- God dammit. I forgot the close quotes. Kill me now.
- This'll do fine, OP.
ME AND JULIET! CHARLIE AND ALGERNON! LOVEMUSIK!
- Was there some talk recently about a revival of "On the Twentieth Century"? I could go for that ("City of Angels" is also overdue.)
- I applaud the simplicity of the OP.
- [quote] Was there some talk recently about a revival of "On the Twentieth Century"? I could go for that
Yes, supposedly. I know Chenoweth is champing at the bit to play Lily Garland.
- Chenoweth even got a new face - I mean - haircut to ready herself for the role.
- Kristin needs bangs to cover her shiny overly botoxed and enormous forehead. Her new haircut looks great though and she is a great singer and comedienne.
- [quote]God dammit. I forgot the close quotes. Kill me now.
- Yeah but you made the mistake in your headline. It was unbearable to think of suffering through 600 posts with that embarrassing misspelling. Thank goodness someone took it upon them to fix it.
- How much longer till Bobby Steggart is announced for his old role in the McNally play?
- I thought the revival of ON THE 20TH CENTURY was dead and buried? If not, they'd better hurry. Cheno is already ten years older than Kahn and fifteen years older than Kaye when they played it.
- Kristin needs to eat a steak and a baked potato
- I know he might have trouble singing it, but I'd love to see Kevin Kline chewing the scenery as Oscar Jaffe. I know Hugh Jackman did the reading, but Kline is the real deal ham bone required.
Hugh would have been a great Bruce a few years ago.
Is there a scheduling conflict that would prevent Joe Manganiello from playing Bruce?
- Kline has turned down several opportunities to play Ben in FOLLIES. He wouldn't accept a tougher sing like 20th Century.
- Why did the Zorba revival with Antonio Banderas and "Cheets" Rivera fall apart? Two big stars, under-appreciated score, dependable producers....what happened?
- Kevin's waiting for them to do the stage version of "De-Lovely."
- Reviews will be out for Julie Taymor's MIDSUMMER at Theatre For A New Audience later tonight. It's fabulous and I predict great reviews.
- If only Oscar were a tenor instead of a baritone Nathan Lane could do it.
- Zorba has some great songs and is a huge snore to watch
- Watch my hands tremble
Hear my voice quicken,
He and I on this train,
- Jan Maxwell and Bobby Steggert in a Broadway stage version of The Fan with trunk songs by Marvin Hamlisch. You read it here first.
- [quote]Kristin needs to eat a steak and a baked potato
He favorite food is Chick-fil-A. She tweeted so much about it, I un-followed her.
- OP and R2, I LOVE BOTH OF YOU!!!
The Original Karen Ziemba Troll ( TONY winning actress, dancer,singer etc)
- This thread is better:
- You lie, r26. This thread is already much livelier than the lame other one
- I saw a regional theater production of "Legally Blonde" last night. I'd previously only seen it at a small community theater (and the MTV telecast.) Why wasn't it a bigger hit on Broadway? It ran almost twice as long in London as it did in NY (and won several Oliviers.) It really is a lot of fun-- even though I haven't seen them, I'm willing to bet it's a lot better than "Memphis" or "Once."
- Because MTV gave it away free.
- UK DLers, any gossip from the National Theatre's 50th anniversary gala tonight? I heard Meryl Streep was there. Did she end up leaving with the cast of The History Boys in order to indulge her carnal desires?
- R26- I'm with you. I was surprised how much I enjoyed Legally Blonde... And I really like the London cast album with Oliver winner Sheridan Smith. Fun show, nothing too serious but fun.
- I like Legally Blonde, too. I think Sheridam Smith is much better than Laura Bell Blandly. LBB's undernourished performance is probably why it didn't run longer.
- plus Laura Bell Bundy was like 43 when she played the college girl role
- Apparently Megan Hilty got married in Las Vegas yesterday
"It's official! "I married the love if my life tonight at The Venetian Chapel in Las Vegas!!!!!""
- poor Megan, her husband has gay face for days
- What role did Meggy's husband play on J and H? Weird that she just got married while Katty McPhee is cheating on hers.
- Nathan is more of a Letitia Primrose than an Oscar Jaffe.
The part was a man in the film after all.
- So, who is her husband?
- Megan Hilty is off the market.
The Sean Saves the World star married boyfriend Brian Gallagher at the Venetian Chapel in Las Vegas Saturday night.
"We were so excited to be married that we skipped the engagement altogether!" Hilty told People.com
She also took to Twitter to share the news.
The former Smash star, 32, met Gallagher, 33, at a fitness class in New York while both were performing on Broadway, People reports.
- The Rolf in THE SOUND OF MUSIC is an unknown just out of one of those prestigious acting schools.
- Nice r38. Tell him to let me know how that works out.
- Why do the ads for S of M say "we're now in production"? I know it will need to rehearse, but for six weeks?
- So is Hilty's new husband the guy Steve Kazee had the nervous breakdown over?
- R40 They've been in rehearsals (Broadway rehearsal hall) for about three weeks. A friend is in the chorus and is playing three roles plus understudying one of the nuns... they are doing it just like a stage musical except for commercial breaks and being on TV.
The actual performance will be done in a studio.
Rosalind Russell and Jacqueline McKeever in WONDERFUL TOWN!
- What I find insane is that every single woman, in the ensemble and the rest of the principals besides Ms. Underwood, would be more appropriate in the role than she.
- Heck, even Bernadette at her advanced age would have been a better Maria. And she could have cried all the songs!
- The Sound of Music is being broadcast from enormous soundstages out on Long Island, the same ones used for the movies Salt and the upcoming The Amazing Spiderman 2. For the party, wedding and concert scenes they're going to fill it up with a few hundred extras. It will apparently look quite spectacular. I'm assuming they'll use green screen CGI for the Alps scenes. It needs a LOT of rehearsal to get the technical aspects right.
- And, this is a musical!
Why R40 thinks a live broadcast would need less rehearsal than a Broadway musical production is beyond me.
- Will Carrie be wearing my trademark towel-dispenser pinafore?
- R40, they are also recording the soundtrack album at this time too.
- R48, it should be clarified that what they're recording is apparently a "companion" CD to the TV show. They will supposedly all be singing live in the actual broadcast.
- That's why I said soundtrack ALBUM, denoting product that will be a released recording rather than saying that they were recording playback for the telecast.
- R40, the album will not be a soundtrack (do you know what that means?) recording, it will be a cast recording (made in a recording studio) of the score.
- They have an awful lot of former Maria's in the cast (Benanti, Elena Shaddow, Ashley Brown). Which one will go on if Carrie can't do it?
- Yes I know what a soundtrack is. But as it's not a REAL Broadway show, it's not really a "cast album."
- R52 Joe Manganiello wanted to, but his busy schedule prevented it.
- [quote]What I find insane is that every single woman, in the ensemble and the rest of the principals besides Ms. Underwood, would be more appropriate in the role than she.
Why? You haven't even seen her. Stop being a theater snob. Many singers have gone on to give great performances in stage shows.
- Just admit you were wrong, R48/R50, so we can move on. It's not a soundtrack because it won't be a film. It's not even really a cast album. They're calling it a "companion" to the TV broadcast.
- I'm bored bored bored bored bored
I'm b - o - r - e - d
- Go piss up a rope R56
- Soundtracks aren't always soundtracks either. Sometimes they're completely different takes to the movie songs.
- If only the usual person, in his/her extraordinarily clever way, had begun this post, we might not be ready to throw in the towel before 60 replies...
- Of course it is a cast album.
- Ashley Brown from what I have been told with Elena Shaddow the second understudy, R52. And I, one of the elder theatre queens here made the mistake of calling the studio cast album a soundtrack album.... in all my years of 'theatre queendom' I have never done that before.
- Well, seeing that it is a live musical, it is a cast album, but being that it will be taped, it is also a soundtrack. It's two, two albums in one! Now move on.
- The album is not being made from a tape of the broadcast; it is being made ahead of time in a recording studio. It will not be a soundtrack.
- Sony Masterworks proudly releases the companion soundtrack to NBC's live broadcast of "The Sound of Music," based on the classic stage musical. The three-hour live production, starring six-time Grammy Award winner Carrie Underwood as Maria von Trapp, will air December 5.
The cast also includes Audra McDonald ("Private Practice"), who has won five Tony Awards and two Grammys, as Mother Abbess; Stephen Moyer ("True Blood"), who will play Capt. Georg von Trapp; Tony Award winner Christian Borle ("Smash"), who will portray von Trapp family friend Max Detweiler; and Tony winner Laura Benanti ("Go On"), who will portray Elsa Schrader, the captain s onetime fiancee.
"The Sound of Music" Music From the NBC Television Event features studio recordings of all the musical numbers performed in the live broadcast, including Rodgers and Hammerstein favorites "The Sound of Music," "My Favorite Things," 'Do-Re-Mi," "Sixteen Going on Seventeen" and "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," among others.
"The Sound of Music," set in the 1930's before and during "Anschluss" when the Nazi's annexed Austria, is based on the romantic true story of Maria von Trapp, an aspiring nun who leaves the abbey to become a governess for the widower Capt. von Trapp's seven children. She soon finds herself falling in love with her employer and questioning her religious calling. It premiered on Broadway in 1959 where it broke box-office records and won the Tony Award for best musical. The 1965 film adaptation won the Oscar for best picture.
- Laura B. is a little too old to be covering the role of Maria
- Just because the Sony press release erroneously calls the album a soundtrack doesn't mean that it is.
- Out of the three former Marias, Laura B is the one I'd want to see.
- No, I agree with you R67... it's interesting how many do refer to cast albums as soundtracks. Stores would often file them in bins labeled 'soundtracks.'
- BobG. said "Big Fish" was the worst show he has ever seen on the new Broadway Babylon Facebook Page.
Not a post from ATC
- And look what happened to those stores, R69. ;)
- I saw Ashley Brown In TSOM at the Muny but it wasn't very good.. I blame Paul Blake as it was produced during his time there. Horrible set design, all flatsl everything was painted blue.. Brown was good but she was let down by the direction and production.
Linda Mugleston was Mother Abbess and she is in the NBC production. I wonder if she might be the u/s for Audra Ann?
- R71- Yup... I order everything off amazon or kritzerland these days.
- This is the most amazing thing I've ever seen. It's a bravura performance.
This a THEATRE thread.
- R53 Albums are made of shows that never play Broadway. "Cast" means the performers in the show, not its location, so there are cast recordings of Off-Broadway musicals and even some of regional productions.
- R70, don't know who you are talking about or how credible he is, but he obviously didn't see "Scandalous" last year.
- Somebody please call Elena Roger back from BA to stand by for Carrie Underwood. Dynamite lady!
- "Which one will go on if Carrie can't do it?"
- Are you related to Julie Klausner, Terri?
- Elena Shaddow was a GREAT Maria in a nice production at Paper Mill last year.
- Ashely Brown.
- Will the sets for The Sound of Music look like the show is produced in a theater? It doesn't sound that way if there will be dozens of extras at the wedding.
But I thought the whole point of this program was to restore The Sound of Music back to its theatrical roots...not to recreate the look of the film.
- Ashley Brown could star in The Joan Sutherland Story.
No, THIS is a bravura performance. The one you posted is some old sheep bleating.
- Barbara Cook, in a pic from the Sheldon ah arnica event last week, looked noticeably thinner in the face (it wasn't a full length pic. Has she finally started to take off some wait? She also looks amazing, age-wise - like she's in her 60s, rather than her mid-80s. I guess fat don't crack.
