THEATRE GOSSIP #101: "Turkey Lurkey Time" Edition!
It's Turkey Lurkey Time! "Scandalous," "The Performers," "Dead Accounts," "Annie," "The Heiress" and next up - "The Anarchist." So many turkeys, so little time!
The shining hit of the season: CHAPLIN?????
LuPone doesn't suffer fools gladly. (LuPone doesn't suffer ANYONE gladly, actually). What must she be thinking, sharing the stage with someone who has no stage chops at all?
Caroline O'Connor hits Broadway with her tappin' feet! But she can't compare to our own home-grown tapping darling, KZ.
Cars, Cars, everywhere! We MUST have a full accounting of Broadway shows that had cars on stage.
Julian Ovenden - yay, nay, or gay?
Will Kathie Lee's little "Christmas dropping" make it to the holidays? Or close next week?
Ben Brantley: And he'll tease you! He'll unease you! He's got Jeffrey Dahmer Eyes.
THE LADY COMES ACROSS! NOWHERE TO GO BUT UP! SOMETHING MORE! PIPPPPPIN!
And we're off ...
|by Anonymous||reply 601||12/10/2012|
This sounds like it's golden. How come we have no reports on this yet?
Patti Issues, Ben Rimalower's solo play about his love of Tony winner Patti LuPone, has extended its run for a fourth time at The Duplex. The show will now continue through February 28, 2013.
Written and performed by Rimalower, the autobiographical show explores Rimalower’s turbulent childhood spent growing up with a gay father, and the solace he found in following LuPone's career.
|by Anonymous||reply 1||11/21/2012|
Tommy Tune on Playbill talking about Coco deserves a big Mary!
[quote] "It occurs when Chanel invents the little back dress. Michael's choreographic design embodies the elegance and restraint of Chanel's classic garment itself. It would take an essay to describe how he did it, but it was the equivalent of a perfectly tailored black suit for a gentleman. Both Michael and Chanel's designs merged right there on that stage. Both are astonishingly and enduringly classic."
|by Anonymous||reply 2||11/21/2012|
and why, by the way, is Patti dressed in some odd communist Chinese looking lounging pajamas what the hell kind of prisoner uniform is that? (not even going to get into the shoes)
|by Anonymous||reply 3||11/21/2012|
Who the fuck is Ben RimMeByTheHour and why do I care what he has to say about Patti?
|by Anonymous||reply 4||11/21/2012|
I nominate OP to oust Brantley from his undeserved spot in the theatre critic's pecking order!
|by Anonymous||reply 5||11/21/2012|
Pippin in the park would work, the show is put on by a traveling Minstrel show.
|by Anonymous||reply 6||11/21/2012|
Rim, a little lower now, bay-bee.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||11/21/2012|
Does Jan Maxwell host a Thanksgiving potluck dinner for struggling, homeless actors at her subsidized digs at Manhattan Plaza? Must they bring cash?
|by Anonymous||reply 8||11/21/2012|
They sure as hell better bring cash to MY Thanksgiving potluck!
|by Anonymous||reply 9||11/21/2012|
Possible variants: Rimyalower, Rimyallover.
|by Anonymous||reply 10||11/21/2012|
I wonder what Patti thought about Ben Rimmelower's tribute?
|by Anonymous||reply 11||11/21/2012|
How could following that bitch's career provide solace?
|by Anonymous||reply 12||11/21/2012|
R11 there is a glowing quote from Patti on the posters for Rimalower's show.
|by Anonymous||reply 13||11/21/2012|
Please let CHAPLIN not be this season's MEMPHIS.
|by Anonymous||reply 14||11/22/2012|
I've seen Chaplin twice and love it! Bob McClure is a real star.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||11/22/2012|
Bless you, OP! Brilliant stuff.
|by Anonymous||reply 16||11/22/2012|
It's a bad thing, r17, because it's shit and when shit becomes successful it breeds more shit. Fuck actors working in relentlessly boring shows, Broadway needs quality shows to employ them.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||11/22/2012|
Interesting how some people think it is their responsibility to CLOSE shows they don't like!
|by Anonymous||reply 19||11/22/2012|
When you get down to it, the theater (or specifically Broadway) is really no different than any other medium. Look at TV: crap shows like "How I Met Your Mother" and "Rules of Engagement" run for years while great shows like "The Comeback" and "Arrested Development" only last one or two seasons (if that). Whatever the reason, people too often gravitate to the bad, not the good.
|by Anonymous||reply 20||11/22/2012|
When you go now give to broadway equity Fights Aids. There are collections at the end and volunteers help and I have been collecting at Anni.e and Mama Mia? Be sure and help it's all for a good cause and who better than this time of year Maryann
|by Anonymous||reply 21||11/22/2012|
GIANT--too many thoughts on this one--very ambitious; a lot of it successful; a bunch of misfires across the board (some book, some score, some design, some direction, some venue etc)--all could have been addressed to some extent if this was not the NY production (although, I dont know how much of anything differs from the Dallas staging) Although I think hes a very talented actor/singer-why is no one mentioning that d'arcy james is essentially miscast? I realize how hard it is to find a genuinely masculine leading man with charisma who isnt slick etc etc--but Brian doesn't at all seem like hes ever been on horse or been within a thousand miles of a cattle ranch. hell, his jeans didnt even look broken in (ohm a thank god for Katie Thompson-just brilliant-someone write this girl a show!))
|by Anonymous||reply 22||11/22/2012|
I don't know about that crown on Laura Osnes' head during the CINDERELLA number on the parade.. That thing could impale someone
|by Anonymous||reply 23||11/22/2012|
I really enjoyed the Cinderella excerpt but maybe that's just because I love the score. Prince Charming isn't exactly eye candy, though, is he?
That little kid in Annie reminded me way too much of the little murderer in the movie Orphan (ironically). Tonight I'll have nightmares of her putting on thick lipstick and straddling Daddy Warbucks, whispering in a Slavic accent "Come on, Daddy-you know you want it."
|by Anonymous||reply 24||11/22/2012|
This had to be the weakest representation of Broadway shows on the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade.
I heard ELF is good, but you couldn't tell from that lousy number.
No SCANDALOUS either. Kathie Lee must be pissed. She works for the network.
|by Anonymous||reply 25||11/22/2012|
I enjoyed Edwin Drood, although I have to agree with the critic who says that Will Chase over-reacts to the choice of lovers at the very end of the musical.
Can people post who they saw as Dick Datchery and the murderer.
Dick Datchery: Helena Landless
Link to character names
|by Anonymous||reply 26||11/22/2012|
R23- I posted about the crown, That being said I have always loved the score too. And both TV versions. Have seen several stage productions, the last one with 'Newsies' Kara Lindsay, DL fav Claybourne Elder Rosen and wonderful Paula Leggett Chase. I understand the script is being altered. I hope Douglas Carter Bean doesn't go overboard with the changes.
|by Anonymous||reply 27||11/22/2012|
please ignore r26. posting Drood voting results isn't gossip. go to Broadway World with that fangurl shit please
I vote for Andy Karl for biggest cock in Drood
|by Anonymous||reply 28||11/22/2012|
This year was far better than the Good Vibrations/All Shook Up year. Cinderella and Bring It On came off well. Pissed that A Christmas Story didn't perform.
|by Anonymous||reply 29||11/22/2012|
I was surprised by that, R29. I thought for sure A CHRISTMAS STORY would've been among them.
Though I'm sure this question has been asked/answered before, how do they go about choosing which shows get to perform on the parade? Do the show producers lobby the network and/or Macy's PR department for a slot? Or is there some other selection process?
|by Anonymous||reply 30||11/22/2012|
I wonder who has the bigger cock - Andy Karl or Orfeh?
|by Anonymous||reply 31||11/22/2012|
presumably-Cinderella will be considered..a revival? or eligible for score??
|by Anonymous||reply 32||11/22/2012|
Just as he did in South Pacific, you'll be glad to know that Bartlett Sher worked a bare ass shower scene into Golden Boy. It's a hunky fighter who strips down and shows off his ass as he walks to the shower at the back of the stage. We then see the top half of him as he takes a shower behind frosted glass.
|by Anonymous||reply 33||11/22/2012|
I liked Forever Dusty for the music but so sad that Sajous steals the show-she has an amazing voice. Girl doing Dusty is OK but they could have found someone else who was a better actress- but she wrote the book and developed it, so it was a vanity project for her.
|by Anonymous||reply 35||11/22/2012|
Jesus, but "The Anarchist" is a complete and total piece of shit!!!!!!
|by Anonymous||reply 36||11/22/2012|
Yeah, r36, but the restored Golden is gorgeous! I spent the whole show admiring the theater and not looking at the stage.
|by Anonymous||reply 37||11/22/2012|
Did they replace the seats at the Golden? When I saw MASTER CLASS they had cardboard EXIT signs scotchtaped to the wall.
|by Anonymous||reply 38||11/22/2012|
Let's hope THE ANARCHIST winds up being the final nail in the coffin for new David Mamet plays on Broadway. Stick his horseshit in the Atlantic (the theater, not the ocean, although....) where horseshit seems to find a suitable home.
|by Anonymous||reply 39||11/22/2012|
Well, surely the fact that a straight play was premiering with Patti LuPone in the lead role, should have been an indication...
|by Anonymous||reply 40||11/22/2012|
That, and the fact that Laurie Metcaf fled before they even began rehearsals. She probably finally got to read the "play". Debra Winger might as well be offstage for the entire crapfest.
|by Anonymous||reply 41||11/22/2012|
R40 lives in a cave.
Lupone is an excellent dramatic actress.
|by Anonymous||reply 42||11/22/2012|
Did you see her in Master Class. It flopped for a reason in London.
|by Anonymous||reply 43||11/22/2012|
[quote]you'll be glad to know that Bartlett Sher worked a bare ass shower scene into Golden Boy.
Bart Sher is the 21st century's own Josh Logan! "I'm straight! Where can I fit in the beefcake?"
|by Anonymous||reply 44||11/22/2012|
R40 lives deep in that cave. LuPone was the original Ruth in Mamet's 1977 two-hander, The Woods, opposite Peter Weller.
|by Anonymous||reply 45||11/22/2012|
I know of her history with Mamet. Doesn't change my basic point. Her stock is not as high as a straight actress as it is as a musical theatre performer.
|by Anonymous||reply 46||11/22/2012|
I disagree R46. A lot of people will consider the fact that she's not singing a positive.
|by Anonymous||reply 47||11/22/2012|
I saw her r43 and thought she was excellent. The play was slaughtered by the critics. I saw Daly too and she was terrific but LuPone was better.
|by Anonymous||reply 48||11/22/2012|
Those weren't the real CINDERELLA costumes in the parade, were they? Because they were the ugliest things I've ever seen. Hopefully that's just what they cobbled together for the parade.
|by Anonymous||reply 49||11/22/2012|
Who is the butt in "Golden Boy"? The latest Mamet is a Turkey for the holiday and beyond. Was Jeff Richards forced to produce this turd so he could have the rights to Glengarry?
|by Anonymous||reply 50||11/22/2012|
Please ignore R28.
He should be posting here.
|by Anonymous||reply 51||11/22/2012|
[quote]Those weren't the real CINDERELLA costumes in the parade, were they? Because they were the ugliest things I've ever seen. Hopefully that's just what they cobbled together for the parade
There was absolutely nothing to bitch about that Cinderella piece. The costumes were cool and that five mintues was the best part of the pre-show and sold lots of tickets today. You'll actually be suprised when you eventually watch the bootleg in your Mom's basement.
|by Anonymous||reply 52||11/22/2012|
Out gay actor John Partridge will play Zach the director in the first West End revival of A Chorus Line at the London Palladium starting in February. The Palladium's an awful choice for the show because it's a barn-even the original London production of La Cage Aux Folles looked bad in there.
|by Anonymous||reply 53||11/22/2012|
[quote]There was absolutely nothing to bitch about that Cinderella piece. The costumes were cool...
The chorus costumes were lousy. That yellow ball gown steals focus. Unless it is on a lead character, it has no place on stage. The ballgowns look like they were borrowed from a regional opera companies production of La Traviata. Those costumes would get you dropped from any design program in the USA.
I would hope that they were "dummy" costumes quickly assembled for the parade. As far as the Fairy Godmother's costume goes, it is bizarre, but I will give it a pass until I see it in the context of the show.
|by Anonymous||reply 54||11/23/2012|
Is Vicki Clark getting along with the cast?
|by Anonymous||reply 55||11/23/2012|
Vicki doesn't get along with anybody.
|by Anonymous||reply 56||11/23/2012|
[quote]Did you see her in Master Class. It flopped for a reason in London.
Lots of Tony Award winning shows flopped in London. "The Producers", "RENT" & "The Drowsy Chaperone" being some. What's your point?
|by Anonymous||reply 57||11/23/2012|
That anyone here or over on other chat boards could find those Cinderella costumes anything but highly mediocre if not downright ugly just shows that no one knows anything about stage design and costuming any more.
|by Anonymous||reply 58||11/23/2012|
Yet Jersey Boys and Wicked endure in London!
|by Anonymous||reply 59||11/23/2012|
And Scarlett Strallen as Cassie. Saw her in Singin in the Rain as Kathy, she was fabulous.
Zach seems like a fucked up role to have celebrity casting for.
|by Anonymous||reply 60||11/23/2012|
It's because Zach doesn't dance except in the curtain call.
|by Anonymous||reply 61||11/23/2012|
And let's not forget LEGALLY BLONDE won the Olivier as Best Musical...
|by Anonymous||reply 62||11/23/2012|
John Partridge is a musical theatre performer who became a soap opera actor. I wouldn't say it's a case of "celebrity casting". Name casting, yes.
|by Anonymous||reply 63||11/23/2012|
John Partridge is far from a big celebrity, and (R61) he's a great dancer. He did Tugger in Cats and the groom in Drowsy in London.
|by Anonymous||reply 64||11/23/2012|
Is Scarlett Strallen a similar age to Donna McKechnie when the Broadway production opened?
|by Anonymous||reply 65||11/23/2012|
Zach dances in the opening, too. He shows them the choreography they're supposed to learn in "I Hope I Get It." He does the "famous" routine.
|by Anonymous||reply 66||11/23/2012|
Zach also dances when he's showing them "One," doesn't he?
|by Anonymous||reply 67||11/23/2012|
Saw VANYA AND SONIA today. Funny but ultimately forgettable effort by Durang.
Don't ask me why but I do think DHP is hot. Would gladly stick my head under his long nightshirt and suck him off.
And Billy Magnussen is hot hot hot! And since I was in the front row, I was right there when he bent over in front of the old lady next to me and shook his gorgeous ass right in her face. Oh, yes, sometimes front-row seats really ARE the best.
|by Anonymous||reply 68||11/23/2012|
[quote]That anyone here or over on other chat boards could find those Cinderella costumes anything but highly mediocre if not downright ugly just shows that no one knows anything about stage design and costuming any more.
