THEATRE GOSSIP #111 - "There Must Be a Tony!" Edition
Tony snubs and flubs! Shockeroos! Did Bette hit the booze?
Will Ms. Midler graciously appear and present? If they wanted a little spice, they could have her present the award for Best Actress in a Play.
The nominees: Does Nathan's Nance have a chance? Does Ms. Miller carry the patina of a winner, or will Carolee Carmello pull off an Aimee Semple miracle? Will Vicky Clark fly her way to a second Tony, or will she crash and burn under Andrea Martin's hire-wire act? Will Best Actor in a musical be a real drag?
Karen Ziemba! Broadway's sweetheart is back, showing 'em how it's done in "On Your Toes.' Gwen got CHICAGO in her 50s - who's going to give KZ one last starring song-and-dance lead turn?
More Tony: Cicely Tyson risin'? Or will Kristine Nielson be takin' home the Tony bacon?
The PASSION CD scandal - Melissa Errico out, Rebecca Luker in! Is there a story beyond "vocal rest"?
And wait, there's more! The Michael Arden pictures - legendary, or apocryphal? Baldwin's beef with Brantley! Encores chorus boys admiring Shonn's Wiley?
And the Tony goes to ...
|by Anonymous||reply 605||05/20/2013|
Kathleen Chalfant and Kate Mulgrew have been spotted together around town.
|by Anonymous||reply 1||05/08/2013|
Any pics of Marc Thibodeaux?
|by Anonymous||reply 3||05/08/2013|
Chalfant and Mulfgrew - what's brewing? A project or an affair?
|by Anonymous||reply 4||05/08/2013|
Here's Thibodeau's website
|by Anonymous||reply 5||05/08/2013|
Seriously, what IS the story with Errico and Passion? She was out with bronchitis - but now it's several weeks later and she's had to "go back on vocal rest"???
I wonder how much it's costing PS Classics to fly people back in who were no longer in NY?
|by Anonymous||reply 6||05/08/2013|
Doesn't Errico have a history of missing shows?
|by Anonymous||reply 7||05/08/2013|
Even if I only get a small role I will overact to call attention to myself!!!!!!!!!
|by Anonymous||reply 8||05/08/2013|
There was some weirdness about Errico missing shows, yes.
|by Anonymous||reply 9||05/08/2013|
R10 must be out of his meds again.
|by Anonymous||reply 11||05/08/2013|
r10....short, concise to the point....learn it live it
|by Anonymous||reply 13||05/08/2013|
Oh good God, I'd give up my subsidized Manhattan Plaza palace if R10 would never post again!
|by Anonymous||reply 14||05/08/2013|
R10 needs some PIPPIN. And a hug.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||05/08/2013|
Then why are you reading a theatre thread on DL?
|by Anonymous||reply 16||05/08/2013|
Why are all Encores shows dance extravaganzas now? Yes, ON YOUR TOES is a dance show, and there is a great dance for the title song, but why can't we pick shows for the songs: the singing and the orchestra and people on scripts.
Each show tries to top the other in dancing and I feel like everything else is dwarfed by it now. People expect it. What would happen if they ever presented an encores with people with music stands reading on book and singing off.
|by Anonymous||reply 17||05/08/2013|
You would really prefer to see an ON YOUR TOES at music stands, r17?
I don't know what you mean about the Encores shows becoming dance extravaganzas. It seems to me they dance when dance is called for in the show; if the show calls for very little dance - like MERRILY, for example - there's very little dance. If the show calls for a lot, then they do it.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||05/08/2013|
[quote]Kathleen Chalfant and Kate Mulgrew have been spotted together around town.
You know they are doing a show together at the Vineyard Theater, right?
|by Anonymous||reply 19||05/08/2013|
R10, I'm sorry you've never had any friends.
You clearly don't understand how to express appreciation with a little teasing - sometimes good natured, sometimes tough. That's what people who like each other or who appreciate something or someone too.
Sorry you have to be such a butthurt fuckwit about it and piss on everyone's parade.
|by Anonymous||reply 20||05/09/2013|
r10 is a college student.
|by Anonymous||reply 22||05/09/2013|
r10, you really think these theatre threads are contemptuous of KZ? I get the sense of a lot of affection for her on these threads.
|by Anonymous||reply 23||05/09/2013|
I'd rather them talk about me than not talk at all. Why don't you talk about me?
|by Anonymous||reply 24||05/09/2013|
Debra, are you fat or thin at the moment? I never know what to expect with you....
|by Anonymous||reply 26||05/09/2013|
R10 is crazy. Karen Ziemba is ADORED on this board. It's genuine, not for play. The person who impersonates her does it with affection, too - portraying her as a genuinely sweet theatre booster.
|by Anonymous||reply 27||05/09/2013|
The Karen stuff has been going on for years here. I've never known if its one person or many. Sometimes it's funny, sometimes it's not. I miss fake mlop.
|by Anonymous||reply 28||05/09/2013|
On Your Toes dress rehearsal: Irina Dvorovenko is terrible as the prima. Painful to watch her on stage, but then I've never even had any interest in her at ABT. Princess Zenobia ballet that ends Act I is painful to watch. Only the dance sequences should be done and forget the book and even some of the songs.
Wonderful to see Karen tapping again!
|by Anonymous||reply 29||05/09/2013|
Will The First Wives Club ever be attempted again? It could make a great musical, but that songwriting team just sounded wrong from the beginning.
|by Anonymous||reply 30||05/09/2013|
Shonn Wiley sweats like a pig all through ON YOUR TOES, often having to take out his handkerchief to mop his face in the middle of scenes - and I would just like to personally volunteer to lick every drop of sweat out of his armpits and asshole post-performance.
|by Anonymous||reply 31||05/09/2013|
"It really baffles me."
For sure it do, honey lamb. Now lies down and lets Mama Tiny put a cold compress on your haid.
|by Anonymous||reply 32||05/09/2013|
Shonn Wiley was married to that bitch Merideth Patterson!!??
So is he gay now? Did they have kids?
|by Anonymous||reply 33||05/09/2013|
Meredith Patterson moved to LA. She's talented, but she's one of those actors that people only want to work with once. Burns a lot of bridges. She doesn't come off well in that Chorus Line documentary.
|by Anonymous||reply 34||05/09/2013|
Shonn Wiley does not read as a person who loves sticking his face in a pussy and chowing down on it.
|by Anonymous||reply 35||05/09/2013|
[quote]I miss fake mlop.
Fake mlop will nevwr die as long as long as their are people who love the thaeter in their hearts foreve.
|by Anonymous||reply 36||05/09/2013|
R10 is not a college student, but John Weir IS a college professor.
|by Anonymous||reply 37||05/09/2013|
All right, boys and girls, only one thing can bring her back - repeat after me:
I do believe in fake mop! I do believe in fake mop!
|by Anonymous||reply 38||05/09/2013|
The On Your Toes title number is the best moment in the show because none of the leads are in it.
Slaughter on Tenth Ave is sub-par Balanchine.
And someone get Chistine Baranski out of those clown pants and wig.
And as an actor, Walter Bobbie is a fantastic director.
|by Anonymous||reply 39||05/09/2013|
C'mon, the "character" Karen Ziemba here took over the part of the lovely real Miss Z years ago. One or two snarks about KZ gave birth to the Diva portrayed today.
|by Anonymous||reply 40||05/09/2013|
This board is filled with stuff about Broadway's crazy diva bitches - Donna Murphy, Patti LuPone, Betty Buckley, Bebe Neuwirth, etc.
It's much more creative to have a little fun with KZ - known for her devoted work ethic and positive attitude.
Interesting that none of those gals who did show their hairy beavers back in 1984 actually went anywhere career-wise.
|by Anonymous||reply 41||05/09/2013|
Eww. Hair beavers... We're off to a rollicking overnight start!
|by Anonymous||reply 42||05/09/2013|
Kareen Zimda has the class andteh sass, like Chits Rivers
|by Anonymous||reply 43||05/09/2013|
I can't find the Vanity Fair REBECCA/Marc Thibodeau article online anywhere. What's in it that's so damning? I'd have thought Thibodeau would have come off as the hero of this farce.
|by Anonymous||reply 44||05/09/2013|
I am here and do not leave this. Article about my good fried Karen Mason and the Rebecca debaclle in Vanity Fiar this month. worth reading 1f you get a chance.
a little dance a little class whatever it is you hav e it is.
|by Anonymous||reply 45||05/09/2013|
R44- I read the article (June issue). I think it's because he sent e-mails using fake names to warn producers about the non exisitent 'angels' who were going to fund the show. He did that instead of coming clean with the facts after he first discovered them. Anyone?
|by Anonymous||reply 46||05/09/2013|
OP James KIrkwood tips his hate to you.
ANd as for the rest of you KZ trolls, please start your own thread about that soccer mom with minimum talent and good fortune to befriend Scotty Ellis and Susy Stro.
|by Anonymous||reply 47||05/09/2013|
r47 sucks and makes everything it touch suck as well.
|by Anonymous||reply 48||05/09/2013|
Any reports yet on whether preggers Kelli is looking fat and waddling her way across the stage at FAR FROM HEAVEN?
|by Anonymous||reply 49||05/09/2013|
Is it true that George Abbott gave Makarova every line reading so that she could get the laughs? Encores production is really good with the most incredible title number choreography-thrilling beyond words.
|by Anonymous||reply 50||05/09/2013|
The Karen Ziemba stuff on these threads is like the Red Dragon cheese references--comedy gold to the people who were in on the original joke but just turds in the thread to the rest of us.
|by Anonymous||reply 51||05/09/2013|
If Encores does "Most Happy Fella" next season, who better than Cheyenne Jackson as Joey?
And Peter Gerety as Tony?
|by Anonymous||reply 52||05/09/2013|
The more disturbing fact with Thibodeau is that after the first money dropped out, it was actually legitimately replaced. But Thibodeau took it on himself to scare off the investor who was replacing it. And he lied about that to everyone. I don't know anyone who would hire him after this, but its not really a secret that press agents say one thing to producers, and another to the rest of the world. Chris Boneau has made an art of it.
|by Anonymous||reply 53||05/09/2013|
[quote] The more disturbing fact with Thibodeau is that after the first money dropped out, it was actually legitimately replaced. But Thibodeau took it on himself to scare off the investor who was replacing it.
He apparently created fake email addresses at his home and then sent emails from them at a Fedex and scared off investors. Apparently they can trace where an email address is created and he didn't know this. Whoops.
|by Anonymous||reply 54||05/09/2013|
OP, "There Must Be A Tony"? Fucking brilliant. Absolutely love that and it's almost worth the $18 I'll have to shell out to renew in a few weeks.
Yes, adding to the chorus that we are very fond of Karen Ziemba and we kid because we love.
|by Anonymous||reply 55||05/09/2013|
"Most Happy Fella"???? I thought the purpose of Encores was to do shows that wouldn't be getting a full production normally. Hardly true of MHF.
|by Anonymous||reply 56||05/09/2013|
[quote] "Most Happy Fella"???? I thought the purpose of Encores was to do shows that wouldn't be getting a full production normally. Hardly true of MHF.
The last revival of MHF on Broadway was in 1992, of a Goodspeed production with dueling pianos and no orchestra. Prior to that, there was a Broadway revival in 1979 that ran for 53 performances.
NYCO did a production in 1991 with Louis Quillico as Tony and DL fave Karen Ziemba as Cleo. They also did a production in 2005 with Paul Sorvino. But MHF is relegated to opera companies mostly these days, not a real Broadway production.
|by Anonymous||reply 57||05/09/2013|
That mission was abandoned years ago, r57.
|by Anonymous||reply 58||05/09/2013|
Fake mlop appears when fake mlop is needed. Like a fairy godmother.
Too many fake mlops try too hard.
|by Anonymous||reply 59||05/09/2013|
What will it take to revive RAGS
That is such an underrated musical.
|by Anonymous||reply 60||05/09/2013|
THE MOST HAPPY FELLA?
This is all from my now-fading 48 year old memory, but I vaguely recall seeing a Broadway production with Giorgo Tozzi (sp?) which closed early because it was overwhelmed by the revival of another revival, Guys and Dolls, maybe?
I can recall the narrative being history repeated itself, because the same thing happened when the original production opened.
|by Anonymous||reply 61||05/09/2013|
Wanted to make sure that everyone on this thread is aware of the hugely important info reported in the Aaron Tveit thread: the new USA show "Graceland" includes a close-up of Aaron putting flip-flops on his beautiful feets.
|by Anonymous||reply 62||05/09/2013|
[quote] This is all from my now-fading 48 year old memory, but I vaguely recall seeing a Broadway production with Giorgo Tozzi (sp?) which closed early because it was overwhelmed by the revival of another revival, Guys and Dolls, maybe?
that was the 1979 revival that closed after 53 performances.
|by Anonymous||reply 63||05/09/2013|
Yes R61. I saw the final performance. I knew Dennis Warning RIP who played Herman ("Standing on the Corner") in that production. The show originated in Houston @ Houston Grand Opera I believe. It was taped and shown on PBS. Tozzi was joined by Sharon Daniels who played Amy/Rosabella. For the two matinees, Mr. Tozzi and Ms. Daniels roles were played by Richard White, currently in JEKYLL & HYDE tour and Linda Michele.
|by Anonymous||reply 64||05/09/2013|
The TIMES obsessive shilling for MATILDA continues. If only the audiences felt the same way.
|by Anonymous||reply 66||05/09/2013|
The original Karen Ziemba Troll here--
If you all want, I'll stop. I don't want any flame wars over her,or over HERE as the case may be. Certainly not among fans like all of us who are passionate about theatre. We don't want to end up like the soap opera threads. I post over there and those threads are constantly being shut down. I did not mean to upset people. All of it is meant in good spirited fun for a lady who I have met, I know people who have worked with her and, Ms. Ziemba is someone I honestly adore. I do agree that the Playboy digs (not from me) are a little harsh. But everything I have posted has been to bring a little sunshine to the board.
Now back to Encores and Most Happy Fella
|by Anonymous||reply 67||05/09/2013|
I don't get the love for MOST HAPPY FELLA. It's always treated like some sacred cow. It's such a boring score. It's lesser Loesser.
|by Anonymous||reply 68||05/09/2013|
R66 Friends of mine, who work in theatre, went in wanting to love the show but they had difficulty understanding the British accents and missed a great deal of dialogue.
|by Anonymous||reply 69||05/09/2013|
Re FELLA- There are some lovely songs in that score "How Beautiful the Days," "Somebody Somewhere." and my personal favorite, "Song of a Summer Night." I do feel that it sort of falls apart in the final scene with will she stay on or get off the bus.
|by Anonymous||reply 70||05/09/2013|
Most Happy Fella is a masterpiece- not just Loesser's masterpiece, but one of the greats of musical theater. (It sits up there with Carousel, Sunday in the Park and Caroline, or Change.)
|by Anonymous||reply 71||05/09/2013|
For God's sake, KZ Troll, don't let that one humorless prisspot at r10 stop you from continuing one of the most cherished traditions of the DataLounge theatre threads! Like Peter Pan, you're youth! You're joy! You're the spirit of B*R*O*A*D*W*A*Y !! Any conflict just makes it more necessary than ever for you to remind us what brings us all together - this crazy business we call show!
|by Anonymous||reply 72||05/09/2013|
[quote](It sits up there with Carousel, Sunday in the Park and Caroline, or Change.)
It's always that THIRD name someone drops that makes me want to call the game over...
|by Anonymous||reply 73||05/09/2013|
"For the two matinees, Mr. Tozzi and Ms. Daniels roles were played by Richard White, currently in JEKYLL & HYDE tour and Linda Michele."