- Kevin Kline in "Last Vegas: The Musical".
- Return it to its theatrical roots doesn't necessarily mean performed in a theatre. I think the point was to present the original version of the show, which is what's licensed. And that's what they're doing, excepting the substitution of the movie's "Something Good" for the awful "An Ordinary Couple."
- I will not be able to watch The Sound Of Music without thinking of the comment someone here made in another thread about Carrie Underwood looking more like someone who wandered over from \ttailgate party than an Austrian Convent.
- ...not planning on watching it. Maybe I'll go see a show that night.
- Can we get a definitive list of the NY Theatre community well endowed actors club?
As well as any supporting documentation in the form of pix?
- do you really need a 2nd understudy for 1 performance?
- Peter Marks HATED the Sister Act tour in DC. Can't say I don't agree with everything he wrote. What a terrible, plodding show. There are a few scenes that come alive but the rest is very pedestrian. I heard that the show was full of understudies over the weekend. Post review blues? The tour does feature DL and Chicago fave Hollis Resnik as the Mother Superior!
- [quote] DL fave Hollis Resnik
- Laura B was distinctly cold and completely uncharming in the revival on Broadway. She is a terrible Maria.
- She was a kid, then. And her love interest was 109.
- Oh dear, if Megan Hilty is calling the new husband "the love of my life" just who is looking after poor Steve?
I worry for that boy.
- r93, according to the last thread: alleged big schlongs on the following:
[quote]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?
- Someone needs to get Steve a production of HAMLET and a "suitable" Gertrude.
[quote]James Riordan belongs to the same club that Tyler Maynard, Roger Bart, Norm Lewis et al belong to.
[quote]despite being Irish John Gallagher Jr. has a nice dick
- I'm surprised Tyler Maynard's cock pics haven't leaked. Covering his tracks doesn't seem to be a strong suit...
- [quote] despite being Irish
Are the Irish thought to have small penises? That hasn't been my experience.
- r104, The "Irish Curse" refers to impotence from drinking but it is often incorrectly assumed to be cock size.
Tell Liam Nesson who purportedly has the biggest dick in Hollywood about the Irish Curse..
Gallagher and Riordan are both Irish names btw.
- r97 - she is too brittle to be an effective Maria - but she's quite funny and watchable - and there's that voice.
- I saw Sister Act at the KC this weekend and the undertudies were in small roles. All the leads were in. Resnick who can be a variable performer was quite good. But the reason to see the show is Ta'rea Campbell who is superb. She is funny, sings well and has loads of charisma. She has a lighter touch than Patina Miller so there was charm to the show. Chester Gregory was great too. Is he gay? It's not a great show and could be much better but it was not nearly as bad as Marks who overpraised Next to Normal and Glory Days said it was in the Post. Lots of people in the audience said after the show that they were suprised that Marks gave it such a harsh review.
- "Oh dear, if Megan Hilty is calling the new husband "the love of my life" just who is looking after poor Steve?"
Cheyenne Jackson has been posting pic after pic of Jason Landau on Instagram, hailing him as his "love".
- [quote]She has a lighter touch than Patina Miller
So does Godzilla.
- [quote]Barbara Cook, in a pic from the Sheldon ah arnica event last week
Who knew she was an herbalist.
- Couldn't you post he Cook pic?
- Hey, gays. What does "stage whisper" mean?
- A stage whisper is where someone affects a whispering sound but can be heard quite clearly by an audience.
- I wanna see the Cromer peen!
- R114. Many people already have.
- Does HONEYMOON have a theatre yet?
- r102 more information on the John Gallagher Jr. cock please.
btw, since this is a gossip board, I heard from someone peripheral to the production that the cast of the Broadway production of Jerusalem was none too friendly to John Gallagher Jr.
- Has anyone seen Beth Henley's The Jacksonian at The New Group?
What is it about? From the photos posted today on playbill.com, I can't tell if it's a comedy or a drama or in a period or contemporary.
- Ever since his Tony, JGJ has been looking for a star-making role that'll get him working with Scorcese etc. He was probably pissed that Jerusalem was the Mark Rylance show.
- Ironically of the three Spring Awakening stars he won the Tony and his career has been the most stagnant.
- barbara cook has a cock pic?
- Yes R121! Here she is holding her cock
- R117. Does the fact that the Jerusalem company didn't seem too fond of Gallagher have anything to do with his cock? That isn't quite clear. Pix would clear everything up. Calling Michael Arden!!!
- I miss SMASH. And dishing about it on DL.
There. I've said it.
- JGJ is on Aarom Sorkin's show. He's doing great.
Who is Resnick?
A second understudy is needed in case their both sick.
- their both sick what?
- How are they explaining the "understudy" bit to Underwood? Or do all of the leads have understudies in case do an emergency at air time?
Of course, in Underwood's case, the emergency would be that she just can't pull it off.
- They're. Ugh
- [quote]How are they explaining the "understudy" bit to Underwood? Or do all of the leads have understudies in case do an emergency at air time? Of course, in Underwood's case, the emergency would be that she just can't pull it off.
Explain? You mean spending millions on a one time live TV production without the thought of something happening to a performer before air time? They'd be stupid if they didn't have back up.
- If Underwood proved to be a disaster in rehearsals, might they try for a name who's played the role before? Did Chenoweth ever play it?
- Hey gays. What does the word "study" mean? And who do I have to get "under"?
- Did three people upthread seriously say they like Legally Blonde? I wanted to leave at intermission, but my companion wanted to tough it out. I had a headache for three days with "Oh, my God! Oh my God it's true!!!" running through my head.
Perhaps the worst musical I've ever seen on Broadway, and I saw Cats.
- After Spring Awakening here was a planned revival of Look Homeward, Angel with John Gallagher and Blythe Danner that never happened. I think, at least partially, because of JG's "film" schedule.
- Chenoweth as Maria. Please, God, no. She's too sickly sweet and tiny to bring off the role. I've come to appreciate Kristin more these days as she approaches menopause, but Sound of Music with her would be a total disaster.
- Cheno as Maria?
Maria is supposed to be early 20's
Not Late 40's
- [quote]Maria is supposed to be early 20's
On stage you can pull anything off, not so sure about TV
Mary Martin, I even kept my Texas twang
- Chenoweth got a new face. She can easily pass for ... smooth.
- Sutton Foster's Wikipedia page says:
"On September 19, 2013, Foster confirmed that she is engaged. Her fiance was left unnamed."
Who is the mystery fiance? And will she be able to have a baby before it's too late?
- Sutton..always copying me
- I'm a theater snob, but I, too, loved "Legally Blonde." I know I shouldn't have liked it, but I really did. The songs were much better than I thought they'd be, and the story was really sweet and well-written. I didn't care much for the movie, so I didn't have high expectations, and I really enjoyed it. I even listened to the soundtrack several times. Perhaps I was just in a good mood the night I saw it -- or I was shocked that it wasn't terrible -- but I thought it was adorable.
- [quote] I even listened to the soundtrack several times.
Show Queen Heads! EXPLODE!
- [quote]You mean spending millions on a one time live TV production without the thought of something happening to a performer before air time? They'd be stupid if they didn't have back up.
True, but since this is television -- and if NBC is determined to only do this with Underwood -- couldn't they just postpone it at the last minute and air reruns of SVU instead? I guess the point I'm making is that it's not the same as people sitting in their seats in a Broadway theater waiting for the curtain to go up. (OTOH, the advertisers who paid top dollar for the air time would probably be pissed as hell, though.)
- More about JGJ's cock, please, and specifically on whom he uses it. Thanks.
- Also saw the Sister Act tour. It was good fun. Last saw the show in London. The rewrite in general is good, except that the jokes about the bachelors selling antiques are painful, Mother Superior gets a few too many wisecracks that are all variations of the same thing, and the "It's Good To Be a Nun" song is painfully slow and awkward.
Lots of odd scene transitions with the lights going off very suddenly at the end of a song.
- What R141 said- Cute show with some nice tunes.I'd see Legally Blonde again...
Mamma Mia? I'd kill myself first before having to endure that a second time.
- John Gallagher,jr has a nice large big cock that has brought a great deal of pleasure to men. Don't know about women.
- really r147 please expound. I think he has a girlfriend now.
- More than likely they'll film a rehearsal before the LIVE broadcast to ensure that, should something happen to Underwhazhername they're covered.
- Laura B was distinctly cold and completely uncharming in the revival on Broadway. She is a terrible Maria.
Sounds a lot like the real Maria to me. Sorry, but wasn't she kinda chilly and self serving?
- R72 Linda Mugleston was Mother Abbess and she is in the NBC production. I wonder if she might be the u/s for Audra Ann?
Watch your back, Audra
- Yes, r150, but that's not how she's written in the show. In the same way that Fanny Brice in Funny Girl is nothing like Fanny Brice.
- It's very funny that Jonthan Groff is out a proud and John Gallagher Jr is closeted and has a beard.
- JGJ is closeted?
- I don't think the real Maria was cold and uncharming when she went to work for the von Trapps. Whatever family tensions and conflicts there were as the kids grew to adulthood, I know I've read interviews with them (including after Maria's death) where they say how much they took to her and loved her when she came into the house - I think that much of the musical is true.
- Wasn't Mary Martin a cold mother?
- That's what I always thought, r156. I was always telling Benay, "That Mary Martin is one cold mother..."
- Do you really think they are preparing for the possibility that Underwood might suck terribly? Wouldn't they do it with her even if she does?
- I would imagine they'd prerecord all the songs in Sound of Music as a precaution and use them as backup if they're feeling Carrie or any of the others are not up to a truly LIVE performance.
That way they could even "sweeten" some of the sound and have the actors lip synch.
- Poor Seth Rudetsky-so desperate to be a performer, and he gets dissed by Matthew Murray in his Talking Broadway review of the amateurish "Disaster", saying that Seth is the weakest link in the show. I can only imagine how insufferable Mary Testa must be.
- Carrie can definitely sing, so I don't think there's going to be any problems with the music. And there really isn't that much acting (and audiences tend to overlook mediocre acting from people who are non-actors) so I don't think it'll be a disaster.
- "Has anyone seen Beth Henley's The Jacksonian at The New Group? What is it about? From the photos posted today on playbill.com, I can't tell if it's a comedy or a drama or in a period or contemporary."
It's a piece of shit. Seriously.
- Oh, shit. I gotta act, too, R161?
- [quote] I can't tell if it's a comedy or a drama or in a period or contemporary."
Ugh. Sounds like The Brady Bunch.
- Has anyone here seen/discussed Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812?
My friend loved it. I never saw it. My friend bought the cast album and made me a copy.
Holy cow. This may be the dullest, most unmusical score I've heard in recent memory. I know people seem to love this show, but the music is just... terrible.
I'm listening now and I yet to hear a single song. Just a lot of ham-fisted piano vamps and shouting. And I don't like the voices at all.
- Sorry, R165, I love that score. To me, it's the opposite of "dull." And I think there are several excellent voices in it, especially Lucas Steele as Anatole.
- r160 Seth needs to focus on his music and being a "radio personality" He is not good onstage.
- r37 Severe gay face. He was on Broadway for about 2 weeks in the terrible J & H revival. Guess they didn't work out very long! And he wasn't very good in a rotten show.
- Did you see the show, R166? I'm listening to it now.
Is there a particular number that you like?
- I'm shocked Megan Hilty's marriage hasn't caused another emotional breakdown on Twitter from Steve Kazee.