Perhaps you should should watch it again without your head up your ass.
|by Anonymous||reply 69||11/23/2012|
They could have put the CINDERELLA performers in street clothes and they would have looked better than they did in those wretched costumes they were wearing.
Fortunately, those were not the actual costumes, and that was not the actual staging. The whole thing was put together specifically for the parade.
The performers delivered big time, especially Vicky Clark.
The presentation, however, did not.
|by Anonymous||reply 70||11/24/2012|
Cinderella will fail because it's a terrible show. It's a TV musical that should stay on TV. The stage version simply does not work.
|by Anonymous||reply 71||11/24/2012|
But with a "refreshed" book by Tony-nominee Douglas Carter Beane and several songs interpolated from other Rodgers & Hammerstein scores, it will be the hit of the season..
|by Anonymous||reply 72||11/24/2012|
R72 is right. It's going to be a big hit. Vicky a shoo-in for Supporting, and Ted's darling little Laura may score her first Tony.
|by Anonymous||reply 74||11/24/2012|
R33's observation of the naked ass in GOLDEN BOY is bizarre (the actor is not much to look at from the front) however I will not criticize him too much for noticing the ass because the show was otherwise abysmal.
|by Anonymous||reply 75||11/24/2012|
But one naked male ass can often work wonders on an abysmal show, r75.
|by Anonymous||reply 76||11/24/2012|
Very hard to get an impression of Golden Boy from the posts here and elsewhere.
But it does sound like those who like it, like it to be polite or like it like medicine that is good for you.
|by Anonymous||reply 77||11/24/2012|
Slightly off topic, but did anyone watch the National Dog Show after the parade? All the female judges were absurdly overdressed in evening gowns from Sears. It looked like a community theatre production of Follies.
|by Anonymous||reply 78||11/24/2012|
VIRGINIA WOOLF has posted a tentative closing notice. Numbers are down (were they ever up?) and discounts and paper are everywhere.
You won't be able to hump the hostess by Christmas.
Despite rave reviews and a recognizable title, clearly with no star power this production will fold.
|by Anonymous||reply 79||11/24/2012|
It's not a refreshed Cinderella script.
It's an ENTIRELY new script, concept. With new characters and new situations.
It's DCB's version of Cinderella with R&H songs.
|by Anonymous||reply 81||11/24/2012|
He'll ruin it. It'll be a campy mess.
|by Anonymous||reply 82||11/24/2012|
Saw reading of this new Cinderella in October.
No camp at all, very sweet, funny and heartfelt.
I know, go figure.
And "Boys and Girls Like You and Me" is not in it. Praise be.
And Santino is adorable.
|by Anonymous||reply 83||11/24/2012|
So theatre people, will you be sick of hearing about Les Miz next month? I enjoy it but I've never got why so many have it as an all time fave.
|by Anonymous||reply 84||11/24/2012|
R22, I think a big part of the problem with GIANT is that Michael Greif is just about the last person in the world you want to have directing a show that's still in its early stages and needs work, as proven by his past efforts (including inability to make necessary fixes in RENT).
|by Anonymous||reply 85||11/24/2012|
RENT looked and sounded as if the cast had learned all their songs, but they never got around to talking about character development, or even setting the blocking. Maybe Greif was going for "spontaneous" but it came off looking "under-rehearsed."
|by Anonymous||reply 86||11/24/2012|
Who's Afraid...'s reviews were way over the top. The production is not all that and probably those who ran to see it based on the reviewers' opinions came away disappointed and aren't telling their friends to run.
|by Anonymous||reply 87||11/24/2012|
I heard some songs from the Encores "Pipe Dream" with Will Chase, Laura Osnes, Leslie Uggams and Tom Wopat on Sirius/XM today. I was surprised at now much I liked it. Does the book really suck?
|by Anonymous||reply 88||11/24/2012|
88 Saw it. Know it...They cut the hell out of it and it still sucked.
The direction was actually HORRIBLE...
The score is charming...but...bad book and bad direction don't me nothing.
Who's the incredibly average jewish looking dude playing the prince in Cinderella?
|by Anonymous||reply 90||11/24/2012|
Prince Charming is the adorable Italian Santino Fontana.
|by Anonymous||reply 91||11/24/2012|
If you'd bothered to read a few posts back, r90, you'd know it's Santino Fontana, who doesn't look Jewish at all.
|by Anonymous||reply 92||11/24/2012|
Thank God Santino has stopped dying his hair!
|by Anonymous||reply 93||11/24/2012|
and r90 'jewish looking dude' is offensive
|by Anonymous||reply 94||11/24/2012|
Was he the one who was in "The Importance of Being Earnest?"
|by Anonymous||reply 95||11/24/2012|
Yes, he was Algernon in EARNEST at the Roundabout.
And wonderful last season as the gay son in SONS OF THE PROPHET at the Pels
He was also great as the older brother in BILLY ELLIOTT
But he was fired as Scarlet's love interest from the Liev Schreiber revival of VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE
|by Anonymous||reply 96||11/24/2012|
Not fired from View from the Bridge. He was injured.
|by Anonymous||reply 97||11/24/2012|
I had heard from reliable sources that he was fired for bad-mouthing the director Gregory Mosher to ScarJo.
Not that I'd blame Santino.
|by Anonymous||reply 98||11/24/2012|
Life is much sweeter these days at the Nederlander Theatre, now that Jeremy Jordan is no longer in the cast of Newsies.
He was pretty much universally disliked by the entire cast . . . he really needs to watch his swelled head.
|by Anonymous||reply 99||11/24/2012|
Does Jeremy's replacement get to wear the special curtain call costume?
|by Anonymous||reply 100||11/25/2012|
I think R99 is lying. I once saw Jeremy and a large group of his castmates out at a restaurant, and they all seemed to really like each other.
True, that was before the reviews came out. But if they liked him and he liked them before the reviews, why would that change afterwards? Unless the reviews had said "Jeremy Jordan is the only good thing is this crappy show," and I don't believe any of them said that.
|by Anonymous||reply 101||11/25/2012|
Santino Fontana can be seen in the web series "Submissions Only". He's not a conventional hunk, but he is adorable.
|by Anonymous||reply 102||11/25/2012|
Yeah, sure R94. Clearly you haven't seen the Italian-American thread.
|by Anonymous||reply 103||11/25/2012|
[quote] Cinderella will fail because it's a terrible show. It's a TV musical that should stay on TV. The stage version simply does not work.
Paper MIll did a very nice production a few years ago with DL favorite Jen Cody as one of the Stepsisters.
[quote]VIRGINIA WOOLF has posted a tentative closing notice. Numbers are down (were they ever up?) and discounts and paper are everywhere.
They just had a Tony Award winning production just a few years ago. There are ZERO reasons to bring this in.
|by Anonymous||reply 104||11/25/2012|
R104, this is a totally different script than Paper Mill. Paper Mill used the old rental R&H script based on the original TV version - it's the same script the City Opera did a few years back (with Chris Sieber as the Prince) and which toured with Eartha Kitt.
This new script by D.C. Beane has different characters (no King and Queen) and a "new, fresh" take on the old story. Just like "Xanadu" was a "new, fresh" take on the old roller disco film...
|by Anonymous||reply 105||11/25/2012|
VIRGIN WOOL selling at about 65%-70% capacity. Not good, but there are a dozen shows on Bway doing worse biz.
|by Anonymous||reply 106||11/25/2012|
R106 A play about ugly sheep?
|by Anonymous||reply 107||11/25/2012|
Santino was fired because he was lost in that role, probably got no real direction, and to be honest, he sucked bigtime in the role.
I've loved his work in everything else. It's funny, on the stage, he looks like a young John Rubinstein, but up close, not so much.
He looks exactly like John did in "Pippin".
|by Anonymous||reply 108||11/25/2012|
C'mon "Pippin" at The Delacourt in Central Park would be amazing. They would even have the castle lit sitting right there.
|by Anonymous||reply 109||11/25/2012|
"If you'd bothered to read a few posts back, [R90], you'd know it's Santino Fontana, who doesn't look Jewish at all."
Then get your eyes checked R92.
Whatever ethnicity Santino is does not matter; his look reads "Jew" on screen.
|by Anonymous||reply 110||11/25/2012|
"his look reads "Jew" on screen."
And how would that look, Shylock?
|by Anonymous||reply 111||11/25/2012|
meanwhile they have a videeo all about the rewrite that doesn't say anything at all about the re-write
|by Anonymous||reply 113||11/25/2012|
ANNIE really has horrid choreography.
|by Anonymous||reply 114||11/25/2012|
I agree with R109: PIPPIN in the Park would be just... magical.
And the rumor is that Jake G has been hot to play the title role since he was a kid. Seriously.
|by Anonymous||reply 115||11/25/2012|
Stop trying to make PIPPIN happen.
|by Anonymous||reply 116||11/25/2012|
PIPPIN, while fun its its day (and only successful because of Fosses midas touch-and great timing in advertising n TV)-is actually a terrible show. Fun score in its date but a terrible book Charlotte damboise and Patina Miller are not going to see a bway revival
|by Anonymous||reply 117||11/25/2012|
"Wow. Ugly turn"
Don't be so dramatic. Take it from a casting agent who understands Santino is like several current actors who can easily be mistaken for ethnicities not their own, thereby making them easier to cast.
Believe me it was more prevalent back in the days of old Hollywood, but it happens all the time, even today.
|by Anonymous||reply 118||11/25/2012|
SPY Magazine once had a list of Italians who'd played Jews and vice versa.
|by Anonymous||reply 119||11/25/2012|
I've not seen Santino Fontana in anything but shouldn't the Prince be handsome. No insult to Mr. Fontana, but he didn't look very striking at all on TV. I picture the prince as dashing-- maybe a Lorenzo Pisoni or Kyle Dean Massey type?
|by Anonymous||reply 120||11/25/2012|
When Santino graduated from the University of Minnesota he was given the lead role of Hamlet when the Guthrie closed their old theater with the play. Hamlet opened the theater when it was founded by Sir Tyrone and young George Grizzard played the prince.
So I guess Santino could be cast Scandanavian as well.
|by Anonymous||reply 121||11/25/2012|
In this version, isn't it Cinderella who saves the Prince? I know it's a female-empowerment rewrite, isn't it? Maybe they wanted a slightly goofy-looking take on the Prince. (Santino is adorable goofy-looking).
|by Anonymous||reply 122||11/25/2012|
I played everything! Greek, Italian, Mexican, Spanish, Arab, French - in fact, I can't remember what I actually was!
|by Anonymous||reply 123||11/25/2012|
Yes, r 122.
What other R&H songs are they interpolating?
|by Anonymous||reply 124||11/25/2012|
Here's something for those folks here (and you know who you are) that are obsessed with flip-flopped feet. I grabbed this from the "Fuck Yeah Stephen Sondheim" site, where he writes:
This is Stephen Anthony, who’s currently the lead in the tour of Catch Me If You Can, which I saw this afternoon. He’s no Aaron Tveit, but on the other hand, you actually believe he’s 16 years old (which is the age of his character at the beginning of the story).
I think he does a viable “Something’s Coming” in this clip. Remember before Arthur Laurents revealed what the gimmick of the most recent West Side revival was going to be how we thought he was going to cast it with actual teenagers?
|by Anonymous||reply 125||11/25/2012|
We prefer flip-flopped feet to be attached to attractive looking men, r125.
|by Anonymous||reply 126||11/25/2012|
Has anyone seen The Golden Age with DL faves Bebe Neuwirth and Lee Pace? I'm dying to hear reports about Terrence McNally's latest gay play.
|by Anonymous||reply 127||11/25/2012|
Haven't seen it yet R126, but (tying in post upthread) the dashing Lorenzo Pisoni plays gay in it... that alone should make it worth seeing.
And here's why:
|by Anonymous||reply 128||11/25/2012|
It's a terrible play, unless it has been seriously rewritten since it played in DC a few years back.
|by Anonymous||reply 129||11/25/2012|
Max Von Essen's latest whorish moment
|by Anonymous||reply 130||11/25/2012|
Do we get to see Lorenzo's pisoni in the play?
|by Anonymous||reply 131||11/25/2012|
Max, contrary to DL wisdom, actually looks like he's got a tasty morsel under the pixelation.
|by Anonymous||reply 132||11/25/2012|
He texted a version of that pic to his friends
|by Anonymous||reply 133||11/25/2012|
I liked The Golden Age in DC. The main problem there were that the female roles were miscast and not well performed. Jeffrey Carlson, Marc Kudisch and George Morfogen were excellent. Neuwirth isn't really right for her role but probably will be more effective as a bitchy diva than the woman in the DC cast.
|by Anonymous||reply 134||11/25/2012|
Sorry Kudisch isn't in this version.
|by Anonymous||reply 135||11/25/2012|
Speaking of Golden Age, what is our gaydar verdict on Lee Pace?
|by Anonymous||reply 136||11/25/2012|
Is that Annie from the clip at R114 the current lead? When they released that hound, there were suddenly two dogs on stage. Why wouldn't you cast a cute moppet versus this?
|by Anonymous||reply 137||11/26/2012|
R128 Lorenzo doesn't play gay. He plays a ladies man- and he stays clothed the whole show.
R136 gay. It's been discussed elsewhere in DL. He was in a relationship with a fashion photographer for a number of years.
|by Anonymous||reply 138||11/26/2012|
saw Golden Age tonight. The play is too long and very exposition heavy, but it has its moments. Bebe Neuwirth looks like she doesn't care.
Deidre Friel, who is new to me, was WONDERFUL.
Lee Pace was ok.
|by Anonymous||reply 139||11/26/2012|
R133, was the text unpixelated?
|by Anonymous||reply 140||11/26/2012|
Lee is a huge queen and a nelly bottom. Everyone knows this.
|by Anonymous||reply 141||11/26/2012|
Bebe was probably mad she couldn't be home to see herself on THE GOOD WIFE tonight.
At least on TGW she was waaay better than Stockard, who was just awful.
|by Anonymous||reply 142||11/26/2012|
Santino Fontana is here at the spa
|by Anonymous||reply 143||11/26/2012|
Who has the real Max Pic>
Come on people
|by Anonymous||reply 144||11/26/2012|
Max has to do something to be relevent- he is playing to only 400 people on Monday nights at Evita when he plays Che. Any dish on when this turd is closing?
|by Anonymous||reply 145||11/26/2012|
Kathie Lee, while dishing Lindsay Lohan's awful performance in Liz and Dick on her morning show, commented on what bad reviews it has gotten. Then, unbelievably, commented on the bad reviews Scandalous got and said that many musicals got bad reviews including Les Miz, Wicked and Camelot!!!!!!!-LOL- She is really delusional and insane. I bet she is hoping for a 5 year run. Now that should ruin Carolee's voice for sure.
|by Anonymous||reply 146||11/26/2012|
There's a rumor circulating that the new production of JEKYLL & HYDE will not be coming to Broadway. Now playing at the Kennedy Center in DC, there are walkouts galore.