I don't think that's quite correct; Richard White is listed on IBDB as understudy for the role of Joe, not Tony. Richard Muenz was Joe, and as far as I know, he didn't have a matinee alternate. At any rate, Richard White was far too young and the wrong type to have played Tony at that point in his career.
|by Anonymous||reply 74||05/09/2013|
Casting has started for a musical version of Bull Durham. Yes, Bull Durham. Josh Bergasse (Smash) is choreographing. The Susan Sarandon role sounds great for Megan Hilty.
|by Anonymous||reply 75||05/09/2013|
Just looked it up, and opera singer Frederick Burchinal was the Tony alternate in that '79 HAPPY FELLA.
|by Anonymous||reply 76||05/09/2013|
You are right R74- I realized my mistake and pulled the playbill out. Good catch and thank you!
|by Anonymous||reply 77||05/09/2013|
But Ms. Michele was the alternate for Amy/Rosabella.
|by Anonymous||reply 78||05/09/2013|
Nathan L was on THE VIEW today, shilling THE NANCE to the frau audience. Who, I guess, still adores him.
Even though he had to explain what a nance was. And vaudeville. And a theatre.
|by Anonymous||reply 80||05/09/2013|
OK, R79--- tell us some gossip, 'kay?
|by Anonymous||reply 81||05/09/2013|
[quote] tell us some gossip, 'kay?
Kathleen Chalfant and Kate Mulgrew have been spotted together around town.
|by Anonymous||reply 82||05/09/2013|
Thoughts on Kinky Boots please?
|by Anonymous||reply 84||05/09/2013|
[quote]Thoughts on Kinky Boots please?
Short story: It's crap.
Long story: The book is crap. The score is crap. The performances are (mostly) crap. The direction and choreography are mega-crap.
|by Anonymous||reply 85||05/09/2013|
Not to beat a dead horse but the thrilling Most Happy Fella that was done in by a Guys and Dolls revival was the 1992 revival at the Booth Theater, produced by Lincoln Center though originally produced at Goodspeed.
Its glorious stars, including Spiro Malas, Sophie Hayden, Liz Larsen (all Tony noms) and Scott Waara (Tony winner!) have seemingly left the biz.
|by Anonymous||reply 86||05/09/2013|
"The last revival of MHF on Broadway was in 1992, of a Goodspeed production with dueling pianos and no orchestra."
And Goodspeed is doing the very same production later this season. Which is why Encores should have chosen another show. But I gave up on Encores' "mission" long ago.
"That is such an underrated musical."'
And for good reason: mediocre book and a shockingly wanna-be-Sondheim score from Strouse. RAGS comes from the era when every music theatre composer was in the thrall of Stevie baby. Now of course, the bar has been set so very much lower and every show sounds with the same pop-rock schlock, and not an individual voice in the entire bunch.
|by Anonymous||reply 87||05/09/2013|
"...It sits up there with Carousel, Sunday in the Park and Caroline, or Change."
You blew it with that last one. The worst.
|by Anonymous||reply 88||05/09/2013|
RAGS strikes me as being a good Encores show. Some great songs, bad book. Gary Griffin can direct it and cast Kristin Cheno in the lead. She'd make a very convincing Jewish immigrant, in her shocking pink shmata.
|by Anonymous||reply 89||05/09/2013|
The musical that "done in" the original Most Happy a fella was My Fair Lady.
|by Anonymous||reply 92||05/09/2013|
Ok NYC gays...I'm visiting with some friends in a few weeks and we are going to try to see a couple of shows. I'm a bit more adventurous than them, so to appeal to all of us, I was thinking of either Kinky Boots, Matilda, Motown or the Bette show. My choice would be Matilda and Bette, but maybe something else would be better...assuming we can get tickets for any of them. Advise, please.
|by Anonymous||reply 93||05/09/2013|
Liz Larsen is still around and still working.
|by Anonymous||reply 94||05/09/2013|
Don't give money to that homophobic pig Bette.
You can also skip Motown. Three hours I'll never get back.
|by Anonymous||reply 95||05/09/2013|
Liz only works when she wants to, because of all that RENT money.
|by Anonymous||reply 96||05/09/2013|
The last Most Happy Fella was done in by its two-piano orchestration that robbed the show of its grandeur. Frank Rich loved it.
And I agree with those who feel it's one of the greats.
|by Anonymous||reply 97||05/09/2013|
I did Annie Get Your Gun with 4 pianas!
|by Anonymous||reply 98||05/09/2013|
[quote] Most Happy Fella? Tyne Daly IS Tony.
With Sharon Gless as Marie!
|by Anonymous||reply 100||05/09/2013|
At least Harvey didn't nail himself to the cross until act two. And then, only with thumbtacks.
|by Anonymous||reply 101||05/09/2013|
Spiro Malas, famously, did NOT get a nomination. It was a lovely production, but I did miss the lush sound of a full orchestration. It was also the last show I attended with my friend Gary before he succumbed to AIDS--I recall he was teary at the end, taking pleasure in the goodness of the characters (he did not know it was the last Broadway show he would see), so the production will always have a place in my heart.
Yeah, I know...MARY!....deal with it--people have emotions.
|by Anonymous||reply 102||05/09/2013|
R93- If you want to see the two best musicals playing in New York you won't find them on Broadway: Here Lies Love and Natasha, Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812.
If you must stick to The Great White Way go for Matilda, Pippin and Vanya and Sonia.
Kinky Boots is crap and I'll Eat You Last is harmless, but far overrated from what Mr. Isherwood would have you believe.
Motown is dumb, but well sung and danced. There is a certain hilarity in the lengths Gordy goes to paint himself a saint. (According the self-penned book he practically ended racism!)
|by Anonymous||reply 103||05/09/2013|
"Gwen got CHICAGO in her 50s - who's going to give KZ one last starring song-and-dance lead turn?"
Oh, darling, there's PLENTY of time for that.
|by Anonymous||reply 104||05/09/2013|
Karen Ziemba IS Sally Bowles!
|by Anonymous||reply 105||05/09/2013|
Brantley liked ON YOUR TOES
|by Anonymous||reply 106||05/09/2013|
Kinky Boots is fabulous. It's getting 15 minute standing ovations. It's brilliant.
|by Anonymous||reply 107||05/09/2013|
Alan Cummings' Macbeth is extraordinary.
|by Anonymous||reply 108||05/09/2013|
R108 I agree--saw it Saturday.
|by Anonymous||reply 110||05/09/2013|
r110=Alan Cumming using a different browser
|by Anonymous||reply 111||05/09/2013|
Why the hell is the bi line in Brantley's review of On Your Toes "with Christine Baranski"? She was good in her role and is the most recognizable name in the cast but she has a supporting part.
|by Anonymous||reply 112||05/09/2013|
There's a limited run revival of RAGS happening in NYC at the end of May
Below is the link
|by Anonymous||reply 113||05/09/2013|
Well, what's it supposed to say? "With Shonn Wiley"? Yeah, that'll get them interested.
|by Anonymous||reply 114||05/09/2013|
Is the very posh Alisdair Macaulay going to review On Your Toes too?
|by Anonymous||reply 115||05/09/2013|
"The cast members are all agreeable company, though some are better at summoning the style of the show’s era. Chief among these are Walter Bobbie (best known as a director), having a high old time playing a Diaghilev-esque impresario, and the wondrous Christine Baranski as Peggy Porterfield, a filthy rich patron of the arts."
Really? NOT Ziemba? She pretty much LIVES in that era.
|by Anonymous||reply 116||05/09/2013|
So is it official for Encores next year? Is it really LITTLE ME, IRMA LA DOUCE, and MOST HAPPY FELLA?
Jason Graae is doing Little Me in CA right now. Considering how un-starry Encores has been this season, might they offer it to him? Or is it being done for Nathan Lane? Does Younger Belle have Megan Hilty's name on it already?
And who's an Irma? KZ is a bit long in tooth, unfortunately. Who's another high-kicking goodtime gal? (Maybe this would be Hilty?). Actually the harder part is the male lead in Irma.
And please, theatre gods, DON'T let Laura Osnes be Amy/Rosabella in MHF.
|by Anonymous||reply 117||05/09/2013|
[quote]Jason Graae is doing Little Me in CA right now.
Where? I'd love to see that!
|by Anonymous||reply 118||05/09/2013|
Rachel's "final callback" for Funny Girl on Glee tonight was beyond ludicrous. All she did was sing a Celine Dion song. I thought Ryan Murphy knew a little bit about Broadway.
|by Anonymous||reply 119||05/09/2013|
The ON YOUR TOES dance-off is the best thing about the show.
The rest of the show is corny, boring or just too earnest.
|by Anonymous||reply 120||05/09/2013|
R107 - "Kinky Boots" press agent.
|by Anonymous||reply 121||05/09/2013|
Saw it tonight. It seduced me in the first act and threw me against a wall in the second act. I haven't been this shaken by a play since "Doubt" (I could barely move after both) and I haven't been this exhilarated and touched since "Love! Valour! Compassion!" The whole cast was great, the direction perfection, the costumes, the set, all great. Nathan Lane was sensational tonight. Flirting with my sensibilities at one point and devastating me the next. He is the greatest stage actor of our era. I wish I had flown to Chicago to see "The Iceman Cometh." (Dammit!) He grabbed me back in the mid 90s when he turned his face bright red in "Laughter on the 23rd Floor" and has held my heart and attention ever since. .I must also applaud Glen Kelly's original music which was deservedly nominated for a Drama Desk Award. It takes you to the period and location of the story with the first saxophone solo and guides you through our wonderful and frightening evening effortlessly.
|by Anonymous||reply 122||05/09/2013|
R122- referring to "Thr Nance"
|by Anonymous||reply 123||05/10/2013|
R96- Liz Larsen has RENT money? Explain.
Also, the 1992 production on THE MOST HAPPY FELLA was the first show I ever saw on Broadway. I'm glad it was. I loved it,
|by Anonymous||reply 124||05/10/2013|
I'm confused how Liz Larsen made money off of Rent. I don't believe she is related to Jonathan LarsOn. Isn't she married to Sal Viviano? Maybe she keeps busy mousing his hair.
I liked Kinky Boots. It's not terribly brilliant, it's just a fun show and you leave smiling.
I have no interest in Matilda. It looks dark and dreary and the many people I know who've seen it feel very ho hum about it. "Oh yeah I saw that."
Matilda will probably win the Tony, much like that classic crap fest Billy Elliot beating Next to Normal (which then went on to win the Pulitzer...)
|by Anonymous||reply 126||05/10/2013|
Ben Brantley- you old queen! The term is turns A LA SECONDE...not helicopter turns.....even Clive Barnes knew that!
|by Anonymous||reply 127||05/10/2013|
[quote] Liz Larsen has RENT money? Explain.
rent mony...yeah how?
|by Anonymous||reply 128||05/10/2013|
I finally read that entire REBECCA article in Vanity Fair but became so bored (or overwhelmed?) by all the chicanery and aliases, I lost interest by the time Marc Thibodeau entered the plot.
But what the article doesn't really make clear is how bad a show REBECCA is.
|by Anonymous||reply 129||05/10/2013|
Anne Hathaway IS Rosabela!
|by Anonymous||reply 130||05/10/2013|
Billy Elliott is a truly terrible musical but Next to Normal isn't a very good one either. That either of them winning awards is a very sad comment on today's theater.
|by Anonymous||reply 131||05/10/2013|
Irma will be played by that dancer who liked to show her breasts on BOARDWALK EMPIRE and played a slut. Megan Sikorka sp?
|by Anonymous||reply 132||05/10/2013|
[quote]Irma will be played by that dancer who liked to show her breasts on BOARDWALK EMPIRE and played a slut. Megan Sikorka sp?
Paz LaHuerta? Cuz I would pay serious money to see that.
|by Anonymous||reply 133||05/10/2013|
[quote]Billy Elliott is a truly terrible musical but Next to Normal isn't a very good one either. That either of them winning awards is a very sad comment on today's theater.
In honesty, though, it's more a comment on yesterday's theater.
|by Anonymous||reply 134||05/10/2013|
I want to hear all that Irma La Douce dance music played live by the Encores orchestra.
How about Savannah Wise for Irma?
|by Anonymous||reply 135||05/10/2013|
Little Me is reportedly being done to exploit the myriad talents of Christian Borle.
And if they keep true to the original Irma La Douce, they'll need a damn fine dancer. Megan Hilty ain't one.
|by Anonymous||reply 137||05/10/2013|
Christian Borle??? He'd technically do a good job, but he's not even a B-Level star. They need more of an IT name for that role!
|by Anonymous||reply 138||05/10/2013|
Was Elisabeth Seal brought over specially for Irma La Douce or had she worked in the US for a while?
|by Anonymous||reply 139||05/10/2013|
Is Clay Aiken still popular? Or did coming out destroy his career?
|by Anonymous||reply 140||05/10/2013|
Clay Aiken is playing in The Drowsy Chaperon in summer stock with Beth Leavel.
|by Anonymous||reply 141||05/10/2013|
Does that put asses in the seat the way Clay Aiken in Spamalot intended to?
|by Anonymous||reply 142||05/10/2013|
I believe Irma was essentially the beginning AND end of Elizabeth Seal's career, both in London and the States. Many years afterward, she was announced for Cassie in the London cast of Chorus Line, but something went awry and she was replaced. Maybe a few regional things in the UK since, but virtually no acclaim.
|by Anonymous||reply 143||05/10/2013|
Seal was also the original Babe in the London Pajama Game.
I think she did Chicago in the regions.
|by Anonymous||reply 144||05/10/2013|
But everyone who ever saw Seal in Irma seems to have raved about it as one of the great performances. And she beat Andrews, Nancy Walker, and Channing for the Tony.
|by Anonymous||reply 145||05/10/2013|
r145 Aiken sold like hotcakes
Anyone get some Claymotion while he was here?
|by Anonymous||reply 146||05/10/2013|
[quote]Anyone get some Claymotion while he was here?
|by Anonymous||reply 147||05/10/2013|
So what's going on with Flashdance? Have they officially cancelled New York? Is it dead?
|by Anonymous||reply 148||05/10/2013|
Yes, R 151, deader than Orphans will be after the matinee on Sunday.
|by Anonymous||reply 149||05/10/2013|
later, toots. My series got picked up !
|by Anonymous||reply 150||05/10/2013|
Bianca Marroquin IS Irma la Douce!!
|by Anonymous||reply 151||05/10/2013|
i saw Seal in the original Chicago in London around 1980 and she was pretty fabulous. Not much of a voice, but charisma to spare.
She got Irma after being the Gwen Verdon (or maybe the Gretchen Wyler) of the West End for several years, so it didn't begin and end with Irma.
|by Anonymous||reply 152||05/10/2013|
[quote] later, toots. My series got picked up !
Someone buy Sean Hayes gift certificates to a therapist. He'll need them after a few episodes of his new show with Linda Lavin.
Sean: Linda will make Deb look like a walk in the park, hon.
|by Anonymous||reply 153||05/10/2013|
Charlotte D'Amboise would have made a good Irma 20 years ago. She sorta has that Shirley McClaine thing going on.
|by Anonymous||reply 155||05/10/2013|
Having seen d'Amboise play Roxie, Charity, and Cassie, I am still at a loss to understand her career. I find her a hugely annoying actress and singer. And her dancing wasn't on the magical level that would make up for that.
|by Anonymous||reply 157||05/10/2013|
R160 she has Carrie The Musical to her credit
|by Anonymous||reply 158||05/10/2013|
Someone put D'Amboise's Music And The Mirror up on Youtube. Her monologue before it horribly one-note.
|by Anonymous||reply 159||05/10/2013|
So, Hilty as Younger Belle. Unless Can-Can is already going then.
