- SNEAK PEEK!
- Was Barbara Cook's Fanny a big hit in London?
- [quote]What was on Miller Wright's iPod? "Open a New Window," of course.
- Barbara Cook didn't do Fanny in London. She did Fanny in Funny Girl and
Fanny in "Fanny" in summer stock in the 1960s.
- Faith darling! Why don't you tell us how your performance is, since nobody else seems to have gone?
- Surprisingly good Stephen Moyer, Beeel from "True Blood" as Billy Flynn this weekend at the Hollywood Bowl. They had ten days to learn and put it on. It appears director Brooke Shields did a fabulous job. Scroll a little down for more clips.
- Unlike a poster on the previous thread, I saw "Love's Labour's Lost" and thought it was delightful. At times it's silly, but it's always entertaining. The songs are very good (I could understand the all of the lyrics being sung unlike BBAJ), the cast is terrific and the set and lighting are well done. This production is much better than a traditional staging, which tends to get bogged down. I don't think you can have a better night at the theater this summer. Don't miss it!
- I saw Barbara Cook's FANNY. It was huge in summer stock!
And then I wrote TITANIC.
- Woo hoo
- Barbara Cook's Fanny was shut down in London for indecency.
- Love the clip on BroadwayWorld of Samantha Barks and chorus doing ALL THAT JAZZ. Also love how the camera stays on Samantha and ignores that Simpson person.
I have a great deal of respect for Brooke Shields. I know people who have worked with her and they say she's really lovely and a hard worker.
And she never pulled a Lohan or a Bynes back in the day.
- Ok NYC gays... Has anyone seen Buyer & Cellar?? I'm thinking its way past time for a NYC trip and this sounds fun.
- Say goodbye to Sigourney! She leaves after today's matinee.
- A whole lotta people thought Sigourney was the one blight in this cast, but the night I saw her she was a scream. Everyone else seems to think Julie White will be far superior, but I'm not sure about that. Her career hasn't exactly taken off. I wonder, if like Faith, everyone will avoid the show.
- R12. Many people have seen Michael Urie snd just about everyone I've talked to thinks he's the second coming and the show itself is a scream. A terrific 90 minutes!
- Agree with R15 - saw an early preview of Buyer & Cellar and it was hilarious and completely entertaining! It's the perfect thing to do on a trip to NYC. Avoid. Broadway.
- Watch the TW on-demand show On Stage Across America for July and the Matthew Morrison interview, just see how LOOOOOOONG it takes for him to say who his Broadway crush it. And then he grasps onto Orfeh.
He should just give up the facade and come out already.
- I agree: Michael Urie and "Buyer and Cellar": are Wonderful!
Everyone and I mean everyone I know who has seen it - loves it! And there was one older theatre queen who stayed away because he did not like Michael. The story has change and he apologized and can not believe how wrong he was.
I think it is The Funniest show now playing in NYC (B'way or Off).
- [quote]Love the clip on BroadwayWorld of Samantha Barks and chorus doing ALL THAT JAZZ. Also love how the camera stays on Samantha and ignores that Simpson person.
Loved how Brooke filled that huge stage. Loved "Cell Block Tango" (next video). Hey Simpson might have fucked up on SNL, but the BroadwayWorld.com people that saw her liked and she has earned her theater credits.
- Hopefully since this thread is called GOSSIP - that it does happen. This is NYC and summer. You mean there is no news about any pants being dropped. No Max Von Essen, or Raul who was in the dud at Encores.
Cum on boys
- Someone needs to make sure all the Michael Arden pix turn up by the time this already tired thread reaches 100. Try Johnny Orsini. Or that dopey Billy Magnussen. That's the only way real gossip is going to get injected here. Even without Prime Time, you girls are all sleep at the switch! We need a big cheer form KZ.
- I know half of you queens said you loved YANK! The Musical. Well, here's your chance to put your money where your mouth is. Help raise money for their cast album through kickstarter. You can even meet Bobby Steggert at a release party.
- Finally some real gossip: Which Tony-nominated actress is about to take a "leave" from her show, never to return?
- Does BIG FISH have any advance?
- I can't WAIT to see how badly Lapine fucks up His own adaptation of Moss Hart's ACT ONE.
Kitty will be twirling in her tulip-scented grave.
- R2-Yes, the same advance THOU SHALT NOT had.
- R23-Would that be Laura Osnes, perhaps to prepare for "Cabaret"?
- Maybe Vicky Clark?
- I am waiting for discounts for "RIII" and "12th Night" but I checked Telecharge and it looks almost all sold out. Is that possible?
- Finally some real gossip: Which Tony-nominated actress is about to take a "leave" from her show, never to return?
That's the best ya got? Oh Brother.
- Barbara Cook's Fanny has blocked out the sun and given shade to thousands.
- Barbara Cook originated the role of Miss White in Carrie
- [quote] Which Tony-nominated actress is about to take a "leave" from her show, never to return?
A bitch misses a matinee every once in a while and y'all say I'm a quitter! Tough crowd!
- Vicky Clark isn't Tony-nominated, she actually won.
She already took a "leave" from Sister Act. She can't pull that stunt again.
Wouldn't be at all surprised if it's Osnes. No Tony win, crappy production -she's over it.
- Would a star of Laura Osnes' magnitude have to sign a year-long contract for Cinderella?
- probably r35.
- I guess the quitter could also be Lauren Ward in Matilda or the lead woman in Motown.
- I may go see ANNIE just for you guys, but I have to warn you that I saw it In previews an liked Finneran.
As for Buyer & Cellar, it is wonderful. I recommend it to everyone,
- Lauren Ward has already said (article on Kansas City Star-her hometown) that she is leaving MATILDA in September and family going back to London.
- Agreed. Buyer and Cellar is quite funny and Urie is amazing.
- [quote]I wonder, if like Faith, everyone will avoid the show.
False equivalency. People aren't avoiding ANNIE because of Faith, they're avoiding it because it's ANNIE and has been deemed a lousy production from the get-go.
Julie White, on the other hand, is going into a hit that just won the Tony, and that has been doing great business. So if it drops dramatically, that probably WILL be laid at her doorstep, although she may be better than Weaver.
- [quote]a star of Laura Osnes' magnitude
OMG - that's the funniest thing I've read all day!
- The actress is Tony-nominated, but would it have to be for a musical?
- I guess it could be Kristine Nielsen or Condola Rashad r43 if Lauren Ward is not the person they mean. All the other Tony nominees in plays are from shows that have closed.
- Seven shows in and NOTHING about my performance?
Faith Prince, career pending actress
- r29, sure, I can believe it.
- Buyer and Cellar is fun and Michael Urie is truly adorable but it's being a bit over-praised here and elsewhere. The play is just a trifle, perfect for a summer weekend matinee, nothing more, nothing less.
I think if you go in with very high expectations, you'll be disappointed.
- I'm betting it's Osnes, either for Les Miz or Cabaret.
- Fellow fans and followers, I will be out of @PippinMusical for a month due to injury, but will return soon with #MagicToDo!
- I saw Buyer & Cellar pre-transfer (cause I'm fancy like that). It was cute, it was funny, I enjoyed it, but it was pretty one note. It kinda reminded me of a polished Fringe show.
- Condola is doing R&J w/ Orlando Bloom.
- Yes, Condola has already left Trip to Bountiful to rehearse Romeo and Juliet (Which starts previews next month) and has been replaced by the girl who was the lead in the movie Pariah. (Adepero Oduye? I hope I got that right.)
- r52 Adepero is a wonderful actress - but this is not a good production. The director did not fully understand what they play was about - not to mention the added implication of a black woman farming in south Texas early in the 20th century.
- Ann Miner censoring again over at ALL THAT CHAT over Harvey Fierstein's remarks about Putin.
- When is Cabaret meant to be opening?
- "Harvey Fierstein is on topic, so linking to his statements are fine. The topics he speaks of, however, are off topic for discussion on All That Chat as they are not theatre releated." [sic]
Sounds like ANN would enjoy Putin's Russia very much!
- Sally Bowles should not be sung by a soprano!
- Would I rather have Miner's censorship or a page of gossip about the possible actresses getting ready to leave a production, none of whom matter to anyone? Left hand, right hand. Sally Bowles should be sung by Ann Miner. Not off topic,but probably off key!!!
- Do you mean the actress was nominated this year? Or has a Tony nom in her career? Jeez
- When has there been any MVE gossip besided the reiteration of "slutty bottom"?
- I did not see Faith. And I won't. Oof. I saw Jane Lynch. She was fabulous in a misguided revival. By far the darkest ANNIE ever. The Hooverille folks don't want to give ANNIE any stew and the cop beats the hell out of the down on his luck beggar in NYC. And no bucket/brush in HARD KNOCK?! Awful. Lilla Crawford was terrific and Anthony Warlowe should ask to have his music lowered in Act 2. Great actor but strained his balls on I DONT NEED ANYTHING BUT A MODULATION DOWN A THIRD.
- Speaking of Anthony Warlowe and his balls, are they getting the chorus boy treatment?
- I assumed the original poster's intent regarding the Tony-nominated actress leaving her current show was in reference to rancor backstage.
But nobody seems to be biting on that angle (is that a mixed metaphor?).
- anthony w is gay?
- No one seems to be biting about the departing actress on ANY angle.
- How is Arthur "Rory" Darvill in "Once"?
- Victoria (I refuse to call her Vicki) doesn't get along with anyone.
hoist her up on that wire one more time.
- Choreographer, Andy Blankenbuehler
Who's his bf?
- R67. And with every day, that hoist gets harder and harder.
- Agree that departing actress is most likely Clark, it's the same as in her cast show. She doesn't get along with anyone. Nielsen's show closes in a month, why would she leave before then? The closing date has been posted for three months.
- But we were promised theater gossip and all we get is this deadly laundry list of proficient actors, not divas in name. At least Victoria C. may be, by all accounts, something of a practicing diva, worthy of #117. Spill, please!
- Will someone please please please finally post the Michael Arden pics?!?
- It surely can't be news to anyone at this point that Vicky Clark is obnoxious and disliked?
- I guess Broadway really is booming because I just scanned the offers on TDF and the only shows available were Phantom and Soul Doctor.
- Yeah, she's a real bitch.
- [quote]Funny how Victoria Clark was her understudy in Guys and Dolls and now Vicky is the major Broadway star originating roles.
