- Kate Mulgrew is a pro-life activist and proud of it!
- For the last time, did anybody anywhere bother to see Faith Prince's Miss Hannigan? They didn't announce Annie's closing until after she took over the role.
- Kathleen Chalfant would have so much better as Miss Hannigan.
- Big mystery. The dissing of Bierko as Trunchbull has been quietly removed from Broadway World. Hmm. And that's not even Miner being a Major. #121 is off to a good start.
- I'm glad "No More" is no more. "ITW" already is too ballad-heavy and morose in Act Two, and now these filmmakers have the good sense to delete that unintentional showstopper from the movie. It's not the worst song written, far from it, but where it falls in the show, often lethal.
But if that news depresses you, go see "Mr. Burns" at Playwrights Horizons, the insanely overrated snob hit of the season thus far, and there you can endure an entire third act of somber, depressing songs, one after another.
- Reading the message board posts about GLASS MENAGERIE is hilarious. People are trying to come up with new superlatives to describe it.
- Agree about Mr. Burns. I loved the concept but thought its realization was tedious at best. Wonder if audiences are perking up now that Brantley and Cote have blessed it. The night I saw it the boredom was palpable.
- It looks pretty certain that the first two huge flops of the season will be Romeo and Juliet and Big Fish.
What's happening with Honeymoon in Vegas at Paper Mill? Aren't they in previews yet? That kind of has flop written all over it, too.
- What's next at the Palace after Lapine's crapfest closes?
- [quote]the first two huge flops of the season will be Romeo and Juliet and Big Fish.
Someone get me Terry McNally on the line, stat!
- [quote] Laura Benanti - can she sing "How Can Love Survive?" when she knows it can't, at least for her?
Imma cut u, bitch.
- no gossip, just to get this in my thread watcher.
- you know you can just click the star to add to your thread watcher, don't you r12
- [quote]What's next at the Palace after Lapine's crapfest closes?
Jeffrey Richards is going to transfer MR. BURNS there. To accommodate the larger space, they'll add more Springfield citizens to the story and double the cast. In true Civilians form, none of them will be able to sing. To avoid attracting the wrong sort of audience, they won't sell tickets to anyone who doesn't have a 11211 zip code.
- Karen Olivo's pottery collection is now for sale on Etsy.
I wish I were kidding.
- Did she at least get a taste of the timid McDonald cock?
- Karen Olivo? What is it, you cunt face?
- Karen Olivo's "one of a kind" pottery now for sale...
...with VERY detailed descriptions!
- I originally read "pottery" as "poetry". I was expecting some awful verse.
- Nope, didn't know, r13. Thanks for the tip.
- In response to the poster in the previous theatre thread who inquired about Cherry Jones' character voice in "Menagerie"...
There. Are. No. Words.
I went back to listen to Hyacinth Bucket on youtube, and I withdraw that claim. Hyacinth Bucket actually PROJECTS.
It's like she's doing Eleanor Roosevelt with a gooey Mississippi dowager accent. Every single fucking line is tossed into the back of her throat with the force of a Mack Truck. You can't fucking HEAR her half the time.
She seems to have some really lovely moments, but it's so fucking hard to tell because of that psychotic character voice.
And yeah, she's clearly channelling Blanche du Bois at points. In a good way, though. She came out in the 2nd act like Blanche escaping from the looney bin.
Quinto is great, and the lady playing Laura is FABULOUS. Amazing power with no effort.
- That was no lady, that was my sis!!
- Ben Brantley did not give Romeo and Juliet the review it deserved. He almost sort of liked it; he even liked Orlando Bloom.
- Of course Brantley loved Orlando Bloom, he's a complete and utter star-fucker!
- Is ITW the reason Lila Crawford left Annie? She didn't seem to sad about leaving. Oh wait.. why would anyone feel sad about leaving Annie?
- My nephew's wife is Big Fish stage manager so it Will NOT FLOP!
- Are Karen Olivo's pottery pieces all based on her unfulfilled fantasy of fellating Will Swenson's penis?
- ANNIE is black - I mean, back! And, on a bike!
- So Annie is now a contemporary little girl? And she's an orphan who rides a npmidern, high-tech bike?
- Mr Burns was the most exciting night in the theatre I've had in recent memory.You bitches be crazy.
- Hip Hop ANNIE. This won't end well.
Dorothy Louden spinning in her grave
- [quote]Karen Olivo's pottery collection is now for sale on Etsy. I wish I were kidding.
Why the snark? You think selling artwork is beneath you?
Most exciting night in recent memory? Are your memories rather short these days?
Forget the snark. Would actually love to know why you liked it so much.
The first act felt like 40 minutes of almost solid exposition. So as much as I can respect the ambitions of the piece, and the strong performances, I found that aspect incredibly off-putting. I liked the second act the most, and might have enjoyed the third act more if it weren't so damn overlong.
- Gay Theaters Now Struggle to Evolve:
- Cherry was doing Meryl doing Julia Child.
My heart did not stop, I was not devastated, I did not need to seek medical help
- So this production isn't Cherry at her best, I take it. What compelled the Times [don't remember if it was Isherwood or Brantley] to rave it into being on Broadway?
- "I’ve developed a lot of respect for Juliet’s perceptiveness in recent years, especially after seeing Lauren Ambrose’s smart and spirited interpretation for Shakespeare in the Park in 2007. In that version, directed by Michael Greif, it was clear that in this star-crossed relationship, it was the girl who was the mature one."
How can the Times keep employed a theater critic who comes, in late middle age, to the sort of conclusions common to students in undergraduate Shakespeare courses?
- I just think r37 without getting into anyone's deficiencies, that Brantley has had the top job JUST TOO FUCKING LONG, what has it been 20+ years?
Same thing with Isherwood, not there as long as Brantley but they need to get some fresh perspectives at the times.
- Brantley is the definition of a half-bright. Always has been, always will be.
OTOH, he may be exactly the caliber of critic that this era deserves. Which is tragic.
- It's a given that Cherry Jones is a fabulous actress. She might be doing some brilliant acting onstage - she definitely seems to have her moments - but they're so damn hard to enjoy in the face of that goddamn character voice.
I really can't comprehend why nobody in that production hasn't expressed concern to Ms. Jones.
- My take on Jones' performance is that she's playing the Amanda that Tom remembers: overbearing and obnoxious and almost a caricature. He says early on the only "real" person onstage is the Gentleman Caller. So the exaggerations make sense to me in this context. Whether or not the mannerisms work for you is another matter.
- I think in spite of Cherry's unfortunate choice of character voice, the production as a whole is very much worth seeing.
Several of the directorial, acting and design choices may be controversial but they almost make the play even more thought-provoking.
And don't sit too close! The set floor has an amazing effect that can't be seen in the first 6 rows. Probably even better seen from the mezz.
- it seems like Cherry is making the choice to play the affluent Southern matron that she never became--which might be effective in the scene with the GC-and her phone solicitations but an an overall choice does not work and is distracting in its phoneyness
- Mr Burns really is a joke, right? Who would think this is entertaining? It's creepy and not in a good way. It looks like it had a $1.25 budget.
- But is it because we know what Cherry normally sounds like? Would she be convincing if we'd never seen her before?
- is she drinking?
- "How Can Love Survive" will survive. "There's No Way To Stop It" will be stopped. The former will survive because this is a live telecast, after all, and those little brats will need time to go tinkle and do a wardrobe change. The latter will be stopped because it's shite and they don't want Max to come across even vaguely like a Nazi sympathizer. Don't question me.
- That's not what R&H says - the only cut song will be Ordinary Couple.
- R48 I hate that "No Way to Stop It" will be cut. It's one of my favorite songs from the show.
- Has jesse been banned from ATC for posting his reviews? That's the word out there.
- Jesse21 posted a review for Romeo and Juliet just a couple of days ago. Nothing has opened since then.
- So who will play the leads in the stage adaptation of Fatal Attraction in London next spring?
- R50, don't listen to r48, he's full of shit. "No Way to Stop It" isn't being cut. One of the major reasons for doing this is to acquaint people with the show you'll actually get if someone does it. Although they let you rent "Confidence" and "Something Good," that's it. And people are always doing their own illegal rewrites to make it more like the movie - Favorite things in the bedroom, etc.
Since the Libday and Crouse families put a kaibosh on allowing rentals of the Susan Lesby Schulman production, they can only rent the original and the Yeo movie songs (and Confidence doesn't easily fit the stage script) - so this is a way to make the original more familiar.
- The idea of a Fatal Attraction stage show is bad, especially if it's like some of the other London film-to-stage productions that have basically tried to throw a screenplay onto the stage. FA is all about atmosphere, camera angles, music. Onstage it could just come across as incredibly tacky.
Strangers on a Train, on the other hand, could be marvellous.
- Thanks R54
- R53- I nominate Catherine Zeta-Jones and Len Cariou, just to keep a family line running.
- So Stritchie is drinking again(still), diabetic, falling down a lot, confined to a wheelchair because of a broken hip and a broken pelvis, and sleeping until 4 or 5 in the afternoon. Looks like the amputations should be starting real soon.
Doesn't she have a damned caretaker??
- Stritch is Stritch. How anyone would consider hiring her for a real role in Three Tall Women is beyond me, as it would be beyond Elaine's memory at this point. That's a real role, as opposed to the basic cameo that is Mme. Armfeldt.
- Saw Kinky Boots last night. Lotta fun, and a real feel good show. Am I the only one who wanted to scream by the end of Act 1 if I heard the word "Shoe" or"Boot" one more time, both in the text and in the songs? Never have I wanted a hint of subplot more. I was also surprised that Stark Sands got the last bow. He was very good indeed, and in some senses it is his show, but Porter knocked the place on its ears with his entire performance. I guess Sands has the bigger and/or tougher agent.
- Interesting that AnnaLeigh Ashford and Helene York bared their breasts in that HBO series MASTERS OF SEX. Both of them played Glinda in WICKED. Did AnnaLeigh at least cover up her trashy arm tattoo?
Miriam 'I've never appeared undraped on stage' Polar
- Yes, it's a period piece (1950s), so there were no tattoos on display. It's the first episode, and it's online. Showtime released it online earlier.
There are a couple of naked men (no penises), too, but don't know if they're Broadway-related. One, Teddy Sears, is a tall, blond hunk - hope he shows more as the series progresses.
- [quote] Interesting that AnnaLeigh Ashford and Helene York bared their breasts in that HBO series MASTERS OF SEX.
It's a Showtime series, not HBO.
- Speaking of Stephen Sondheim, does anyone recall a novel that had a character clearly based on him? It was a long time ago, the book was a mass-market paperback original, and it featured four a clef figures. One, I think, was supposed to be Barbra Streisand. Two others were...I forget. But one was definitely crafted to appear to be Sondheim. Anyone know the author and title?
- Teddy Sears is a hot hunk who played Zach Quinto's bf in the first season of American Horror Story.
Speaking of Zach, did anyone else find a huge homoerotic vibe between Tom and the GC in this production of Menagerie?
- [quote] I guess Sands has the bigger and/or tougher agent.
No he is the lead character, and in the movie too.
