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THEATRE GOSSIP #119: "BAUBLES, BRIDGES AND FISH - The Season's Upon Us" Edition

Kelli looks - out of place in the BRIDGES ad. How long till Elena Shaddow takes over?

Bobby Steggart - employed till the end of the season? Or will he make the leap to the McNally play mid-season?

I could write a sonnet - Easter Parade reborn? Top Hat bottoms in NY? Will this be the Berlin summit?

Helen Sinclair! Who will grab the coveted role? Patti's out - too old, or just not right? Mazzie? Isn't she too old, too? Can anyone meet our expectations?

An Ordinary Couple - forgotten gem, or the worst song Rodgers and Hammerstein ever wrote?

No Way to Stop it? Sean Hayes - the odds-makers have written off his new series. Will it free him up soon enough to be the definite Max (or the Baroness) opposite Carrie Undercooked?

Hot couple in Santa Fe - Brigitta and Mother Superior getting together?

The Bloom is off Orlando's rose - too old, everyone is screaming. Everyone will forget him when the new R*J movie comes out this fall.

Colin Donnell - everyone's favorite Broadway "big" boy - making the chorus boys and girls happy this summer? Not that he's killed off on Arrow - back to star on Broadway?

LOLITA MY LOVE! LOVE LIFE! LOVEMUSIK!

Please pass the hat for that poor little person ...

by Anonymousreply 60109/06/2013

Bless you, OP.

by Anonymousreply 208/26/2013

I always thought the FULL MONTY book was great - what are the messes?

by Anonymousreply 308/26/2013

How is it Norm Lewis is straight?

by Anonymousreply 408/26/2013

in Santa fe right now....help me

by Anonymousreply 608/26/2013

To answer a question from the previous thread - Zach Braff is playing the John Cusack role.

by Anonymousreply 708/26/2013

RE: Marin Mazzie - why must we continually have this boring slag foisted on us? Helen Sinclair requires an ACTRESS and we don't need to see her tits.

by Anonymousreply 808/26/2013

I think most people agree that "Chop Suey" is the worst Rodgers and Hammerstein song.

by Anonymousreply 908/26/2013

How about "Western People Funny"? Although all of Pacific Overtures sounds like that.

by Anonymousreply 1008/26/2013

The Big Monty had a pretty good run whenever. Is Broadway ready for a revival, even with revisions and new Mitchel direction? Hmmm... $10 million minimum? Palace Theater?

by Anonymousreply 1108/26/2013

Nah, it's gotta be something from State Fair that get's the "worst R&H song" prize. What's the one that's sung to a pig?

by Anonymousreply 1208/26/2013

I resent that r12!

by Anonymousreply 1308/26/2013

And when will they announce the dimming of Broadway lights for Julie Harris? If ever anyone ever deserved the honor Ms. Harris certainly does.

by Anonymousreply 1408/26/2013

Sherie Rene Scott is misunderstood

by Anonymousreply 1508/26/2013

Of course, Sherie is misunderstood. She basically can't explain herself or her, er, art.

by Anonymousreply 1608/26/2013

Sherie for Helen Sinclair!

by Anonymousreply 1708/26/2013

Also from the previous thread: upstate NY guy (and others) with the 10-article limit on the Times: if you're using Chrome, and go in under "incognito" (the three lines at the upper right of the browser, you can read as many articles as you want.

by Anonymousreply 1808/26/2013

The critics are going to tear "Romeo and Juliet" to shreds.

Ditch the fucking motorcycles!!!!!

by Anonymousreply 1908/26/2013

OP-As long as they don't make another massive mistake and cast Randy Harrison in a role Bobby Steggart is perfect for.

by Anonymousreply 2008/26/2013

What will Leveaux change by Opening Night? The shower curtains?

by Anonymousreply 2108/26/2013

"Sweet Hog of Mine" - State Fair.

by Anonymousreply 2208/26/2013

Yup, that's the one.

by Anonymousreply 2308/26/2013

[quote]I always thought the FULL MONTY book was great - what are the messes?

THE FULL MONTY has a terrific book. If the KINKY BOOTS producers want to fix a deficient book, they should have someone come in and rewrite KINKY BOOTS.

by Anonymousreply 2408/26/2013

Silly goose!

Of course - ME for Helen Sinclair!

xoxo

by Anonymousreply 2508/26/2013

who has commented or confirmed Colin Donnell's size?

by Anonymousreply 2608/26/2013

I apologize for calling Marin a boring slag. She is perfectly adequate in her fach; I am so tired of paying $ to see adequate performers in dreck.

by Anonymousreply 2708/26/2013

I saw a workshop years ago of Easter Parade with Tommy Tune, Sandy Duncan and I think Ann Jillian. It stunk to high heaven.

by Anonymousreply 2808/26/2013

All British directors should be banned from Broadway. Their take on musicals is especially lame and insulting and Boring!!!!! They usually take all the joy out of a show. No wonder the Brits love Rob Ashford.

by Anonymousreply 2908/26/2013

You can't remember if it was Ann Jillian or not, R28? IT'S A LIVING fans everywhere just cried.

by Anonymousreply 3008/26/2013

The "sweet hog of mine" song, aka MORE THAN JUST A FRIEND, is from the 60s remake of STATE FAIR only. Its words and music are by Richard Rodgers; it is not the work of Rodgers and Hammerstein.

You bitches really ARE slipping.

by Anonymousreply 3108/26/2013

John Tiffany is, I believe, a Scott. His production of The Glass Menagerie is lyrical and beautiful.

by Anonymousreply 3208/26/2013

curious to see Glass Menagerie. I have heard such conflicting things from intelligent people. Makes me more interested in it.

by Anonymousreply 3308/26/2013

As in comes from Scotland? Or as in Scott Caan!

by Anonymousreply 3408/26/2013

"The Full Monty" is a show I can see on repeat. "Kinky Boots" is a show I never want to see again.

by Anonymousreply 3508/26/2013

Where are the new generation of theatre composers? Why is there no talent? Why are they all writing navel-gazing tripe? Why, oh why, oh why, oh??

Is musical theatre dead? Where is the talent? Can we blame corporatization of culture?

by Anonymousreply 3608/26/2013

R25 post-- that was NOT me!

by Anonymousreply 3708/26/2013

How's Rory's liver?

by Anonymousreply 3808/26/2013

Yes, The Full Monty has a strong book. But it's so low-rent and its score is pure cheeseball. Once was enough, thank you.

by Anonymousreply 3908/26/2013

If Jerry is gonna show full frontal, then maybe I would see it again.

by Anonymousreply 4008/26/2013

[quote]it's so low-rent

What the hell does that mean, your highness?

by Anonymousreply 4108/26/2013

Who should play Keno in the "Monty" reboot?

by Anonymousreply 4208/26/2013

I would pay to see Jerry Mitchell in THE FULL MONTY! I love younger men and to me he is very sexy!

by Anonymousreply 4308/26/2013

On what planet is Jerry Mitchell a "younger man?"

by Anonymousreply 4408/26/2013

tot he average DL poster

by Anonymousreply 4508/26/2013

Yippee

by Anonymousreply 4608/26/2013

Uup

by Anonymousreply 4708/26/2013

Get a load of R8, still slut-shaming Marin Mazzie for Passion almost 20 years ago.

by Anonymousreply 4808/26/2013

R28, it was not Ann Jillian, it was Rhonda Burchmore.

by Anonymousreply 4908/26/2013

Good Dirt

by Anonymousreply 5008/26/2013

Isnt she the babe that Tommy Tune went in front of Equity Council and cried.

Said NO ONE else could play the Ann Miller role.

Yeah right!

by Anonymousreply 5108/26/2013

Here's a lengthy interview with Rhonda Burchmore. She mentions Easter Parade and has some good stories about Mickey Rooney and Miss Ann Miller.

by Anonymousreply 5208/26/2013

Burchmore played the title role in The Drowsy Chaperone to Geoffrey Rush's Man in Chair.

by Anonymousreply 5308/26/2013

The book for Full Monty is not very funny and there are as many bad songs as good songs in it. It was the cast and Mitchell's best choreography to date that put it over.

Norm Lewis is not straight, don't get confused by his Cialis commercial.

by Anonymousreply 5408/26/2013

Tying two subjects together -- did Norm Lewis ever play "Horse" in TFM? Or is he too young?

by Anonymousreply 5508/26/2013

"The book for Full Monty is not very funny and there are as many bad songs as good songs in it. It was the cast and Mitchell's best choreography to date that put it over."

Have to disagree - I've seen audiences at regional productions laugh very hard and really enjoy it.

by Anonymousreply 5608/26/2013

If you're looking for the next hip hit that is not a very good play, go see Mr. Burns at PH. Sure, it has funny moments about the Simpsons, but there's no play there. It is AWFUL.

And why does fugly and lispy Mahar still gets work?

by Anonymousreply 5708/26/2013

I thought BUYER & CELLAR was pretty thin gruel, and I'm a huge Barbra fan.

Cute but unmemorable.

by Anonymousreply 5808/26/2013

Yes, R58, your word is gospel and so they've extended indefinitely.

by Anonymousreply 5908/26/2013

One is allowed to find popular things bad, r59.

by Anonymousreply 6008/26/2013

"Was Richard Haydn gay?"

I don't know, dahling. He never sucked my cock.

by Anonymousreply 6108/27/2013

"And when will they announce the dimming of Broadway lights for Julie Harris? If ever anyone ever deserved the honor Ms. Harris certainly does."

If you had been paying attention to recent deaths of Broadway notables and the timing of the subsequent dimming of the lights, you would have noticed that the dimming has usually not occurred within the first day or so after the person's death, but a few days after that -- presumably because it takes some time to coordinate these things, and probably even more so in this case because Miss Harris died on a weekend.

Are you implying that you fear the lights of Broadway may not be dimmed in tribute to Julie Harris?

by Anonymousreply 6208/27/2013

AN ORDINARY COUPLE has been known to cause stage 4 cancer.

by Anonymousreply 6308/27/2013

Exactly, r63. Hammerstein was dead less than a year after writing it. Larry Hagman thought that the daily exposure to "An Ordinary Couple" is what caused the tumor that killed his mother 30 years later.

by Anonymousreply 6408/27/2013

[quote]"Was Richard Haydn gay?

Everyone in the theatre is gay.

by Anonymousreply 6508/27/2013

R62. Dear Schoolmarm, aka Lady Patronize. I have been paying attention, you dumb twat.

by Anonymousreply 6608/27/2013

An Ordinary Couple is a lovely song (unless you think the score to Wicked and Avenue Q are the apex of theater music) R & H wrote a lot of lovely songs. Jerry Herman writes lovely songs- Marianne, To Be Alone With You, Ribbons Down My Back, Kiss Her Now, I Won't Send Roses. Does Sondheim write "lovely" ? Hmmm, he writes more "beautiful" - like Move On, Joanna, Not a Day Goes By - but lovely not so much.

by Anonymousreply 6808/27/2013

They really need to do a revival of the Antoinette Perry drama 'The Ladder'

It is SO long overdue for a revival.

by Anonymousreply 6908/27/2013

[quote]presumably because it takes some time to coordinate these things, and probably even more so in this case because Miss Harris died on a weekend.

Thoughtless CUNT.

by Anonymousreply 7008/27/2013

no you can only revive shows that have had major productions in the last 2-5 years

by Anonymousreply 7108/27/2013

I don't know, R62. I remember arriving in NYC the day that Merman died and the marquees went dark that night.

by Anonymousreply 7208/27/2013

Another Long Day's Journey, this one for Jessica Lang? Puh-leeze. That's four hours out of everyone's lives. I'll go only if she calls the maid Lana Banana. God knows what will happen when she gets set loose in Voodoo New Orleans on AHS this season.

by Anonymousreply 7308/27/2013

They should do a revival of Wicked. Y'know, get right out I front of the original production!

by Anonymousreply 7408/27/2013

"One is allowed to find popular things bad, [R59]."

But not one of the more clever original productions/performancs in recent years.

by Anonymousreply 7508/27/2013

"I don't know, [R62]. I remember arriving in NYC the day that Merman died and the marquees went dark that night."

Maybe back in the day they made it a point to dim the lights on the day of the person's death, but as I said, that hasn't been the case recently.

by Anonymousreply 7608/27/2013

R77-God bless those unions.

by Anonymousreply 7708/27/2013

[quote]But not one of the more clever original productions/performancs in recent years.

Good christ--no wonder NYC sucks so badly now. NO ART APPEALS TO EVERYONE. Insisting that other people approach it with a herd mentality is just the worst sort of suburban wannabe claptrap.

by Anonymousreply 7808/27/2013

Of course no "art" appeals to everyone, but a gay guy posting on this board is more likely to reject it because it is "popular" and appealing.

by Anonymousreply 7908/27/2013

"Hayes - the odds-makers have written off his new series."

Why? Because the central character is gay or becuase it's supposed to stink?

"As long as they don't make another massive mistake and cast Randy Harrison in a role Bobby Steggart is perfect for."

