- Great Start OP!
Queen High!- starring Rachelle Rak
Top Hole!- starring Max Von Essen
Hello, Daddy!!- starring Marc Kudisch
- Hugh Jackman's unemployed ex-lover is busted for his racist social media rants against several DL faves.
I smell a book deal, "Me and Hugh".
- Norbert is sick? Or just sick of it?
- [quote]The show itself had some problems, but the score to GREY GARDENS is the most ravishing theater score of the last few years.
And they've never been heard from since...
- [quote]Stop the boring blabbering - it's killing us!
Not as boring as that opening OP. You lost it about #119.
- R5. Miserable shit. Why don't you try to make silk purse of a true sow's ear? C'mon, let's see what you can do, whiner.
- Dear r4, The team of Grey Gardens wrote FAR FROM HEAVEN and destroyed its possibilities! - and they have been dumped from FINDING NEVERLAND, So There!
- [quote]Girlfriend, [R546], what part of "Oh, honestly" - which was the extent of your comment - did you imagine was impossible to misinterpret?
I had to bring this over from the last thread, because it's spectacularly stupid.
And really--"Girlfriend"? At this late date? I'm sorry you lost whichever season of Drag Race you were competing on, but perhaps you should take a hint from it about stale patter.
- OP, your banner headings are draining, but not in the sense of making anyone come.
I thought the last thread was fun!
r8, when I say "girlfriend," I am trying to speak in the language that I imagine you all are able to understand - which is to say, "gay life" from 1975, in Phoenix, in a country & western bar.
GREY GARDENS was pretentious dreck, and FAR FROM HEAVEN was unspeakable.
Kisses all around.
- Butz probably took a few personal days after reading Reidel's column. That thing was worse than a bad review and he took four other composers down with it.
Love the quote about Audra's CD, however...
- By the way, OP:
Spell "Terrence McNally."
(Bobby Steggert was actually really good in that play, which is a piece of reactionary egregiously pro-marriage pandering-to-straight-liberals nonsense.)
- I love r9/11. Even though we disagree about GREY GARDENS, we agree about McNally.
- r12! I'm single!
- I wonder why Bernadette passed on Sweeney Todd. All the queens wanted her.
Maybe she wanted it but they felt Emma Thompson would sell more tickets.
Or maybe she really doesn't like the role.
Patti Lu played it 4 times and people still prefer Angela.
Maybe Bernie is smart not to even try
- Bobby Steggert prays nightly that Yank! will open on Broadway, hopefully before he's too old for the lead role.
- Bobby may already be too old for Yank, especially if he does the McNally opus in between. IS Norbert back in tonight?
- Rent was a good musical that came out after 1983.
- Emma Thompson is a bigger star than Bernadette Peters. I doubt Peters turned it down, which isn't to say she wouldn't do so IF she was offered it.
- Rent was hot, festering garbage kept alive by the zombified corpse of Broadway Martyr Jonathan Larson.
- Rent one more Pulitzer Prizes and Tony Awards than R19.
- r189, I will tenderly gratify your man parts if you want!
RENT was a crime against humanity.
- r20: It's all in the timing, kid.
- Rent was shiteous.
- Norbert not back tonight. That's not a good omen, either for Norbert or the life of Big Fish.
- NO Norbert on Wednesday the 10th.
That show must truly suck without him to prop the piece of shit up.
- A TIME TO KILL will last about 45 minutes after it opens. a crappier play based on anything, I cannot recall.
At one point, machine gun fire comes from offstage, and the actors just stand there. No physical reactions at all. The only saving grace is the larger than life performance of Patrick Page, the only honest performance in the play.
- At least R19 knows how to write a coherent statement in English, R20.
- [quote][R12]! I'm single!
- Who's Norbit's understudy?
- Saw FUN HOME at the Public last night. Major work of art. Not sure if the public will get it, but its often really powerful. Tesori's best work since VIOLET. Sam Gold doesn't quite know his way around a musical, but his work is fine. Lisa Kron's book is nicely straightforward, which was a surprise. It's much more like going to a play than a musical.
- Never understood the appeal of "Rent" or "Bring in Da Noise", both HUGE hits at the time. Both bored me to tears.
- [quote]I wonder why Bernadette passed on Sweeney Todd. All the queens wanted her
She probably wants the next open run revival, not a three day event.
[quote]Rent was shiteous.
Gotta laugh at Theater Queens that are so above "RENT". It is a great show, it was an exciting time. People sleeping out in front of the theater to get rush and standing room. Loved and seen by millions for ten plus years, Pulitzer, Tonys but yes YOU didn't like it. Glad I don't know you.
- For anybody with real memories of the East Village in the '80's, "Rent" was a Disneyfied shitfest.
[quote]Loved and seen by millions for ten plus years, Pulitzer, Tonys but yes YOU didn't like it. Glad I don't know you.
You do realize that "you don't like X, and absolutely everybody likes x, so you're an icky person" isn't a terribly effective defense?
- [quote] Gotta laugh at Theater Queens that are so above "RENT". It is a great show, it was an exciting time. People sleeping out in front of the theater to get rush and standing room. Loved and seen by millions for ten plus years, Pulitzer, Tonys but yes YOU didn't like it. Glad I don't know you.
Agreed 100%. Not to mention that for most theatergoers and theatre professionals under the age of 35, Rent is what got them first interested. But it's "shiteous" according to some queen who lives with Mom and talks non stop about Follies...
Gurl plea'. How many people hate CATS?
- "Love the quote about Audra's CD, however..."
LOL, me too!
- KINKY BOOTS was so maligned in the last TG thread - ok, it is not a work of art, but its lack of pretention makes it an incredibly fun night at the theater. There are more than a few good performances and enjoyable songs, and the audience has a great time.
I saw it twice, and liked it better the second time.
- [quote] For anybody with real memories of the East Village in the '80's, "Rent" was a Disneyfied shitfest.
I'm so tired of this argument. Do you think that a WWII veteran wouldn't say the same about South Pacific? Do you think that someone who's family died while trying to settle the American West would say the same thing about Oklahoma? But yes, it's all about YOU and how you don't feel like Rent captured your edgy and exciting 80s existence.
- "You do realize that "you don't like X, and absolutely everybody likes x, so you're an icky person" isn't a terribly effective defense?"
But R33, this is Datalounge. Calling people stupid, evil or mentally ill for a difference of opinion is its raison d'être.
- R31 not to sound flippant, but are you white?
Noise/Funk was hugely influential and inspiring work for a generation of young black theatre-goers, where we learned how to behave at the theatre and how to create work that reflected both our historical and contemporary lives. Savion Glover went to huge lengths to bring in schools and youth groups that couldn't afford the theatre and took time to answer questions and educate us. You may not have liked or gotten the show, but many of us did and have richer lives and careers in the theatre for it.
- COMET OF 1812 is apparently searching for a theater the size of TIME TO KILL...I see knives out in a few weeks
- [quote]But yes, it's all about YOU and how you don't feel like Rent captured your edgy and exciting 80s existence.
Erm, no. It's about reducing the East Village in the '80's to a wacky, happy-go-lucky themepark, when it wasn't.
- I don't recall RENT being happy-go-lucky, but whatever. It was a little too rah-rah, a little too middle class in its sentimentality, but happy-go-lucky? No. I don't remember that at all.
And yes, I lived in Alphabet City during the time the show covered, so don't let's start on that.
- [quote]Erm, no. It's about reducing the East Village in the '80's to a wacky, happy-go-lucky themepark, when it wasn't.
Except, and I think this was R38's point, this what ALL musicals pretty much do. They can achieve thematic and/or emotional depth, but they're all pretty much exaggerated, cartoon versions of whatever reality they're purporting to portray.
The East Village of RENT is no less sentimental or cliched or cartoony than the Paris of LA BOHEME.
- Sounds like a lot of jealous, unproduced theater writers on this thread....
- When Jessie M come back to Broadway, will her iPad be safe?
- [quote] Sounds like a lot of jealous, unproduced theater writers on this thread....
- Would Comet really spend all of that money to move across the street?
- That's umpossible!
- [quote]a generation of young black theatre-goers, where we learned how to behave at the theatre
Then you pulled your cell phones out at Diddy's "A Raisin in the Sun"
- I feel sorry for Sarah Schulman. Larson ripped her off. She deserved a percentage of the RENT profits. But she had a truly rotten, incompetent lawyer who fucked it up.
- Ah, yes. The "you're just JEALOUS!" argument, quite popular with tween girls and "Rent" groupies.
Jealous? Perhaps. Unproduced? No.
- Any word on John Lloyd Young winning the lead in the Jersey Boys movie?
- What's the Sarah Schulman story, R51?
- Grey Gardens really sucked. The first act was just an irrelevant curtain raiser. The second act was two great performances in search of a show. You have to of more than just recite all your favourite lines from a movie to make a musical. Plus they stole that "Eliza, where are my slippers?" ending from Alan Jay Lerner. And badly.
- Here ya go, r54.
- Yuck!!! Even more of a reason to hate RENT besides that crappy second act.
Get the book BACKSTAGE PASS TO BROADWAY: True Tales from a Theatre Press Agent by Susan L. Shulman. It's a gas!! Her chapter on DREAM and Lesley Ann is a blast!
And congratulations to WICKED for 10 YEARS on BROADWAY!!
- [quote] Ah, yes. The "you're just JEALOUS!" argument, quite popular with tween girls and "Rent" groupies.
You don't like Rent. We get it. Many, many, many people disagree with you. Move on.
- [quote]COMET OF 1812
Is there a part for me?
- r37 the audience has a great time at Mamma Mia, too. So what's your point? (I think I've made mine.)
- r60 I am one who never saw RENT, but I know many many people who did, and they ALL thought it was shit. (I guess that consensus steered me clear of it.)
- Bernadette could never do Sweeney- there is no where in the show where she can turn on the faucet and cry. Rent, like Mama Mia got a pass because both opened after a tragedy and the critics would never diss the shows. Larsen died after the dress rehearal I believe and Mama opened after 9/11. Rent isn't a bad show but I never understood the ugly set. Mama Mia is a piece of shit with the worst choreogrpahy since Cats.
- MAMMA- with two M's you cunt!
- BREAKING CRAIG BIERKO! BREAKING!
Outta MATILDA for 12 weeks.. betcha he don't come back
Craig Bierko, the Tony Award-nominated stage and film actor who recently joined the Broadway cast of “Matilda the Musical” as the villainous Miss Trunchbull, has taken a leave from the production following an injury.
In a statement released Tuesday, press representatives for “Matilda” said, “Due to a shoulder injury which delayed his start in ‘Matilda the Musical’ and which has been aggravated during performance, Craig Bierko will be taking a 12-week disability leave from the production. At this time, understudies Chris Hoch and Ben Thompson will be playing Miss Trunchbull.”
Mr. Bierko, whose stage roles have included Harold Hill in the 2000 Broadway revival of “The Music Man,”was originally scheduled to begin performances in “Matilda” on Sept. 3, but delayed his start by two weeks to Sept. 17, citing a shoulder injury.
He replaced Bertie Carvel in the role of Miss Trunchbull, an embittered headmistress and former champion hammer-thrower; Mr. Carvel originated this role in the West End and Broadway productions of “Matilda,” earning a Olivier Award and a Tony nomination.
- The Craig Beirko article ^ was by
DAVE ITZKOFF NYTimes
- Craig Bierko out of Matila? I'm returning my tickets!
Meet ya at Gallagher's for drinks and dinner. Say, around 8 PM?
- R62, you cannot see the point because it is on your head.
KINKY BOOTS is a NEW musical. With original songs.
Mamma Mia is/was a crappy London-import which got a ridiculously great review from Ben Brantley after 9/11 just because it was after 9/11.
There is no comparison.
You did make me recall the awful night I saw Mamma Mia early in previews. The audience was still shell-shocked from the 9/11 attacks. I could still smell the burning fires enroute to the theater. I had not been in such a large crowd since before 9/11 (I skipped the should-have-been cancelled Lincoln Center Betty Buckley concert I had tickets for soon after 9/11.)
The show is awful, and should have gone the way of the truly abysmal THOU SHALT NOT, which first brought us Norbert Leo Butz.
"No one's gonna (sniff) harm ya,
Not (sniffle) while I'm (choke) around....
No one's g-g-g-gonna ha-aaarm (gasp) ya
No (sob) sir, not whi- iiiiiiile I'm around."
- I wish Bernadette would be more dishy in interviews like Lupone is. Bernadette never has a bad word said about anyone or anything. Patti even admitted to being turned down for bullets over broadway. Wish bernadette would dish if she was turned down for Sweeney. It seems odd that she hasn't played it if she wanted to somewhere since she's played every other Sondheim role in a major production
- Bernie would also work some crying into "Poor Thing".