Christian Borle in the Sid Caesar roles? Ugh. That's not very exciting.
Is there anyone who's a major dancer who is a "starry" name? The ones mentioned so far aren't too hot.
|by Anonymous||reply 160||05/10/2013|
Michael Mayer directing a film of South Pacific, to start Michelle Williams.
His "dream cast" for Emile and Cable - Hugh Jackman and Justin Timberlake.
I love Jackman - but he can't even come close to being able to sing Emile DeBecque. Yeah, he did Les Miz, but this is something else.
And Timberlake? Ugh.
Actually, Michael Mayer, ugh. But Williams might actually pull it off, if she can manage the singing (she did a little bit in her Marilyn voice in that Marilyn movie).
The article is on Playbill, by the way.
|by Anonymous||reply 161||05/10/2013|
Michael Mayer is such a non-talent. But he keeps getting work, inexplicably.
I love SOUTH PACIFIC. But there is no audience for a film (or another TV) version of it.
|by Anonymous||reply 163||05/10/2013|
"Having seen d'Amboise play Roxie, Charity, and Cassie, I am still at a loss to understand her career. I find her a hugely annoying actress and singer. And her dancing wasn't on the magical level that would make up for that."
You can add PIPPIN to the list. I completely agree with you. Not annoying, perhaps, but certainly charm-free.
|by Anonymous||reply 165||05/10/2013|
I had no idea the world was holding its breath for a CAN-CAN revival. I mean, I yield to no one in my love for Cole Porter but...CAN-CAN?
And LITTLE ME with Borle with NEVER happen. Only somebody like Jim Carrey could justify a revival of this show.
|by Anonymous||reply 166||05/10/2013|
Mo'nique for Bloody Mary!
|by Anonymous||reply 167||05/10/2013|
Borle was hysterically funny in Spamalot.
|by Anonymous||reply 168||05/10/2013|
I thought Borle was truly incredible in PETER AND THE STARCATCHER. I hadn't been much of a fan before, but I was hugely impressed by that performance.
|by Anonymous||reply 169||05/10/2013|
Borle's fantastic. Isn't he the kind of guy you want heading an Encores show? Real show cred, as opposed to hack sitcom star. It's not like they have to sell any tickets.
|by Anonymous||reply 170||05/10/2013|
I totally agree with the Borle supporters. If you ask me, Sid Caesar's "stardom" killed the original.
|by Anonymous||reply 171||05/10/2013|
R166, pay attention. Borle isn't doing LITTLE ME as a Broadway revival, but at Encores (apparently).
|by Anonymous||reply 172||05/10/2013|
Does anyone know anything about the reading today at Signature Theater of a new musical by Sting? Signature isn't producing, they're just renting space.
|by Anonymous||reply 173||05/10/2013|
[quote]and I haven't been this exhilarated and touched since "Love! Valour! Compassion!"
AHAHAHAAAAA!!!! Oh my sides, MY SIDES!!!!
|by Anonymous||reply 174||05/10/2013|
Fuck you, R174- It was the best theatrical experience of my lifetime. For me. We all have different experience at different performances of different shows at different points in our life. I'll never forget what a great time I had at "L! V! C!". I could explain further but I don't feel like it right now.
|by Anonymous||reply 175||05/10/2013|
I had a friend who auditioned for Gary Griffin in Chicago. Griffin asked him out on a date that night and they fucked. Then my friend didn't even get called back!
I'm sure Griffin did this a lot.
|by Anonymous||reply 179||05/11/2013|
...when he's not busy stealing from other directors.
|by Anonymous||reply 180||05/11/2013|
I think Nathan Lane should win a Tony this year but he is not as popular among Tony voters as he once was. He has alienated some that have worked with him, though none question his enormous talent, only his enormous ego. Against Hanks, it might be tough but I feel deserving. The Nance as a whole, not so much. I definitely missed what many of the critics saw with this one. I thought it was a mess when I saw it a week before it opened.
|by Anonymous||reply 181||05/11/2013|
[quote]Does anyone know anything about the reading today at Signature Theater of a new musical by Sting? Signature isn't producing, they're just renting space.
Signature in NYC or Signature in DC?
|by Anonymous||reply 182||05/11/2013|
Signature in NYC....but as I said, they were just the landlord for the reading. There's also rehearsals for a reading of Ever After directed by Kathleen Marshall happening there next week.
|by Anonymous||reply 183||05/11/2013|
The Nance is obvious and cloyingand Nathan is doing Nathan: the sad clown who laughs through his tears and breaks our hearts (or tries, at least). There is nothing special about the play or the performance - but then the same can be said about Vonya, Sonya, etc.
Assembled Parties deserves the award but won't get it.
|by Anonymous||reply 186||05/11/2013|
Vanya and Sonia is masterpiece and maybe one of Durang's greatest plays. The performances (perhaps excluding Weaver) are extraordinary. It deserves to win.
The Assembled Parties is ok, but muddled and some of the dialogue is too sharp and witty for the characters speaking the lines.
That has always been a problem for many of Greenberg's characters though. I have the same problem with them that Sondheim has with his I Feel Pretty lyrics.
|by Anonymous||reply 187||05/11/2013|
[quote]Nathan is doing Nathan
Who else would want to?
|by Anonymous||reply 189||05/11/2013|
Can we get back to Kathleen Chalfant and Kate Mulgrew?
What is going on with K&K?
|by Anonymous||reply 190||05/11/2013|
Barf! -NY1 had a piece on the recording of No Time At All from Pippin using an audience of selected people from a contest singing along. Who should be one of the selected, but Mr. Showbiz and desperate for attention whore-the repulsive and obnoxious Seth Rudetsky. I think I also saw Sherri Rene Scott singing along just to give the number a professional touch.
|by Anonymous||reply 191||05/11/2013|
R 191. Why wasn't the pining (almost said pinging)showboy Frank di Lella also singing his little heart out? Sounds like his kind of event!
|by Anonymous||reply 192||05/11/2013|
More gay news More chorus boys sexcapades Nothing on Max Von Essen How gay is the new cast of "Peter and the Star Catcher" Please sir - we need some more dirt
|by Anonymous||reply 193||05/11/2013|
More chorus boy escapades? MORE...?
|by Anonymous||reply 194||05/11/2013|
Why are people getting moist over Jane lynch taking over for Miss Hannigan? It's not like she is playing Mama Rose! Are they expecting her to make this terrible revival into a hit?
|by Anonymous||reply 196||05/11/2013|
Isn't Hilty (and isn't Lazar) a little young for Can-Can? I thought Pistache was supposed to be a Frenchwoman-of-the-world. Lilo was threatened by the 30-ish Gwen Verdon stealing her show, she wasn't an early-30-something whose "best years of her career were still ahead of her." (Couldn't resist the Smash reference).
Will making this couple younger and sexier really sell the show to a modern audience?
|by Anonymous||reply 197||05/11/2013|
Sting has been working on musical with Jeffrey Seller.
|by Anonymous||reply 198||05/11/2013|
Hugh Panero and Norm Lewis in Les Miz at the Muny. Great casting. Weren't they lovers for awhile? Interesting subtext between Valjean and Javert...
|by Anonymous||reply 199||05/11/2013|
"Vanya and Sonia is masterpiece and maybe one of Durang's greatest plays"
Oh, come on, Woody Allen did the whole Russian literary parody thing first and funnier 30 years ago in LOVE AND DEATH.
|by Anonymous||reply 200||05/11/2013|
Well, in fairness, "maybe one of Durang's greatest plays" is a pretty low bar.
|by Anonymous||reply 201||05/11/2013|
This CAN-CAN has a new book by David Lee. Unfortunately, if he's doing the same one he did in LA, it's even worse than the original.
I wonder how LuPone feels about this? She really, really wanted the Rncores one to move.
|by Anonymous||reply 202||05/11/2013|
Sting and Jeffrey Seller?
Exclusive ticket pre-sale code: Zzzzzzzzz
|by Anonymous||reply 203||05/11/2013|
ANYONE who can call Durang's Vonya and Sony and Whoever a MASTERPIECE is in serious need of medication. The play's tripe. Masterpiece?! Boy, I needed a laugh today. Thanks.
|by Anonymous||reply 204||05/11/2013|
Joe Mantello directed this latest workshop but the show has been floundering around for years.
|by Anonymous||reply 205||05/11/2013|
r186 - Must disagree about the performances in Vanya Sonya Masha etc. K. Nielsen is giving a wonderful performance as is Shelita Grant. Kristine could win the Tony but I think the sentiment is elsewhere.
|by Anonymous||reply 206||05/11/2013|
Christian Borle as Stewpot!
|by Anonymous||reply 207||05/11/2013|
Wow, Vanya and Sonya is being produced by Berkeley Rep this fall and the Asolo Theatre in the winter. Does Durang and LC need money so fast? It usually takes a few years for new plays on Broadway to end up in regional theaters.
|by Anonymous||reply 208||05/11/2013|
Since plays don't seem to tour any more, r208, why wait?
|by Anonymous||reply 209||05/11/2013|
Can the male cast, save one, of Papermill's "Little Mermaid" be any more girlie gay? Speaking of which, Jane Lynch looks like a big ol dyke on the new marquee for "Annie". She is in a black suit with red sneakers. Maybe the girls will come to see her as they did for Rosie when she did "Grease". She can't be any worse.
|by Anonymous||reply 210||05/11/2013|
r210, I don't recognize the male cast members' names other than flamer Nick Adams and straight Ed Watts - who are you referring to?
|by Anonymous||reply 211||05/11/2013|
I didn't this ANNIE production took place in the present day. If it doesn't, then that marquee makes absolutely no bloody sense. Why have a woman in a modern-day pose, in a modern-day suit, and modern-day shoes, hairstyle, and makeup, advertising it?
|by Anonymous||reply 213||05/11/2013|
[quote] Why have a woman in a modern-day pose, in a modern-day suit, and modern-day shoes, hairstyle, and makeup, advertising it?
R213- So people will recognize her. Lynch is not exactly a that well known outside of GLEE and BEST IN SHOW.
|by Anonymous||reply 215||05/11/2013|
" I think I also saw Sherri Rene Scott singing along just to give the number a professional touch."
Isn't her husband's company producing the recording?
On a related NY1 note, I was shocked at how David Drake aged.
|by Anonymous||reply 216||05/11/2013|
Me, too, R216! Admittedly, I hadn't seen Drake in years but damn, that totally threw me.
And I know I'll get flamed for this, but seeing that bit of chest hair peeking out of the top of Frank di Lella's shirt was totally hot. Wouldn't mind seeing him without one (shirt, that is).
|by Anonymous||reply 217||05/11/2013|
Re CAN-CAN ages - Lilo was 27 when it opened. Verdon was actually a few months older than Lilo (both born in 1925 - Gwen at the beginning of January).
So Hilty, at 32, is definitely on the age range. Lazar is 36-37.
It hasn't always been played by old crones like LuPone.
|by Anonymous||reply 218||05/11/2013|
Obviously, R215. But it's not advertising the SHOW. Which it's supposed to be. That was my point.
|by Anonymous||reply 219||05/11/2013|
Everyone knows what ANNIE is. The selling point now is JANE LYNCH in the show. She doesn't have to be dressed as Hannigan on the marquis. How is that confusing? It's advertising their stunt casting.
|by Anonymous||reply 220||05/11/2013|
When Liza did her disasterous short stint in Victor/ Victoria, the photo outside the Marquis was a head shot. She wasn't wearing VV drag.
|by Anonymous||reply 221||05/11/2013|
So put her in costume, with the announcement "Glee's Jane Lynch" if you have to. Right now, she looks like she's hosting the show, not playing a role within it.
|by Anonymous||reply 222||05/11/2013|
You need to unclench, r222. It's just fucking advertising. Whatever gets them in the door. Just because YOU don't like it doesn't mean it's not doing w hat it's supposed to do.
|by Anonymous||reply 223||05/11/2013|
In Lee's production at the Pasadena Playhouse Michelle Duffy played Pistache and Kevin Earley was Aristide.
|by Anonymous||reply 224||05/11/2013|
Wait a minute - what happened to Katie Finneran? Did s he really sign for such a short run?
|by Anonymous||reply 225||05/11/2013|
Having an opinion is not being "clenched", darling. Dial it down.
|by Anonymous||reply 226||05/11/2013|
[quote] Wait a minute - what happened to Katie Finneran? Did s he really sign for such a short run?
Finneran has a new TV show with Michael J. Fox.
|by Anonymous||reply 227||05/11/2013|
Yes, r226, but after 5 posts in the subject, your opinion is starting to look like an obsession.
|by Anonymous||reply 228||05/11/2013|
Met David Drake about 15 yrs ago when I was doing a play in Phoenix. Nasty little queen. Could not have been bitchier. Looked down on the cast and the production. Of course this was after Larry Kramer.... and he probably thought he had a huge career ahead of him.
|by Anonymous||reply 229||05/11/2013|
David Drake came to a production of "The Night I Kissed" that our little storefront theater did back in the mid-90s - guess he either happened to be in town (this was outside of NYC) or wanted to see it,
He was a total cunt to everyone. He apparently talked through the play and drove people around him from their seats (not sure how it's staged elsewhere but we did no intermission).
Before he left, the artistic director asked what he thought of the performance of the actor playing, well, him - a guy who was gorgeous, who looked great in a jock, with abs you could grate cheese on.
And in a loud stage whisper, he said, "He's too fucking fat," and sashayed out of the theater.
For the rest of the run we called him David Fake.
R229 The fact that he thought he had a huge career...and then did "It's Pat"...is the deliciousness of karma!
|by Anonymous||reply 230||05/11/2013|
Wow, R228, sorry for discussing. Didn't realize the press agent for the show was posting in here.
|by Anonymous||reply 231||05/11/2013|
Why do they keep trying to make Lazar happen
He's an average singer Average actor. And nothing special to look at
He's really the weakest link in Mama Mia
|by Anonymous||reply 232||05/11/2013|
r232, please explain what circumstances possibly led you to see MAMMA MIA! in the past year.
|by Anonymous||reply 233||05/11/2013|
Lol. Had some friends in it.
|by Anonymous||reply 234||05/11/2013|
Well, who'da thunk, R218, but you're right! She sure don't sound 27-28 on the cast album, whereas Verdon sounds pert and fresh. I always figured Shirley's casting was a misfired attempt to make the show younger and more exciting. (She shoulda played Verdon's part, if anything). Sinatra is miscast in the movie, too, but offers an absolutely sublime "It's All Right With Me," sung to his then-amour (I believe) Juliet Prowse.
I still have trouble seeing Hilty (talented though she is) as a French mademoiselle who has loved and lost and all that sort of stuff, but we'll see how this new version's "back story" makes it work.
|by Anonymous||reply 235||05/11/2013|
The "backstory" will probably include the man who farted his songs - that was David Lee's big contribution in Pasadena.
|by Anonymous||reply 236||05/11/2013|
Weird how Katie Fineran failed this time out of the box. Did she imitate Louden? Her impressions of Deborah Rush and Marian Mercer got her Tonys even though she added nothing original to those shows.
|by Anonymous||reply 238||05/11/2013|
I saw Liza's first performance in V/V and thought she was great. It was the first time I had ever seen herr live onstage. But I loved the show. I saw the final dress of V/V with Julie Andrews and loved it start to finish. I never understood why people didn't like it.
|by Anonymous||reply 239||05/12/2013|
Yes, R235. In the book MR. S, Sinatra's valet alleges that Frank was fascinated by Juliet's shaved pussy. And I'm sure her dancer's flexibility didn't hurt.
|by Anonymous||reply 240||05/12/2013|
Bette Midler IS Bloody Mary!