Someone here really has the knife out for Harrison (for no good reason), who I thought was very good in HARBOR. I generally find Steggert annoying as hell (still trying to forget THE MINISTER's WIFE).

by Anonymousreply 8008/27/2013

If you thought Randy Harrison was "very good" in HARBOR, I can understand why you don't like Bobby Steggert, who actually possesses acting talent.

by Anonymousreply 8108/27/2013

BTW, does Randy get naked in HARBOUR?

by Anonymousreply 8208/27/2013

An Ordinary Couple, much like The Best Night of My Life from Applause, sounds like they had half of a lyric and just improvised a shitty tune and didn't bother to go back and change it.

Lolita My Love revisal please!

by Anonymousreply 8308/27/2013

The last THREE Amoralists plays I went to DID NOT have their usual full frontal male nudity.

What's the deal Amoralists?

by Anonymousreply 8508/27/2013

Datalounge is acting strangely today. I've posted several things that haven't shown up.

by Anonymousreply 8608/27/2013

[quote] Where are the new generation of theatre composers? Why is there no talent? Why are they all writing navel-gazing tripe? Why, oh why, oh why, oh??

Um hello! What are we chopped liver?

by Anonymousreply 8708/27/2013

SO it has come to this. Egads. Musical theater is dead, deader, deadest.

Creating Musical Theatre: Conversations with Broadway Directors and Choreographers (Bloomsbury Methuen Drama - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition/eBook) By Lyn Cramer. Featuring Rob Ashford, Andy Blankenbuehler, Jeff Calhoun, Warren Carlyle, Christopher Gattelli, Kathleen Marshall, Jerry Mitchell, Casey Nicholaw, Randy Skinner, Susan Stroman, Sergio Trujillo, Anthony Van Laast. Foreword by Kelli O'Hara. 320 pages.

by Anonymousreply 8808/27/2013

Could the "Artwork" on the marquee for Bridges Of Madison County be any more boring and uncreative? They could have at least drawn a bridge or 2 faces - or Something.

by Anonymousreply 8908/27/2013

Is it maybe time for Carol Channing to curtail the public appearances? She looks ancient and confused in the photos from Fire Island. Someone I know told me she's blind and can't see a thing.

by Anonymousreply 9008/27/2013

"Kelli looks - out of place in the BRIDGES ad. How long till Elena Shaddow takes over?"

I'll reserve judgement until I've seen O'Hara, but frankly she's about as much like an immigrant from Naples, Italy as Doris Day.

Shaddow was very good, but not quite transcendant enough for Broadway, at least when I saw her in Williamstown. Still, she could grow into the role and deliver. She certainly sang it very well. And Pasquale was excellent.

by Anonymousreply 9108/27/2013

"If you thought Randy Harrison was "very good" in HARBOR, I can understand why you don't like Bobby Steggert, who actually possesses acting talent."

Not sure where the Harrison hate comes from, but that sentence makes no sense. If Steggert is so much better, then you'd expect the Harrison fan to think Steggert was another Ian McKellan.

by Anonymousreply 9208/27/2013

[quote]"Hayes - the odds-makers have written off his new series

Link please, or is it just something "you know"?

by Anonymousreply 9408/27/2013

[quote] If Steggert is so much better, then you'd expect the Harrison fan to think Steggert was another Ian McKellan.

You're not considering that the poster wants to fuck Harrison, but perhaps not Steggert.

by Anonymousreply 9508/27/2013

What are the chorus boys doing?

by Anonymousreply 9608/27/2013

[quote]Um hello! What are we chopped liver?

We wish. Chopped liver actually has a flavor.

by Anonymousreply 9708/27/2013

R59 can go fuck off - If someone has an opinion of a show they should be allowed to post it. R59 is one of those people who rabidly follows theater threads yet never actually goes to the theater.

by Anonymousreply 9808/27/2013

August 28th at 7:45 PM - dimming the lightsfor Julie Harris

by Anonymousreply 9908/27/2013

Link, bitches.

by Anonymousreply 10008/27/2013

Only one minute??

by Anonymousreply 10108/27/2013

"Not sure where the Harrison hate comes from, but that sentence makes no sense. If Steggert is so much better, then you'd expect the Harrison fan to think Steggert was another Ian McKellan."

What I meant was that if the "Harrison fan" thinks Harrison was "very good" in HARBOR, said fan has no taste when it comes to acting ability -- hence his dislike of Bobby Steggert, who has a great deal of talent as an actor.

P.S. The Harrison "hate" comes from nowhere other than my experience of his performance in HARBOR. I've only seen a few clips of him in QUEER AS FOLK, so he was pretty much an unknown commodity to me before I saw him in this play.

by Anonymousreply 10208/27/2013

[quote] I've only seen a few clips of him in QUEER AS FOLK

One of them was the rimming scene, right?

by Anonymousreply 10308/27/2013

"Harrison...........who I thought was very good in HARBOR. "

So how was HARBOR? Is it worth seeing? I know I can get discount tickets for it, but I am more concerned about whether or not it is worth my time.

by Anonymousreply 10408/27/2013

How is the selection at TDF these days?

by Anonymousreply 10508/27/2013

Why does anyone want to revive The Full Monty? It was just an ok show the first time around, who would want to pay $150 to revisit that in today's climate? Just because trashy stripper choreography is all Jerry Mitchell is good at doesn't mean we need another production to showcase it.

by Anonymousreply 10608/27/2013

The reason they dimmed the lights immediately for Ethel Merman is THEY WERE ALL SCARED TO DEATH SHE'D GET MAD AND COME BACK.

Nobody's worried about having to propitiate Julie Harris. But just wait till Patti LuPone goes. The entire island of Manhattan will be blacked out for five days.

by Anonymousreply 10708/27/2013

AND I'M STILL WAITING FOR THE NAKED MICHAEL ARDEN PHOTOS!!!

by Anonymousreply 10808/27/2013

Re Sean Hayes' TV show, go find it yourself. It was either Entertainment Weekly or Yahoo Entertainment news. This guy was a. Vegas oddmaker who has a high "prediction" record for new TV shows. He ranked them all, but they only listed he top five (the only one I recall was the Once Upon a Time spin-off) and the bottom five (Sean Saves the World was in the middle of if). His reasoning on Sean Saves the World didn't have anything to do with the gay angle.

by Anonymousreply 10908/27/2013

Those Michael Arden pictures do not exist. Stop obsessing about them because it just makes you sound like a loser.

by Anonymousreply 11008/27/2013

76/80: I'm glad you loved it. I wanted to. I'm a huge Streisand fan. And the premise (And "My Passion For Design") is comedy gold. But I "rejected" it not because it is "popular and appealing", but because I expected a lot more to it. The show came across to me as a cute Streisand queen fantasy, no more, no less.

The best part was the James Brolin bit.

by Anonymousreply 11108/27/2013

I love the pig song in State Fair. My father was a farmer, and he thought it was the funniest thing.

by Anonymousreply 11208/27/2013

pig! pig! blood ! blood!

by Anonymousreply 11308/27/2013

You want pig songs? Check out the British musical "Betty Blue Eyes."

by Anonymousreply 11408/28/2013

Channing has had lousy eyesight for decades. That's why she once fell of the Dolly stage.

by Anonymousreply 11508/28/2013

[quote]You want pig songs? Check out the British musical "Betty Blue Eyes."

Cute show. Saw the production at Music Theatre of Wichita last month. It was the american premiere.

by Anonymousreply 11608/28/2013

How many of you boys saw me in my starring role in the Broadway company of DESTRY RIDES AGAIN?

by Anonymousreply 11708/28/2013

[quote]Sean Hayes' TV show, go find it yourself. It was either Entertainment Weekly or Yahoo Entertainment news. This guy was a. Vegas oddmaker who has a high "prediction" record for new TV shows. He ranked them all, but they only listed he top five

I don't have to go find it myself, you're the one who claimed OddmakerS plural doomed the show, now it's just one guy. Ok then. We'll inform NBC to just scrap the whole thing before they start. Thanks!

by Anonymousreply 11808/28/2013

Will Cinderella make it past the New Year? Its capacity is already down to just 70%.

Maybe Vicky won't have to return.

by Anonymousreply 11908/28/2013

r118

Scram, impersonator. Or I'll sic Barbara on you.

by Anonymousreply 12008/28/2013

[quote] Those Michael Arden pictures do not exist.

Um, yes they do.

by Anonymousreply 12108/28/2013

So, who are the likely contenders for the title role in The Drowsy Chaperone movie? Might fellow Aussie Toni Collette finally get that elusive movie musical role opposite Geoffrey Rush?

by Anonymousreply 12208/28/2013

[121] It's Barbra you fake queen!!! Turn in your caftan and earrings immediately!!!!!!!!

by Anonymousreply 12308/28/2013

Jen Cody as Columbia in Hunter Foster directed Rocky Horror at Bucks County Playhouse with Will Swenson as Dr. Frank-N-Furter!

by Anonymousreply 12408/28/2013

[quote]Might fellow Aussie Toni Collette finally get that elusive movie musical role opposite Geoffrey Rush?

She's committed to a TV show.

by Anonymousreply 12508/28/2013

I saw Maksim Chmerkovskiy at The Helena on West 57th Street talking on the phone in the lobby. He's really big....and HOT. I love him so much.

by Anonymousreply 12608/28/2013

Chmerkovskiy is 6'2" and only 33 years old. I thought he was older.

by Anonymousreply 12708/28/2013

Maks has a magnificent ass. His face is almost as handsome.

by Anonymousreply 12808/28/2013

Does anyone think that Catherine O'Hara would consider replacing Andrea Martin in Pippin? She'd be a hoot!

by Anonymousreply 13008/28/2013

[quote] Jen Cody as Columbia in Hunter Foster directed Rocky Horror at Bucks County Playhouse with Will Swenson as Dr. Frank-N-Furter!

Should I be worried about all of the drag roles recently?

by Anonymousreply 13108/28/2013

[quote] She's committed to a TV show.

Looks dreadful.

by Anonymousreply 13208/28/2013

I saw Betty Buckley in The Old Friends tonight. Perfect part for her: she's fat, drunk, yells a lot, and throws things.

by Anonymousreply 13308/28/2013

[quote]I saw Betty Buckley in The Old Friends tonight. Perfect part for her: she's fat, drunk, yells a lot, and throws things.

and that was just during intermission!!

by Anonymousreply 13408/28/2013

She's playing the role like she's in a Tennesse Williams play. A little more Horton Foote mannerisms and the role could be be juicy fun. Now, it's just campy excess.

by Anonymousreply 13508/29/2013

[quote]Now, it's just campy excess.

We know all about her campy excess.

by Anonymousreply 13608/29/2013

I guess no critic bothered to re-re-review Annie after they re-reviewed it for Jane Lynch.

This does not say much for their appreciation of Faith Prince, once a critics' darling.

by Anonymousreply 13708/29/2013

Have any other productions ever been reviewed three times in less than a year, r138? Unless that has happened before, I don't think the lack of a third review says anything about the critics' appreciation of Faith Prince.

by Anonymousreply 13808/29/2013

Re review Annie for a non star replacement in a supporting role??? Why bother. This pos is certain to close in December. Amazing it lasted this long.

by Anonymousreply 13908/29/2013

Nick Cearley as Brad, Lauren Molina as Janet - AKA The Skivvies. No imagination in that casting at all.

Nick has a good body but put a bag over his face, please...

by Anonymousreply 14008/29/2013

r138, what Lynch reviews did you see?

Producers probably don't want critics taking another shot at their ill conceived production

by Anonymousreply 14108/29/2013

I want Encores to do DRAT THE CAT. Rob McClure and Laura Benanti, and as their mothers Anita Gillette and Linda Lavin, respectively.

Hmmm. Is Benanti too old? Not right?? If so, who???

Anyway, a wonderfully silly show with a top notch score that needs to be heard again.

by Anonymousreply 14208/29/2013

[quote]I want Encores to do DRAT THE CAT. Rob McClure and Laura Benanti, and as their mothers Anita Gillette and Linda Lavin, respectively

So,do they have a website? Write them and give them the suggestion. You'll never get what you want if the powers that be don't know about it. Go for it.

by Anonymousreply 14308/29/2013

Drat the Cat sounds better on the bootleg CD from the original than it does on that awful studio cast recording.

Laura Benanti is WAY too old. If they were really going to do it - and I doubt they will - they'd be better off casting someone young and fresh and surrounding her with "name" character people.

by Anonymousreply 14408/29/2013

Suttbot would be great in Drat!

And I can also see Laura O.

Or AKB

by Anonymousreply 14508/29/2013

there's a part for a midget?

by Anonymousreply 14608/29/2013

Sutton's even older than Benanti. TOO OLD!