- Bernadette is an artist. She'd FIND places to cry.
As for Bierko, I hear he was flat-out terrible. The takeovers in London have been great, so it's not a matter of Bertie being irreplaceable or anything.
- Bierko will return when Valisia Lekae goes back into Mowtown and Mya reschedules her dates in Chicago
- Dot Marie Jones for Trunchbull!
- Is there already interest in another movie of MATILDA?
- COMET cant sell 125 tickets a night-so they're going to try to sell 1,000 instead
the producer of that show is a dilettante and a fraud so anything is possible
- Mamma Mia lasting a year or two on Broadway because the NY critics were nice to it would be understandable, but like it or not, plenty of people love it and it's a global smash.
- R75. What's the 45th Street gossip on there being a Cinderella for Vicky for flying back to after her MTC faux Checkov gig on 47th Street? And if Cinderella (that's R & H's show) is still running what happens if V. doesn't want to return? All hell breaking loose? Maybe she can do Trunchbull. All sexes auditioned for Bertie's/Craig's replacement.
- What about the Seattle CABARET. Someone said Kander's lawyers and Tams were looking into it, ie, shutting it down. Can that director really have been so stupid that he didn't get the rights to do his proposed changes before shouting it all over the press?
- [quote] what happens if V. doesn't want to return?
Becky Luker might stay on? She doesn't seem much in demand these days, sadly.
- R75 you forgot about Jenna Elfman in Nine.
- Isnt it about time for another revival of All My Sons or Into the Woods? I mean its been at leat 2 or 3 years?
(and of course, every role must be cast with a "star"-because thats how the modern non-producers have trained the audience--that unless there are "stars" , its not worth seeing)
- and speaking of starts-how did the Roundabout lose their minds and actually cast 4 strong NY stage actors in Dinner with Friends? Were Kaley Cuocco and Eric Stonestreet unavailable?
- Toni Collette GYPSY!
- Didn't Leigh Silverman direct Fun House?
- As great as Toni C is, she can't even have a hit television show, no way she is going to bring butts in a theatre
- But her shows have been shit, and she wasn't to blame.
- Steve Kazee to be Lucy Liu's love interest in that Sherlock television show.
- [quote]Steve Kazee to be Lucy Liu's love interest in that Sherlock television show.
When Bitchy Met Crazy.
- In order to play Mrs. Lovett Bernadette Peters would have to get rid of her signature hairstyle, ugly herself up, and put on a Cockney accent. In other words, not be Bernadette Peters. What would be the point? You might as well hire Mandy Patinkin.
- what happened to that bway revival of This Is Our Youth? gone the way of so many shows that announce and then never materialize and are never heard about again?
- MAMMA MIA opened in UK BEFORE 9/11 and Brantley gave it a rave then. Its success has nothing to do with 9/11. As for RENT, I hated it when I saw it with the original cast. I did not get it at all so I understand the haters. However, O went back to see it several years later, I won the lottery and sat in the front row, and loved it.
- Norm Lewis was back on "Scandal" tonight.
- I see Craig Bierko occasionally in Hudson River Park with his dog. He always seems a bit off----distracted? pixilated? stoned? Anyone know him?
- I bet Bierko doesn't come back.
- [quote]Steve Kazee to be Lucy Liu's love interest in that Sherlock television show.
Will Sherlock deduce he's gay?
- [quote]Mamma Mia is/was a crappy London-import which got a ridiculously great review from Ben Brantley after 9/11 just because it was after 9/11.
And? You think one review by The NY Times has or 9/11 kept "Mamma Mia" open for twelve years on Broadway? And as you stated, it was from London where it's still playing, as well as playing all over the world. Then there is the $600 million dollar grossing movie. Like "RENT", ten years on Broadway,then an Off Broadway revival, they play and play because they have found an audience. Do you not get it? People LIKE them, hell, many, many people LOVE them. Your opinion is worthless.
- r98, then they'd be accused of ripping off "Sherlock."
- God damn it! r98, this is the "Sherlock" bit they'd be accused of ripping off. Fucking iMac cut and paste!
- Isn't Bierko a closet case or am I imagining that?
What show wants the O'Neil? Big Fish isn't THAT big of a flop, but to me someone wants that theatre and Riedel is doing their bidding.
- [quote]And? You think one review by The NY Times has or 9/11 kept "Mamma Mia" open for twelve years on Broadway? And as you stated, it was from London where it's still playing, as well as playing all over the world. Then there is the $600 million dollar grossing movie. Like "RENT", ten years on Broadway,then an Off Broadway revival, they play and play because they have found an audience. Do you not get it? People LIKE them, hell, many, many people LOVE them. Your opinion is worthless.
Let it go, Louise. It's just a fricking [bold]SHOW[/bold].
- Craig Bierko will be forgotten in 6 weeks, the producers will announce he's not healing well, parting due to mutual agreement....and then they'll cast someone who can actually play the role.
- [quote]Let it go, Louise. It's just a fricking SHOW.
Exactly Darlin', I'm not the one ten years later that keeps ragging on hugely successful shows like it matters. You got my point and people call you dumb. Good job.
- [quote]Exactly Darlin', I'm not the one ten years later that keeps ragging on hugely successful shows like it matters.
Trolldar says otherwise, cupcake.
- "I feel sorry for Sarah Schulman. Larson ripped her off."
I have many favorite parts of that story. I love how she crowed over the fact that she and Don Shewey (I think) were the only two writers who had the temerity to pan RENT when it first hit. She, for the usual reason she often pans things, "inauthenticity". It was many weeks later that a friend of hers pointed out the obvious parallels between her novel People in Trouble and RENT. I mean, Anthony Rapp was on record as saying he remembered Larson walking around with a copy of the novel.
Then Sarah goes to a lawyer who warns her that she should shut up and not be "the girl who sued RENT."
So dumb. But it works out for the best, had she been given a cut (which she deserved), she wouldn't have had another "I was screwed by the system" story to tell for years.
- OP, we were wondering, do you throw a ball like a girl?
- Not the OP, but I throw a ball like a girl.
- RENT was more a cult than a show.
I liked a lot of the tunes, but the book and lyrics were cringeworthy. Clearly, it takes place in 1984, but the program states it takes place in 1996, throwing the whole thing out of whack.
The libretto was awful and the characters were all very unlikeable. The villain, Benny was of course the only guy with a job, and making a working, straight black male the villain just makes sense! I found it maudlin, goofy, and jejeune!
- "Bobby Steggert was actually really good in that play, which is a piece of reactionary egregiously pro-marriage pandering-to-straight-liberals nonsense."
This is the play that many people are calling "McNally's best play in years." Which is kind of like saying, "I had a very painful migraine last night, but it was still the least painful migraine I've had in years!"
P.S. I don't care what anyone else thinks, OP, I loved the Steggert/McNally joke you came up with. Or maybe it's not a joke ;-)
- Brantley gives a rare, screaming "Get to Broadway" rave for Honeymoon in Vegas. Looks like we know what's replacing Big Fish.
- R99 is an idiot. If a show is successful and someone doesn't like if, it does not make that person's opinion worthless. Must everyone agree about everything? What a joke r99 is! As for Mamma Mia, if it got bad reviews, it may have never gotten off the ground and wouldn't have been able to run 12 years. I hated Mamma Mia personally.
- RENT and KINKY BOOTS are equally offensive in the way they pander to mainstream audiences by aggressively misrepresenting the experience and reality of sub-culture communities.
Okay, musical theater is fantasy: people don't break into song in the middle of a heroin nod, in real life, as far as I know!
Nonetheless: there's something really icky and offensive about turning AIDS into a rock & roll Disney ride; and the appalling sentimentality with which Broadway composers continually market and sell drag queens to middle America - the drag queen who is all love! the drag queen who knows ALL experience because she has lived her life as every gender! the drag queen whose purpose is to bring joy to your hetero world! - just, ugh.
Two dreadful shows that perpetrate and perpetuate stereotypes.
I hate them both.
- No word on Kander's "The Landing"? It's been in previews for a week.
- Favorite quote from Riedel's column about Big Fish and Andrew Lippa's lack of melody:
He’s one of these young(ish) composers who are all Sondheim and no tunes. Jason Robert Brown’s another one, though I hear his score to “Honeymoon in Vegas” is surprisingly catchy. Ricky Ian Gordon is one, too. They’re smart, accomplished musicians, but if you put a gun to their heads, they wouldn’t be able to write “Happy Birthday.”
Years ago, they all contributed songs to Audra McDonald’s CD “Way Back to Paradise,” about which a legendary Broadway producer said, “If you want to know what’s wrong with the American theater, buy Audra McDonald’s new CD.”
- [quote] “If you want to know what’s wrong with the American theater, buy Audra McDonald’s new CD.”
The shot that started a war! Gasps from theatre queens everywhere!
- Not sure if this has been discussed already, but Nick Mayo (ex Lady Esparza) married press daddy and DL topic Michael Hartmann in September. Does anyone have videos of their wedding night?!?
- Well, that was a comment about the crappy songs, not about Audra's singing. Of course, she's the one who wanted to record those crappy songs.
- Has anyone heard much about If/Then? The plot description is so vague.
- LOVES LABOURS LOST!
- Carrie Fisher has said that one of the characters in her book The Best Awful was based on Bierko. I sort of assume from the book that Bierko has similar neuroses to Fisher (but not as bad.)
- Heaven preserve us from tone-deaf, tin-eared critics who have zero knowledge, intelligence or taste when it comes to music yet pontificate on the subject like they were Deems Taylor.
- Well, IF/THEN is directed by the same genius who brought you RENT, Michael Grief, if that tells you anything r120.
- Judging from Brantley's review of Honeymoon in Vegas, they might as well just give the Tony to Tony Danza now.
- He's next year's Andrea Martin.
- [quote]Has anyone heard much about If/Then? The plot description is so vague.
I thought I read that it was a SLIDING DOORS kind of story. Two possible paths for the protagonist depending on what she chooses.
Good cast. But the one song that's out there is pretty generic. And the artwork is embarrassing.
- How ironic for Jason Robert Brown that after all these years he will win a Tony Award and his biggest competition will be Jason Robert Brown.
- Can Tony Danza sing?
- I believe Norbertz will get his Buttz back in action pronto if Tony D is his closest competition. Watch for the huffing and puffing to begin again soon.
- Is Butz fat or just unfit?
- "Michael Grief."
Always makes me laugh when I see his name misspelled that way. And it ALWAYS is. Tee hee!
- Saw Gentlemen's Guide in Hartford and unless they fuck up the transfer Jefferson Mays will be hard to beat for Actor in a Musical. It's a very showy "vote for me" type of role in a stylish, clever show- that is if it finds an audience and makes it to Tony time.
Then again, sometimes the voters do prefer a hard worker in a feel good show, so maybe Danza has a chance.
- I saw Vegas last week R125 and Danza is ok in it, but nothing special. At least his singing is better than the whiny-voiced guy who's in the lead (Rob McClure).
BTW the show is much better than I thought it would be, because judging from the misleading pics on the theater's web site, it looks like it'd be really cheap production, but I was pleasantly surprised.
- Rob McClure is cute and looks like he'd make a hot little bottom. Can't believe he's straight.
- HONEYMOON IN VEGAS is taking The Palace.
- Is Tony Danza gay? bi? he was hot on Taxi. I've heard rumors but....
- R138. Uncut, you know.
- Not to encourage all the premature Tony talk, but Danza would be featured, not lead.
- Danza was a hustler at a bar called Cowboys & Cowgirls on Second Avenue in the early-mid 70s.
- [quote]HONEYMOON IN VEGAS is taking The Palace.
I remember how thrilled I was the first time I ever went to the Palace. Back when I was a kid, it seemed like the most Broadway of all Broadway theatres. Now, I get a headache when I think about going there. The sightlines are terrible, the street noise is obnoxious.
Just out of curiosity, what was the last real hit the Palace had? The original LA CAGE?
- Friend and I were trapped in the front row of Audra's concert at Rose Hall a few years ago when she was showcasing "Way Back to Paradise." Awful music and gushing queens with face stubble all around us having multiple orgasms. Audra had an intestinal virus she caught from her daughter and made a stagehand, as I recall, come out to open her bottle of Gatorade. She did one standard and the rest was dreck.
- Naturally the most exciting thing coming up in the next two months is Miss Patti making a triumphant return to Carnegie Hall. Is it a brand new show, or will she be doing LADY WITH A TORCH?
- Why did PIPPIN change production stage managers so quickly?