I has to laugh at this comment. In the course of only 8 years, Vicky Clark has gone from "Tony winning triumph leading actress" to a rundown supporting actress who's left two shows early and doesn't get along with anyone.
Meanwhile, Faith is starring - as she always had. And everyone loves her (except, perhaps, LuPone).
Why does La Lupone dislike Faith?
- [quote] I guess Broadway really is booming because I just scanned the offers on TDF and the only shows available were Phantom and Soul Doctor.
It's Monday. Most shows are dark tonight.
- Except TDF offers future dates.
- [quote]Why does La Lupone dislike Faith?
Patti dislikes anyone who is considered to always be nice to people.
- Heard from somebody who worked on FAR FROM HEAVEN that Kelli couldn't have been nicer or easier to work with (despite being about eleven months pregnant) whereas Pasquale was an entitled, difficult asshole.
- Wait. Wait. Wait.
Is IF/THEN not based on a movie?
- Met someone who was in the show with Kelli and said the very same thing this past weekend. And she (the actress in question) has nicely recovered from being hit by the hot dog cart!'
Fair Shares for All!
- I don't think it's Clark. I think it's the one playing Diana Ross in Motown.
- Patti went off on Faith before a performance of Noises Off. Faith had asked the SM to ask Patti if they could cut a brief bit they were doing that never got any laughs. Faith was summoned to La LuPone's dressing room, and stood through a tirade that began with "don't you fucking EVER try to tell ME how to play comedy!" and got worse from there. Faith just took it, and then replied, "Patti, I can see this has upset you, so we'll just let it go, okay"
Later, after a scene, LuPone came up to Faith and said, in reference to Faith's son who had just been in the hospital, "Oh yeah, how's your kid?"
The entire cast knew what had happened (some of them, including the SM, heard the tirade), and every single one was on Faith's side.
- Love that story, r85 - can you quote any other Patti lines from the tirade?
- "I think it's the one playing Diana Ross in Motown."
I would not be surprised if she were the subject of the blind item.
With a one or two exceptions, they have seemingly gone out of their way to feature everybody BUT the "Diana Ross/Supremes" numbers (most glaringly on the TONY awards).
- I heard them all when I was first told the story, r86, (from someone who actually heard it backstage), but all I remember exactly is her opening salvo.
And Prince wasn't saying anything about LuPone's performance, just about the fact that the bit didn't work.
- Seems a little passive aggressive on Prince's part. Or it could be read that way, at least. Why didn't she get Patti's feelings on the whole business, first? Imagine being told by the SM out of the blue "Faith wants to change this bit because it's not working." I'm not claiming special knowledge on this; just reading the situation.
- no idea if the departing actress is Clark, but she is out of the show for two weeks in August, been scheduled for months.
- Mildred Natwick on an Antenna Channel presentation of Alfred Hitchcock Presents right now. Episode: "The Perfect Murder".
- Speaking of Prince ladies, WEHT Daisy Prince, performer/director/offspring of Hal?
And it seems like the good dirt is over at the Cheyenne J gets tattoos thread.
- I think Daisy Prince is pregnant
- Daddy must be supporting Daisy & Family, since Skippy hardly works as an actor at all anymore.
- R89, actors can't talk to other actors about this kind of thing. It has to go through the SM. prince did the proper thing. Asking the SM to ask LuPone if she would mind cutting. That's the proper theatrical protocol.
- Who financed a musical by and about 3 schlubby guys trying to find a "First Date"?
- Didn't Faith also have words with Patti over Lupone's Broadway Cares meltdown at Noises Off? I know the stage manager told her off. I thought Faith did as well?
- I'm not that schlubby.
- The ladies at ATC have just discovered that no one hs clucked on about Faith's Hannigan. Mark my words: this will mean a dozen new entries about everyone's favorite Hannigan. Who else? Dorothy.
- If/Then...ugh...The Concept: Sliding Doors, The Reality: What the Fuck? You never know how badly this could go...
- Did the [Title of Show] people cast their own London counterparts? The guys look uncannily like Hunter and... Jeff?
- So who's participating in SLEEP OUT: BROADWAY EDITION? I'll contribute if I can share the sleeping bag of Rory O'Malley (and his new liver)
Andrew Rannells (back in NYC & unemployed)
- [quote]The ladies at ATC have just discovered that no one hs clucked on about Faith's Hannigan. Mark my words: this will mean a dozen new entries about everyone's favorite Hannigan. Who else? Dorothy.
They are so fucked up. There is a thread about "Orange Is The New Black" a women's prison show because some theater actors are in it, yet "Glee" which also has theater actors in it BUT who actually sing show tunes is off topic.
- Andrew dear, go back to bed with Mike Doyle and leave the rest of us alone.
- Sounds like Faith Prince is confusing herself with Harold Prince. She's not the director. She should do her fucking job and stop giving notes to Patti LuPone!
- Has Faith ever done "Gypsy"?
- Faith played Tessie Tura in "Jerome Robbins' Broadway" in the "Gotta Get A Gimmick" number.
But her co-star, Debbie Gravitte (who played Mazeppa in the number) beat her out for the Tony that year.
Who played Electra?
- R107: Zoe Wanamaker
- Considering no one on any theater board has seen Faith's Hannigan, she sure has a lotta attention here!
- Not to defend Patti LuPone, but working with Faith Prince is hardly a walk in the park.
She's lovely, funny and talented woman, but extremely self-involved. I can easily picture her and Patti eventually coming to blows.
- There have been a couple of very positive reports over at BroadwayWorld about Faith, including two posters who've seen all three Hannigans, and felt Faith was by far the best, succeeding in the role despite the problems of the production.
- "She's lovely, funny and talented woman, but extremely self-involved."
Can you expand on this, r110? Her reputation is so glowing that I would enjoy finally getting some dirt on her!
- Denzel Washington has confirmed that he will be doing a revival of Raisin in the Sun in Spring 2014 on Broadway. He also confirmed that Diahann Carroll will be playing Mother Younger. Huh? The National Enquirer insists that she's in some stage of dementia and probably can't learn anything: lines, lyrics, etc. Who to believe?
- R97 I think there was some sort of blowout between Patti and Peter Gallagher over the Broadway Cares speech. I remember Patti skipping some shows right after that.
- [quote]He also confirmed that Diahann Carroll will be playing Mother Younger. Huh? The National Enquirer insists that she's in some stage of dementia and probably can't learn anything: lines, lyrics, etc.
A real actress doesn't let a little thing like dementia get in her potato.
- well done r115
- I remember attending a very empty matinee of " A Catered Affair."
Faith's bow was hysterical.....she was just so over the top and bowing and bowing as if she was receiving a lifetime achievement award. (the audience meanwhile...what there was of it... was giving a tepid response at best.)
I hear that, girlfriend.
- R102 - so Covenant House has been completely rehabilitated? Completely separated from the Roman Catholic Church and Father Bruce?
- I had heard Charlie Williams was sleeping out, but he's not on the list.
- Faith was great in Catered Affair. So was Tom Wopat. The audience I saw it with loved them both, if they were a little less enthused over the show itself.
- Yes, it's come to this--the great American legacy of theater has been reduced to five plays: STREETCAR, MENAGERIE, CAT, SALESMAN and
RAISIN IN THE SUN. The same five plays will be revived in perpetuity like the tentpole franchises of Hollywood, decade after decade. The barren imagination, poverty of ideas and lack of audacity must have David Merrick turning in his urn. How mighty Broadway has fallen!
- Except I will NEVER see another production of STREETCAR, MENAGERIE, CAT, SALESMAN, or RAISIN IN THE SUN because they get worse and worse, with ridiculous casting and absurd directorial choices.
And I would add GYPSY, LES MIZ, and EVITA to my list as well.
- Denzel is just living out his Sidney Poitier adulation. He's 58! So the mother would have to be like near 80? I never really thought of the mother as that old of a woman.
- [quote]Faith was great in Catered Affair. So was Tom Wopat.
Tom Wopat was out the day I saw it which added to the disappoinment of it all I guess.
- R122 your post makes us cry
- Has there ever been a well received Streetcar after the original?
- Colin Donnell is with Patti Murrin? I thought she was married.
- I thought Colin Donnell was well... you know.
- "Has there ever been a well received Streetcar after the original?"
Cate Blanchett's Streetcar was very well-received.......but that was way off-Broadway, at BAM in Brooklyn.
- you'd of thought Natasha Richardson as Blanche was a great idea. Was she done in by the miscasting of John C. Reilly or did she add to the problem herself?
- I saw that production R131 - she was very in-shape.
I took no notice of it and thought she gave a good performance, but more than a few reviews pointed out Blanch should not look like she has a private Pilates Instructor and a gym membership.
- A poor director did in Natasha's STREETCAR (also to blame for the miscasting).
There have been some lovely Blanches over the years (Blythe Danner, Rosemary Harris, even Jessica Lange) but it's usually the Stanleys that aren't up to the task. Just like with FUNNY GIRL, the shadow of the role's originator is just too overwhelming.
- Isn't Patti Murin married to hottie Curtis Holbrook...who I saw as the understudy to CJ in Xanadu!??
- [quote]She's lovely, funny and talented woman, but extremely self-involved
Remove "lovely and funny" and you've got Patti!
- [quote]Remove "lovely and funny" and you've got Patti!
And "talented" should probably go into the bin as well.
- [quote] you'd of thought
oh dear. I'd have thought we were past this on the Broad Way
- [quote]Colin Donnell is with Patti Murrin? I thought she was married.
Murin is or was married to Curtis Holbrook. He with the hottest looking legs on Broadway. Did they separate?
The shadow of Sydney Chaplin?!
- Choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler.
Who's his bf?
- Blanchett got good reviews for her terribly misguided performance as Blanche but Liv Ullman did not get good reviews for her direction. The actor playing Mitch was really terrible.
- I was very young and lucky enough to see Rosemary Harris' Blanche at the old Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center (was it called something else then?) around 1973. And James Farentino did not disappoint as Stanley.
With Patricia Conolly as Stella and Philip Bosco as Mitch, it was beautifully directed by Ellis Raab.
I can still see Rosemary's exit in her della Robbia blue outfit.
- Watching Krist Dawn on Jay Leno begs me o ask: what did she do to her face?
- Why has no one mentioned my Blanche?
- Shirley Knight, mid 70's best Blanche I have seen. Haven't seen them all of course, but hers was spectacular.