- R65. Saw Glass Menagerie this afternoon. Didn't feel the homoeroticism between the two, but Zach walked away with the show. He's a terrific actor and a gifted physical presence as well. Cherry wasn't exactly a fluttery and lacy Amanda, but I thought she worked wonderfully. Anyone who hires Cherry because she can be light in her loafers is nuts. A lovely production of one of the 10 greatest 20th century plays.
- Who else is going to the Broadway Flea Market tomorrow?
- Teddy Sears was also on 666 Park Avenue.
- R68. Bet mlop will be there. Sort of one of the biggest stars of the afternoon, no doubt!
- Honey, NOBODY watched 666 Park Avenue.
- If Bobby Steggert does not receive a Tony nomination for Big Fish, then there is no justice.
- But everyone says the character Bobby plays in Big Fish is a big turnoff, and Tony voters don't like to nominate whiners. By then Big Fish will be history, anyway. There are too many seats in the Neil Simon to fill every night for a so-so show with only Norbert Leo huffing and puffing his way through the chorus every night.
- MR BURNS -- incompreHENsible to me after the first scene. And AGAIN that actor with the hair lip/speech impediment.
I thought Quinto was the weakest link (he didn't have a true moment all evening) and those "Look at me" touches imposed by the director irritated the hell out of me. If any script cried out for the delicate, humane touch of horse-hung David Cromer . . .
- [quote]And AGAIN that actor with the hair lip/speech impediment.
(but I agree)
- Uh, I forget why we're referencing Teddy Sears. Is he coming on Broadway?
- R76- He's probably coming on somebody.
- Tennessee wanted there to be a homoerotic vibe between Tom and the gentleman caller, because Tennessee had a major crush on the co-worker he based him on. This, according to the gentleman himself, who, in the 60's, was a professor at a NJ college.
- He's doing nudie work with Helene York and Annaleigh Ashford, so he's one degree of separation away from Broadway.
- he's in the HBO drama the Wicked girls are in r76
- I picked up on the homoerotic vibe. My husband even thought that Tom was bringing his boyfriend home to meet his mother and not Laura.
- It does make sense that Tom would be attracted to Jim. Has this never been brought out before?
- Yes, Dallas, at the Provincetown Playhouse.
- Let's face facts. There is no engagement, there is no fiance. I think Sam Waterston played that subtext very well back in the 70's. Jim came home as a favor to Tom. He's just not into the female sex.
- Interesting interpretation, r84. WONK!!!!!
- I've seen it played that way, I think it was back at the McCarter in the late 80's or early 90's. Emily Mann's production was a train wreck. Dylan McDermott played Tom as Tennessee WIlliams, all limp wristed and lispy, Shirley Knight was an abomination, Judy Kuhn only came alive in that beautiful scene with Jim, but I'll be damned if I've ever seen the actor who played the Gentleman Caller again. He was glorious. He was soulful. and graceful, but when it came down to brass tacks, it was obvious there was no fiance and he certainly wasn't about to get married. It's a valid interpretation, and he played it magnificently.
But I'm sure it wasn't Emily Mann's idea.
- Sorry, it was Michael Moriarity who played Jim, Sam Waterston played Tom. But Moriarity brought out the non-committal sexuality of the character.
- So both men in the play are gay r84? That seems far-fetched
- I think the David Leveaux/Jessica Lange version got a bad wrap...and Josh Lucas was hot.
- No, it didn't, R89. David Leveaux can't direct traffic, as evidenced by his MENAGERIE, his CYRANO, his NINE & now his R&J - and look how he shit all over FIDDLER. Why he keeps getting work astounds me - in London he was dismissed years ago. He got lucky with ANNA CHRISTIE in NY because of the chemistry between Natasha Richardson and Liam Neeson and has been riding that for years.
His MENAGERIE was mannered and boring, and the clearly incestuous relationship between Christian Slater's Tom and Sarah Paulson's Laura was obvious and frankly, disgusting. Lucas was hot but a piece of wood.
- R88-Tennessee would have adored you.
- Howard McGillin got married (again!) this week. To a man this time - but not to the chorus boy he was fucking when he first came out years ago, or any of the other twinks that used to hang around his dressing room in the 10 years he played the Phantom.
Interestingly, the man Howard married used to fuck NJ Gov. Jim McGreevey back in the day when they were both in Trenton.
- That's a whole lotta gayface there, R92.
Good for Howard. Is he really only 59? He looks okay, but I have seen him in film & TV from about 30 years ago when he was seriously HOT. I wonder if he regrets going the music theatre route as opposed to a cushy TV job.
- Glenn Close: “I might be coming back to Broadway, oh, in the not-too-distant future”
Helen Sinclair, perhaps?
- Wouldn't that just burn Patti LuPone's ass to the bone?
First, she loses Norma on Broadway to Glenn.
Then, 20+ years later, she auditions for this part and doesn't get it and it goes to - Glenn!
Patti will need a strait-jacket!
- Patti LuPone is far too heavy to play Helen Sinclair!
Dianne Weist, still thin in my eyes
- Could Close be Schneider in Cabaret? Singers without strong voices can get away with that. But it's a bit of a small part for someone like her.
- Not to turn this into a FOLLIES thread or anything, but why has Chita Rivera never been one of the Sondheim ladies (ouside of WSS)? She could have been great as the Witch or as Carlotta, or even Stella Deems.
- I know, R98! So ridic she hasn't done classics like WEST SIDE STORY or IN THE HEIGHTS either. That bitch needs to up her game already like damn.
- What, no reports from the Broadway Flea Market yet? Is Cheyenne selling "director's cut" DVDs of you-know-what? Is it too chilly for Raul to wear flip-flops?
- R100. Bobby Steggert will do all of those things and more! I've heard he's already bored with his non part in Stinky Fish.
- What the hell are they building in front of the Good Morning America studios? They've closed off the street and they are doing their outdoor stuff down the street by Toys R Us.
- R102. And that is what form of theatrical gossip?
- "patina @patinamiller
On another intermission note...Sad to say goodbye to our Andrea Martin today....we are sure gonna miss her."
I did not realize Andrea Martin was leaving that soon!
- Great times at the flea market. Karen Mason was at the autogrape tab1e signing away. Good to see her. Lots of stars thre. I saw Patena, AnnaLeigh, there went Raul and friends David Chase who I know and talked to, Joel Grey was there Stephanie Block who has Sunshine the musical coming up, fans everywhere Becky Luker who is always so warmed and sweet when she sees me coming. Perfect day an+d a wonderful cause Cheers to all!
- mlop, will you please SHUT THE FUCK UP. You know NONE of these people and they could care less about you and your dreadful wardrobe.
- Cheyenne was there . . . wearing an Anthony Weiner mask.
- [quote] I wonder if he regrets going the music theatre route as opposed to a cushy TV job.
If he had trouble coming out while acting on Broadway, imagine what he'd be up against if he was a screen actor
- Loved the Michael Moriarty and Sam Waterston production. They had good chemistry. I did think it was a little homoerotic also.
I wonder if they ever talked about L&O after they had both played ADAs. Of course Moriarty was a little nuts when he left.
- seriously R107?
- All the Broadway Wrold girls are moaning about how expensive all the stupid merchandising crap is this year. "Even though it's for charity," several moaned, "I can't afford to pay $1 for a Portofino mug or $2 for a God and Kate Murphy key chain." What a colossal bunch of losers.
- OMG if she ruined YESTERDAY.....what is she going to do with the Sound Of Music songs?
- "She" being CARRIE FING UNDERWOOD
- Well, at least she can yodel The Lonely Goatherd.
- Not to turn this into a FOLLIES thread or anything, but why has Chita Rivera never been one of the Sondheim ladies (ouside of WSS)? She could have been great as the Witch or as Carlotta, or even Stella Deems.
I believe this was r98.
She was offered Carlotta in the London FOLLIES ('87). She turned it down.
I've seen it played that way, I think it was back at the McCarter in the late 80's or early 90's. Emily Mann's production was a train wreck. Dylan McDermott played Tom as Tennessee WIlliams, all limp wristed and lispy, Shirley Knight was an abomination, Judy Kuhn only came alive in that beautiful scene with Jim, but I'll be damned if I've ever seen the actor who played the Gentleman Caller again. He was glorious. He was soulful. and graceful, but when it came down to brass tacks, it was obvious there was no fiance and he certainly wasn't about to get married. It's a valid interpretation, and he played it magnificently.
His name was Jeff Wetherford. He was extremely talented, appealing, handsome and he did kind of disappear.
- Emily has that effect on actors r116.
- So can someone answer the question about whether anyone was in flip-flops at the Flea Market?
- R111: if I'd known someone was selling a PORTOFINO mug, I would've gone.
- THE WINSLOW BOY is in amazing shape for a show that just started previews. One of the better Rattigan plays.
Of course, Alessendro Nivola is sex on a stick, even though he's in formal wear all night.
- [quote] I believe this was [R98]. She was offered Carlotta in the London FOLLIES ('87). She turned it down.
[quote] by: I was around the production
What was Dolores Gray like?
- [quote]OMG if she ruined YESTERDAY.....what is she going to do with the Sound Of Music songs?
Calm down Becky. It's a three hour entrainment program. No matter how it turns out, life will go on.
- I've tipped the MD to play Maria's numbers in June Bronhill's keys on the night. Shhhhh!
- [quote]Calm down Becky. It's a three hour entrainment program. No matter how it turns out, life will go on.
Minus the typo, this should be R1 in each every theatre thread from here on out.
- [quote] Minus the typo, this should be [R1] in each every theatre thread from here on out.
- Dolores Gray was just fine as Carlotta in London. Not much of a team player, but that's not what her song is all about!
Did you see her when she had to share the part with her understudy?
- What's the story with McGillin? Did he cheat with chorus boys since the 80s?
- The name of that book that someone was looking for, that featured a Sondheim-like character is "Starring," written by James Fritzhand. Amazon has copies available.....
- Thank you, [R129]. I knew someone here would know.
- R127. Don't know what you're talking about. Share the role? You mean Dolores sang and understudy acted? Dolores did it all the night I went. Don't get what you're going on about!
- r110 you're pathetic
- Good God. Seriously. Enough with Follies. It's done. Over. And not that good a show. What is with you people?
- On the red carpet Carrie Underwood was asked about The Sound of Music. She said she's moving to NYC for a few months. So it will actually be telecast live from here and not LA? From a theater?
Ryan Seacrest said something like "You've seen the movie a lot, huh?" and she replied "But this is the musical version." Oh, dear. Not the brightest dirndl on the rack.
- "Glenn Close: “I might be coming back to Broadway, oh, in the not-too-distant future”
Helen Sinclair, perhaps?"
They're considering a full Broadway production of the one-night Pirates of Penzance benefit that the Public did this summer at the Delacorte in which Close played Ruth, so I think that's what she's referring to.
- R134: This is going to be this decade's answer to the Matthew Broderick "Music Man" remake for which nobody asked except Michael "I killed hand-drawn animation" Eisner.
- Did someone say Follies?
- [quote]Ryan Seacrest said something like "You've seen the movie a lot, huh?" and she replied "But this is the musical version." Oh, dear. Not the brightest dirndl on the rack.