Was the original fired or quit?
Anybody got the scoop?
- How can Bernadette Peters get away the same stage patter for a decade?
- Isn't Tony Danza dating Liza?
What an adorbs couple! I'd love to hang with them for an evening of show tunes around the piano.
Too bad they're a bit too old for kids--they could make beautiful Italian babies together!
- Who has the real gossip about why Stephanie Pope left Pippin? It can't possibly be because she wasn't a good fit for the part....she worked Fosse often and is a wicked singer actor and dancer..
- Liza would be more likely to marry me, R147.
- OP, I've also heard folks address her as "Chita-Pita" and "Cheety" in addition to the ones you list. I cant imagine addressing one of the grand dames of the american musical theatre as "Cheets". Is she really so jocular in her daily life?
- Would Adam Guettel fit into the description given in R116, who has a quote about composers who are "all Sondhiem and no tunes"?
- [quote]Who has the real gossip about why Stephanie Pope left Pippin? It can't possibly be because she wasn't a good fit for the part....she worked Fosse often and is a wicked singer actor and dancer..
It's quite possible they wanted a better u/s for Patina. I saw Pope and she was pretty bad in the role. If they took u/s away from her, that meant a downgrade in pay. CHICAGO might just pay better.
- What was bad about her portrayal?
- The keys didn't fit her voice.
- [quote]Friend and I were trapped in the front row of Audra's concert at Rose Hall a few years ago when she was showcasing "Way Back to Paradise."
If you have such contempt, why the hell were you there, in the front row no less?
[quote]Isn't Tony Danza dating Liza?
No, they have been friends for years, real friends, not show biz ones. When he had his talk show, he and Liza lived in the same building and she would come down to his place in her PJ's on Monday nights and watch "24". Tuesday morning he'd do a recap.
- [quote]What was bad about her portrayal?
What R154 said. The keys were bad; painfully so at times. She also has zero comic timing. She was leaden.
Not her fault. The role was just not a good fit.
- Last hit at Palace: Beauty & The Beast. Aida had a decent run there too.
- ATC critters biggest announcement (and longest thread for today) is how many men's rooms there are at the Marquis Theater and then they give a list of each and every one. Holy crap.
- Pix out of Jeremy Jordan's Skivvies appearance last night. As predicted, he sings his song in fedora and trench coat, and then takes them both off, revealing baggy print boxers. Sorta cute, but not at all revealing and therefore not very sexy. Very Jeremy.
- What happened to MURDER BALLAD? I kept passing the marquee near Union Square... and then one day it was gone. Was the transfer unsuccessful?
- [quote]ATC critters
Love it! They are indeed 'critters.'
MikeR twirling in his silk stockings and kilt
What do you think, r151 and r160?
- R98 has Steve come out or are you just hopeful?
- Sting's wife, Trudie Styler, acting in The Seagull at Culture Project. How is she? Anybody seen it?
- "Just out of curiosity, what was the last real hit the Palace had? The original LA CAGE?"
Do I really have to tell you?
- Liza at the Palace!
- "Aida" played 1882 performances at the Palace Theater (3/23/2000 - 9/05/2004)
- r159, when referencing pictures, it's helpful if you link to them.
- Oh the Palace! I love the Palace! Mama and I both played there!!! Kay Thompson!!!!
- Who's this Harttramp?
- That video is a wasted opportunity
- Saw MARIE ANTOINETTE at Soho Rep. I was extremely underwhelmed. It felt like a (much lesser) retread of Sofia Coppola's film, but without the gorgeous shots of Versailles. I couldn't believe it was only 90 minutes, as it felt so much longer. All in all, very shallow. Too bad, as I loved 3C.
That said, the actors were superb.
- Lauren Molina (skivvies girl) is butt ugly
- [quote]Too bad, as I loved 3C.
- I've heard folks address her as "Chits-n-giggles"
- I used to call her "Cheater Rivera."
- I just call her "Rita"
- Could have just listened to 'Tennis Court' by Lorde.
- Jeremy Jordan is fug. He should keep his clothes on since he doesn't appear to work out at all.
- Will Swenson also performed, in denim shorts - not even "daisy dukes".
- What's the deal with that Roe Hartrampf? Straight? His "Magic Mike" wasn't that sexy. I think the standard wimpy Broadway tenor didn't help.
- Until DL, I never heard anyone complain about the sight lines or the "street noise" at the Palace.
"What's the deal with that Roe Hartrampf? Straight? His Magic Mike wasn't that sexy."
Whatever you say, R182. Anyone care to offer another opinion?
- So Jeremy Jordan doesn't have a great body, he's talented.
- Actually, Jeremy looks like he has been working out recently.
- Not to desex this, but has anyone seen Faith Prince in Annie? I am a big, big fan, but I'd rather not see this production again unless she's made it a bit better.
- I'm not sure "talented" and "Jeremy Jordan" belong in the same sentence, but the jury may still be out. In Newsies he could sing, but not dance, and Smash was just one of those aberrations. Movies? That forgettable debut hardly exhibited any charisma, and we'll see about the upcoming Last Five Years.
- R186. Guess you don't read DL much. Faith has made zero impact in Annie, primarily because nobody can bring themselves to see this reviled revival. Also, because she took on the role with a shitload of pre-existing commitments, she's been out a lot. All in all, not exactly a triumph.
- "Until DL, I never heard anyone complain about the sight lines or the "street noise" at the Palace."
Oh R183, do you even think R142 knows what he is talking about?
The Palace interior was landmarked years ago; the sight lines are the same as they were when Judy appeared.
However, since I am unfamiliar with the cheap seats in the upper theater, maybe that is what R142 is talking about. But while the lovely lobby and vintage marquee are gone, the interior is unchanged.
- R183 here. I sat in the balcony at the Palace once, years ago (for LA CAGE), and the view of the stage from there is in fact very steep, but I think that's common to most balconies in Broadway theaters. The Palace is definitely much better than the Belasco, where the view from the Balcony is mostly of the tops of the actors' heads.
P.S. I know the balcony of the Palace is open for ANNIE, but isn't it true that it's closed for some of the shows that have played there in recent years? I've never sat in the mezzanine, but I can't imagine the view of the stage is bad from there.
- [quote]However, since I am unfamiliar with the cheap seats in the upper theater, maybe that is what R142 is talking about. But while the lovely lobby and vintage marquee are gone, the interior is unchanged
The cheap seats aren't great, but as R190 says, that's pretty typical. You feel like you're in another building, but I don't suppose it's any worse than, say, the Shubert.
What is worse are those rather strange side seats in the orchestra. Depending on the set design for the show, they're practically all unsellable. (Extreme sides in most theaters can be a little dicey, but not like this.) I can't think of another Broadway theatre that has that configuration.
Center orchestra is okay.
- R188- you still didn't answer the question: is Faith any good? No one at DL had gone to see her and reported back,
- Faith is giving it the old college try. She's a pro and finds more laughs that the previous Hannigans. The set and blocking etc etc etc in this production are a hard obstacle to overcome, but she is fun and sings well.
I know someone in the show who says Lapine comes in every few weeks and takes out any laughs the actors find once he's gone. I believe it.
- "I know someone in the show who says Lapine comes in every few weeks and takes out any laughs the actors find once he's gone. I believe it."
If this story were about any other director, I would say it had to be a joke. But like you, R193, I believe it about Lapine. What a fraud he is.
- Martin Charnin is a horrible person, but at least he lets his comic actors go for the laughs with gusto.
- Query about two of DL's most discussed (and tiresome) commodities. Did Dorothy Loudon ever get her overacting ass in a Follies production? (I may live to regret this...but it's probably good for a dozen posts!)
- I've lived here for almost 14 years and have seen a shitload of Broadway shows (with enough Playbills to fill up four of those official binders) but strangely enough I've yet to set foot in the Palace.
Of course this post means nothing. I just wanted to share.
- Loudon never did Follies. She did record an underwhelming "I'm Still Here".
- I'm guessing this Roe Hardtramp is a chorus boy, since no one here seems to know of, or haven an opinion on, him?
- Loudon's Losing My Mind/You Could Drive a Person Crazy mash-up is fabulous.
- Acclaimed award winning choreographer/ director Jerry Mitchell's current fuck toy is chorus boy Ricky Schroeder.
- Ricky's been reduced to the chorus?
- Jessie Mueller's Carole King musical is getting rave reviews in SF. Will she win Best Actress over Kelli O'Hara and Krista Rodriguez?
- Will Krista even be nominated?
- A nomination for Krysta seems to come out of left field. Zach, perhaps, depending on the competition, but the show will be long gone by then.
- I would think Michelle Williams would be more of a serious contender than Krysta. Serious actress, meaty role.
I wonder if Helen Sinclair in BULLETS will be lead or supporting.
- Marin's really more of a supporting actress.
- [quote]I would think Michelle Williams would be more of a serious contender than Krysta. Serious actress, meaty role.
What are the chances Alan Cumming will win again for the Emcee? Wouldn't he be only the second in history to do that (after Stephen Spinella)?
- You're not allowed to be nominated a second time for playing the same role in the same show you've previously been nominated for, r208. That's why Lonette McKee couldn't be nominated for Hal Prince's SHOW BOAT despite there being only two other eligible nominees (Glenn Close and Rebecca Luker) available to fill the category - because she had previously been nominated for playing Julie in the Houston Grand Opera production.
Spinella and the other ANGELS actors were eligible because they were playing the same characters in a different play.
- Good information. Thanks, R209.
- Well, Elaine Stritch, based on billing alone, was eligible for a Best Actress nod for Show Boat, but while John McMartin and Mark Jacoby both got in the Best Actor category for Cap'n Andy and Ravenal, respectively, Stritch was sidelined. Not that I blame them, based on the unfortunate recording of her "Why Do I Love You?" but she did get in an amusing dig about it when she was asked to present with fellow non-nominee Gloria Foster (of Having Our Say).
- r209 Well they dont care about the Houston Grand Opera ...they care that it moved to Broadway with Donald O'Connor. It was a great production.
- r212, I thought it was obvious that I was talking about the Broadway transfer of the Houston Grand Opera's production; sorry if that was unclear and you thought I thought McKee was nominated for a performance she gave in Houston.
- Sir Ian McKellen on Andy Cohen just now. Playing MARRY SHAG KILL:
Marry Judi Dench.
Shag Maggie Smith.
Kill Helen Mirren.
- You think David Leveux's production of "Romeo And Juliet" got slaughtered by the press? Wait until they bludgeon the shit out of the horrific production at CSC. Has this Serbian director ever read the play? Or any Shakespeare at all? It's vomit-inducing. What the fuck was Brian Kulick thinking?
- Stritch and her producers tried to manipulate the nominations and petitioned to have her moved to featured status while her c0-stars were all left in lead. (they didn't think she could win against Close.)
This was the same year Nathan Lane did the reverse and was pushed for lead while everyone else in Love! vALOUR ETC was pushed for featured.
For some reason the nominating committee got mad at all the category manipulation and punished Lane and Strich with no nominations despite the fact that they were two of the most talked about performances of the year.
Also explains why Stritch didn't petition down to featured the following year for Delicate Balance. She'd have probably won but I guess she feared another backlash.
- 1) Heather Headley will fly in and steal the Tony from Kelli, Michelle, Brynn, and Fantasia.
2) Liza has played the Palace twice in the last 14 years! How have you not been to the Palace??
3) Nathan Lane should've won for LVC. One of his best performances ever.
- [quote]Liza has played the Palace twice in the last 14 years! How have you not been to the Palace??
Because she sang.
- "I've played the State, The Capitol, But people said "Don't stop. Until you've played the Palace, You haven't played the top." For years I had it preached to me And drummed into my head: "Unless you've played the Palace, You might as well be dead." A team of hoofers was the headline At the Majestic down in Dallas, But they canceled the day Their agent called to say, "You can open the bill at the Palace." So it became the Hall of Fame, The Mecca of the trade; When you had played the Palace, You knew that you were made. So I hope you'll understand my wondrous thrill, "Cause vaudeville's back at the Palace, And I'm on the bill!"
- r214, that is hilarious.
Wasn't there a detailed account of Ian McKellen and Helen Mirren hating each other when they did a play on Broadway together some years back?
I think Helen thought Ian's understudy was better than him or some thing.
Anyway.. Funny he said "kill" about Helen Mirren.
- No, Ian thought David Straithairn's (sp?) understudy was better than Strai..
- I can remember as a wee teen, going to see Gwen Verdon in Sweet Charity in what I believe was the Palace's first show after its renovation (c.1967), and there were wonderful old oil portraits on the rear orchestra wall of all the big vaudeville stars who had played there (Judy, et. al.), including a new one of Gwen herself.