- Alec Baldwin actually was a terrific Stanley opposite Jessica Lange
- Unfortunately Cheno fell victim to what Hollywood does to all actresses. Destroys their self-image and turns them into plastic skeletons. She's so talented, but its painful to watch her. I had to turn my head during "Promises" she looked so pinched. Sad.
- The John Tiffany Glass Menagerie starring Cherry Jones is a beautiful production and will hopefully raise the standard for Broadway productions of American classics.
- And they said the same exact thing about the Roundabout production with Judith Ivey in 2010.
When that production moved to Broadway, Stella was beautifully played by Barbara Eda-Young, who is currently in the Mint Theatre's "A Picture Of Autumn".
Lois Nettleton was a great Blanche, but Robert Forster couldn't hold a candle to Farentino.
- Blanchett was misguided? You have seen what Rob Ashford did to Rachel Weisz at the Donmar.
- [quote]Unfortunately Cheno fell victim to what Hollywood does to all actresses. Destroys their self-image and turns them into plastic skeletons. She's so talented, but its painful to watch her. I had to turn my head during "Promises" she looked so pinched. Sad.
She's one of those genetic freaks that can eat garbage all day(and does) and not gain a pound. She's a tiny little thing with no body fat. Maybe if she had, had a child her metabolism would have changed but she will always be naturally thin.
- Funny Girl was a legendary vehicle for a legendary star, but just because it worked once doesn't mean it's ever going to work again. I don't think there's enough good material in it to justify even a concert revival. The book is insubstantial and a lot of the songs are downright lame.
- [quote]And they said the same exact thing about the Roundabout production with Judith Ivey in 2010.
To be fair, every show the Roundabout produces is a shitfest, so most rational people would instinctively ignore delusional statements.
- Saw Shirley Knight play Amanda in a production of "Glass Menagerie" at the McCarter. She was truly awful. Dylan McDermott was truly awful. Judy Kuhn was a revelation. But it ran over 3 hours. Pauses and gaps you could drive a truck through.
Emily Mann can't fucking direct traffic.
- Song of Cheyenne (from another thread)
Where's that boy with a torch song
A hollywood hunk
Who always had meaty thighs
Where's that boy with a torch song
And why did I listen to all his lies
Did he need a stronger hand
Did he need a lighter touch
Was there too much of a crowd
All to gay and loud
And not enough of me.
And I'l ask myself my whole life long.
What when wrong along the way
Would I make the same mistakes
If he walked into my life today
If that man with the big thighs
Walked into my life
Monte is Mame
- I love Kristin but I fear her anorexic looks now make her virtually uncastable in film and TV, except as the wacky neighbor.
- WEHT the Nicole Kidman Sweet Bird revival?
- Kristi Dawn doesn't get the roles she wants in film and TV because she is an annoying and cloying.
Only silly gays appreciate her "quirkiness"
- her association with RJA may also be causing her jobs
- Cheno is not naturally thin and her build has nothing to do with a fast metabolism. She is now a bobble head.
The Tiffany Menagerie is a truly beautiful, balanced production that approaches the challenge of presenting a "memory" play in a unique way. Hope it plays well in the larger space. In spite of wonderful performances all around, the star is the production itself.
- "Blanchett got good reviews for her terribly misguided performance as Blanche..."
I saw the production and thought her performance was superb, and Joel Edgerton's Stanley was very good as well. She was definitely different than the more ethereal Blanches you tend to see, but it worked. In fact, she reminided me of Ann-Margret's Blanche on TV which had a similar quality of someone who has a measure of toughness to have survived so far, but not enough in the end to save her.
What exactly did you think was "misguided?"
- Choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler.
Who's his bf?
- I also thought that the Popular "parody" was lame.
- I guess I was the ONLY person not to love the ART GLASS MENAGERIE. Cherry Jones was a little too "cartoon-y", Zachary Q a little too contemporary and Brian What-s-his-name a little too...um...gay for the Gentleman Caller.
Only Celia-Whatever-Whoever was pretty "right".
- R156. Uh Oh. Feels like Freddie is on the loose again.
- Fences was a good choice for Denzel--it hadn't been revived, he was more or less right for the part. Raisin is not a good idea.
- I got the exact same sinking feeling, r156. Let's just ignore.
- r 165 - I don't know if you're the only person who felt that way, but as someone who has seen many, many productions of the play, I felt they got it very right and was quite pleased with all the relationships and found the Gentleman Caller heartbreaking, when I normally despise him.
- Why was the Gentleman Caller heartbreaking, r169?
- Hunky Josh Lucas was the sexiest Gentleman Caller ever!
- Not R169 but any production of Glass Menagerie in which the wholesome, good-hearted Gentleman Caller breaks your heart is a very good production indeed. You can't sit and listen to what he says to Laura about the future of America and not be hit by the irony that America fell so short of what Williams was predicting. It's truly the character that speaks with such optimism and yet even as he exits he has unknowingly shattered the brief moments of happiness for Laura and any illusions Amanda had about a future for her daughter.
Didn't see Cherry Jones's Amanda and don't know if I'll get to see it in NYC while visiting but there is a reason that an actress with great comedic skills --not using them to GET laughs but just able to explore the comedic aspects of Amanda--often make the best Amanda. One of best I ever saw was best known as a comedienne. I wonder if that's why Laurette Taylor got to do the original???
- R166, R168- No, I'm not Fred. I just saw this on the Cheyenne Jackson thread and thought it was funny. Sorry. Hopefully it won't cause a return.
Drinking tea over at Jan Maxwell's subsidized balcony.
- memo to Denzel--how about opening a new play on Broadway
- Listened to the "Love's Labour's Lost" songs on the Public's soundcloud. What an unmitigated pile of three-chord, twenty-words-per-measure crap. Just garbage. Is this what's passing for composing now?
- "YANK!" has turned out to be a rather prophetic title, hasn't it?
- I don't think KZ (or her anatomy) is a "gurllll" kind of girl.
- R172. I saw it at ART and Cherry Jones brings humanity to the role along with a wee bit of light comedy. It is a very well balanced thing she pulled off at ART. I hope the Booth can handle the staging nicely because it is beautifully rendered.
- Brenda Blethyn was quite a good Amanda.
- [quote]Brenda Blethyn was quite a good Amanda.
I would have loved to see that.
- Where and when did she do it?
- 2008-ish, Manchester Exchange.
- Cheyenne's secret to a successful marriage (OPPSIE DOODLES!!)
- Denzel IS Mame!
- R162, what I thought was misguided about Blanchett was that she gave us Blanche's entire story before she spoke her first line with the shaking, mood swings and drinking. And then in the first scene when Blanche is reeking of alcohol and clearly out of her mind, when Stella doesn't mention it or commit her then, makes Stella into someone Williams didn't write. Blanchett wound up being one note since with this misguided opening she had nowhere to go. I thought Ann Margaret fell into the same trap. Blanche should be struggling to hold on at the beginning of the play, not already there as these women played her. I agree Edgerton and the woman who played Stella were excellent.
- Who here wants to see my Fanny?
that heterosexual choreographer guy
- So was it Billy Magnusson the Tony nominee abandoning the ship?
- You don't have a fanny, dear.
- Isn't Billy's show scheduled to close at the end of the summer? I think the blind item was about an actor leaving an open ended run.
- Aren't those stars worried about getting murdered sleeping outside like that, R102? There are some psycho fans out there.
- Billy got a role in Into the Woods and the show closes in like 3 weeks or so anyway. The blind item was about a woman who supposedly is leaving a show saying it is a vacation but in actuality she isn't coming back.
- Benjamin McKenzie as the Gentleman Caller was divine. And so sexy.
- Billy's end is an open run, or something like that.
- Any word in Julie White in Vanya? I'm trying to decide if I want to see it this week before Billy leaves.
- Cheyenne left out: "We neither one are messed-up alcoholic drug users who get prison tattoos with our new former porn star boy toys."
- Why aren't Angela Lansbury and Elaine Stritch participating in the sleep out? Where are Alec Baldwin and Patti LuPone and Jan Maxwell?
- Is Blythe sleeping on the street? It is so hard to keep track of that dear woman nowadays. Is she still doing that musical where she only shows up 20 minutes prior to the curtain call?
- Nobody could be worse as Blanche than Vivian Leigh, who cannot act, and who gives exactly the performance you attribute to Cate Blanchett, r187. She starts totally bonkers, and she has nowhere to go.
It's important to see why anyone would like Blanche.
No possible way anyone would ever have liked Vivian Leigh.
- How much longer is FIRST DATE in previews? I'm ready to see that turkey try to fly.
- 8/8 is the opening/slaughter.
- I'm surprised they let Zachary Levi take off for a week during the previews. That can't be a good omen.
- Zach HAD to go to Comic Con - he had it in his contract that he'd get the time off.
Not because he had anything to plug - CHUCK is dead - but because he'd been going for the past few years to plug CHUCK and get plugged himself, and he didn't want to miss his annual cornholing.
- Well, he also had his bit part in THOR 2 and his Nerd Machine "company" to plug. I'm just surprised anyone would sign a contract with a week off during previews in it.
- Elizabeth Ashley was a FANTASTIC Amanda. I saw it at ART I think...with Andrew McCarthy.
- [quote]I'm surprised they let Zachary Levi take off for a week during the previews. That can't be a good omen.
He had prior commitments to promote his website stuff at Comic Con. It was probably put in the contract from the start....(although why they didn't wait until after August to start the show his pretty odd...I sort of feel they are just hoping for a brief run and then want to be able to sell the show to regionals and stuff...or the are just plain delusional)
- R200 has got to be tweaking, with those ludicrous statements, it's the only logical explanation.
- R133, what about ALec Baldwin? I say, "what about" not sarcastically; I - unable to get to NYC when he was in Streetcar - always wondered how he was. TIA.
- R142, I envy you! I would have been just a trifle TOO young to have seen that (I don't mean not born yet! mean, probably 9 or 10 AND didn't live near/in NYC) - wow! Especially would have loved to have seen Farentino onstage.
- [quote]Not because he had anything to plug - CHUCK is dead - but because he'd been going for the past few years to plug CHUCK and get plugged himself, and he didn't want to miss his annual cornholing.
Plus it was great chance to promote his new show. Everyone knows Zachary Levi's fan base and the Comic Con crowd will rush to his new Broadway musical. Right?