I think she meant the STAGE musical version. I believe that she was trying say that it was not going to be the movie version.
- Buy my pottery, peoples!
- If they do another revival of Follies in a few years, Karen Olivo will return to the business for it. And then she can learn to dance, peoples. (As long as Jan Maxwell isn't her teacher, though.)
- This SOM will be much worse than The Music Man.
- Jan Maxwell looks so worn out. Like she's been run over by a truck.
Jan's food stamp caseworker
- R142. It's hard work hanging on to subsidized housing, although this year it sure looks like she qualifies for a change.
- What's more tedious for this thread: Sound of Music or yet another wretched Follies discussion? Why doesn't anyone ever want to yak on about 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue or the Liv Ullman I Remember Mama? Better still, Shangri La or Seventh Heaven.
- I have a kinescope of the Hallmark b&w TV version of the musical SHANGRA LA that came before the Carol Lawrence Broadway vehicle. Helen Gallagher is in it.. It's really bad.
I'll take Tab Hunter in HANS BRINKER, "the television musical spectacular!" over this any day.
- [quote]This SOM will be much worse than The Music Man.
It's going to be different. The Music Man was a film, SOM will be live theater.
- Oh, Christ, I just listened to SEVENTH HEAVEN today...what is there to talk about? It's an utter bore! At least HANS BRINKER has Peggy Kind and a decent song or two! But give me FOLLIES any day!
- Peggy King R147 although I think you made a typo.
And Special Guest Star, Dick Button as their best friend
- We're gonna do the SOUND OF MUSIC all live-like! From inside of yer TV sets!
- I won't be happy until I know who is playing Liesl.
- [quote]This SOM will be much worse than The Music Man.
Impossible. If Carrie Underwood has a sudden fit of explosive diarrhea during "Lonely Goatherd" and shits all over the children, it will still be preferable to the sights and sounds of Matthew Broderick and Kristin Chenoweth mangling "'Til There Was You".
- [quote] Don't know what you're talking about. Share the role? You mean Dolores sang and understudy acted? Dolores did it all the night I went. Don't get what you're going on about!
Dolores sustained an injury (not sure if it was leg/foor or hip) that prevented her doing much of the role during that time. I've heard her understudy played the part up until I'm Still Here, when Dolores would be revolved out, perched on a stool to do the number.
- I Remember Mama? You mean the Liv Ullman musical so bad, even Bette Midler missed it?
- Laura Osnes and Santino Fontana are doing a benefit at 54 Below tonight. Wish I could be there. Will someone film and bootleg please?
- Carrie Underwear said at least three times in her brief red carpet interview with Seacrest that she had no idea how she would memorize the lines.
That alone'll make it worth watching. Like the guy walking across the Grand Canyon.
- Could they possibly have cast Benanti as insurance?
- I'm Good.
- Santana Fontino could play Rolf if they dye his hair blond like they did for View from the Bri..oh....right.
- Rolf is supposed to be 17 and hot, r158, two things that Santino Fontana is NOT!!
- Derek Hough for Rolf! And he can choreograph his dance.
- Derek Hough is too simian to be a Nazi's child.
- Orlando Bloom for Rolf! He's found his niche, playing lovestruck teens!
And I suspect he'll be available soon.
I am 37 going on 18...
R157- That's the most adorable final line Osnes has in CINDERELLA.
I know..... MARY!!
- Yes, R138, I'm aware that's what she meant. Still sounded dopey, though.
- Isn't Rolf cast already with former American Idol contestant Alex Federov?
- THIS JUST IN ... Broadway icon Christiane Noll cast as Sister Margeretta!
- They've got it all planned out. If Underwood sucks in rehearsals, she will "develop a bad flu" and be replaced Benanti, while Bernadette Peters will take over the Baroness. A line will be written "Oh, Georg, you don't mind that I'm an older woman, do you?"
The tempo of "How Can Love Survive" will be slowed down to accommodate Bernie's crying.
- [bold] Tony Nominee Jane Connell, Broadway Great Known for MAME and More, Passes Away [/bold]
- She's with her darling little Dickie in heaven now.
- [quote] A line will be written "Oh, Georg, you don't mind that I'm an older woman, do you?"
That won't be necessary. Laura and I both read as 45.
- I could be in Sound of Music!
No dancing, right?
I'm 16 going on 17, peoples!
- At the very least you can try and get the producers to feature your pottery around the Von Trapp house, Karen.
- "I won't be happy until I know who is playing Liesl."'
The modest Miley Cyrus.
And, yes, they are casting standbys for insurance.
- Just saw Roger Bart in a teeny guest spot on the premier of HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER.
Sad to go in a few years from creating roles on Broadway, costarring with Nicole Kidman, and a recurring role on DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES to Funny Hotel Clerk on HIMYM.
- Season premieres pay very well and HIMYM is doing well in syndication so he banked a nice fee....you cunty r174 you!
- R174 OMG was that Roger Bart? I didn't even recognize him. That girl from Once barely registered. Who did she blackmail to get the part?
- [quote]Who did she blackmail to get the part?
I see what you did there r176!!! Good for you.
- I have an awful(ly good) feeling that Underwood won't make it. She's nervous. Nerves when you're being filmed on a soundstage are bad enough but in front of a live audience? Nah, not gonna happen. When I first heard Benanti was cast I figured they wanted to keep her closeby just in case.
- [quote]Nerves when you're being filmed on a soundstage are bad enough but in front of a live audience?
She does concerts, and Maria ain't exactly Medea.
She'll get through it.
- Oh please r179 - co-hosting the Country Music Awards with Brad Paisley and performing her own crappy music at some Midwestern outdoor theater hardly compares to a rare, LIVE network remake of a cherished family classic involving lines and actual acting.
Even if it is the "Holiday Season", Twitter will light up like the Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center with bitter comments by bitchy queens.
Besides, after her disastrous performance last night I would not bet too much on her doing S and M.
- This almost looks like a parody poster.
- Underwood will no doubt do a preview of "Do Re Mi" with the kids at the Thanksgiving Day Parade-both are on NBC, you know.
- [quote]Oh please [R179] - co-hosting the Country Music Awards with Brad Paisley and performing her own crappy music at some Midwestern outdoor theater hardly compares to a rare, LIVE network remake of a cherished family classic involving lines and actual acting.
Oh please, pull the Playbill out of your ass.
- plus that low profile show called American Idol (remember how huge those ratings were back then? and she was unknown and she won)
r180 is like 83 and in a caftan.
- Carrie Underwood seems like a decent person and compared to many young starlets, she is wholesomeness personified. However why does R183 & R184 think she can pull off this "live cherished family classic", which remains one of the very few classic films to get a regular network showing. (Hence everyone will be familiar with it.)
I wish her the best, but I also think she is going to flop.
- Rivera as Carlotta. I can actually see that!
Chita Rivera has had an interesting career. I find it odd that she has yet to really headline a show and carry the evening....even though amazing in Spider Woman, other actora carried the book scenes. Alao intesreting that the women who've done her roles to award glory (neuwirth, olivo, zeta-jones) are univerally thought to have been not as good.
- The most hysterical thing in this thread is how r184 genuinely thinks that American Idol is culture and the height of good taste/talent.
- I don't think Rita Moreno is universally thought not to have been as good as Anita, r186. Moreno wasn't as good a dancer as Rivera, but her dancing was good enough to be sufficient for a lot of people who don't care so much about dance nuances.
- Roger Bart's role in HIMYM is recurring - he'll be on all season. The whole season takes place during the wedding weekend, so you'll be seeing a lot of that hotel clerk...
- Wait I minute here....I agree she'll flop and it will be a terrible show BUT I thought we were debating r178 and whether she will make it through the show due to "nerves."
I agree she'll suck but she won't be too nervous to get through the show (that is what I meant by pointing out she was on Ameican Idol and r187 nobody mentioned culture, good taste or talent---where did you get that from?)
- Exactly, (R190)
DL was arguing she'll never make it to/through a LIVE network broadcast.
Underwood was great on American Idol. (Yes, I watched it back then). Dealt with everything thrown at her and seemed to learn every week. Sang every style thrown at her quite well.
YES she'll be bland and a bit stiff, but she'll sound fine- if very different from Julie.
I'm sure if DL had been around in 1964-65 we would have been trashing Julie for taking Mary's role and daring to sing soprano in a role for a charming "lite" belter.
- We progressed in the discussion r190, r191 after seeing her awful performance of Yesterday.
I have no faith in her acting and vocal abilities at all, and being thrown songs of varying styles on American Idol is hardly a qualification for a 3 hour live acting and singing role!
In any case, though I did not originally make the following observation (it was from some other poster) she really does come across as someone who wandered over from a tailgate party, rather than an Austrian convent circa 1930!
- Christ, nothing as insufferable as a Theater Queen. How dare a person not born in Shubert Ally do theater. You know NOTHING about her. You have no idea if she has been studying in the year since she auditioned and got the role. Once again faceless basement dwellers who only get as close to Broadway is by way of cellphone bootlegs traded online, know better.
- We may be insufferable, but we know it's Shubert Alley and that a TV special is not theater.
- Erm, if Underwood's performance of the otherwise poignant Yesterday on the Emmy Awards is any indication she is clearly going to suck great big hairy donkey balls Maria in The Sound of Music.
ANYONE from Smash - including Angelica Houston - would be a better choice.
- Wesley Taylor for Maria!
- [quote] rather than an Austrian convent circa 1930!
Who, besides the Maria in an Austraian production, has?
- The Gooch curse . . .
Peggy Cass, Jane Connell . . .
- Bet she's better than that Luker woman!
Mrs. Mark Jacoby
- Me too R176. That was delicious!!
- Mary Martin was something of a tailgater herself back in the day.
- The TV Sound of Music seems a pointless exercise. The movie improves on the stage version in just about every way, and that is before you get to the movie's cast, locations and photography. Why not tackle a popular stage musical with a terrible movie... like Man of La Mancha, Mame or A Chorus Line instead?
- Because ratings.
- Wait until the rest of the smaller roles are announced. They are surrounding her with women who would ALL be better as Maria (some have already played it...yes, besides Benanti) than Ms. U.
- im sure the love performance of SOM will not be their first show--they will prob rehearse it like a real show maybe play a bunch of "previews" for invited audiences before going live on the big night
- Please no 30 year old Jessica Grove as Liesl.
- Jen Cody as Liesl. YESSSS!
- Jen Cody would never betray Broadway by doing television!
- Rivera carried The Rink. Liza had a big role but it revolved around Chita. And Velma gets as much stage time as Roxie in Chicago with harder songs and dances.
- She was alone above the title in Dancer's Life, but that was only a limited run, right?
- R210. Chita's engagement was even more limited than anyone wanted it to be. Just couldn't draw the crowds in!
- Why is Cinderella tanking so dramatically week after week?
- Cinderella was marketed as the show for empowering little girls, all of whom now are back in school becoming even more empowered.
Regarding Carrie Underwood, the subtle argument here seems to me all about class. The perception is she is too common for the role or the theater in general (outside of a Fran & Barry Weissler production), whereas non-NYers - American idol fans - feel she will acquit herself nicely.