But they're gone now, aren't they? Where are those portraits?
Has Tyler Maynard ever played the Palace?
- Jerry Mitchell with Ricky Schroder, who will star in Jerry's forthcoming production based on the life of Bonnie Franklin.
- R222. Tyler Maynard probably took all those famous paintings from the Palace. You know how he is!
- How old is that kid? 14? Does Jerry's probation officer know he's dating underage children?
- R223's pic is disturbing.
- yes r221, that was the story from the most hated people on Broadway thread or whatever it was called.
It was David Stratnairn's understudy that Ian thought was better or whatever.
The hatred between McKellen and Mirren was a completely separate thing. He was bossing her around or something. David Strathairn hated Ian McKellen for his own reasons.
- [quote][R223]'s pic is disturbing.
Jerry likes to whisper "Ten points for Gryffindor, Mr. Weasley" in his ear during sex.
- was David Strathairn's understudy by any chance a 23 year old twink?
That would make sense.
- r229, not a twink by far but not bad...but far too old for Sirina, whose taste ranges to the 20something
- Wait, is there really a Bonnie Franklin musical or was that a joke?
- woo hoo'
- So when is Honeymoon in Vegas moving to B'way, after that big Brantley bj. Will we have to Jason Robert Brown musicals in one season, or will they wait until the Fall?
- [quote] Will we have to Jason Robert Brown musicals in one season
- New Off Broadway Venues Planned for Midtown West:
- r221, this is discussed in the nastiest person on broadway thread you can google it.
- Yes there is a Bonnie Franklin musical in the works.
- Anyone know if there are plans to bring Sons of the Prophet to Broadway? Also heard Stephen Karam might be working on a sequel. Rep, anyone? Santino is due for a Tony.
- Anne Hathaway would make a great Bonnie Franklin.
Are you implying that I'm mistaken?
What I've heard is that McKellan likes to direct his fellow actors. It didn't go down well with Mirren, but he never compared her unfavourably to her understudy. The story goes that he did suggest that Straithairn copy what his own understudy did.
- [quote]I can remember as a wee teen, going to see Gwen Verdon in Sweet Charity in what I believe was the Palace's first show after its renovation (c.1967), and there were wonderful old oil portraits on the rear orchestra wall of all the big vaudeville stars who had played there (Judy, et. al.), including a new one of Gwen herself.
But they're gone now, aren't they? Where are those portraits?
Yes, Verdon's Charity was the first show to reopen the Palace. I saw it when I was in high school. I remember that portrait of Judy. It was there when I saw Applause, Woman of the Year and Will Rogers Follies. The Judy protrait was gone when I saw Aida. I asked an usher about that and she said that Disney demanded that the portrait, as well as the other Palace mementos, be removed. She said that they were locked in a utility closet. Not sure if she was just saying that or if that was indeed the case but yes, the Palace items were not on display.
- kcguy, you and I really did lead parallel lives.
I'm that other poster who saw Illya, Darling in high school and realized not all Broadway musicals are good.
- James Riordan belongs to the same club that Tyler Maynard, Roger Bart, Norm Lewis et al belong to.
- I've never heard Illya, Darling. Was Melina Mercouri's singing voice non-existent?
- Well, yes, her singing voice was non-existent, but then again, she was non-singing a non-existent score.
- R222 I always enjoy seeing your posts.
- R244- There is a clip from Ed Sullivan show on youtube.
- R244 here ya go.
- And Vivien at R244, here you are.
- Eeek! Guess I understand now why Encores hasn't revived Tovarich!
- Awful song, but that boy can dance.
- r243, are you talking about the big cock club?
- R252 Membership has its privileges!
- I'm reading a book right now on how to write plays that says getting your play produced is much easier than getting a movie made out of your screenplay. (I'm sure all the unproduced playwrights out there would strongly disagree.)
- Brevity r254. (supposedly it is easy to get short plays produced in festivals etc.) That is the what the playwrighting teacher at college said. (BTW I was only in the class one day then switched my schedule so what do I know)
- R255, that sounds like good advice.
- Roe Hartrampf deserves all of our praise for his true dedication to historical accuracy, as seen when he showed off his good-sized cock in a post-shower scene in period piece UNNATURAL ACTS at Classic Stage and did not shave his balls, thus allowing the audience to stay immersed in the period as they gazed at the historically accurate sight of the lights gleaming on his wet testicle hairs.
For this I say, BRAVO!
- Viv Leigh is pretty light on her feet herself, especially for a non-dancer.
Byron whatever, who's dancing with her, has a hot ass.
Love the way Ed Sullivan keeps goofing - mispronouncing the name of the show, the name of the song (and the city), mispronouncing "emigres" and then correcting himself, saying "dance crave" and then correcting to "craze." Was he always like that?
- Yep, R259. Ed was always one of the clumsiest, even stupidest, humans in front of a teleprompter. Each Sunday it seemed like it was his first time appearing in public! Awkward as he was, his show did present some really wonderful stuff, accompanied by his choice malapropisms. And we loved it!
- The night Rosemary Harris put Lauren Bacall in her place. Details please.
Anyone remember the remarks Ms. Harris said in regards to Betty's constant bragging? It was very funny. Happened during their run in WAITING IN THE WINGS.
- Passing by the stage door of the Colonial Theatre in Boston after a matinee of Waiting in the Wings, I was amused to see a large waiting van to transport the all female cast and one waiting limousine for Miss Bacall.
- Did Ed Sullivan's incompetence and awkwardness endear him to the audience or something?
- It was very gutsy of Vivien Leigh to try her hand at a musical in 1963. She couldn't sing, didn't do much dancing, and she was never very emotionally sound in that period. In fact, she died only 4 years later. But she was a trouper, and managed to get through it all.
- I can see the appeal. Classic musical comedy isn't taxing on the emotions.
- She didn't make it through the entire run though. Leigh collapsed, I believe during a performance. She flew to London to recover from "exhaustion" and the show resumed first with Joan Copeland and then Eva Gabor, but closed soon thereafter.
- And despite all, Leigh won a Tony for "Tovarich."
- r261, I have heard the story, but not here, that Bacall was driving everyone in the production absolutely crazy in a variety of ways. She refused to wear period costumes and resisted any period detail to her hair. She bragged endlessly about her relationship with Noel Coward constantly saying "Noel this and Noel always said"
From what I understand at a certain point the other ladies had reached the limit with Bacall and Harris said to her [ in front of the company]
"Oh for Chrissake Betty, you aren't the only one of us who knew Noel. I was married at Noel's home in Jamaica and he invited only his closest friends and you weren't among them"
Story goes Bacall was so angry she didn't speak to Harris for the rest of the run. Literally not one word offstage. She barely talked to the rest of the cast either.
r243, I believe that David Cromer is rumored to belong to that same club as well. I don't know if those stories about McKellen and David Strathairn are true or not, I suspect they are blown way out of proportion but I will say James Riordan was pretty fantastic in an obscure Brian Friel play I saw last year.
R254, I don't know about producing screenplays but I do know about producing plays and I can tell you getting a play produced when you are unknown and untested as a playwright is very, very difficult. I am talking a prestige production at a major regional or in NYC, but the best advice for plays [not musicals] is small cast with minimal design and a part that will appeal to a marquee name.
btw, is that Cheyenne Jackson JO video real?? does anyone know? Looks real but...
- Jerry Mitchell's boy toy speaks . . .
- Why can I not keep a thread on my thread watcher? Clicking on the star only lasts as long as I keep the window open--if I close it, this thread disappears for me.
- "I don't know about producing screenplays but I do know about producing plays and I can tell you getting a play produced when you are unknown and untested as a playwright is very, very difficult. I am talking a prestige production at a major regional or in NYC, but the best advice for plays [not musicals] is small cast with minimal design and a part that will appeal to a marquee name."
It remains difficult even after having been produced in major regionals. And smaller is always better, even with musicals. A cast of 14 is hardly outrageous for a tuner but if it's a choice between that and, say, THE LAST FIVE YEARS, guess which show will be produced? But some themes require large canvases and one does what one must.
- Damn, r230, on his IMDB page, that look on his face shouts
"I throw a mean fuck"
- Thanks R268
- yes, r230 and r272, he has that kind of mean Irish look that can be....interesting.
- What is this shit with Roundabout doing gender reversals in Company? What exactly will this prove? Why not just have a new work created that does include gay couples and references the present day rather than fucking around with this?
I hope Joanne isn't being turned into a man. Ladies Who Lunch wouldn't really have the same edge to it.
- The charlatan who directed FESTEN on Broadway has been named the new head of London's National Theatre. Rufus Norris couldn't direct traffic in Maine.
There goes the neighborhood.
- r275 what's the info on this?
- FESTEN in the West End was incredible. It was awful on Broadway. All that proves is that Norris either doesn't know how to cast American actors (a charge you could also level against Nunn and many others) or some shows should just never be attempted in the US. Doesn't mean Norris won't do a perfectly credible job of running the National Theatre of Great Britain.
- A Broadway failure doesn't mean he can't run the National. The National is an entirely different entity from Broadway. I wish him well as I would like to see the National get back some of its early adventurous spirit.
- Fellas, I wanted to make sure you all saw this.
JEREMY JORDAN KRYSTA RODRIGUEZ ANDY MIENTUS
AND MORE TO STAR IN LIVE PREMIERE OF
THE ORIGINAL MUSICAL FEATURED IN SEASON TWO OF NBC'S "SMASH"
FEATURING A SCORE BY
DREW GASPARINI JOE ICONIS ANDREW MCMAHON
BENJ PASEK & JUSTIN PAUL MARC SHAIMAN & SCOTT WITTMAN
MONDAY, DECEMBER 9 AT 9:30PM AND 11:30PM
Jeremy Jordan (Newsies, The Last 5 Years), Krysta Rodriguez (First Date, The Addams Family), Andy Mientus (Carrie, Spring Awakening), and more will star in HIT LIST at 54 Below on Monday, December 9 for two performances only at 9:30PM and 11:30PM.
The second season of NBC's "Smash" featured a fictional new Broadway musical called HIT LIST, written by characters played by Jordan and Mientus, and starring Rodriguez. In the TV series, the fictional musical opened at Manhattan Theatre Workshop and then transferred to Broadway, opening at the Barrymore Theatre and winning seven Tony Awards. HIT LIST will receive its actual world premiere concert performance at 54 Below.
HIT LIST, a modern fable about identity and the price of fame, tells the tragic love story of a wannabe pop singer who transforms herself to become a star and the hidden songwriter she uses to get there - but at what cost? HIT LIST will be presented by Julia Brownell, Joshua Safran and Jennifer Ashley Tepper. Benjamin Rauhala is musical director. The concerts will feature a full band.
The score of HIT LIST was written by Drew Gasparini, Joe Iconis, Andrew McMahon, Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman, and Lucie Silvas. The shows will include some additional songs from these composers that were intended for HIT LIST but never made it to air, and also special appearances by several of HIT LIST's composers and additional performers to be announced at a later date.
For the 9:30PM performance, doors open at 8:45PM For the 11:30PM performance, doors open at 11PM. Tickets are $55 plus a $25 food and beverage minimum. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com or call (866) 468-7619.
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- SO when is Big Fish posting notice?
- no, 240 wasn't trying to correct you just pointing out where the story and the details were discussed.
- [quote]SO when is Big Fish posting notice?
When it starts losing money. For the moment, it's doing okay.
- R278, was Festin in the West End performed on a proscenium stage? Somehow the staging of the Broadway production didn't work on a proscenium stage. I do remember thinking that the American actors really did not get this material. (Same with Coram Boy)
- Ali McGraw was pure theatrical Viagra in FESTIN!
- Those songs from Hit List were shit. I can't imagine having to hear them all min one sitting , even with the prospect if seeing cut Andy Mientus.
- How can they possibly do "Hit List" without ME?
- Mildred Fierce got a surprisingly good review, especially the drag queen star.
- If Season 2 of SMASH had been
Season 1 of SMASH
There'd still be SMASH.
- Ur, no. Smash sucked.
- Season 2 was awful, and Hit List was one of the reasons why.
- Kat McPhee is busy being a doorknob, per the NY Times (paper of record).
- r286 how do you know Andy is cut?
You meant 'cute' didn't you?
- Cast at BIG FISH asked to come in 30 minutes before 30 minute call.... tonight. Are they being told notice is going up??
- Big Fish is not posting anytime soon miss bitch at R281 but thanks for asking.