- [quote]Can we get a definitive list of the NY Theatre community well endowed actors club?
Isn't Michael Cerveris rumored to have a big one?
- Megan Hilty is Nielsen ratings poison. Steve probably got over here.
- R168, SEVERE. Which gym did they meet at? David Barton? Steel?
- Was Ivy Lynn supposed to be overweight?
- Why is everyone so convinced Carrie Underwood will be a mega disaster?
I assume she'll sound good and be a bit bland and awkward which will only endear the majority of the audience to her more.
As for WHY, she's on the cover of several magazines at the grocery store this month. She's a star. I don't see Ashley Brown or Christianne Noll at the grocery check-out.
She'll be so much worse than Tony Winners Jason Alexander (Birdie) or Matthew Broderick (Music Man) in their TV musicals? I doubt it.
- R175 is definitely a redneck.
- Has no one mentioned Terence Mann as a member of the big cock club?
Or Jason Butler Harnar?
- r160 Matthew Murray is a particularly bitter writer- so no great surprise. Granted he usually writes well, but there's often a sour take on most things he reviews.
- The fun of Natasha and Pierre is the staging, but the opening number is very inventive, explaining the characters of the play in a way to make it less confusing for the audience. And the staging of that number in particular is cool.
- In what universe is B*R*O*A*D*W*A*Y's Charlie Williams bisexual? Did he split from Rob Ashford?
- Maria von Testa for Maria von Trapp!!! isaster won't run long. "Not since her General Cartwright..."
- I saw some selections of "Natasha" performed at an event, and this was the song that stuck with me (see link below). With just the piano accompaniment, it struck me as a lovely Americana/folk-style song (funny in a musical based on a Russian novel). It's a song I could hear someone like Bonnie Raitt or Nanci Griffith or even Emmylou Harris cover.
- I saw Natasha and adored it, but listening to the album I'm not as in love. The lyrics are really cringe worthy.
- Loved "Natasha" as an experience, but don't think I would just like listening to the show. And, no matter the cast, you couldn't pay me enough to ever sit through another Beth Henley "play".
- Charlie Williams is bisexual? Who's going to tell Radcliffe?
Williams is about as bisexual as Cherry Jones.
- R175 is absolutely right.
- this discussion of the Carrie Underwood Sound of Music is making me long for the detailed discussion of Kathryn Erbe's wig in Natural Affection.
On another note, casting here and wondering what is up with all the agency firings recently??
Any dirt on that?
- Mary Testa is a great performer. She, like Judy Kaye, is able to shine shit and make it at least palatable. I have worked with her a few times since the late 80's and she has always been a pro. Perhaps she is not to your taste, but casting people count on her. Mary is always rock solid.
- I'm by no means someone who will offer a Testament to Mary, and I used to make fun of her over-the-top performances, but she is a very nice human being.
- I saw Seth's husband's play about generations of sex abuse in a family and it was clever in spots but definitely an amature effort. Eve Plumb has excellent comic timing and should appear more often as a character woman in comedy. I'm sure Seth called in many favors to get the show produced. I wish he'd put his considerable energies and connections to work for good work, rather than promoting his family and thier community theater efforts.
- Mary is a doll and she gets HIRED TO BE OVER THE TOP.
- Thanks, r191 and r189. I just get tired of reading hate for journeyman performers like Mary when there are such mediocre/assy TV/movie stars taking over so many roles in shows these days.
Mary Testa ain't keepin a show open.
- I've been burned by Brantley once too many times. First, MATILDA - did anyone understand a single line those kids were singing? Does anyone care?
Now, HONEYMOON IN VEGAS. Ok, it was sit-throughable, but the big number involves a group of flying Elvis impersonators, so that says it all.
The blue-hairs loved every minute.
- Bad accents is hardly a fault of the piece itself.
- "She'll be so much worse than Tony Winners Jason Alexander (Birdie) or Matthew Broderick (Music Man) in their TV musicals? I doubt it."
Is this the new standard of success for performers? That they won't be worse than others have been in other roles?
- I thought Jason Alexander was fine in the TV "Birdie," though of course the star of that production was Vanessa Williams.
Matthew Broderick made a shockingly bad Harold Hill, though.
- Matthew Broderick's misery at home didstacts him from acting
- So which facet of Maria's personality will Carrie best embody?
- Mary Testa is a lot of things, but "nice"...
- Re Mary Testa, as Marcia Lewis once said to me about her (Marcia's) casting, when we shared the stage of a very difficult new play helmed by a British theatre brat, "Well, if he wanted tasteful and understated, he should have cast Dina Merrill!"
- [quote]So which facet of Maria's personality will Carrie best embody?
Probably more Lonely Goatherd.
- FUN HOME moving to Golden in April.
- Proof that the Maryest comments don't always come from DL - from that FB page of Lost Musicals -
"We made God in Sondheim's image, and God then blessed only Sondheim."
What an insufferable twat that person is.
- [quote]Re Mary Testa, as Marcia Lewis once said..."Well, if he wanted tasteful and understated, he should have cast Dina Merrill!"
Which reminds me of the story of Betty Comden, complaining that Lea DeLaria wasn't "man-hungry" enough as Hildy in the On The Town revival.
Someone mentioned "Well, she's a lesbian, you know." To which Betty replied, "Yes, I know she's a lesbian, but I thought she was also an actress."
- Give Carrie a chance. You must all forget all the queens spooging into their Playbills over Reba at the Marquis.
- Reba McIntire, country singer playing country gal Annie Oakley, was a perfect fit.
Carried Underwood, country singer playing Euro nun turned nanny, is not.
- Tony winner Billy Porter is on SVU tonight.
- [quote]Tony winner Billy Porter is on SVU tonight.
I was too peoples! No one saw??
Karen, shaping her pottery urn in the image of Will
- After Midnight a hit!
- R209 Yes, honey, your SVU appearance was mentioned in the previous thread.
- Any word on the first preview of IF/THEN in DC?
- I am looking forward to that LAW AND ORDER as well tonight.
- Thought you guys might find this interesting.
A FIRST DATE promo where Zachary Levi talks about dating. I've never seen anyone try so incredibly hard to avoid mentioning women. Lots of they running around. He listed his celebrity crush as himself, and then said his ideal woman had the face, body, and brain of himself.
I don't really see how there can be much doubt that he's family after this.
Other than that, pretty cute video. Too bad he hitched himself up to such an awful musical.
- These TV musicals have been getting worse and worse. They're creatively sterile and the performances come off either forced or just plain dull.
This is either going to be a serviceable live TV event or a total disaster. It'll at least prove to people who only saw the movie why Ernest Lehman made the changes he made.
- Whether Zach Levi is gay or straight pales in comparison to his degree of self-absorption. Sorry to hear, as he seems to be charming, just too far up his own arse.
- [quote]FUN HOME moving to Golden in April.
I'm glad. It's one of my favorite theater experiences this year. I hope it can expand organically to fill the larger house...and that it grabs a few awards to get the out of towners in.
And maybe, the Westboro Baptist Church will picket.
- how about a new Broadway sex thread
- R201, You were in "When She Danced"?
- I am totally addicted to L&O SVU partly because you see NY actors every week.
Btw, Karen's episode also had Annaleigh Ashford, James Riordan and Papi Esparza [a series regular] was the center of the whole episode.
- I adore Bernadette and Wynton Marsalis is essential, but I cannot justify $200 for a reasonable orchestra seat for the Sondheim "A Bed and A Chair" show at City Center
- HEE HAW Musical to Get Staged NYC Reading in December
well thats about where Broadway is heading anyway
- Both theatre boards indicate IF/THEN from DC is a puzzler. Messy, messy book, a few interesting songs and the set is a dead replica of Next to Normal. Lotsa work to be done, it seems.
- A Bed and a Chair is known along 55th Street as "A Bed and a Snore." $200. Wow.
- R222 I was a Hee Haw Honey! So can I write it? I have experience!
- Hmm "Pippin" at 779k last week not selling out in basically 1,000 seat house how long til Barry starts shitting all over in and bring in a endless parade of reality tv/dancing with the stars/super models to boost the bo
or maybe Patina or Matthew or Tovah are due for a "Vacation"
- Lance Bass IS PIPPIN!
- Lindsay Lohan IS the Leading Player.
- Lisa Vanderpump from Real Housewives replaces Andrea Martin
- So a "Time to Kill" has finally posted its closing notice for Nov. 17? I can't believe it lasted that long.
- L&O SVU also has Clay Aiken and Ashanti on tonight.
- The reason PIPPIN's grosses are dropping is that unlike other producers, Barry doesn't plow a lot into advertising. He let's the shows do the work.
- Wendy Williams as Leading Player....cause she has so much theater experience after "Chicago". How YOU Doin'.
- Sebastian Arcelus ISN'T Matthe McConnaughey.
- Is Orion back? That may be the reason why sales are down
- I loved After Midnight.....Reidel in his colunm today praises it and says it took in 300,000 at the box office yeasterday and proclaims it a hit. I hope it succeeds, but that is not a huge amount. If it were 3,000,000, it would be another story.
- The should bring Vivien Reed back to Broadway in AFTER MIDNIGHT
- Yes- Vivien would be superb. Too bad she isn't a bigger star. Saw her at a tribute to Jule Styne last year and she looks and sounds the same as she did 30 years ago.
- R228 Mr. Vereen is still with us.
- I hope FUN HOME transfers. It's the best musical I've seen since Billy Elliott.
- And dish on that former ad man-cum-producer of AFTER MIDNIGHT, Sandy Block?
- "Advertising costs money, press is free"
- "The reason PIPPIN's grosses are dropping is that unlike other producers, Barry doesn't plow a lot into advertising. He let's the shows do the work."
Well, then he's got magic to do.
- Kristin Chenoweth IS Berthe!
- LOL R243!
- You Really liked Billy Eliot? What a POS- except the young boys were very talented. And it was so inspiring to see the mechanism on full view in that stupid flying sequence.
- Pippin is losing ground because the ad agency cannot top the original commercial which overcame meh reviews for the show and ran 5 years. This got raves, and just like Matilda, will run about 1 1/2 years. And because Chet Walker basically stole every step from Fosse and what he didn't steal really sucked and because everyone has already seen Cirque de Soleil for less money.
- First Date closing January 5th, 2014
- So it really was the First Flop!
- Agree R246
Flying by Crane
- A time to Kill …. A time to close.
- First Date would've run forever at New World Stages.
- Looking at the ABCs today and trying to figure out which theaters are available for spring shows.
What's booked for:
The Ethel Barrymore
The Richard Rodgers
The Neil Simon
- r219, I was there but not acting.
- [quote]Saw her at a tribute to Jule Styne last year and she looks and sounds the same as she did 30 years ago.
Do you know who does her work?
- R235. That's a joke, right? No one apart from the Pippin company and about 30 ATC idiots have a clue who Orion is. And his appearance, while stunning, isn't starry enough to cause grosses to drop...ever. That's so funny.
- I just saw Pippin, and talk about low energy. A couple of those jumps through hoops weren't done right, and Patina was HORRIBLE. The cute guy playing Pippin is losing his voice, but he still has a lovely pale torso.
Tovah as the grandmother? Well, let's just say she isn't embarrassing.
But everyone is on rote.
- Billy Porter is superb in LAW AND ORDER playing completely against type - definitely he is going to be a Guest Star Emmy nominee - maybe even Winner next year!
- I saw PIPPIN last April and the guy playing Pippin had no voice then. He just has no voice. Weak and unsupported. Extremely underwhelming.