- [quote]what about ALec Baldwin? I say, "what about" not sarcastically; I - unable to get to NYC when he was in Streetcar - always wondered how he was. TIA.
The whole show s terrific. Jessica Lange Baldwin, Gandolfini, Aida Turturro and Amy Madigan. Great cast.
- From the Cheyenne is a sexed crazed, drugged tatted mess thread.
Here is the new tat on his other arm
- r200, I always felt that Vivien Leigh in "Streetcar" was stunt casting. Scarlett O'Hara hits the skids. I think she's all right. Her artificiality matches the artificiality of Brando, who I realize signified a sort of naturalism that was revolutionary at the time but who doesn't seem particularly real by today's standards.
- LOL R199- No that closed. And the original star Estelle Parsons returned for the last weeks of the run.
- R169 and everyone who saw The Glass Menagerie at ART: Is Brian Jacob Smith gay?
Do you imagine it was in his bio? Or they presented hole?
- The Liz Ashley Amanda at Hartford Stage was pretty great, have to admit.
It didn't move because another producer had an option that he intended to use with Jessica Lange in the role on Broadway.
Too bad because that was a really great performance. Ashley that is.
- Lois Nettleton was the best Amanda and Blanche
- Jay Z - Annie's Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)
- Saw soul doctor last night
Theodore Bikel was in the audience. No kvelling from him!
- Jessica Lange's tepid Broadway Amanda also prevented Sally Field from coming to Broadway with the Kennedy Center production, in which she was supposed to have been superb.
The night I saw the Lange Streetcar, she played the entire performance like she was sleepwalking. It was the most numbing and lifeless performance imaginable. Alec was very hot then but he had nothing/no one to play against. Amy Madigan was not sexy enough for Stella.
I don't even remember James Gandolfini as Steve, but then, he hadn't done Sopranos yet. However, I do love me a hot bear so he must have been pretty bland on stage.
Streetcar and Glass Menagerie are such amazing plays, I fear most revivals can never live up to the play one imagines in their mind.
- Before the Tiffany Menagerie - ART had never attempted a Williams play, oddly enough.
- I know I missed something but why are people calling it the "Tiffany" Menagerie?
- Pre-Diane Paulus, ART was founded and run by Robert Brustein who had previously run the Yale School of Drama/Yale Repertory Theater and was never a fan of classic American drama unless it was highly politicized or written by Christopher Durang. Brustein and his ART were never into "commercial" theater.
- Too bad you didn't enjoy Lange, I did.
- Anyone else seen Love's Labour's Lost in the Park? Thoughts?
Since both Tom AND the gentleman caller are based on men who were homosexual, the performance makes absolute sense. The man the gentleman caller was based on was a professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, NJ.
However, when Dylan McDermott played Tom at the McCarter, he played him as a limp wristed queen, and it was so wrong, it was nauseating. He later said Emily Mann told him to play it as if he were Tennessee Williams. Nice work, Emily.
- From the Love's Labour's Lost thread on BroadwayWorld:
"Sure, Colin Donnell is cute, but he doesn't have the body to rock a wife-beater all night, and I think the costumer should have known that. His muffin top was peaking out all night. He's an attractive guy and he's obviously suppose to be the "hot one," so why not put him in something that shows that off?"
- Colin Donnell is very easy on the eye. Does he indulge in the man-flesh??
- r224 John Tiffany is the director of the ART production of The Glass Menagerie that is opening on Broadway in a few weeks. His staging is distinctive and it seems right to credit him rather than say "the Cherry version" to distinguish it from other productions of the play.
- Zelda, he's dating me, I even left my husband
- [quote] His muffin top was peaking out all night.
My curiosity is piqued, and I'm feeling peaked.
- Am I the only one who saw the 1975 Menagerie with Maureen Stapleton, Rip Torn, Paul Rudd, and Pamela Payton-Wright? Unmemorable. I had just moved to NYC and Rudd and Payton-Wright were the hottest young actors in town. We all know that she ended up as crazy Addie on One Life to Live; I just read that Rudd died about three years ago.
- Wasn't Rip Torn a little old for Menagerie by 1975?
- R235, Tom is often middle aged. It is a memory play.
- I know the original guy was ancient, but I didn't know it continued as a casting choice. Interesting.
- ANNIE closing in January.
- I guess they're hoping a closing announcement for January will jump start the box office and allow them to actually last that long.
-  Paul Rudd is NOT dead.
- how do you know? Have you seen him today?
- Breaking News: Craig Bierko and Jill Paice to Join MATILDA on September 3
- Theater Of The Stars (Atlanta) has canceled their 2013-2014 season....
- I saw that 70s Menagerie, too! I agree, it was bad. Maureen Stapleton was too earthy for Amanda, Rip was way too old and ragged for Tom and watching that play in the round (with the dozing audience as backdrop) does nothing for its purported faded memory qualities.
I always wondered why that first Paul Rudd left the business. Though he may never have reached real stardom, he was a constantly working and highly respected actor who was aging well (and former After Dark Cover Boy).
- LMAO, R217.
- Yes, (R222) Sally Field was really something in that Kennedy Center Menagerie. One of my all time favorite performances. I'm glad I made the trip to see it.
Between that and The Goat, Sally really showed some stage chops. Too bad crazy Betty Buckley got the axe and Sally abandoned "The Theatre" for The Sally Field Show-- aka Brothers and Sisters outside of DL.
- The Paul Rudd I saw in Menagerie is most certainly deceased.
It's a different Paul Rudd, 241.
Google is your friend.
-  Please Google "Die in a grease fire" and act on it!
- Do I know who I am??
- I don't even know who you think you are.
- R239: there is a God! And Lapine won't collect any more royalties once it closes. Hahahahahahahahhahahahahah! Fuck whatever asshole producer hired HIM (or the Hannigans.)
- Sorry; mean to say, the Harrigans.
Dorothy Loudon rules!
- CHrist. Sorry - IS Hannigan, right? (sorry, am on meds; I'll go away (for a while) now...
- Dorothy Loudon stole my husband!
-  = Chyenne Jackson
- [quote]ANNIE closing in January.
Broadway is a hard knock life.
- Who else can Faith replace? Craig Bierko in Matilda?
- Craig Bierko looks fat.
- r259 = Christopher Sieber
- Dorothy Loudon was the Sarah Paulson of her day!
- [quote] Too bad crazy Betty Buckley got the axe and Sally abandoned "The Theatre" for The Sally Field Show-- aka Brothers and Sisters outside of DL.
Surely you mean the Sally Field Programme. It is iconic and special and must be mentioned by its true name.
- Michael Feinstein's doing a show with special guests Christine Ebersole AND Betty Buckley.
I wonder if Ebersole will dare try and hog all the good material...
- TWO CRAZY BITCHES! ONE STAGE!
And we don't mean Big Edie and Little Edie!
- What? Mikey's not inviting his BFF Cheyenne?
- Maybe Feinstein's one of those anti-tattoo Jews.
- Am I the only one who remembers Julie Harris as Amanda at the old Roundabout? With a pre-Ally McBeal Calista Flockhart as a retarded Laura and Zelko Ivanek (sp) as the gayest, lisping-est Tom since.... Tennessee Williams.
That production was hell to watch. Even Julie Harris (a true goddess of the theater) couldn't save it.
- R200, i think you've expressed your idiotic, clueless opinion of Vivien Leigh's performance in STREETCAR before, and it's no less idiotic and clueless now. P.S., at least learn how to spell her first name correctly if you're going to comment on her, penis breath.
- Julie White is excellent in Vanya, Sonia, etc.
- Thank you R271.
While I agree everyone's entitled to their opinion, R200 is just so mindlessly stupid his posts are the DL equivalent of air pollution.
- Poor r 249 can't handle it when his own stupidity is pointed out to him.
- Maybe I'm drunk but I think the Hartford Stage production of GLASS MENAGERIE with Liz Ashely and Andrew McCarthy (With awesome music by John Gromada) moved from there to ART in Boston. I swear I saw the play in Boston and went to Harvest for dinner. ?? Anyway...Ashley was the definitive Amanda. I was bowled over.
- The Jessica Tandy Glass Menagerie on Broadway in the 90's (?) was really dull.
I'd loved to have seen Glenn Close play Stella at the McCarter in Princeton c. 1979. I think she could have been definitive in that role. I gather she played Blanche at the Royal National Theater but the production wasn't very good.
Why can't Denzel do something of Athol Fugard's instead of Raisin in the Sun?
- Liz Ashley was also supposedly a brilliant Princess Kosmonopolis in Sweet Bird of Youth in DC's Shakespeare Theater back in the 1990s.
Now that is a role she was born to play (as well as Maggie in Cat, which I did see). And opposite her was the hunky young Michael Hayden fresh from his LCT Carousel triumph.
The TW estate forbid the production from moving to Broadway for some reason. I think they were holding out for bigger star names.
WEHT Michael Hayden?
- Has anyone read (sorry, I'm too stupid to figure out how to link) story in today, Fri's, NY Times about how Hollywood is just dying to make MORE films into musicals? The horror, the horror...
- According to some crazies on Broadway World Andrea Martin is going to be out of Pippin for the entire month of August. What's going on? Not only that but she's got a name (sort of) replacement: Tovah Feldshuh, the Woman Who will Do Anything for Money. Will she return to Terri Fairchild for this walk-on?
- Is Andrea the one who is getting fired, based on the blind item upthread?
- Michael Hayden is doing Double Indemnity at the Old Globe
- I hope they don't give him a Barbara Stanwyck wig.
- [quote]Is Andrea the one who is getting fired, based on the blind item upthread?
Now THAT would be a scandal.
- R280. I wouldn't think Andrea had been fired. I know everyone talks about the "new" 66, but she still rides the buses for free, and even though the role is a tiny one, Diane Paulus has given her tons of business, and she may just be finding it stressful. Hope it's nothing else. I've rarely seen a performer have an audience so much in her hands as Andrea did the day I saw the show. She was even better than I could have imagined.
- [quote]Michael Hayden is doing Double Indemnity
I read this as Michael Hayden is getting double penetrated...
- I am wrong in remembering Martin had cancer?
- BroadwayWorld finally has a feature story on Faith Prince in ANNIE!
BTW were critics not invited back to see her?
- As far as I know, critics have not yet been invited back to ANNIE for Faith.