If true, can't say I'm surpirsed.
|by Anonymous||reply 147||11/26/2012|
I saw Jekyll & Hyde last Wednesday. I wasn't familiar with the show at all, but it seemed choppy. Not to mention the rhyming skillz of Wildehorn- "new love/true love/knew love". Deborah Cox sounded amazing, but that can't save the show. Constantine's fans were out in force.
It was ok. No worse than other shows I've seen on Broadway.
Confrontation needs to be fixed, though. The projections were awful to the point of hilarity. Like fireballs and eyeballs. It reminded me of Anything Can Happen on Halloween from The Worst Witch:
|by Anonymous||reply 148||11/26/2012|
Jekyll & Hyde will not be coming to Broadway.
|by Anonymous||reply 149||11/26/2012|
I saw J&H at its pre-opening tryout at the La Mirada Theater. I'd never seen it before so I wasn't sure what to expect. It was better than I thought it would be (especially the singing). Lots of power ballads. It definitely didn't seem ready for Broadway, though. A touring production, maybe.
|by Anonymous||reply 150||11/26/2012|
Deb Cox is the biggest cunt that ever lived!
|by Anonymous||reply 151||11/26/2012|
I like Jekyll and Hyde. People are aware that it has actually already been on Broadway before.
|by Anonymous||reply 152||11/26/2012|
Hmmm! Who knew Danny Burstein has a nice musclebear body?!
|by Anonymous||reply 153||11/26/2012|
Jekyll and Hyde cancels Broadway run? WOW!
|by Anonymous||reply 154||11/26/2012|
Danny will be in Tally's Folly w/ Sarah Paulson. Rebecca better keep an eye out.
|by Anonymous||reply 155||11/26/2012|
R145; Max has to do something to be relevent
|by Anonymous||reply 156||11/26/2012|
Oh yes, I'm trembling in my shoes that Sarah Paulson will get her lezlicious hands on my husband.
|by Anonymous||reply 157||11/26/2012|
Can someone tip me off on where I can go to get the videos that are referred to here sometimes? thnx
|by Anonymous||reply 158||11/26/2012|
a video of The Performers was done. Sat matinee before it closed. Mostly mid range and full stage shots. Done from the mezzanine at the Longacre.
Go to one of the musical theater groups. theatre trades etc.
|by Anonymous||reply 159||11/26/2012|
Did anyone see the Julie Andrews "Mousical" musical piece on the Today Show? I love Julie Andrews, but it made my teeth ache.
|by Anonymous||reply 160||11/26/2012|
Has the Diane Paulson Pippin at ART begun previews yet? Seems like they began rehearsals months ago.
|by Anonymous||reply 161||11/26/2012|
unless Lady Gaga replace in Evota, Im not interested. The new cast has to be hired already--they would need to start rehearsal right after the first of the year--and everyone closed down mid Dec-so, if not, times running short
|by Anonymous||reply 162||11/26/2012|
R130-That's the position Max would be using were the baths still in existence.
God knows how many men have been under that robe. And over it. And on top of it. And inside what's under it.
|by Anonymous||reply 163||11/26/2012|
R143, I love you. Marry me!
|by Anonymous||reply 164||11/27/2012|
New Evita Cast Eva: Khloe Kardashian Peron: Donald Trump Che: Adam Lambert
|by Anonymous||reply 165||11/27/2012|
No one's going to replace the Evita trio. It will hang on for two-three weeks and close. Why would any "name" want to be the replacement?
|by Anonymous||reply 166||11/27/2012|
It would be a great comeback role for LeAnne Rimes-Cibrian!
|by Anonymous||reply 167||11/27/2012|
Considering Roger's reception on Broadway, I can see why a name might like to replace... It could be a more extreme re-run of BP-Reba in Annie Get Your Gun.
|by Anonymous||reply 168||11/27/2012|
What's new, Marquis Theatre?
|by Anonymous||reply 169||11/27/2012|
If the show continues, they need to hire an Eva who has beauty and charisma,as the press release describes Evita... something Elena lacks. And one who can actually sing the score. And one who isn't a dwarf. And one who you can understand. She is an excellent dancer however. Amazing how little press she has done for the show I think the show is dead....as it should be- awful production. I think they are trying to squeeze the last of Ricky's fans to come shell out $150 bucks to see him before it disappears into revival heaven.
|by Anonymous||reply 170||11/27/2012|
Elena will return to London in triumph as Rhea Pearlman in Danny DeVito: The Opera.
|by Anonymous||reply 171||11/27/2012|
They need to hire an Eva that can SING.
|by Anonymous||reply 172||11/27/2012|
R170, isn't Elaine Paige, the original Evita, quite short?? Otherwise, I completely agree with your post.
|by Anonymous||reply 173||11/27/2012|
Elaine Paige is indeed tiny. She credits her height as one of the reasons she was cast in Evita.
|by Anonymous||reply 174||11/27/2012|
Jennifer Lopez. Max V.E. bumped up to Che.
|by Anonymous||reply 176||11/27/2012|
Why would the producers throw away all that money if they get "stars" to replace. Rehearsal salaries, new advertising, etc. would run a fortune. And Feb-March are 2 slow months for Broadway. What kind of advance do they expect if they havent announced already. Dumb move to keep it open. Accept that the only reason it ran as long as it did was because of Ricky and tourist dollars, not the show. Word of mouth is not good-lucky it ran as long as it did.
|by Anonymous||reply 177||11/27/2012|
Recast it with Kevin Clash and Angus T. Jones. And alternate those Petraeus scandal twins in the title role.
|by Anonymous||reply 179||11/27/2012|
Idina turned Evita down. She was offered.
|by Anonymous||reply 181||11/27/2012|
Lea Michele and Matt Morrison also turned down
|by Anonymous||reply 183||11/27/2012|
Really? I thought she would have jumped at the chance. She would probably have been criticised by every theatre queen going, but she would bring in crowds.
Saw a bootleg of Julia Murney performing it in the round. She was fabulous, but she's ALWAYS in shout mode. Same for the Chess concert.
|by Anonymous||reply 184||11/27/2012|
Matt Doyle debuting as Elder Price in Book of Mormon tonight. I think he's a great choice for the role.
|by Anonymous||reply 185||11/27/2012|
Hilary Clinton IS Evita!
Since she will step down as SOS, she will be free.
Monica as Peron's mistress?
|by Anonymous||reply 186||11/27/2012|
Anika Noni Rose for Evita!
|by Anonymous||reply 187||11/27/2012|
Too bad Nancy Reagan's too old ... she would've been perfect.
|by Anonymous||reply 188||11/27/2012|
ok, it seems that everyone here has bootlegs but me...I've tried googling and searching, but all I get are postings from 2004 and strange high school kids....Any definite hints?
|by Anonymous||reply 189||11/27/2012|
SCANDALOUS posting tonight...
|by Anonymous||reply 190||11/27/2012|
It's already been said go over to Yahoo Groups and search musicals or bootlegs or whatever. Took me like 30 seconds to find about 1,000 groups.
|by Anonymous||reply 191||11/27/2012|
yes, I've seen those groups, but its all prattle...
|by Anonymous||reply 192||11/27/2012|
You have to search R189, R192. No one is going to put up e mails here....Tom V. the BCEFA dude or someone from AEA might be reading. Just go and look..... you'll find a group and a name or two of people that have thousands of titles. Unfortunately this is not the place to give out e- mails.
|by Anonymous||reply 194||11/27/2012|
Caroline O'Connor for Evita!
|by Anonymous||reply 195||11/27/2012|
Caroline O'Connor has played pretty much every role somewhere on the planet. In her youth she could have been a brilliant Evita.
|by Anonymous||reply 196||11/27/2012|
She could never sing it, but Selena Gomez would actually sell tickets. A LOT of them.
All Wizards Cast
Eva- Selena Gomez Che- a shirtless David Henrie Juan Peron- David DeLuise Magaldi- Jake T. Austin Mistress- Jennifer Stone
|by Anonymous||reply 197||11/27/2012|
Are the 3 leads just getting sick of the show or were they holding out for more money? Was Ricky negotiating a 6 performance week?
|by Anonymous||reply 198||11/27/2012|
Miss Firecracker is a commercial production? I thought it was an MTC thing when America ferrara was attached? note to producer: the play is very thin; Amber Tamblyn is not a big enough name to sell this and Judy Ivey is a great actress but not a good director
|by Anonymous||reply 199||11/27/2012|
I would pay to see kristin Chenoweth as Evita, if only for her getting conked on the head with a lighting instrument while standing on the Casa Rosada
|by Anonymous||reply 200||11/27/2012|
Debbie Gravitte as Evita!
|by Anonymous||reply 201||11/27/2012|
I thought Ricky already had a 6 performance week?
|by Anonymous||reply 202||11/27/2012|
everyone join hands and pray "Linday!, Lindsay!"
|by Anonymous||reply 203||11/27/2012|
[quote]Bibi Neuwirth IS Evita!
With that trick hip? Uhh no.
|by Anonymous||reply 208||11/27/2012|
Kristen can fit into Elena's costumes- there's a big savings right there!
|by Anonymous||reply 209||11/27/2012|
Will Kathie Lee cry as the closing notice is announced?
|by Anonymous||reply 211||11/27/2012|
Elaine Stritch is Evita
(Furiously trying to keep up with the always employed Angela Lansbury).
|by Anonymous||reply 213||11/27/2012|
Only if they capitulate to my demands (Rainbow LOW etc.)
|by Anonymous||reply 214||11/27/2012|
Ricky has a 7 performance week, R202. Elena does 6. Only 5 performances each week have all three leads.
|by Anonymous||reply 215||11/27/2012|
I'm willing to do it, on two conditions: In "Rainbow High," the outfit they change me into is black tights with a pink blouse over it. Then, Evita, feeling a need for a break before she starts her tour of Europe, comes downstage and chats with the audience about current events, and tells stories about her fabulous show business life.
Don't fucking cry for ME, Argentina!
|by Anonymous||reply 216||11/27/2012|
The ladies haven't learned to lunch and all must Rise! Rise! Rise!
|by Anonymous||reply 217||11/27/2012|
Anybody wanna buy two front mezzanine tickets for "Newsies" tomorrow night? My friend who was going with me has strep, so I'd rather sell them than ask somebody else to go in his place (I was never that hyped to see it anyway; was going more for him).
|by Anonymous||reply 218||11/27/2012|
Norbert seems to have more hair...wig....transplants?
|by Anonymous||reply 220||11/28/2012|
Jordan Roth on "Morning Joe" right now talking about what a huge hit "Spider-Man" has become on its two-year anniversary. This is the first time I've actually seen him live on TV and he's cuter than I thought he'd be.
|by Anonymous||reply 221||11/28/2012|
Jordan Roth is repulsive. He looks like the death child of a vampire and a zombie.
|by Anonymous||reply 222||11/28/2012|
I would definitely see R216's Stritchvita.
"I came from the people, They need to adore me...
Shubert Theatre-New Haven-New Hampshire-Shubert Theatre-New Haven-New York, And you wonder why I drank?!"
|by Anonymous||reply 223||11/28/2012|
If his parents weren't billionaires, Jordan would be a late shift barista.
|by Anonymous||reply 224||11/28/2012|
I thought SCANDALOUS was posting its closing notice. How is it still open?
|by Anonymous||reply 225||11/28/2012|
Scandalous is only on TDF until Dec 9--so thats prob when theyre planning to close
|by Anonymous||reply 227||11/28/2012|
I love Melissa and think she resembles Beth Leavel.
What can we put them in together?
The Rink? Gypsy?
|by Anonymous||reply 228||11/28/2012|
When Stritch played London in that outfit The Guardian said, "... this is just another well-preserved septuagenarian actress in black tights and a shirt who appears to have left the house without remembering to put on her skirt."
|by Anonymous||reply 229||11/28/2012|
Maybe the cast of Scandalous can go to the TKTS booth like the cast of Rags did years ago to get suckers to buy tix. Keep Scandalous open!!!!!..If Max thinks he is playing to empty houses on Monday evenings, he should see the houses for Scandalous. Moose hunting anyone?
|by Anonymous||reply 230||11/28/2012|
At least with Max you get to look at that sweet ass. With Scandalous, all you get is two hours you wish you could get back.
|by Anonymous||reply 231||11/28/2012|
SCANDALOUS deserved so much better.
Kathie Lee's IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE musical will be more to the general public's liking.
|by Anonymous||reply 232||11/28/2012|
Hopefully this will be the last of Kathie Lee on Broadway....she and her crappy ideas and music belong in Branson or somewhere FAR AWAY! Will Roz Ryan go back into Chicago?
|by Anonymous||reply 233||11/28/2012|
r229: Damn. That was one terse, bitchy review, completely devoid of the fawning that every NY critic displayed.
I loved it. Thanks for posting it.
|by Anonymous||reply 234||11/28/2012|
Maybe Kathie Lee can team up with the pair that keep foisting the awful sports bio plays on us every season now
|by Anonymous||reply 235||11/28/2012|
Sondheim tells The Guardian he regrets not having children.
|by Anonymous||reply 236||11/28/2012|
When Stritch brought her show to London she went on TV for interviews and could barely string a coherent sentence together, just rambling like hell. Maybe the show became a bit flabbier by this point? The dvd is excellent.
|by Anonymous||reply 237||11/28/2012|
Christ, Sondheim must be sick of answering the same questions about Hammerstein, 'what comes first' and so on. Fortunately he still throws something new into his answers here and there.
|by Anonymous||reply 238||11/28/2012|
[quote] It's an ugly metaphor, but I always compare it to a dead baby: it looks perfectly fine, but it does not have one moment of life.
Macabre! I like Do I Hear a Waltz!
|by Anonymous||reply 239||11/28/2012|
r236, I think Sondheim has "had" lots of children. Oh no wait, I'm thinking of that perv that was the orchestra leader at the Met.
|by Anonymous||reply 240||11/28/2012|
R236, if you mean James Levine, there's been a lot of tattle and no tale. The urban legend is that the Met paid for silence, but you'd think that with all the victims coming forward against the Catholic Church, the Boy Scouts, Jerry Sanduskey, etc., someone would break ranks and spill about Jimmy.
So count me in the non-believer column. He may be gay, he may be omnisexual (or was--given his health I don't think he's been doing much of anything during the last several years), but I tend to doubt he diddled little boys.
|by Anonymous||reply 241||11/28/2012|
Sondheim is such a sour old cunt these days. I like Do I Hear a Waltz?, too - in fact, it's a masterpiece compared to his pieces of shit "Passion" and "Road Show/Bounce" or whatever it's being called these days.