- "A TIME TO KILL"
COURTROOM DRAMA WILL PLAY FINAL PERFORMANCE ON
NOVEMBER 17, 2013
- R247 = Nicole Fosse, bitter
- R230 already posted it r261.
- Billy Porter is a tiresome queen with an acting range of A to B.
- Real Estate for the Spring.
The following theaters currently have shows with no closing dates, but the shows are as yet unproved and not selling well enough to run forever:
*Lyceum: Janis Joplin
*Atkinson: After Midnight
*Kerr: A Gentlemen's Guide...
(the last three are long runners that are beginning to peter out somewhat)
The following theaters have tenants with closing dates and no officially announced incoming spring shows:
*Golden: Time to Kill closing 11/17
*Longacre: First Date closing 1/5
*Palace: Annie closing 1/5
*Marquis: Rascals closing 1/5
*Booth: Glass Menagerie closing 2/23
*Cort: Double bill closing 3/2
All other theaters have shows currently running and/or they are committed to announced new shows.
- Cinderella is considered a long running show? It hasn't even played 10 months yet. How about us?
The cast of Big Fish
- Another dreary Broadway season of new, unmemorable scores. How long, oh, Lord, how long?
- Cinderella is playing to 62% capacity (last week's figures). Can it possibly pay back its investment by the time it closes?
- PIPPIN should do their own spin on the original NINE ad but with that Orion guy as (non-drag) Anita Morris.
- Aren't we overdue for a revival of "Scandalous"?
- I finally went to 'The Glass Menagerie' I thoroughly enjoyed it, The sister-eating-sofa was a great idea, adding nuance to the story.
It is broadway cares fundraising time, so it was nice to chat up the actors, while throwing money in their buckets.
John Stamos sat, with his all male posse, a few rows behind me, he does look good for 'his age'.
- OMG, John Stamos is FIFTY! I had no idea he was so elderly.
- Stamos looks good for any age! Describe his posse! Gayish? Cute?
- The posse were average guys, they all seemed gay-ish to me, but what group of men attending theatre don't look gayish !?
- R247- for much less money?? Cirque du Soleil is expensive. No less so than Broadway.
- Whaddaya expect, R258? It's Pippin.
- R255, I was there as well (not acting); so, I guess we know each other.
- lol r274
- Cheyenne as a meth addict . . . hmmm.
Cheyenne Jackson has joined the cast of "Glee" and "American Horror Story" creator Ryan Murphy's new HBO series "Open," according to Deadline.com.
Jackson (Finian's Rainbow, Xanadu, "Behind the Candelabra," "United 93") will be a series regular in a role Murphy and co-writer Lauren Gussis have written for him. The series is a provocative exploration of sexuality and relationships. Deadline.com reports that Jackson will play a character with a meth addiction.
Also featured in the series will be Michelle Monaghan, Scott Speedman, Wes Bentley, Anna Torv and Jennifer Jason Leigh.
"Open" will begin filming in February 2014.
- Pale Pippin played Peter Parker in Spider-man and is now dating the gal who played Mary Jane. His Pippin has that nasal Reeves Carney style of singing. And he's British.
- Newsies just went to the expense of installing a new stage floor so I don't think they're closing any time soon. But yes, Once needs to move on.
Cinderella and Big Fish just perplex me. How stupid can producers be to think that those shows are suddenly going to catch on and turn a profit?
Is 12th Night/Richard III a limited run? If so, does it close soon enough to allow another show to take over the theater for the spring.
Same with Hedwig? Is that a limited run for the Belasco?
And why doesn't Chicago close already? What a waste of real estate.
- Despite Brantley's rave review, everything I've heard about Honeymoon in Vegas is disappointing and less than stellar. Is it really going to move?
Cannot wait to see Kelli as an Italian mama! How long will that one last? Do the tourists really care?
- The pale boy playing Pippin doesn't have much of a voice (specifically and sadly on "Corner Of The Sky") but his acting is great. He's incredibly endearing. Actually brings some humanity to the proceedings, thank God.
- [quote]And why doesn't Chicago close already? What a waste of real estate.
Why should it close, because you want it to? It cost nothing to run, makes a profit, keeps the tourist trade happy, employs 50 or so fulltime in an industry that is hard to find full time employment in and it uses a theater not too many actually want to use.
- Pale Pippin, who has struggled to sing the score from the beginning, is not as good in the role as his understudy Eric Altemus who sings it better and manages to keep the audience on Pippin's side which is not easy given the book. Eric is much cuter too.
- But you gotta give r283 credit for defining "great" acting down to being "incredibly endearing" -- i.e., cute. At least he's open about it.
- Mamelah opn heer Twelfth Night experience: "Making the day extra special: I spied Hugh Jackman and Laura Linney (not together) in the audience. Chatted with Hugh during intermission; he and I both thought this was the best Shakespeare we'd seen in a long, long time."
Oooo, she chatted with Hugh. I'm sure he was charmed.
- Pippin had the good fortune to open in a very weak season for both original musicals and revivals (and a glut of "Family" entertainment)--the grosses will go back up through the holidays but will sink like a stone once the raft of this seasons musicals start opening and drawing business away Snooki for Fastrada!!
- R287. Hugh is always nice and patient without being phoney. After all it could have been mlop who fastened herself onto Mr. Jackman. They'd still be at hte Belasco if so.
- Who's Mamelah? Angie Lansbury?
- Nah. Wasp Angela with a sign in name like Mamaleh! That's a scream.
- these songs that kathie Lee and David Friedman write for The Today Show are just howlingly putrid
- Oh R392 - I just heard that song as well; a perfect example of the most shameless treacle.
The guy who sang it has a good voice, too bad it was wasted.
- to make it even more embarrassing they have to sing these dreadful songs directly to the "special" recipients so awkward
- Big Fish running a new (bad) commercial
- Why would Big Fish close? They probably can sell a bunch of tickets during the holidays.
- How is Natasha and Pierre, et al doing? Feel like tickets are easier to come by then before.
- [quote]How is Natasha and Pierre, et al doing? Feel like tickets are easier to come by then before.
I don't doubt it. Moving uptown and becoming more available has caused it to lose its cache.
- Cinderella should run through the holidays. Thats's when the audience comes out. Sad cuz it's a good show. I think people group it with Disney dreck and don't pick up on the marketing that been hitting them over the head with R+H.
- What R299 said. It is a delightful show.
- 300 post and no sign of the infamous OP
- First Date lasted longer than i thought it would--will be done regionally, i presume
- Natasha & Pierre could not have recouped 1 nickle-downtown and uptown combined whos taking the bath on this one? and toward what end?
- First Date should have been called "First Headache." And what the hell was Gallo thinking with all those screens?
- R298. Cachet, sweetheart.
- Call me crazy but I just don't see Big Fish appealing to the tourist trade at holiday time.
How do you sell it to them? Do they know the movie? Do they know the book? Do they know Lippa or Stro?
Do they know Norbert Leo f**kin' Butz?
- [quote]Cachet, sweetheart.
Thank you. I knew that looked wrong.
- I still laugh thinking about the post in a previous thread that said Kinky Boots was "worse than a hate crime."
- "Despite Brantley's rave review, everything I've heard about 'Honeymoon in Vegas' is disappointing and less than stellar."
Then everything you've heard is wrong.
And no, "Cinderella" is NOT a good show.
- Went to see PIPPIN the other night and enjoyed it but would have enjoyed it more had it not been for the young lady sitting next to me. For the last half hour of the second act, she kept munching on something that smelled really foul (looked like nuts of some kind), plus she kept reaching down into her bag taking them out, then putting them back in, then taking them out, and so on, plus washing them down with the bottle beer she bought during intermission. She also kept bumping my leg as she folded her coat, pushed it down into her bag, then took it out again, then put it back, and so on. I would have said something but the show was in wrap-up mode and I just wanted to continue focusing on what was going on onstage, not this rude person next to me.
My main point is, what the hell has happened to manners in the theater? Why do people go to Broadway shows and act like they're sitting on their living room couch and not in a crowded theater with other people who paid money to watch a performance, not listen to them talk and munch and crunch and whisper and pull stuff out their bags and push it back in and ... Good Lord, it's almost enough to make you say fuck it, stay home and listen to the cast album.
- Just saw First Date (Tony voter's +1) and I thought it was cute, except for all the cliches, and there were MANY. But the performers really made it better than it is. Especially gayboy Zachary Levi. Krysta doesn't seem to have a subtle shade in her singing.
- People are p-i-g HOGS.
- r309 if you thought Honeymoon in Vegas was all that, you needto get out more... or see a fucking doctor.
- R310, it's getting worse every day. About two weeks ago a man sitting in the row in front of me ate something stinky during the first act. I was able to move over a few seats, but I couldn't get away from the disgusting smell. During intermission, several people were talking about it, but they couldn't figure out where it was coming from.
At a different show about a week ago, a middle-aged couple decided to have a conversation during the first act. I shushed them and they stopped for a while, then started up again. I had to shush them again. They weren't whispering or saying a few words here and there....they were having a full-blown conversation! They looked annoyed at me, but I was more than annoyed with them.
I refuse to go to really popular musicals because you get foreign tourists who don't understand what's going on, so one of their friends translates for them throughout the show. This has happened to me several times but they don't get why it's a problem.
- What are you blathering on about, r301? Are you talking about the OP who embarrassed himself with the wrong their/there usage? Or the OP of this thread? Whatever. They could have dumped their cookies and be posting without your knowledge.
- By the way, any gossip on Matthew James Thomas? He's hot hot hot and didn't expect him to be a blonde. Has anyone here had him? If so, please feel free to share.
- I tried but no dice.
- Tonight on PBS, the Neil Patrick Harris version of COMPANY with Patti LuPone as Joanne.
NPH's nice chest sometimes looks odd at some angles and it looks like he has bigger boobs than Christina Hendricks.
- r319 and NO VPLs! Poor David.
- R318. No one has bigger boobs than Christina Hendricks! Not possible.
- R314, just saw your post this morning. I hear you and you're right, it's getting worse every day. I also posted here over the summer about the two girls who sat next to us at AVENUE Q eating Chinese take-out right there in the row next to us (they'd brought it in with them before the start of the show) and it smelled godawful. And of course, despite several people around them being annoyed, the ushers who were standing right there and saw them eating it did nothing (and I guess why would they considering they let them walk in with it in the first place), so they were able to continue enjoying their meal at our dismay right through the start of the first act (luckily, they finished about two songs in, though the smell lingered for a bit).
But you know what's really funny? Me, Mr. Supposed-to-Be Experienced Theatergoer, was actually foolish enough to think at the time, "ugh, this is just so typical of a dump like New World Stages; they'd NEVER let them get away with this shit at a Broadway show."
- There should be instructional videos on how to behave at a show. That's how bad it is sometimes.
Also, as much as everyone likes to talk about how young people are complete narcissists and that it's their fault, I've usually found little old ladies to be the absolute worst. The Overture is still an excuse to talk. They comment on the first thing to appear on the stage once the overture has ended ("Oh, look at her!") and they bring enormous handbags and coats with them. And though this doesn't count as bad behaviour during a show itself, their intermission chatter is interminable.
- "I've usually found little old ladies to be the absolute worst. The Overture is still an excuse to talk."
Hell yes, You so right about them!
- What do y'all think of Underwood in that SOM clip? I actually hot a little excited about the Borle/be anti duet
- The final episode of Smash was finally broadcast last night in the UK. I was so surprised Sutton Foster didn't win for Oliver! And I really thought Kate Baldwin in Seesaw was a favourite as well.