I love your post r268 and that is the story I heard from someone who worked on the show. He told me he actually felt sorry for Bacall because she made herself into a outcast on that show and had to revert to being nice to her dresser for company. I also thought James Riordan was wonderful in Lovers last year. He should have a much bigger career. And now that we know he is a member of the big member club per r243 I am really rooting for him
festen on Broadway was sunk by the casting. it was bad producing and Rufushad his hand tied. Ali McGraw? please. No stage director ecer said "get me Ali McGraw"
- LITTLE MISS SUNSHIME starts tonight!
My sense is it will be a surprise smash!!
- 296, what role is Taytay playing?
- Big Fish did $850,000 last week. They can't make money on that, but they can survive, so they should be good until January, or until the Nederlanders give the theatre for a limited engagement of Flashdance.
- [quote]Those songs from Hit List were shit. I can't imagine having to hear them all min one sitting , even with the prospect if seeing cut Andy Mientus.
Horseshit, Emmy nominated "I Heard Your Voice In A Dream" & "Broadway Here I Come" are the best songs from "SMASH". Emmy nominated "Hang The Moon" was lovely, but Bernadette Peters probably had a lot to do with it. Regardless, both songs lost the Emmy to a silly Tony Award intro song.
- Alison Pill IS Suzy Hendrix in WAIT UNTIL DARK, the classic thriller now playing at the Geffen Playhouse.
The play has been reworked and is now set in the 40's. Anyone know why?
- That's why the show is fondly known as Shit List, not Hit List! My ears! And it's sold out already according to Dame Ann Miner.
- So And Mientus is circumcised?
- And Mientus has Michael Arden's nude pix.
- [quote]was Festin in the West End performed on a proscenium stage?
Yes. Although it was a very small theatre. I forget which. The Apollo, maybe? The Lyric? One of those Shaftsbury Ave. joints.
- Was Festen not at the Almeida?
- R302 Well, his first name was circumcised in your post.
- [quote]Was Festen not at the Almeida?
I think it started there, but it transferred into the West End shortly after that. That's where I saw it, anyway. I would have loved to have seen it at the Almeida.
- the venue seats 144 people... so I wouldn't oversell the 'sold-out' thing (and most of those must be "hit list" composers, anyway).
......and to think her real name is Delores.
- It's DOlores!
- I love a lot of the composers but I hated all the Hit List songs. They were awful. I wouldn't go to the concert if it was free.
- That first song we heard on the show that JJ sings at the piano is the only good song from Hit List.
- Good God! That ludicrous, god-awful clip of Vivien Leigh "singing" in TOVARICH made Lucille Ball's MAME look like a musical-comedy triumph!
- [quote]I hope Joanne isn't being turned into a man. Ladies Who Lunch wouldn't really have the same edge to it.
Well, according to The Times, "the character of Joanne, who sings “The Ladies Who Lunch” and was originally played by Elaine Stritch on Broadway, is being played by the Tony winner Alan Cumming (“Cabaret”) in Mr. Tiffany’s reading of the work at Roundabout this week."
Oh. Dear. God.
- ENUF with Alan Cumming!!! isn't his visa up yet? send him back to Scotland!!
- [quote]Good God! That ludicrous, god-awful clip of Vivien Leigh "singing" in TOVARICH made Lucille Ball's MAME look like a musical-comedy triumph!
Good God, what are you yammering about? Vivien is adorable and charming in that clip, and executes her choreography deftly. She was by all accounts delightful in the role.
- Agree that Leigh is charming in the clip. She's not trying to sing - she only has to shout out "Wilkes-Barre PA" a few times.
She does sing elsewhere in the show - it's not a pretty voice, but it's better than Lucy's.
- Andy Mientus is cute AND cut! I wonder if he enjoys playing in yellow rivers like his bf does?
- Bobby Steggert and Michael Urie was also part of the Gay Company, Not sure who Bobby played, but Urie was most likely Amy who's Not Getting Married Today.
"Today is for Jamie, Jamie I give you the rest of my life..."
- What a fucking stupid idea - a Gay COMPANY
Sondheim is a fucking whore
Broadway has officially become a gay ghetto
and The Roundabout ? Befittingly meaningless
- Alan Cumming as Joanne sounds dreadful. Clearly Sondheim must be ok with it, or is happy to be paid.
I wonder if they're making many changes to the book or if they're just setting it now yet ignoring how 70's so much of the show is.
- Must Bobby Steggert be in everything?
Come back to Broadway, Jonathan Groff!
- I thought Nathan Lane was playing Joanne, which would be a better fit than Cumming.
- Forget Company and Sondheim - what about the NEW shows in preview? How is the new Tesori work at the Public? How is Little Miss Sunshine?
- Gay COMPANY--make it stop
- why not do a revival of IN GAY COMPANY-that would be easier
- Again, what character does Wesley Taylor play in Little Miss Sunshine?.
- I remember seeing Festen at The Almedia with Tom Hardy and Jonny Lee Miller. Hardy got his cock out but back then he ALWAYS got his cock out.
It was all right but not was powerful as the film. The role Ali McGraw played was underpowered in the original production by cake maker and former girlfriend of McCartney's, Jane Asher.
I suspect American audiences weren't drawn to Festen because it's a particularly European experience. I mean, look at yourselves, Americans. The last thing you want to do is talk about the elephant in the room: world's best healthcare! guns are great! gov't dysfunction is good! we're no. 1!
- [quote]Forget Company and Sondheim - what about the NEW shows in preview? How is the new Tesori work at the Public?
"Fun Home" is fairly grim, but has some lovely moments. As much as I hate to admit it, Michael Cerveris is pretty great. And really, how many times do you get to see a musical with a butch lesbian in the lead?
- I have always thought that Festen would work best as a site specific piece with the audience being the guests at the party. Part of what made the movie so powerful was that the party was huge. When everyone sang the black face song, it was a really disturbing moment. When fifteen people on a proscenium stage sang it, not so much.
- r327, for fucks sake: from the press release which is all over the internets:
"Mr. Taylor will play Joshua Rose, the ex-lover of Frank Hoover, who unexpectedly crosses paths with the Hoover family as they journey to the pageant"
I agree FESTEN was/is a particularly Euro experience but I also agree with r295 in that the Broadway casting was not well guided but I saw it in London and in my opinion, it wasn't transferable
Some things work in the UK and just don't work here. The only time I have been proven "wrong" was with Jerusalem, which I thought American audiences would reject because of the obscure regional dialect and references that are so far outside of the American experience.
Although, if I remember correctly Jerusalem did well critically and OK B.O but did not recoup.
btw, r 243, any idea which of these gentlemen are cut or uncut? Who else is in the BCC?
- r315 Cumming has dual nationality - Brit and American. Try to keep up dear.
- R329. Michael Cerveris is a butch lesbian? Who'd have thought? Still, I've always suspected he's slightly off kilter!
- [quote]Must Bobby Steggert be in everything?
- r.332. I don't care. They should both be taken away from him. I remember life before Alan Cumming, and it was just fine.
- r331, I am pretty sure I heard Tyler Maynard is cut, I don't know about Roger Bart, James Riordan or Norm Lewis.
I have heard David Cromer is huge and cut and I don't know how big it is but I heard John Benjamin Hickey has a nice wand. Didn't someone add Tony Goldwyn to the club after his second stage nude scene?
This is what we are reduced to, as the government stands on the brink of collapse..
But big cockage is important and should be discussed.
- This is artistic and intellectual laziness....why doesn't Sondheim just write a new show? Roundabout has had the chance to bring in other work (including The Visit, which deserves a New York run), so why on earth woild they revive a show they just did a few years ago?
I'm seriously burned out on Sondheim. Company (and Sweeney, and Woods) have been produced, filmed, broadcast far more than their box office returns would suggest.
- And yet they've never filmed FOLLIES!
- Next it will be Company under water and Into the Woods on skates. Give us a fucking break.
- And yet he won't approve the Barbra GYPSY where she sings all the songs!?!
- The Broadway FESTEN was unwatchable because all the actors were in different plays. The actors babbled on and went about on their own, seemingly not directed, but simply blocked.
Rufus is a fraud.
- I saw Festen in New York and all I can remember is an AWFUL performance by Jeremy Sisto. I was ready for Ali to be dreck - but she was actually effective in a way - her frozen exterior worked in that context, although she really couldn't play off anyone. Sisto was forced and really annoying.
- Agreed r337, this is pure laziness and what MIGHT have been revolutionary 35 years ago is now simple pandering to bus and tunnel tastes.
Sondheim should write something new about the gay experience and If he feels he doesn't have the energy he should co-author something.
I guess it is a fantasy of many gay men to play Joanne but it is just tiresome at this point.
WRITE SOMETHING NEW. Roundabout is like dinner theater.
- Or Anyone Can Whistle set in a circus tent, staged by Diane Paulus. Puh leeze. And probably performed in a circus tent somewhere in Bay Ridge.
- The OP always reminds me of Ted Casablanca and that crazy language he used in his old column. Everyone races to see who can be the first to post the first congratulatory reply.
- "Lion King" Is Broadway's First $1 Billion Show:
- ... why doesn't Sondheim just write a new show?
He's 83 for Christ's sake. Give him a break.
- He's working a show called "In The Dungeon, or The Tied-up Play".
- no r347 these producers of Sondheim shows need to give us a break. Enough already with their hiring no talent directors who force their bizarre concepts on the shows and - audiences.
- I thought PHANTOM crossed $1 Billion years ago. Hal Prince has told everyone it has.
- More record-breaking box office results over the Columbus Day Weekend.
Looks like "Betrayal" is reviewer-proof, and "Matilda" doesn't miss Bierko.
Also: Kinky Boots & Book of Mormon.
- [quote]I thought PHANTOM crossed $1 Billion years ago. Hal Prince has told everyone it has.
I think that was worldwide gross. LION KING's billion comes just from Broadway.
- Does anyone know if CAN-CAN is still happening?
Breaking News: Cole Porter's CAN-CAN Headed Back to Broadway in Spring 2014 with Revised Book; Workshop This Fall
- It is possible to do a Gay Company- it's about couples....but....the lyric "I've done it 3 or 4 times" is creepy considering that gay marriage is only about 2 years old. And the Ladies Who Lunch will be cringeworthy with Cummings. Just cast some beefy actors for the karate couple. The leading man is totally ugly and sexless. I hate this idea.
- [quote] This is artistic and intellectual laziness....why doesn't Sondheim just write a new show? Roundabout has had the chance to bring in other work (including The Visit, which deserves a New York run), so why on earth woild they revive a show they just did a few years ago?
The Roundabout company was in 1995, which was almost 18 years ago, not exactly a "few years ago."
They didn't do the Doyle version. In fact they never seem to get the prime Sondheim revivals.
- Elaine complaining about Alan Cumming being ugly and sexless. Now there's one about the kettle calling the pot... "Line!!!!"
- Why haven't any Gypsy, Follies or West Side Story productions been filmed? It's ridiculous that Pacific Overtures and now Merrily have been. I get that the latter two aren't produced as often, but a recording of West Side for TV or broadcast in movie theaters would be a huge draw.
- Gypsy was due to be recorded but closing early nixed the plan.
- [quote]They didn't do the Doyle version. In fact they never seem to get the prime Sondheim revivals.
That's because Producers for some ridiculous reason want an open end run and Roundabout wont commit to it because they know Sondheim shows don't run once the Sondheimites run out of money.
- r353, I don't know what the status of David Lee's Can Can but I wish there had been a way to bring the "Present Lauhhter" he did earlier this year to NYC. Best production of this play I have seen with an excellent cast and gorgeous design.
totally impossible from a commercial standpoint but really much better than any ny production of the play I have seen.
- ATC girls wondering about the theatre for the Will Eno play announced earlier today. Somehow I think the Golden just might be available for February booking. Remember last year's Mamet mess? Word on this year's effort is about the same.
- I got it off a soup can. I only knew two American names - Campbell's soup and Coca-Cola. I couldn't call myself Carmelina Coca-Cola!
- On the Town-why?
- Tony Yazbeck shirtless, sweaty, and dancing. That's why.
- All the hand-wringing over this COMPANY reading cracks me up. It's a reading. Roundabout does about fifty of these suckers a year. The point is to throw shit at the wall and see if anything sticks. It usually doesn't and it ends there.
- They should do it as a concert reading, like that one they did with Charles Busch, John Epperson, and Whoopi Goldberg.
- r365 you mean "to see if anything 'sucks'". It usually does and Roundabout ends up producing it.
- Has anyone schlepped down to Arkansas to see Patrick Pacheco's version of Pal Joey?
- How successful was the London PAL JOEY with Sian Phillips and Denis Lawson?
- So, it was Bobby Steggert who gave Seth Rudetsky a scoop with the gay Company, and yet it took the Times to write the real story.