In fact, Waltz is better than "Saturday Night," too, which is admittedly not saying much.
|by Anonymous||reply 242||11/28/2012|
Do I Hear a Waltz? at least benefitted from its brilliant source material, The Time of the Cuckoo.
|by Anonymous||reply 243||11/28/2012|
Thank you for clearing that up, r241. All putative victims of James Levine will be advised that you have missed the deadline for stepping forward and must now shut up about it for the rest of your lives.
|by Anonymous||reply 244||11/28/2012|
Do I Hear a Waltz has a wonderful score. Maybe when he dies, we'll get the revival that the show deserves.
|by Anonymous||reply 245||11/28/2012|
R244 = too dense for words.
|by Anonymous||reply 246||11/28/2012|
He wasn't the "orchestra leader at the Met" R240, he was the managing director who also conducted many operas there.
|by Anonymous||reply 247||11/28/2012|
I believe Levine was Music Director for the Met. The present General Manager is Peter Gelb, following the retirement of Joseph Volpe.
|by Anonymous||reply 248||11/29/2012|
Levine is still Music Director. He hasn't retired. He is one of, if not the most powerful conductor in the world.
|by Anonymous||reply 249||11/29/2012|
Back to Theater Gossip, please - you Opera Queens go start your own thread.
Melissa Rycroft IS Evita!
Tony Dovolani IS Che!
and Tom Bergeron as Peron.
|by Anonymous||reply 250||11/29/2012|
I think what it lacked, R237, was context. Though Elaine Stritch has some distant history with London, it didn't translate.
|by Anonymous||reply 251||11/29/2012|
So has Hurricane Sandy had an impact on Broadway? I know that the producers of The Performers blamed the show's quick folding on it.
|by Anonymous||reply 252||11/29/2012|
The performers did get a bootleg although it closed before it Lincoln Center could tape it for their archives.
|by Anonymous||reply 253||11/29/2012|
Any bets on how long Dead Accounts will last after the reviews appear? I'm guessing it won't even finish the year.
|by Anonymous||reply 254||11/29/2012|
Not too long if we have anything to do with it.
|by Anonymous||reply 255||11/29/2012|
Raves all around for the Menier's Merrily We Roll Along. Seeing it toward the end of the run. Can anyone see this ending up on Broadway despite being a show that will probably never be a hit?
Maybe they'll stunt cast again. Catherine Zeta Jones is Francesca Shepard!
|by Anonymous||reply 256||11/29/2012|
[quote]Raves all around for the Menier's Merrily We Roll Along. Seeing it toward the end of the run. Can anyone see this ending up on Broadway despite being a show that will probably never be a hit?
Doesn't everything that Menier puts on get a rave? Must be a law or something. Roundabout will pick it up to fill a hole, a big black deep hole. No one will come, like their "Sunday In The Park or "Sondheim on Sondheim" mess.
|by Anonymous||reply 257||11/29/2012|
Their revival of They're Playing Our Song got very indifferent reviews. Road Show was mixed-positive. I'm not sure how the plays have been received lately, except that the production of Abigail's Party sold out quickly after the reviews.
Sondheim on Sondheim sounds like it should be a good idea, but I can't bring myself to listen to the whole cast recording, it's so sterile. He'd have been better doing a one man show for a few weeks with one or two musical guests.
|by Anonymous||reply 258||11/29/2012|
r242, you may like Do I Hear a Waltz (I do, too), but he doesn't. Isn't that his right?
|by Anonymous||reply 259||11/29/2012|
Can we discuss I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking it On the Road?
|by Anonymous||reply 260||11/29/2012|
I got the impression from Michael Billington's review of "Merrily" that the show is viewed in the UK as being much less problematic.
|by Anonymous||reply 261||11/29/2012|
Thanksgiving was a record breaking week for many Broadway shows. Mormon and Wicked broke previous house records.
Performers closed because it sucked.
|by Anonymous||reply 262||11/29/2012|
Well R261, the previous productions that Billington refers to were quite short, sort of non-commercial runs; the 1992 production at the Leicester Haymarket (quite literally in Leicester, UK) ran a month and featured Freidman; the 2000 Donmar production was the Christmas musical that year and was more or less pre-sold. Neither transferred to the West End. It is produced with some frequency in UK regional theatres.
I do think the anti-idealism, anti-capitalist tone of the piece probably suits a post-war, post-empire British sensibility more than the pro-idealism, pro-consumerism, pro-capitalist American sensibility (which is, undeniably, maturing as of late).
Also, let's be honest, the British love nothing more than to embrace something the Americans don't "get" or don't like though, to be fair, it's just a different sensibility, a different world view. Sometimes what resonates most with the British is a big "SO WHAT?" with American audiences and vice-a-versa.
Sondheim + Menier does tend to add up to some hype, though I liked their original revival of Sunday (in their space) and the recent Road Show.
Menier does do wrong though. Their revival of Torch Song Trilogy last summer (directed by Douglas Hodge) received mixed reviews. Pippin - not good. Abigail's Party is such a cult classic that any halfway decent production would be a sell-out, though I suspect Jill Halfpenny in the Alison Steadman role was probably noteworthy.
It's a nice space though too. Really draws you into the performance.
|by Anonymous||reply 263||11/29/2012|
Merrily is of interest to about 10,000 people - in the world.
|by Anonymous||reply 264||11/29/2012|
Dead Accounts has a limited run of 16 weeks that I suspect it will play out.
|by Anonymous||reply 265||11/29/2012|
Norbert needs to stop choosing shows with crappy scripts.
|by Anonymous||reply 266||11/29/2012|
[quote]Norbert needs to stop choosing shows with crappy scripts.
Yeah, because an actor that makes his living on the New York stage has so many things to choose from.
|by Anonymous||reply 267||11/29/2012|
I've seen "Merrily" about five times in small theaters and loved all of them. One of my favorite Sondheim scores. But it does seem like kind of a small show for Broadway.
|by Anonymous||reply 268||11/29/2012|
And why does Jack O'Brien sully his reputation with bad scripts every few years? Did he really think he could make Dead Accounts work?
He sure couldn't make Catch Me if You Can or that Nora Ephron play about Lillian Hellman and Mary McCarthy work.
|by Anonymous||reply 269||11/29/2012|
Merrily is second-rate Sondheim (which is better than third-rate Sondheim, like Road Show).
I've seen it four times - including Encores (and the original, La Jolla, and a small production in LA) - it's just a bad idea for a musical, and a lousy script with a decent score.
It's not in a league with Sweeney, Night Music, Company, Follies, Pacific Overtures ...
|by Anonymous||reply 270||11/29/2012|
Merrily is shite.
Please don't make me see it. Again. Ever. Seriously.
|by Anonymous||reply 272||11/30/2012|
r270 nailed it. I saw the original four days before opening, and the Encores retread. It's just lousy material for a musical inexplicably presented backwards for kitsch factor. Nice score tacked onto lousy show.
|by Anonymous||reply 273||11/30/2012|
Do I Hear a Waltz has a much better score than Merrily.
|by Anonymous||reply 274||11/30/2012|
R269 - Jack has a broad crass populist streak so he can't always tell if a commercial script he's offered will actually play or not until it's up. Sometimes it works ("Hairspray") and sometimes it doesn't ("Catch Me If You Can") - unlike, say "Coast of Utopia" or the other work he's done at Lincoln Center. He always casts well but he's got a blind spot when it comes to material. Don't forget, he was also the director of "Love Never Dies" in London because Sir ALW wanted his "commercial" touch...
|by Anonymous||reply 275||11/30/2012|
The new rumour is that John Doyle is directing at the Menier in the Summer. The show? THE COLOR PURPLE!
Seriously, what the fuck? Are they adding new material? The original could have went into the West End and stood a chance.
|by Anonymous||reply 276||11/30/2012|
Beloved New York theater gays, I just read the review of Dead Accounts - damned with faint praise - and would love to know if anyone saw it, and what did you think?
|by Anonymous||reply 278||11/30/2012|
Will Elena have the last laugh when Patti's show closes before hers? Do they meet for pre theater drinks since their theaters are on the same block?
|by Anonymous||reply 279||11/30/2012|
Pity about DEAD ACCOUNTS. How is this a Broadway play? It isn't even substantial enough to play eight weeks in a lower east side church basement. It's a charcoal sketch of an idea that was weirdly deemed the finished product.
|by Anonymous||reply 280||11/30/2012|
Looks like Butz will have to look for another project where he can maniacally overact. And Katie can now read to Suri at night. Another theater available.
|by Anonymous||reply 281||11/30/2012|
Did anyone notice in Reidel's column that the primary topic for the producers/theatre owners meeting was "how bad business is..." Let's face it, except for the 5 mega-hits, broadway sucks. There's going to be a lot of empty theatres this Spring. And Matilda ain't going to save anything.
|by Anonymous||reply 282||11/30/2012|
Carrie Underwood IS Maria in THE SOUND OF MUSIC, NBC's live three hour spectacular next year.
|by Anonymous||reply 283||11/30/2012|
If Les Mis is a big hit (which I think it will be) what other shows are going to be made into film?
Isn't it always the case after these hit films come out that they begin to remember to make movie musicals for a few years?
I predict the often discussed film versions of In the Heights and Spring Awakening will get a lot of traction based on Les Mis being successful.
|by Anonymous||reply 284||11/30/2012|
Has anyone seen "Scenes of an Execution" with Fiona Shaw. Reviews say it's one of her best. I would LOVE to see this show.
|by Anonymous||reply 285||11/30/2012|
LES MISERABLES is not anywhere near as good as everyone is saying it is. Tom Hooper couldn't frame a childhood snapshot. Wide angle lens, wobbly close up. That's the whole movie, folks. The strength of the material aside (love or hate the musical, the novel is one of the greats for a reason), the filmmaking here is as amateurish as the budget is big. You've never seen anything like it. Don't expect it to start any sort of movie musical renneaisance. People who alreay love the musical (and there are lots of them) will come. People who don't like musicals (and there are even more of them) will cringe and opt out.
|by Anonymous||reply 286||11/30/2012|
Christ, my spell check REALLY isn't working.
|by Anonymous||reply 287||11/30/2012|
Will Carrie Underwood being singing in my keys?
|by Anonymous||reply 288||11/30/2012|
How is NEWSIES doing? I had two tickets I was trying to unload the other night outside the theater but there was hardly anyone out there. I waited around a while to try to bag someone coming for the lottery drawing, but only about 15 to 20 people showed up and they all got picked. (Seriously, I don't even know why the two guys with the theatre even bothered to go through the whole spin-the-box ritual when they knew they were going to take everybody standing out there.) After all of those people cleared out, I waited around a while longer to see who else might show up but no one ever did, so I finally gave up and came home.
Not saying the show isn't doing well because of this experience (I figure my timing that day was probably just off) but it did make me curious how it's doing these days.
|by Anonymous||reply 289||11/30/2012|
Newsies is hit, so why would anyone be desperately scrambling for tickets?
|by Anonymous||reply 290||11/30/2012|
The girls iat ATC have their panties in a bunch over Carrie Underwood. My God, couldn't it have been Kristin or Audra or Sutton or Idina or Marin or Donna!!! What are these producers thinking???
|by Anonymous||reply 291||11/30/2012|
r290 should read Newsies is SHIT. Oops
|by Anonymous||reply 292||11/30/2012|
Glee..KiKi with a little Turkey Lurky time
|by Anonymous||reply 293||11/30/2012|
I would kill to see Donna Murphy as Maria Von Trapp!
|by Anonymous||reply 294||11/30/2012|
Thanks R286 the studio has been notified and the whole thing has been scrapped. All prints will be destroyed.
[quote]I waited around a while longer to see who else might show up but no one ever did, so I finally gave up and came home.
Did you try returning them to the Box Office? You were there, why didn't you just go and see it?
|by Anonymous||reply 295||11/30/2012|
R294 Hope you're referring to Ms. Buckley, and not the actress who played Thelma Lou.
|by Anonymous||reply 296||11/30/2012|
Like it or not (and I love it), Newsies has always sold well over 90% capacity and made close to or over a million most weeks, excepting when there's a hurricane.
|by Anonymous||reply 297||11/30/2012|
[quote]Glee..KiKi with a little Turkey Lurky time
The silly old Theater Queens at Broadwayworld,com are hating it because my God how dare they not sing "Turkey Lurkey" exactly like the original cast album they've been listening to for the last forty years.
|by Anonymous||reply 298||11/30/2012|
R295, the tickets have "no refunds" stamped on them, so I figured that option was not available to me. And as for going in to see it myself, it's funny you ask that: I actually thought about it for a total of three seconds before walking away (just so it wouldn't end up being a total waste), but I simply have no desire to see it. I only bought the tickets to treat my best friend who wants to see it but he can't afford tix to a Broadway show right now (he's having a hard time financially these days), but when he got sick with strep throat the day before, I was stuck with them. I tried to sell them to somebody at work but had no takers, so thought I'd try my luck outside the theater just before show time, but again, no luck.
Even standing outside the theater listening to the music from it being piped out onto the street I knew it wasn't something I'd want to sit through on my own (that "King of the World" song or whatever it's called is simply grating). No disrespect meant as I'm sure it's a fine show but just not my cup of tea.
|by Anonymous||reply 299||11/30/2012|
"I would kill to see Donna Murphy as Maria Von Trapp!"
Is it taking place in a senior citizens home?
|by Anonymous||reply 300||11/30/2012|
[quote]the tickets have "no refunds" stamped on them, so I figured that option was not available to me.
If you still have them you can take them back to the box office and they will let you come back in the future when it's not soldout.
|by Anonymous||reply 301||11/30/2012|
Seriously, R301? I've never heard of that policy before. If so, that would be pretty awesome.
Thanks for the tip.
|by Anonymous||reply 302||11/30/2012|
Kiki - was I a fool without a mind or have I merely been to blind to realize? Oh, Kiki!
|by Anonymous||reply 303||11/30/2012|
Maybe you're drooling from lip-syncing like you did when you played the Chevalier part in a tacky Gigi tour?!
|by Anonymous||reply 304||11/30/2012|
R303 You sound more like Daniel Massey to me.
|by Anonymous||reply 305||11/30/2012|
The original London Cabaret, just reissued, really seems like the definitive recording of the show -- how come no one talks about this? Is it because no one had heard it for a long time?
|by Anonymous||reply 306||12/01/2012|
They should have brought Judi to Broadway, but then I suppose the replacement Sallys were conventional musical theatre types, so she might not have been appreciated.
|by Anonymous||reply 307||12/01/2012|
John Kander thought Judi was the best Sally.
|by Anonymous||reply 308||12/01/2012|
Sad that the London run was not longer.
|by Anonymous||reply 309||12/01/2012|
And Judi's Fraulein Schneider in the Compleat CABARET is wonderful too....
|by Anonymous||reply 310||12/01/2012|
Rumors going around THE HEIRESS is not selling and will close first week of January.
So much for "movie star" casting!
|by Anonymous||reply 311||12/01/2012|
And how long would "The Heiress" have run if it starred Karen Ziemba? Face it, Broadway audiences (foreigners and tourists from the States) don't want to see drama, especially at these prices.
|by Anonymous||reply 312||12/01/2012|
Chastain is not that big of a movie star--she really isn't responsible for putting asses in seats in the movies she's been in.