That show really ran out of steam. It was so joyless by the end. Megan Hilty was pretty reliable throughout but the performance she gave of her Tony acceptance speech was pretty bad. And it's always funny how these people were always giving these huge, last second musical performances without any rehearsal.
Oh Smash. By the end it was more like Smush.
- I just finished reading "Song of Spiderman," Glen Berger's account of the creation of Turn Off the Dark. There were no big surprises in it, but it was a great read; I finished it in two days. Taymor comes off better than I thought she would; I do think she is supremely gifted, but this just wasn't the right show for her, and, I think, she might have realized that at some point. Bono and Edge come off a LOT better than I thought they would, too. Although I don't believe that they were full collaborators and very helpful to Taymor -- and the soundtrack is absolutely uninspiring -- they do seem like very sincere, humble guys. Perhaps, though, that's because Berger is starstruck? It's a very very good read, though, and I recommend it. Aguire-Sarcassi comes off looking pretty bad. Maybe he's a nice guy and Berger had a beef with him, but he doesn't come off well. Does anyone have a good Broadway book to recommend? Has anyone read the Fosse bio?
- No r326 but I am going to both books today at B and N!
Did anyone here see Patti at Carnegie last night?
- "If you thought Honeymoon in Vegas was all that, you need to get out more... or see a fucking doctor."
If that's true, I'm in good company. It's a fantastically entertaining show, it's going to be a huge Broadway hit, and you are very weird to dislike it so intensely.
- [quote]I just finished reading "Song of Spiderman," Glen Berger's account of the creation of Turn Off the Dark.
Any good scoop in there about the Phil McKinley and the new regime that came in?
- Am halfway through Song of Spiderman … A good read. I attended the first infamous first preview on November 28. Anyway, I just finished the chapter about the bad onstage accident/fall. It happened at preview 27 I think (when the guy fell into the pit because his safety line wasn't clipped)
According to the book - when the accident happened, the PSM was calling the show from the house. Apparently he was the only member of the Stage Management team doing anything.
According to the author, the other SM and the assistants were in the office when the accident happened - They all ran out of the office to help.
Um, why were the stage manager and the assistants in the office during the show? Why were they not upstairs onstage watching to make sure everyone was safe? Or in the pit to supervise the big changeover and finale net prep?
If Glen is correct, and there was no stage manager upstairs on deck, the SM staff should have been fired/replaced immediately.
- R329 -- The part where McKinley comes in to, uh, save the day is a fairly short part of the book. McK comes off as a bit of a buffoon and completely out of his league, but that could be because Berger didn't have any loyalty to him, and because the play that he wanted to direct was not the play Taymor wanted to direct. It's hard to say how one would act when one inherits a sinking ship, so I think his bad behaviour can be excused to some degree; he really did have a thankless job. Aguire-Sarcassi comes off the worst, I think. He just seems arrogant and unhelpful and a little too full of confidence, but, perhaps, that's what's needed to have a successful career. At any rate, I won't look favourable on anything he does in the future. In all, I really think Taymor comes out smelling like a rose. Her gifts are undeniable, but, considering her distaste of disposable pop culture, she really never should have taken the project on. Maybe, she, too, was starstruck at the chance of working with Bono and Edge.
- I just saw A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER and boy oh boy let me tell you bitches, this is going to be the smash hit of the season. An intimate, charming and ferociously funny throwback musical. I have rarely heard lyrics this witty since Noel Coward. And Jefferson Mays is defying laws of physics with his lighting fast costume changes not to mention his utterly brilliant portrayal of eight different British nobs just dying to get murdered. The Tony is his without question.
In a sea of tasteless Broadway mega-nonsense like Spiderman, I truly hope audiences recognize this for the class act it truly is.
- Loved "Gentleman's Guide" - worthy of "Kind Hearts and Coronets" and then some.
- I saw Gentleman's Guide for a second time yesterday, and although I can't gush as much as (R332) I was surprised how much work they've done in previews. New opening number which works MUCH better, seemed to have cut a fair bit of the first 20 minutes to get to the "fun" quicker and just tightened things up.
Really great singing and beautiful orchestrations. I hope it gets a nice run.
- R334. Me too, but I understand they're already shopping the theater out to prospective spring shows.
- R334, thanks for the report on the opening. I posted how much I liked the show a few weeks ago, but noted it got off to a slow start. I'm glad they've fixed that.
- Apparently David Strathairn has hit his stride in Underneath the lintel. All critics coming out of the ACT are positive.
Could a play like this make it in NYC? Or are they just friendlier in San Francisco?
- I should add that Underneath the Lintel is also a Glen Berger play.
I saw it and it was quite good. it's a bit trite in the aw-of-human-experience message but nonetheless intriquing and fun to watch.
Strathairn excels in this shaggy professor-type role. He masterful at it and does quite well on his own on the stage.
- If Taymor comes off well then how accurate can the Spiderman book be? I have a friend who worked with her on Lion King, and this well liked guy who never speaks ill of anyone only has very negative things to say about Taymor.
- r328 I did not dislike it intensely, it's just not verygood. Mediocre and pedestrian. Those reviews were WAY over the top, and much of what I heard leaving the theater agreed.
Hardly ranks with the best of the Golden Age, as Dame Benny said.
- "She treats people like puppets, and puppets like people."
I heard this about JT almost 20 years ago
- PS:the Carrie Underwood defenders here should read the thread about her Obamacare routine at the CMAs.
They are ripping this redneck bitch a new one.
she will NEVER be welcome here
- Barbra Streisand at Pippin last night!
“Could there be a better night in the theater?” Feldshuh tweeted of Babs’ visit, adding, “She is truly a kind and generous soul.” Press photographers weren’t invited to capture the meet-and-greet, but enjoy this personal snapshot of Pippin leading ladies Rachel Bay Jones, Charlotte d’Amboise, Feldshuh and Patina Miller with Broadway's now and forever Funny Girl. Wow!
- Just saw the trailer for the London Private Lives that's sowing here in Dec.
Why didn't someone tell Toby Stephens to get a haircut. He looks terrible with that shaggy hair slicked back, and it'v very out-of-period.
- Duckface as Amanda?!
- I wonder if Babs was checking it out because she'd like to play Berthe in the upcoming movie version?
- Did Tovah and Babs compare Yentl notes?
- [quote]PS:the Carrie Underwood defenders here should read the thread about her Obamacare routine at the CMAs.
There are no defenders here, I just won't judge her performance until I see it. I'm no fan, but people here, as with ATC just bitch without warrant.
- What routine about Obamacare? She and whatshisname made a joke about how the website isn't working. Jon Stewart does about twenty of those a night.
- R349, aka the false equivalency troll.
If this was 2006 and it was called "Bushcare" "Carrie and Brad" NEVER would have performed their nasty little skit.
Jon Stewart of course would have ridiculed it either way.
- What show gets The Imperial after Billy Crystal is done with it?
- [quote]What show gets The Imperial after Billy Crystal is done with it?
LES MIZ, right? Who gets the Imperial after LES MIZ folds in a month (please God!), I do not know.
- Why did Broadway World have the obligatory 100 photos of the Divo quartet (everywhere except on ice or underwater) at the opening last night, but not a single photo of Heather Headley? did she cancel Opening Night (not surprising!)?
- This NPH version of COMPANY on PBS right now is almost unwatchable- and I was there in the second row at the taping
I won't complain about the dialogue being dated, which it is, but even when it was new did couples ever talk this way?
- I always thought the book was hard to listen to r354. Wasn't around for the original but after listening to the cast album for years and then finally seeing a production, I felt Company is a show better heard than seen.
- Craig Bierko has creepy eyes.
- Like Company, are there any hit musicals that were about the manners and modes of their time that don't seem uncomfortably dated now?
A Chorus Line and West Side Story have much the same problem.
Bye Bye Birdie might be arguable, but that was always a cartoon of a time that never really was.
- West Side Story doesn't have much of a problem - it was also a bit of a cartoon. Carousel has the weird 'sometimes a man can hit you and it feels like a kiss' thing but the show isn't set in the forties.
A Chorus Line theoretically speaking could be timeless, but even just that confessional form and the psychology of it is dated. I'm amazed that the show 'My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish, And I'm In Therapy!' is something that was written in the present day - the title alone screams late 90's stand up comedy. The humour in Falsettos is nearly all based around therapy speak too - I don't imagine it holds up well.
- Carousel's period (1870s) was not contemporary to when it was written.
It may be dated but it's not like the others mentioned.
- Tick Tock Ho Hum.
- Is Pippin the Weissler's new Chicago? Are they star casting all roles? Sorry, I'm not in the US at the moment.
- [quote] but the show isn't set in the forties.
- A Chorus Line seems like sexual harassment nowadays. YOU HAVE TO TELL ME YOUR INNER MOST PERSONAL ISSUES BEFORE I'LL HIRE YOU!!! Can't I just read the lines?
- Oh, Christ, have you COMPANY nay-sayers ever heard of something called surrealism? The book scenes are deliberately written in an abstract, cubist mode to dramatize Bobby's stream-of-consciousness. So some references or turns of phrase are dated---so what? They matter as much as they do in Shakespeare: not at all.
- r364 majored in dramatic literature and now does temp work
- r 364 minored in ass...
- r364 shpheaks with a bi-lateral lishp
- [quote]This NPH version of COMPANY on PBS right now is almost unwatchable- and I was there in the second row at the taping
Not familiar with Christina Hendricks work, I've never seen "Mad Men" and all I know of her, is she has big bought tits that she bitches when people mention, but I have to say she was delightful.
]quote]Oh, Christ, have you COMPANY nay-sayers ever heard of something called surrealism? The book scenes are deliberately written in an abstract, cubist mode to dramatize Bobby's stream-of-consciousness. So some references or turns of phrase are dated---so what? They matter as much as they do in Shakespeare: not at all
Sondhemites, chuckle, oh boy.
- [quote]300 post and no sign of the infamous OP.
Which OP are you talking about? I started this thread because the person who does the awesome ones didn't. And I've been here the whole time.
BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE GOES PUBLIC
- When I said that Taymor comes out looking the best in the Spiderman book, I didn't mean that she came out looking like the best PERSON; she came out best in terms of her trying to do the job she was hired to do. She came across inordinately stubborn, but she also appeared to do what she needed to do in order to put on the play she thought she was supposed to put on. Edge and Bono? Not so much. They came across as more likeable than Taymor, but also less willing to put in the effort to get the work done.
- Puh-leeeze. "abstract , cubist mode" , "Bobby's stream of consciousness" Hello? When 'Company" first burst upon the scene it was looked at as a realistic depiction of a certain set of Manhattan types. Everyone around the country thought it was a very revealing look at angst-ridden, neurotic, commitment-avoiding 'New Yorkers' and I can't say what New Yorkers thought about the characters at that time -- or even NOW--- but most people in other metropolitan cities around the country thought "There but for the grace of God--so glad I'm not another 100 people getting off the train"
Saw the PBS last night. With the exception of whoever was playing "Amy", I've seen at least two productions done outside of NY --one back in 70s and one not too many years ago-- that were far superior to the acting, singing of that production last night. Interesting that TV vet Hendricks ended up giving the only subtle, internalized performance while everyone else were way over the top.
- With all the publicity I should know the answer, but can someone tell me:
Is the TV Sound of Music going to have a live studio audience as it's a live performance?
If not, won't it be odd when no one laughs, claps (or cries)?
- R371 Amy was Katie Finneran.