Osnes is more in the age range, but she's too uninteresting.

by Anonymousreply 14708/29/2013

All I want Linda Lavin to do is retire and never show her ugly untalented self again. She's also a real live rude bitch.

by Anonymousreply 14808/29/2013

r149 = Polly Holliday

by Anonymousreply 14908/29/2013

[R141] put a bag on Molina's face too. Butt ugly, horrible voice. As for these Skivvies, they give me the skeevies. Why would gay theater queens who go see these nobodies want to see a chick naked? especially one as ugly as her.

by Anonymousreply 15008/29/2013

[150] can kiss mah grits

by Anonymousreply 15108/29/2013

Lindsey Mendez is a hippo

by Anonymousreply 15208/29/2013

the proof Lindsey Mendez is a hippo

by Anonymousreply 15308/29/2013

"Anyway, a wonderfully silly show with a top notch score that needs to be heard again."

It was, produced two years ago by Opening Doors at the Duplex. And considering that 10 people shared a postage stamp-sized space with a grand piano, it was very cleverly staged and performed.

by Anonymousreply 15408/29/2013

Guess who auditioned for Barbra Streisand and Stephen Sondheim?

Hint: There was lots of Applause.

by Anonymousreply 15508/29/2013

Part of me is hoping Lauren Bacall auditioned for Miss Mazeppa, R156.

by Anonymousreply 15608/29/2013

Lauren Bacall almost won an Oscar by being directed by Babs.

by Anonymousreply 15708/29/2013

Will Bacall play Louise?

by Anonymousreply 15808/29/2013

It's not Lauren Bacall.

Guess again.

by Anonymousreply 15908/29/2013

Penny Fuller? Len Cariou?

by Anonymousreply 16008/29/2013

Well, it can't be Bonnie Franklin from the grave. How about Penny Fuller?

by Anonymousreply 16108/29/2013

I'm pretty, Mama!

by Anonymousreply 16208/29/2013

Christine Ebersole?

by Anonymousreply 16308/29/2013

Erin Davey?

by Anonymousreply 16408/29/2013

Applause = Gaga?????

by Anonymousreply 16508/29/2013

It's that Ebersole woman. She played Margo Channing in a really bad Encores production of APPLAUSE

by Anonymousreply 16608/29/2013

That's what I was thinking, too, R166.

by Anonymousreply 16708/29/2013

This is old news. It was reported months ago that Streisand wanted Gaga for Louise. Bad move I think. It's way better than Lea Michele for sure, but people are over Gaga and it might hurt Streisand. I would cast an unknown. A surprise. We already know Gaga can do sex. Her strip won't be shocking. In fact compared to her career, let me entertain you, will seem lame to the monsters.

by Anonymousreply 16808/29/2013

Yes, but the monsters aren't the audience for Gypsy. But putting Gaga in it would get them to shell out the $$ to see it.

by Anonymousreply 16908/29/2013

I was no great beauty, but I sure didn't look like that dog!

by Anonymousreply 17008/29/2013

[quote] Is it maybe time for Carol Channing to curtail the public appearances? She looks ancient and confused in the photos from Fire Island. Someone I know told me she's blind and can't see a thing.

She's blind AND can't see a thing? Oh dear.

And r111- the Michael Arden pics do exist. I've seen them.

by Anonymousreply 17108/29/2013

and Barbra would have been 43 when she birthed GAGA so it is biologically possible!!!

by Anonymousreply 17208/29/2013

Streisand has been taking meetings with CGI pros to discuss the possible ways to "de-age" her for Gypsy.

I'm not sure CGI has reached the stage where such a feat can be accomplished.

by Anonymousreply 17308/29/2013

R172, please describe the Michael Arden pics for us. Is he performing fellatio or ... anything else?

by Anonymousreply 17408/29/2013

Barbra really only looks about 57 or so. I hate her!!!

by Anonymousreply 17508/29/2013

Audra McDonald IS Gypsy.

by Anonymousreply 17608/29/2013

Does Babs have a director in mind? (other than herself of course)

by Anonymousreply 17708/29/2013

Barbara and Gaga both have OCD. This could be epic! Like Davis/Crawford epic!!

by Anonymousreply 17808/29/2013

Lena Dunham for Louise! Then they can save money because they won't need a cow costume.

by Anonymousreply 17908/30/2013

Barbra's father to be played by=ummm....ummmm...ummmm hello SAG could you send over a list of all actor's over 90 please?

by Anonymousreply 18008/30/2013

Mandy Patinkin will be Herbie.

Laura Benanti will be Louise.

Barbara Sharma will be Dainty June.

Eli Wallach will cameo as Rose's father.

Elaine Etritch will play Miss Cratchit.

In a casting coup, Patti LuPone, Bernadette Peters and Tyne Daly will play the three strippers.

by Anonymousreply 18108/30/2013

[quote] In a casting coup, Patti LuPone, Bernadette Peters and Tyne Daly will play the three strippers.

Ahem.

by Anonymousreply 18208/30/2013

I love Barbara Sharma!!!

by Anonymousreply 18308/30/2013

[quote] It's that Ebersole woman.

Queen of overratedness!

by Anonymousreply 18408/30/2013

Speaking of McDonald and her ilk, has Rose ever been played by a soprano?

by Anonymousreply 18508/30/2013

"SAG could you send over a list of all actor's over 90 please?"

"We give up." -- signed, The Grammar Police.

P.S. Even if it's true that Barbra only looks about 57, which is debatable, that's still too old for a woman whose children are pre-teenagers at the start of the story.

by Anonymousreply 18608/30/2013

Gaga would actually be an inspired choice. She dances well enough, and she's got a good voice. I don't know if she can act, but, considering that her whole persona is put on, I suspect she can. Does Babs really need to play Mama Rose?!? It just feels so wrong. She's too old. Too self-contained. Too, I don't know, Jewish?!? I never got a Jewish vibe from any other Mama Rose, and it might shift the dynamics of the relationship a little.

by Anonymousreply 18708/30/2013

GaGa's not pretty enough to play Louise. There has to be a light under the bushel in order to actually hide it. She totally lacks the required vulnerability as well.

by Anonymousreply 18808/30/2013

The "vulnerable" Louise of Gypsy is nothing like the real Gypsy Rose Lee, even before she became Gypsy.

by Anonymousreply 18908/30/2013

I think Katy Perry would make a better Louise, and let Gaga play Dainty June - onstage sweet, but offstage a toilet mouth, the way Arthur Laurents directed it in the LuPone revival.

by Anonymousreply 19008/30/2013

Isn't Dainty June supposed to be pretty, r191?

by Anonymousreply 19108/30/2013

Let's cast the next revival of Follies. Koch Theater, NYC, 2015.

by Anonymousreply 19208/30/2013

Was June Havoc pretty? Maybe from a distance - a LOOOOOONG distance.

by Anonymousreply 19308/30/2013

Jesse Mueller for Drat! The Cat!

by Anonymousreply 19408/30/2013

Chris Sieber is filling in for the (MUCH older) Terrence Mann while Terrence is away. Those hot chorus boys better keep their dressing room door shut!

Who's taking over when Andrea Martin leaves in September? I hear the Weissler told Tovah she wasn't good enough in the role...

by Anonymousreply 19508/30/2013

Why doesn't Streisand campaign to do Follies instead of Gypsy? I think she could pull off Phyllis. I know many will disagree, but she has that regal thing going and I can hear her "Could I Leave You" and "Lucy and Jessie" easily. She could be glamorous and sexy like she thinks she is.

It's never been done on film and she could own the role. She'll never own Rose, never.

Besides think of the other stars that would come on board that still have the right "old Hollywood" connections. It could be a great film.

Ben - Warren Beatty Sally - Sally Field or Bernadette Peters Buddy - Steve Martin Carlotta - Liza Stella - MacLaine Hattie - Lansbury Heidi - Andrews Whitmans - Chita and Dick Van Dyke

I'd even be okay with that beast Lea Michele playing her younger self.

If the main 4 seem too old, set it in '79. New York was still a shit hole and theaters were certainly still coming down.

This is the one musical film that needs to get done. If they wait any longer we'll get Chenowith and Kidman or some other nightmare cast with no Hollywood or Broadway pedigrees. Takes the realism out of the piece.

Also didn't she learn anything about the danger of age inappropriate roles? Hello Dolly ring a bell Babs?

by Anonymousreply 19608/30/2013

Jessie Mueller needs to stick to period pieces where her enormous ass and thighs can be hidden under long skirts.

Lets hope the designers of the Carole King show keep her in granny dresses and avoid blue jeans.

by Anonymousreply 19708/30/2013

If Denzel Washington can play Walter Lee Younger, I can play Rose!

by Anonymousreply 19808/30/2013

"Why doesn't Streisand campaign to do Follies instead of Gypsy? I think she could pull off Phyllis."

Oh, fer cryin' out loud! FOLLIES doesn't make any sense if the four main characters look like they're any older than 50 at most. Maybe Streisand could play Hattie ("Broadway Baby"), but that's about it.

by Anonymousreply 19908/30/2013

R197 God, that casting made me throw up a little in my mouth.

by Anonymousreply 20008/30/2013

I know the FOLLIES queens will hate this, but...

I love the score. I love some of the performances, in the original and various revivals. And I have most of the recordings.

But it will never be a movie. You could not possibly explain to contemporary movie audiences who these people are, or the theatrical tradition they were part of. Unless the movie was 6 hours long.

And no one would see it anyway.

by Anonymousreply 20108/30/2013

The movie should have been done in the 70's and that was the plan.. Alice Faye, Ruby Keeler, Jane Powell, Ann Miller were mentioned for some of the roles.. and the setting was going to be a movie studio that was being sold and torn down, not a theatre.

by Anonymousreply 20208/30/2013

I knew I could swing it from Gypsy to Follies and the Follies girls would wake up!!!!

by Anonymousreply 20308/30/2013

R196. Poor Fran doesn't even know who Tovah is let alone whether she's any good. She still thoughtit was Andrea the night she went.

by Anonymousreply 20408/30/2013

well, the shows been running 6 months already so time to bring in some Weissler star power--JILL ZARIN for Berthe (and of course only sign her for 5 weeks)

by Anonymousreply 20508/30/2013

Is Terry vacationing without Charlotte? Or will the u/s's share Charlotte's role? How about having Christina Applegate fill in for Charlotte for a change?

by Anonymousreply 20608/30/2013

Whatever happened to Belle Callaway? She was an amazing Roxie but disappeared after she left Chicago a few years ago.

by Anonymousreply 20708/30/2013

Streisand tried to get Gypsy made in the 1980s with Madonna as Louise. Madonna wanted to do it, but Jules Styne was pissed off at Barbra over something and refused to give his permission.

Sondheim, BTW, is the one who insisted that Gaga audition for the role. He favors actors, rather than singers, for the screen versions of his musicals. You'd think he'd learned by now that actors, with limited singing ability, rarely do well in musicals. Sondheim has turned into quite the bitter bitch lately.

by Anonymousreply 20808/30/2013

R209 Lately?

by Anonymousreply 20908/30/2013

God, what could Barbra possibly have done that would have pissed Jule Styne off so much that he decided his grudge was worth more than the big money he would have taken in from a Streisand-Madonna feature film GYPSY in the '80s?

It seems like there would barely even be any reason for their lives to be overlapping at that point, except maybe for THE BROADWAY ALBUM - did he think she owed it to him to include some of his songs on it or something?

by Anonymousreply 21008/30/2013

Styne had a rep as one of the nicer, more "take as it comes" theatre writers. He must have really hated Madge.

by Anonymousreply 21108/30/2013

[quote] You could not possibly explain to contemporary movie audiences who these people are, or the theatrical tradition they were part of.

Eh... Beautiful Girls and Waiting For The Girls do just that.

by Anonymousreply 21208/30/2013

If Follies was made in the 70s as planned, it would have had Shirley MacLaine as Sally opposite Elizabeth Taylor as Phyllis. Sally's songs would have been butchered.

It's a shame they didn't do a "Liza With A Z"-style filming of the original production, complete with grainy film stock.

by Anonymousreply 21308/30/2013

[quote]It's never been done on film and she could own the role.

Bitch, please. Been there, owned that.

by Anonymousreply 21408/30/2013

[R201] After thinking about it you are right, my Follies casting ideas are a bit gross. I concede.

[R202} Also concede to you, it's better off not being made. It's too complex and needs to be seen on a stage in real time. Perhaps it is even too of it's time to be done on stage anymore. The recent revival definitely missed something, though it came closer to being great than other productions I've seen.

So what's a mega star in her 70's to do? Get some pals to write an iconic role for her?

She should probably retire...

by Anonymousreply 21508/30/2013

[quote]So what's a mega star in her 70's to do?

Retire for good and stop bothering us with ludicrous ideas for starring roles for her.