He must be really bored at Stinking Fish.
- "What is this shit with Roundabout doing gender reversals in Company?"
Let's see: a Manhattan setting; a gay circle of friends, couples and lovers; issues of fidelity and commitment...anyone at Roundabout ever hear of a play called THE BOYS IN THE BAND?
- ON THE TOWN coming to Broadway?? With Tony Yazback and his beefy ass? Shirtless for the ballet? I am so there..
The last revival at the Gershwin with Lea deLesbo and that ginger from Modern Family was awful. Baby John's choreography stank.
- ...oh, and a birthday party; a caustic malcontent; a busy signal....anything I leave out?
- Was that Jessica Lee Goldyn in that On The Town?
- [quote]anyone at Roundabout ever hear of a play called THE BOYS IN THE BAND?
But "The Boys in the Band" is old and tired, tired, tired, whereas "Company" is ...
- I thought the workshop of Can-Can already happened this summer, with Megan Hilty in the lead?
David Lee's book and direction were shit in LA, so I don't hold out much hope for this one unless he's brought in writing and directing reinforcements.
- Don't remember R373.
- Loved that Pal Joey revival (R369). Denis was great, Sian was in full diva mode and the production was energetic and a little tacky- in a good way. Still have my LP I hauled back on the plane.
Loved Lawson in Mr. Cinders as well. Has he ever done NYC?
- Jessica Lee Goldyn was in ON THE TOWN with Yazbeck at Encores in '08, r374, back when they were still together. Ever since they broke off their engagement, I get the impression they are not each other's favorite people, though maybe someone else knows better than me. Anyway, she was not involved with the ON THE TOWN that he did this past summer at Barrington Stage, which I guess is the one that people on this thread are referring to.
Also, I'd just like to state for the record that I would like to wait offstage for Tony Yazbeck after he finishes dancing and lick every drop of sweat from each of his asshole hairs.
- [quote] lick every drop of sweat from each of his asshole hairs.
Maybe Jessica wasn't willing to do that, and so they split.
- In defense of Roundabout, the stuff they do in their Black Box is usually solid.
- true r381
- Relentless narcissist Tyler Coates weighs in on Bobby Bubbe with more college newspaper analysis.
"Company‘s indelible influence on modern musical theatre is impossible to miss"
I love Company, I think Company is important, but I don't think it had an indelible influence that is impossible to miss.
- Tyler Coates needs to just go away.
- Where is the Roundabout Black box? I always hang up before those bitches talk too much.
- [quote]Where is the Roundabout Black box? I always hang up before those bitches talk too much.
Just downstairs from the Laura Pels, I think.
- It's in the Laura Pels. Bad Jews; Speech and Debate; Language of Trees, all excellent.
- It's like an explosion of queens on Facebook regarding the new Company.
They're all in their highest dudgeon. Ranting and moaning is at the highest degree. Insults have even started flying. I can't remember anything that was this much fun since the "Rebecca" mess.
- wasn't the Laura Pels building a theatre school years ago?
- Ordinary Days, Disgraced...not so excellent.
- Disgraced was at LTC3.
- Roundabout did a reading of the Spring Awakening musical in 2001 but passed on it. Tom Hulce took over as producer.
- Anyone know when the hell is Sutton Foster coming back to Broadway now that that dumb ABC Family show is over? In one decade she did six B'way shows, five of which had her originating roles, got nominated for five Tonys and won two of them. Surely she's circling a project. Ever After? Dames at Sea?
- R393 Don't worry, she'll come crawlin back to broadway
- She's determined to make the film/tv thing work. She's got three things in the can, a film, a short, and James Riday's Christmas musical that may or may not be related to "Psych."
- Probably behind the times here, but what happened between Sutton and Roger Bart?
- R396. Bobby Cannavale happened, that's what! And that's already history. Sutton goes through men like she goes through roles: 10 in a decade. And just look at her, looking like she just woke up and threw some duds on. Merman wouldn't have accepted this form of stardom!
- yes Joan, what a whore.
But did she break up with someone to get with Roger Bart? Bart is one of the big cock club actors mentioned up thread. Just curious who was his predecessor?
- Bobby Cannavale sat in the row behind me when I saw that Richard Greenberg play, which had a stultifying first act, but then a monologue in the second act delivered so heartbreakingly and touchingly by Jessica Hecht that I entirely forgot everything I hated about the play and ended up thinking it was kind of good.
Jessica Hecht got ROBBED of a Tony nomination last year. And I had hated her in the first act, couldn't stand her trademark weird singsongy delivery. But that second act monologue - about her mother, about the character's mother - was so beautifully done. . .
Oh, wait, but Bobby Cannavale. Speaking of beautiful. He's one of the handsomest men I've ever seen in real life. Nonetheless, he had a very actory look about him, if you know what I mean - diffident but hostile, aware of being watched, eager, wounded, self-important, too groomed, androgynous, drained of personality, tipped forward as if ready to knock you off center, resentful, photogenic, empty inside, and really really thin.
I wouldn't want to be his boyfriend.
- Merman looked a mess even when she did dress up.
- Christian Borle?
I don't get how such a homely looking girl can go through men like that. She looks like a 12 year old.
- I smell a restraining order in the works for r399.
- r399, Canavale was sitting behind you? You must have been craning that neck around every 5 minutes to make such a detailed assessment.
Maybe that's why he looked "diffident and hostile and aware of being watched"
Had you spent your observational powers on really important matters like sizing up his package in the lobby at intermission we might have had something to talk about.
Canavale has showed his cock in film I believe but as I recall it looked average. I hear through the grapevine it grows into something quite impressive.
You can tell quite a bit about the cock by the way a man sits or stands.
anyway does he belong to "club" r243 refers to?
- r402, if that's the best you can do, it's no surprised you're reduced to posting on sad little site for tired old queens who hate women.
- "The Lees of Old Virginia" from "1776" as performed by magical ponies.
- r403, he was standing outside the theater during intermission - having a cigarette, maybe, as I recall? I got like a 5-second glance. I hate seeing famous people in real life, and whenever it happens, I do my best to not notice them. Not to protect their privacy, but to not give them the satisfaction of getting to be annoyed that they're being watched! Most actors are really stupid and don't deserve the smug self-satisfaction of "hating-being-watched" - a feeling they're desperate for, by the way. I'm sure the dude never saw me. It doesn't take forever to get a detailed impression of someone, sweetheart. Maybe you're just not that quick.
- [quote]you're reduced to posting on sad little site for tired old queens who hate women.
I love it.
- Here is a photo of the moment Sutton realized there might be more to Roger than she thought.
- I passed Bobby Canavale on the street on the Upper West Side just a couple of months ago. He looked handsome but not very approachable. Doesn't mean he's not a nice guy, though, I suppose.
- I think Canavale has an average but nice cock.
How tall is Norm Lewis r243? I love a good sized schwanz but on a short guy like Bart, it isn't as hot. For me at least. Like my big boys TALL.
- In a city of insufferable actors, I can say that Cannavale is not one of them. Sweet guy, very chatty and fun, great to work with, not at all unapproachable.
- worked with Canavale on Boardwalk Empire, crew.
VERY NICE GUY
- not r243, Norm Lewis is over 6feet ditto James Riordan. Tyler Maynard, not short but not tall Roger Bart is around 5'10
- Actors generalize.
That's the problem with acting, it pitches itself at the universal.
Even the most specific and detailed actors are aiming for things that EVERYONE feels.
US acting as a profession is too white, too middle-class, too blank. It pretends there's such a thing as ANYONE, and the anyone it imagines is nearly always white, privileged, heterosexual, gender-normative, basically optimistic, wanting to move forward.
Actors think they have access to all experience. They. Do. Not.
- Yeah, the so-called Dot Gray only looked presentable because she spent most of her later years swathed in orange makeup. She was sort of the actor's John Boehner. And about as intelligent, too. Her hag mother made Mama Rose look like Rebel Wilson.
- Dolores Gray bearded for Michael Wilding after his divorce from Elizabeth Taylor.
- You queens can't really keep up, can you?
- [R402], if that's the best you can do, it's no surprised you're reduced to posting on sad little site for tired old queens who hate women.
That should go into the DSM-V as a textbook definition of psychological projection.
- r404/406/414/417, I f&fed you because you are being such a troll.
- not sure Roger Bart is quite 5' 10 r410. He always looks small to me onstage. Although I realize he is anything but small where it counts.
- Has Roger Bart been known to play with the mens?
- Liza Minnelli tripped over her dog. That is how she broke her wrist... the last time she tripped over her dog, she broke her foot.
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- Sutton fucked Bart after she found out Christian was doing Laura Bell Bundy his Legally Blonde co-star. The Sut/Bart plwing happened when YF was trying out in Seattle.
- But Norm Lewis is straight R410. I read it here in a past-DL thread.
- Well if the guys on ALL THAT CHAT are correct, LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE is going to be the big hit of the year!
- Go see Domesticated at Lincoln Center. Laurie Metcalf is, once again, so friggin' good.
- Do you think Tyler Coates and PieFolk Michael hipster who bakes would get along?
- R405 Unfortunate-Lee.
- [quote]But Norm Lewis is straight [R410]. I read it here in a past-DL thread.
Sure he is.
- Tyler Coates and Piefolk Guy would just try to outdo each other's over sharing, pseudo intellectual rants and public high school style whining about people who have wronged them.
- cant wait for the new revival of GUYS & GUYS--adelaide and nathan and sarah and sky are now both gay couples!
- What career will Dolores Conchita "Cheets" Rivera have going forward? The woman is a widely publicized 80! I'd hate to see her stuck in shows like Drood for the rest of her life.
- Still don't understand why Sutton Foster is a star. Bland, boring, servicable, same in everything.
- Drood was her own fault. Bitching about having too much time in her dressing room - did she not read the script?
Clearly, she was led by the fact that Cleo Laine got a Best Actress nomination, rather than a Features Actress nomination.
- "Bitching about having too much time in her dressing room"
Did she say this in an interview, or you heard this from people who know her?
- Sutton Foster is a star for the same reason that Justin Timberlake is a star. Their uber-talented forbears are no longer around/active.
- [quote]Has Roger Bart been known to play with the mens?
Yes. Years ago he would occasionally hit the arcades for a good blowjob before heading home. That's how the reports of his appendage started - from a couple of guys who had had him.
But that was pre-TV - I doubt he would do that now; he's too well-known.
- Video arcades? People get blown in video arcades?
- "And really, how many times do you get to see a musical with a butch lesbian in the lead?"
Every time there's a production of Gypsy.
- I just had a visual of Bernadette Peters and Lea De Laria switching personas.
- R438 Adult bookstore video arcades, not the place you play Ms. Pac-Man.
- Oh, I thought they were just called booths.
- RENT is STILL shiteous.
- Does Lea have a role in the ridiculous Roundabout Company reading? That would be rich... Better not be mine.
- OMG. Chris O'Dowd AND James Franco in the Mice and Men revival? The ATC girls will go into unnatural knicker twists over this.
- so that Joe Manginello Streetcar was a biz fizzle
- He should have gone and done it in Dublin. No one would be the wise about his failure.
- Sutton is engaged. Leave her alone.
- How has Betty Lynn been behaving at the Signature....any blood shed?
- Sutton engaged? To whom? Gotta be somebody in the business. She wouldn't know how to talk to someone in industry! (Even though it appears she doesn't do much talking)
- Sutton always looks like she just rolled out of bed. That is one Tony winner who needs a stylist.
- [bold] That is one Tony winner who needs a stylist.
Got that rightr!
- r449 NO! I hear fantastically good and nice things backstage about La Betty. Perhaps she has mellowed. And she is terrific in the show.
- Betty Lynn was terrific in a Recent NY1 Moron Stage interview with Patrick Pacheco. She was warm, witty, personable and although she rambled a little she not at all Batshit crazy.
- Norm likes men.
- I think Sutton is fabulous. Can't wait to see her back on the Broadway stage. Who is she engaged to, R448? I hadn't even realized that she and Bobby had broken up until Bobby was at the Emmys with Rose Byrne.
- Sorry bitches - Betty Lynn is usually pretty nice, unless some bullshit is going down. She can't put on a smile and tolerate. And she can be really critical and pushy with those she "cares" for. Don't get close to her and you will be fine.
- She's nice maybe 90% of the time. But there is a very very scary 10% of insanity. And when you see it happen in front of you, it is frightening. That is not to take anything away from her talent - she's superb, and certainly never boring to watch.
- [quote]Betty Lynn is usually pretty nice, unless some bullshit is going down.
Did you know her in the 80s?