A real next test of the movie star draw will be Mr. Thomas Hanks.
Craig and Jackman did OK not that long ago.
|by Anonymous||reply 313||12/01/2012|
Plus the reviews for The Heiress weren't that great.
|by Anonymous||reply 314||12/01/2012|
"[Merrily] is one of my favorite Sondheim scores. But it does seem like kind of a small show for Broadway."
What an odd statement. You may have seen "intimate" productions of MERRILY, but the show has definitely been done and can be done "big," even in one of the revised versions.
|by Anonymous||reply 315||12/01/2012|
Plus this production of The Heiress stinks.
|by Anonymous||reply 316||12/01/2012|
[Craig and Jackman did OK not that long ago.]
OK?? r313, it was a huge sellout despite not very good reviews
|by Anonymous||reply 317||12/01/2012|
Chastain (and Dan Stevens) are nowhere near the level of fame and name recognition of Jackman, Craig, Hanks, Pacino, Julia Roberts, and a few others, who people will pay huge bucks to see in anything.
Neither is Katie Holmes, of course.
The interesting one to watch will be ScarJo but I think it will help that she is paired with a title like Cat and playing a famously sexy role in it. Even if Cat is revived every 5 years with the latest It Girl.
|by Anonymous||reply 318||12/01/2012|
Is Cat with Chris Pine or Jeremy Renner?
|by Anonymous||reply 319||12/01/2012|
R319- Benjamin Walker, that Gummer girl's husband is playing Brick.
|by Anonymous||reply 320||12/01/2012|
Yes, between this and ABRAHAM LINCOLN VAMPIRE HUNTER, his star is truly on the rise.
|by Anonymous||reply 321||12/01/2012|
Two upcoming movie musicals: Into the Woods and Wicked.
|by Anonymous||reply 322||12/01/2012|
What about Spring Awakening?
|by Anonymous||reply 323||12/01/2012|
The film of Jersey Boys was already in pre-production with a new screenplay by John Logan and direction by Jon Favreau but the studio suddenly got cold feet. Look for the same to happen to Wicked and especially Into the Woods for years to come.
|by Anonymous||reply 324||12/01/2012|
Yep, ScarJo in a slip for the first act will sell some tickets, R318.
And I was being sardonic, R317.
|by Anonymous||reply 325||12/01/2012|
R324 re: "Jersey Boys": they're just waiting for Chris Christie to become available.
|by Anonymous||reply 326||12/01/2012|
Into The Woods has Meryl, though.
|by Anonymous||reply 327||12/01/2012|
I believe Wicked will happen before Into the Woods would.
|by Anonymous||reply 328||12/01/2012|
SPRING AWAKENING was a critics darling than won the Best Musical & Best score Tony, and it did recoup...but it didn't become the "new RENT" its creaters were hoping for.
It never "caught on" on tour and dispite London raving, it tanked and closed quickly.
It dated fast. I don't see a SPRING AWAKENING film happening anytime soon.
|by Anonymous||reply 329||12/01/2012|
Sondheim has talked about "Into the Woods" being a Pixar animated musical. That might work...
|by Anonymous||reply 330||12/01/2012|
Meryl's perfect for the crone version of the Witch, but what are they gonna do when she's supposed to turn beautiful?
|by Anonymous||reply 331||12/01/2012|
SPRING AWAKENING was a colossal piece of shit.
|by Anonymous||reply 332||12/01/2012|
[quote]The film of Jersey Boys was already in pre-production with a new screenplay by John Logan and direction by Jon Favreau but the studio suddenly got cold feet. Look for the same to happen to Wicked and especially Into the Woods for years to come.
Once Favreau drops out it will go foward. He has no business directing a musical.
Universal owns "Wicked" and they have no need to rush. They are raking in the royalties world wide. They will do it after "Oz: The Great and Powerful" is history
No one but Sondheimites have any intrest in "Into The Woods". If it wasn't made thirty years ago, there's no rush now.
[quote]SPRING AWAKENING was a critics darling than won the Best Musical & Best score Tony, and it did recoup...but it didn't become the "new RENT" its creaters were hoping for.
It's no RENT because the music sucks. With the exception of "The Bitch Of The Living", all songs just sit there. "Purple Summer" might be the worst 11:00 number in Broadway history.
|by Anonymous||reply 334||12/01/2012|
[quote] The original London Cabaret, just reissued, really seems like the definitive recording of the show
I know that it was supposedly re-issued by Sony Masterworks on November 13th but why can't I find it for sale anywhere?
|by Anonymous||reply 335||12/01/2012|
Pixar should do "Follies" instead.
|by Anonymous||reply 336||12/01/2012|
It's an Arkiv reissue, r335. I did find it on Amazon, and iTunes has it as well.
|by Anonymous||reply 337||12/01/2012|
I couldn't find it on Amazon (US or UK), at least as a CD. I don't want a digital download.
|by Anonymous||reply 338||12/01/2012|
I just found it on Amazon. Search Cabaret on music, and it was the third or fourth listing. It doesn't have a graphic, just blank, but notes Original London Cast.
|by Anonymous||reply 339||12/01/2012|
"'Purple Summer'" might be the worst 11:00 number in Broadway history."
Thanks, R334, but the fact that you have no idea what an "11:00" number is means that your opinions aren't worth much. SPRING AWAKENING has lots of terrific songs, even if some of the lyrics are admittedly very strange.t
|by Anonymous||reply 340||12/01/2012|
The original Wedekind SPRING AWAKENING is far darker, advanced (very gay-positive) and more subversive than the 'good kids gone bad' musical.
“Search fearlessly for every sin, for out of sin comes joy.”
“The fog is clearing; life is a matter of taste.”
“We see God and the devil making fools of each other, and we nurture in ourselves the absolutely unshakable conviction that both of them are drunk.”
"Purple Summer" wanted so badly to be "Seasons of Love".
|by Anonymous||reply 341||12/01/2012|
There is video of Dench as Sally Bowles on Youtube
|by Anonymous||reply 342||12/01/2012|
RENT is a colossal piece of shit.
|by Anonymous||reply 343||12/01/2012|
R343. I agree--and I think SA has some lovely music. BTW, it's quickly becoming a staple of college theatre seasons.
|by Anonymous||reply 344||12/02/2012|
I sort of loved MURDER BALLAD at MTC - an interesting and new twist on an old old story, with some great music.
Unlike SPRING AWAKENING, MURDER BALLAD really "gets" rock and roll in a theater setting (and the set, BTW, is great)
But I was deeply distracted by Mr. Audra's male tits in his tight shirt - they don't look like muscled pecs, they look like he needs a gynomastectomy. And his headshot does him no favors, either....
|by Anonymous||reply 345||12/02/2012|
For Meryl in Into the Woods, they can make her look younger with CGI like they did with Jeff Bridges in Tron.
|by Anonymous||reply 346||12/02/2012|
Why would Meryl want to do Into The Woods....it sucks
|by Anonymous||reply 347||12/02/2012|
Making her look younger is one thing. But how are they gonna make her look beautiful? There isn't enough CGI in the world to accomplish that.
|by Anonymous||reply 348||12/02/2012|
The original Spring Awakening was not gay positive. The "gay" scene is intended to show the corrupting influence of decadence. It was intended to be creepy and disturbing, not gay positive.
|by Anonymous||reply 349||12/02/2012|
Has Celia Imrie ever play Sally in Cabaret? She would have been marvelous. For that matter has Celia Imrie every done Broadway? Has she ever performed in the USA at all?
|by Anonymous||reply 350||12/02/2012|
R349 does not know the original play. Wedekind often paints gay love as purer and more selfless than heterosexual love.
In SA, the scene between the two boys is sweeter and not manipulative as all the straight scenes are.
|by Anonymous||reply 351||12/02/2012|
In the original SA, ALL sex is portrayed as scary and distrurbing because of the teens' lack of information about sex.
|by Anonymous||reply 352||12/02/2012|
"Spring Awakening," though it's a great play that was incredibly daring in time for telling the truth in an age of terrible repression and ignorance (I haven't seen the musical so I can't speak to that), is of limited relevance to a contemporary American audience because, despite the best efforts of the extreme right wing Christian minority to bully us into a state of repression and ignorance, we're in an unprecedented era of sexual and intellectual liberation--this forum being a prime example.
"Hairspray," on the other hand, is about sexual and intellectual liberation triumphing over ignorance and repression, and though the original John Waters film was a story of wishful thinking (as he states in the essay he wrote about the original 1960s Baltimore dance show that inspired "Hairspray," segregation won in real life), we do have a new generation of kids who are thinking for themselves and enjoying friendship and sex with each other regardless of ethnicity, so this show is celebrating what's really happening now and spreading a message vital to the community, including this one (since, as has been pointed out, all John Waters stories are really stories about gay liberation.)
|by Anonymous||reply 353||12/02/2012|
R350, to the best of my knowledge Celia Imrie has never appeared on stage in the US at all. I've adored her ever since she was in Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit. I saw her in Noises Off at the Old Vic last December but she was sadly miscast as Dotty Otley. She would have made a great Belinda at one time.
|by Anonymous||reply 354||12/02/2012|
Have you read her autobiography?
|by Anonymous||reply 355||12/02/2012|
"great music" + "rock and roll" = oxymoron
|by Anonymous||reply 356||12/02/2012|
r350, Channel 21 in NYC is playing her series "After You've Gone" on Friday nights. She does a great job in that show.
|by Anonymous||reply 357||12/02/2012|
Celia Imre appeared at 59E59 a couple of season's back in a one-woman piece as part of their BritsOffBroadway series.
|by Anonymous||reply 359||12/02/2012|
Good luck tonight Patti.....you'll be on that cruise ship before you know it.
|by Anonymous||reply 360||12/02/2012|
I hope someone takes pictures during the performance
|by Anonymous||reply 361||12/02/2012|
I hope someone just throws the camera instead.
|by Anonymous||reply 362||12/02/2012|
[quote]Pixar should do "Follies" instead.
At first I laughed then I realised I actually agreed with this.
|by Anonymous||reply 363||12/02/2012|
[quote] Pixar should do "Follies" instead.
They can use the original cast vocals!
|by Anonymous||reply 364||12/02/2012|
Speaking of Seth, what's the story on him, is he all that good? The annoying voice, the Brave drives me nuts
|by Anonymous||reply 365||12/02/2012|
It's official. Every critic hates "The Anarchist"
WHAT A FUCKING SURPRISE!
|by Anonymous||reply 366||12/02/2012|
Seth is funny, but he can annoy some people. He is a good musician. He is married and has a daughter. Overall, not a bad guy.
|by Anonymous||reply 367||12/03/2012|
R367: is Seth married to a woman?
|by Anonymous||reply 368||12/03/2012|
Seth is married to a big black man.
...no wait, that's Mario Cantone.
|by Anonymous||reply 370||12/03/2012|
Seth is a dear, but the biggest meeskite EVER.
|by Anonymous||reply 371||12/03/2012|
And Cantone is married to a SMALL black man, whom he cheats on constantly. He's not a laugh whore, just a cheap whore.
|by Anonymous||reply 372||12/03/2012|
R356 how old are you? 80? 90? That devil music is here to stay, Gramps.
|by Anonymous||reply 373||12/03/2012|
R372, I would hardly call Jerry small....average perhaps, but hardly small, and much bigger than Mario himself.
|by Anonymous||reply 374||12/03/2012|
Wait - are we saying Seth Redusky is actually maried to a woman and is bi and not gay? Wow, now that is something I never saw coming, I assumed Seth was gay.
|by Anonymous||reply 375||12/03/2012|
Seth is married to a man, not a woman.
|by Anonymous||reply 376||12/03/2012|
I always thought Pacific Overtures should be a Pixar animated film and they should use the cast album vocals.
|by Anonymous||reply 377||12/03/2012|
I always thought Moose Murders should be a Pixar animated film, and they should use Eve Arden's voice by using digital re-enhanced tracks from old episodes of "Our Miss Brooks."
|by Anonymous||reply 378||12/03/2012|
Oh please. The mere idea hat Seh Rudetsky would be married to a woman indicates the presence of clueless fraus. Even if you're a man gay, you are a clueless frau. Gay marriage. Recognize it. Accept it.
|by Anonymous||reply 379||12/03/2012|
I always thought The Frogs should be a Pixar animated movie, with Charo voicing the frogs.
|by Anonymous||reply 380||12/03/2012|
r342, thank you for posting that. I actually dreamt about it last night. Good stuff.
The young Tim Curry saw this production, and is said to have pointed to Judi and whispered to his friend, "That's what I want to be." A few years later, he was!
|by Anonymous||reply 381||12/03/2012|
Seth can be funny, but a little of him goes a LONG way. He's been doing the same shtick and the same 'presentations' for years.
He's only interested in Big Diva Belting musicals. Couldn't care less about classic Broadway from the '20s - '40s.
|by Anonymous||reply 382||12/03/2012|
[quote] Couldn't care less about classic Broadway from the '20s - '40s.
Um like most people under 100.
|by Anonymous||reply 383||12/03/2012|
Producers of Broadway's Chaplin announced Dec. 3 that the new musical about the life of silent film star Charlie Chaplin will play its final performance Jan. 6, 2013, at the Barrymore Theatre.
Bet we are next, dolls!
|by Anonymous||reply 384||12/03/2012|
Please Patti, you'll be lucky to last that long.
|by Anonymous||reply 385||12/03/2012|
I wonder if even Mamet, LuPone and Winger can keep a turkey like The Anarchist open for another week?
Did it get a single positive review?
|by Anonymous||reply 386||12/03/2012|
Mario Cantone is straight, isn't he?
|by Anonymous||reply 387||12/03/2012|
Les Miz/Stanley Kubrick retrospective mashup
|by Anonymous||reply 388||12/03/2012|
R387 Absolument! As straight as Lindsay Nelson (R-Closet)
|by Anonymous||reply 389||12/03/2012|
Mario Cantone IS straight.
Straight to the tea-rooms, every chance he gets.
|by Anonymous||reply 390||12/03/2012|
Poor, pathetic r383 is so ignorant that he doesn't realize how amazing many songs from that era are.
Let me guess, 383, the names Porter, Kern, Gershwin, Arlen, Rodgers, Hart, Hammerstein mean nothing to you, right? And Fields is just a cookie shop.
|by Anonymous||reply 391||12/03/2012|
Saved By The Bell: The Musical is opening in London in March 2013.
Was that TV show even seen in the UK?
Who could they bring over to play Screech?
|by Anonymous||reply 392||12/03/2012|
R392 Norbert Leo Butz as Mr. Belding.
|by Anonymous||reply 393||12/03/2012|
[quote] Who could they bring over to play Screech?