Johnny Depp IS Luther Billis!
Matt Bomer IS Stewpot!
|by Anonymous||reply 241||05/12/2013|
Katie Finneran played Miss hannigan as though she was channelling Carol Burnett in her cleaning lady drag. She was fucking awful
But then, Lapine is a shit director.
|by Anonymous||reply 242||05/12/2013|
Gee R212.....this board is irreverent and meant to be dishy and mean to all so get a sense of humor and stop being so sensitive. Watch the interviews of Papermill "Little Women...err Mermaid", on BWW. There is something odd to me about middle aged men giggling and kvelling about being in a Disney musical dressed as underwater creatures. I hope they have fun and wish them success. As far as the advertising for Lynch, they may as well have given her a cigar and a baseball mitt. She looks like MR. Hannigan and makes Lea Delaria look femme. The marquee is so wrong. If you REALLY want to be offended, watch Tosh.O. And as for Rosie- she is a nasty cunt in real life.
|by Anonymous||reply 243||05/12/2013|
"There is something odd to me about middle aged men giggling and kvelling about being in a Disney musical dressed as underwater creatures."
That's show biz, kid.
|by Anonymous||reply 244||05/12/2013|
Benj Pasek looks hot and built in today's Times. Who's had him?
|by Anonymous||reply 245||05/12/2013|
[quote] As far as the advertising for Lynch, they may as well have given her a cigar and a baseball mitt. She looks like MR. Hannigan and makes Lea Delaria look femme. The marquee is so wrong... And as for Rosie- she is a nasty cunt in real life.
First, it's a billboard not a marquee. The marquee is the backlit signage that wraps around the overhang of the theater's front door. If you're going to bitch about something, at least know what your bitching about. And, you call Rosie a cunt yet pretend to have rainbows and Confetti shooting out of your ass. You sound like a nasty piece of work.
|by Anonymous||reply 247||05/12/2013|
Pasek is straight and married. The status of the other one I have no idea.
|by Anonymous||reply 248||05/12/2013|
R245 just because some people look gay and write Broadway musicals doesn't mean they're gay.
|by Anonymous||reply 249||05/12/2013|
Exactly, r249. I couldn't have said it better myself.
|by Anonymous||reply 250||05/12/2013|
I just saw a regional theater production of "Parade." I was only somewhat familiar with the story, and had only heard a few songs on the SiriusXM Broadway channel, so I was pretty much seeing and hearing everything for the first time. I found it quite powerful. It reminded me a little of "Ragtime," since it was set in the same era and had some of the same themes.
So, why wasn't it a bigger success on Broadway? Bad timing? Story too depressing?
|by Anonymous||reply 251||05/12/2013|
Because Hal Prince is a traffic cop and nothing more. He is solely responsible for the failure of "Parade".
Isn't it funny it worked in London.
|by Anonymous||reply 252||05/12/2013|
I saw Parade on Broadway. I also saw the production in Los Angeles which transferred from London.. no comparison. The stripped down version from London was more powerful overall. The trial scene with the cartoon cut outs in the Hal Prince version was strange. It wasn't powerful.. it reminded me of that cartoon cutout TV version of DAMN YANKEES with Lee Remick from when I was a kid..... no ensemble, just a bunch of cardbaord cutouts.
|by Anonymous||reply 253||05/12/2013|
Parade is a wonderful show, but kinda hard sell since it's SO depressing. And the art for the Broadway show was atrocious.
|by Anonymous||reply 254||05/12/2013|
Les Miz isn't a yuck fest but people knew it going in. "Parade" was an awful title. C'mon, people who had no idea, and there are plenty of people that come to Broadway and have no idea what they are about to see, sees there's a big Broadway musical called "Parade" and well...
|by Anonymous||reply 255||05/13/2013|
Karen Ziemba would be great in a revival of Jerry's Girls
|by Anonymous||reply 256||05/13/2013|
Could someone please let me in on the reference of Stephen Schwatz and the usher I thought he picked his boys out of the WICKED chorus Isn't his current boy-toy a WICKED alumnus?
|by Anonymous||reply 257||05/13/2013|
[quote] Karen Ziemba would be great in a revival of Jerry's Girls.
Why would anyone revive a revue of songs from musicals no one wants to revive?
|by Anonymous||reply 258||05/13/2013|
I know Cicely Tyson is a national treasure and all that and she'll probably win the Tony Award but......Gurrrrl! Tell me what is up with those cheap wigs she wears??
|by Anonymous||reply 259||05/13/2013|
I don't understand all the attention DOGFIGHT is getting.
Wasn't it a show that most people hated, that got mixed to negative reviews and that no one went to see at 2ST?
|by Anonymous||reply 260||05/13/2013|
It was a Wicked usher that was being blown by Schwartz when he made the mistake of running his hands through Schwartz's hair and the rug came off.
|by Anonymous||reply 261||05/13/2013|
Saw PIPPIN yesterday - other than the acrobatics, what else was changed from the original production (which I didn't see) if anything?
With Paulus, you just never know...
|by Anonymous||reply 262||05/13/2013|
Just to clarify about Pasek and Paul:
Justin Paul (the blonde) is the straight and married one.
Benj Pasek is definitely gay and single. He and AKB are BFFs from their Michigan days.
|by Anonymous||reply 263||05/13/2013|
The first act of the new PIPPIN is exhilarating and stunning. The second act just lies there and sucks all the air out of the room. Paulus only got half the show right. The second act is deadly. The final image is much better than the original ending, but it's the one bright spot in that atrocious Act 2.
And the woman playing Catherine is doing a bad Jane Krakowski impression.
|by Anonymous||reply 264||05/13/2013|
Dogfight and A Christmas Story are getting all the undeserved attention because those guys are part of "The Michigan Mafia." What Yale was the B'way in the 70s and 80s, Michigan now is. You're right. They are over-rated, but still promising. Someone has to teach all these young writers that yes, Sondheim wrote "Another Hundred People," but he also wrote "Sorry, Grateful." They all try to shove so many lyrics into their work, you stop listening. The Dogfight score was average at best.
|by Anonymous||reply 265||05/13/2013|
Yale Drama School graduates budding directors and producers from their program who hire Yale actors, designers, playwrights, dramaturgs(!), even stage managers. It's not called The Yale Mafia for nothing.
Does U of Michigan graduate anyone besides twinky musical theater geeks who wield power on Broadway? I think not.
|by Anonymous||reply 266||05/13/2013|
Meryl dear that was 1976. Has Yale graduated anyone of note in a current decade? hmmm can't think of any.
|by Anonymous||reply 267||05/13/2013|
Cysely Tyson...please. The woman has been coasting on Jane Pittman for 40 years. WTF else has she done.
|by Anonymous||reply 268||05/13/2013|
Shani Wells and I had diner last yesterday night. A national treasure chest she is. We go back many years.
|by Anonymous||reply 269||05/13/2013|
[quote]Saw PIPPIN yesterday - other than the acrobatics, what else was changed from the original production (which I didn't see) if anything?
Um ... the gender of the Leading Player?
|by Anonymous||reply 270||05/13/2013|
[quote]Cysely Tyson...please. The woman has been coasting on Jane Pittman for 40 years. WTF else has she done.
You mean besides the Oscar nomination for "Sounder", her 7 primetime Emmy nominations including "Roots", winning an Emmy for "The Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All", winning a SAG for cast of the Oscar Best Picture nominee "The Help". Not bad for an over forty black actress. If you think she would have ever had a career like Meryl Streep even though she is as talented, your insane.
|by Anonymous||reply 271||05/13/2013|
[quote]Has Yale graduated anyone of note in a current decade?
Tarell Alvin McCraney
Just to name a partial list. Granted, some of these people aren't musical theatre folk.
|by Anonymous||reply 273||05/13/2013|
gee r273 it is like reading Who's Who. Such an impressive list. Now tell us who they are.....
|by Anonymous||reply 274||05/13/2013|
If you worked in or followed theatre you'd know who they are, you bitchy queen.
|by Anonymous||reply 275||05/13/2013|
I guess you told me... didn't you r274? I'd still go to NYU grad given the choice.
Oh and you work in theatre? Which restaurant?
|by Anonymous||reply 276||05/13/2013|
No, I'm just saying, if you really knew who's who in theatre, you'd know those were important people. Which leads me to believe you have a middle-aged-theatre-queen fangirl's understanding of the business.
Now don't you think you've enough enough G&T's for the night?
|by Anonymous||reply 277||05/13/2013|
Tarell Alvin McCraney----
hee hee.....yes quite accomplished.....should he even bother googling the others.
I know Saguirre-Sacasa wrote the Carrie remake....that should turn out well for him. Is Glee hiring?
|by Anonymous||reply 278||05/13/2013|
yes r277 call people old, the defense of the weakest life forms on DL. Did you go to Yale dear heart? Is that why you are so dedicated?
and if you think those are "important" people perhaps it is time to edit your contacts page.
Can you be an important person and work in the theatre? I don't think so.....
|by Anonymous||reply 279||05/13/2013|
A new choreographer on the scene, Josh Rhodes, is a Michigan grad. He is choreographer of Cinderella. Sad he did not get a Tony nomination. Still after all these years, the only Michigan musical theater grad to win a Tony is Jeff Marx for writing the score of Avenue Q.
|by Anonymous||reply 280||05/13/2013|
I'm sorry if you get confused by names that aren't related to Judy Garland, dear. Show business has changed a bit since the 50's.
And yes, NYU grad also puts out quite a few big names. As does Yale. Good for you! You win a cookie!
|by Anonymous||reply 281||05/13/2013|
Yeah, well, Mark Brokaw who directed Cinderella went to Yale. As well as William Ivey Long who designed the costumes.
|by Anonymous||reply 282||05/13/2013|
[quote] and if you think those are "important" people perhaps it is time to edit your contacts page.
Scott Pask has a Tony, and designs 2/3rds of the sets on Bway. Taichmann directs Shakespeare all over the place. McCraney's directing Julius Caesar at the Public next season. Amy Herzog has had shows @ Playwrights & NYTW this season.
So toss around your alcohol-fueled cuntiness to your heart's content. Just be aware that your statement that these people aren't important is factually incorrect. They're big players in regional & off-broadway.
[quote] Can you be an important person and work in the theatre? I don't think so.....
Such cutting wit. It's a wonder that you don't have a script on Broadway, with such searing insights into the human condition. I am devestated by such searing sarcasm and cannot go on. (rolls eyes)
What else you got, bitch?
|by Anonymous||reply 284||05/13/2013|
Thank you r283.....glad to have supporters!!!
and once again r281 resorts to age attacks...Yes I'm sure everyone under thirty knows all about the Yale Grads you mentioned...It must just be old people who don't keep up with the LCT and Roundabout season who are clueless....oh wait isn't their entire audience old? This is getting so confusing.
|by Anonymous||reply 285||05/13/2013|
[quote] Still after all these years, the only Michigan musical theater grad to win a Tony is Jeff Marx for writing the score of Avenue Q.
And Jeff has been reduced to writing the music for a failed grocery chain.
|by Anonymous||reply 286||05/13/2013|
[quote]They're big players in regional & off-broadway.
[quote] am devestated by such searing sarcasm and cannot go on. (rolls eyes)
does anyone over 14 still roll eyes
|by Anonymous||reply 287||05/13/2013|
[quote]Can you be an important person and work in the theatre? I don't think so.....
I don't think I was attempting wit...just truth.
Your fun BTW. Give me your email. Let's keep in touch!!!!
|by Anonymous||reply 288||05/13/2013|
This has got to be the cheesiest thread on the internet.
|by Anonymous||reply 289||05/13/2013|
Now he's just talking to himself. Drug cases are so sad.
|by Anonymous||reply 290||05/13/2013|
Hey.....you guys can't ALL be screaming queens drinking appletinis....can you?
|by Anonymous||reply 291||05/13/2013|
The two people arguing over Yale vs. Michigan are actually the same person. I hope she's doing it like Cuccioli did it in the original Jekyll and Hyde.
Can we talk about Evan Jonegkit's penis now?
|by Anonymous||reply 292||05/14/2013|
[quote]And Jeff has been reduced to writing the music for a failed grocery chain.
He co-wrote that music with Julian Hornik who...wait for it...studies at Yale.
|by Anonymous||reply 294||05/14/2013|
R294 So if one of them is from Michigan and the other is from Yale, it's like the perfect storm of musicmaking excellence!
|by Anonymous||reply 295||05/14/2013|
[quote]Tarell Alvin McCraney
[italic]Those[/italic] are "people of note"?!?
|by Anonymous||reply 296||05/14/2013|
Who is Kathleen Chalfant's GF?
(sorry, ladies...trying anything to change the subject from the bitchfight of the last 20 entries that has hijacked the thread.)
|by Anonymous||reply 297||05/14/2013|
[quote]Those are "people of note"?!?
In theatre circles in NYC, yes. Sorry you don't know any names not involved in shit Broadway musicals.
|by Anonymous||reply 298||05/14/2013|
That list from Yale is a joke. On to more fun stuff. Tonys! So DROOD is not performing. Will CHRISTMAS STORY? BRING IT ON? Do they have casts anywhere?
|by Anonymous||reply 299||05/14/2013|
Sorry, but I think if you made a list of theater people, not including actors, of note under 35, many of the people on that list would be there.
|by Anonymous||reply 300||05/14/2013|
List of Michigan grads from the last ten years who are major theatre players, please.
No, really, R299. I'm curious.
|by Anonymous||reply 301||05/14/2013|
It's not that those people on the list aren't players in NYC. It's that (with the notable exception of Scott Pask) they're all WILDLY overrated and will make no lasting impact on the landscape. They're clogging up company stages at the moment, but in twenty years no one will remember anything they did.
Overprivileged and undertalented people like Tripp Cullman are emblematic of everything that is wrong and dismissible with the current not-for-profit theatre world. It's a piddling little castle whose walls aren't even worth scaling.
|by Anonymous||reply 302||05/14/2013|
[quote]They're clogging up company stages at the moment, but in twenty years no one will remember anything they did.
Which now makes me intensely curious who you think will be remembered from the current NY theatre scene twenty years from now.
Oh right, sorry. It's a "piddling little castle whose walls aren't even worth scaling". Which means you're willing to trash anything that isn't for-profit, which means you don't really know.
|by Anonymous||reply 303||05/14/2013|
(And yes, Tripp Cullman is a massively overrated hack.)
|by Anonymous||reply 304||05/14/2013|
Let's get back to talking shit about people who matter, kids.