- Did Betty Lynn ever clash with First Aunt Viv?
- Yes I did r459 and she was paranoid as hell. She still can become a victim if you push her pet buttons and she continues to dominate those close to her but she is mostly fine these days but I avoid her any way.
- R460 [/bold]Was there a crossover episode between "Eight is Enough" and "Fresh Prince"?
- R452 WTF is up with your need to use bold and then not know how to turn it off?
No, The first Grizabella understudy on Broadway was Janet Hubert AKA First Aunt Viv.
- Ate the stage hands well satisfied at Betty's show?
- R465 that was a BS story. Never happened.
- [quote] she continues to dominate those close to her
- Jenny Gersten leaving Williamstown so soon--whats up with that?
- Jesus, you all are void of measurable cerebral activity, aren't you?
- r469=intellectual (and cunt)
- Betrayal is very, very good.......except for the "last", or I should say final scene. The too-broad-acting made it all fell apart for me at that point.
- Is it me or is Rachel Weisz surprisingly butch in person?
- I changed my sentence before I posted so "fell" = fall.
She really did not seem butch to me r472. However Daniel Craig looked VERY worn-out and weathered, though I would drop on my knees for him in a heartbeat, lol. Both gave great performances tonight.
- Have no agenda defending Betty but the stage hand thing really isn't true. I mean, I am very close to someone who was involved in the day to day running the production who told me there is no way that is true.
Betty can be very difficult to deal with but she is very good in the Signature play and I hear she has been fairly well behaved.
This is a tough business, not everyone can be Helen Hayes beaming all light and sunshine. I have worked with Betty twice and seen her socially many times. The thing about her is when she gets her cunt on she will be just as crazy when talking to an important person in the business as she can be to some random person on the street who pissed her off.
- Would love to hear any specific Betty stories that you can share, r458 or r474 (or anyone else).
- r471, can you expand your comment about the last scene of Betrayal? Who was "too broad acting"
Btw, has anyone seen Inge's "Natural Affection" Off-Broadway with Kathryn Erbe and John Pankow?
- To tell specific Betty stories is to identify yourself, or someone else, and let me tell you she has plagued and demonized people she even thinks are talking about her. There are people around her who smile to her face and rip her apart in private and online. It reminds me of King Lear - the evil daughters who smile to Lear's face but then destroy him, and the plain spoken honest daughter who is cast out. If she only knew.
- I like to know more about the upcoming Bonnie Franklin musical, directed by Jerry Mitchell. The last I'd heard is that cut Andy Mientus is playing Boyd Gaines, and Kudisch is playing Richard Masur.
Is Jessie Mueller playing McKenzie Phillips?
- Is The Landing as bad as the Chatterai are suggesting? I hope Kander doesn't do the whole Rodgers post Hammerstein route of churning out shit after shit after shit.
- Sutton is engaged to a guy she met in LA. I think he's a screenwriter.
- r476, have not seen "Natural Affection" though I hear John Pankow is fabulous.
TACT does some good work, the Lost In Yonkers was very good and Lovers last season was excellent.
The play they did with DL fave Karen Ziemba last winter wasn't really worth reviving but TACT has more hits than misses.
r477 speaks the truth r471, Betty stories are very site specific and there could be collateral damage.
- What exactly does Betty Buckley do to people who gossip about her?
- Speaking of Sutton, I keep hearing a rumor that Roundabout is doing Violet with her this season. Anyone else heard this?
- It's true. Barry Weissler is funding it.
- She has raged at people she believes have talked about her - ignored others and cut them dead. Trouble is - not all these people have talked about her. It's the people who smile to her face that really trash her, people she has known for years and years - former assistants and "best" friends.
- several years ago, I had the occasion to meet Betty Lynn in media setting. Nice as can be, greeting all well wishers with a smile and personal moment.
After I left, I was walking down the street, and she and her assistant casually sauntered by...lovely summer night, relaxed, calm. Someone who hadn't been able to get into the event approached her for an autograph and she literally barked "NO! NO TIME!" and then scurried away with the assistant.
- why would Barry Weissler put up the money for Violet (at The Roundabout no lsess) that s a sure fire money loser
- Reidel claims there aren't any theaters to accomodate Honeymoon In Vegas. What? Martquis is free after Il Divo, Palace is free after Annie closes in Jan. Neil Simon is free after Big Fish closes soon and probably Broadway after Cindy closes after X-mas. And Longacre, while not always a musical house, will be free soon after First Date closes soon. There are so many strr58 plays announced for the spring- where are they all gonna go?
ALW, still trying to peddle LND
- And there is the Foxwoods where Spiderman is playing.....free pretty soon too.
- The critters on ATC had a field day with the blow job Betty rumors years ago. That was until Buckley's lesbian manager contacted webmistress Ann and told her to remove all negative comments or else be prepared to be sued. Webmistress Ann used her golden delete button to remove the thread. She couldn't very well ask members of her
'Broadway internet family' for donations to cover the damages if she had been sued.
dramedy inspecting his nut
- Reidel knows full well you don't announce a theater while another show is playing and hasn't announced a closing date. Now, I know to Theater Queens a show announcing is like Christmas, they never pass an opportunity to take glee in a closing, but none of the shows have said squat.
Marquis is free after Il Divo.. Flophouse, no one WANTS to take the Martquis.
And Longacre, while not always a musical house, will be free soon after First Date closes soon.. Too small, "Honeymoon In Vegas" is a much bigger show.
And there is the Foxwoods where Spiderman is playing.....free pretty soon too. C'mon don't be stupid, everyone knows 'King Kong" is taking it.
- Where will the McNally, Eno and Franco/Mice & Men go? What theaters are or will be available for the straight plays?
- [quote] everyone knows 'King Kong" is taking it.
Is it transferring with any of the Australian cast? Rhonda Burchmore?
- The Marquis is not going to be filled for a while. They are doing major work to build that mall underneath the hotel and that's one of the many reasons it's empty.
- I think everyone is very aware that the Betty-Lynn blowjob stories are untrue. Its just so ridiculous that it sounds funny. That being said, she's the best thing in THE OLD FRIENDS and Hallie Foote's feet are enormous. Man feet, really. I bet you $10 that gal wears a size 11 shoes.
- R495, I have costumed Hallie a couple of times and I have no memory that her feet were large.
- Didn't someone post that Betty Lynn was seeing her female assistant some time ago? Not that she couldn't like the pole AND the hole.
- "Reidel knows full well you don't announce a theater while another show is playing and hasn't announced a closing date."
R491, there's a huge difference between (1) a show being officially announced to open at a theater before the current tenant has announced its closing, and (2) a gossip columnist like Riedel mentioning (or not mentioning) that several theaters now filled with shows likely to close soon might be able to accommodate a new show. Get it?
- There are ALWAYS theatres available. They may just not be one you want.
- "The Marquis is not going to be filled for a while. They are doing major work to build that mall underneath the hotel and that's one of the many reasons it's empty."
Other people have said this, but is there any reason why the major work they're doing on the street level of the hotel means a show can't play in the theater, which is one (very high) story above?
- [quote] Other people have said this, but is there any reason why the major work they're doing on the street level of the hotel means a show can't play in the theater, which is one (very high) story above?
Not sure, but seeing as my friend who is working on the project said this to me, I kinda think it's true. But who knows, ATC doubted me as well when I said it.
- No frumps or virgins for Helen Sinclair role!!!!
- Hallie Foote always gets good reviews when she appears in her father's plays. But why doesn't she ever appear in non-Foote plays?
- Yes, R501, who knows. Maybe the construction really does prevent use of the theater (for some reason), or maybe they're just saying that because no incoming show wants the Marquis, so they figure they might as well give "unusable due to construction" as an excuse.
- [bold] “No…Don’t Speak.” Broadway Diva Marin Mazzie will embody Helen Sinclair in Woody Allen/ Susan Stroman’s ‘Bullets Over Broadway’. [/bold]
- r476, the Inge play is pretty awful.
Not a great script to begin with, really not worthy of revival, but particularly bad with this cast, especially Kathryn Erbe (in a HORRIBLE wig!).
I've only seen Erbe on Law and Order so don't know if she's a dreadful stage actress or simply miscast. But the role needs someone as big and earthy and special as Kim Stanley (who originated it) or Shirley Booth (another Inge favorite) to elevate the turgid writing.
John Panko, as a closeted gay husband, is pretty wild but his character's arc comes out of left field.
The rest of the cast is middling to bad.
I usually admire TACT's productions but this is one of their lesser efforts.
- Violet details please! It's at a Roundabout house with Weissler money?
- [quote]there's a huge difference between (1) a show being officially announced to open at a theater before the current tenant has announced its closing, and (2) a gossip columnist like Riedel mentioning (or not mentioning) that several theaters now filled with shows likely to close soon might be able to accommodate a new show. Get it?
I did get it, Dickhead. Someone was commenting on why Reidel was saying that the show might come in this season if there might be open theaters. The producers of "Honeymoon In Vegas" know what theater they have and won't announce it until the current show posts their closing, so Reidel is in the dark right now. Get it?
- This site is so fucking annoying, you just sweep over a underlined link and it pops up.
How about clicking on it like every other site on the Internet?
PS Liked NATURAL AFFECTION a lot. Great play, nope. But a worthy revival. Yes, Erbe could be better. But a nice surprise as opposed to the big disappointment at Glass menagerie.
That doesn't happen for me. It must be your settings.
- Here's the answers ladies: 1) The Marquis is also being renovated on the inside. 2) Palace is committed to the Tupac musical (not kidding on this one0: and 3) The Simon is committed to The Sting musical. They're cancelling the Chicago tryout.
- Hard to believe that Honeymoon in Vegas with its rave reviews and potential won't find a theater this season. A Tupac or Sting musical is less likely to do as well, especially if their reviews are not as good as Honeymoon's.
- R508, I thought you were responding to R488, who noted that "Reidel claims there aren't any theaters to accommodate 'Honeymoon In Vegas'" and then named several theaters that look like they'll be free by the end of the year, when you wrote: "Reidel knows full well you don't announce a theater while another show is playing and hasn't announced a closing date."
I kinda think that if Riedel knows HONEYMOON is locked into a theater, the fact that another show is still playing there wouldn't stop him from stating or at least hinting that. And anyway, the question is why Riedel didn't mention all of the other theaters that will be free -- or explain that they won't be free because they are already booked.
P.S. to both of you, his name is spelled "Riedel."
- "There are ALWAYS theatres available. They may just not be one you want."
I wish that "church" would revert back to being the glorious Mark Hellinger theater. It is where I saw Sugar Babies and of course where MY FAIR LADY originated.
- [quote]P.S. to both of you, his name is spelled "Riedel."
Reidel? Riedel? So what? He doesn't get anything right, why should we?
- Well, from where I was sitting on Sunday at the Signature, R496, Ms. Foote had some clodhoppers. My friend agreed! You might be having a bit of a mindslip. It happens, dear.
- Amen to that, r514. Can't believe the Nederlanders sold that under those conditions. What a waste of a legendary theatre.
It was originally a movie theatre, so it's got a very "grand movie palace" feel to the lobby - that is, if the fundies haven't destroyed it.
- A friend of mine actually went to that church a few months ago to see what the interior looked like. He said it was gorgeous.
I remember in the 80s, Cameron Mackintosh tried to buy it from the Nederlanders. Were they so pissed that Mackintosh put all his shows into Shubert houses that they gave the theatre to the church instead? Like all the great tragedies in life, you just know it's somehow related to CATS.
- The Hellinger is a jewel. Beautiful lobby. Great history. Nice location. DAMN you Nederlanders....why not sell the Nederlander? I hate 41st street!
- Hey! In spite of the lack of West 41st Street's charm The Nederlander Theater is quite a cozy gem these days.
- [quote]The Hellinger is a jewel. Beautiful lobby. Great history. Nice location. DAMN you Nederlanders....why not sell the Nederlander? I hate 41st street
Beautiful theater! Saw Act One of ILLYA, DARLING there. Stupid me, a high school student I left and went back to the hotel... I was an idiot.
Also saw COCO and JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR at the Hellinger... the lobby, truly magnificent.
- Tupac musical at the Palace? The cleaning people will undoubtably find lots of chicken bones under the seats.
Previous theater goers at Motown
- I think the Nederlanders did not sell it, but leased the Hellinger to the Church for 100 years. Even so, they are still pricks for doing so.
- I dozed off during the first act of "The Snow Geese." The second act was better, but Sharr White is no Chekhov. MLP was terrific, as were Danny B. and Victoria C., but that's not enough to make this a hit.
- I saw On a Clear Day at the Hellinger. Loved it and the theater!