- I think the kiddies are going back to school re:Cinderella. I imagine it will pick up soon and be crazy for the holidays. After that it could get scary again. Perhaps La Underwood will come in for boffo box-office?
- Annie's drops also give a new dimension to tanking.
- This thread proves one thing: A bunch of flaming, self righteous, pretentious, ignorant, foolish, queenly assholes populate this board.
- And that's what I love about this board!
- R217. Languish?
- R213, I doubt that Ms. Underwood can act and I know she often sings flat. However, I will tune in to see Audra as well as experience what I expect to be a sad train wreck.
- And you know fit in perfectly r19.
- Most significant in all this discussion of the upcoming SOM TV event is that no one even states what is most peculiar ---oh, a sign of the times we now live in!---about the production: That viewers will see a Mother Superior in Austria pre-WWII who is ---ahem --not white, but I suppose viewers are to pretend she is white. Well, we'll also pretend that Underwood is the definitive Maria ---right?
- [quote] no one even states what is most peculiar ---oh, a sign of the times we now live in!---about the production: That viewers will see a Mother Superior in Austria pre-WWII who is ---ahem --not white, but I suppose viewers are to pretend she is white.
Yes. NO ONE mentioned McDonad's skin colour
- The SOM will not be filmed in front a live audience.
I'm very curious how this will come across. Have any of you seen the Rodger's and Hammerstein's Cinderella Television version? There were no audience members.
- [quote] great big hairy donkey balls
- The producers of Annie and Spiderman should just throw in the towel. Are they gonna bleed 400,000 a week just to stay open till the holidays with no guarantee of making mega bucks during those 4 weeks? Same goes for Romeo and Juliet....and perhaps Cinderella. I wonder how pissed Faith is playing to only 600 people a night. Talk about golf course applause. First Date and Soul Doctor are doomed. Not s great start to the season.
- Is Cinderella tanking? I say it last Thursday and it was a full house. Standing ovation too.
- One thing about SOM is sure: we are ALL going to watch it. Who isn't looking forward to seeing this train wreck? December 5th can't come soon enough!
- Cindy is bleeding 150,000 a week and played to 53% capacity last week. Romeo must be losing $100,000 a week. Lots of shows will be closing this fall. Hope Chicago beats that pos Cats to take second place in long running shows. It will never pass Phantom but at least an American show will be #2.
- R223, are you certain it won't be in front of a live audience? I haven't seen it reported anywhere.
- I bet it's live on tape.
- "Why not tackle a popular stage musical with a terrible movie... like Man of La Mancha, Mame or A Chorus Line instead?"
Exactly. THE WIZ has also been mentioned as a candidate for a TV version, and I think that would get excellent ratings if it were well done.
- Another suggestion: CABARET using all the stage songs and the original libretto. As good as the movie is, I'd like to see a production that used the original script and characters.
- any pics from last night Nick Adam in underwear on stage?
- R225. I get the feeling Faith is delighted to have some kind of steady paycheck coming in and won't be thrilled when the show closes (in October?).
- Recently watched A CHORUS LINE: THE MOVIE, which I had not seen since its release. Way way worse than I had remembered. Poor poor Cassie, wandering around backstage for 3/4 of the movie, and then that song. Possibly the most misconceived musical adaptation of all time.
- Going for a long weekend next month to see a few plays-each year there seems like fewer good choices. Other than Pippin is there anything worth seeing anyone could suggest? Already done The Book of Mormon and I don't want to see anything that was originally a movie, with the possible exception of kinky boots-anybody recommend that? How aboutMotown-does the book suck so much that it outweighs the music? Tia.
- Matt Doyle does look cute in his skivvies... and kinda funny....
How tall is he_
- Wicked may have lower grosses now yet it's
still selling at least a million and a half a week. I guess the school girls haven't abandoned that one yet.
- R236 - the revivals of THE GLASS MENAGERIE and MACBETH
- R236. Kinky Boots is fun, likeable if not quite lovable, and has a dynamite turn by Billy Porter and an only slightly less dazzling performance by the oddly named Stark Sands. A real audience pleaser and a welcome feel-good evening.
- [quote]Christ, nothing as insufferable as a Theater Queen.
One thing is, R193: you. You don't get to write that 'basement dweller' rant and then talk about other people's delusional superiority.
And her version of "Yesterday" sucked, so it's not surprising people who care about musical quality might be doubting her ability to pull off one of the bigger musical heroine roles.
- "How about Motown-does the book suck so much that it outweighs the music?"
Pretty much. Another issue is that almost all of the songs are truncated (the repeats are cut out). Very annoying.
- None of you have ever seen my Hedda Gabler, bitches.
- [quote]And her version of "Yesterday" sucked, so it's not surprising people who care about musical quality might be doubting her ability to pull off one of the bigger musical heroine roles.
And Neil Patrick Harris sucked too and he's been wonderful in theater for years. A person of intelligence does not define a performer's career on one performance.
- [quote] Another issue is that almost all of the songs are truncated (the repeats are cut out). Very annoying.
"Diana Ross" doesn't get to do her 6 minute Ain't No Mountain High Enough?!
- Where has Neil Patrick Harris "been wonderful in theater for years?"
- Is the Sting musical any good?
- If you enjoy Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum, you'll love Motown.
The show is basically a 2 hour old-fashioned variety show of Motown's biggest hits sung by mostly very minor talents dressed and wigged up to look like the originals.
- [quote]Where has Neil Patrick Harris "been wonderful in theater for years?"
Assassins, The Paris Letter in LA, tick tick boom in London
Didn't see them but he got good notices for Cabaret, Rent and All My Sons in LA too
- I'll give you Assassins r249
- [quote] Where has Neil Patrick Harris "been wonderful in theater for years?"
When he dresses the kids up, he puts on the most darling shows. Though I must give a shoutout to David and the kids for their "Three Little Maids From School" in the last one.
- In KILLERS AND OTHER FAMILY in the Rattlestick's Lucy Thurber HILL TOWN PLAYS series - are you supposed to sit house left or house right to get a glimpse of Shane McRae's cock?
Also in WHERE WE'RE BORN in the same series, I heard Christopher ("Girls") Abbott is in underwear. Is it underwear tight enough to show Visible Penis Line? I have a crush on him but I'm only interested in going if I get to see the outline of his cock.
- house left. Hot body, I only saw the balls, no penis.
I was in last row for Christopher Abbot's underwear scene, but it didn't seem to be much there.
- Matt Doyle is amazing!! But no VPL.
- "he's been wonderful in theater for years."
Even though you forgot his biggest "theatrical" role, COMPANY with the NY Philharmonic and a solid supporting cast, the only response is NO, JUST NO.
- r255=Max Von Essen
- Who is Matt Doyle fucking these days?
- Did we ever get an answer to who are the new inspired composers/lyricists/directors on Broadway?
- What's up with Matt Doyle's accent? Theatrical affectation or has he gone full Madonna?
- Matt and Ryan Steele are boyfriends. I have a hard time thinking Matt is the top, he's Disney character cute.
But he is adorable in his skivvies.
- I love the medley.
- "Neil Patrick Harris has been wonderful in theater guys for years."
Now, that I can support.
- [quote]Did we ever get an answer to who are the new inspired composers/lyricists/directors on Broadway?
Silence can speak volumes.
- Love the eye fucking between Matt Doyle and Wesley Taylor in this clip.
- I like the A CHORUS LINE movie. Let me DANCE for you!
- Were a lot of people divided about "Music And The Mirror" or did Attenborough just not like it? I'm not a CHORUS LINE uberfan but I though it was one of the most iconic numbers from the show, no?
- Saw The Winslow Boy last night. It's a shame about Alessandro Nivola's receding hairline, he used to be hot. Roger Rees is excellent.
- I love the name Alessandro Nivola. He's never made much of an impression on me, though.
- I don't understand the need for a televised version of the stage version of Sound of Music. Isn't it pretty much agreed that the film surpasses the stage show?
- I'm surprised they didn't get Julie Andrews to play the Mother Abbess.
- Did anyone else see how confused and disoriented Diahann Carroll looked at the Emmys? I can't quite imagine how she's going to do Raisin every night. She looked absolutely lost.
- So Bobby Steggert is now out. Who's seen him naked? I've seen him on Grindr.
Does he use his headshot?
- The only notes Julie can hit these days are the braying of the goat in the puppet show. she hasn't had a voice for years.
- My nut tells me that the Marquis is a home for flop shows.
- so why after doing on with no rehearsal is Stephanie Pope now out of Pippin and in the ensemble of Chicago> (doubly weird since she played Velma on Bway)
- All the ATC loonies are worried about what's going in to the Marquis after Il Divo. Don't I recall a Nov/Dec engagement of the new Shady Pines duo Minnelli and Cumming? Or was I having a nightmare? Or several senior moments at the same time.
- r233 pics of Nick Adams in underwear aren't hard to cum by
- Diahann probably thought she was at the Tony Awards.
- [quote] The only notes Julie can hit these days are the braying of the goat in the puppet show. she hasn't had a voice for years.
I can sing behind the curtain and she can mime to my voice!
You went to see CHICAGO? Did you have out-of-town relatives to entertain?
- R281. No, I wanted to see new and much-needed new seats in the hideous Ambassador Theater. As well as Maxwell Caulfield.
- R250, said "I'll give you Assassins"
That was 9 years ago, 2004. It will be 10 years between Broadway roles.
He's not a Broadway staple. He's over rated and over exposed by far.
- Toni Braxton is gonna be in the Cotton Club thing for 2 weeks--6 months from now and they are announcing it now?
- Frankly-Im a little tired of NPH-talented enough guy but not extraordinary and totally overexplosed
- I like NPH but I haven't been attracted by his projects (Smurfs, Harold & Kumar, HIMYM). He's pretty easy to avoid unless you're obsessed with talk/award shows.
- Photos on the YALE REP website of the Joe Manganiello STREETCAR. Never thought I'd say this, but I think he's too good looking for Stanley.
- Diahann Carroll was supposed to be in the black ON GOLDEN POND but was replaced after the DC run by Leslie (huckin' the bejeebers) Uggams and the rumor was that Carol was having trouble with the lines. This was 8 years ago - I doubt her memory got better.
- You think he's better-looking than Brando, r287? I don't see that.
- He looks more like a male model than Brando.
- First look at the INTO THE WOODS movie cast in costume! Looks pretty fucking fabulous, bitches!
- Yeah, I don't think it's a case of too good-looking. He looks too clean.
Burnett or Channing?
- Anyone have plans to see the Manjello Streetcar?
- Everybody looks nauseous except Tracey Ullmann and Chris Pine.
- R267. how was Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio?
- Good question about Stephanie Pope. Patina Miller doesn't have a bead on Pope as a dancer, singer, or actor.....even Bob Fosse was a fan.
Pope in the chicago ensemble is bizzare.
- Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio is ok, but then she has a good scene in act 2. Alessendro is still cute.
- Donna Marie Asbury has been in the ensemble forever, and she was a tour Velma (not to mention of the early Evas when EVITA first went on a national tour). It's a steady pay check compared to the shorter stints given to the leads.
- They should cast Chita in a film version of In The Heights so she can win the Oscar.