- No R372.. it's being done in a studio but there will be no audience.
- I rather like the book to COMPANY. The overbearing '70s NYC faux-wit and faux-profundity seems perfectly in keeping with the subject. You want Bobby to escape from the shallowness of these people and their world and actually feel a real emotion.
- R373, Thanks. I've heard of her and know she's won a Tony, yes, but I guess that was my first time actually seeing her perform and I thought she courageously "went for it" and brought it all off beautifully. I've seen others tackle Amy and 'pull back', when it's the one role that needs that bold approach to it.
- [quote] it's the one role that needs that bold approach to it.
- What do you think a concept musical is, r371, but a show that offers kaleidoscopic perspectives on a single theme? Yes, "abstract" and "cubist" are the perfect words to describe COMPANY. No one, including its authors, ever considered the characters as flesh-and-blood or three-dimensional. Which is why nearly the entire score is written as a commentary, not emotionally, as in the R&H shows, and why COMPANY was considered innovative and pioneering.
- Adrian Lester (Donmar Bobby)isn't gay.
- I think a lot of people go to the theater with the attitude "I paid my money and I'm going to do whatever I want." The reason why the management is so hesitant to do something about audience members who do rude and inappropriate things is that the sort of people who act like this are also most likely to respond by pitching a fit, demanding to see the manager and trying to get the person who spoke to them fired. The managers, of course, hang the ushers out to dry because it's easier to browbeat or fire an underling than to stand up to a flaming asshole. That's why you see the ushers standing by not doing anything. It's learned helplessness.
- R378, I'm R371 and I respect your opinion about it all, though it may have seemed I was putting you down. No --I'm simply trying to communicate what it was like to many of us --some of us theatre vets, some of us just loving performing arts---when 'Company' was first produced and started being done around US and Canada. It was indeed a trail-blazing, innovative musical but we saw it as those two things because, suddenly, this musical had rather startlingly real people that were trying to communicate their "pain" and , lo and behold, there was a song that seemed to come out of nowhere every now and then! You could actually forget you were seeing a musical. We'd never seen anything like it before. No real big dance numbers; the songs were as much a direct ' communique' to audience than a response to whoever was on stage with the singer. To say there was something "surreal" or "abstract" about it or we weren't supposed to see real flesh and blood people on the stage just was NOT the experience that my generation had when first seeing productions of 'Company". We actually looked at it as a play with music .
- Company is one of my all time favorite Original Cast Recordings.
- Barry Weissler's contribution to the theatre:
making like it's 1975 all over again.
One giant leap backwards for western civilization....
- [quote]One giant leap backwards for western civilization....
Better still, no new talent to write anything new and wonderful.
- [quote]Barry Weissler's contribution to the theatre
To give Barry his due, he's tried to develop something new. Over and over and over. He just doesn't have a talent for it.
- [quote]One giant leap backwards for western civilization....
He keeps a lot of people employed. How dare he? Get off your high horse, people enjoy his productions.
- such a lame season there isn't even an active Broadway Sex thread
- R369, do your magic with the Broadway Sex Thread 3, please.
- This thread blows. Next. Nothing to see here.
- Fran and Barry gave us Scottsboro Boys too
- "The reason PIPPIN's grosses are dropping is that unlike other producers, Barry doesn't plow a lot into advertising. He let's the shows do the work."
This surprises me - I always thought of CHICAGO as being heavily advertised, right from the beginning.
- What is up with the Apple Plays. They are soooo boring. Not as bad as those Lucy Thurber plays earlier in the season, but nothing happens in them. The one thread about Uncle is getting tired. The last play better tie it all together.
- Didn't Fran and Barry produce Falsettos?
- So as long as this thread is turning into a discussion of Company, Imma say that PLP knocked it out of the park, and I'm not even a PLP fanboy. That song is pretty much impossible to do since it was written so much for Stritch, but she really found a way to make it different and a three-act play -- and make clear that the "another brilliant zinger" verse is about Joanne's own self-contempt.
- [quote]This surprises me - I always thought of CHICAGO as being heavily advertised, right from the beginning.
It was. They even took a closed store on the upper east side and filled up each window with life size photos of the cast, those now iconic sexy black and white shots.
- [quote] That song is pretty much impossible to do since it was written so much for Stritch,
Dolores Gray didn't find it impossible.
- Splatsy Trombone's repulsive "performance" was off the charts bad. Legendarily bad. Completely wrong casting. She never should have accepted the role.
- What was so wrong about her?
- PLP? At the Duplex?
- It's official. Big Fish gonna sleep with the fishes.
- Here's my problem with LuPone and, don't get me wrong, I used to be a fan.
She's gotten vulgar and way over the top hammy.
By the end of her run in Gypsy she was a mess. People stood and screamed and stomped their feet for her but she was a disaster. And she dragged Boyd Gaines down with her. To her credit, Benanti was consistent throughout the run (I saw the show several times).
PLP's Joanne in Company was, again, vulgar. Screechy. Not funny.
I always thought she was a decent actress and a superior singer. Not so much anymore.
- You must admit it was nice to hear Ladies Who Lunch sung instead of brayed. On pitch, even.
- They can advertise it as Fried Fish for it's last weeks. Awful show that deserved it's demise.
- [quote] What is up with the Apple Plays. They are soooo boring. Not as bad as those Lucy Thurber plays earlier in the season, but nothing happens in them. The one thread about Uncle is getting tired. The last play better tie it all together.
I think they're amazing.
- Now Bobby can do the Terrence McNally play with Tyne Daly.
- First, First Flop and now Big Flop...what's next?
- Oh. How could I forget A Time To Close?
- I say Gentleman's Guide for the next closing.
The cast of Annie
- You forgot Soul Doctor Flop, R406/R407.
- And Soul Doctor will be replaced inexplicably at Circle-in-the-Square by Bronx Bombers which was already universally panned off-Broadway.
Lots of crazy people out there willing to lose thousands of dollars these days.
- According to the pre-sale of The Sound of Music TV recording on iTunes, Audra sings MY FAVORITE THINGS with Carrie BEFORE she meets the children.
Wha??? Why mess with a proven formula. It's like the TV version of ANNIE and Audra sings TOMORROW.
What a shame.
- RAPE ME!!!
- That's how it is in the stage show, isn't it?
- I assume different Broadway theaters have different rental fees but does anyone know if some of the smaller theaters that are in prime locations, like The Booth, might cost more to rent than larger less desirable ones, like The Longacre?
- "It's official. Big Fish gonna sleep with the fishes"
And so we now have an available theatre for Honeymoon in Vegas.
- On the Town revival going to The Palace.
- R411, the duet of "My Favorite Things" between the Mother Abbess and Maria before Maria meets the children was already a proven formula for several years before the movie changed it.
- And there is no "Favorite Things" with the children. The number in Maria's bedroom is "The Lonely Goatherd"
- Interesting that the TV Sound of Music is following the stage script rather than the more widely familiar movie script. Glad they're keeping Something Good, though. Despite the issues with the lyrics, I really love that song.
- R419, you must be late to the game. The entire point of this project is to make people familiar with the STAGE script. The R&H library is tired of people licensing the stage version and being surprised or confused that it is not like the film. As a puppeteer, you have no idea how many times I get a call for puppets to use in "Lonely Goatherd". Clearly, the school has not read the script of they would know that there is no place for the puppet scene in the stage musical.
- The movie is perfect. The stage show is not.
- Is R11 posting here and actually serios about his "complaint"? What is wrong with him?
- Is [R11] posting here and actually serious about his "complaint"? What is wrong with him?
- I thought On The Town has the Longacre.
- So Big Fish is closing. No matter its merits, that's a bad sign. The original American musical is dead. It no longer has a chance it the vacuous culture that has engulfed this country.
Let's face it, original musicals will only succeed if they are based on some B movie that made tween girls shriek with delight twenty years ago, if they star washed up movie/ TV stars looking to revive their dead careers, or if they get over the top - unwarranted - reviews.
Juke box musicals are the only appeal to those vapid producing herds that barter shows today. These Juke Box shows have them salivating because they can thrive in the wasteland know as Broadway. Just watch, here comes Beautiful - again, not even considering its merits - which some say are quite good- this is a sure thing with the female Baby Boomers demographics. It needs NOTHING more than its familiarity.
Beware Madison County or any of the few musicals that dare to brave the scene with a new score because because tumbleweed is blowing down 45th Street. Without a "star," or those outrageous, flamboyant rave reviews. You are dead ... and that's kind of a shame.
- Big Fish is not original, it's based on a mediocre movie that flopped at the box office, an execrable trend that needs to end.
- Wicked, Book of Mormon and Avenue Q would be the exceptions to your rules, r426?
And Hairspray, Once and Kinky Boots, though based on films, also don't quite fit your demographic.
- And one assumes HONEYMOON IN VEGAS might work. I haven't seen it, so I have no opinion, but the reviews and the supposed audience reaction in NJ bodes well.
- Andy Mientus, the twerp who got killed off on Smash, will play Marius in the Les Mis revival? ANDY MIENTUS?
- [quote] Andy Mientus, the twerp who got killed off on Smash, will play Marius in the Les Mis revival? ANDY MIENTUS?
I think he's tremendous.
- I wonder where I am?
- [quote] I wonder where I am?
[quote] michael arden's nude pics
In a folder named "meh".
- r426, I think the point r425 is making by the word "original" is shows with original scores.
- Andy is another of those Ronan farrow type of guys who labels themselves bisexual. I was shocked someone as fem as Andy said he was bi,
Doesn't seem like a natural muff diver.
- [quote] I was shocked someone as fem as Andy said he was bi,
It's quite a silly bias, though I understand it. One wouldn't disbelieve an ultra butch "gold star gay" guy.
- Andy Mientus is BI?!? That's hysterical. Bless his little heart.
- I can't quite imagine what sort of woman other than a deranged Smash fangirl would be interested in Andy Mientus.
I liked Big Fish and am sad that it's closing. It had issues, but I thought Norbert's performance more than made up for it.
- Andy was listed as gay in the Out 100 wasn't he? I have never heard that he was anything other than gay. Doesn't he have a boyfriend who also works in theater? He is very talented but not sure he is really a Marius. Maybe the bi label comes from one of those teen girls who were obsessed with him when he did Spring Awakening. He was very vague about his sexuality when he was doing that show. I'm sure those girls followed him on Smash as well.
- Totally agree, r404. The Apple plays are incredibly smart and moving. And I've never been a Richard Nelson fan.
- Bi is the new thing with young. Actors: Andy, AKB, Jake Wilson, Charlie Williams, they're all bisexual....
- Yeah, and I'm Queen of the May.
- I feel like the gay men who were proud of being gay who died as gay men during the AIDS crisis would be disheartened by so many young guys these days refusing the gay label
- Doubtful Charlie Williams is bi, though I know he has said that in interviews and unbelievable AKB is anything but 110% gay. Just because you took a girl to your senior prom and maybe had a little action with her before the end of the date doesn't make you bi especially when 99% of your other romantic and sexual history is with the same gender.
- I doubt think guys in showbiz are representative of regular young guys who are not angling to be pinups etc.
- [quote]especially when 99% of your other romantic and sexual history is with the same gender
Surely sexual orientation is about desire, not simply activity, no? Or there'd be no such thing as closeted married guys.
- Add Wes Tayy, Nick Adams, max Essen to the bi list. Sexuality is much more fluid for younger people than older queens. They get as much pussy as dick.