- I'll never forget John Simon on Amanda Plummer as Laura in the Jessica Tandy "Menagerie": "...with a face that could launch a thousand cigar boxes..."
- R289. Sometimes Simon could call things brilliantly. He also once did a riff on Maureen Stapleton's dirty ankles. Could have been in Toys in the Attic. Anybody...?
- John Simon was a mean, misogynistic critic, but he was also the first thing I read whenever the New York magazine arrived in my mailbox. I can't imagine somebody would now be able to get away with what the things he used to say.
- R284: are you being facetious? is Andrea Martin literally riding busses in NYC for free?? I'm a number of years younger than 66, but I'm getting excited about visiting again someday (lived there in the 80's, sigh)
- Does anyone know where Romeo and Juliet company is rehearsing? I'm trying to track down an old friend in the cast.
No, I'm not an Orlando Bloom troll.
- I beiieve yuo r293
- R191. Dear Possibly Clueless. No, not literally for free. I believe it's actually half price for old souls. Who'd have dreamt that someone would read DL for such information, instead of the fabulous (kidding) theater chitchat that currently passes for gossip. What a hoot. In the words of Magda Sorel in The Consul: "To this we've come," although she meant something quite different.
- try facebook r293
- R & J is probably rehearsing at the studios next to Roundabout's American Airlines Theater. Sorry, forgetting the name of that space.
Security is very tough there so don't think you can just waltz in r293.
- Thanks r297.
It's New 42 Studios. I was going to hang out in front and surprise my friend.
- Guys, the PIPPIN bootleg video is awesome. Crystal clear. And both Andrea and Orion are in! You collectors will want to get it.
- Maybe this should be its own thread, but I'm too tired to start one.
What are some opinions of Vanya's big breakdown speech in act two of Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike. I liked it, but I have a friend who says it's just pandering to a Broadway audience who share his opinions.
Can it be both good & pandering?
- Will Vanya etc. have a life beyond the stage?
- M, you'd actually be great as Masha!
- Should I allow Kristine Nielsen to repeat her triumph on film?
- R300. Yes.
- [quote]Should I allow Kristine Nielsen to repeat her triumph on film?
Of course. Think of how thin you will look standing next to her!
- Isn't Ms. Gummer a tad old for Masha? I'm not sure how senior Kristine is, but Merle seems several years older even than Kristine. Of course, it would give her a chance at yet another impersonation, this time Dame Maggie.
It's Friday, 7pm . Where's PrimeTime???
- M, you should replace DHP with your usual supporting male, Stanley Tucci.
And replace Nielsen with the REAL Maggie Smith.
Just keep Billy Magnussen - you'll LOVE working with him on INTO THE WOODS...
- Kristine Nielson won't do a thing for darling Meryl's figure. She needs to stand next to Barbara Cook if she wants to look thin.
- " I liked it, but I have a friend who says it's just pandering to a Broadway audience who share his opinions.
Can it be both good & pandering?"
No. I posted my strong dislike of the speech in a pre-TONY awards thread. The speech obviously charmed most of the critics; most are around Vanya's age and have a similar sex-deprived gay temperament.
Basically I found the speech a mourning cry for an all-white wasp-dominated world. I found the entire play funny in spots but otherwise beyond vile. How in 2013 a play can get produced - and find great success -
with such a reliance on the offensive "Magic Negro" character is beyond belief.
- OMG Clay Aiken's photo in Joseph at Ogonquit has just landed on Broadway World. (Can't link; too challenged, but go there BEFORE you eat.) Remember what Rumer Willis used to look like? Well, there you have it.
- Clay Aiken, finally becoming the woman he's always dreamed of being...
- R311. Thanks for the link. Was I kidding?
- I honestly think Gaykin looks like a Mike Meyers parody character in those pics.
- Why doesn't Ellen Greene work more? Is she difficult and/or crazy? Is she independently wealthy or married well?
- Her pussy smells like crotch rot, R315!!!!
- [quote]Why doesn't Ellen Greene work more? Is she difficult and/or crazy? Is she independently wealthy or married well?
divorced twice, crazy as beans, looks really odd nowadays, wears her hair in that odd Louise Brooks/Sally Bowles style
- Tim Rice is going to have to drastically alter the lyric "I look handsome, I look smart, I am a walking work of art." It was a lousy lyric, anyway.
- After seeing those photos of Clay, I finally know what happened to Valerie Mahaffey.
- Gaykin was never a beauty, but I bet he sings the hell out of that score.
- I feel pretty!
- Clayken needs to team up with Charles Busch. Maybe a stage version of Straitjacket?
- The "score" to JOSEPH is a pile of dung so there's nothing for Gaykin to "sing the shit" out of. It's not even a musical. It's that dreaded British anomaly: a pageant (hence the over reliance in a narrator to tell instead of show) and a particularly facile, juvenile pageant, at that.
- Isn't that the same wig he wore in SPAMALOT? It was funny in the context of that show. But here...?
- Choreographer, Andy Blankenbuehler
Who's his bf?
- [quote]Who's his bf?
Kathleen Chalfant's gf's brother.
- And they all know where the Michael Arden cock shots are hidden.
- R327 = Faith Prince, still waiting for somebody to review her Hannigan
- Clayken would be fabulous in Jackie Rogers Jr: The Musical.
- [quote]The "score" to JOSEPH is a pile of dung so there's nothing for Gaykin to "sing the shit" out of. It's not even a musical. It's that dreaded British anomaly: a pageant (hence the over reliance in a narrator to tell instead of show) and a particularly facile, juvenile pageant, at that.
Fuck you, Mr. Sondheim
- Gayken and Charles Busch would be PERFECT as the Hilton Sisters in the revival of SIDE SHOW.
- God help the MD/arranger trying to work out the keys.
- How's Rory's new liver?
- Rory's new liver could appear on the fresh okra thread. There's really very little difference between them.
- For those who missed Blanchett's performance as Blanche in STREETCAR, you can see it again now on the big screen.
The movie's called BLUE JASMINE. Bobby Cannavale plays Stanley.
- [quote]Gayken and Charles Busch would be PERFECT as the Hilton Sisters in the revival of SIDE SHOW.
That might be the only bit of casting that could ever compel me to see that show again.
- Meryl is one year older than Sigourney.
- Yes, but in dog years, that's...
- [quote]Clayken would be fabulous in Jackie Rogers Jr: The Musical.
That's kind of genius.
- PIPPIN question--
why did Matthew James Thomas dye his hair blonde?
- I think Thomas is naturally fair. He has been dying it darker. Hey may even be a closet ginge, like Mr Orfay.
- R341. So he could cross the road without having his Pavarotti black locks laughed at? He also had it carrot top red at Broadway Barks.
- BroadwayWorld.com queens in a tizzy because Andrea Martin is taking a month off. It's hilarious how they think it's really any of their business and are so offended.
- Anyone see Ramin Karimloo show at Subculture?
- Is Tovah really replacing Andrea Martin? The cast will hate her and pay the bolero boy to drop her on her ass.
- Seth R must know whats going on with Andrea.
- Speaking of taking a month off in PIPPIN, do we know what kind of injury hunky Orion Griffiths sustained resulting in his month long absence from the show? God, he has a beautiful body!
- r343 - thanks for the link - I never go to that site, yet I have been posting here forever. Well that thread is TO DIE FOR!!!!!!!!!
- It's interesting that Broadway World has a very popular thread about Andrea Martin's month-long absence from Pippin, but on ATC there hasn't been so much as a peep. Did Ann censor that one too, or is Dramedy asleep or is he trying to figure out how Andrea's absence will affect the weekly nut?
- Re- that pic at R21, was the costume designer trying to tell us something? It's basically a giant rainbow flag underneath that Navajo blanket outer sheath.
- I love that lyric, R318. I think it perfectly shows that Joseph when young was a douchey entitled prick, and balances things out between him and his brothers. If he'd been a sweetheart, then why the hell would he forgive them for selling him?
- R330: Fuck you "Lord" Webber.
- No matter how he sings. Clay is too old and fat to be the youngest brother. This is the WORST kind of pandering and stunt casting. Hope the theatre loses money and prestige
- How come nobody knows who Choreographer, Andy Blankenbuehler bf is.
Is he that discreet?
Were you picketing The Book of Mormon while Andrew Rannells was in the cast?
- What's with the obsessive Blankenbuehler troll? He's straight. I worked with him. Nice guy. Intense, but nice.
- R356 did you make a pass at him and he told you he was straight?
- btw why is Clay fat?
They say guys turn to food when they can't get laid.
- [quote]No matter how he sings. Clay is too old and fat to be the youngest brother. This is the WORST kind of pandering and stunt casting. Hope the theatre loses money and prestige
I hardly think the casting of a production of JOSEPH, of all shows, merits taking offense. The story theatre concept of it allows you to do whatever crap you like. It ain't art. Casting can't ruin it.
- I just saw ""Vanya and Sonia..." today, and it was as I suspected a broad, vaudeville for educated theater lovers, who don't demand too much of a play and are content to be "in" on the jokes. So, with those expectations and a love of Durang, I had a pretty good time, but.....
OHMYGAWD! Billy Magnussen gave one of the shittiest, hammiest, broadest, lamest performances I've seen on a Broadway stage, and he was nominated for a Tony Award! I get it, Spike is DUMB, so of course Billy enters with the trademarked (since Mrs. Fiske's era) "I'm dumb!" look on his face, walking as if even his limbs are dumb. He plays Spike exactly how every other shitty actor plays a dumb character! His performance is so loud, boorish, unimaginative, and "on the nose", it would give "Saved By the Bell" a run for its money in the acting department. Also the young actress (from JUILLIARD!) playing Nina is chirpy, one-note, and awful too. I mean, has either one of them considered playing their characters like human beings? I haven't seen such hammy amateurish performances since my community theater production of The Music Man in 1980, which really wasn't half bad!
Julie White is fun, but miscast. She's not pretty enough to be believable in the role. And what's with the shepherd's crook with her Snow White costume? Nobody calls her on it? She says she was mistaken for Little Bo Peep, at the costume party I think, but nobody corrects Masha that Snow White was never a shepherd.
Vanya's rant is ok, but it comes out of nowhere. It seems completely out of character to boot. If it had all been done at half the ferocity and volume, it could have worked a lot better.