- She should only be filmed in medium-to-long shots, though.
- [quote]pics of Nick Adams in underwear aren't hard to cum by
Maybe for you, but I tried jacking off to a picture of him once and couldn't cum at all.
- Carroll didn't ever get past rehearsals in On Golden Pond. Uggams was in the show when it opened in DC.
- I don't get the Stephanie Pope thing either. It looks like she left Pippin on a Sunday and took over in Chicago one or two nights later. And she's one of the Velma understudies.
She left a new hit production to go into the ensemble of a show that's been running 17 years where she once played the lead?
The Weisslers are producers of both shows. Is poor Steph being punished?
- R254: that Matt Doyle performance was AWFUL. And some squeaky clean Showtune queen
singing Amy Winehouse is just so tired. These girls have no clue how to even approximate what made her great.
- bitch please r305. Amy was a skanky addict.
- R301. Look who's talking, Rita. BTW, you misspoke on NPR the other night when you referred to three Oscar Winners from Puerto Rico (including you and Jose Ferrer)--Raul Julia was never even nominated, let alone did he win. Nice try, though.
- R306: Exactly, which is why Twinky McTwinkersteins should stay away from her material. It's like Victoria Clark singing Janis Joplin. Just don't. And it's the third time this week I've run into Rehab being warbled in a Den Of Non-Equity.
- Amy was genius, bitches.
- Or Michael Arden singing the entirety of Join Mitchell's BLUE.
- Didnt Pope go on for Patina?
- i just LOVED Winehouse and miss her. She took all those influences and still created something of her own. Not ALWAYS, but enough times to inspire many of us ESPECIALLY because we knew of her struggles. Love is a Losing Game was just divine.
- Anyone who thinks Amy Winehouse was a genius needs to listen to Sharon Jones, janelle monae, and a host of others. Amy wasn't an artist, she was a walking cliche.
Back to broadway! What's the fall-out from Cheyenne's video? What would Stephanie Pope be punished for? she served the Weisslers well for many years. Is Annie actually gonna make it to closing? Whatever happened to Jim Borstelmann? Did Rachelle Rak reeeeeally sell drugs? Is Billy Porter's voice ok? Who will replace Diahann Carroll when she bows out odf rehearsals? Surprise guests for Cheets' upcoming tribute? Any gossip from last weekend's flea market? What's your favorite theatre on Broadway and why?
- [quote]bitch please [R305]. Amy was a skanky addict.
Broadway's too classy for someone like that.
- The fallout from Cheyenne's video has been nil.
He's back to posting on social media and his followers continue to adore him.
Apparently, he wasn't famous enough for it to cause any damage to his career.
- [quote]Didnt Pope go on for Patina?
I saw Pope in the role. Painfully inadequate. Couldn't sing it. No humor, no style. I guess you can chalk some of it up to nerves, but the whole show suffered for it.
- Barbara McNair is waiting in the wings for Raisin.
- I quite like Sharon Jones and Janelle Monae, but neither have made a classic album. Back To Black is such an album.
- [quote]Amy was genius, bitches.
Dead and forgotten, worse yet, a one hit wonder and don't you dare start rattling off titles from albums. NO ONE remembers her, if they do at all, for Rehab only.
- Er R319? She may or may not have made a lasting impact on American culture (though I suspect she has) but you can be assured that throughout the rest of the world, she is very much remembered and very much missed.
Amy only broke the States in 2007 but she had success in other parts of the world from 2003. Genius or not, who cares? But she was definitely a true artist and bears no shame for amazing recordings and songbook she left behind.
So just leave it there.
- That Blanche in the Yale Rep production of Streetcar looks like a grandma. Blanche isn't supposed to be an old crone. She's just not meant to be fresh as a daisy. Good gawd.
When are American directors going to realise that Stanley isn't supposed to be a male model? They never quite get that casting right.
- [quote] When are American directors going to realise that Stanley isn't supposed to be a male model? They never quite get that casting right.
Tell me about it.
- [quote]you can be assured that throughout the rest of the world, she is very much remembered and very much missed.
Why do people always spout this shit, as though they're some kind of authorities? There are many other people who in the "rest of the world" eclipse Winehouse in the influence and "much missed" departments who you've never even heard of, r320, so I don't know what the hell your point is, really--it proves you as parochial as the person you purport to correct.
- Christine Baranski annoys the shit out of me. There are youtube vids of Stephanie Pope in a blond wig as Velma with Chita as Roxie from Las Vegas run. She is fantastic. Maybe she preferred to be in a sexy show as opposed to a sexless show. My one negative opinion of Pippin besides Chet Walker's blatant stealing of all Fosse's steps. "In the style of my ass".... Glad he didn't get the Tony.
- Annie may be closing end of October. Their numbers are disastrous. All the supporting producers are furious at the lead for screwing up what should have been an easy two year run.
- They're blaming the Annie(s), r325? Did one of them direct the thing?
- WHY do producers continue to give James Lapine work? I'm sure he'll fuck up LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, too.
- Carroll will never play the role in "Raisin In The Sun".
Paging Viola Davis. Miss Viola Davis.....
- Viola Davis isn't the only black actress who can do it R328. There are dozens of talented women who could fill Carroll's shoes.
- In what world would someone believe that Viola could be Denzel's MOTHER????? His mother?????? Ruth, his wife, I can see, but not Lena. Paging Cicely Tyson, Olivia Cole, Leslie Uggams, but Viola is too young.
- The great Lizann Mitchell deserves to be Denzel's mother. They made the original all black Trip to Bountiful for her - and Hallie and Wilson used her reviews to publicize the less than fab Broadway production.
- [bold] Gwyneth Paltrow Producing Broadway Musical Based on Music of The GoGos [/bold]
Gwyneth Paltrow is producing a Broadway musical, Showbiz 411's Roger Friedman reports:
The show is based on the music of the GoGo’s, the California New Wave girl group of the early 1980s. Paltrow’s partner in the endeavor is Donovan Leitch, son of the 60s rock and folk icon Donovan, of “Mellow Yellow” and ‘Sunshine Superman” fame.
The pair have enlisted Jeff Whitty of “Avenue Q” fame to write the book, and I’m told it’s almost done. The GoGos’ iconic hits included “We Got the Beat” and “Our Lips Are Sealed.” I’m told the idea is for a jukebox show with a twist– it will be set in the 1600s and based on surprising source material that can’t be revealed yet.
- [quote]I'm sure he'll fuck up LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, too.
LMS will fuck itself up.
The astonishing thing about Lapine's work on ANNIE is that he fucked up a basically un-fuck-up-able show.
- I haven't seen Lapine's ANNIE. But didn't Charnin fuck up the last revival?
- [quote]That Blanche in the Yale Rep production of Streetcar looks like a grandma.
I thought the role was being played by Diana Scarwid in a couple of those pictures.
- Ooh! I wish R335! My pussy would be off to New Haven tonight!
- "Barbara McNair is waiting in the wings for Raisin."
Even though she died in 2007?
- R324, the Velma in those clips is Valarie Pettiford. Pope didn't qear a blonde wig as Velma, and was far stronger on the part than Pettiford
- [quote] Barbara McNair is waiting in the wings for Raisin."
[quote] Even though she died in 2007?
- My mistake 338-it is Pettiford rather than Pope with Chita. And agree- she was stronger.....but I think Pope did play the part for a while. Oh well-at least she keeps dancing at her age. Speaking of Donna Marie, who is a great performer,she is finally showing her age. Winner of oldest chorus girl award?
- Has anybody heard what show Clay Aiken is coming back to star in on Broadway in the spring?
I ain't done heard nuttin'.
- [quote]Has anybody heard what show Clay Aiken is coming back to star in on Broadway in the spring?
He's going to play Janis Joplin at the matinees. Good casting.
- Victoria Clark has the right look for Janis Joplin.
- [quote]Victoria Clark has the right look for Janis Joplin.
Fucked out? Who on god's earth would be so bold?
- Is "fucked out" a phrase?
- They are looking for a replacement for Diahann.
- "They are looking for a replacement for Diahann"
Call me . . .
- Prince of Broadway aiming for the 2025-26 season
- Oprah for Raisin?
- Ms Phylicia Rashad-Allen might consider it.
- R305, what part of Skivvies being fun don't you get? It's not about a "performance". They're singing in their underwear. It's cute. It's fun. It's a joke. That's it.
And Matt was cute and fun. There are plenty of other videos out there showing the kid can sing.
There's no need to be a pretentious twat about it.
- I thought Prince of Broadway was going to play in Tokyo early next year - that they got their backing there, and one of the requirements was that they open in Tokyo before NY.
Or is this another "we've got backing!" story like Rebecca the Musical?
- Doyle has a lovely voice. Unlike AKB or Jon Groff.
- Here is Instagram video of a shitfaced Sarah Paulson saying FU to the camera - and Lily Rabe posted a pic of Sarah drinking with the hashtag #burstynyourbubble
Mz. Thang is a mess....
- Who is hotpantsusa? Justin Kirk?
- [quote]Diahann Carroll
Diahann is a mean old lush.
- R355 I hated the smug look she had when she lost to Ellen Burstyn at the Emmy's, because she looked as though it was acceptable for Ellen 'fucking' Burstyn to win over her as though they are equals and Ellen was her biggest competition.
- Lily Rabe, Sarah Paulson and Zachary Quinto are all best friends. Not coincidentally, they are all three also completely insufferable hags with enormous (even for celebrity) egos.
- Did Justin Kirk have a hair transplant? looks so in those photos
- So Gavin Wiesen is Justin Kirks' lover?
- R359. Love "insufferable hags" and can believe every second of it. Zachary is terrific in Menagerie, in a really effective acting school performance as Tom, but you can see the wheels turning every second. Lily Rabe just Lily Rabes every entrance and exit, and Lana Banana is always drab and kind of lesbianic.
- click click click for Zach!!!
- [quote]I hated the smug look she had when she lost to Ellen Burstyn at the Emmy's, because she looked as though it was acceptable for Ellen 'fucking' Burstyn to win over her as though they are equals and Ellen was her biggest competition.
Ellen Burstyn won simply because she was Ellen Burstyn. She did nothing of merit in "Polictical Animals" which was a flop.
They gave her the Emmy to make up for the shit she took for winning her last Emmy for a 14-second 38 word performance. Sarah was robbed blind in broad daylight, as was Jessica Lange.
- [quote]hey gave her the Emmy to make up for the shit she took for winning her last Emmy for a 14-second 38 word performance.
That is all she did on Law and Order? really?
- Is it true that Jessie at ATC has a huge cock and goes after younger guys?
- Lily Rabe is playing the Gentleman Caller?
- let the critical ejaculation over Glass menagerie commence
( found it cold and not emotionally involving)
- r362 Yes. However effective he is in the role, I cringe every time I read a glowing review about him because I can nearly see his self-importance growing with each one.
- I'm still waiting for them to schedule my fitting for the Milky White costume. Rob Marshall, you have my number!
- Sarah Paulson was in a leading role jammed into a supporting category.
- [quote]That is all she did on Law and Order? really?
