY THE YEAR gigs.
The big dissapointment was Howard McGillin, whose voice was thin and mannered.
- Call for places. Call for places OP of Theatre Gossip #111.
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- [quote] The big dissapointment was Howard McGillin, whose voice was thin and mannered.
Where have you been? His voice has ALWAYS been thin and mannered!
- r588: I had never heard him sing before! But I kept hearing for years what a great singer he was!
He was Michael Crawford Painful.
- OH MY GOSH! I CAN'T BELIEVE I FORGOT THIS!!!
I was sorry to see that the average age of the Y audience was 75. I felt like a yungun' and I am in my mid-50s.
Others in the cast were Barbara Carroll (wonderful!) Karrin Allyson (OKay), Paula West (excellent and so smooth) and Debbie Boone (she was pretty good, but lacked that ZZZZiemba ZING!)
After the show, Karen and the gang greeted and chatted everyone at the stage door. She was just a delight and...
SHE LOVES HER FANS ON DATALOUNGE!!! She told me she gets a big kick from the love she gets here, and loves the "guy that pretends to be me" but added "But some of you guys are so mean!"
LUV U KAREN!!
- Just read the Vanity Fair piece on REBECCA. After reading that, I hope Marc Thibodeau goes to prison. And my guess is if he was colluding with anyone, it was probably the Shuberts. They just wanted that mess out of the Broadhurst, and everyone knew it.
- Would Shia have sold tickets? Without any transformers?
- [quote]SHE LOVES HER FANS ON DATALOUNGE!!! She told me she gets a big kick from the love she gets here, and loves the "guy that pretends to be me"
She has my heart xoxoxo
What a classy lady.. Thanks R590
You kinda made my day!!
the Karen Ziemba singer/dancer/actress/people pie maker/banjo.. Troll
- After that Vanity Fair article, I'd imagine Marc Thibodeau's career is over, right? Shame, he's sorta hot.
- Marc was Cameron's "it" boy during the 80s. The whole Wasser office (except for the Allens) was stocked with cute boys who could make Cameron smile when he payed his semi-annual visits. He was more charming and hot than competent. He hasn't really had much of a career since then. Boneau and Hartman are really the top ones now. The fact that Marc took Rebecca says something in itself. Everyone knew it would be a loser.
- [quote]Would Shia have sold tickets? Without any transformers?
I'd have gone to see him....plus he'd have generated publicity.
- Thoughts on Kinky Boots?
- Kathleen Chalfant was spotted having an 'intimate' dinner with Kate Mulgrew
Why are those two ladies together?
- so what's the real story with melissa errico missing th PASSION recording?
- Howard McGillin was terrific - not thin-voiced or mannered - in the LC Anything Goes, Kiss of the Spider Woman, and the original Drood (okay, he was mannered in Drood, but it's written that way). And he was a good devil in Damn Yankees across the river.
But he's sixty in a few months, and time is not being kind to him or his voice.