Or, if she really MUST still be in the spotlight, take a job on a sitcom as someone's funny grandmother.

by Anonymousreply 21608/30/2013

I think "Road Trip" proved that the audience no longer has an appetite for Ms. Streisand's antics.

by Anonymousreply 21708/30/2013

She should do 70, Girls, 70!

by Anonymousreply 21808/30/2013

R217. Oh yeah. You mean like Ellen Barkin? And look what happened to her. She got fired.

by Anonymousreply 21908/30/2013

Did anyone see Tovah in PIPPIN? I would much prefer to see Linda Lavin.

by Anonymousreply 22008/30/2013

r216, the problem with Follies is that it requires a tremendous budget for set/costume design and orchestra. Tatty sets and Pepto-Bismo-pink, bisected hula hoops do not this show make. Unless the Loveland sequence astonishes with its excess, the show's metaphor of the disillusionment of the American Dream fails to register. The audience needs to know what it had in order to appreciate what's been lost.

by Anonymousreply 22108/30/2013

I can't imagine it without Andrea Martin.

by Anonymousreply 22208/30/2013

Is Martin unhappy in the show? Why leave such a big hit?

by Anonymousreply 22308/30/2013

[quote] the problem with Follies is that it requires a tremendous budget for set/costume design and orchestra.

If a show is good it could play in a black box theater with no sets or costumes.

by Anonymousreply 22408/30/2013

That is academic nonsense, r225. Shows are conceived with certain scenic expectations in mind, in addition to their dramaturgical strengths. Would you tolerate a Wagner's Ring Cycle without a vision of Valhalla or the Rainbow Bridge? Or Carousel without a carousel? I didn't think so. In the best of productions, design and meaning are inextricably linked.

by Anonymousreply 22508/30/2013

Martina's leaving be ause she got a TV series that films in Toronto. That's why she was off for a month, shooting the pilot.

by Anonymousreply 22608/30/2013

Loveland was cleverly done in the last revival. They came up with something simple and cheap that looked lush, as opposed to the 2001 revival.

Of course, the horrors of Eric Schaeffer were still there, but they did do a decent Loveland.

by Anonymousreply 22708/30/2013

Andrea's pretty fit. And she likes to work. But she's 66. The TV job is probably just less exhausting than 8 shows a week.

by Anonymousreply 22808/31/2013

PIPPIN was on TKTS last night at 40% off - I was really surprised, the theater is not that big and it was supposed to be THE hot ticket. WTF happened?

by Anonymousreply 22908/31/2013

[quote] I never got a Jewish vibe from any other Mama Rose

Seriously?

by Anonymousreply 23008/31/2013

probably the end of August lull r230

by Anonymousreply 23108/31/2013

Motown and Kinky Boots were not on there R232 - it was previously up a month ago at 20% off. It should not be hitting TKTS at all.

by Anonymousreply 23208/31/2013

We never had August slumps in my day. If you were a hit, you were a HIT, and forget that "40%" crap.

by Anonymousreply 23308/31/2013

I can't believe First Date is still running. How?

by Anonymousreply 23408/31/2013

Ugh..

The Arden photos are of him just having ejaculated on himself.

There is no SAG anymore. It's called SAG-AFTRA now.

And the Streisand-Rogen movie, which I enjoyed, was called "The Guilt Trip.". Not "Road Trip.

by Anonymousreply 23508/31/2013

...and soon, something great will hit Broadway once again.

by Anonymousreply 23608/31/2013

Not everyone knows PIPPIN, so the name recognition isn't huge. And it has no stars. Of course, neither do Kinky Boots or Matilda . . . so one never knows, do one?

by Anonymousreply 23708/31/2013

We know, r237, Christopher Sieber is filling in for Terrence Mann while he's on vacation, and it's semi-skinny Chris and not semi-obese Chris.

by Anonymousreply 23808/31/2013

[quote]Martina's leaving beause she got a TV series that films in Toronto. That's why she was off for a month, shooting the pilot.

Gee, how prestigious. Going from a Tony Award winning Broadway show to a sitcom in Toronto. She must need the money.

[quote]] Christopher Sieber is filling in for Terrence Mann while he's on vacation, and it's semi-skinny Chris and not semi-obese Chris.

So who's subbing for his wife or is he going on vacation alone?

by Anonymousreply 23908/31/2013

r228: I thought "Loveland" looked like a giant hot-pink vagina. Which may have been the intention.

by Anonymousreply 24008/31/2013

and r241 that proves just how familiar you are with the appearance of vaginas

by Anonymousreply 24108/31/2013

LOL R234 I love you!

by Anonymousreply 24208/31/2013

on Barry's list to replace Andrea Martin: Snooki, Lindsay Lohan, Kris Jenner, the Cronut, Edward Snowden, Miley...

by Anonymousreply 24308/31/2013

What about Christie Brinkley?

by Anonymousreply 24408/31/2013

On Fran's list: Julie Harris, Regina Resnik, Bea Arthur, Rue, Estelle, Betty....Oh she is?????

by Anonymousreply 24508/31/2013

I kinda get a kick out of how Christie Brinkley has given people the impression she's a theAt-ah star when, actually, she can't sing, can't dance, was notorious for calling for line in Chicago....but, everyone agrees, she's really nice.

by Anonymousreply 24608/31/2013

"Loveland was cleverly done in the last revival. They came up with something simple and cheap that looked lush, as opposed to the 2001 revival.

"Of course, the horrors of Eric Schaeffer were still there."

Right on both counts ;-)

by Anonymousreply 24708/31/2013

Bebe Neuwirth recorded Lucy & Jessie for her new album. I bet she was fuming that Schaeffer was heading that major revival.

by Anonymousreply 24808/31/2013

Terrence Mann's understudies in Pippin are too young. So in Andrea Martin's. It's better to bring someone age appropriate in if the performer is going to be out for a while rather than put age makeup on a standby.

by Anonymousreply 24908/31/2013

Perfect casting - Chris Seiber now only plays kings, princes, lords, and knights.

Triumph of Love, Into the Woods, Spamalot, Shrek, etc.

by Anonymousreply 25008/31/2013

Is Seiber still... a little hefty? I think the only 6-pack he'll ever see again is Coors Light.

He's got a big talent, anyway.

by Anonymousreply 25108/31/2013

could they seriously have hired Tovah to play 12 performances-without guaranteeing her the replacement?

by Anonymousreply 25208/31/2013

Seiber went to some kind of fitness camp and dropped some weight. But he'll never be skinny - and he shouldn't. He's got a big frame (!) and looks better with some meat on it. Or in it. Either way.

The King is a good role for him. And, let's face it, it's either that or Billy Flynn in Chicago for the 2000th time.

by Anonymousreply 25308/31/2013

oh shut the fck about about Follies already

by Anonymousreply 25408/31/2013

r255 feels no production will ever equal the original. Thank you for your input r255

Chris Sieber for Phyllis!

by Anonymousreply 25508/31/2013

That "set" for Loveland in the last Follies revival was nothing more than a screen projection of roses.

That's an artless solution. Though it probably cost the production about $149.

by Anonymousreply 25608/31/2013

It looked pretty good.

And it doesn't say much for Follies if it lives or dies based on the Loveland set.

The Pepto Bismol one for the Bumping Blythe Danner revival was atrocious, though.

by Anonymousreply 25708/31/2013

No, R257, it was NOT a screen projection. You obviously don't know what the hell you're talking about.

P.S. I'm glad at least some people here know how to spell Chris Sieber's last name correctly.

by Anonymousreply 25808/31/2013

Well r259, it looked like nothing more than a screen projection so what difference does it make?

by Anonymousreply 25908/31/2013

Let's end the Follies shit now with one last word: That last production SUCKED BIG TIME! Everyone in it sucked!

by Anonymousreply 26008/31/2013

r261

I won a Tony!

by Anonymousreply 26108/31/2013

OK. Time to put the Follies loonies back in Shady Pines. They've done enough cackling for today. For supper: mashed potatoes. "No throwing, please, girls."

by Anonymousreply 26208/31/2013

Not so, r261. Danny Burstein was terrific, and Jan Maxwell had a couple of good moments.

Anditwasway better than the 2001 revival,, which was like a giant pink turd that Matthew Warchus had laid upon the Belasco stage.

by Anonymousreply 26308/31/2013

Please don't poke the Sondheimites. They're nutz.

by Anonymousreply 26408/31/2013

So who's replacing Andrea Martin? It ain't Tovah. Lavin's in LA doing the Sean Hayes sitcom. And Jayne Howdyy'all is too fat for the high wire act.

It needs to be a Broadway name of a certain age...

Can it be a black woman? Where's Lillias White these days? Or would Patina have a shitfit if another black woman stole her thunder?

by Anonymousreply 26508/31/2013

And I've tasted 'em

by Anonymousreply 26608/31/2013

Betty White, of course.

by Anonymousreply 26708/31/2013

They already made a film of Follies. It's called The Turning Point! Mostly.

by Anonymousreply 26808/31/2013

No, it'sh calledsh That'sh Enshertainmentsh!

by Anonymousreply 26908/31/2013

Leslie Uggams for Berthe in PIPPIN!

by Anonymousreply 27008/31/2013

No, you did NOT win, Jayne at R262. Nomination only.

by Anonymousreply 27108/31/2013

Jessica Walter IS Berthe!

by Anonymousreply 27208/31/2013

Karen Morrow should be Berthe!

by Anonymousreply 27308/31/2013

[quote] Can it be a black woman? Where's Lillias White these days?

What about Terri White?

by Anonymousreply 27408/31/2013

Honey, the only way it's not going to be Tovah is because she decided after the fill in that she didn't want to do it. Obviously it's tough to do with Martin running back to Canada as soon as she could.

by Anonymousreply 27508/31/2013

WHET Preshy Marker?

by Anonymousreply 27608/31/2013

Dear God but the Romeo and Juliet with Condola Rashad and Orlando Bloom is dreadful.

The set, with the balcony yet another one of those metal scaffolds belonging at a construction site.

Thee mugging of Jayne Houdyshell - who bizarrely comes walking in with a bicycle when she CLEARLY has not been on a bike in decades.

The truly passionless performance of Orlando Bloom.

Condola is much better and she had her moments, but never seemed vulnerable enough for Juliet.

The worst is the incoherence of the American actors mumbling Shakespeare's flowery dialogue.

by Anonymousreply 27708/31/2013

Orlando Bloom may be the most talentless Brit actor at his level of fame.

by Anonymousreply 27808/31/2013

Thank God you said "Brit"

by Anonymousreply 27908/31/2013

Is Liam much worse than Chris?

by Anonymousreply 28008/31/2013

Someone whose birthday's tomorrow was in talks to play Berthe in the tour.

by Anonymousreply 28108/31/2013

r282

Rachel York?

by Anonymousreply 28208/31/2013

R24,

Amen. Those producers should keep the hands off the FULL MONTY book and turn their attention to the relative travesty that is Act Two of KINKY BOOTS. The show succeeds thanks to the goodwill from the first half and despite some shamefully bad writing detours in the second.

THE FULL MONTY, on the other hand, is pretty damn tight, and a far better show. Had I been a Tony voter that year, I would have easily given my vote to that show instead of THE PRODUCERS, which, heretical it may be to say, I found vastly overrated.

R63,

I love you.

R89,

I weep with you.

Anyone else see MR. BURNS? OLD FRIENDS?

by Anonymousreply 28308/31/2013

'American actors mumbling Shakespeare' Oh darling, a truer thing has never been said, in all these Theatre Threads in All These Years! Their rhythms are all wrong, their emphasis on the wrong words or phrases, their fear of enunciating in case they are accused of not being "real" enough, their inability to let Shakespeare's words do the work for them.

by Anonymousreply 28408/31/2013

Please God, not Lillias White or Terri White!!

by Anonymousreply 28508/31/2013

I'd like to see a Follies in the style of Ken Russell.

by Anonymousreply 28608/31/2013

Seiber did La Cage

by Anonymousreply 28708/31/2013

I'd like to see Kurt Russell in Follies

by Anonymousreply 28808/31/2013

Keri Russell as Hattie!

by Anonymousreply 28908/31/2013

Russell Crowe as Solange!

by Anonymousreply 29008/31/2013

Russell Stover at intermission!

by Anonymousreply 29108/31/2013

Bill Russell on piano!

by Anonymousreply 29208/31/2013

Can I just move over to Andrea's part and ditch the orphans? PLEASE???

by Anonymousreply 29308/31/2013

[quote]Bebe Neuwirth recorded Lucy & Jessie for her new album

Considering the shape her voice is in, it'll be more like "Lucy and Messy."

by Anonymousreply 29408/31/2013

Craig Russell as Liza as Judy as Mae as Carlotta!

by Anonymousreply 29508/31/2013

Is Mae Barnes still alive?

by Anonymousreply 29608/31/2013

Anna Russell as Heidi!

by Anonymousreply 29708/31/2013

Preshy Marker replaced Karen Black as Philia in the out of town tryouts of Forum.

Was Preshy short for Precious?

by Anonymousreply 29808/31/2013

THE Karen Black, R299?

Holy cow.

by Anonymousreply 29908/31/2013

Dear "Boris,"

The "Loveland" drop in the most recent FOLLIES revival only "looked like a screen projection" if you're almost blind, in which case you shouldn't be making comments on such things.

by Anonymousreply 30008/31/2013

"Those producers should keep the hands off the FULL MONTY book and turn their attention to the relative travesty that is Act Two of KINKY BOOTS. The show succeeds thanks to the goodwill from the first half and despite some shamefully bad writing detours in the second."