- A Chorus Line :the Movie was shot in the Hellinger...not sure if they used the actual dressing rooms
- I dozed off reading the Snow Geese book, and never finished it...and it's a novella.
- Not the same Snow Geese(novella by Paul. Gallico)
- The Nederlander Organization sold the Hellinger outright to the Times Square Church in 1991.
- Give it up, we will never see Mark Hellinger Theatre as a Broadway house. Apparently, the church is quite happy there and have no reason to relocate.
- [quote]Apparently, the church is quite happy there and have no reason to relocate.
When the fascist Obama regime does away with free elections and installs itself permanently in the seat of power, religion (Christian religion, anyway) will be done away with entirely.
So give it time, you unsupportive assholes in the Broadway community. You'll get your precious fucking Mark Hellinger Theatre back soon enough. Fuck you all.
Christ is love.
My Thread Watcher is only showing my selected threads.
What do I do? Is it just me??
- r506 and r509, regarding "Natural Affection" My take on it was mixed. I do think Erbe was defeated by that ridiculous wig. Someone should have stopped that from happening. TACT has three artistic directors and nobody questioned the wig?
Erbe is a real team player and a very nice woman and somebody should have been looking out for her as she does not have the kind of personality that easily would say something like "I refuse to wear that wig" On top of that the woman is playing a fashion buyer in 1962 who spends two hours onstage in an ill fitting little period frock. Why the designer didn't get it tailored is beyond me.
Kathy Erbe can be very good onstage but this role is simply not in her range. She would have come across MUCH better if someone had been paying attention to how she looked onstage.
I disagree that Panko's character came out of left field but being an elder gay of 67, I remember guys like that and it seemed very authentic. I loved his performance but could have afforded to see a little less clown and more of the desperation underneath. though Panko saved the evening in many ways.
I think some of the other actors did an admirable job with some pretty difficult material.
TACT probably sought Erbe out because they are trying to raise their box office to match the critical acclaim.
It looks like the kind of casting that goes "get me a name any name and we will make it work"
TACT should stick with what made them noticed in the first place: Excellent acting in tautly directed productions. If you are going to go for "name" casting pick something appropriate for that person. "Lost in Yonkers" was a lovely production. Best I have seen of the play. "Lovers" last season was very moving and wonderfully acted and those are hard plays to do well. Their last two productions weren't as well advised.
So here is what I think about Betty Lynn having known her and dealt with her over the years: Ironically, she is like a stray cat that is nice to you for a few years and then turns feral. You have to be very careful around her not to hint at anything she could interpret as a promise or a commitment. I have notice people who behave like "fans" get hit the worst with the bad side of Betty. If you never fuss over her she seems to respect that. I hear Michael Wilson handled her very well.
- "One-time Tony nominee Jessie Mueller..."
- LOL, I saw that r534, he is so annoying.
- R532. Same here. Only my thread watcher things come up. What do we do?
- I'm always afraid to ask: anyone attend the NAMT festival? Any shows of interest/quality, etc?
- Is Jason Danieley straight or is his marriage to Marin Mazzie a sham?
- [quote] Apparently, the church is quite happy there and have no reason to relocate.
Nothing a nice juicy scandal can't fix!
- What's so bad about the wig? Sometimes you people are ridiculous.
- The church's purchaser, the Rev Donald Wilkerson died in a 2011 trailer-tractor accident" at the age of 79.
His brother now runs the church.
As with Reverend Ike's family giving up that old movie theater in the Bronx, and the Catholic Church re-selling many estates it bought in the 1930's, and the sale of the Crystal Cathedral to the Catholics, I have absolutely no doubt at all that the remaining family members will sell that prime NY real estate quicker than even the distant heirs of long-ago holocaust victims sell the art "restored to their family" via lengthy international court cases.
- I hope you're right, R541.
The movie palace sold by Rev. Ike's family isn't in the Bronx, though. It's in Washington Heights. Smash shot a lot in there (it served as the Bombshell theater interiors) and Annie just shot a day there last week.
A few days ago the agents' breakdowns included a Berthe replacement in Pippin. Rehearsals in December, starts performances in January. OK, let the madness begin again.
- Reminder to those who are interested -- this Wednesday is the Fathom Events presentation of the West End "Merrily We Roll Along."
- Honey, I've got a new show at The Carlyle!
SARA LEE WE ROLL ALONG!
- I saw "Marie Antoinette" this weekend. Occasionally quite funny. M. Antoinette comes off as a shrill, dizzy bitch. The French Revolution comes off as a spectacularly dull event. Pointless and inert.
- [quote]The church's purchaser, the Rev Donald Wilkerson died in a 2011 trailer-tractor accident" at the age of 79.
Mr. Wilkerson’s car veered into oncoming traffic on a highway near Cuney, about 110 miles southeast of Dallas, and was hit by a tractor-trailer.
Did Jesus take the wheel?
- weak r544
- "Regarding 'Natural Affection' My take on it was mixed. I do think Erbe was defeated by that ridiculous wig. Someone should have stopped that from happening. TACT has three artistic directors and nobody questioned the wig?"
Why are people objecting so strongly to the wig? The play is set in the early '60s; didn't a lot of women back then either wear wigs or do their hair in the very unnatural style of the wig Erbe is wearing?
I think maybe the reason it bothers some of you so much is that you've never seen Erbe with hair like that. The same thing has happened sometimes when well-known movie stars have been cast in roles that required them to wear wigs or do their hair in a very different way from their familiar hairstyle. Some audience people freak out over that, but to me, it's part of creating the character.
Now, if you feel Erbe's wig is not right for the CHARACTER, that's a different story.
- r548, did you look at the photo link upthread of Erbe in the wig...all of the photos? The wig was way too big in scale for Erbe who is quite petite. It overwhelmed her and made her into a bobblehead.
Also, the costumes veered so much in and out of the period that historical details didn't really seem important enough to saddle her with an unflattering wig.
- Sorry. Natural Affection was a dog in 1962 and it's still one. Blame it on Miss Inge, not poor Kathryn Erbe's hairpiece. Some dogs should be left alone. See Carrie, for instance. There must be others too. OH yes, Merrily We Roll Along.
- Who would have predicted that the Broadway R+J got better reviews that the CSC one?
And what will become of dear Ethan's Macbeth?
- Let's not spend the last 50 posts on Kathryn Erbe's wig, hah?
- r548, I think the point was made about Erbe's character being a fashion buyer and as a result an unbecoming hair style would not be in line with the character. Her clothes would also be impeccable.
If you look at fashion forward hairstyles in the early 60's they had plenty of other options. Petite stylish women didn't look like that.
No shade on Erbe who is a sweetheart.
r562, this IS a gay message board, several posts on a bad wig are inevitable.
- R552's post is mostly right, although there is also evidence of a control freak, and we already have a surfeit of them! If you're so out of joint, why not post something of fresh and ravishing interest instead of whining?
- Perfect response R554.
Now who has seen Little Miss Sunshine?
Or the Julie Taymor-directed Shakespeare play?
- I have a bootleg of LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE but I haven't watched it. It's the tryout so I assume it's quite different. I believe a great deal of the book has been cut for Off-Broadway.
- R522 is the embodiment of a thread killer. And no fun at all. Fortunately, this one is grinding toward 600, so we'll be off to a new start pretty soon!
- [quote]so we'll be off to a new start pretty soon!
Where we can talk about FOLLIES!
- Wigs, wigs, wigs!
- Audra Ann's doing a concert at the Dorothy Chandler.
- Her Washington, D.C. concert was cancelled due to the shutdown. Oddly enough, it was to be held in the Library of Congress.
- [quote]Or the Julie Taymor-directed Shakespeare play?
You couldn't pay me enough to watch Julie Taymor butcher Shakespeare.
- She's technically doing a concert as part of LA Opera's season, AT the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
- [quote]You couldn't pay me enough to watch Julie Taymor butcher Shakespeare.
I don't think she'd butcher him, but I wouldn't put it past her to break his wrists.
- For those who saw the Inge play, what did you think of the actor who portrayed Erbe's love interest?
I thought he was rather dull until his shirtless scene. Then, seemingly out of nowhere....Yesss, I get it! He certainly gave John Pankow the necessary provocation.
- Caught a bit on NY1's MORON STAGE this morning. Wow - how many cliches can you pack into 23 minutes?!
- R566. s long as Frank di Lella's around, the cliches fly like shit front of an industrial fan.
Donna's not far behind him. Thank god for Cherry, though She's a real leveler, a lovely lady.
- I was in the 2nd row of Natural Affection and I kept thinking that big old wig was going to pop off Erbe's head and land in my lap. It was a huge distraction!
- Gang, I had to miss a show today. I hated that.
But I understand that Holly Stauder, who went on in my place, was great!!!!!!!!
Karen Ziemba, TONY winner a bit under the weather :(
- "Merrily We Roll Along" has been a huge success in London, so maybe it shouldn't be left alone. It is being live-cast in movie theaters across the US on Wednesday. I'm planning on seeing it just out of curiosity.
- [quote]"Merrily We Roll Along" has been a huge success in London, so maybe it shouldn't be left alone.
If it had been a huge success in London, it'd still be running. They couldn't give tickets away to it, despite the amazing reviews. I loved it as much as the next guy, but a success, it was not.
- Feel better, Karen Z! The Rialto's not the same without you.
- Wednesday night is when MOMA is airing a restored version of the Fredric March version of DEATH OF A SALESMAN.
I am curious to see how it was filmed back then, and why it failed. The opportunity to watch it on a big screen is a major plus.
- The DEATH OF A SALESMAN movie is a very good transcription of the play and hardly a failure, even if it's not a cinematic treasure. But March, Mildred Dunnock and Kevin McCarthy (in particular) are wonderful and all Oscar-nominated. Anyone who isn't moved by the "you gave her Mom's stockings!" scene has a heart of stone, IMO.
- When are we going to see Richie Sawka on the boards?
- R575. Doing what, precisely? Porn? A flyer in Pippin? Playing Lola in Kinky Boots? Replacing Pinto in Glass Menagerie? In your dreams...
- who's Pinto r576 Mlop???
- R538 Ask Romain Fruge..
- R576. Oops. Zachary Pinto, of course. Before needed coffee! Mlop indeed!
- Webmaster! Postmaster! ANYBODY!
r568 is discussing Kathryne Erbe's wig after I EXPLICITLY said this had to stop and wasted a whole precious post to do so!
FLAMES AND FREAKS PLEASE~!
- I hear Zachary Pinto was recalled years ago.
Zachary QUINTO, otoh....
- romain is wonderful and a great Piscean and tell no tales.
- r243 where did Tyler Maynard show his big cock? Any pictures that verify?
- So how much longer do we think FIRST DATE will limp on? I thought it was predicted to close almost immediately.
- Watching for the B.O. numbers today on First Date, Cinderella, Big Fish and several others....
A Time to Kill. Ouch, those reviews...all pans!
- Kathryn Erbe was good in that atrociously awful Nixon play at the Vineyard.
How was her wig?
- Another sports play for Circle in the Square.
- Kathy Erbe is a fine actress. I have seen her in many things and she is always watchable. I just think the Inge play takes a different type to pull off.
r583, to my knowledge none of the gentlemen mentioned in r243's post have shown the goods onstage. Wardrobe people are able to make a very educated guess and sometimes you can tell many things about a man, just by looking at him:)
- Shouldn't Kathy Erbe be getting better roles than these blink and you'll miss it off Broadway productions?
- r590, TACT has been attracting some really high caliber actors in the past few years because the actor can do a great role and only have a 2 month commitment.
If the role is attractive, the an actor is more likely to commit to a 2 month gig.
A Broadway or commercial Off-Broadway production requires a 6 month minimum commitment.
- Gang, I am one of those high caliber actors r591 is talking about!
The gang at TACT is a super fun group!
- Did Karen Z ever really sing well?
- I could not bear another minute of THE SNOW GEESE - left at intermission. Did ANYTHING happen in the second act?
- Sad to see so many Broadway vets doing Seth Rudetsky's juvenile clunker Disaster. Must be tough finding a worthwhile show to be in out there. I feel sorry for them having to look at his face and listen to him 3x a week in an off off B'way venue.
- Doesn't Seth run the entertainment booking on a cruise or two? They're probably eyeing those gigs.
- And another one draws to a close.
With a whimper, not a bang.
JUST SO STORIES!
- CHARLIE & ALGERNON!
GOT TU GO DISCO!
I'M RACHEL LILLY ROSENBLOOM AND DON'T YOU EVER FORGET IT!
- THE LAST 5 YEARS movie at SUNDANCE and COMPANY reading at ROUNDABOUT anyone?