Do you wanna hear about my affair with Brando again?
|by Anonymous||reply 305||05/14/2013|
I saw Cuba Gooding Jr interviewed today; he bragged about kissing Tom Cruise right on his lips when he showed up to see him on Broadway. How is he in the production?
|by Anonymous||reply 306||05/14/2013|
Yeah, screw Yale grads. Yeah, screw Michigan alums. Lainie and her crusty complaints and cheap ways are the only things that count. Anyway she came from Michigan and she's back there again, terrorizing all the locals to treat her with respect.
|by Anonymous||reply 307||05/14/2013|
A few Michigan grads--
Celia Keenan Bolger
Andrew Keenan Bolger
Erin Dilly -metioned on Smash, A Christmas Story,
Jenni Barber - The Nance
Brynn O'Malley- Wicked, Sunday in the Park, Annie
The guy with the really bad hygiene who is the elead in Book of Mormon now in London.. sorry, forgot his name. The one who fucked or got fucked by Jonathan Groff. He was Claude in Hair on Broadway
Taylor Louderman - Bring It On although she left to do the show before graduating.
|by Anonymous||reply 308||05/14/2013|
Gavin Creel is the name you're asking for
Josh Rhodes- choreographer
Jeff Marx- Tony winning composer
Pasek & Paul- Tony nominated composers
Andrew Lippa- Tony nominated composer
David Kirshenbaum- Composer of Off Bway's Summer of '42 and Vanities
Jennifer Laura Thompson- Tony nominated actress
Barrett Foa- TV actor
Eric Millegan- TV actor
Danny Gurwin- Broadway actor
Matthew Rego- Broadway producer (Urinetown, Araca Group)
Gilles Chiasson- Broadway actor
Clint Bond- Broadway marketing, publicist, producer
Becky Baeling- pop-dance vocalist, TV host
Alex Gemignani- Broadway actor
I'll post others if I think of more
|by Anonymous||reply 309||05/14/2013|
Cock. Fucking. Cheating. Ass. Passion, jealousy and doubt.
Better gossip topix than NYU and Michigan.
|by Anonymous||reply 310||05/14/2013|
Nick Blaemire- Broadway actor and composer/winter
Rachel Hoffman- Casting director
Marc Kessler- Conceived Altar Boyz
Gary Adler- Score to Altar Boyz
Jonathan Hammond- Broadway actor
|by Anonymous||reply 311||05/14/2013|
[quote]Which now makes me intensely curious who you think will be remembered from the current NY theatre scene twenty years from now.
[quote]Oh right, sorry. It's a "piddling little castle whose walls aren't even worth scaling". Which means you're willing to trash anything that isn't for-profit, which means you don't really know.
Take your Adderall, Timmy.
There was a time when great talents used to come out of the NFP world and do commercial work that garnered huge audiences. They made an impact. Look at all the people that came out of the Papp-era Public. Hell, look at all the people STILL coming out of the British institutions.
You know who strikes me as being like that today? Alex Timbers. I've yet to see anything he's directed that I didn't think was personal and well-directed. But unlike a lot of his self-fellating colleagues, his end goal is to put on a good show and give the audience a good time. God forbid. (And yes, I know; ROCKY looks awful. I may have to eat these words.)
Oh, and for the record, I really don't care about the Michigan/Yale thing. I've got no dog in that fight. I was just commenting on the lameness of that list which was being held up as proof of alleged greatness..
|by Anonymous||reply 312||05/14/2013|
David Burtka- Broadway actor and E correspondent and famous boyfriend
Susan Owen- Broadway actress
Andy Mientus- TV actor (Smash)
|by Anonymous||reply 313||05/14/2013|
Also Dan Reichard- Broadway actor (Jersey Boys)
Oh and actually Matt Rego s a Tony award winning producer (Wicked) actually
|by Anonymous||reply 314||05/14/2013|
R 313. More WHAT? Names, that is all. For gossip, let's pursue the Melissa Errico replacement on the OC by Rebecca Luker. Someone must have something to share on that bizarre situation.
|by Anonymous||reply 315||05/14/2013|
[quote]I saw Cuba Gooding Jr interviewed today; he bragged about kissing Tom Cruise right on his lips when he showed up to see him on Broadway. How is he in the production?
He's good, but you'll never get a Theater Queen poster, to admit it. He's a movie star and to them, movie stars have no business on Broadway. Your Mother had to squat in Shubert Alley to birth you, preferably between the matinee and evening show, attend the Fame school, then graduate Julliard before even being considered good enough for the Great White Way.
|by Anonymous||reply 316||05/14/2013|
[quote]I saw Cuba Gooding Jr interviewed today; he bragged about kissing Tom Cruise right on his lips when he showed up to see him on Broadway.
Probably not for the first time.
|by Anonymous||reply 317||05/14/2013|
Mels Errico is getting a throat operation: broken blood vessel or something on her throat.
Becky Luker is a fine replacement.
|by Anonymous||reply 318||05/14/2013|
Thanks 316, and regarding the rest of your post, very true.
|by Anonymous||reply 319||05/14/2013|
Cristin Milioti was revealed last night as "the mother" on "How I Met Your Mother". That means she'll be featured on the show all next season.
Fuck that cunt.
|by Anonymous||reply 320||05/14/2013|
Never seen a bigger list of nobodies. If this is who Broadway has to offer as their best - I'm glad I deserted that vacuous wasteland years ago.
|by Anonymous||reply 322||05/14/2013|
This new BroadwayWorld interview with Benj Pasek & Justin Paul makes the other one in the Times this weekend look like a joke. No comparison.
Incidentally, they mention about 10 fellow Michigan grads throughout (Erin Dilly, Gavin Creel, Andy Mientus, Nick Blaemire, etc.).
|by Anonymous||reply 323||05/14/2013|
Is it really true that the Weisslers are wooing Michelle Bachman to do a six-week stint as Roxie in "Chicago," now that she's threatening to leave Minnesota for good? Tee Hee.
|by Anonymous||reply 324||05/14/2013|
R324 Yes, with Sarah Palin as Velma.
|by Anonymous||reply 325||05/14/2013|
The sure-to-be Tony Award-winning play this season was written by a Yalie Chris Durang and stars 3 Yalies Sigourney Weaver, David Hyde Pierce and Kristine Neilsen.
|by Anonymous||reply 326||05/14/2013|
R324, Fran is HUGE-HUGE-HUGE Democrat. She would have nothing to do with Michelle Bachmann even if $ were involved.
|by Anonymous||reply 327||05/14/2013|
R327 is right. Say what you want about Barry's sugar mama, she loathes the Repubs.
|by Anonymous||reply 328||05/14/2013|
But I thought was kinda out of it these days...
|by Anonymous||reply 329||05/14/2013|
What's sad is when the media, with their penchant for creating hysteria in inverse proportion to the newsworthiness of a story, declares this or that team as the "heirs to Rodgers and Hammerstein" (or some such absurd notion) on the basis of the most slender and modest of offerings (remember when New York magazine in the 90s declared William Finn to be the successor to Sondheim?). And the theater community, desperate to be considered relevant and mainstream, succumbs to ageism and bestows awards on work of utter ordinariness.
"Nick Blaemire- Broadway actor and composer/winter"
If you saw/heard Glory Days, it was, indeed, winter.
And all this talk of "Tony award nominated" nonsense---as if it were a standard of quality.
|by Anonymous||reply 330||05/14/2013|
Is Justin Paul's wife turned on by her husband's flamingly gay hairdo?
|by Anonymous||reply 331||05/14/2013|
[quote] Billy Magnussen's rosy apple cheeks
|by Anonymous||reply 332||05/14/2013|
Lurker was amazing in PASSION at the KC. It was a much better production than Doyle's. I'm glad she gets to do the CD instead of Errico.
|by Anonymous||reply 333||05/14/2013|
Just got this mental image of Marcus Bachmann as Mary Sunshine and could not stop giggling.
|by Anonymous||reply 334||05/14/2013|
[quote]Lurker was amazing in PASSION at the KC. It was a much better production than Doyle's. I'm glad she gets to do the CD instead of Errico.
Best typo ever: Rebecca Lurker!
|by Anonymous||reply 335||05/14/2013|
Could you imagine the deafening chorus of boos and all the tomatoes and rotten eggs thrown at Muchelle Bachmann if she was to appear on a Broadway stage? I'd buy a tkts ticket for that!
|by Anonymous||reply 337||05/14/2013|
Is Bertie Carvel gay? He's actually pretty cute, in that British way.
|by Anonymous||reply 338||05/15/2013|
So is Tom Hanks pretty much a lock to win lead actor in a play?
Also, who's worked with Billy Porter? What's he like? Nice guy?
|by Anonymous||reply 339||05/15/2013|
Scott Pask has 3 Tonys and has 9 Drama Desk nominations (and 2 awards). We should all be such nobodies.
|by Anonymous||reply 340||05/15/2013|
I was excited to see cutie Shonn Wiley in the Encores On Your Toes last week, but his shirtless scene was a major disappointment. No definition at all and a bit of a paunch. And tinynips, too. He somehow looked scrawny and pudgy at the same time. Shonn, I never say this, but GO TO THE GYM! Did anyone else see On Your Toes?
|by Anonymous||reply 341||05/15/2013|
[quote]Scott Pask has 3 Tonys and has 9 Drama Desk nominations (and 2 awards). We should all be such nobodies.
Don't worship false idols r340.
|by Anonymous||reply 342||05/15/2013|
Was that the Princess Zenobia ballet, r341? Did he do it barefoot?
|by Anonymous||reply 343||05/15/2013|
[quote[I don't understand all the attention DOGFIGHT is getting.
[quote]Wasn't it a show that most people hated, that got mixed to negative reviews and that no one went to see at 2ST?
You could have said the same thing about NEXT TO NORMAL. David Stone was the producer on both, right? Will he push DOGFIGHT to be retooled as well?
The difference is that NEXT TO NORMAL had more of a reason to exist. There didn't seem to be any reason to musicalize DOGFIGHT. Even the authors' own work seemed weirdly dispassionate.
|by Anonymous||reply 344||05/15/2013|
Can Ginnifer Goodwin sing? I think she'd make a fantastic Sally Bowles.
|by Anonymous||reply 345||05/15/2013|
Has anyone seen Into the Woods in Princeton? Brantlee gave it a rave, but I'm not traveling until I get another opinion - after his "rave" for Matilda, I don't want another bum steer from him.
|by Anonymous||reply 346||05/15/2013|
1) Who cares about a production at Princeton?
2) Brantlee? Oh, my my my.
|by Anonymous||reply 347||05/15/2013|
[quote]Who cares about a production at Princeton?
Producers who may want to bring it to NYC after getting a rave in the NY Times.
|by Anonymous||reply 348||05/15/2013|
JESUS CHRIST PLEASE NO MORE 'INTO THE WOODS'!!!!!!!
How many times does it have to fail?
|by Anonymous||reply 349||05/15/2013|
I guess I am in the minority here but I loved DOGFIGHT - the score was really interesting and one song in particular, First Night, Last Night was especially lovely.
Why the hate for these 2 guys?
They show promise, and their musicals are infinitely better than the deadly dull pretentious work produced by all of those triple-named composers during the last 15 years.
|by Anonymous||reply 350||05/15/2013|
Seriously. Let's give Sondheim a rest for about, oh, 10 years or so.
|by Anonymous||reply 351||05/15/2013|
R350, I loved DOGFIGHT as well, and I'm not so sure that we're in the "minority" just because a bunch of tasteless queens on DL happen to hate it.
"I was excited to see cutie Shonn Wiley in the Encores On Your Toes last week, but his shirtless scene was a major disappointment. No definition at all and a bit of a paunch."
That's factually incorrect, R341. Shonn Wiley's skin looked very pale in his shirtless scene (which was part of the joke), but there was no "paunch" at all and great definition. Maybe you should have your vision checked.
|by Anonymous||reply 352||05/15/2013|
Rebecca Lurker reads here? What do we have to say to her? or her husband?
|by Anonymous||reply 354||05/15/2013|
Anyone else see the awful EVER AFTER reading? Why are they still flogging this show? Its been in development for years, and never gets any better. Now its Kevin McCollum, who's doing it because one of the writers is a cousin.
|by Anonymous||reply 355||05/15/2013|
NYU? Yale? What about Northwestern--in the old days, Patricia Neal, Ann-Marget, Walter Kerr, Charlton Heston (and his much more talented sister Lilla who was on the faculty)--in more recent years John Logan, Mary Zimmerman, Bruce Norris, Frank Galati, Brian D'Arcy James, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Brad Hall, Suzie Plakson, and many others. These students actually got a first-rate liberal arts education to go with their theatre training.
|by Anonymous||reply 356||05/15/2013|
I met Luker at an opening night party and she was so nice and gracious. We're from the same town in Alabama and we talked about common experiences. Couldn't have been sweeter!
|by Anonymous||reply 358||05/15/2013|
Patina Miller and the cast of PIPPIN on David Letterman
|by Anonymous||reply 359||05/15/2013|
R359 Thanks for posting that! Looks like a lot of fun. (But those costumes on the two backup dancers in the first part look like they were rejects from the movie of "The Wiz.")
|by Anonymous||reply 360||05/15/2013|
I'm going to a concert version of "Mack and Mabel" (with Davis Gaines as Mack) next week. I've always liked the score but have never actually seen the show. Does the book really suck?
|by Anonymous||reply 361||05/15/2013|
[quote]JESUS CHRIST PLEASE NO MORE 'INTO THE WOODS'!!!!!!!
If I could, I'd pay to have this put on a Times Square billboard. I love Sondheim as much as anyone, but dear God, give this show a break. It's just not that good.
|by Anonymous||reply 362||05/15/2013|
I think ITW is a case of a really fun initial cast making a show seem a lot better than it actually was. And I don't think it's bad--it's just not the miracle people seem to think it is, and Central Park pretty much proved that (though that despicable, saccharine production wouldn't have helped any show). It's very good second-tier Sondheim--not a patch on any of the Prince shows, certainly. While I think we really need a break from Follies as well, I'd still rather see that before ITW any day.
|by Anonymous||reply 363||05/15/2013|
I want a movie of ITW with Miss Vanessa Williams as the Witch.
|by Anonymous||reply 364||05/15/2013|
Gotta bitch about something right, R360? Gee Letterman loved it so much he morphed into Ed Sullivan.
|by Anonymous||reply 365||05/15/2013|
I thought Vanessa Williams lacked a little something in that role, though. God knows she was beautiful enough, but a little earthbound, not quite special enough as a performer. Can't really say who else I'd particularly like to see in the role right now, though, at least on film (and yes, Streep is TOO OLD).
|by Anonymous||reply 366||05/15/2013|
I'm sure Streep will be terrific as the witch.
But who will play the character when she transforms into a young, beautiful woman?
|by Anonymous||reply 367||05/15/2013|
So I take it none of our readers have made it to the Princeton ITW?
|by Anonymous||reply 368||05/15/2013|
363, I didn't like the production of INTO THE WOODS at the Delacorte either, but I'm surprised to hear you describe it as "saccharine." I would say it was almost the opposite of "saccharine." What do you mean?
|by Anonymous||reply 369||05/15/2013|
I've seen Bernadette, Phylicia and Vanessa play the Witch in ITW. I think that Phylicia was my favorite. It may be Sondheim's most accessible show (after WSS), but I agree that it is second tier. Still his second tier work is a helluva lot better that of the Michigan Boys, JRB or LaChiusa.
I also wish I had seen Ms. Rashad as Violet Weston.
|by Anonymous||reply 370||05/15/2013|
I guess I mean the horrible ending, with the father running through the woods yelling "Son! Son! My son!" and the completely unearned sappy reunion that followed. I really think "Children Will Listen" is quite enough in the way of sentiment at that moment--underlining it with the bathetic father-son reunion was just too much. It sort of spoiled the entire show for me, which I hadn't really minded that much. So yes, you're right, describing the entire production as saccharine wasn't really accurate.
|by Anonymous||reply 371||05/15/2013|
Lock ITW up in the his dungeon and throw away the key!
|by Anonymous||reply 372||05/15/2013|
[quote]I want a movie of ITW with Miss Vanessa Williams as the Witch.