No, sorry I meant her 14-second 38 word performance NOMINATION for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
for Mrs. Harris HBO. She still didn't deserve the Political Animals one.
- Did she even do anything new for Mrs. Harris? As I remember it wasn't her whole appearance just Annette B. as Jean Harris just sitting there watching Ellen as Jean Harris on TV in a clip from the 1980s TV movie? Or was it not a clip and they restaged Burstyn as Harris?
- We start previews on Honeymoon in Las Vegas at Paper Mill tonight....come on down and see me, bitches!
Next stop Broadway!!!!
- Will there be a real live horse onstage in the SJP role r374?
- Make an honest woman of me, Tony!
- R359, r362, Add Mamie Gummer to that insufferable circle.
- Hotpantsusa is Elizabeth Reaser.
- So The Glass Menagerie is getting seriously raved. Miss Brantley predicts Jones' performance will be as legendary as Laurette Taylor's.
- As expected, Brantley came all over Cherry Jones, Quinto, and The Glass Menagerie. His prose is pretty florid on this one.
- Just saw a rough cut of THE LAST 5 YEARS and it is such a complete success on every level,that I just don't know what else to say. And I had never seen the show. Had no connection to the music. Just astonishing and heartbreaking with Jeremy Jordon doing the best work of his career. A true labor of love from all involved. And this baby's gonna make it's parents mighty proud indeed!
- Please Tony Danza - we saw you on Broadway in "The Iceman Cometh" with Kevin Spacey. IIRC, while everyone cameth, most of the audiences lefteth at intermission...
- That's one of the most positive reviews I've ever read about any play. My goodness.
- [quote]Just saw a rough cut of THE LAST 5 YEARS and it is such a complete success on every level,that I just don't know what else to say. And I had never seen the show. Had no connection to the music. Just astonishing and heartbreaking with Jeremy Jordon doing the best work of his career. A true labor of love from all involved. And this baby's gonna make it's parents mighty proud indeed!
At least Ms. Stairmaster was smart enough not to sign her name this time.
- But those songs.....
- Hey, what does anyone know about Paul Wonterek from Broadway.com? Watching him over the years has given me impressions, but I'd love to hear what he's like.
- Well, I know that he's about 40 pounds overweight.
- Bernadette Peters starring in new show - singing Wynton Marsalis jazz arrangements of Sondheim and co-starring cute queen Tyler Hanes.
- Looking at partial view tickets for Glass Menagerie - how would Row B, seat 14, house right, be?
- R386 just another starfucking douche. There are so many, but he is particularly self important. Just because you suck up to people in the theater doesn't mean that you are responsible for creating theater.
- When Sarah Paulson has a career as distinguished as Ellen Burstyn's, then she can feel free to criticize all she wants.
Burstyn is a legend. Respect.
- Row B is too close for Glass Menagerie. You will entirely miss the stage floor which is one of the brilliant aspects of the set.
We were sitting in row F Center and could barely see the floor. The Booth Theater must be a high stage floor.
I would think that the perfect seats for this production would be the front of the mezzanine.
- How does Bruce Glikas keep his job? He's a nasty piece-of-work cunt who's never taken a flattering photograph once in his life!
- Bernadette Peters singing Jazz arrangements? That'll be a laugh.
- [quote] Bernadette Peters singing Jazz arrangements? That'll be a laugh.
- Is Tyler Hanes still with Van Hansis?
- I like Paul Wontorek's interview style. He draws out his interviewees well.
- Liza Minnelli to replace Diahann Carroll!
- [quote]Is "fucked out" a phrase?
As in "fucked to a point of shambolic exhaustion."
- Did Anyone say "starfucking douche"?
- R381, how does Sheri Rene Scott look in her bit part? How's Anna Kendrick?
- R401 She looks good but is in a far shot and dimly lit. Anna is very natural but somewhat cool,which works well for the character but results in a shift of compassion from her to Jeremy's character which was the opposite from what I heard regarding the stage version. Richard LaGravenese the director has done beautiful work here.
- [quote]Burstyn is a legend. Respect.
Nah, she peaked in the 70's and is probably only remembered for "The Exorcist". Alice the movie is all but forgotten and no one associates it with the sitcom anymore. She was wonderful in "Resurrection" in the 80's but no one saw it and was never even given a proper DVD release. Her only other highlight was "Requiem for a Dream" which was more ghoul make-up and Histrionics and really doesn't hold up today.
- Burstyn was beyond brilliant in Alice r403! Granted, it was 35 years ago but you need to give it another look.
- Cherry Jones is MAME
Cherry Jones is COCO
Cherry Jones is SALLY DURANT PLUMMER
CHERRY JONES is WILLY LOMAN (never too soon for another revival)
- R405. Hmmm. Death of a Saleslesbian?
- Thanks, R381.
- Not to mention Burstyn in Requiem for a Dream, for which she should have won the Oscar for Best Actress over Julia Roberts in Erin Brockovich.
- R403 doesn't really "get" acting.
- I guess Karen Olivo has retired from retirement because she was shooting L&O SVU yesterday in Chelsea.
I was getting coffee and someone had left a callsheet at the deli. Karen Olivo, Raul Esparza James Riordan and Josh Pais also on the episode.
Glad Karen came to her senses.
- Annaleigh Ashford is also in the episode
- Does Big Fish have any advance? I know of three shows that want that theatre in the spring. Any hope?
- How is the rear mezz at the Booth?
- mlop is legend. She is also quite a good photographer and has worked as a producer's assistant she is not totally useless. And she is never a self-important asshole she's just a fan.
- r414 nice to see some love for mlop.
- R413. The Booth is very small, and even though you're in the rear mezzanine the view is very good. No side seats, no side view. Distant, but totally fine. Go for it and a fine revival.
- Couldn't Karen 2 just have taken a long cruise rather than all this retirement business?
- If Burstyn isn't well remembered by the public, that's their loss. Her filmography is top notch, particularly her early to mid 70's roles. Paulson wishes she could measure up to such a standard.
And Lily Rabe needs to learn some humility. At least Ellen made it completely on her own merits.
- [quote]Glad Karen came to her senses.
I don't have to dance in this peoples!
Karen, still slinging pottery and side glances at Will....
- Ellen Burstyn showed her muff in Tropic of Cancer.
- Does any of Karen's pottery, eh, resemble Will?
- What are the 3 shows that want The Neil Simon?
I know Mothers and Sons wants Bobby Steggert.
- Any word on the Carole King musical in SF? I think they're in previews. I hear its selling well. Is it any good?
- Meryl as the Witch. I guess she didn't have the courage to go for the "full crone" treatment, as Bernadette did.
Or maybe they're saving all their make-up budget to make her look beautiful in the second half.
- honey r415 -
Mlop is a good girl. She is quite the character but don't lump her in with self important assholes like Wontorek and Bruce Glikas. She is a fan - WE made her notorious. She doesn't seek the spotlight like these other talentless a-holes. She just wants to hang with thr stars and who doesn't want that? She is actually quite resourceful in a professional capacity and has access to all sorts of historical photos, memorabilia, and Playbills.
Chits Rivers, out of traction
- I hope you're lifting your leg as you type, Chits.
- "The Glass Menagerie" will be sold out soon, eh?
Does anyone know if the run is to be extended?
- Doesn't Honeymoon in Vegas want the Neil Simon? What are the other two?
- I hope Menagerie gets extended, I'm sure as hell not paying what they are asking for a seat, now.
- "Menagerie" is being extended, but with Suzanne Somers and Brandon Routh playing the two leads.
- But Suzanne has insisted on playing Laura. She wants Joyce DeWitt as her mother.
- Oh gawd...
- "Row B is too close for Glass Menagerie. You will entirely miss the stage floor which is one of the brilliant aspects of the set"
I saw it from the middle of the orchestra and I have no idea what you are talking about. It was a standard set with a large fire escape in the middle, period end of story.
- Does anyone really believe Honeymoon will make it out of the Papermill shit-hole?
- r433 I was in the front row (A) and thought the same thing. Excellent view.
- r433 if you think The Glass Menagerie has "a standard set" I wouldn't trust anything else you have to say.
- R352: It's not performance! It's skivvies! It's fun! No one's performing! Or it'd be on a stage! In a club! With microphones! And a cover charge! This isn't that! It's underwear! It's carpets! It's madness! It's Carpet Madness!
- suck it haters! those Law and Order residuals buy a TON of pottery clay!
That shit reruns on TNT like constantly.
- I've already made room on a shelf for the Tony I'll be receiving in June.
- Will Brantley's over the top review do for Menagerie what his over the top review did for Matilda?
- No - Cherry Jones and Zack Quinto have far more personal cachet than anyone in MATILDA had/has. People always come running when Brantley gives Cherry a rave, and this time there's ZQ, too. It'll sell out for its run - and probably extend another month or two.
- fucking Bruce Glikas.....I'd also love to know how he keeps his job. He makes some of the most beautiful people around look ugly in his photos: bad angles, lighting, editing, composition, etc! Personality to match, also. Barf.
- I'd be curious to see if they try to keep MENAGERIE running with replacements after the stars have to leave?
- Doubt it r443. They don't seem to replace people much in plays nowadays. Even Vania and Sonia...closed with pretty much the original cast.
- [quote]I'd be curious to see if they try to keep MENAGERIE running with replacements after the stars have to leave?
They should let Fran and Barry take over. Then we'd get some real stars in there.
- I agree about TGM's "standard set"...but by 2013 standards: Spare -(aka cheap) and slightly, but not TOO surreal set.
Very typical for most NYC-productions.
Doed anyone know what The Glass Menagerie Set Troll is rhapsodizing about?
Seriously! I want to know!
- ON A CLEAR DAY!
- R446, I think what everyone is referring to, but not saying is that the set is above a pool of water so the action is reflected in the water. This is hardly a spoiler, as it can been seen in mist photographs of the production.
- This means WAR
- mlop used to babysit Robin Thicke
- Yes, R445, let's have Linda Blair play Amanda! Clay Aiken as Tom! Rosie as Laura! Tom Wopat as Jim.
BIG BUCKS!!! BOFFO!!
- Brooke Shields IS Amanda
- Liza IS Amanda.
With Alan Cumming as Tom.
- and Joey Luft as Laura Wingfield.
- Tovah as Amanda. Oh wait, she's already across the street, going through hoops of a different kind. She could use her Dolly accent for Amanda, though. Maybe she could do both Berthe AND Amanda on the same evenings, and then she could afford to fund her picnics without a signup sheet!
- I could bring REAL plates! Glass ones!
- The idiots who sat too close at Glass Menagerie missed that the set is floating on a floor of water. Period.
- Saw Glass MENagerie from the first row at A.R.T. and saw the reflection of the set and actors and lights (and the little moon).
- I'm sorry R323, what was your point? Oh, that's right, you don't have one.
- Does anyone here really think Glass Menagerie will sell out its limited run and extend, casting any of the suggested losers in these threads? Come on, girls and guys, this is 2013. Only Mr and Mrs Craig can command that kind of interest, and see what happens after the reviews. Tickets will turn up! And in a few days the notices for Menagerie will be forgotten and a tastefully cheesy discount coupon ($109) will surface for performances early in the week, and only in some of the usual discount spots. It's show biz, or what's left of it.