Spot on.

by Anonymousreply 30108/31/2013

[quote]"Those producers should keep the hands off the FULL MONTY book and turn their attention to the relative travesty that is Act Two of KINKY BOOTS. The show succeeds thanks to the goodwill from the first half and despite some shamefully bad writing detours in the second."

MARY!

by Anonymousreply 30208/31/2013

Saw Patti in PTown tonight. She was brilliant. Did the best version of "Trouble" from Music Man I've ever seen/heard. At one point she said "The British shouldn't write musicals and Americans shouldn't do Shakespeare." Huge applause on that one.

by Anonymousreply 30309/01/2013

Enough with FOLLIES. Enough.

by Anonymousreply 30409/01/2013

Yes, R300 - THE Karen Black.

She got fired during the tryout because the star, Zero Mostel, didn't think she was pretty enough to be the ingenue - he objected to her "cockeyes".

She got her revenge in 1974 at the height of her fame, when a film was made of Ionesco's RHINOCEROUS, which Mostel had triumphed in on Broadway. Mostel was never a movie star (even after the original PRODUCERS) so in order to get the film made, the director brought in two big movie names of the day: Mostel's old co-star Gene Wilder and.... Karen Black! Both of whom treated Zero like shit (Wilder also didn't like him) and when the movie tanked, it was all blamed on Zero, who never worked in Hollywood again.

by Anonymousreply 30509/01/2013

[quote]it was all blamed on Zero, who never worked in Hollywood again.

Except for the Sven movies he made after Rhinoceros, including "The Front."

by Anonymousreply 30609/01/2013

I love those Sven movies!

I never miss a Liv Ullman musical.

by Anonymousreply 30709/01/2013

Rosie O'Donnell IS Berthe.

by Anonymousreply 30809/01/2013

They made a movie about my cousin?

by Anonymousreply 30909/01/2013

Another vote for the splendiferous Pamela Myers as Berthe. And yes, I know they'll cast a 'name' to keep the lovely Music Box full.

If they need someone really, really old, how 'bout Madonna? She was wonderful in 'Speed the Plow'.

by Anonymousreply 31009/01/2013

R282. Hmm. Today is Carolee's birthday. But is she touring or will she be Andrea/Tovah's replacement?

by Anonymousreply 31109/01/2013

So Carolee is going to go from playing a seventeen year old girl in SCANDALOUS to a granny in PIPPIN? Talk about a kick to the ego.

by Anonymousreply 31209/01/2013

[quote] "The British shouldn't write musicals and Americans shouldn't do Shakespeare."

Patti's an asshole when she gets on her high horse about the arts. Sorry. The Arts. She did some Shakespeare, or is this one of those times that it doesn't count because she's 'Italian'?

It's clearly one of her digs at ALW - British-written musicals are so awful that Patti had to be tazed and held at gunpoint while performing in Oliver.

by Anonymousreply 31309/01/2013

Thank you, r268! Betty White was born to play Berthe -- I'm still holding out for the movie, which is the only chance we've got left ...

by Anonymousreply 31409/01/2013

Betty White is too busy rehearsing to play Miss Electra in Streisand's Gypsy.

by Anonymousreply 31509/01/2013

"Helen Sinclair! Who will grab the coveted role? Patti's out - too old, or just not right? Mazzie? Isn't she too old, too? Can anyone meet our expectations?"

Shirley Henderson.

by Anonymousreply 31609/01/2013

Mr. Burns is a piece of shit that the critics will eat up with a side of The Flick.

by Anonymousreply 31709/01/2013

Shirley Henderson is wonderful. The underrated Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day could make a fun musical.

Any buzz on Fun Home?

by Anonymousreply 31809/01/2013

I can't imagine having Tovah in for just 12 shows. Is she replacing? Or did she hate it?

by Anonymousreply 31909/01/2013

Patti should be the last one to criticize. I sometimes love her- she does find the comedy in most things but her accent in WOTV was from any country other than Spain.

by Anonymousreply 32009/01/2013

The next 4 weeks of Broadway grosses will be horrendous. Big Fish=big flop. Houdini to take that theater.

by Anonymousreply 32109/01/2013

Speaking of Karen Black, why wasn't Come back to the five and dime nominated for any Tonys? Such a stellar cast, I can't imagine the show was that bad, given that the movie is almost an exact replica of it. Was the play not well received? I know it had a somewhat short run.

Dennis' monologue at the end alone should have secured her one.

by Anonymousreply 32209/01/2013

r242: Hmmm....Not very. Like most of the audiences at FOLLIES.

by Anonymousreply 32309/01/2013

R323 -

Linking to Frank Rich's review...the words "dreary amateur night" appear quite early...

by Anonymousreply 32409/01/2013

Honey, Tovah doesnt sell one ticket

by Anonymousreply 32509/01/2013

Does anyone think Irene Ryan sold many tickets in the original Pippin? Even Fran was just a small girl then. It's the part that got small...

by Anonymousreply 32609/01/2013

Would the Follies queens PLEASE SHUT THE FUCK UP AND GET THEIR OWN THREAD IF THEY WANT TO ENDLESSLY CARP ABOUT A SHOW THAT HAS FLOPPED 3 CONSECUTIVE TIMES ON BROADWAY???

Jesus CHRIST. You're all like the Shady Pines version of BWW posters.

by Anonymousreply 32709/01/2013

R266, speaking of Lilias White: has anyone ever heard her going on about how much she hated playing Grizabella? Her viciousness and bitterness about is hilarious/disturbing....I always wonder what exactly happened.

by Anonymousreply 32809/01/2013

Marin's jugs were almost hanging down to her waist in the opening scene of Passion in 1994.

What must they look like now?

by Anonymousreply 32909/01/2013

R323, it only ran like 11 performances. Early in the season. It might've been 7 performances.

by Anonymousreply 33009/01/2013

I was just gonna say....Come Back to the 5 and Dime didn't run long enough to get Tony nominators/voters in to see it.

by Anonymousreply 33109/01/2013

R323, if it was anything like his Ressurrection Blues at The Old Vic with Matthew Modine, Jane Adams, Maximillian Schell, etc., it's possible it was dull and dreary to an excruciating degree. It's no fun watching actors completely adrift. It's painful even.

I don't think Altman was much of a stage director.

by Anonymousreply 33209/01/2013

Went to see it and Cher was out. Heard she called out a lot.

by Anonymousreply 33309/01/2013

R334 I understand she was visiting Mt. Rushmore.

by Anonymousreply 33409/01/2013

Is Lily Tomlin being courted for Berthe?

by Anonymousreply 33509/01/2013

Gawd, it ran 52 performances after 4 previews. Seemed like a lot less at the time.

And Cher managed a Best Supporting Actress nomination from the Golden Globes and came 2nd Place for the same honour from the LAFC.

I remember Sandy Dennis seemed downright mentally retarded in the film version.

by Anonymousreply 33609/01/2013

"And Cher managed a Best Supporting Actress nomination from the Golden Globes and came 2nd Place for the same honour from the LAFC"

Cher's date at the Oscar's that year was a smoking hot Val Kilmer.

by Anonymousreply 33709/01/2013

why would Lily Tomlin-who doesnt sing-and can do whatever the hell she wants--and is spectacular--play a 10 minute role for?

by Anonymousreply 33809/01/2013

"Patti's an asshole when she gets on her high horse about The Arts."

And, lots of times, even when she's NOT on her high horse about The Arts. Seems nowadays she'll say or write anything, no matter how outrageous, just to call more attention to herself. (Did you read her book? Incredible.)

As for her remark that "The British shouldn't write musicals," one might add: "And Patti LuPone shouldn't play roles in musicals that require a British accent, like Mrs. Lovett in SWEENEY TODD or Nancy in OLIVER!, because SHE CAN'T DO ONE.

by Anonymousreply 33909/01/2013

Wentworth Miller for Helen Sinclair!

by Anonymousreply 34009/01/2013

r340

I totally agree, guvnah!

by Anonymousreply 34109/01/2013

I just heard recordings of the Mrs Lovett of Faith Prince and Emily Skinner. Prince couldn't do a convincing accent but Skinner sounded quite good. I hope they get someone who can pull off the accent for the Bryn Terfel concert.

by Anonymousreply 34209/01/2013

Emily Skinner didn't appear in Sweeney Todd. Everyone would have noticed her siamese twin.

by Anonymousreply 34309/01/2013

She's not well known on the East Coast or a 'name' but Los Angeles based actress Tracy Lore would be perfect for Helen Sinclair.

How about Beth Leavel?

by Anonymousreply 34409/01/2013

r266 Did Lillias White ever play Grizabella? Or did she just rehearse it? I thought I heard an old story that someone was seeing her in BACK TO BACHARACH AND DAVID back in the day and yelled out during an encore SING "MEMORY" Apparently she kept riffing and the stage manager had her fired?! One of you queens out there must know. And why did Lillias replace as ASAKA so quickly in ONCE ON THIS ISLAND? Inquiring minds want to know.

by Anonymousreply 34509/01/2013

[quote] Emily Skinner didn't appear in Sweeney Todd. Everyone would have noticed her siamese twin.

She wore one of her husband's oversized shirts and big scarf.

by Anonymousreply 34609/01/2013

R330=Jason Danieley

by Anonymousreply 34709/01/2013

Traci Lords for Helen Sinclair!

by Anonymousreply 34809/01/2013

Marin Mazzie for Milky White in the Into The Woods movie!

by Anonymousreply 34909/01/2013

Andrew Sullivan for Milky White!

by Anonymousreply 35009/01/2013

Moaning Myrtle, R317?

by Anonymousreply 35109/01/2013

Sandy Duncan should take over from Andrea Martin in Pippin. She was an amazing Roxie Hart in Chicago a few seasons back.

by Anonymousreply 35209/01/2013

[quote] She was an amazing Roxie Hart in Chicago a few seasons back.

Wasn't that last century?

by Anonymousreply 35309/01/2013

r354 Sandy Duncan was also terrific in Encores NO NO NANETTE and I believe that was this century - maybe in the last six or seven years.

by Anonymousreply 35409/01/2013

Beth Leavel stole that 2008 Encores! production of No, No, Nanette . . . stopped the show twice at the performance I attended.

by Anonymousreply 35509/01/2013

If Sandy does it she can change the lyric to "Eye, it's time to start living"....If you think Beth was good and she was, in No No, you should have seen Helen Gallagher.

by Anonymousreply 35609/01/2013

I'd rather see Helen Gallagher as Berthe than Sandy or Beth.

Now that would be something!

by Anonymousreply 35709/01/2013

As long as I don't have to HEAR Helen Gallagher.

by Anonymousreply 35809/01/2013

r353 wins this thread - Sandy Duncan is incredible and PIPPIN, and Broadway, and all of us, would be lucky to have her.

I know - MARY!

by Anonymousreply 35909/01/2013

[quote]Beth Leavel stole that 2008 Encores! production of No, No, Nanette

I thought she was kind of boring in it, and not at all believable as upper-class. Michael Beresse was more interesting, and Helen Gallagher on the CD sang the songs better.

by Anonymousreply 36009/01/2013

Doesn't Sandy Duncan have a hot gay son?

by Anonymousreply 36109/01/2013

Carol Channing wows Cherry Grove!

by Anonymousreply 36209/01/2013

r362

You mustn't mean this son.

by Anonymousreply 36309/01/2013

That's Michael Correia, r364. I think Jeffrey's the gay one.

by Anonymousreply 36409/01/2013

[quote]Sandy Duncan should take over from Andrea Martin in Pippin. She was an amazing Roxie Hart in Chicago a few seasons back

She was! I think Duncan was my favorite revival Roxie.. as good as Gwen Verdon who I saw in the original.

by Anonymousreply 36509/01/2013

It was such a waste to open the Chicago revival with Ann "Wheezy" Reiking.

by Anonymousreply 36609/01/2013

How about Flo Henderson replacing Andrea Martin? I would think that would bring in the tourists

by Anonymousreply 36709/01/2013

Anyone who finds Beth Leavel a boring performer must be on Adderall.

by Anonymousreply 36809/01/2013

Elizabeth Seal for Berthe!

by Anonymousreply 36909/01/2013

Andrea McArdle as Berthe!

by Anonymousreply 37009/01/2013

Hey! Why don't they just save $ and have Fran play Berthe? Or throw that hag, Alecia Parker's pussy up there. The most play that hamhock's gotten in years.

by Anonymousreply 37109/01/2013

Catharine O'Hara is Berthe!

Kathleen Turner is Berthe!

Mimi Hines is Berthe!

Leslie Uggams is Berthe!

Ann Miner is Berthe!

L*I*Z*A is Berthe!

Carol Lawrence is Berthe!

Dee Hoty is Berthe!

Jane Morgan is berthe!

Haya Harareet is Berthe!

Alice Playten is Berthe!