I hear Jonathan Groff is available, now that BOSS got cancelled.
|by Anonymous||reply 394||12/03/2012|
[quote]Absolument! As straight as Lindsay Nelson (R-Closet)
Uhm, do you mean Lindsay Graham perhaps?
|by Anonymous||reply 395||12/03/2012|
R395 OOPS! Yes, sorry. Just thinkin' about Miz Lindsay got my brain all aflutter.
|by Anonymous||reply 397||12/03/2012|
Well, if we're going that old, then Ricky Martin as Slater.
|by Anonymous||reply 399||12/03/2012|
Yup- Seth Rudetsky talks about himself at the Gypsy show. Luckily, I missed a lot because he talks very fast While his passion for theater is genuine, it seems that he is desperate and he is too ugly and not talented enough to actually perform in a Broadway musical. I don't find his humor or delivery funny, but the audience did even though some of the laughter was forced. And if he said anyhoo (anyhow) one more time.....a good show despite his presence- Lion King presentation was astounding.
|by Anonymous||reply 400||12/04/2012|
But Seth has a huge cock, I hear.
And his husband is very nice.
|by Anonymous||reply 401||12/04/2012|
Mario Cantone is a big pussyhound... he has a huge Hello Kitty collection..
|by Anonymous||reply 402||12/04/2012|
SO our beloved Ms. Chenoweth is dating TV "bachelor" Jake Pavelka?
Oh, honey...that head injury was worse than we thought, wasn't it?
|by Anonymous||reply 403||12/04/2012|
Nice to see some love for Carolin O'Connor, OP! She wipes up the stage when it comes to Ziemba et al.....crazy good dancer and singer with a unique and versatile presence as an actor.
|by Anonymous||reply 404||12/04/2012|
The funny thing about mentioning Ziemba is that O'Connor is famously a sweetheart IRL.
Do you think Bebe Neuwirth would let that kid steal her tap number if she deigned to appear in A Christmas Story?!
|by Anonymous||reply 405||12/04/2012|
I don't know what's more disgusting, Seth or Richard Roland who is a cute bear lusting after (Ewwwww) Matt Zarley?
|by Anonymous||reply 406||12/04/2012|
Agreed - r380 The Lion King was fantastic.
I think Seth is hit or miss. His Barbra deconstructions are hilarious and heartfelt. I think some of his other bits try too hard to be funny. I prefer the decontructions he does at home. The live audinece makes him nervous and he talks too fast, panders, says ANYHOO and makes bad jokes. I think he is fun if you just see his youtube stuff. And like most people in show business - he comes across as a some what desperate starfucker - but they all do.
|by Anonymous||reply 407||12/04/2012|
Seth has a big cock? That could almost turn me...straight.
|by Anonymous||reply 408||12/04/2012|
Richard Roland used to be fucking adorable and hot. He still looks hot, even in his bearish state.
I think his hubby is much older than he is.
|by Anonymous||reply 409||12/04/2012|
[quote]he is too ugly and not talented enough to actually perform in a Broadway musical
I think he was in the revival of THE RITZ with Rosie Perez a few years ago.
|by Anonymous||reply 410||12/04/2012|
It's curtains for Scandalous.
|by Anonymous||reply 411||12/04/2012|
OP, what makes you say that Debra Winger has no stage credits at all? She played Anna in Ivanov and Li'l Bit in How I Learned to Drive at American Repertory Theater. The Anarchist is her Broadway debut but it is far from her professional theater debut.
|by Anonymous||reply 412||12/04/2012|
Debra Winger's stage credits notwithstanding, The Anarchist will close December 16.
Has everything that's opened this fall on Broadway not closed or posted a closing notice yet? You just know Dead Accounts will announce their closing date before the week is over.
|by Anonymous||reply 413||12/04/2012|
OK, so Seth Rudetsky is gay, not straight.
Thanks for clearing up the confusion r376!
|by Anonymous||reply 414||12/04/2012|
Everyone saw Rudetsky's cock when Mantello had him wear that unitard in The Ritz.
He ain't big at all....
|by Anonymous||reply 415||12/05/2012|
Playing a couple of roles at ART hardly equates to having the stage chops of a seasoned Broadway actress/star, dolls.
|by Anonymous||reply 416||12/05/2012|
Worst season in decades. They might as well cancel The Tonys.
|by Anonymous||reply 417||12/05/2012|
The good news is that there will be about a half dozen vacant theaters come the New Year that can be filled with London imports that will sweep all the Tony AWards!
|by Anonymous||reply 418||12/05/2012|
Good grief. Mamet, Lupone and Winger under one roof and all anybody can talk about is fucking Seth Rudinksy?
These theater "gossip" threads officially suck.
|by Anonymous||reply 419||12/05/2012|
What is Tom Schumacher's odd fascination with Andrew Keenan Bolger? He's a moderate talent at best, but he's all over the Disney crap like he's Dick Van Dyke. wtf?
|by Anonymous||reply 420||12/05/2012|
Had to watch kathie lee on her morning show to see what she would say about the closing of her 15 year in the making shitfest. She was heavily made up and blamed the closing partially on Hurricane Sandy- of course. They are having some sort of pre theater party before the matinee at Gallagher's Steak House a couple of doors down from the theater, which appropriately is also closing the end of the year. I was hoping she would cry but didn't but I am sure she has already shed many tears and probably has thrown a few wine glasses at Hoda. Then the 2 fraus went on about how every closing means a new beginning. Amen.
|by Anonymous||reply 421||12/05/2012|
Fuck you, R421! Fuck you up the ass!!!!!!
|by Anonymous||reply 422||12/05/2012|
It's ALL about Mike Jackson as the Tin Man in this Canadian Wizard of Oz. I'd tap that.
|by Anonymous||reply 424||12/05/2012|
With reference to the photographer who took pictures of the man on the subway track. It is unfair to say he should have dropped the camera and rescue him. You need to know what goes on your mind in a situation like that. Over 12 years ago I was at the subway station at 86th and Broadway waiting for a train. I was the only person standing at the back end of the platform. I looked and saw a man jump off the platform onto the tracks, I thought he was going to pick up something but he laid down on them. Seeing this I had to go tell someone and I ran to the booth to let them know. But, to me doing that my body went into slow motion,slow animation and it was like I was walking slow and all, apparently was not. I was in shock. They were able to get the uncoming train know and the train was able to stop about six feet from the person laying there. They retrieved him from the track he was out cold. I remember getting on the train after that I was shaking. I saved a man's life.
|by Anonymous||reply 425||12/05/2012|
R417: bite your tongue! Nooooooooo! I LOVE the Tonys!
But you're probably right. And you're probably younger than I, but something similar went on in - 1986? for the year ending 1985? Only 1 or 2 musicals nominated (I THINK - "Big River" won); there have been some other seasons where either fewer-than-usual nominees or something like that - beloved NY Theater queens, please help me out here? TIA.
|by Anonymous||reply 426||12/05/2012|
Ye gods! Susan Luckey Dead -- 'Music Man' Actress Dies at 74
|by Anonymous||reply 427||12/05/2012|
R427 You watch your phraseology!
|by Anonymous||reply 428||12/05/2012|
Sad news about Susan Luckey.
|by Anonymous||reply 429||12/05/2012|
R426, 1995- only Sunset Blvd and Smokey Joe's Café were nominated for Best Musical.
|by Anonymous||reply 430||12/05/2012|
That's terrible news about that closing, R421!
No, not about 'Scandalous' closing but Gallagher's Steakhouse!!! It's a Times Square institution, chock-full of photo's of identities from the world of politics, sports and the theatre who've frequented the place since it opened in 1927, originally as a speakeasy during Prohibition.
The sides of beef and other cuts of meat hang in a a cool room visible from the street through the plate glass window so you can admire your potential meal as you enter the restaurant.
I love the "old world" charm and the veteran waitpersons, a living link to NY's past. The food is hearty and cooked as expertly as you'd expect from such an iconic business though I gather they have had a change of management (and management style) recently that could be the reason this institution has hit troubled waters.
It's a terrible shame that it's going because it has always been one of NYC's great bar/restaurants, the Manhattan equivalent of Hollywood's Musso & Franks.
Mallrats won't care but it's another blow for lovers of authentic NY culture.
|by Anonymous||reply 431||12/05/2012|
Don't worry, R431. If you want the Gallagher's experience, you can still get it at the branch at Newark Airport!
|by Anonymous||reply 432||12/05/2012|
I guess Susan wasn't very Luckey after all.
|by Anonymous||reply 434||12/05/2012|
I disagree r431, but I respect your opinion.
To me Gallaghers was like the Stage Deli....it is time to move on.
Anyway, how B. Smith's stays open is shocking; that place's time is long over as well and it should just go too.
Unfortunately, my only regret is once a place closes, the sights do not become new restaurants which would invigorate the area; they become Duane Reades.
|by Anonymous||reply 435||12/05/2012|
I used to really like the old B. Smith's when it was on 8th Ave. Gorgeous room, interesting menu and great food. The newer location has a completely different experience to offer.
|by Anonymous||reply 436||12/05/2012|
So what are some suggestions for a decent well-spent dinner before the theater in NY in the Time Square area?
Personally, I like The Eatery up on 52nd St.
|by Anonymous||reply 437||12/05/2012|
The Burger King on 42nd Street. Fresh, fast and fabulous!
|by Anonymous||reply 438||12/05/2012|
Orso for New Yorkers (especially after the show), Sardi's for tourists, Carmine's for people from Long Island and New Jersey.
|by Anonymous||reply 439||12/05/2012|
Will you fat pigs get back to Broadway gossip and stop bemoaning the closing of restaurants.
|by Anonymous||reply 441||12/05/2012|
r403 - Oh, honey...that head injury was worse than we thought, wasn't it?
Oh, honey, don't you recognize a merkin when you see one? Girlfriend is channeling Dusty Springfield.
|by Anonymous||reply 442||12/05/2012|
I couldn't believe how crappy THE GOLDEN AGE was. Ian McKellen couldn't have been more bored in the audience tonight.
|by Anonymous||reply 443||12/05/2012|
[quote]Nooooooooo! I LOVE the Tonys!
Imagine if, for one night only, the Oscars and the Tonys were broadcast against one another. What would the gays do? (Just for fun, pretend there are no such things as recording devices.)
[quote]there will be about a half dozen vacant theaters come the New Year
And apparently one for sale:
|by Anonymous||reply 444||12/05/2012|
Virgil's BBQ on West 44th bet 6th & 7th
Joel Allen on West 46th bet 8th & 9th is always nice but Virgil's is my favorite. Oh and if you like lobster rolls, go to the little restaurant Claw on 9th (bet 51st & 52nd?)
|by Anonymous||reply 445||12/06/2012|
If there weren't devices and the NBA Finals or NBA Conferencd Finals were on at the same time, I would watch that. If there were no NBA games, I would watch the Tonys for the musical numbers alone.
|by Anonymous||reply 446||12/06/2012|
Scandalous closing in 3 weeks. KLG said although the critics hated it the audiences love it coming again and again. So 1000 people saw it 20 times apparently
|by Anonymous||reply 448||12/06/2012|
[quote] Scandalous closing in 3 weeks.
3 weeks? Honey, it's closing on December 9th, which is THIS coming Sunday.
|by Anonymous||reply 449||12/06/2012|
Have a feeling Troika or Networks will scramble to put out a non union tour and build up this as ....Kathie Lee's musical for everyone!!
|by Anonymous||reply 451||12/06/2012|
R424 -- I hear ya. I'd love to make a meal of Mike Jackson. And then have Jamie McKnight for dessert.
|by Anonymous||reply 452||12/06/2012|
Mike Jackson looks fat but I agree that Jamie McKnight is a hottie.
|by Anonymous||reply 453||12/06/2012|
How can that piece of shit, "The Anarchist", last to it's scheduled closing date, December 16. Is anyone even buying tickets after those reviews?
|by Anonymous||reply 454||12/06/2012|
We're not gonna talk about the NYT piece re: Mamet?
Why does Jeffrey Richards so religiously produce Mamet? Are they fucking?
|by Anonymous||reply 456||12/06/2012|
A revival of American Buffalo? Seriously? Look what happened to the last one.
|by Anonymous||reply 457||12/06/2012|
I can only assume that if Jeffrey Richards produces a revival of AMERICAN BUFFALO on Broaday, it will star Pacino, even though he's way too old for the role.
|by Anonymous||reply 458||12/06/2012|
Excuse me...no mention of my return to the stage?
|by Anonymous||reply 459||12/06/2012|
The Les Miz movie got a mixed review in Variety and a pan in the Hollywood Reporter. They called it a bout of musical diarrhea.
|by Anonymous||reply 460||12/06/2012|
What puzzles me most about The Anarchist is why Debra Winger chose it for her Broadway debut. I would imagine, in spite of her lack of stage credits, she's offered Broadway plays all the time.
Clearly, the role was underwritten from the start and never realy changed. Whatever was she expecting??
|by Anonymous||reply 461||12/06/2012|
[quote] I would imagine, in spite of her lack of stage credits, she's offered Broadway plays all the time.
That may be your mistake.
|by Anonymous||reply 462||12/06/2012|
I agree. I know Winger is perceived as some underappreciated national treasure/rare flower by some on DL, but I don't think producers or directors share that POV.
|by Anonymous||reply 463||12/06/2012|
This is my PSA of the day:
If anyone wants to see "The Glass Menagerie" at ART (with Cherry Jones as Mrs. Wingfield) then even if you are a subscriber you might want to act quick because it is already close to being completely sold out.
|by Anonymous||reply 464||12/06/2012|
Any news on who they got to replace the 2 miscast leads in "Evita" or are they just gonna shut the shit down?
|by Anonymous||reply 465||12/06/2012|
You bitches got your wish.
|by Anonymous||reply 467||12/06/2012|
Any word on the "rights issue" for the Streisand Gypsy film? Is it to do with other movie studios or is it Laurents' estate?
|by Anonymous||reply 468||12/06/2012|
Just read Hollywood Reporter on Les Miz, r460.
'Musical diarrhea' is classy. Good criticism is deader than good musical theater writing. It may be diarrhea but he's the asshole
|by Anonymous||reply 469||12/06/2012|
The Hollywood Reporter review pretty much summed up my reaction to the show itself. It's a great big manipulative bag o' bombast.
|by Anonymous||reply 470||12/06/2012|
The difficulty with the Streisand Gypsy is that she wants to change Louise to Louis and have Jason Gould play him. Instead of growing up to be a Burlesque queen, the character would become a Vaudeville Comedian.
|by Anonymous||reply 471||12/06/2012|
Hope the new Pippin is better than that dreadful regional production with Claybourne Elder Rosen, directed by his hubs.
|by Anonymous||reply 472||12/06/2012|
Met Norm Lewis on the train Tuesday morning. We were entering from opposite sides of the car and literally backed into one another. He was really nice and I told him how much I like his work (and such a handsome man, too).
Anyway, that's my Broadway star sighting for the week.
|by Anonymous||reply 473||12/06/2012|
Can someone say what the LION KING presentation at Gypsy was?
|by Anonymous||reply 474||12/06/2012|
To R474: Pretentious describes it. I was there.
|by Anonymous||reply 475||12/06/2012|
But r475, I really liked the NEWSIES! bit. It wasn't too long (like the Mary Poppins one), great big laughs for the guy trying to spin on the paper. And a great punchline that they still get paid the same. Hysterical.