- Karen is takin' it to the Tweets - with people, singular!
"I still love musical theater. And I love it when I see it done well. Don't sleep on Madison, people!"
- R46l. It's "peoples." You are a phony Karen, like not the real mlop!
- What does she mean? Don't sleep on Madison Ave?
- Madison, WI.
- "The Glass Menagerie" with Phylicia and Condola Rashad, and Derek Luke as The Gentleman Caller.
- Anthony Mackie as Tom!
- Peoples in the tweets, peoples in the tweets ...
- For those of your SMASH fans, who really miss Deb Messing as Julia Houston as fantasy Theresa Rebeck...
This is why I love YouTube. Because someone went to the trouble to MAKE this.
- R465 they would actually be great in those roles.
- "Smash" got a shout-out on the premiere episode of "The Neighbors" last week.
- Kathleen Turner as Amanda.
- Amanda Plummer as Amanda.
- Amanda Bynes as Laura.
We Bentley as Tom
Zac Efron as The Gentleman Caller.
- Why must NY1 On Stage point out that there's no video to accompany a story when it's obvious when the story starts that they are using stills. It's so annoying, along with the "But first, here's a few scenes from the show..." When the segment starts, we get it.
- R469, at a Tennessee Williams weekend long celebration in 2011, I saw a wonderful reading of THE GLASS MENAGERIE with an all-black cast. They were excellent.
And on the Ellen Burstyn subject, she is an excellent actress that can act rings around most everyone. Especially Sarah Paulson. That being said, I watched both POLITICAL ANIMALS and AMERICAN HORROR STORY and Sarah Paulson deserved that Emmy. Sarah Paulson was horrific in THE GLASS MENAGERIE with Jessica Lange. Abysmal! I was embarrassed for her, but in AMERICAN HORROR STORY, she was on fire and deserved that Emmy.
- If the rest of the Bridges of MC score sounds like that preview sample, I'll be pouring it on pancakes.
- Now that I've seen HBO's Masters of Sex, can we get back to talking about Teddy Sears, please? Is he a theater guy?
- Sarah Paulson was in a leading role that was shoved in a supporting category.
- Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf received rapturous reviews last year and could draw flies. Let's face it, folks, we live in a dumbed down society where godawful musicals run 10 plus years and plays die once their subscription base runs out..
- People on streets.
- Saw Big Fish
- Well,that Va. Woolf sucked, but other than that, I want to have your babies, r479.
- and then he swam away
- Speaking of alternative casting, how do we feel about an all-Asian "Steel Magnolias"?
- Has there been any gossip about Zachary Levi going around? I'm disappointed, I thought for surely something would come about with him on Broadway.
- Zach has a personal connection with Jesus.
The Karen 'I still can't dance peoples!' O. and MLOP Troll
- [quote]If the rest of the Bridges of MC score sounds like that preview sample, I'll be pouring it on pancakes.
You mean that "falling" song? Not just sappy, but dull. The thought of two and a half hours of that had me pre-bored.
- I guess we'll soon see if rapturous reviews will turn Glass Menagerie into a sell-out hit.
The star names are slightly bigger than the Va Woolf's rast revival and the play is more of an audience friendly title. I would think the Wed matinees could sell out to school groups.
- So is Zach Q. really an insufferable douchebag or is that just an unkind, untrue rumor?
- R470-That piece of shit was RENEWED?
- R488. Isn't "Falling" from ONCE? That's what all of ONCE sounds like, and it won a Tony. Don't be too quick to judge syrup!
- Oy. Zachary Quinto and Kevin Spacey together in a room. Watch the energy disappear, sucked up by K's pomposity and Z's pretentiousness.
- Zachary Levi is tall and Christian. Where's he gonna go?
- Well, I just bit the bullet & bought tickets to next Saturday's matinee of Glass Menagerie. Just under $200 with BroadwayOffers discounts (which are easily found & run through Oct. 27).
I don't think it's going to SELL OUT every performance, but it'll fill its run nicely and if it's possible for a limited run to recoup, they will.
- I'm also a Christian.
- Saw Glass Menagerie yesterday. Fine performances, but Cherry Jones is miscast. It is more Mama Rose than Amanda. I don't care what Cherry Jones actual heritage is, she will always seem good New England stock. If they had changed Blue Mountain to somewhere in Maine or Vermont, the performance would have been perfection. The D.A.R. accent doesn't help. The telephone scene really didn't work, but I swear it was because the scene has been rewritten, and not for the better.
The Gentleman Caller was amazing. I thought I was going to hate his performance, but he completely won me over.
- R497. Cherry Jones is from the deep countryside of Tennessee. Cherry is from Paris, TN- and the nickname for that area is 'Hoots' as in 'Hooterville.' Can't get more southern than that.
- Don't worry. I'll come along in the next ten years and right Cherry's wrong.
- R498, I know that which is why a specifically wrote I DON'T CARE WHAT HER HERITAGE IS.
- ah specifically wrote ah know what ha hairtige iz
- Calm down r500, be easy like Sunday morning.
- CORRECTION: I know that, which is why I specifically wrote I DON'T CARE WHAT HER HERITAGE IS.
- [quote][R488]. Isn't "Falling" from ONCE? That's what all of ONCE sounds like, and it won a Tony. Don't be too quick to judge syrup!
Not "Falling" from ONCE. I think it's called "Falling Into You" or something. It's from BRIDGES and nowhere near as interesting as anything form ONCE.
- Saw a production of "Funny Girl" last night, starring Nicole Parker (from "MadTV.") I'd never seen a stage production before, only the film. Obviously quite a few songs were cut for the movie, and one big, non-original one ("My Man") was added. I wonder why it's so infrequently produced? By the way, after seeing it, I cannot imagine how Lauren Ambrose would've been able to do it.
- We are seeing it in Nürnberg this winter. I wonder how it translates into German?
- Well, haven't a couple of tours with "names" bombed from the 90s onwards (Pia Zadora & Debbie Gibson)
- Re FUNNY GIRL. Stephanie J. Block was really good in a regional production I saw about 12 years ago. And this comes from someone who saw Streisand (yes, I am old!) on Broadway.
kcguy, although I was still an adolescent at the time. :)
- Where is the Nicole Parker FUNNY GIRL?
I love her. She was hilarious in Martin Short's Broadway show a few years ago.
- R509 Redondo Beach, CA. Previously in Fullerton, CA.
- R509 More, with photos.
- Every time I see "The Prince of Broadway" I hear Nathan Lane singing "I used to the the Prince! The Prince of old Broadway!"
- R512 Wasn't Max the KING?
- We need some gossip from a matinee today. Did Z Quinto reach over during the Act Three and plant a wet kiss on Brian J. Smith's appealing lips? And how did Cherry factor that in? Did she put on her Lady Bracknell accent even more? Or did Tovah's bloomers full off during one of her seriously acrobatic moments? Or did more than ten of the normally dozing audience members of Once wake up when Act 1 ended?
- God, I didn't get the appeal of ONCE. That Miloti woman sounded like she was killin' cats every time she sang.
- The London ONCE female lead is wonderful. She's a Croat.
- Speaking of Miloti, she doesn't look very good on HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER. Audiences are puzzled: after umpteen seasons, THAT was what Ted was eagerly waiting to meet?
She must have a really great personality. Or something.
- Ted's not oil painting himself.
- Stop Press. Faith out of Annie matinee yesterday. I know, I know she's honoring previous engagements, but it seems like there are more previous engagements than current performances! No wonder no one is going to see her if she's out a lot. And if she had so many other engagements, why did she uproot herself from California? Sounds like she had plenty of work without taking on the steaming pile that is this current Annie revival. It's running out of steam very quickly.
- R508 I wish everyone would stop trying to make Stephanie J. Block happen. She's just another Julia Murney/Marin Mazzie/Carolee Carmello. Adequate but nothing special. Where's the spark?
- "most recently on Broadway as Miss Hannigan in the 2012 revival of Annie" looks good on the resume
- R481: Can you explain to me why the doctor in BIG FISH is played by the doctor from The Simpsons?
- "[R508] I wish everyone would stop trying to make Stephanie J. Block happen. She's just another Julia Murney/Marin Mazzie/Carolee Carmello. Adequate but nothing special. Where's the spark?"
In the numerous productions in which I have seen SJB perform, she has been nothing short of spectacular.
- I wish everyone would trying to make FUNNY GIRL happen. The book is just awful. It's just a sad, unfunny, overblown soap opera that doesn't get anywhere near who the real Fanny Brice was.
- R521 "most recently on Broadway as Miss Hannigan in the 2012 revival of Annie" looks good on the resume"
Yes, assuming she'll be auditioning for community theatre once Annie finally shutters.
- R524 Agreed! If there ever was a show screaming for a major overhaul it's Funny Girl. Keep the songs and rewrite the book.
R523 I agree with the DL'er who say SJB I low on charisma. And I've seen her on stage. A lot. She bores me.
- Carolee Carmello is not "adequate". She is, in my opinion, in a league with Audra.
- Audra sucks. Julia sucks.
Stephanie very good. Carolee. Great
Judy mcLane. Awesome
- [quote]Carolee Carmello is not "adequate". She is, in my opinion, in a league with Audra.
Carolee just has, shall we say, unfortunate taste in projects.
- r522, can you explain to me why Big Fish is?
I don't understand the Funny Girl antipathy. Sure, it's soap opera but it also works on so many levels: rags-to-riches saga, underdog makes good, sacrificial rite a la A Star Is Born (the old regime must die, literally or symbolically, so the new can ascend)...it didn't make a star out of Streisand for nothin'!
- Where's Geoffrey Nauffts these days? Have not heard or read anything about him in quite a long while.
- I thought SJB was quite good in "Drood," and a friend who has seen numerous Elphabas in Chicago (the city, not the musical, though it would be fun to see someone do "Defying Gravity" as Velma Kelly)said he thought she was the best one.
- Block is fine, but she wasn't even as memorable as Meghan Hilty in NINE TO FIVE.
- I saw SJB in both "Boy from Oz" and "They're Playing Our Song" (opposite Jason Alexander) and she was excellent in both. I also saw "Wicked" in Chicago, but with Ana Gasteyer, not SJB.
- R531: I saw BIG FISH on Thursday and it's a real head-scratcher. I did really care about the central premise of "I gotta know who my father was!" The mother seems perfectly happy. Dad is presented as an attentive, supportive father interested in his son. Son grows up well-adjusted and, apparently educated since he's a NYTimes reporter. He's married a lovely, smart wife. What is the problem here? Dad tells blown out fantasy stories? Would that that were most men's issues with their fathers.
Aside from the often cited issue of the really weak score, is the less mentioned moon/June/spoon lyrics. No false rhymes, just pedestrian, mediocre, uninspired ones.
Also not mentioned elsewhere: Stroman's choreography is mostly unjustified. People just get out on stage and start dancing for no reason. For the days of DeMille, Oona White, Hanya Holmes, Agnes DeMille, Gower Champion and Jerome Robbins whose dancing always sprang organically from what was happening.