- Where is the proof that the guys in 446 are bi? All I've ever read is gay from their interview
- As much as I hated the Rebecca Luker revival where everything was set outdoors... the Von Trapp family lived on their terrace, I did like the way "The Lonely Goatherd was staged. That dull song was used as the opening number in the family's Ac Two scene at the Festival prior to their escape. Brilliant idea..a cutsey poo number performend with giant Nazi flags drapping both sides of the stage. For once, that number worked for me.
- Andy Mientus as Marius? Uhh... ok but isn't Marius supposed to be straight and in love with Cosette?
- Isn't Marius also supposed to be interesting, charismatic and attractive? I can't wait to see Empty Chairs at Empty Tables being sung by a hipster in skinny jeans, beveling his hip while giggling into his hands like an Asian schoolgirl. Now we know why Eponine dressed up like a boy: she figured it improved her odds at landing Marius.
- Michael Ball created the role of Marius, so I don't see the problem...
- [quote]Now we know why Eponine dressed up like a boy: she figured it improved her odds at landing Marius.
The curious thing is that his character on SMASH was rather Eponine-esque; pining for a boy who would never love him. And then after his tragic death, there was much spectacular grieving.
Here's hoping they find a way to interpolate some of the songs from HIT LIST.
- [quote]Sexuality is much more fluid for younger people than older queens. They get as much pussy as dick.
This may be true but it still doesn't mean most or all of these guys are telling the truth. In fact, I'm sure most are flat-out lying but R444 I think hit it on the head: these kids have pinup dreams -- i.e., they still dream of making it big in TV and film and don't want to limit themselves in the eyes of casting directors. Forget NPH -- I'm sure most of them still believe they can have a career like Leo DiCaprio and they're not gonna risk throwing it all away so early in the game just for the sake of being "out and proud."
- Right the only pussy Wes, Nick and Max have ever seen or played with is a real live cat.
- I think some may be flat out lying that they are gay because the NY theater community is so gay. Perhaps are they are more straight in their real feelings.
- Don't make fun of the people who don't like the Apple Plays. You know she doesn't like it. Right, Uncle? You agreed with me this morning. Remember? Here, are you eating the salad with no dressing? Don't ask why there's no salad, you know she doesn't like when you tease her about that. Right, Uncle? Oh, I hate Andrew. And I can call him Andrew and not Gov. Cuomo because...right, Uncle? Remember when we called him Andrew, Uncle?
- Jeremy Jordan as Marius? Oui. Andy Mientus as Marius. Non. Tres horrible casting. Mientus is so...wimpy.
Michael Ball was actually quite attractive back in 1986 in Les Mis. As long as he didn't remove his shirt.
- r456 is clearly a fangurl who can't stand the thought that her latest crush
is happiest with a dick in his mouth and wouldn't touch her with a ten-foot dick.
Wes Taylor, Nick Adams, Max Von Essen? Honey, just read their Twitter feeds. They're part of the "in" group of Broadway gays. Giggly and girly and having a fine old time with their gay sexuality. So is Andy Mientus, who is proudly and happily involved with Michael Arden.
And Andy Keenan-Bolger - a pussy-hound? Not in this lifetime.
- Keenan-Bolger's sister may be a puss-hound - the one who's not Celia.
- The thought of all these Broadway gay boys trying to pass as straight just makes me want to SQUEAL!!!
- is any a bit pip-squeaky for marius? vocally as well-
- no such thing as male bisexuality
- What happened to that documentary that was shot and announced about Broadway ex-gays? Supposedly it had recognizable names. Who got it killed?
- Who were the ex-gays rumored to be?
- I remember hearing about that. Who were the ex gays featured?
- Bud Frump (not Urie).
- Bud Frump is with that playwright, no?
- You mean Christopher "Oh, I dropped my" Hanke?
I guess the "ex-gay" thing worked about as well for him as it did for all the other ex-gay guys who are out scarfing dick every chance they get.
- Hanke (according to the play was a gay christian)
- Hanke Skanky...
- 1) "...and make clear that the 'another brilliant zinger' verse is about Joanne's own self-contempt." Oh, really? LuPone was the first person to make that clear? Incredible.
2) The only thing "amazing" about any Richard Nelson play is that it somehow gets produced.
3) The idea that this production of ON THE TOWN would ever be booked into the Palace is insane. On the other hand, BRONX BOMBERS is transferring to Circle in the Square, so insanity is not an unknown commodity on The Broadway.
4) Amazing that anyone who posts here doesn't already know that the SOUND OF MUSIC telecast version is going to be based on the score and script of the original stage show, rather than the movie, and also doesn't know what the differences are.
- [quote] Amazing that anyone who posts here doesn't already know that the SOUND OF MUSIC telecast version is going to be based on the score and script of the original stage show, rather than the movie, and also doesn't know what the differences are.
- I don't recall anything tragic about Kyle's death on Smash.
- [quote] Keenan-Bolger's sister may be a puss-hound - the one who's not Celia.
R460, I thought that was well known?
- [quote]I don't recall anything tragic about Kyle's death on Smash.
The tragedy was that he had so much more life left to live! Songs to write! Guys to bottom for anonymously! Scarfs to wear!
- You forgot "people in the streets," r476. He had so many people in the streets, too!
- The only stage version of The Sound of Music I've seen was the City Opera version with Debby Boone. And they kept the movie placement of that song.
Did the Rebecca Luker Broadway version stick to the stage script?
- R478. I think it's time to revert to discussions about the next Follies revival. Maybe with all the bisexual Broadway babies cited earlier! I mean if we can stomach a gay Company, why not...
- Happy birthday to DL fave Karen Ziemba!
- How about an all gay Follies?
- [quote]Did the Rebecca Luker Broadway version stick to the stage script?
Yes except all the villa scenes, with the exception of Maria's bedroom, were on the terrace. And "Something Good" was used. Oh, and some of the nuns were spinning pottery and painting pictures (nun's craft time) during "How Do You Solve a Problem like Maria?"
- On the Town wants a small theater so that Palace rumor is just a rumor.
And it's being considerably recast and redesigned since Barrington.
John Rando, Josh Bergasse and Tony Yazbeck's ass remain constant.
- How does anyone think that Broadway is eager for a revival of "On The Town"? Really? I'm sure it was delightful summer entertainment in Barrington. But at the Longacre? That is nuts. People throwing money away in a fever dream. But it will be a good couple of months of employment for everyone.
- Well, for one thing, there is very little competition for that Best Musical Revival Tony right now.
And On the Town has never had a decent Broadway revival.
- Do people like the NY Times "In Performance" videos?
- Hmm...so if Fun Home moves, it has a chance at Best Musical.
- Fun Home, if it moves, would be smarter to wait until the Fall. They would get crushed this Spring.
- Would Cabaret be eligible again for Best Revival?
- Christ fellas, the halfwits on MY site are all clammering to wish tha old buzzard fruit buzzie a happy birthday... who gives a rat's ass? I've had to delete half the comments that have... nothing.. to.. do.. with theater.
- Glenn for the 50th anniversary of MAME?
Kathleen Turner would have been a better choice.
- Kathleen Turner would be a perfect Vera, not Mame.
I would think Cabaret and Les Miz would be ineligible for Best Revival as they are the same productions (with different actors) already seen on Broadway. But one never should second guess the Tony's yearly rulings.
- [quote]How about an all gay Follies?
Now how exactly would that work? The demolition of The Gaiety? Finnochio's?
- how about the closing of the Roxy?
Beautiful Girls would be about the drag queens!
- R495, the Roxy was around for only 20 years or so. It makes no sense to set Follies at that location. Finocchio's at least had been around since 1936, and FYI, it was a drag revue so Beautiful Girls would still be about drag queens.
- R495 It should be about the closing of the Gaiety strip club!
- Doesn't MAME have to be...a tad...likable?
- It should be about the closing of the original Adonis porn theatre on 8th and 51st! Now that was a theatre with a rundown grandeur about it.
- OK this does have some funny bits.
- Just listened to the Far from Heaven recording. Ugh. And I say this as a huge fan of Grey Gardens. If you're just going to have random bursts of sung dialogue with the barest insinuations of a song why both writing a musical? With a few exceptions the whole thing sounds so lazy.
- Neither of The two On the Town Bway revivals played more than 75 performances The last one was great in the Park but fizzled when it moved indoors The producer doesnt care about making money just likes to see his name in lights and be eligible for Tonys
- [quote]It should be about the closing of the original Adonis porn theatre on 8th and 51st! Now that was a theatre with a rundown grandeur about it.
Yes--quite a place, really, even though the only time I was there I was about 18 and so freaked out I didn't partake in any of the activity. But lovely, in that faded way teenagers love to think they've discovered the beauty of all on their own.
- I really enjoyed Far From Heaven off-Broadway. Grey Gardens, not so much. Looking forward to listening to the score of Far from Heaven in a day or two. Understand it would be difficult if you had not seen the musical.
- Honeymoon in Vegas is having trouble landing a theater because the landlords have seen the Paper Mill production and are less than thrilled.
- Thank you, r500, you made my day!
- R499. The Adonis had "grandeur"? In what sense? It was a true fleapit. Lots of action everywhere. But grandeur? Nowhere.
- COMCAST is airing a vintage Howard Stern Show from 2008, with NPH as the guest.
He admitted to Howard that his first gay experience was when he was seduced by a male member of the Rent ensemble cast, and he was hooked.
- Admitted it, ey?
- The Adonis may have become a fleapit, but basically it was one of the more impressive theater spaces in the city. In its heyday it must have been spectacular.
- I saw Kathleen Turner in Fairway yesterday, looking great and not using her usual affected accent. The gal has lost a ton of weight, and was moving pretty well. I'd say she's ready to play Vera.
- [quote]I would think Cabaret and Les Miz would be ineligible for Best Revival as they are the same productions (with different actors) already seen on Broadway. But one never should second guess the Tony's yearly rulings.
Actually, the LES MIZ revival is a "new" production; new sets, new staging, no turntable. The previous revival was a reproduction of the original production. The fact that it got a Tony nomination for Best Revival bodes well for CABARET's chances.
- Anyone know if there was any interaction between obvious heterosexual Zachary Levi and the group of Broadway gays? Excuse me, Broadway bisexuals. Or did he mostly stick with his own gaggle of guys he brings with him everywhere? Or did they shun him because of First Date's general suck-itude?
- If you think Far From Heaven was weak, you should hear what they wrote for Finding Neverland. Ugh...
- [quote]The Adonis had "grandeur"? In what sense? It was a true fleapit. Lots of action everywhere. But grandeur? Nowhere.
To notice it you need to have gotten off your knees and looked around a bit. WHORE.
- [quote] I saw Kathleen Turner in Fairway yesterday
r511 what was she buying? We must KNOW
- Fleet Enemas!
- R515. But you were giving such great head, how could I?
- CCastrec-l peeps all goign a tizzy over Glenn Close MAME
- After hearing Close's Losing My Mind, it would be a travesty to hear her try to belt If He Walked Into My Life and It's Today.
- Every other year, Jerry Herman comes out with a new "favorite choice" for a MAME revival. It always leads nowhere. The same ill happen with Close.
- He come you never read about the Adonis in those "lost Broadway theaters" books? Had it only been a movie theater? It looked like it might have been an old vaudeville house.
- R522, it was originally the Tivoli.
- This article on the Adonis is riddled with stupid, careless writing/editing errors, but I think the facts are correct, and it's an interesting read.
- [quote]The Adonis had "grandeur"? In what sense? It was a true fleapit. Lots of action everywhere. But grandeur? Nowhere.