And r445: Joel Allen's?
|by Anonymous||reply 476||12/06/2012|
Claybourne Elder's PIPPIN production may have been a disaster, but I would still pay good money to lick his feets, in or out of flip-flops.
|by Anonymous||reply 477||12/06/2012|
Any Bostonians see PIPPIN? What's the word?
|by Anonymous||reply 478||12/07/2012|
The people need... and want... a new PIPPIN.
|by Anonymous||reply 479||12/07/2012|
The scoop on the Streisand GYPSY is that she has consulted with CGI experts who have assured her they can make her younger via CGI for the first part of the movie.
Seriously. The thing is, what's "the first part of the movie"? Just when the daughters are little girls? Or through June's departure?
The truth is Streisand needs CGI for the whole damned film. She looks good in the clips from Guilt Trip but NOT in that awful commercial she did with Seth Rogen.
I suppose she could get away with the last couple of scenes. But she's miscast anyway, forget the age thing, and she can't sing it anymore.
|by Anonymous||reply 480||12/07/2012|
Streisand may as well be true to herself and film DEAR WORLD.
It would be cheaper to make and would lose less money than anything she can do with GYPSY.
And, heaven knows, more age-appropriate.
|by Anonymous||reply 481||12/07/2012|
Like his feets? I'd much rather lick Elder Claybourne's arse. On the other hand, I'd rather pick my nose than sit through Appalling Paulus' Pippin.
|by Anonymous||reply 482||12/07/2012|
But isn't ironic that Streisand played Dolly when she was far too young and will play Rose when she's far too old?
|by Anonymous||reply 483||12/07/2012|
Streisand's Gypsy will be all in flashback. She'll be sitting in a big chair with a book, speaking to the camera, then it'll cut to the scenes from the show with only the age appropriate actors in the frame.
Then it cuts back to Streisand who says "And then I said- "an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, and it serves em right for overcharging." And then we sang a song, that goes something like this..."
|by Anonymous||reply 484||12/07/2012|
PIPPIN-perhaps they might want to wait for the reviews before discussing any bway transfer
|by Anonymous||reply 485||12/07/2012|
I would guess that the Weissler enhancement money was in place long before rehearsals began and thus the announcement of their participation and pleadge for the Broadway transfer are all just publicity to drum up excitement about the production.
I'd say to wait until the reviews appear but these days, even with bad or discouraging out-of-town reviews, shows are transferring to Broadway, anyway.
|by Anonymous||reply 486||12/07/2012|
[quote] even with bad or discouraging out-of-town reviews, shows are transferring to Broadway, anyway.
Was that in reference to moi?!
|by Anonymous||reply 487||12/07/2012|
I'm a huge admirer of Feingold as a critic, but I'm amazed he's making any kind of defense of "The Anarchist" - it's garbage, period.
|by Anonymous||reply 488||12/07/2012|
R488 I feel like what Feingold was praising about "The Anarchist" only further illustrates the problems with Mamet as a playwright. The scripts are so "stripped down" that they seem like first drafts from a playwriting 101 class and combined with his inherent misogyny, you get 70 minutes of emotionless catfighting.
|by Anonymous||reply 489||12/07/2012|
Mamet is tired. Mamet is done.
Theatres will go on reviving his better, older plays (GLENGARRY, BUFFALO) ad infinitum (even if I never need to see another production again). Because they're commercially viable (or thought to be), and actors love doing them.
But his world view and style are limited. And he's become another cranky, reactionary old man.
|by Anonymous||reply 490||12/07/2012|
The reactionary nature of Mamet's world view has been in evidence all along. The messages behind "Speed the Plough," "Hoffa" and "Oleanna" could have come straight out of the mouth of Rush Limbaugh. I don't know why it comes to such a shock to people.
|by Anonymous||reply 491||12/07/2012|
R488, Feingold is highly knowledgeable and intelligent, and he has often made excellent points in essays on the general state of theater. But in his reviews, he often seems to make a point of offering an opinion that's contrary to the consensus -- even in cases like THE ANARCHIST, where the play is so bad that it's indefensible. I wish he's stop doing that.
|by Anonymous||reply 492||12/07/2012|
I can't wait to see Gypsy filmed through vaseline and totally from her left side!
|by Anonymous||reply 493||12/07/2012|
It's nice to discuss serious playwriting for a change.
Are there any new writers or plays people are excited about?
(I may be one of the Karen Ziemba Trolls, but I love new plays.)
|by Anonymous||reply 494||12/07/2012|
Playwriting, shmaywriting, who has tongued the asshole of Elder Claybourne?
|by Anonymous||reply 496||12/07/2012|
I'm really happy for the production of GOLDEN BOY. Can't wait to see it. Watched the movie yesterday but I understand it was rewritten with a happy ending.
And I confess... I am also one of the Ziemba trolls... but give me a good play and the tap shoes and banjo go back in the box.
|by Anonymous||reply 497||12/07/2012|
It was called that in the West End when Kim Wilde took over from Madge.
|by Anonymous||reply 499||12/07/2012|
If you love new plays, check out Bad Jews at Roundabout's tiny underground space at The Laura Pels Theater.
Highly original writing and 4 fabulous performances from the young actors.
It depresses me that Roundabout puts so much money and misguided effort into their mediocre revivals and then doesn't give enough press to their new plays in that little space, even when the reviews, as in this case, were wonderful.
|by Anonymous||reply 500||12/07/2012|
[Playwriting, shmaywriting, who has tongued the asshole of Elder Claybourne?]
Eric Rosen, presumably.
|by Anonymous||reply 501||12/07/2012|
How Rosen landed Clay is anyone's guess.
|by Anonymous||reply 502||12/07/2012|
I'm crushed. I thought there was only one KZ Troll, THE KZ Troll.
To learn that it's several different people?
It's like finding out there was no Santa Claus all over again.
|by Anonymous||reply 503||12/07/2012|
Well, it seem "A Christmas Story" is the show to beat so far for Best Musical so. Has any limited engagement show every won Best Show? I mean besides all of Sondheim's shows, which are limited engements, but they aren't planned that way.
|by Anonymous||reply 504||12/07/2012|
Golden Boy is a very long, dull 3 hours, which everyone will find out once the minor box office flurry, caused by the inexplicable reviews, subsides.
|by Anonymous||reply 505||12/07/2012|
R445 here. Can't believe I typed Joel Allen. Must have been some auto correct. I laughed out loud when my mistake was pointed out.
|by Anonymous||reply 506||12/07/2012|
There is a Ziemba troll
a KZ troll
and a few more
As for me, I'm the "Karen Ziemba, Tony winning actress/dancer/singer/banjo player" ...troll
|by Anonymous||reply 507||12/07/2012|
But it does have Yvonne Strahovski who is so hot on Dexter.
|by Anonymous||reply 508||12/07/2012|
R503 Geez, learn how to use spoiler alert, dammit!
|by Anonymous||reply 509||12/07/2012|
Christmas Story doesn't have a prayer for Best Musical. It will be either Matilda or Kinky. It probably won't even get a nomination.
|by Anonymous||reply 510||12/07/2012|
And there's also Doug Beane's Cinderella. Will the producers be campaigning it for Best Musical or Best Revival? Where is its better chances of winning?
|by Anonymous||reply 511||12/07/2012|
I would think Cinderella would have to go under Best Revival, with Beane eligible for Best Book. Didn't the revised Flower Drum Song and On a Clear Day get similar treatment? And the R&H Cinderella has been staged everywhere BUT Broadway and everyone has seen at least one of the TV versions that inspired it, so I think the "classic" designation is more than apt.
Though I imagine it will come down to Annie vs. Drood for Best Revival (and unless Pippin turns out to be great and transfers and/or Drood goes open-ended, Annie will probably win), Cinderella still has a better chance to get noticed in the revival category than the musical one. And it just makes the most sense to put it there (Not that sense has held much sway with the Tony folk before, of course...).
|by Anonymous||reply 512||12/07/2012|
Cinderella is a revival of what? When was it originally produced on Broadway? It's a new adaptation of a TV musical with an old score - like every other musical that opens with its juke box list of hits.
|by Anonymous||reply 513||12/07/2012|
So Doug Beane will have a new book for a musical and a play opening on Broadway in the same season.
Has that ever happened before? Noel Coward or Neil Simon perhaps?
Not Harvey or Terrence as far as IBDB can tell me.
Come on theater queens someone must know. George S. Kaufman maybe?
|by Anonymous||reply 514||12/07/2012|
Drood is likely to last until Tony nomination time and if so, far more likely to do well than the tepidly reviewed Annie.
|by Anonymous||reply 515||12/07/2012|
Dear r513, "juke box musicals" have songs drawn from disparate and untheatrical sources. CINDERELLA'S score was created of a piece specifically for the original television production. No comparison between the two whatsoever.
|by Anonymous||reply 516||12/07/2012|
R513, since the Tony folks have ruled that any "classic" work that has never before been produced on Broadway may be deemed a revival for Tony purposes (eg Little Shop of Horrors, Driving Miss Daisy, and other Off-Broadway shows "making their Broadway debuts" years after their premieres but classified as revivals because they've been produced everywhere else), I don't see how Cinderella could not be deemed a revival. The TV version has been adapted and performed for the stage countless times, including in London, and at New York City Opera and Madison Square Garden, for Chrissake! Beane will be eligible for Best Book (As David Hwang and Peter Parnell were for their "revisals" of established shows), but the score and basic story of this production (Changes aside) are the same as every other production that's been staged around the country since the 1960's. The R&H Cinderella is an honorary musical theatre classic, and thus, though the revised book will be allowed to compete, I can't imagine the production itself wouldn't be named a revival for the Tony competition.
But I could be wrong. You never know for sure with the Tonys.
|by Anonymous||reply 517||12/07/2012|
I actually think A Christmas Story has a good shot at being the first holiday piece to get Tony recognition (R510). No wins, but . . .
nominations for musical, score, book, director, supporting actress, orchestrations, and maybe choreography seem likely. The critics really liked it and it's an audience show as well.
Astaire award for Luke Spring!! Stop giving it to actors who move well.
|by Anonymous||reply 518||12/07/2012|
I bet Cinderella will not be categorized as a revival. It has never had a broadway production - or even a famously off broadway production. It is a new adaptation of a television show (okay it played a frigging opera house for five days). And the score, written specifically for the tv special, will not be nominated -- it is LIKE A JUKE BOX MUSICAL's score, which is never nominated (Of course, if there are five unheard R&H songs that could somehow be classified as new, it might squeak out a nomination. Gigi won a score Tony with five new songs, but they were written for the specifically for the stage.)
Of course this will all be moot if the powers that be deem the R&H Cinderella a classic.
|by Anonymous||reply 519||12/07/2012|
So Debra Winger seems pretty angry with Mametin the Times today....Winger, Lupone, and Mamet in a room....can you imagine!!!
|by Anonymous||reply 520||12/07/2012|
If A Christmas Story continues to sell, can it go into an open-ended run or is its theater already booked for something else?
|by Anonymous||reply 521||12/07/2012|
Pippin started in previews this week...any news?
|by Anonymous||reply 522||12/07/2012|
[quote]If A Christmas Story continues to sell, can it go into an open-ended run or is its theater already booked for something else?
A Motown jukebox musical is scheduled.
|by Anonymous||reply 523||12/07/2012|
"A Christmas Story" has the Best Supporting Tonys already with Caroline O'Conner and the little tap dancing kid. Betcha.
[quote]So Debra Winger seems pretty angry with Mametin the Times today....Winger, Lupone, and Mamet in a room....can you imagine!!!
|by Anonymous||reply 524||12/07/2012|
Is Sutton still tied up with that TV thing or is she just not getting hired for any shows this season?
|by Anonymous||reply 525||12/07/2012|
When a dopey kiddie show like A Christmas Story (including its forgettable score) is seriously discussed as a front-runner for the Tonys, something is disastrously wrong with the state of Broadway and musical theater.
|by Anonymous||reply 527||12/08/2012|
By the time the Tony nominations roll around in May, all the Christmas musicals will be forgotten.
The dark horse in the new musicals is HANDS ON A HARD BODY. And BRING IT ON will be the first "limited run" musical to get nominations - definitely for score and choreography.
CINDERELLA will be considered a revival by the nominating committee, putting it in competition with ANNIE, DROOD and PIPPIN (if it gets in time).
Word has it ANNIE's advance is weak, however, so it may not make it to Tony time.
|by Anonymous||reply 528||12/08/2012|
Drood is not making any money. Mediocre show, awful title, tourists don't give a shit and Chita is not happy that she spends so much time in her dressing room. A snob critics' darling and it will close after it's extension.
|by Anonymous||reply 529||12/08/2012|
Why do we care about the Hamburg theater scene on NY1 On Stage? Because Frank DiLella wanted a free vacation. That's really the only reason.
|by Anonymous||reply 530||12/08/2012|
r527, you just figured this out NOW?
|by Anonymous||reply 531||12/08/2012|
[quote] Drood is not making any money. Mediocre show, awful title, tourists don't give a shit and Chita is not happy that she spends so much time in her dressing room. A snob critics' darling and it will close after it's extension.
That's if it makes it to its extension. If it's only filling 70% of its small house now, with a subscription base and in the wake of its reviews, doing an average of around $350,000 a week, I'm not sure adding an extra four weeks was wise and doubt there will be another extension. Roundabout's Anything Goes and even their awful Bye Bye Birdie grossed 2-3 times more a week at the similarly sized Sondheim/Henry Miller. [R529] is right - critics may love Drood, but general audiences do not care.
|by Anonymous||reply 532||12/08/2012|
Greedmeister Jeffrey Richards proposed revival of "American Buffalo" next season will no doubt star Pacino as the old junk shop owner, Donny, Canavale as Teach, and Jake Gyllenhaal as Bobby, thus ensuring a top ticket price of 400 bucks a seat. And then they'll delay the opening on that one, too.
And as part of a package deal, , we'll get a new 45 minute Mamet play about a nun accused of shooting a black president. That Richards is a class act, as is has-been Mamet.
Maybe he should stay in Vermont and tap the trees around his cabin for Republican maple syrup.
|by Anonymous||reply 533||12/08/2012|
[quote] Is Sutton still tied up with that TV thing or is she just not getting hired for any shows this season?
Bunheads season 2 starts airing January 7th, so I'm guessing that maybe they are either shooting the last episodes(s) of the season or have just recently wrapped. Or, since the 2 leads both are east coasters it's likely that they may film more than one season at at time so that they only need to be in L.A. for a set period of time, and not back and forth.
|by Anonymous||reply 534||12/08/2012|
I don't believe Bunheads has been renewed past this season, at least not yet.
For it to make it, the second half of the first season will have to be stronger and Sutton will have to tone it down.