Prepare to be very disappointed.
|by Anonymous||reply 373||05/15/2013|
Bernadette Peters was an emergency re-cast for the role of the witch back in the 80s.
|by Anonymous||reply 374||05/15/2013|
[quote]Rebecca Luker reads here? What do we have to say to her? or her husband?
We have this to say: Thank you for being two of the nicest people in a cutthroat business.
But neither of them reads DL, so no point.
|by Anonymous||reply 375||05/15/2013|
R374 Because Gary Morton wouldn't let Lucy do it?
|by Anonymous||reply 376||05/15/2013|
Will Jane Lynch help save Annie like the other lesbian Raven Symone helped save Sister Act or will all of the money spent on her salary and new advertising be a bust for the producers?
|by Anonymous||reply 377||05/15/2013|
Jane Lynch would be a great Joanne in Company
|by Anonymous||reply 378||05/15/2013|
Well there may be a reason to see the film version of Into the Woods after all
|by Anonymous||reply 379||05/15/2013|
R379 Try to keep up, dear.
|by Anonymous||reply 380||05/15/2013|
Nothin's gonna save Annie!
|by Anonymous||reply 381||05/15/2013|
The worst thing about ITW is its score. Starting with Sunday In The Park With George, Sondheim entered his unappealing, gnarly mode of songwriting, followed by ITW and Passion. I attribute it to working with Lapine, who thoroughly lacks the showmanship and commercial instincts of Hal Prince.
Probably the worst problem with Mack and Mabel was the idea: you cannot recreate silent film slapstick on the stage (duh!). Also, for a show dealing with comedy, there are mighty few yocks in the script; the romance is paper-thin and barely delineated; situations like Mabel disrupting the film shoot are contrived and cliched; and by the time she succumbs to her addictions, there is nothing left for the character to do (and the actress to play) but look sad and die. The downer ending was unearned and unwanted in a Jerry Herman musical. Fade to black.
|by Anonymous||reply 382||05/15/2013|
Jane Lynch went into ANNIE earlier than announced, because sales were flat.
There is now TONS of paper for the rest of the month - they can't give it away fast enough - to see Jane.
They're also pushing for a big Tony spot, which they desperately need.
If Lynch can't pull in the audience, Annie will be toast before Labor Day.
I guess all the little girls are going to see MATILDA instead!
|by Anonymous||reply 383||05/15/2013|
I realize it has been "postponed" but OMG how the hell could the Roundabout have SERIOUSLY been thinking about The Philadelphia Story?
Who did they think would be the audience for Phillip Barry's play - the hot ticket of 1939?
SEVENTY-FOUR YEARS AGO!
|by Anonymous||reply 384||05/15/2013|
There is talk of L*I*Z*A coming back to Broadway next year in a show written by Charles Aznavour.
And she would sing!
I saw her show with Alan Cumming recently. She's a mess. Fun, but a mess. I wouldn't want to see her in anything that required learning lines...or songs...or blocking...
|by Anonymous||reply 385||05/15/2013|
Is there really that big an audience that wants to see Jane Lynch? I'm sure she'll sell some tickets, but enough to keep the show above water?
|by Anonymous||reply 386||05/15/2013|
No one's mentioned yesterday's big announcement of the return of "700 Sundays"?
|by Anonymous||reply 387||05/15/2013|
[quote]No one's mentioned yesterday's big announcement of the return of "700 Sundays"?
That's because no one give's a shit.
|by Anonymous||reply 388||05/15/2013|
R374, I don't think that is quite true. My memory is that Bernadette was attached to the production at one point, but had to bow out due to a conflict. She became available, and they found a reason to get rid of Buckley. I mean the official word was that Buckley left over a conflict about her costume. Since when has a costume ever been more important than a star?
|by Anonymous||reply 389||05/15/2013|
roundabout doing The Real Thing seriously
|by Anonymous||reply 390||05/15/2013|
[quote]they found a reason to get rid of Buckley.
So many reasons to choose from. It's like a Cheesecake Factory menu.
|by Anonymous||reply 391||05/15/2013|
Buckley left after the first workshop when all the head written was a first act. Ellen Foley did the second workshop.
I don't think Bernadette was "last minute" casting. There were months if not years in between the workshops.
|by Anonymous||reply 392||05/15/2013|
make that "all they had written"^^^
Jesh, I should have reread that!
|by Anonymous||reply 393||05/15/2013|
Ellen Foley also did the San Diego run. I remember reading an interview at the time of the Bway, where Bernadette said she had driven down to see the show in at the Globe, and hadn't been thinking at all of it for her - and then Sondheim and Lapine called when they knew Broadway was set.
|by Anonymous||reply 394||05/15/2013|
Shonn Wiley did NOT have "great definition", r352.
|by Anonymous||reply 395||05/15/2013|
r384, you act as if THE PHILADELPHIA STORY was never heard of again after 1939 - it's had an afterlife, you know. I'd say it's about as famous as any mid-century play that's not O'Neill, Williams, Miller, OUR TOWN, or PRIVATE LIVES. I'm not saying it would be a huge draw without a star, but people know it. It's not like MAN AND BOY or shit like that that the Roundabout has done.
|by Anonymous||reply 396||05/15/2013|
I saw Philadelphia Story at LC in 1980 with Blythe Danner and Frank Converse. Cynthia Nixon played the young sister.
|by Anonymous||reply 397||05/15/2013|
PHILIDELPHIA STORY strikes me as being precisely the kind of thing Roundabout is supposed to be doing. Whether they can do it well is another matter. But the title fits right in with their mission statement.
|by Anonymous||reply 398||05/15/2013|
Why do they keep trying to make Aaron Lazar happen? Why do they keep trying to make Nick Adams happen? THAT is the bigger question. Can't act, bland singer, but can dance some. Empty headed bimbo and, let's face it, a bitch too. Good arms do not a Broadway star make.
|by Anonymous||reply 399||05/15/2013|
At this point, it should be called "1400 Sundays". He was never a good looking man but his new face lift is pretty horrifying.
|by Anonymous||reply 400||05/15/2013|
Also, I want to give Marc Thibodeau the blow job he deserves. I want every drop. I'll bet he is loud when he cums.
|by Anonymous||reply 401||05/15/2013|
r396, I don't mean to come across as a total heathen, my purpose in complaining about reviving THE PHILADELPHIA STORY is that there are so many other plays produced since 1939 from which they can choose (aren't there?)
Who is going to be interested in seeing what will predictably be a safe, harmless production with one or two "stars" and a great set?
Beyond the fact that porn star Tracy Lord took the name of the lead character, how relevant is this "high society" play in 2013?
|by Anonymous||reply 402||05/15/2013|
What are Aaron Lazar and Nick Adams in now?
|by Anonymous||reply 403||05/15/2013|
I would some of the PIPPIN! boys in that Letterman clip bounce on MY balls. IJS.
|by Anonymous||reply 404||05/15/2013|
I don't know, r402. How relevant is THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR? Or MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING? Or THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST?
For that matter, how relevant is PRIVATE LIVES?
|by Anonymous||reply 405||05/15/2013|
Has "High Society" ever been made into a stage musical?
|by Anonymous||reply 406||05/15/2013|
"I don't know, [R402]. How relevant is THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR? Or MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING? Or THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST? For that matter, how relevant is PRIVATE LIVES?"
Why, the very fact that you know these works speaks to their relevance. Why? Because their themes are timeless and universal: WINDSOR: the follies of love and appetite MUCH ADO: battle of the sexes EARNEST: satire of manners and mores PRIVATE LIVES: the inability to truly know and understand other people, the existential struggle for a meaningful life
|by Anonymous||reply 408||05/16/2013|
You're pushing it with that description of PRIVATE LIVES. It's a comedy of manners and that's about it
|by Anonymous||reply 409||05/16/2013|
Alex Timbers was going to direct that Roundabout Philadelphia Story so Todd presumably thought he'd bring something fresh and anarchic to it.
What, I can't imagine....but it's not as though it was going to be directed by Scott Ellis, Walter Bobbie or...heaven forbid, Doug Hughes.
|by Anonymous||reply 410||05/16/2013|
Why hasn't Roundabout ever done Three Men on a Horse? Or The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds? Or The Time of Your Life?
Will it take some young hotshot Brit to rediscover them in London so Todd can import them?
|by Anonymous||reply 411||05/16/2013|
Well, Tony Randall's defunct theater company did Three Men on a Horse with director John Tillinger on Broadway and it flopped big time. Tillenger is British, but hardly a hotshot.
|by Anonymous||reply 412||05/16/2013|
Roundabout probably postponed Philadelphia Story because Stephanie Block wasnt availible
|by Anonymous||reply 413||05/16/2013|
Oh please R405, once again stop missing the point. Don't lump Shaw and Shakespeare with Phillp Barry's pay.
Regarding Noel Coward's Private Lives - well that last revival basically proves my point about lifeless productions with one or two stars and a great set.
Those plays should be revived, but not at the expense of new work, or more relevant revivals simply because the theater company wants cheaper, less risky work to not alienate their aging, conservative subscribers.
|by Anonymous||reply 414||05/16/2013|
Kate Mulgrew=late in life lesbo.
|by Anonymous||reply 415||05/16/2013|
"You're pushing it with that description of PRIVATE LIVES. It's a comedy of manners and that's about it"
Read that second act again.
"Well, Tony Randall's defunct theater company did Three Men on a Horse..."
And The Actors Company did an Off-Broadway production about two years ago.
|by Anonymous||reply 416||05/16/2013|
r356, don't forget Megan Mullaly, Greg Edelman, Jim Keach, and Peter Strauss as NU grads. But I disagree about Lilla Heston. She was fine in a few staged readings, but had an extremely limited range. Loved her, though, as a person and animal rights activist!
|by Anonymous||reply 417||05/16/2013|
They just announced Nick Adams as lead in Papermill's production of Little Mermaid. I'll have to see that!
|by Anonymous||reply 418||05/16/2013|
"Shonn Wiley did NOT have 'great definition'"
Yes he does, R395. He has the kind of lean, well-defined body one normally sees on a dancer. True, he doesn't have the extraordinary hyper-definition of someone who specifically spends hours at the gym to work his abs, etc. Is that how a guy has to look in order to be described as "well defined" nowadays? Let's not be ridiculous.
|by Anonymous||reply 419||05/16/2013|
[quote] don't forget Megan Mullaly, Greg Edelman, Jim Keach, and Peter Strauss as NU grads
Megan Mullally attended Northwestern, but isn't a grad. She left before finishing. She also switched her major from theatre to English after her first semester.
|by Anonymous||reply 420||05/16/2013|
Craig Bierko and Sally Murphy are also Northwestern grads, and were a couple at the time.
|by Anonymous||reply 421||05/16/2013|
Wow--nothing more scintillating than a running list of college grads.
|by Anonymous||reply 422||05/16/2013|
Tommy Berklund is so handsome. He seems like a nice guy too. Who has kissed him?
|by Anonymous||reply 423||05/16/2013|
Tommy use to date Tim Hausmann,a former actor (WEST SIDE STORY- B'way and first national) who left the business to be a wine merchant.
|by Anonymous||reply 424||05/16/2013|
[quote]They just announced Nick Adams as lead in Papermill's production of Little Mermaid. I'll have to see that!
A mermaid with muscles. should be fun !
|by Anonymous||reply 425||05/16/2013|
And he'll look FAB in the flowing red wig!
|by Anonymous||reply 426||05/16/2013|
Victoria Mallory from Y&R is a vet of Stephen Sondheim musicals.
|by Anonymous||reply 427||05/16/2013|
Meghann Fahey ( ex-One Life to Live) was a replacement daughter in NEXT TO NORMAL
|by Anonymous||reply 430||05/16/2013|
Sherry Mathis (ex-SFT) was a lovely Guenevere in Camelot.
Jill Larson (AMC) did regional theater for 20 years, before landing on AMC
Don't forget Pat Elliot (OLTL) is a Tony winner for A Little Night Music.
|by Anonymous||reply 431||05/16/2013|
Stop this SOAP nonsense. We'd be better off with drama school listings. And just remember, the drama school degree doesn't mean a lot if the talent isn't blazing...
|by Anonymous||reply 433||05/16/2013|
The Lazy Ass booking of "700 Sundays" shows the complete star fuckers the Shuberts have become. And it will be followed up by a revival of the revival of Les Miserables, as if there's an audience now.
|by Anonymous||reply 434||05/16/2013|
Is the LES MIZ revival a stop on the new tour or are they seriously thinking there's a big enough audience to keep it running on Broadway?
|by Anonymous||reply 435||05/16/2013|
R 435 I think this is supposed to be a full-scale version They tihnk it will fly for another dozen years because of the- er- success of the movie.
|by Anonymous||reply 436||05/16/2013|
Is John Grisham's A Time to Kill coming to Broadway this fall with a major young film star in the lead?
|by Anonymous||reply 437||05/16/2013|
Emily Blunt to be The Baker's Wife in "Into the Woods". The popping sound you hear are crazed Sondheimites heads exploding in disappointment.
|by Anonymous||reply 439||05/16/2013|
Aaron Lazar? he can happen in my mouth any time he wants to. I've only seen him in the broadcast of Light in the Piazza, but I thought he was completely charming and adorable and sexy. I googled him, and saw what a rocking body he has. I guess I googled and ogled.
|by Anonymous||reply 440||05/16/2013|
I went to UC Santa Barbara for a year but then decided it would be easier if Daddy just got me jobs.
|by Anonymous||reply 441||05/16/2013|
They're papering ANNIE now? That is surprising to hear, as my my office was offered paper two weeks ago (I didn't accept) but not since, and it's been taken off of TDF.
|by Anonymous||reply 442||05/16/2013|
r389 Costume? No. Buckley wanted solo star credit above the title. BETTY BUCKLEY IN INTO THE WOODS and they explained to her that wasn't going to fly and she backed out. I still think STAY WITH ME is written for her voice. Bernadette couldn't get out of the WOODS fast enough once it hit Bway.
|by Anonymous||reply 443||05/17/2013|
Do NOT miss the German chick in WICKED as Elphaba. She was just unbelievable in the role. She leaves next week. Don't miss, bitches!
|by Anonymous||reply 444||05/17/2013|
Did you like COCK? Then go to 59E59 and see the other half of the double bill, BULL. This one's with the English cast. And while COCK showed us no cocks, BULL gives us Adam James' rippling muscled blonde torso on full display - nice nips, too. And the theater only holds 150, so you can stand right next to him while he's onstage and he'll flirt with you like mad.
|by Anonymous||reply 445||05/17/2013|
"And while COCK showed us no cocks, BULL gives us Adam James' rippling muscled blonde torso"
So does he or does he not show his cock, r445? (I can't understand whether your sentence is saying "while COCK showed no cocks, BULL shows cock" or "while COCK showed no cocks, BULL shows no cocks either but does show torso".)
|by Anonymous||reply 446||05/17/2013|
The latter, R446.
I take it English is not your first language.
|by Anonymous||reply 447||05/17/2013|
[quote]BULL gives us Adam James' rippling muscled blonde torso
yawn. That is the rippling muscled torso? I'll pass.
|by Anonymous||reply 448||05/17/2013|
If ANNIE has been taken off TDF, it has to be only because they're trying to save face for Jane Lynch. I saw it last week (prior to her arrival) and there were ACRES of empty seats - such a number that I don't think Jane Lynch possibly has a following of a size that could be filling those every weeknight. It seemed such a clear sense of ticketbuyer disinterest in the production that I would think only a truly A-list box office power star would be able to convert the show into a non-TDF level seller at this point.