Durang's writing is so stylized yet the performances need to do very little of that work. It's already in the writing. This is not a very good play at all, but it's still fun when done well.
I just can't get over how lousy Billy Magnussen was. Just my opinion.
- Is Gayken still with that chorus boy he met while doing SPAMALOT on Broadway?
- "The 'score' to JOSEPH is a pile of dung."
Really? I think the score of JOSEPH is thousands of miles better than anything ALW wrote after EVITA.
- R363: That's not saying much. EVITA's crap music, too. And another pageant (not a musical) that Prince basically saved with the same "bridge" staging he eventually fell back on for everything.
Then, "McEnough" stole it for JERSY BOYS.
- I gotta fart really bad but it won't come out. What should I do?
- Clench it in for as long as you can while holding your breath. Two days ought to do it.
- r365 = Jeremy Jordan
- No, R367, more like John Barrowman. He lost the chance to be in a men's cologne commercial because he said something stupid in US Weekly like "Sometimes I just like to push out a big fart."
- The score to Joseph is not better than the score to The Beautiful Game (2000).
- The actress playing Nina was originally the understudy, but the original Nina got let out of her contract.
Billy Magnussen got swept up in the Vanya love, plus the category was pretty weak this year. Does anyone think Courtney B Vance gave a Tony-worthy performance in Lucky Guy? I barely remembered he was in the show. He had nothing to do.
I think Magnussen's performance is better than you think, though. He makes Spike, who is really a jerk, into a very charming character. You can see why Vanya has a crush on him.
You can also literally see why, too. His underwear is so tight that you can tell he's circumcised. And his body is incredible.
I wonder what his understudy's body looks like, since Magnussen is leaving the show on Sunday.
- The departing Tony nominee is apparently the woman who plays Diana Ross in Motown.
Don't know where or why she is going.
- I give this marriage 2 years.
- Creed Garnick is the understudy for Spike in Spike Vanya et al.
Not sure if he's taking the role, but this is a photo of him...
- [quote]No matter how he sings. Clay is too old and fat to be the youngest brother. This is the WORST kind of pandering and stunt casting. Hope the theatre loses money and prestige
Wow, you're a little ball of creepy aren't cha?
- They lost all prestige by doing JOSEPH in the first place.
- R372- Is that trashy tat on her arm real?
- Going by the photos, it looks like Annaleigh Ashford married Andrew Rannells.
- Creed, the u/s who's taking over as Spike, has gone on several times and he's said to be every bit as good as Billy.
- Interesting that R356 has clammed up when asked if Andy ever made a pass at him.
- [quote]Annaleigh Ashford and Joe Tapper were married at the Devil's Thumb ranch in Colorado
Colorado? Colorado? But she was just Tony nominated in "Kinky Boots"! How DARE she take time off to get married. She has a contract, she has people wanting to see her Tony nominated performance. I am so pissed she could be so selfish I will NEVER wait at the stage door for her again.
- Let's talk about Rachelle Rak...
Dropped out of Pippin where she was going to u/s Fastrada to take a featured role in Flashdance which was, allegedly, heading toward Broadway but seemed doomed from the start. She left that and recently played a supporting role in a stock production of Sweet Charity. She came off as more than just 'Sass'y in that ACL documentary but was perfectly likeable when she guested on Dance Moms. She also finally played Sheila in ACL at Papermill but kinda proved the producers right for not casting her in the broadway revival. What's her deal?
- [quote] What's her deal?
The jokes write themselves.
- R381 = obviously not one of Rachelle's customers.
- Why are you guys protecting choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler?
- Because Kathleen Chalfant told us to...
- R385. Who is sitting on the Michael Arden dick pix for fun and profit.
- So how often does Nicky Martin get to suck Creed's dick? Every time Creed goes on, ya think?
- R381-- d r u g s.
- Rak landed a gig as a judge on Abby Lee Miller's new dance show.
She also has a website. Just Google, dears.
- Who wants to see Rachelle's Rak?
Barbara Cook's Fanny
- Her Rak was on view in "Thou Shalt Not", when she played a corpse in the morgue who got fondled by Craig Bierko.
- That scene was cut in previews the week after 9/11, R391. Susan Stroman recently discussed it in a long BroadwayWorld interview, actually.
- Craig Bierko fondling a lady? Now, there's a laugh...
- The piece on Annaleigh's wedding was a pr triumph. Three quarters of a page for a little-known couple. Must have been a slow wedding day.
That being said, I know the groom and he's one of the sweetest guys ever. I hope the marriage lasts.
- who the fuck is Rachelle Rak???
Jesus, and why do you people care?
- Oh get you, R394 - bitchy and attempted sincerity in the same post. What a personal triumph for you!
- R386. You should've put a period after "dick."
- R395 = flyover frau. Everyone in NY familiar with the Broadway scene knows The Rak, and many have been her customers.
- "She also finally played Sheila in ACL at Papermill but kinda proved the producers right for not casting her in the broadway revival."
Why - was her performance generally disliked? I thought she made a better Sheila than Deidre Goodwin. But I didn't read any reviews or discuss it with anyone else who saw it, so maybe everyone else hated her and I'm in the minority.
- Has r165 farted yet? I'm starting to worry.
- R399 = Rachelle's mother.
- Does anyone know where the 20% off seats for Pippin that show up on the so-called Half Price ticket board are located? Are they rear side orchestra or are they the allegedly cheap tickets in the rear mezzanine? Interesting that they usually have tickets to unload, even at 20% off.
- Not quite, R403. Nice try.
SHREK: THE MUSICAL!
- anyone got the scoop on Chita's upcoming anniversary/tribute/bday/whatever show? Is it a rehash of The Dancer's Life or will we get some good dish and Chita's best numbers?
- Caroline O'Connor rumoured to be doing Chief Cook and Bottle Washer.
- He's hot, R373. Anybody know him? Gay? Straight?
- [quote]Does anyone know where the 20% off seats for Pippin that show up on the so-called Half Price ticket board are located? Are they rear side orchestra or are they the allegedly cheap tickets in the rear mezzanine? Interesting that they usually have tickets to unload, even at 20% off.
They are in front of wherever Andrea Martin usually performs onstage since she'll be out for a month.
- I can't stop farting.
- Rachelle is a hot druggie mess. Sober my ass! She was too stoned to remember how to play Shelia for callbacks. They asked her to play it like she played it before and she couldn't remember.
She stunk up 'Catch me if you can' but fortunately she wasn't on stage long enough to do too much damage to that shitfest. She had plenty of time to deal dawg to the stagehands.
She needs to go back to joisey wit her husband and stay there. no one needs her and no one wants her.
- Don't blame Rachelle Rak for "Catch Me If You Can". She was the least of that show's problems.
And for the poster who doesn't know who she is: Google is your friend. Embrace the light, not the ignorance. She's one of the great characters in theater right now, and in a world of milquetoast performers galore, she is needed.
- really r411? Seems like just a chorus girl.
- R410, back off. This is a public message board and you (and others) are viciously slandering this woman without cause. I do not know her but whatever she does it couldn't be any worse than what you're doing.
As for Sheila in ACL, it is actually well documented that there was 9 months or so between callbacks and as she movingly recounts in the film she was in a different place when they last saw her. That says something about her artistry and approach to her work; most actors haven't a clue why they've been hired for something anyway, it's most projection on the part of the creative team. No actor wants to come in for a callback 9 months later and be told, "Oh, can you do it like you did, erm, last year?" That creative team was shown to be a bunch of fools anyway when they opened their leaden, uninspired revival and nobody cared. Sheila, in particular, came in for head scratching notices.
- Rachelle is lucky people don't know her as 'Rachel York'. She's so insignificant no one (except her husband furiously posting here) knows how to spell her name. She and her Steven Tyler jaw and her ancient paunches have not been 'needed' since the invention of Narcan.
- I'm seeing KINKY BOOTS in 2 weeks. WIth AA on her honeymoon and Billy Porter flaunting all over Fire Island, will I see any of the original cast?
- Tory Ross is a hoot and a holler in a supporting role. You'll enjoy the show regardless of cast. Enjoy.
- R415 I hope you don't. The originals were horrible Porter's gross over the top Ru Paul imitation particularly bad.
- R417 - Billy Porter won the 2013 TONY Award for Best Actor in a Musical. He has a long and respected career and is a beloved member of the Broadway community.
- Bridges of Madison County is awfully good already. The score is gorgeous. Elena Shaddow (sp?) is absolutely wonderful. Too bad NYC won't get to see her.
The Bridge could be more attractive however, It's suppose to be a romantic setting and the thing is a few ugly 2x4s.
The show is cross between Piazza and Once - better music than Piazza, but not yet as emotionally moving as Once.
Doesn't mean he doesn't suck in the role.
- [quote]Doesn't mean he doesn't suck in the role
And it doesn't mean he sucks in the role just because YOU think so. There are a 11 thousand plus a week jamming the Hirschfield who are loving his performance.
- So what if Porter won a Tony? Benigni has an Oscar. It's an embarrassment for both institutions.
- Is Porter likely to be inflicted on the West End as well?
- You are an embarrassment to Datalounge R22.
- only self haters say "queens" r22
- Girls, please. People have different opinions of different performers. THere were millions who thought John Wayne was a good actor, deserving of an Oscar. HOpefully people on this board are sophisticated enough to know better. WIth that in mind, there are bound to be performers who we love; others who we hate.
Much like people like/dislike short dancers, like/dislike redheads, etc.
I would hope that anyone on this board would know that the Tonys, like Oscars, Emmys, ANY award: often give awards for reasons other than particular excellence in a particular role. I haven't seen Kinky Boots or Billy Porter, but after I read enough times, here and elsewhere, that he's a "trooper": that kind of makes competence in the role:
I saw "Every Little Step" several times on cable and thought in the case of the Sheila and the Cassie, very competent, professional, "safe" performers were cast. Probably both Rak and the Hispanic girl (I am sorry; don't remember her name; am sure she's well-known here (I don't get out much) who came in 2nd for Cassie: would have each been more fascinating.
- choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler
Who is his bf?
- choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler
Who is his bf?
THIS SHIT IS TIRED
- R428 then answer the question
- Oops. The Hall Monitor has spoken! And she is not pleased.
- If no one has answered the question by now, R427/429, then it is likely that:
A) NOBODY KNOWS
B) HE DOESN'T HAVE ONE
- R431 somebody knows
This is Datalounge after all.