The Adonis aka The Tivoli, was the first motion picture theater in NYC to show the hardcore feature film "Mona" in 1971. It was the first non-documentary film to feature hardcore sex. The Tivoli in it's hey day was a first class theater and even had a roof top theater.
- So if they made a musical about the Adonis, how would the set designer replicate the nacreous layers of permacum?
- Kathleen was buying coffee when I spotted her.
- Spidey closing in January. Announced next week.
- It's been said, about The Adonis, during it's heyday you wouldn't sit under the balcony edge. If so, you'd get spewed upon by copious amounts of orgasmic cum from above!
- Where has everyone gone? My Thread Watcher hasn't budged all day.
- Has Wes Taylor seen the timid cock?
- Though Little Miss Sunshine has enjoyed some good word of mouth in this newest incarnation, Jesse21 hated it.
- does jesse21 still dance at The Ritz?
- [quote]Though Little Miss Sunshine has enjoyed some good word of mouth in this newest incarnation, Jesse21 hated it.
And they didn't close immediately?
- "KING KONG" one step closer to Broadway. And it'll be cheaper, they won't have to build a whole new puppet.
- Just listened to the Far from Heaven cast recording.
Easily some of the most harmonically sophisticated and well-written
music written for the theater in many, many years.
- I just saw LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE last night!
Alas, there were very few hummable songs - it was mostly sung dialogue. That being said, the performances were all top-notch and the staging was incredibly clever.
Will is very handsome and while not a masterpiece, it is worth seeing, IMO.
- [quote]it was mostly sung dialogue
This is the problem I have with most musicals these days, certainly all the musicals coming out of the not-for-profits. They're not musicals. They're plays where people inexplicably sing their dialogue every now and then. There's no need for the songs to even be there.
- Did Karen Morrow ever play MAME?
- Theater is so dead there is no active Broadway SEx Thread, Fuckups of Broadway thread, Nastiest on Broadway thread, all dead
- Karen Morrow played everything, even Mabel in Mack & Mabel.
- She was the Caroline O'Connor of her day!
- Can we talk about how OLD audiences are outside of New York? I've been going to some stuff in DC recently, and I have been to regional theatre abroad, and it seems that the average age is about 65 now. Is this always the case? Do enough new people get into it and grow older, thus making up for it, or will there be a huge drop in attendance in 15 years when all of these 65 year olds are dying off?
- Little Miss Sunshine getting slapped by EVERYONE. Ikes. Missy Isssywood's ho-hum review is the best of the lot.
- There's a great Merv Griffin Show from 1977 in circulation, Broadway Belters was the theme.
Ethel Merman, Ann Miller, Dolores Gray and Karen Morrow, singing and dishing.
- The Sondheim show at Encores! has Jeremy Jordan as Buddy, singing to Bernadette Peters as Sally . . . WTF?
- R540. DL now stands for Dead List. Haven't you noticed?
- While 12N is fine, especially Rylance, R3 is pure crap. Is Rylance playing retarded? And both are 3 hours long. Cute the clowning in the former and all the historical name-dropping in the latter.
- I was in bear heaven watching Daniel Stewart Sherman in a wifebeater in Kinky Boots. Has he always been so heavy? I've seen him in other shows and don't remember him having such a big belly.
- [quote]The Sondheim show at Encores! has Jeremy Jordan as Buddy, singing to Bernadette Peters as Sally . . . WTF?
I've said it before, Sondeimites are crazy. How many of these "revues" of his music are they going to come up with until one sticks? His shows don't run more than a year, so they concoct a show with all his dreary ugly music and expect crowds.
- R550. With this one, they're being very smart. It's an extremely limited run, so of course it can't make money. And it's mostly old Sondheim rearranged for jazz performance at high prices.
- And who doesn't want to hear Bernadette sing jazz? Actual jazz musicians must be laughing already.
And Betty Buckley must be beside herself, since Sondheim slammed her for "doing too much" to his music in performance; now we've got an approved revue where the whole point is to "do too much" to the music. That greedy old man is becoming really tiresome.
- R545 And some people STILL deny Merv was gay.
- R543 - Interesting point. I, too, have seen quite a bit of theatre around the country in recent years. Very old audiences! The generation that accepted theatre as a vital and necessary part of society are getting old. There won't be any theatre in another 20 years or so. There are exceptions , of course - Austin, Tx comes to mind as a place with young enthusiastic audiences - but the money needed for producing --that generation is going, going, gone.
- R544: Honestly, the original movie wasn't that great. The plot is contrived (the girl was carrying color blindness testing cards?), and as a comedy, it got only three huge laughs when I saw it. It seems anything with a nihilistic message gets a good review these days.
- Huh? for r555
- R555 hasn't noticed there haven't been any good reviews for LMS.
- Do the composers of the Far From Heaven musical credit Elmer Bernstein in any way? Most of the score sounds like a rip-off of his score from the film, in some cases it's completely plagiarised. They "borrow" pretty shamelessly.
- [quote]Huh? for [R555]
He's talking about the film of "Little Miss Sunshine". Every year a small independent film arrives to raves from the critics and crowds flock only to be disappointed, like "Juno" or "Lost in Translation" or "Black Swan". And Alan Arkin was nothing special, it was a career Oscar over Eddie Murphy, who deserved it.
- So who has seen Macbeth starring Ethan Hawke?
- R560. Not many people seem to have seen all of Hawke's performance. TC has gone on endlessly about how rotten his performance is. In fact, they're planning a Tony week luncheon around its lousiness.
- r 558 That's not true at all; go back to Kinky Boots and be gone!
- The other day I got an email from an acquaintance who is a small time Broadway producer. He was looking for investors interested in putting money into the Bryan Cranston play All the Way.
I was surprised as I would have thought that show, after 2 productions and star casting would be capitalized by now. It just goes to show that even when shows announce they are moving to Broadway, nothing is certain until a theater is named.
- [quote]And some people STILL deny Merv was gay.
Some of us have our reasons.
- Once and for all, my father was not gay!
- Theater is dead.
Thank you and good night.
- Do we really want a MATILDA movie?
- Far from Home was so boring. It was like watching paint dry. I kept hoping Kelli O'Hara would go into labor so it would end. I can't think of anything I'd enjoy less than listening to that album.
- [quote]Do we really want a MATILDA movie?
Some of us do.
- LOL R568, I agree.
So here is the Broadway line-up for the Thanksgiving Day Parade:
The cast of the Tony-winning revival of Pippin has joined the line-up for the 87th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, which will be broadcast live on NBC Nov. 28 9 AM-noon ET; check local listings.
The company is scheduled to perform Stephen Schwartz's "Corner of the Sky" and "Magic to Do."
Attendees can also expect to enjoy performances from the Radio City Rockettes as well as Broadway's Matilda and Motown: The Musical.
The first hour of the national broadcast will feature a special appearance by Carrie Underwood and members of the cast of NBC’s upcoming The Sound of Music Live!
- I'd prefer Ann Miller as The Grim Reaper.
- Latest press release from Bullets over Broadway never mentions Marin Mazzie's name. WTF is going on? What's holding up the announcement?
- Well, what's the point of mentioning her name? Ain't gonna sell any tickets.
- What R573 said. Nobody gives a fuck about Marin Mazzie. Her name doesn't exactly light up Broadway.. there are no stars left.
Betty Bacall, the real horror of the Dakota
- Is it true Betty got dressed up on Halloween nd wheeled herself through the Dakota halls pleading for handouts?
- A friend reports from London of the disaster that is the Shady Pines version of Much Ado About Nothing. Apparently even Redgrave (several years younger than James Earl Jones) is far too doddery for a serious Beatrice. Please call me ageist, just realistic. Why not set Mark Rylance loose on that play?
- Is Gentleman's Guide ever going to open? Is it that show's success or lack thereof that's preventing the assignation of any available theaters to the many shows out there still looking? Is there some sort of domino effect at play?
Are there seriously any other shows currently running that could close in time to allow a new show to move in before Tony deadline? I'm assuming Janis Joplin at The Lyceum is one of them.
What show gets The Imperial when Billy closes?
- Gentlemen's Guide was always scheduled to open this Sunday- a normal preview period (R577)
Also, it's in the smallish Walter Kerr so it's hardly keeping any of the discussed musicals from finding a home. It will need raves to make it to Tony time.
Les Miserables has the Imperial in the March.
Shows that will/could close to allow another show to open before the Tonys? Many. January and February are always full of closings.
- [quote] It will need raves to make it to Tony time.
It'll need raves to make it to January 5th. It'll need a miracle to make it to the Tonys.
- I've seen MacBeth. Ethan's the weakest link. John Glover is the standout.
- "Is it true Betty got dressed up on Halloween and wheeled herself through the Dakota halls pleading for handouts?"
Would you believe the bitch was dressed as Paul McCartney?
- I heard Betty didn't even have to hire a fancy costume to go trick-or-treating. The bunny slippers gave her away. Word is she's determined to replace Tovah in Pippin.
- Love Miss Betty Buckley, but who the fuck is going to be holding her from the trapeze?!?!? I mean, unless Patina, Terrence, and Charlotte plan on getting on that trapeze, too, I can't see Miss Betty as the new Berthe. Go for Beth Leavel, maybe. Or better, Pat LuPone.
- Pat Lupone played the director in Chorus Line, right?
- We're not talking about Betty Lynn, we're talking about Betty Perske.
- Watching Hugh Jackman in a PBS rerun of the NT's Oklahoma right now.
Whoever thought he could sing?? He may have looked purty but he is consistently flat. His throat sounds so constricted.
- It didn't Jerry Orbach any harm.
- Marian Mazzie in Bullets Over Broadway? Oh no. She'll make another classic role bland and boring. Her only good quality was her perky dirty pillows back in Passion days. (they sagged quickly though)
- The only intense/angry version of My Heart Belongs To Daddy I've ever heard was by Marin Mazzie. And she was singing with a regular orchestration. It was odd.
- is her marriage to Daniely real or a beard arrangement
- I'm sort of LOL-ing at the idea of an angry "My Heart Belongs to Daddy"... like the singer was the childhood victim of sexual abuse by her father, and the song is her vehicle for revealing it... Sounds like a real show-stopper!
- God, but Curley McLaine is a real asshole. What a fucking prig.
- Helen Sinclair should go to Donna Murphy.
But what about her reputation for calling in s(DON'T SPEAK)k..?
- Just got in from Gentlemen's Guide. Sorry to report it's a complete disappointment. Jefferson Mays works hard and is very good in his various roles but the rest of the cast is merely serviceable and the score simply never takes flight. My friend (a critic who invited me to be her date for the evening) and I were both very let down as we'd both been so looking forward to seeing it all week.
Can't see it making it past January (or even end of the year to be honest), though I can see Mays being the sole Tony nom the show might eek out come next spring (provided five other more memorable performances don't come along before then).
- Marin Mazzie was announced for Bullets at least three weeks ago. Why all this chatter now like she's still "in the running"? It's hers.
And as much as I'd like to believe she's bearing for Jason, she's not.
- I hope the next thread, #126, has a quiet opening to reflect the current season, without all of the tired theatrical flourish.
- she still hasn't been officially announced r595 and no she isn't bearing for Jason. She is barren.
- When the person starts #126, please start a sex thread as well, please.
- Marin "announced?" In what remaining journal? Betty P in bunny slippers in Pippin? OMG. To this we've come. Roll on #126. We need you!
- The next one.
- Isn't Betty P. a little old to be hanging from the rafters? Maybe they can get Juliette Binoche instead.