James Lapine really, really fucked that show (and brand) up.
|by Anonymous||reply 449||05/17/2013|
Thanks for the clarification, r447! English is my first language, but I may not have as much of a feel for the nuances of it as you do. (For instance, I never knew "rippling" and "muscled" were words that could be used to apply to that body in the pic you linked to!)
|by Anonymous||reply 450||05/17/2013|
Philadelphia Story needs stars, couldn't get them, end of Story.
|by Anonymous||reply 451||05/17/2013|
R444- I am NOT German, I am from Holland like the fabulous Pia Douwes. I have the distinction of playing Elphaba in 3 different languages and have played the role longer than any other actress. They love me on Broadway unlike Elena Roger in Evita.
|by Anonymous||reply 452||05/17/2013|
[quote] Bernadette was attached to the production at one point, but had to bow out due to a conflict.
She was never attached to the project, Buckley was.
When Buckley dropped out, they needed a replacement, FAST. As a favor to Sondhiem Bernadette stepped into what is a supporting role.
|by Anonymous||reply 453||05/17/2013|
Wait....it's a supporting role??
|by Anonymous||reply 454||05/17/2013|
r444, who the fuck is still going to see WICKED except screaming tweens and their adoring, enabling soccer moms. Please!
|by Anonymous||reply 455||05/17/2013|
Any of you guys see PRETTYBELLE?
|by Anonymous||reply 456||05/17/2013|
Yikes! What wiki has to say about PRETTYBELLE
|by Anonymous||reply 457||05/17/2013|
Are they closing off the rear balcony at the Palace for ANNIE?
|by Anonymous||reply 458||05/17/2013|
Willemijn Verkaik was interviewed on SiriusXM ON Broadway with Julie James a few weeks ago. She sang a song from WICKED in all three dialects, alternating between verses. It was really interesting to hear. A friend of mine just went in the show as one of th ensemble members, she says Verkaik is amazing on stage.
|by Anonymous||reply 459||05/17/2013|
R445, that actor's body is SO not a rippling blonde torso.
|by Anonymous||reply 460||05/17/2013|
r452, Bless you for working Pia Douwes into the thread.
|by Anonymous||reply 461||05/17/2013|
[quote]Are they closing off the rear balcony at the Palace for ANNIE?
Honey, they should have closed off the stage for this revival.
|by Anonymous||reply 462||05/17/2013|
I love me some Katie Finneran - don't nobody talk bad about Miss Katie Finneran now!
|by Anonymous||reply 464||05/17/2013|
Saw Lansbury and Charlotte Rae in "Prettybelle" in Boston, where it folded. A couple of wonderful moments ("I'm In a Tree" and "When I'm Drunk I'm Beautiful") but mostly the show was dreck.
|by Anonymous||reply 465||05/17/2013|
I was watching a Frasier re-run from Season 7 last night on the Hallmark Channel and a very young Katie Finnerman was the love interest of Niles.
|by Anonymous||reply 466||05/17/2013|
"If ANNIE has been taken off TDF, it has to be only because they're trying to save face for Jane Lynch. I saw it last week (prior to her arrival) and there were ACRES of empty seats - such a number that I don't think Jane Lynch possibly has a following of a size that could be filling those every weeknight. It seemed such a clear sense of ticketbuyer disinterest in the production that I would think only a truly A-list box office power star would be able to convert the show into a non-TDF level seller at this point."
"James Lapine really, really fucked that show (and brand) up."
Truer words were never spoken -- but in fairness, the last Broadway revival, which was directed by another incompetent, also fucked up the show (and maybe the brand as well).
|by Anonymous||reply 467||05/17/2013|
do we love that these kids keep working together or do they need to cut it the fuck out?
|by Anonymous||reply 468||05/17/2013|
What's up with Heidi Blickenstaff's Zellweger squint? Or those chola girl eyebrows?
|by Anonymous||reply 469||05/17/2013|
She looks very RuPaul's Drag Race in that pic.
|by Anonymous||reply 470||05/17/2013|
Finneran was fantastic in that whirlwind 'Company' with datalounge fav Aaron Lazar, Neil Patrick Harris and Patti LuPone.
Makes Glee's Emma Pillsbury look like leftovers.
|by Anonymous||reply 471||05/17/2013|
I saw Jane Lynch on her first night in ANNIE and she was very good. I've ignored GLEE so I don't know if she was doing a variation on that character but she had great timing and sounded fine on the songs.
The choreography however was horrible. I didn't think it was possible to fuck up the dancing in ANNIE until I saw that production.
|by Anonymous||reply 472||05/17/2013|
[quote]The choreography however was horrible. I didn't think it was possible to fuck up the dancing in ANNIE until I saw that production.
|by Anonymous||reply 473||05/17/2013|
The choreography for this ANNIE was jaw-dropping. All they had to do was drag out a kickline of spunky orphan girls. That's all the audience wants. But no. We got that weird, angular, cool shit. It was like a master class in wrong choices.
|by Anonymous||reply 474||05/17/2013|
The choreography in this Annie is a massive clusterfuck of fail.
|by Anonymous||reply 475||05/17/2013|
When the Hooverville residents struck freeze poses before 'We'd Like to Thank you Herbert Hoover' I was suspicious, but the moment that reinforced the idea that the choreographer was a pretentious idiot was the decision to have the orphans come out during 'Little Girls' and have seizures on the floor in case anyone missed the lyric, 'everywhere i turn I can see them'. Truly awful.
|by Anonymous||reply 476||05/17/2013|
r456 the Prettybelle clip is already deleted! Damn. Was it on onstage performance or on some variety/awards show?
|by Anonymous||reply 477||05/17/2013|
Michaels Feingold and Musto were fired from The Village Voice today.
The Voice press release states, "Feingold, named a Pulitzer finalist for criticism in 2009, has been invited to continue his association with the Voice by serving as chairman of the annual Obie Awards."
So it assume they want to keep the OBIES going...
The timing it terrible, the OBIE Awards are scheduled for Monday night.
|by Anonymous||reply 478||05/17/2013|
How come Annie is one of the most popular Broadway shows of the past 50 years and the revivals ALWAYS flop?
|by Anonymous||reply 479||05/17/2013|
R456 It's a song from the studio cast album not a video.
|by Anonymous||reply 480||05/17/2013|
Has Feingold started sobbing his tale of woe over on Talkin Broadway?
|by Anonymous||reply 481||05/17/2013|
Sorry, that Prettybelle comment was for R477
|by Anonymous||reply 482||05/17/2013|
[quote]How come Annie is one of the most popular Broadway shows of the past 50 years and the revivals ALWAYS flop?
Because it was a delightful surprise - a sentimental throwback in a cynical era - when it first opened. You can't recapture that. Now that everyone is familiar with ANNIE, its power as a nostalgic novelty has worn off.
|by Anonymous||reply 483||05/17/2013|
I agree with R483. I'd also add that the show is front loaded with all of the hits and the 2nd act is pretty weak. Once the orphans and Hannigan are offstage, the show may as well end.
|by Anonymous||reply 484||05/17/2013|
There aren't that many people left who actually remember the original comic strip of "Little Orphan Annie."
|by Anonymous||reply 485||05/17/2013|
There's nothing wrong with ANNIE that a great production of it wouldn't cure. No show, no matter how good, could possibly survive a production as bad as the one Lapine et al. have given this one. No show is indestructible - see Des McAnuff's three-month bomb revival of GUYS AND DOLLS as proof. And GUYS AND DOLLS is obviously a much greater musical than ANNIE (or almost anything else).
If anything, the fact that this shitty ANNIE is still hanging on after six months is proof of what a large audience there still is for the title, despite what I'm sure is poisonous word-of-mouth.
As for the '90s revival - wasn't that a bad production, too? I've never heard anyone say, "Boy, that '90s revival of ANNIE was so charming and warm and fun!"
|by Anonymous||reply 486||05/17/2013|
Oh, and I forgot to add that I think the badness of this ANNIE is so apparent that even children get it. A friend with a seven-year-old daughter told me that the first thing her daughter said to her when the lights came up at the end of MATILDA was, "That was SOOOO much better than ANNIE!"
|by Anonymous||reply 487||05/17/2013|
Haha, r489, I don't work for anything, but my sympathies would normally lie exactly the opposite way. I haven't seen MATILDA so have no opinion on it, but I've always been really fond of ANNIE and would love to see a new generation of kids embrace it. If only there were a better production to make that possible! Anyway, just reporting what my friend told me - I have no expertise in the psychology of seven-year-olds so I can't comment on your feeling that kids don't compare Broadway shows that they've seen.
|by Anonymous||reply 490||05/17/2013|
The last Annie revival flopped because Martin Charnin directed it and couldn't use Mike Nichols to bail him out on that one. This one flopped because James Lapine directed it, Andy Blankenhaventgotaclue choreographed it and whoever cast it was drunk or stoned. Maybe Liza's new show will take the Palace when this shitfest closes this summer.
|by Anonymous||reply 491||05/17/2013|
whatever, I think both shows look terrible and wouldn't sit through either of 'em. I don't like children singing, it's offensive to my highly trained musical ears.
|by Anonymous||reply 492||05/17/2013|
I agree. I think ANNIE is a bolt-solid show. It's hard to totally fuck up. And yet, Lapine did just that.
|by Anonymous||reply 493||05/17/2013|
I thought some of the choreography in Annie was good. I liked the tap dancing finale, "A New Deal For Christmas" isn't that great a song and it made for an upbeat ending- very Shirley Temple depression! I thought the Runyonland ripped off NYC was good, too. If only the whole show had been like that.
The problem was the design and direction. The book for Annie is rock solid and Lapine and company killed it. I've never heard so many sure fire laugh lines die due to bad blocking. That orphanage set with Hannigan entering at the top of the tall stairs killed every exit and entrance laugh. No Hannigan will make that set go away. Warbucks wobbly mansion with the turning stairs from Harry Potter made me nervous.
|by Anonymous||reply 494||05/17/2013|
I predict The Village Voice won't exist by the end of the year - firing (excuse me "letting go") Feingold, Musto and the rest was one of the dumbest moves of all time. Feingold is far and away the best theater critic around.
|by Anonymous||reply 495||05/17/2013|
Totally agree. In addition, Feingold is the only critic who has a true erudition and passion for musicals. He will hopefully find another outlet for his talents.
|by Anonymous||reply 496||05/17/2013|
Feingold's definitely one of the stronger critics around, but I find myself looking forward to Hilton Als's essays/critiques in the New Yorker more than I seek out Feingold anymore.
|by Anonymous||reply 497||05/17/2013|
Any integrity Feingold has is completely and utterly negated by his incessant and needy posting on All That Chat. It's pitiful how desperate he is to be fawned over.
|by Anonymous||reply 499||05/17/2013|
[quote]How come Annie is one of the most popular Broadway shows of the past 50 years and the revivals ALWAYS flop?
And don't forget there are no Child Prices and parents can throw in the DVD for nothing anytime. It cost a lot for a family to see shows.
|by Anonymous||reply 500||05/17/2013|
Wow, Musto deserved to be fired; he was simply an internet troll before the internet existed. Now everyone does what he did for a living.
Feingold's termination is a real loss; his reviews have everything the NY Times reviews don't have (wit, intelligence, love for the theater) but think they do.
|by Anonymous||reply 501||05/17/2013|
Does anyone think any actions will be taken about the Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf controversy in Riedel's column today (sorry for the link to NY Post)? Obvoiusly Jeffrey Richards knows that he was wrong in sending out the brochure, but Nelle Nugent sounds like quite the battle axe. Could it backfire on her and turn voters against voting for Cicely Tyson and the show itself?
|by Anonymous||reply 503||05/17/2013|
Oh, Christ, nobody cares about this nonsense. If this high school garbage is what prevents the Tony committee from recognizing work of merit, then just fucking eliminate the award already.
|by Anonymous||reply 504||05/17/2013|
[quote]Does anyone think any actions will be taken about the Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf controversy in Riedel's column today
Nah. It's just the gay, Jewish version of Benghazi.
|by Anonymous||reply 505||05/17/2013|
Oh R502, are you serious? Of course I absolutely care about the feedback of an astute theater critic as opposed to the rants of anonymous internet posters - who may or may not have their own agendas!
While I do agree everyone does do what he did for a living, that hardly means they are qualified or their opinions have any redeeming value! I will say some posters here ARE very insightful regarding certain productions, this place is by far the exception,
Too many people, Americans under 35 especially, grew up thinking because they always got a trophy they were actually good at the sport. We all known that is just not the reality.
|by Anonymous||reply 506||05/17/2013|
[quote]Could it backfire on her and turn voters against voting for Cicely Tyson and the show itself?
VOTE Kristine Nielsen!!!!
Geraldine Page got there before Cisely and did it better!!!!Kristine is an original!!!!
|by Anonymous||reply 507||05/17/2013|
Someone told me that the only people buying Annie tickets are older gay men who bring their nieces.
I'd love to bring my nieces, but it's too expensive.
I can't think of anything since Beauty and the Beast that packed that barn for more than a year.
|by Anonymous||reply 508||05/17/2013|
Does Brynn O'Malley have a scar on her forehead or something? She has the same severe bangs (which I don't think are very flattering) in the show as she has for years in real life.
|by Anonymous||reply 510||05/17/2013|
R509 why are so angry? Your anti-critic agenda, makes me think you were the victim of more than a few critical reviews.
I tried to be civil but once again you proved you can't even make a cohesive argument. You keep describing the critics as "strangers" while you conveniently ignore the fact that there are not trailers or internet "advice" for half the productions Feingold reviewed?
|by Anonymous||reply 511||05/17/2013|
That is complete bullshit r509. Trailers and interviews tell you nothing but what the producers want you to know. That is not the same as getting a well written critique of the film by an impartial observer. Critics are NOT obsolete. For instance, I never would've seen "Mud" tonight were it not for the rapturous reviews I read on rottentomatoes.com. Bits of those reviews inspired me to go. A movie which 98% of the critics gets my attention. And I turned out to love the movie. You're such an idiot ("Just watch commercials and read about what the actors and writers think about their own movie!")
|by Anonymous||reply 512||05/17/2013|
Feingold's reviews show a deep love and appreciation of theatre.
Isherwood and Brantley's show a deep boredom and hatred of theatre.
|by Anonymous||reply 513||05/17/2013|
[quote]Isherwood and Brantley's show a deep boredom and hatred of theatre.
Why do I feel like the ATC kids are taking over this board?
|by Anonymous||reply 514||05/18/2013|
Enough Jane Lynch and Feingold talk. I want to know the cast of First Date, which is supposedly starting previews in 7 weeks!
|by Anonymous||reply 515||05/18/2013|
Was Ellen Foley well-reviewed in Into The Woods?
|by Anonymous||reply 516||05/18/2013|
The sad, uneducated anti-critic loon only knows of critics as consumer advisers. Should I see this? Thumbs up or thumbs down?
A real critic (like Feingold) does much more than than and has studied the subject they are discussing.
You should learn the difference.
|by Anonymous||reply 518||05/18/2013|
Thank you R518!
R509 is so common, (meant as pejoratively as possible) he will still rant and miss the point, I am sure.
|by Anonymous||reply 519||05/18/2013|
There used to be video of Lansbury recording the album of Prettysmell.
Don't know if it's still on YouTube.
|by Anonymous||reply 520||05/18/2013|
Ain't nothin like the real thing, baby:
[quote]That was pending and Had not been sent I didn't realize that and it just went. Just noticed I had saved it ... It was yesterday
|by Anonymous||reply 521||05/18/2013|
Playbill: Shirtless men HEAT UP Broadway!