Where were you during the Kathleen Chalfant discussions?
- I was here R432..and finding THAT as annoying as fuck too.
- Blankenbuehler is straight, married with two kids.
- R433. Then why don't you provide the nectar of gossip rather than try to be in charge? You're so crabby. Contribute!
- [quote] Blankenbuehler is straight, married with two kids.
Like Tom Cruise?
- That was NOT me at R435
- [quote]the Hispanic girl (I am sorry; don't remember her name; am sure she's well-known here (I don't get out much) who came in 2nd for Cassie
- Um............about Ms. Rak, ACL and Every Little Step. The documentary wasn't filmed with secret spy cams. They knew they were being recorded. I'm talking about Ms. Rak when the cameras were not rolling.
You cannot be naive enough to assume the documentary was a comprehensive view of the process, can you?
- OK, whores, should I book tickets for Big Fish or not? I refuse to believe that Lippa has written something interesting.
- Unlike the life of a closeted Hollywood star, I don't think there's any pressure to be straight in the Broadway choreography world. I think he happens to like snatch. Sorry, "who's his BF" troll.
- Blankebueller's boyfriend is Chey-Chey Jackson!
- R419 Would Elena consider standing by for Kelli?
- Andy is Straight - and that is a fact.
Get over it - and stop wasting space with your repetition.
I thought this was a Gossip site and Not an Opinion site.
Go over to those other sites that let the kiddies voice their thoughts and views.
Get back to GOSSIP - and that is what this tread is called.
Start your own thread on "My Theatre Opinions".
Gossip - like Stephen Pascal cheating on Laura - thus DIVORCE.
Carolee leaving Greg and the kids.
R J on B'way - who cares? The box office will show.
How bitchy is Mis Jane Pittman oh, I mean this years Tony Award Winning old lady actress in a play?
Why did merger talent Pippin boy DIE (yes intentional) his hair blond?
How long will they last: First date, Soul doctor?
The grieving Lea M (and Glee fame) does this make her less of a bitch?
Why oh why did City Center waste so much money with the lame Off B'way musicals this summer?
NYMF when will this trite affair end? each year is getting worst and worst.
- Are Maureen Moore and Betty Buckley the only 'Junes' who went on to play Rose?
- I forgot BP.
- We forgot Bernadette as well.
- R353 I just saw Clay and he is not in the least old or fat.
- Didn't Patti play June at Jones Beach as a child?
Yes, in the dunes at the far end.
- I think Patti played Louise in high school or sumpin.
Jana Robbins who's played Rose a number of times played Louise opposite Dolores G at Papermill as well as Mazeppa on Broadway and Papermill.
- OMG it just occurred to me....where the hell is Ann Jillian?!?!
- Don't think Ann works anymore. Been married for years. Breast cancer survivor. Looked fabulous in bangs.
Call me crazy but I always hoped she'd play Rose one day.
- STFU and lick me all night long.
- Don't bother. It's scales are all wet. It stinks from the head. Ot sounds like third-rate Finn. There are no dancing gills. The concept is poached. And it hasn't got legs.
- That was for R440.
- My eye landed on r453 as I was skimming the thread, and I assumed he was talking about Ann Miner!
- Is Finn Wittrock's last name pronounced "Wit-rock" or "Wi-trock"? Or maybe "Wi-truck"?
- Rachelle Rak deals smack!
- Knock it off, R459. This thread is probably already flagged for deletion.
- Speaking of Harvey, I just watched his movie, "Torch Song Trilogy" from the 80's and watched with the director's commentary feature. Very great movie with some interesting insights from Mr. Fierstein. I found it very interesting that he said during the shooting, he had an incredible crush on Broderick and would be sick when he wasn't on set. Did they ever fling?
Harvey is one of my all time favorites (except for Fiddler!!)
- [quote]My eye landed on [R453] as I was skimming the thread, and I assumed he was talking about Ann Miner!
That's so funny. When I read R455, I thought that was about Ann Miner, too.
- Well, does Ann work any more? The other one?
- Speaking of choreographers, Jerry Mitchell was in Kansas City last night watching his boyfriend Ricky Schroeder (NAKED BOYS SINGING) dance it up in the chorus of FOOTLOOSE at Starlight Theatre.
No, he's not THAT Ricky,this is ginger Ricky.
- Is/was Ann Miner an actress?
- [quote]Is/was Ann Miner an actress?
She once acted human, but that was before the advent of sound.
- LOL R466
An ANN of No ImportANNce
- In the words of Auntie Mame, regarding Vera Charles's accent) "Well, when you're from Pittsburgh, you have to do something!"
- I saw BIG FISH in Chicago. I have no doubt there will be plenty of seats at the booth during previews in New York.
- So who really does have the biggest cock on broadway
If you don't have a pic to support...then don't reply
- R471 - Nathan Lane. it's well documented.
- R472, the poster asked who has the biggest cock, not who is the biggest dick on Broadway.
- Well, there's no debate that Mary Testa has the biggest ass.
- Oh ok, Biggest Cock? Patti LuPone, then.
- Rachelle Rak is gonna cut you bitches!
- r476 = "cuddles" Cody
aka Switchblade Sally
- How was Rak bad in the Papermill ACL. Sheila seems entirely in her ballpark.
- What is BD thinking with this mustache
- Fu Manchu franchise?
- [quote] Andy is Straight - and that is a fact. I thought this was a Gossip site and Not an Opinion site.
Do you think he has propositioned any gay guys to climb up to the top?
- ATC's got a special email blast offer going on today! I'm so excited!
- R472=Nathan Lane.
Honey, this isn't Craigslist.
- Yesterday was Faith's 56th birthday. Do you think anyone will go to the show tonight to celebrate? What's a girl gotta do to get some attention?
- r471 Raul is really big but I have no pixs
- It's B*R*O*A*D*W*A*Y on the high seas!
- R486 I only want to go for Day 5 to see who the "surprise guest" is.
- R487. I heard it's Tovah.
- The cast list of broadway castaways they've pressganged onto this rusty ol' tub sounds incredible, R486.
The big question is: will they sign autographs and "make nice" after the show?
- Do the "celebs" (and I use that term loosely) stay on the cruise for the entire trip, or do they fly them in and out?
- They usually overnight on board, R490, from port to port - and then fly the hell out!
Those cruise ships also have crew-only access ways and private accommodation/recreation levels so The Talent can completely avoid mingling with the hoi polloi - or even seeing them apart from when they're onstage.
- true r491...you never saw Carol Lynley until after the ship turned over.
- So, probably little chance of catching Stokes in the sauna?
- Cruise ships are death traps....don't go!!!!!
(we have no idea how to operate those boat thingys and their are germs everywhere!!!!!!!)
- I can't imagine Audra and Will sunning themselves on deck chairs, sipping Mai Tais. Or Sutton playing shuffleboard. Well, maybe if they weren't surrounded by FAAAAAANS.
How much do you think they each get paid? It probably adds up to a nice chunk o' change.
- I iWeekly nut magine the passengers on the cruise will be full of a lot of bruceb, dramedy and jdm types.
- I was in an Atlantis cruise when Patti L was the main performer. She was everywhere - she went to the excursions, sunned at the more discreet pools, even went to the White Party. Few people bothered her (some circuit queens didn't even know who she was) I was at the buffet and two tables down could her her loud laughter.
Denorah Cox, on a separate cruise, was a bitch. Someone wanted her autograph and she took off her sunglasses off and told the little queen: "Sorry, I can't. I'm on vacation, just like you are."
- A cruise where people ask for Debbie Cox's autograph and don't know who La LuPone is? Was this a cruise to Bizarro World?
- Younger people may not have seen Evita but would have dances to Deb Cox;s club hits, R498
- r497's make it clear LuPone and Cox were not on the same cruise.
- Of the 3 off-Broadway musicals Encores did this July, I'M GETTING MY ACT TOGETHER... was the least successful artistically and financially, yet that's the one being moved for an open-ended run?
I guess Sutton doesn't want to leave LA for an extended period.
At least I hope they recast the leading lady...
- r497 I would have said WELL YOU WILL BE ON PERMANENT VACATION ONCE YOUR SAD ASS REVIVAL DRAGS ITSELF TO THE MARRIOTT MARQUIS!
- My pals in Chicago said BIG FISH sucked. Too bad. I love Norbert and Kate.
- So Spider-Man cancelled last night's performance?
- FIRST DATE is almost out of previews. Anything new there?
- nope r505....just dreck piled on more dreck.
- what happened at Spider Man?
- Andrew Durand, currently playing the gay character in LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST and previously Seth Numrich's replacement in WAR HORSE -
straight or gay?
- can anyone who has first hand knowledge or who has worked with him tell us what the scandal was with Richard Jay Alexander? People always say "up to his old tricks" but not what those tricks are/were. drugs? sex? theft? I honestly don't know.
He did me an enormous favour last year and is in the position to do so again, but I'm now trepidatious because of the hints people drop here and at ATC
- He made some enemies at the Muny earlier this summer. He went ballistic with the stage crew and called them all sorts of names. Really nasty.
- [quote] Andy is Straight - and that is a fact.
For some reason Andy is the only guy theater queens seem hell bent on protecting.
- The exact same thing as r511 was written about Kathleen Chalfant. What a bizarre creature.
- R512 Kathleen Chalfant was spotted around town with Kate Mulgrew
GAY GAY AND MORE GAY.
- Weren't the old tricks supposed to have been casting couch stuff?
- Yes, wasn't RJA the one who gave the million-dollar blowjob to Cam Mack?
- Speaking of Muny, the yummy, yummy Kyle Dean Massey is there in West Side. Who is his boyfriend?
- And here is a nice shot of his butt
- R516, spill!
- Kyle's boyfriend is hispanic and short like him. They are an adorable couple. They walk the dogs in Hells Kitchen all the time.
Also, am I the only one who doesn't have a problem with Deborah Cox's response to the autograph seeker? Why can't she set boundaries and have some privacy?
- Kyle Dean's boyfriend is horribly plastic in the face.
- Don't bother with the face. It's the V of my crotch that needs the attention.
- Maybe Kyle Dean's BF knows the whereabouts of the Michael Arden cock shots...
- R509: For one thing, some time around 1995, Richard Jay Alexander was charged with harassment by some of the actors in a national tour of LES MISERABLES. I think the matter was settled in negotiations between Equity and the production, but I don't know the details.