Marti Rolph is Berthe!

Virginia Sandifur is Berthe!

Loni Ackerman is Berthe!

by Anonymousreply 37209/01/2013

Mitzi Gaynor for Berthe!

by Anonymousreply 37309/01/2013

Sandy will never work for the Weisslers again-never gonna happen agree though that she was great in Chicago whosever they get has basically got be hired already since the trapeze work must take some time and Andrea leaves in 3 weeks

by Anonymousreply 37409/01/2013

Alice Playten isn't up to playing Berthe these days, being dead and all.

The only one of those people who might be in the shape to do Berthe and her acrobatics would be Loni Ackerman.

by Anonymousreply 37509/01/2013

What exactly was it that happened on Chicago that made Sandy hate the Weisslers?

by Anonymousreply 37609/01/2013

Damn! I forgot that Playten had died...Thanks R376

by Anonymousreply 37709/01/2013

[quote]What exactly was it that happened on Chicago that made Sandy hate the Weisslers?

How much time do you have R377?

by Anonymousreply 37809/01/2013

The photo of Sandy Duncan and family looks like an ad for Lenscrafters.

by Anonymousreply 37909/01/2013

Joanna Gleason for Berthe. She's in her 60s . . . but can she still lift her legs?

by Anonymousreply 38009/01/2013

Liza. There is no other choice. Tell me one person here wouldn't run to the Music Box to see Liza on a trapeze.

by Anonymousreply 38109/01/2013

R382,

I'd run to the first performance, cause it'd be the ONLY performance.

by Anonymousreply 38209/01/2013

[quote]She was an amazing Roxie Hart in Chicago a few seasons back

a few decades back

by Anonymousreply 38309/01/2013

Sandy was the best Peter Pan. EVAH!!!!

by Anonymousreply 38409/01/2013

"If Sandy does it she can change the lyric to 'Eye, it's time to start living...'"

Oh, that's so witty, R357 -- a.k.a. fucking asshole, douchebag moron, imbecilic cretin with the maturity of a three-year old.

Have a good night ;-)

by Anonymousreply 38509/01/2013

Me? On A Trapeeshe?

by Anonymousreply 38709/01/2013

Clutch those fucking dollar store pearls R386!!

by Anonymousreply 38809/01/2013

Harvey Fierstein for Berthe

by Anonymousreply 38909/01/2013

Sandahl Bergman is Berthe. Donna MacKechnie is Berthe. Kelly Bishop is Berthe. etc etc

by Anonymousreply 39009/01/2013

Georgia Engel as Berthe!

by Anonymousreply 39109/01/2013

Reading the ATC thread about people desperate for rush tickets to the final weekend of NATASHA, PIERRE makes me so relieved I never had any interest in seeing the show and didn't have to deal with the pain in the ass of overpriced tickets or finagling a cheap way to get in!

by Anonymousreply 39209/01/2013

Betty Lynn as Berthe!

by Anonymousreply 39309/01/2013

REPLACE! REPLACE?

Patti (to agent) WHO THE HELL DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?

by Anonymousreply 39409/01/2013

how many shows did Tovah do?

seems odd that they bothered to get a "name" replacement

by Anonymousreply 39509/01/2013

R387, it has nothing to do with whom I worship or don't worship. It's all to do with calling out an idiot who made a 100 percent tasteless, stupid, not remotely funny "joke" about a performer being blind in one eye. If you enjoy that level of "humor," you too should have lunch together. And eat glass.

by Anonymousreply 39609/01/2013

oh my r397 aren't you a sensitive little flower....maybe you should leave dl and go to broadwayworld.com

by Anonymousreply 39709/02/2013

Sandy won't be available. She's planning on replacing Valerie Harper when she bows out of Dancing With the Stars.

by Anonymousreply 39809/02/2013

We have lots of time, r379. Spill on Sandy and the Weisslers. Or at the very least, give us the Cliff Notes version.

Pretty please, with Charlie Williams on top?

by Anonymousreply 39909/02/2013

Jackie Hoffman for Berthe!

by Anonymousreply 40009/02/2013

This thread has been overtaken by crazy people. Hopefully by 120, this asinine talk will be over and we can talk about the new season and not stupid people upping each other with insane replacement talk.

That's all.

by Anonymousreply 40109/02/2013

well smell you r402!

by Anonymousreply 40209/02/2013

R420 is a control-freak relic of another age, a humorless twat.

That said ... for crying out loud, we have DONE "Berthe replacements." Even talk of who should play Mame would be fresher at this point.

by Anonymousreply 40309/02/2013

[quote]If they need someone really, really old, how 'bout Madonna? She was wonderful in 'Speed the Plow'.

[quote]how 'bout Madonna? She was woeful in 'Speed the Plow'.

There. Fixed that for you, R311.

by Anonymousreply 40409/02/2013

Miranda Priestly can be a bitch but she did come up with the famous Raul Esparza and his bisexual cock tag line. For that 'he' should be revered.

by Anonymousreply 40509/02/2013

Apparently, Victoria Clark has some hateful things about the backstage crew at Rodgers and Ha...

sorry..

I mean Rodgers + Hammerstein's CINDERELLA.

by Anonymousreply 40609/02/2013

Duncan was pissed at the level of promotion the Weissler's did for her stint in Chicago.

I think she was also unhappy with having to play opposite a less than first-rate Velma before Ruthie Henshall took over.

by Anonymousreply 40709/02/2013

I'll bet whatever Victoria Clark has to say about the backstage crew at CINDERELLA pales compared to what the backstage crew has to say about her.

by Anonymousreply 40809/02/2013

I know that Liza replacing Andrea Martin was said as a joke, but could it happen? She would only have to be on stage for 10 minutes, so her stamina and reliability wouldn't come into play. They'd have to modify the trapeze work immensely, but even just a sliver of it would be enough with Liza playing the part.

by Anonymousreply 40909/02/2013

Liza has to sit for most of her onstage time nowadays. No way would she do Pippin.

by Anonymousreply 41009/02/2013

[quote]I think she was also unhappy with having to play opposite a less than first-rate Velma before Ruthie Henshall took over.

Actually, she and Henshall got along very well. But you're right about the lack of promotion.

And Duncan was genius in the role.

by Anonymousreply 41109/02/2013

[quote] Actually, she and Henshall got along very well. But you're right about the lack of promotion.

No, I believe Duncan started her run with a different Velma than Henshall. I actually think she wanted someone with a bit more "name"/buzz, so she was happy when Henshall joined. And yes, they got on like a house on fire.

by Anonymousreply 41209/02/2013

When I saw Sandy Duncan, Mamie Duncan Gibbs was playing Velma and yes, she was underwhelming.

by Anonymousreply 41309/02/2013

Liza hands shake too much to be able to do any trapeze work. She is very unsteady these days.

by Anonymousreply 41409/02/2013

I won't forgive the old bitch line, r406, but yes, I do start trends, even when people highjack them with their inane rodffsskfjsk acronyms that never really caught on, as hard as she tried. Trends have to happen organically. They can't be forced. Like a cerulean belt, perhaps.

It's not easy being a trendsetter, but someone has to do it.

That's all.

by Anonymousreply 41509/02/2013

Well I still love you Miranda... even after you referred to ME as wearing patent leather Mary Jane tap shoes.

by Anonymousreply 41609/02/2013

Sandy Duncan would be fabulous but didn't she fall off the ladder during 'Chicago' 17 years ago and never completed her run? She has a depth perception problem because of the eye. I doubt she could handle hanging from a trapeze safely.

by Anonymousreply 41709/02/2013

r418 True but Annie Reinking shit all over that ladder with the flu. Sharted. Wow.

by Anonymousreply 41809/02/2013

Between Chicago and Pippin, this poor thread has become a Weissler crapfest. And they're not even in heaven... yet.

by Anonymousreply 41909/02/2013

Sandy Duncan is Valerie Harper stand-by on Dancing with the stars.

by Anonymousreply 42009/02/2013

Will Swenson as Dr. Frank-N-Furter in ROCKY HORROR at Bucks County? Why on earth would he take another drag role. He looked just about as uncomfortable in PRISCILLA as I've ever seen a lead in a Broadway musical. He looked like he couldn't get out of of doing that show fast enough.

by Anonymousreply 42109/02/2013

[quote] He looked like he couldn't get out of doing that show fast enough.

And yet, he did it for the entire tryout and Broadway run - over a year. And now back into the fishnets.

I think he enjoyed it more than he's letting on...

Audra, you in danger, gurl!

by Anonymousreply 42209/02/2013

Will Swenson is a REAL man, peoples!

It's because of him that I gave up show business and moved to Wisconsin!

by Anonymousreply 42309/02/2013

Relax, everybody! it's going to be Tovah. Mark my words.

by Anonymousreply 42409/02/2013

Sandy Duncan left Chicago abruptly because she had negotiated most favored nations pay and then found out Henshall was getting paid more than she was. The end.

by Anonymousreply 42509/02/2013

R412, you might want to deal with your reading comprehension problem.

As I recall, Sandy Duncan did injure herself during a rehearsal or performance of CHICAGO, so she left the show. She returned to it after she healed, but she had quite a short run. She was GREAT in the part.

P.S. I don't think her injury had anything to do with her lack of depth perception. She did all that flying in PETER PAN with no problem. And anyway, you don't lose all depth perception if you only have sight in one eye. Close one of your eyes and see for yourself.

by Anonymousreply 42609/02/2013

"True but Annie Reinking shit all over that ladder with the flu. Sharted. Wow."

Is this true or a joke?

by Anonymousreply 42709/02/2013

Why wouldn't Patti do Berthe? Is it any different than her mini stage time in Women on the Verge.......

Oh, wait a minute. There's that troubling trapeze factor.

by Anonymousreply 42809/02/2013

R421 see R399, and try to keep up.

by Anonymousreply 42909/02/2013

[quote]Between Chicago and Pippin, this poor thread has become a Weissler crapfest. And they're not even in heaven... yet.

Maybe by the time we get to R600...

by Anonymousreply 43009/02/2013

Heaven?

by Anonymousreply 43109/02/2013

Why would Barry and Fran be in Heaven? They're Jewish.

by Anonymousreply 43209/02/2013

Jewish yes, but shrewd businesspeople!

by Anonymousreply 43309/02/2013

Of course they're shrewd, but that still didn't answer my question.

by Anonymousreply 43409/02/2013

R427- She injured herself out of town on the tour. Ann Reinking stepped in. That is when Reinking had gained some weight and she wore a long flannel outfit that looked like a nightshirt! Duncan recouped (broke her foot I believe when she slipped on the ladder) and then came in for the Broadway company.

by Anonymousreply 43509/02/2013

It's the Tommy Tune curse. All it takes is do play opposite him, as Duncan and Reinking did, and you are prone to injury.

by Anonymousreply 43609/02/2013

[quote]And anyway, you don't lose all depth perception if you only have sight in one eye. Close one of your eyes and see for yourself.

Pssssttt Sandy Duncan can't really fly. A lot of Sandy's moves in 'Peter Pan' were controlled. She flew where they sent her. I didn't say she had NO depth perception but having one eye effects it. Well known Hollywood story is Andre de Toth, the director of the first big 3D movie, 1953's 'House Of Wax' was blind in one eye and could never see the 3D effects. Loved her Pan, she was the best and thrilling. I certainly hope she could do it.

by Anonymousreply 43709/02/2013

Who's had Bobby Steggart?

by Anonymousreply 43809/02/2013

Thanks, R436. I had forgotten that Duncan's injury happened out of town. Apparently, the original plan was that she would first join the tour and then the Broadway production, but as it happened, she came to directly to Broadway (after her foot healed) for a brief run.

R438: What the fork are you talking about? When a performer is "flown" (by Foy), all of the major flying moves are controlled. Do you think Cathy Rigby doesn't "fly where then send her?"

by Anonymousreply 43909/02/2013

R435. Don't be dense. The Weisslers will go anywhere, even heaven, if they think there will be stars they can use in one of their long-running shows.

by Anonymousreply 44009/02/2013

All Peters are controlled by Foy. Jean Arthur flew. Barbara Baxley flew when Jean Arthur was unable to go on. Veronica Lake flew (and how). Mary Martin certainly flew and she was controlled by the Foys and Richard Halliday.

by Anonymousreply 44109/02/2013

Who and what is FOY?

by Anonymousreply 44209/02/2013

And Sophie Tucker will shit, I know, I did too!

by Anonymousreply 44309/02/2013

HANDS ON A HARD CANDY CHRISTMAS!

by Anonymousreply 44409/02/2013

I'd think Beth Leavel is probably second or third tier Broadway, competent but hardly a draw or name despite a Tony

by Anonymousreply 44509/02/2013

R443. Google is your friend and source of information. But I'll tell you anyway. It's a British company who used their skills to "fly" all the famous (and nonfamous) Peter Pans in the 20th Century. Someone named a lot of them, but also to be remembered were Dorothy Tutin, Susan Hampshire, and Julia Lockwood, Margaret's daughter. Virtually anyone who played Peter Pan was sent up in the air (and kept there) by the firm founded by Peter Foy.

by Anonymousreply 44609/02/2013

Did Barbra Streisand have an affair with Charlie Chaplin while she was married to Elliott Gould? Do you think Charlie is the father of her son, Jason? Was Elliott too busy starring in Drat, the Cat to know what was going on?

by Anonymousreply 44709/02/2013

R448-Don't you mean Charlie's son Sydney Chaplin her FUNNY GIRL co-star? According to something I once read (the notes in the CD booklet?) yes she did.

by Anonymousreply 44809/02/2013

FOY even flew Lisa Welchel when she did the role at Starlight Theatre, and Ruta Lee before her in the late 60's!

by Anonymousreply 44909/02/2013

Barbra slept with both Charlie and Sydney Chaplin. If Jason is Charlie Chaplin's son, then he should have inherited Charlie's immense fortune.

by Anonymousreply 45009/02/2013

[quote] If Jason is Charlie Chaplin's son, then he should have inherited Charlie's immense fortune.