Wanted to like it but Sutton quickly became grating, there wasn't enough story and the only thing to recommend it was Kelly Bishop, and she was doing watered-down Emily Gilmore scripts.
|by Anonymous||reply 535||12/08/2012|
Even so, R535, they could still be shooting the last episode(s) for the current season. Or they could have not started until later in the fall so they will be going for awhile.
American Horror Story: Asylum started shooting in early July and they are still filming, at least as of yesterday.
|by Anonymous||reply 536||12/08/2012|
Maybe Mamet and Kathie Lee Gifford can comfort each other while they take turns sucking Rupert Murdoch's dick. It couldn't have happened to a bigger pair of Republican creeps.
|by Anonymous||reply 537||12/08/2012|
[quote] Winger, Lupone, and Mamet in a room....can you imagine!!!
The transcripts of such an event would make a far more thrilling play than Mamet could ever write.
|by Anonymous||reply 538||12/08/2012|
[quote]I don't believe Bunheads has been renewed past this season, at least not yet.
Well believe Dear, "Bunheads" was indeed renewed. And Sutton has made it perfectly clear she has fallen in love with California life and has no plans of moving back for years to come. Unless it's something she really can't pass up,, she's putting Broadway on hold indefinitely.
|by Anonymous||reply 539||12/08/2012|
R539, that makes me very sad. Sutton is a true Broadway Star and she is indeed NEEDED on Broadway.
|by Anonymous||reply 540||12/08/2012|
Mmmmmm.... that's okay, R540. I think Sutton's... talents are much better suited to California.
I'm sending her a basket of Christmas cheeses and sausage as I type. Dear girl.
|by Anonymous||reply 541||12/08/2012|
Best Musical noms will be MATILDA (win), KINKY BOOTS, HANDS ON A HARDBODY and one unknown.
It will NOT be A Christmas Story, for chrissakes.
|by Anonymous||reply 542||12/08/2012|
R494 "Are there any new writers or plays people are excited about?"
'Constellations' by Nick Payne is a short play (approx 75 mins) which started at the Royal Court and is now in a limited West End run. It's got great reviews, lots of award nominations and fantastic word-of-mouth.
I've not seen it myself (yet) but I think the synopsis sounds fascinating.
|by Anonymous||reply 544||12/08/2012|
I've never understood why Chita Rivera can't carry a show. She's incredible onstage, has done some ground-breaking work and some mega-influential work. The last two presidents have honored her with high-profile televised ceremonies, but Spider Woman, her own show, Nine, The Visit, and now Drood never made it to hit status with her above the title. Why is that??
|by Anonymous||reply 545||12/08/2012|
"Why do we care about the Hamburg theater scene on NY1 On Stage? Because Frank DiLella wanted a free vacation."
A permanent vacation is that Frank needs ;-)
|by Anonymous||reply 546||12/09/2012|
Evita: Who who who???? Many wonder if there Really will be any replacements and just close. What about that intermission photo of Max and the open black robe? I would go down.
|by Anonymous||reply 547||12/09/2012|
Any new gossip on Steve Kazee? He's so hot.
|by Anonymous||reply 548||12/09/2012|
Rivera wasn't the one responsible for NINE. That show was all about Banderas, and when he left, that was the end of the show.
|by Anonymous||reply 549||12/09/2012|
Chita was known for her incredible dancing up until she had the car accident. She was never good at accents, yet, she had to do them in her last few shows. I saw an interview where she went off about how The Music Man won best musical over West Side Story....it was like ahe never got over that. I always felt she was bitter inside because she worked so hard but never became a big star outside of Broadway. But when she takes the stage, she gives 110% and you can't help but love her. She has had an incredible career. God bless her.
|by Anonymous||reply 550||12/09/2012|
People still confuse Chita with Rita, truly. Chita can be exciting onstage but like most Broadway divas, she has a face only Broadway could love.
|by Anonymous||reply 551||12/09/2012|
Sorry I can't make the closing Kathie but you'll tell me about it Monday morning over a glass of champagne. Was Liza there again?
|by Anonymous||reply 552||12/09/2012|
frankly I can't understand how Music Man won over West Side Story, either.
Up until about 7 years ago, Chita looked decent in closeup. Look at the photos from Spider woman, she looks better than Moreno ever did....glamorous, sexy, dark, myseterious. She didn't really emerge as a Diva until that time.
What was she like in The Rink? or was that more of a showcase of Liza?
|by Anonymous||reply 553||12/09/2012|
Chita is not a bitter person. She is one of the nicest of Broadway stars.
|by Anonymous||reply 554||12/09/2012|
She is the class and the sass
|by Anonymous||reply 555||12/09/2012|
Have lived and worked on both coasts, California is better. Sutton is right.
Agree that A Christmas Story should get nominations. Wlll Luke Spring really get a nomination? I don't see why not. It's the performance of the season so far. No question. Him an Rob McClure at least.
|by Anonymous||reply 556||12/09/2012|
[quote] frankly I can't understand how Music Man won over West Side Story, either.
Christ, I loathe The Music Man, but let's face it - nobody dies.
|by Anonymous||reply 557||12/09/2012|
[quote] Up until about 7 years ago, Chita looked decent in closeup.
Clearly, you've never seen the film of SWEET CHARITY. And her "cameo" in CHICAGO looks like 20 miles of bad road.
Chita has never had a face for film.
|by Anonymous||reply 558||12/09/2012|
Unlike Verdon, Martin, Lansbury, and Merman, Chita has never been the solo star of a Broadway show. Her one-woman show wasn't a success. She needs co-stars because she's not a great singer or actress. Could dance like a dream, though.
|by Anonymous||reply 559||12/09/2012|
R539, listen carefully, dearie.
Bunheads was picked up for 8 more episodes or some such number to complete it's first season. Those are the ones yet to air. It has not received a second season renewal.
|by Anonymous||reply 560||12/09/2012|
Can someone explain why Roundabout would produce that second-rate Drood instead of say the NY premiere of The Visit, which would be a lock for a best musical slot?
I guess "it's Roundabout" is my answer...
|by Anonymous||reply 561||12/09/2012|
[quote]Bring back the real Ziemba troll, please!!!
|by Anonymous||reply 562||12/09/2012|
Chita did shows on an ocean liner one year to pay for her trip to Italy.. she is the ultimate performer and everyone loves her.. give her a call to do a benefit and she'll say where and when?
|by Anonymous||reply 563||12/09/2012|
r560, listen, dearie:
it's "its" not "it's"
These things matter. It's the theatre thread, and so it's important we care about language and its usage
It's also more fun when this thread is about real gossip not Bunheads and its future
|by Anonymous||reply 564||12/09/2012|
Sutton Foster is a competent chorus girl who stepped in shit.
|by Anonymous||reply 565||12/09/2012|
disagree with r559. In her prime, what I think separated Rivera from someone like Verdon or Reinking was the fact that she sang BRILLIANTLY. Not since Chicago though, really, but listen to that album and also to the quality in BIRDIE. It's a great voice.
|by Anonymous||reply 566||12/09/2012|
I suppose you think Carol Channing sang brilliantly in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes?
|by Anonymous||reply 567||12/09/2012|
[quote]Can someone explain why Roundabout would produce that second-rate Drood instead of say the NY premiere of The Visit, which would be a lock for a best musical slot?
1. The Roundabout only does revivals
2. The Visit is a terrible show that needs to be mothballed for good, but it deserves more than a cheap Roundabout production would afford it.
|by Anonymous||reply 568||12/09/2012|
Yes, Chita has a wonderful voice. I have all of her solo albums!
|by Anonymous||reply 569||12/09/2012|
Chita Rivera has a terrific voice. She's obviously not a pop singer like Mariah Carey but for what she does it's bright and brassy, it's very distinctive. Honestly, some of you people.
And I don't think anyone would ever describe Chita Rivera as bitter. A lot of the time, you showbiz observers are just projecting your unmet expectations and broken dreams on real performers. I've always heard Chita Rivera described as a force of nature and her achievements and longevity certainly speak to that.
I like her voice. I still enjoy listening to The Rink but I suppose that's just because I'm familiar with it. And, of course, she's right about West Side Story and I'm sure looking through the long lens of history, that only gets more true every year.
|by Anonymous||reply 570||12/09/2012|
You guys are nuts. She brays!
|by Anonymous||reply 571||12/09/2012|
Now you bitches can judge for yourselves. Stage Door Records is reissuing Chita's 2 solo LPs from the early 60s on one CD.
And Verdon only ever had ONE solo LP.
|by Anonymous||reply 572||12/09/2012|
R568, if The Visit is such a terrible show, why why won't it die? Two well-known regionals have done it, with reviews in both cities saying Rivera gives the performance of a lifetime.
With all the swill that ends up on brodway, how is it possible it hasn't made it yet? In the music I hear echoes of Cabaret and Chicago. You'd think with all the money the Wei$$lers made off of the Chicago revival, they'd throw Kander and Reinking a bone. At the very least, get it recorded!
Here's Rivera singing a song from it, judge for yourself.
|by Anonymous||reply 574||12/09/2012|
Having seen The Visit, it is like Guys and Dolls compared to most of the new musicals that have opened on Broadway in the past 10 years including Kander and Ebb's Curtains. And Chita was brilliant in it. She still sings OK if not as great as she did when she first did Chicago (still the best version of All That Jazz and the best Velma). In The Vist she danced little, but it was her acting that was so impressive.
|by Anonymous||reply 575||12/09/2012|
I agree with R535. I like Sutton and tried watching Bunheads a few times, but she is SO over-the-top; almos like a bad high school performance. No subtlety whatsoever. I've read actors saying it can be hard to tone down from stage to tv (or film); George Hearn once frankly admitted he's not great at TV/film (I think he's too hard on himself.) Probably Sutton isn't getting much help from directors; in TV there usually isn't time. Agree that Kelly Bishop the only reason to watch - the girls are sometimes obnoxious. Too bad; there's a lot of potential: it can only improve. (but hey: I'm 20 years older than the target audience!)
|by Anonymous||reply 576||12/09/2012|
Watch out mlop, Chit's #2 superfan is vying for 1st place!
|by Anonymous||reply 577||12/09/2012|
Beloved NYC theatergoers, what did you think of Brantley's negative review of Glengarry? Amazing that David Harbour as Williamson was singled out (I mean, he's a good solid actor but usually it's the Roma who is mentioned most.) Is Pacino that bad? Direction misguided? TIA.
|by Anonymous||reply 578||12/09/2012|
Nobody's the biggest fan of the Chitas than me. Do you not remember when she broke her leg in a taxi crush and lifts her leg high every time I walked into her hospital room. Now she's lifting her leg for everyone who sees her at Drood. Who does that at 80. I say Bravo.
|by Anonymous||reply 580||12/09/2012|
Chita Rivera in her prime was a great Broadway singer, and she was also an excellent actress.
I think the reason she didn't make it in films is two-fold: She had very sharp features that are great for the stage but not really meant for the screen, but even more importantly, she has/had VERY bad skin. I didn't realize this until I saw a TV clip from the late 1950s/early '60s in which she was wearing no makeup, and I was shocked at how bad her skin was. In SWEET CHARITY, she's wearing VERY heavy makeup, plus obviously the character is not supposed to be conventionally beautiful; but if you look real close, there's a huge closeup in "There's Gotta Be Something Better Than This" where her bad skin is visible even through about an inch and a half of makeup.
It's too bad she was denied a screen career for that reason. And of course, some of us would argue that (for example) she should have been cast as Rosie in the movie of BYE, BYE BIRDIE over Janet Leigh regardless.
|by Anonymous||reply 581||12/09/2012|
540 is a parody post. I know it in my heart. It has to be.
|by Anonymous||reply 582||12/09/2012|
I as surprised to learn that Dolores Gray also had very bad skin. The make-up department did a good job in her movies.
Kaye Ballard spills the beans about it in her memoir (Bert Lahr called Gray a "pock-marked bitch" or words to that effect).
|by Anonymous||reply 584||12/09/2012|
The A.R.T.'s Pippin is definitely headed to Broadway. Saw it on Friday.
Fantastic production, audience loved it. Patina Miller and Matthew James Thomas were great casting choices, and the circus performers create a magical setting.
|by Anonymous||reply 585||12/09/2012|
We do not want to hear ANY good news about that Pippin production at ART on DL!
|by Anonymous||reply 586||12/09/2012|
If I judged Chita's camera-ready looks just by the link at r571, I'd say she came off just fine. And the lighting and the photography there weren't even very flattering.
Carol Lawrence seemed to have the same problem as Chita. Beautiful on stage, less so on screen.
|by Anonymous||reply 587||12/09/2012|
When did the Glengarry NY Times review appear? I missed that one.
|by Anonymous||reply 588||12/09/2012|
r575: They threw Kander a bone with THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS.
|by Anonymous||reply 589||12/09/2012|
Kander was thrown more than just one bone with "The Scottsboro Boys."
|by Anonymous||reply 590||12/09/2012|
Patina Miller in PIPPIN? Is she doing Vereen's part, or is she Fastrada?
|by Anonymous||reply 591||12/09/2012|
Patina Miller is the Leading Player - Vereen's part, yes.
|by Anonymous||reply 592||12/09/2012|
There's one close-up shot of Anne Hathaway in Les Miserables where she looks like she was having a bad skin day. But it's just that one shot.
|by Anonymous||reply 593||12/09/2012|
Hugh on 60 Minutes: I don't know that bring him home sounded a little....I can't find the right word....awful? nasal?
|by Anonymous||reply 594||12/10/2012|
I will be attending the first preview of Dear World starring Betty Buckley in London.....and I have a mole!!!!
CHECK BACK HERE FOR UPDATES ABOUT BAT SHIT CRAZY BETTY'S RETURN!!!!
There will be blood I bet....
|by Anonymous||reply 595||12/10/2012|
R582..........lol, yes I was being not being at all serious.
|by Anonymous||reply 596||12/10/2012|
Will Sutton ever be able to hold a man?
|by Anonymous||reply 597||12/10/2012|
Good camera work, lighting, and make up can make ANYONE look good. People who fail to have a career onscreen, fail because they can't ACT for the screen, not because they have bad skins, ugly features, etc.
Also, Sutton isn't to blame with Bunheads. It's the horrible writing. No one talks like this. It's just one awkward joke after another. Doesn't come out of the life of any human character. It's just awful. Sutton handles as best as she can. She should just look at it as practice ground for a real network series or HBO/Showtime level show. Or movies.
|by Anonymous||reply 598||12/10/2012|
[quote]he should just look at it as practice ground for a real network series or HBO/Showtime level show. Or movies.
Sutton will never work in movies or HBO/Showtime....she is musical theatre....and that's about it.
|by Anonymous||reply 599||12/10/2012|
Sutton already worked on HBO - she had a running supporting role on "Flight of the Conchords". Because of that role she got the lead on "Bunheads".
|by Anonymous||reply 600||12/10/2012|
[quote]and I have a mole!!!!
You should see a dermatologist about that.
|by Anonymous||reply 601||12/10/2012|