- Yeah, I don't know if RJA himself gave blowjobs to get ahead, but he certainly groped a whole lot of Mariuses during his time in charge of LES MIZ. He used to rehearse "Little Fall Of Rain" with them and play Eponine himself. That is not a joke.
- Someone asked me if I had heard what was going on with The Jungle Book. All he would say is that it is something racial? Anyone have any idea what he is talking about?
- Shelter me, comfort me...and let me fondle your balls."
- how has RJA gone on to work with the likes of streisand, midler, chenoweth et al if he's a big ol' perv?
- he sucked their cocks.
- BREAKING Kristin Chenoweth to star in revival of Hello Dolly on Broadway!
- [quote] how has RJA gone on to work with the likes of streisand, midler, chenoweth et al if he's a big ol' perv?
he doesn't care for lady ham so it's not an issue.
- She's supposedly just "in talks" R530
- R530. And it's going to be directed by the mediocre Warren Carlyle. She's too small for that gesture, I'm afraid.
- can we also talk about the horrifying Hunter Ryan Herdlicka? An ego the size of Brazil matched by a fair-to-middling talent and bizarre looks. He's only nice if he perceives you can do something for him.
- Have Ryan Headlicker and Elaine Stritch come to a parting of the ways already? I thought he was going to be her doormat/gofer in Detroit, but she's a tough cookie, itching to get back to NYc for another 70 years.
- I've seen Hunter Ryan Herdlicka on the street. He looks bizarre and orange, almost like one of those marionettes on that show "Thunderbirds".
- The rumor was that RJA agreed to be Cam'a "mouth boy" for a few months, and did such a soectacular job of it that Cam gave him his Les Miz supervisory duties as thanks.
- Blanchett's Blanche was not "misguided"; it was transcendent, practically a re-definition of the role.
- R452 I used to see Ann Jillian at church every week. I never spoke to her though.
- r508, I'd say "elvish."
And a Hollywood loaf to r522.
- Kristi Dawn would have been suitable for a spin-off show about Ermengarde but she's an awful choice for Dolly.
- So what happened to Orion? And did anyone see Faith as Hannigan yet?
- I'd like to donate sperm to Krist Dawn for her baby....where do I send it?
- PIPPIN - THE MOVIE!
- R222, Sally Field *was* superb in The Kennedy Center production of MENAGERIE. In fact, her performance made it the best of the three Tennessee Williams plays that were shown there that summer (Patricia Clarkson in STREETCAR and Mary Stuart Masterson in CAT). I believe it was 2005.
- Who is this Jennifer Tepper girl and why is she getting so much attention for doing nothing? She interned for Ken Davenport and now she's writing a book on musical theater and hosting trivia nights? What's her story? Trustfunder? Is she really the person behind Broadway Spotted?
All of a sudden friends of mine are retweetng her stuff and sharing Facebook statuses and she doesn't appear to have done anything worthy of that kind of industry attention.
- Elvish! Oh, darling, we were good friendsh!
I adored him!
- What are we hearing about Big Fish, other than its not selling?
- I hear the performances were good but the book and direction were a STINKY FISH
- Re: "Big Fish" - Why would anyone want to make a musical out of a flop movie?
- I saw it in Chicago. It had a couple of very good songs and both NLB and Baldwin were very good. The book, direction and choreography were a total mess. The "Cowboy" and the "Mermaid" numbers will, hopefully, be cut by the time it opens on Broadway.
- We're nearing the end of another thread, kids!
Let's link arms and go out singing!
Karen Ziemba, full of pluck
- [quote]I saw it in Chicago. It had a couple of very good songs and both NLB and Baldwin were very good. The book, direction and choreography were a total mess. The "Cowboy" and the "Mermaid" numbers will, hopefully, be cut by the time it opens on Broadway.
Isnl't the set just on giant TV screen again?
- For the record "Big Fish" grossed $122 million world wide and did well on home video. It's not a blockbuster but it's not a flop.
- It's a pretty bad movie, though, R554. I don't see it as a theatre piece.
- I guess I'm in the minority in that I could see BIG FISH as a really cool, high concept, dreamy, almost operatic musical. But I would never have hired this very pedestrian team to accomplish it.
- Is Norton Leo giving the same old copyrighted performance he always gives, with a frenzied dance routine that leaves him out of breath center stage. Which means yet another Tony.
- [quote]Norton Leo
- Oops.Norbert Butts, I meant.
- Norton Jim?
- [quote]Is Norton Leo giving the same old copyrighted performance he always gives
God forbid we have reliable, professional entertainers in the theater. Bring on the washed up boyband members.
- Check out Norbert Leo's 'memory and mayhem' cd and get back to me.
- THANK you, R541. I tweeted relatively same sentiments to someone at Playbill. Or maybe Chenoweth would be a decent Irene Malloy. But that is NOT Dolly; no way, shape or form. I would expect audiences, even on Bway, to burst into hysterical giggles. And since when is Dolly a f---ing soprano? (I realize Chenoweth has a good range.) ALthough, I COULD see here being a busybody matchmaker...
WOnder what Jerry H thinks of this...
- Can Jerry even still understand things ?
- talented girl--but kill me first
- [quote] And since when is Dolly a f---ing soprano?
In the Carol Channing doc, it was mentioned that Herman wrote his leading lady material with his mother's voice in mind and that his mother was a soprano.
Madeline Kahn played Dolly in the early 1990s. I'm sure there are others.
- Hum, but Dolly was written for Ethel, 556.
- "with a frenzied dance routine that leaves him out of breath center stage."
Oh r557 that is bitchy even for this place.
Please don't ever leave!
- Jennifer Tepper look like a hillbilly Chelsea Clinton.
- So excited for the First Date reviews!!!
- R569, Bingo! Good call!
- First Date gets eviscerated by Isherwood.
- From Isherwood's review of BLIND DATE: "Aaron, who arrives at the appointed watering hole first, overdressed in suit and tie and rippling with nerves, is the Nice Jewish Boy with a good job.... Yet he has, apparently and none too plausibly, never before been on a blind date."
What's so implausible? Are blind dates THAT common? Sometimes I just don't get Isherwood. Many times, as a matter of fact.
- I had the same reaction, r573. I've never been on a blind date, and only very rarely have I known any friend of mine (straight or gay) to go on one. I don't know why Isherwood finds this so implausible - is he constantly going on them or something?
- I've never been on a blind date, either. However "And I wish to be anesthetized!" is the pull quote they'll go with. Guaranteed.
- Strange idea, but do you know who would have knocked "Big Fish" out of the park? Robert WIlson. I know he's never done a mainstream Broadway play before, but he could probably be talked into it. He's a master at creating dreamscapes. It would have been strange, but beautiful and sad. I fear it will probably be a little pedestrian.
- I don't want to spoil something in LLL in the delacorte, but why write a musical only to have the most important song be...
This is what made BBAJ such a slog to sit through, Juvenile humor that may elicit laughs today, but in 5 years will be dated and unfunny.
I think Colin Donnell is hot and sings like a dream, but I am afraid his career will go the way of Hugh Panero.
- I said it in the previous theater thread. ...
LOVES LABOURS LOUSY.
The cast is working hard but it's washing garbage, as Sheldon Harnick would say. Bad score. Bad adaptation. Bad, bad show.
- [quote]First Date gets eviscerated by Isherwood.
You really don't know what eviscerated means do you R572?
- [quote]Wonder what Jerry H thinks of this...
If Stephen Sondheim can prostitue his shows for money, so can I!
- Former Broadway darling and GLEE villain Nolan Gerard Funke (he's dropped the Gerard) plays the "other man" in the Lindsay Lohan/James Deen movie THE CANYONS. Full frontal nude, to boot.
We love you Conrad, oh yes we do!
- NEWS FLASH!!
Karen Ziemba to play Dolly this winter in Chicago!
There should be a DL night where we treat Karen like the trooper/legend she is and give a standing O after the Dolly number.
- Perhaps Isherwood considers his gloryhole forays to be blind dates.
- R581- I'll never forget that publicity gig held the day tickets for BIRDIE went on sale. Conrad strutting down the street followed by chrorines singing "We Love You Conrad." His pants were so tight you could see the outline of his cock.. and he had a hard on.
THE CANYONS is available on the ON DEMAND cable function too.
- Now if only Norbert Leo Butz would remove on his names...
- .. and he had a hard on.
.. no he didn't.
- Beloved NYC theater gays: marooned as I am in northern NYS, I have only my 10 articles a month digital NYTimes to comfort me. Just read Isherwood's review; PLEASE tell me I'm not hallucinating but did is there really a song, he quoted from, with lyrics:
"SHe's not the one, oy, oy, oy
She's a goy, goy, goy"
WTF!!!!??? I thought I had seen some hideous musicals in the 80's (yes, I'm old), but I had to read those lyrics about 5 times; STILL can't believe my eyes.
Please help me understand!!
(although the comments under his review - people seemed to like the show!
What do you all think? TIA.
- R587 Please be advised that we are removing you from our mailing list permanently.
- Finding out in one morning the news that the world gets to see both KZ's Mrs. Levi AND Nolan Gerard's junk??
As Karen sang in Ziegfeld Follies of 1936: "This is my red letter day!"
- Can you get THE CANYONS online anywhere? I don't have the expertise in finding illegal downloads (that aren't virus-infected) that maybe some of the rest of you do.
- "I don't know why Isherwood finds [not going on blind dates] so implausible - is he constantly going on them or something?"
P.S. R579, what do YOU think "eviscerate" means?
P.P.S. I had heard that Nolan does not have a full-frontal scene in THE CANYONS. So, what's the truth?
- Haven't seen it, but I've heard that of the male cast, only the porn actors have full frontal scenes.
- Will FIRST DATE make it to Labor Day. Those reviews are bad/tepid. Is there any advance?
- [quote]Perhaps Isherwood considers his gloryhole forays to be blind dates.
Well, that's just ridiculous.
- Let's be honest. Wouldn't one have to BE a blind date to go out with Charles Isherwood?
- I'd like to see a revival of COCO... with Faith Prince.
- Show us your tits, Faith!
- Karen Ziemba would ge great for WOMAN OF THE YEAR
- Did Barbara Eden do a TV version of Woman Of The Year?
- Kathleen Chalfant, who's her gf?