Also, astonishing are the William Ivey Long costumes: literally an entire full company costume plot for every fantasy sequence. Makes you sit and wonder: without the projections, the tricked out Disney theme park sets and zillions of costumes, is there much of a show there?
- I meant "... I didn't really care..."
- BIG FISH is this season's CATCH ME IF YOU CAN. Six months from now you'll forget it ever opened.
- Lea Michele is the only contemporary artist who can do "Funny Girl" justice. She was born to play the role.
- It isn't just the script of FUNNY GIRL that stinks. The score is third rate Jule Styne, too.
cannot be a worse idea than the recent NY all asian version of Odets A Wok n Sing. Sick of shit companies doing plays ironically as a gimmick. Nd getting grants to do them.
- Oh please R515 and R517 , don't play dumb. You know very well the reason Miloti has a career at all has nothing to do with talent or hard work. Every time I see that scheming manipulative lying puss on tv or in a show, I remember how she got there.
- R340 - you have no taste.
FUNNY GIRL is the LAST GOOD Styne score. After that we suffered thru real crap like "Hallelujah Baby!" and "Sugar" and "The Red Shoes" (which was mostly recycled from earlier shows anyway....)
- R541: NAATCO's "Awake and Sing" was actually quite good. And they perform American classics for a reason - most of their actors spend entire careers playing "3rd Delivery Boy from Left" roles. Gives them a chance to spread their wings a bit.
I can see where you might be offended, since you have such vivid memories of the original production.
- Forget FUNNY GIRL, let's just do GYPSY again.
- There should not be another Broadway revival of Gypsy for at least ten years.
- But how else will we get Imelda Staunton to the Great White Way?
- Hallelujah, Baby! may be a silly show but the score (and orchestrations) is glorious!
- r540 has recently been committed to Bellevue for extensive rehabilitation. Pray for her.
- Donna Murphy thinks FUNNY GIRL is 3rd rate Styne?
- In his 80s and in his sleep , Styne could compose better score than ANYONE writing musical theater in the last thirty years.
- Okay, here's the truth - Benji Brantley's over the top, hysterical rave review of Glass Menagerie is as ridiculous as Rexy Reed's over the top, devastating pan.
The show is not all that -- in either case.
- Who else was in the cast when Julie Harris did Amanda?
- r553 wasnt that Ally McBeal?
- The legend:
- Carolee Carmello, the Queen of The Pomo Musical
- 'The Glass Menagerie" is notable for one thing only- the set. It's as if the whole production is floating in space, the space of Tom's memory. The black pool surrounding the set, the half-sunken moon, the fire escape to the stars...it all works beautifully.
But those performances! Celia Keenan-Bolger is the worst Laura I've ver seen; it's as if she's catatonic. Zachary Quinto is all stagey and arm-swinging. Put your fucking hands in your pockets, for Christ's sake. Brian J. Smith is a knucklehead, a void, and he has nothing to play off of in the scene with Laura. I didn't believe him for a second. Cherry Jones thinks she's playing Mama Rose, but without the drive. She's strident, she's turning it off and on throughout the play, there's no sense of a living human being in there. And Good God, could there be anything more ridiculous than Laura's entrance and final exit? What is this, "Insidious 3"?
Do you have a benchmark production of Glass Menagerie in mind?
- R557, you lost me when you praised the set. The set is basically fine, but it is pretty much a standard regional theater or college production set. The elements that take it beyond everyday is where it fails. The pool is only visible in a meaningful way from the balcony. The "silver slipper of a moon" looks like a shark's fin. My partner thought it was supposed to be the unicorn's horn. The fire escape is nothing special.
Since you failed to mention them, the costumes are pretty bad as well.
Cherry's dress is rather musical comedy. I understand that this is supposed to be a memory play, but the dress is the wrong kind of heightened reality.
Tom's shirt blends into the the set, particularly the screen and the sofa. It may have been a choice, but far to often he appears to be disembodied head and hands.
Laura's Act I costumes are dyed so that they are darker at the hems and cuffs than the rest of the clothing. First, I have no idea what that was supposed to symbolize. Second, since no other character wears a costume that has such a treatment, it looks as if she is wearing clothing from another production.
Laura's Act II dress seems to be intentionally an ugly, ill fitting dress. It is a choice to put her in a handkerchief hem skirt from the 1920s, but the skirt is far too complicated for a real dress. Much like the Act I choices, the costumes take you out of the play as one tries to figure out what the hell is going on with the choices.
Amanda's Act I dress looks like a period fancy dress costume made out of cheese cloth. It does not look a dress that a young girl would have worn to a cotillion. In all fairness it does appear to be very similar to what Laurette Taylor wore in the original production. However, it is my understanding that Laurette actually made that dress herself. If so, it is a perfect example of why actresses should not have a say in costumes.
- I have seen almost every "name" production of The Glass Menagerie since Tandy/Plummer and this production is the finest overall treatment where all elements work together.
re:Costumes. The characters are poor. Things don't fit. They might be old or second hand. Amanda has quite obviously tried to fashion some dresses for herself and Laura but she is not an expert seamstress.
That set is anything but standard.
- R560, If the characters are poor, why does Amanda's blue dress look as if it was just delivered from the costume shop? The costumes do not work as a unified design.
- Deception !? Deception ?!!
- Um, R557? You are aware that it's not a musical, right?
- [quote] You know very well the reason Miloti has a career at all
Was she passing around her pussay?
- Rex Reed also praised the film "Prisoners" to the heavens, calling it "an artistic triumph".
- Bugs me that Amanda knows the phone numbers of her magazine customers wtihout looking them up
- r559, you write:
Laura's Act I costumes are dyed so that they are darker at the hems and cuffs than the rest of the clothing. ... no other character wears a costume that has such a treatment...
Actually, Amanda's coat has the same darker hems and cuffs. However, I'll be damned if I know what that's suppose to mean. One character, okay, it's a costume designer's choice; two characters? Then, it's symbolic - but of what???
- For me the strangest aspect of Laura's Act II dress is that its shortness features her crippled leg. There's a legitimate reason that dress is always designed to be ankle or floor length.
Amanda's coat also has that silly painted effect of darker hems lightening as they go up the body and sleeves. WTF?
- After Amamda and Laura set the table in choreographed mime (so artistic and long!!), why does Amanda lift one end of the table so that all those "dishes" crash to the floor?
Can someone PLEASE explain that bit of directorial nonsense.
Also, when a play makes definite references to props in dialogue, as this play does, maybe the director should consider giving us what the author intended.
- Thanks, I did not not notice on Amanda's coat. That is a good point about Laura's act two dress. But it is also true that Tennessee Williams specifically writes in the script that the actress playing Laura is not to limp. Meanwhile, this Laura plays full gimp. Coincidentally, the actress was fire from Light in the Piazza for not toning down her full retard performance.
- And its 1937! Many references to the Spanish Civil War.
Why would Amanda make a new dress for Laura with a dropped waist that is 10 years behind the times? I get that their everyday dresses are behind the times but this is a new dress!!
- [quote]After Amamda and Laura set the table in choreographed mime (so artistic and long!!), why does Amanda lift one end of the table so that all those "dishes" crash to the floor? Can someone PLEASE explain that bit of directorial nonsense.
I noticed that as well. WTF?
- Perhaps Amanda is stuck in the past and doesn't recognize new styles. I know plenty of people that are still dressing and wearing makeup as they did in their prime years in the 80's.
- R571, I think it is supposed to be on of Amanda's dresses from the 1920s that she altered to fit Laura. It is a really odd and distracting choice.
- Cherry plays Amanda like she's channelling Marjorie Main.
And to have Laura make her entrance from the cushions of the sofa is bewildering, to say the least.
- this vitriolic DL Menagerie backlash is a little predictable
- Rex Reed's review is hilarious. It could only get worse for him if they cast Melissa McCarthy as Laura.
- If this Menagerie is a commercial success and they want to keep it open, I wonder who they'd settle for as replacements... John Stamos for Tom?
- OK, R577 now you've got me thinking how damn funny Melissa McCarthy would be as Laura.
- R565, Prisoners has been getting raves across the board so I don't get your point. Is it just that you think the term "artistic triumph" is pompous? If you do then I agree.
- "Prisoners" got a rave (grade "A")in EW, but it was a mini-review (only a few paragraphs.) What's the deal?
Also, what do you think Amanda would be doing for a living if the play were set in the present day?
- R581, She would be very, very fat. And tv. Lots of tv watching. Dancing With The Stars. American Idol. She would be hugely interested in both.
- Well as of 5 minutes ago, this discount offer was up at Playbill.com :
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- R582 Thanks, but I said "for a living." In other words, what's today's version of her magazine job?
- The one thing I found odd was that in this production, when Amanda said, "I baptized myself!" it was because she was crying. In others (and in the written text) she had spilled her lemonade (which didn't even appear here).
Nonetheless, count me among those who like it.
- If Laura's Act II dress is supposed to be one of Amanda's old dresses, altered and sized WAAAAAAAY down, fine. But it doesn't look like an old dress. The fabric looks quite new.
- r584, I'd say dogwalking and pet sitting.
- She would be involved in one of those pyramid schemes, which is essentially what selling magazine subscriptions was in the 1930s. Amway, Pampered Chef, Vitamins, etc.
- "what do you think Amanda would be doing for a living if the play were set in the present day?"
I stand by my answer but I will preface it with the words ABSOLUTELY NOTHING - that is what she would be doing for a living. The husband would not be sending smart-ass postcards but he would have be hunted down by her lawyers and he would be sued for marital support, etc.
- She might have tried selling real estate in the 1990's, but as in the 1930's she STILL would be living off Tom.
- [quote]If Laura's Act II dress is supposed to be one of Amanda's old dresses, altered and sized WAAAAAAAY down, fine. But it doesn't look like an old dress. The fabric looks quite new.
Yes, a lot of the clothes looked made yesterday. It is a memory play. One can make the choice that Tom does not remember the clothing in all its wear and tear; however, one then has the challenge of not having the clothing look as if it was bought yesterday. Having Amanda's dress made from linen, a raw silk or a boiled silk would have actually looked more used than brand new tissue faille.
- r576, yes the backlash is predictable considering the glorious reviews for such a ho-hum - often misguided- production
- She'd be writing a food blog in Brooklyn or she'd be a party planner R584.
- [quote] In other words, what's today's version of her magazine job?
She'd be a Mommy Blogger, obsessing over Laura's peanut allergy.
- r576 -
This production is anything but ho hum. Have you even seen it?
- Now, be nice to R592 - nothing compares to his experience watching the original Broadway production.
- When dress fabric becomes the hottest discussion on a theatre thread, you know the end is near!
- r595, of course, I've seen it. And it is the ONLY production of the play I've seen that left me cold. No feeling at all. And I never believed ANY production of The Glass Menagerie would accomplish that.
Even that silly Roundabout production with an excellent Judith Ivey was better.
- Onward to the next theatre gossip thread...hopefully with no more posts about what kind of frau Amanda is!
No talent slatternly Cristin Miloti vs. James Barbour. Is there anyone who doesnt think Miloti rode him all the way to the bank and a career?
- What makes you think boffing some B-list Broadway actor gets you a career?
Sarah Paulson - Boffing A list all the way