Not to mention his enormous schlong.

by Anonymousreply 45109/02/2013

Barbra also fucked Omar Sharif during the filming of Funny Girl.

by Anonymousreply 45209/02/2013

Sandy and Ruthie got along great. But Sandy had a rough time in Chicago. First she injured her foot out of town. Belle Callaway stepped in then a zaftig Annie Reinking played the Boston run. Ruthie was Velma the whole time. Ruthie stepped into the bway company as planned while Sandy's foot healed. The Weissler's brought Charlotte D'Amboise in for her first broadway stint as Roxie and invited the critics. By the time Sandy was well enough to takeover on broadway, the critics had already been back and Ruthie was off to join Putting it Together. The Weissler's stuck Mamie Duncan Hines and her enormous wig in as Velma and Sandy was not happy. She left as soon as her contract was up.

by Anonymousreply 45309/02/2013

Foy even flew Puck and some of the fairies in my college production of Midsummer in the 1980s So they must have been pretty affordable.

by Anonymousreply 45409/02/2013

Besides Raul Esparza, R439?

by Anonymousreply 45509/02/2013

[quote]What the fork are you talking about? When a performer is "flown" (by Foy), all of the major flying moves are controlled. Do you think Cathy Rigby doesn't "fly where then send her?"

R427 said she had no problem flying with limited depth perception. Climbing a ladder in the dark with limited depth perception can be a problem as it was in "Chicago" and flying on a trapeze is different than the Pan flying. I stated the Pan flying was controlled. Pay attention.

by Anonymousreply 45609/02/2013

Big Fish starts previews Thursday! It'll be warm this week, will Bobby wear flip-flops to the show?

by Anonymousreply 45709/02/2013

The recent Streisand bio chronicles her affair with Sydney Chaplin.

(while she was married to Gould!)

by Anonymousreply 45809/02/2013

all you need to do to prove that Jason Gould is the offspring of Barbra and Elliott is look at this face...it's a map of both of their best features.

by Anonymousreply 45909/02/2013

This theatre thread really has gone off the rails.

Bleah.

by Anonymousreply 46009/02/2013

My friend SideShow Bob is such a cunt.......

by Anonymousreply 46109/02/2013

r428 I did hear that back when Chicago was very early in the run, the entire cast got a stomach flu. Anne Reinking went on even though she did not feel well. She mounted the ladder for FUNNY HONEY and sharted all over the poor chorus man holding the bottom of the ladder. Don't know if it's a joke but I did hear that.

by Anonymousreply 46209/02/2013

R426/457, what you originally wrote was: "Pssssttt Sandy Duncan can't really fly. A lot of Sandy's moves in 'Peter Pan' were controlled." This implies that the flying moves of the other Peter Pans were NOT controlled, but the reality is that the flying moves of ALL of the Peter Pans were controlled.

That was my point. Do you understand? Are YOU able to pay attention?

by Anonymousreply 46309/03/2013

R463, I heard a similar story about Carol Channing during the late 70s Dolly revival. Carol NEVER missed a show, so she went on even when she had stomach flu. She had so many costume changes, tha she had a dressing cubicle just off stage, in addition to her dressing room.

After one quick change, she came out, whispered to the stage manager, who called the crew and ordered a "clean-up in Miss Channing's dressing cubicle IMMEDIATELY!"

by Anonymousreply 46409/03/2013

Was it corn, R465?

by Anonymousreply 46509/03/2013

[quote] A lot of Sandy's moves in 'Peter Pan' were controlled." This implies that the flying moves of the other Peter Pans were NOT controlled, but the reality is that the flying moves of ALL of the Peter Pans were controlled.

What the fuck do the other Pans flying have to with what we were discussing? Saying Sandy's flying was controlled implied NOTHING about the others. We were talking about her flying with depth perception issues. Now, if any other actor playing "Peter Pan" had one eye they would have been included. You have no point.

by Anonymousreply 46609/03/2013

Endless Bertha suggestions, endless discussions of Sandy Duncan's depth perception when flying, and tales of bowel accidents by Ann Reinking and Carol Channing.

What's next?

by Anonymousreply 46709/03/2013

At summer theatre venues in the 1970's, Carol Channing would dress in one of those portable curtained dressing rooms right in an aisle.

She dressed right next to me one Sunday afternoon during a performance of Lorelei.

by Anonymousreply 46809/03/2013

R469. So this is worth retelling because... (pick any two from Column A and one from Column 2).

by Anonymousreply 46909/03/2013

Is GLASS MENAGERIE not selling well? I'm getting lost of discount offers.

by Anonymousreply 47009/03/2013

Do you mean r472 because Cherry's "people" would demand that she's in the forefront of the ads???

I really don't think so!

by Anonymousreply 47209/03/2013

I love Cherry Jones. I'll bet when she was a pre-teen and later she got a lot of grief from asshole straight boys because of her first name.

by Anonymousreply 47309/03/2013

no, r473 I think he means actors have contracts that stipulate where they are featured in ads

by Anonymousreply 47409/03/2013

Once The Glass Menagerie gets the rapturous review - Cherry's prestige + the Star Trek geeks via Zach Quinto will sell the limited run in the small house. It is a gorgeous production. Cherry is no fool - Quinto is front and center in the ads.

by Anonymousreply 47509/03/2013

Oh Fuck Peter Pan. Scream no if you don't believe in fairies. ON this list, that's a hoot!

by Anonymousreply 47709/03/2013

r477 give it a rest

by Anonymousreply 47809/03/2013

Michelle Williams in talks to play Sally Bowles in upcoming Roundabout revival of their revival of CABARET.

by Anonymousreply 47909/03/2013

She showed enough singing voice in that Marilyn movie to handle Sally Bowles. She might be wonderful.

by Anonymousreply 48009/03/2013

I saw Sandy Duncan in "Chicago" opposite Ruthie Henshall. Sandy was great, but Ruthie gave one of the worst OTT performances I have ever laid eyes on! Maybe that's why they got on so well.

by Anonymousreply 48109/03/2013

Will Swenson will NOT do drag after all. Out of Rocky Horror, into Little Miss Sunshine.

He jumped outta those fishnets as quickly as his beefy legs could take him.

by Anonymousreply 48209/03/2013

Ruthie's more of a Roxie than a Velma

by Anonymousreply 48309/03/2013

I like the idea of Michelle Wiliams as Sally. Makes more sense than that Emma Stone rumor.

by Anonymousreply 48409/03/2013

NATASHA, PIERRE found a new place to pitch it's tent!

by Anonymousreply 48509/03/2013

I saw Ruthie do Velma- she was pretty funny...esp when she made buck teeth faces in I Cant Do It Alone. Agree- she makes for a better Roxie.

by Anonymousreply 48609/03/2013

R480. Patsy in ticket sales at Roundabout. Are you aka always snarky and snide Mockingbird on ATC. If so, can it.

by Anonymousreply 48709/03/2013

r486 - Yes, but WHERE???

I read th article and all I got was

"Performances will begin Sept. 24 on West 45th Street between Times Square and 8th Avenue."

WHERE EXACTLY?

by Anonymousreply 48809/03/2013

[quote] WHERE EXACTLY?

The Kazino

259 West 45 Street

(Between Broadway and 8th Avenue)

by Anonymousreply 49009/03/2013

I'm thinking it's in the empty lot next to the Imperial. Where that other Circus-theme thing played a couple years ago.

by Anonymousreply 49109/03/2013

Bad move.

by Anonymousreply 49209/03/2013

Why do you think it's a bad move? It's closer to Broadway and tourists who may have been turned off by the previous location.

by Anonymousreply 49309/03/2013

Broadway/tourist audiences are the last people who will want to see this show.

by Anonymousreply 49409/03/2013

Tourists in The Great Comet audience. Are you fucking high, r494?? Where's the flying monkeys? Where's the falling chandelier? Where's the Baby Boomer songs we can sing along to ? Where's the latest piece of musical shit with a no talent "name" above the title? There you will fid tourists!

by Anonymousreply 49509/03/2013

And when they find out a full meal is a bite of three different cold dish, they will not be happy.

by Anonymousreply 49609/03/2013

I love the idea, R485. I hope she does it.

by Anonymousreply 49709/03/2013

Michelle Williams can do anything she wants on Bway--why would she want to do a role in whats basically a revival of a revival?

How can Comet make any money with 199 seats (or less)-? Just that inept producer pissing more money away to fuel his ego

by Anonymousreply 49809/03/2013

R499 Because it's a chance to play Sally Fucking Bowles, that's why. Also, she'll probably sign on for 3 mos and, I think, she lives in NYC.

Just, please, no Katie Holmes.

by Anonymousreply 49909/03/2013

Get Van Der Beek to do the Emcee and you could run forever on the Dawson's Creek nostalgia, first with Michelle and then Katie.

And we know Mary Beth Peil could play Frau Schneider - she's done it before. And get Kerr Smith to play bisexual Cliff Bradshaw.

Even if it flops on Broadway, it could be a great summer stock tour. Far better than fat Sally Struthers in Hello Dolly!

by Anonymousreply 50009/03/2013

Sara Kestelman should get to give Broadway her Schneider. None better.

The West End Revival of a Revial had to make do with the flop-Bionic Woman.

by Anonymousreply 50109/03/2013

Looks like it's official:

by Anonymousreply 50209/03/2013

Bobby Steggert came out in OUT. I love "in passing" coming outs.

by Anonymousreply 50409/03/2013

R500. She lives in Brooklyn. That's practically the same as Manhattan and a tad cheaper.

by Anonymousreply 50509/03/2013

MMMM....Danial Sunjata is coming back to Broadway in the Ethan Hawlk MACBETH.

He's playing MacBuff!

by Anonymousreply 50609/03/2013

I went to see Pippin tonight for the second time.......the hunky blonde seems to be out altogether; his picture (and 2nd act opening balance trick) were nonexistent.

Christopher Sieber was FAR SUPERIOR to Terence Mann. Loved him, as did the audience.

2 Orchestra seats (one on the side aisle), purchased just 2 days ago.

by Anonymousreply 50809/04/2013

[quote]all you need to do to prove that Jason Gould is the offspring of Barbra and Elliott is look at this face...it's a map of both of their best features.

That's not saying very much, R460.

by Anonymousreply 50909/04/2013

I don't get it, r510. Who is that - Cody Green?

by Anonymousreply 51009/04/2013

Willl the new Cabaret be Tony eligible?

by Anonymousreply 51109/04/2013

Liza as Fraulein Schneider!!!

"The shun will rise and the shun will shet and you learn how to shettle for what you get..."

by Anonymousreply 51209/04/2013

Yes, Liza and Joel would be awesome. It would be the hit of the century. Hottest ticket in town.

by Anonymousreply 51309/04/2013

"Yes, Liza and Joel would be awesome. It would be the hit of the century. Hottest ticket in town."

I don't think you have the strongest grasp of the general public's tastes.

by Anonymousreply 51409/04/2013

Liza's a mess. She doesn't have the acting chops for Schneidet.

by Anonymousreply 51509/04/2013

Joy Behar as Fraulein Schneider!

by Anonymousreply 51609/04/2013

Mr. Burns at Playwrights Horizons.

DL?

by Anonymousreply 51709/04/2013

If Mendes follows his template for the last production, Fräulein Schneider and Herr Schultz will be middle-aged, not seniors. Especially Schneider.

Liza is so grotesque these days, the only part she would be right for is one of the fat Kit Kate Club lady band members.

by Anonymousreply 51809/04/2013

Andrea McArdle for Fräulein Schneider. She's 50, you know.

by Anonymousreply 51909/04/2013

[quote]Mr. Burns at Playwrights Horizons.

Clever, provocative premise. But it's not much of a play; just a collection of ideas. The audience I saw it with loathed it. Dozens and dozens of walk outs.

Look for the critics, desperate to look hip, to rave. THE FLICK, PT. 2.

by Anonymousreply 52009/04/2013

Yup

by Anonymousreply 52109/04/2013

[quote]Sara Kestelman should get to give Broadway her Schneider. None better.