Warning! The last two photographs are Alan Cumming.
|by Anonymous||reply 522||05/18/2013|
What's this If/Then musical Idina Menzel is starring in? Opens at the National in DC in November before coming to Broadway in the winter? Michael Greif is directing.
Anybody know who's playing the leads in the Bullets Over Broadway readings June 10-14?
|by Anonymous||reply 523||05/18/2013|
r520 having seen Prettybelle in Boston I can tell you it was a lot better and infinitely more interesting than anything produced in this century. And it was brilliantly stage by Gower Champion and performed magnificently by Angela Lansbury. I wish it had made it to NYC, but so glad I saw it . And can't say that about the dozens of "hits" that landed on Broadway these past 15 years.
|by Anonymous||reply 524||05/18/2013|
OMG. Soon it will be time for Theater Gossip #112. Maybe even by dawn. Please no list of humdrum theater department grads. That's a thread killer if ever there was one. Let's some real Tony bitchery going. Time is running out for the Va. Woolf graft.
|by Anonymous||reply 525||05/18/2013|
If/Then is by the Next to Normal folks.
|by Anonymous||reply 526||05/18/2013|
Did The Performers not get a single Tony nomination? It wasn't THAT bad.
|by Anonymous||reply 527||05/18/2013|
It didn't run long enough to get the nominaters in.
|by Anonymous||reply 528||05/18/2013|
Nice article about Andrea Martin in the current Entertainment Weekly. I was surprised by the fact that she apparently is the leader in the number of "Best Featured Actress-Musical" Tony nominations.
|by Anonymous||reply 529||05/18/2013|
Of course, Andrea Martin is the Tony leader in her category. Come out from under your rock. This thread is theater gossip, not lunacy.
|by Anonymous||reply 530||05/19/2013|
Did Amy Adams ruin her chances of getting cast in the Into the Woods film because of her sloppy appearance in the show last summer? What a shame!
|by Anonymous||reply 531||05/19/2013|
Any reports on Far From Heaven yet?
|by Anonymous||reply 533||05/19/2013|
A friend of mine who saw it said FAR FROM HEAVEN was nearly good. Clever, intelligent, pleasant, if not really moving. Not quite art, but not particularly commercial either. He felt that in a weird way it suffered from the aforementioned MACK & MABEL problem; it's supposed to be an homage to the movies, but, because it's a theatre piece, can't do its inspiration justice. Oh, and he loathed the design.
|by Anonymous||reply 534||05/19/2013|
The film of Far From Heaven fell short of feeling as well. An exercise in style over substance. And the musical doesn't solve the problem: I found the score a real disappointment (this was addressed in the last thread by several posters).
|by Anonymous||reply 535||05/19/2013|
What is the plot of Far From Heaven anyway?
I saw the film and remember nothing but the pretty crinoline dresses and autumn leaves.
|by Anonymous||reply 536||05/19/2013|
I saw Far from Heaven yesterday and was really disappointed. The main character is totally passive, there is no chemistry with the black gardener, and the husband's role is underwritten so much that none of the big numbers work - you don't care about him so you don't care about her and their relationship.
The music, as in Grey Gardens, is relentless. All style and dated wit, none of it connecting to the audience. Most songs make their pretty obvious point by the end if the first phrase. In Grey Gardens, at least there were enough numbers that worked to make it tolerable. Plus, it had better characters and actors. Why these writers seem to enjoy writing crappy songs and parts (in a false tone) for young children eludes me completely.
Did I mention the hideous sets? If you've seen Mad Men, the attempts to evoke period fall especially flat.
Really didn't enjoy this - and if they put it on Broadway, it will be a turgid flop.
|by Anonymous||reply 537||05/19/2013|
"I saw the film and remember nothing but the pretty crinoline dresses and autumn leaves."
|by Anonymous||reply 538||05/19/2013|
And that fucking train at the end.
|by Anonymous||reply 539||05/19/2013|
R417. I thought Heston gave wonderful performances in fully staged productions of "The House of Bernarda Alba" and "Ghosts," in which I saw her during my days at Northwestern. (The latter also featured Tony winner Frank Galati, novelist/screenwriter Allison Burnett, Obie winner Jodie Markell, and the always extraordinary Robert Breen).
Incidentally, I've read that Mullaly says she majored in Radio-TV-Film, not Theatre. I have a vague recollection she may have majored in or considered majoring in Interpretation--which may be where the "English" major label came from. I ate lunch at her cafeteria table once with some friends--even as a freshman she knew how to hold court.
|by Anonymous||reply 540||05/19/2013|
r537 Also disappointed. Saw it at Williamstown and had the same reaction you experienced. I guess not much work has been done on it. It's a drag in all respects.
|by Anonymous||reply 541||05/19/2013|
R535, I disagree. The film Far From Heaven had that sublime painful, sad quality to it. I was very moved by it and Cathy's plight and saw it several at the cinema.
Agree with R534, that it's the homage to a cinematic legacy that makes FFH such an exquisite film; not sure why anyone would transfer this film to stage much less the hapless team that did that very weak adaptation of Grey Gardens. These two think that having a superficial appreciation of a work qualifies them to adapt it, as if that were reason enough to pursue such an endeavour. They're so clueless they don't even begin to resolve the basic issues of adapting a work to another medium.
Grey Gardens was just a throwaway curtain raiser followed by the best lines from the film with the ending of My Fair Lady tacked on. Truly pathetic.
|by Anonymous||reply 542||05/19/2013|
Why the fuck does a mediocre, over the top, shrill, annoying as hell hack like Liza have three Tony awards?
|by Anonymous||reply 543||05/19/2013|
Cause Momma taught her to sing one note. And the note, it goes like this...
|by Anonymous||reply 544||05/19/2013|
No, seriously R544. Who on earth voted for Liza? Was the entire voting committee filled with Judy queens who were transferring their loyalties to Liza? She's a classic example of someone who'd have never made it past bit parts in B movies if it hadn't been for showbiz nepotism.
|by Anonymous||reply 545||05/19/2013|
I'm no Liza fan, but that's not true. The family name(s) opened doors, but she proved herself to many by what she did once she walked through them.
If what you were saying was true, Lorna Luft, Frank Sinatra Jr etc would all have similar success to Liza.
|by Anonymous||reply 546||05/19/2013|
You'll get your chance to find out why live and in person next season on *B*R*O*A*D*W*A*Y*, R543!
|by Anonymous||reply 547||05/19/2013|
Liza could walk off with Cabaret if she did Schneider in the Roudabout revival.
|by Anonymous||reply 548||05/19/2013|
I always thought Roundabout should get Joel Grey to play Herr Schultz. He might not be good, but the press would be amazing. And if you put him opposite Liza? Well, is there anyone here who wouldn't storm the box office, anxious to witness the freakshow?
|by Anonymous||reply 549||05/19/2013|
Judi Dench played both roles in Cabaret (well, one was just a recording) so Liza's feat would not be that groundbreaking.
|by Anonymous||reply 550||05/19/2013|
Yes, r540, I saw those performances as well, and she had a powerful presence. But to say she had more talent than her brother is stretching it a bit. Staged readings were her metier.
|by Anonymous||reply 551||05/19/2013|
I think Grey Gardens is the best new musical Broadway has seen in years, but given that time has also seen Memphis, Matilda, Kinky Boots, Spring Awakening and Next to Normal, I realize that this is faint praise. Still I'd see Grey Gardens another five times than sit through any of those other shows again. Hoping Far From Heaven is better than these reports as I see it in two weeks.
|by Anonymous||reply 552||05/19/2013|
On a note to note basis, Grey Gardens' score was among the finest in many a season. But, conceptually, the show--including the score--was misconceived from start to finish.
|by Anonymous||reply 553||05/19/2013|
[quote]What do you know. [R553]?
What R553 knows is his onions.
R542 has also got a talent for slicing and dicing:
[quote]Grey Gardens was just a throwaway curtain raiser followed by the best lines from the film with the ending of My Fair Lady tacked on.
Couldn't agree more.
|by Anonymous||reply 555||05/20/2013|
Sorry, R553, I meant it was R554's grammar I repaired.
|by Anonymous||reply 556||05/20/2013|
Sounds like a lot of failed (song) writers on this thread!
542, I'm talkin to you. Sad.
|by Anonymous||reply 557||05/20/2013|
Agree that Far From Heaven on stage is just . . . dull.
|by Anonymous||reply 558||05/20/2013|
I couldn't get involved in Far From Heaven because I was distracted at how pregnant Kelli O'Hara is getting and how short Steven Pasquale is.
And the set looks like Next to Normal with leaves.
|by Anonymous||reply 560||05/20/2013|
r557 a lot of failed songwriters have their shows produced anyway, and therein lies the problem with theater today.
|by Anonymous||reply 561||05/20/2013|
R560 I wondered about that... and she's doing the show til the end of June?!
|by Anonymous||reply 562||05/20/2013|
R557, I'm not a failed song writer. Don't know what that has to do with being able to discern between good and bad storytelling. Whatever makes you feel better, I guess.
R559, it really was like that. Throughout the second act, Edie kept saying she had to leave, she had to leave and then in the final scene it was all "Eliza, where are my slippers?" The composers and book writer never even scratched the surface of this material, it was VERY superficial and disappointing to anyone familiar with the source material.
|by Anonymous||reply 563||05/20/2013|
[quote]Any integrity Feingold has is completely and utterly negated by his incessant and needy posting on All That Chat.
You're really an idiot. Feingold doesn't post there often, and when he does it's usually with a bit of information that adds a bit of perspective to a discussion. Then again, from the sound of it, you're perfectly happy with the hitbycabs of the world.
|by Anonymous||reply 565||05/20/2013|
R564 if that was the only thing discussed in these threads I think they'd still be at THEATRE GOSSIP #11.
|by Anonymous||reply 566||05/20/2013|
Thank God they finally changed the commercial for Vanya.....Now maybe people will be interested in seeing it. The last one had a voiceover by a demented queer and it was offputting.
|by Anonymous||reply 567||05/20/2013|
Agreed, r565, about Feingold's "incessant" posts on ATC. Actually, I wish he'd post more often and correct some of the misinformation that crops up regularly.
|by Anonymous||reply 568||05/20/2013|
Well I guess I'm in the minority about Far From Heaven - I loved it. Aside from Kelli O'Hara's obvious pregnancy, she was in great voice, and is a really good actress. This is one of those shows that exists for a certain audience, and has no aspirations about marketing it for a tourist mentality - It's not perfect, but certainly i wasn't bored. And I loved the design.
|by Anonymous||reply 570||05/20/2013|
"I think ANNIE is a bolt-solid show. It's hard to totally fuck up. And yet, Lapine did just that."
Yes, Lapine totally fucked it up this time, and Martin Charnin totally fucked up the Nell Carter revival. Both are apparently clueless about how to direct this show, which is pretty ironic in Charnin's case, since he co-wrote it.
|by Anonymous||reply 571||05/20/2013|
The suspense is finally over and we can relax. The cast was announced today for First Date....the first flop of the season.
|by Anonymous||reply 572||05/20/2013|
FIRST DATE sounds like such a lame idea even for Off Broadway, I don't know how it could work on Broadway. Maybe it's got an incredible score, huge stars and a gangbuster creative team? The blurb makes it sound like the jokes will begin dating as soon as they come out of the actors' mouths.
|by Anonymous||reply 573||05/20/2013|
Well, the "big star" theory has just been shot down for FIRST DATE:
|by Anonymous||reply 574||05/20/2013|
I can't believe no one has mentioned Riedel's snarky remark about Rob Ashford on Friday's "Theater Talk." Also, BB should stick to writing, not appearing on TV.
|by Anonymous||reply 575||05/20/2013|
...but the lark was blinDUH. The lark was blinDUH!
|by Anonymous||reply 576||05/20/2013|
Damn! All this time I thought it was a musical of that board game from the 1960s (Mystery Date?). This not only sounds awful, it sounds like something that has been done before.
|by Anonymous||reply 577||05/20/2013|
What did Riedel say about Ashford?
Who is BB? Not Betty Buckley?
|by Anonymous||reply 579||05/20/2013|
I was actually surprised that Brantley appeared on the Riedel show. Thought Ben was above that sort of thing.
|by Anonymous||reply 580||05/20/2013|
Will good Christian boy Zachary Levi be able to resist the temptation of legendary NY chorus boy blowjobs?
|by Anonymous||reply 581||05/20/2013|
I would totally let him fuck my mouth
|by Anonymous||reply 582||05/20/2013|
The producers of FIRST DATE are totally fucking their show over. I saw it in Seattle and it was a trifle at best. In terms of straight-couple-date-shows, it makes I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT look like Arthur Miller. That said, it could probably do really well in other regional theaters. I suppose it could even go off-Broadway, if such a thing actually existed anymore. But it seems they'e going to let it self-immolate and embarrass itself on Broadway. And in doing so, they're gonna kill whatever stock and amateur potential the show might have.
|by Anonymous||reply 583||05/20/2013|
[quote]but that's not why I'm posting. Why I'm posting is: No one in my life will let me pontificate or be a shrill, carping, superior asshole at parties, so I have to do it here.
Fixed it for you, R10.
|by Anonymous||reply 584||05/20/2013|
Headline of the review in today's NYTimes print edition of Rebecca Luker's cabaret show:
"The Cabaret of an Actress Inspired by Jerome Kerr"
How the mighty have fallen!
|by Anonymous||reply 585||05/20/2013|
I hope the person who creates the new #112 Theater Gossip page is hard at work. This dreary thread is still crawling drearily toward its 600 entry grave. And not soon enough. And no Michael Arden nudies so far. C'mon, guys.
|by Anonymous||reply 586||05/20/2013|
Where did COCO go to college?
Where did PRETTYBELLE go to college?
Where did GIGI go to college?
|by Anonymous||reply 587||05/20/2013|
The photos of Jane Lynch in Annie look terrific. Finally someone is in charge on that show and will be for eight weeks and then poof, it will probably close for good. Unless they put the ever cute John Stamos in some role (any role), which means it will surely close the next week.
|by Anonymous||reply 588||05/20/2013|
ANNIE is closing after Lynch leaves. Just too much competition for 'little girl' shows (MATILDA and Rodgers and Hammersteins... umm.. excus eme make that Rodgers + Hammerstein's CINDERELLA) right now. Those two are selling.
|by Anonymous||reply 589||05/20/2013|
Anyone in LA see The Royale at the Kirk Douglas Theatre?
It looks mighty sexy!
|by Anonymous||reply 590||05/20/2013|
I hope Daisy isn't Krysta's understudy again cuz you just know she's gonna fuck her over and grab that Tony!!!!!!
|by Anonymous||reply 591||05/20/2013|
Torniodo hits Oklahoma so everything is not OK there today. Sad
|by Anonymous||reply 593||05/20/2013|
Where the wind comes sweeping down the plain.
|by Anonymous||reply 595||05/20/2013|
Boy- are attendees of tonite's benefit of The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me gonna be in for a shock when they see an old man in David Drake, rather than the pic of him from the original poster.
|by Anonymous||reply 596||05/20/2013|
Better hope Drake doesn't catch sight of himself in a mirror and start complaining about how the casting.
|by Anonymous||reply 597||05/20/2013|
If Joel Grey played Herr Schultz they'd be rooting for the Nazis to get him.
|by Anonymous||reply 598||05/20/2013|
MERRILY AROUND THE FORUM WITH GEORGE!
|by Anonymous||reply 599||05/20/2013|