I agree. Saw the TV video. She was great. I assume they cut "Don't Tell Mama," and "Money, Money" for the broadcast due to time?

by Anonymousreply 52209/04/2013

Liza couldn't handle it. As someone upthread said, she is a mess. She might last one week of performances and she'd start missing.

by Anonymousreply 52309/04/2013

Anyone excited about the coming eight faces of Jefferson Mays?

by Anonymousreply 52509/04/2013

No, no, no, no, no, no, no and yes.

by Anonymousreply 52609/04/2013

[quote] Ebersole would be a good Schneider if they're going younger and she'd do it.

Honey, if you feed her and pay her cab fare that bitch will show up to the opening of an envelope. Or a zipper. Or a wallet.

by Anonymousreply 52709/04/2013

Cyndy Lauper is Fraulein Schneider Harvey Feirstein is Herr Schultz Karen Olivio is Fraulein Kost

and with the most over-rated, cloying actor ever, Alan Cumming, recreating his most over-rated cloying performance I will make sure I stay away from the theater district while it's running as the stench of the performances of these actors will finally kill Broadway once and for all.

YAY!!!!!

by Anonymousreply 52809/04/2013

r528 = Christine Andreas.

by Anonymousreply 52909/04/2013

[quote]Karen Olivio is Fraulein Kost

Kost has to dance, yes?

by Anonymousreply 53009/04/2013

Is r529 giving us real info re Lauoer, Fierstein, and Olivo?

by Anonymousreply 53109/04/2013

Someone on BWW is demanding a Broadway revival of COME BACK TO THE FIVE & DIME, JIMMY DEAN, JIMMY DEAN.

Cast it, please.

by Anonymousreply 53209/04/2013

He's baaaack!

.when I would be back home again among my dear friends and be able to thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the good wishes, cards, playbills and love. After a recent bout with heart failure and thirty-one days in the hospital, I have risen stronger and wiser (and thinner) to take my rightful place on the stage of life. Tap shoes are spit shined, and I have added a rubber nose to my daily persona.

Thank you, and get ready. I'm back. buzzie

by Anonymousreply 53309/04/2013

R529's casting almost sounds logical and true. Especially since Lauper and Fierstein worked together and bonded with the successful Kinky Boots.

Alan Cumming nauseates the shit out of me; I would rather see 80 year old Joel Grey then Alan Cumming who will once again preen about the stage with his faded nearly-50 year old body exposed.

by Anonymousreply 53409/04/2013

[quote]If Mendes follows his template for the last production, Fräulein Schneider and Herr Schultz will be middle-aged, not seniors. Especially Schneider

Did you see that production? Original cast Ron Rifkin and Mary Louise Wilson were seniors and I saw it again later with the best MC John Stamos and Polly Bergen and Hal Linden were seniors.

by Anonymousreply 53509/04/2013

OMG. Then it's Stritch, fresh from Shady Pines, for Schneider. I knew she couldn't stay away from the NY stage for long. Not only would Schneider be a senior, she'd be desiccated and obnoxious. "LINE!"

by Anonymousreply 53609/04/2013

R536, I saw the John Stamos production, too, and he was surprisingly very good.

by Anonymousreply 53709/04/2013

R407 What did Vicki Clark say?

by Anonymousreply 53809/04/2013

r536, Rifkin was 59 and Wilson was 67 in '98 when the show opened on Broadway.

by Anonymousreply 53909/04/2013

I love Christine Ebersole, but her as Schneider is an awful, awful idea

by Anonymousreply 54009/04/2013

Mary Beth Piel would be a great Schneider. Rondi Reed. Harriet Harris would be off beat but WONDERFUL. Cherry Jones would be unavailable, but great. You know who else probably would be great? Tovah.

I'd love to see Austin Pendleton as Schultz.

by Anonymousreply 54109/04/2013

John Kander liked Stamos as the Emcee too.

by Anonymousreply 54209/04/2013

Rachelle Rak as Kit Kat Girl #3!!!!!!!!!

by Anonymousreply 54309/04/2013

Triple threat, Rachal Rak!

by Anonymousreply 54409/04/2013

[quote]Cyndy Lauper is Fraulein Schneider Harvey Feirstein is Herr Schultz Karen Olivio is Fraulein Kost

Wow, the trifecta of misspellings. Zero for three, honey.

by Anonymousreply 54509/04/2013

Really, when you think that Schneider and Schultz were originally played by Lotte Lenya and Jack Gilford....how the world has changed, it has changed a lot, indeed.

by Anonymousreply 54609/04/2013

Peoples, hire me!

by Anonymousreply 54709/04/2013

[quote]John Kander liked Stamos as the Emcee too.

Yes, he felt that Stamos had the total package.

by Anonymousreply 54809/05/2013

Betty Lynn as Fraulein Schneider!

(but only if the entire cast and crew including box office personnel meditate before each performance)

namaste!

by Anonymousreply 54909/05/2013

Danny Burstein for Herr Schultz, and Rebecca Luker for Fraulein Schneider!

by Anonymousreply 55009/05/2013

Karen Olivo IS Checkout Girl #2!

by Anonymousreply 55109/05/2013

I saw "Natasha and the Comet" in August. My experience was ruined by a large table next to us of middle aged adults acting like spring breakers at a club. It was a Tuesday night, not a weekend. They were loud and drunk, laughing and talking through the entire second act. At one point the actors stopped and waited for them to settle down, which they did only to begin again. It was awful, even in the quiet moments they kept on as if they were at a noisy bar. Now that the show is moving and widening its audience I suspect it will draw even more obnoxious audiences. If people cannot keep it together in a conventional theatre setting they are certainly not going to be hushed and respectful in a rowdy vodka-fueled adult playground setting. Btw, at a table behind the yahoos my friend spotted one of the NY Real Housewives--she was a fairly quiet group.

by Anonymousreply 55209/05/2013

Thanks, R536, for setting the record straight. In what universe are a 59-year-old man and a 67-year-old woman "middle aged?"

Nothing's more annoying than people who don't know what they're talking about but insist on spreading their "knowledge" anyway.

by Anonymousreply 55309/05/2013

59 isn't a senior

by Anonymousreply 55409/05/2013

I saw BIG FISH in Chicago. I don't think its fixable. But here they go!

by Anonymousreply 55509/05/2013

"Someone on BWW is demanding a Broadway revival of COME BACK TO THE FIVE & DIME, JIMMY DEAN, JIMMY DEAN."

To the sound of crickets chirping, one hopes.

Though if they can revive a clunker like THE MILK TRAIN DOESN'T STOP HERE ANYMORE (albeit Off-Broadway), I suppose someone could exhume this one too.

Since we're on a Liza kick, she could play the transsexual (Karen Black in the original).

by Anonymousreply 55609/05/2013

"59 isn't a senior."

That's technically true, but someone who's 59 is certainly not "middle-aged," which was the point I wanted to make to the poster who claimed otherwise:

"If Mendes follows his template for the last production, Fräulein Schneider and Herr Schultz will be middle-aged, not seniors."

by Anonymousreply 55709/05/2013

[quote]59 isn't a senior

How many 118-year-olds do you know?

by Anonymousreply 55809/05/2013

Just curious. What years begin and end middle age?

by Anonymousreply 55909/05/2013

[quote] What years begin and end middle age?

28 and 35

by Anonymousreply 56009/05/2013

Middle age ends with a person's 50s. Although it's hard to think of Meryl Streep, in her early 60s, as being a "senior."

by Anonymousreply 56109/05/2013

Oh ye, of little Faith!

Annie to Close

(no surprise - 1/5/2014)

by Anonymousreply 56209/05/2013

[quote] How many 118-year-olds do you know?

Madonna, Cher.....

by Anonymousreply 56309/05/2013

Mark my words -- the ANNIE revival won't make it until January. That announcement was made to stimulate sales to get them to January, and September is looking really grim for them. It may not make it to October. You read it here first.

by Anonymousreply 56409/05/2013

r565 is right, although I think they'll make it. I know an investor, and they're really pissed at how the lead producer screwed this whole thing up. Lapine was the wrong choice, and the marketing was stupid. A good revival of ANNIE should have run at least 18-24 months. They blew this big time.

by Anonymousreply 56509/05/2013

r566, I would love to hear more specifics about what the investors think! (I love ANNIE and hated this production with the heat of ten thousand suns.)

by Anonymousreply 56609/05/2013

I usually think of middle aged as 45 to 60.

by Anonymousreply 56709/05/2013

"Mark my words -- the ANNIE revival won't make it until January."

That would be a wonderful thing. Put it out of its misery.

by Anonymousreply 56809/05/2013

R567,

Me too. Somehow the powers-that-be managed to produce a charmless, frumpy, joyless ANNIE. They should be embarrassed.

by Anonymousreply 56909/06/2013

I had a dream.

Katie Finneran was in a play that was happening in my neighbor's front yard.

Weird, I know.

by Anonymousreply 57009/06/2013

Is there already a new musical that's eying The Palace once Annie vacates?

That jewel of a theater deserves a gorgeous show and it hasn't had one in a very long time.

by Anonymousreply 57109/06/2013

R572- Maybe Heather Headley will return to the theater of her last success (Aida) with The Bodyguard? I loved her so much in London and can't wait to see her again in NYC.

by Anonymousreply 57209/06/2013

There's an article (not a review) on "Big Fish" in this week's EW. Also a sidebar on upcoming film-to-Broadway shows.

by Anonymousreply 57309/06/2013

[quote]I had a dream... Katie Finneran was in a play that was happening in my neighbor's front yard. Weird, I know.

Yeah, because Katie Finneran only does plays in people's back yards.

by Anonymousreply 57409/06/2013

I hate ryhog!!

by Anonymousreply 57509/06/2013

I hate dramedy and his weekly nut.

by Anonymousreply 57609/06/2013

R576: Get in the back of a long line.

by Anonymousreply 57709/06/2013

BroadwayWorld.com launched a new design and it's busy busy busy and very buggy. Takes forever to load.

by Anonymousreply 57809/06/2013

I think Joanna Gleason and Chris Sarandon would make a great Schneider and Schultz.

by Anonymousreply 57909/06/2013

Marthe Keller as Schneider. You read it here first.

by Anonymousreply 58009/06/2013

Will anybody go see Faith before the dog is put to sleep? She is out a lot (because of previously booked gigs) but still no one seems at all interested in her take on Hannigan.

by Anonymousreply 58109/06/2013

Mackensie Phillips as Schneider

by Anonymousreply 58209/06/2013

Mary Louise Wilson as Ann Miner. And who will play dramedy? And is English his first language?

by Anonymousreply 58309/06/2013

"The Glass Menagerie" is beautiful. It has a scheduled run which is to be short and that is the only bad thing. Cherry Jones lost the weight she put on when it had its run at ART and looks all the better for it. Cherry and the staging and movement are wonderful and the whole cast is just a fierce unit. I'm not to state anything else for fear of spoiling it but be on the lookout for Laura's entrance and exit.

by Anonymousreply 58409/06/2013

Why do the comments on the First preview of Big Fish make it sound really awful? No one these days ever seems to do much to improve a show between, say, Chicago and six months later in New York. As usual, the best thing about Dead Fish seems to be Norbert, who isn't huffing and puffing yet.

by Anonymousreply 58509/06/2013

I am also with r567--who knows the behind the scenes gossip with "Annie"? Everything about the production was so wrong headed that it is shocking no producer stepped up. You have to really try to completely wreck the kind of show that just about everybody who wants to see it wants to love it. "West SIde Story" and "Guys and Dolls" are the last revivals I saw that left me dispirited and confused about how it all happened.

by Anonymousreply 58609/06/2013

"That jewel of a theater deserves a gorgeous show and it hasn't had one in a very long time."

You can say that again.

by Anonymousreply 58709/06/2013

Summer's over and the dreaded Fall is here. Kinky Boots back on 1/2 price booth at 30% off and Pippin now pretty much a regular anywhere from 30 to 50% off. What's next? Rebecca Luker not being around long in Cindy?

by Anonymousreply 58809/06/2013

Well, in fact, Luker WON'T be around long in Cindy. She's only contracted for the three or so months that VC requested off. Although, something could always happen and Vicky could just "never come back."

by Anonymousreply 58909/06/2013

Is Glass Menagerie afraid to make a go of it with an extended run? They can't get those 4 actors to commit to a year? That's sad.

by Anonymousreply 59009/06/2013

I'm not stating anything that hasn't already been said here before, but anyone who has worked with James Lapine would have known that he was the wrong choice to direct Annie.

He never trusts any material he hasn't written. He couldn't even make a success of a sure-fire play like The Diary of Anne Frank.

by Anonymousreply 59109/06/2013

The pearl-clutching Marys on BroadwayWorld are saying things like "This is the type of theater I live for: the kind that sends you home stupefied, change [sic] forever."

and: "I found myself sobbing into my hands several times throughout, overwhelmed by it all."

and: "there were moments where I stopped breathing."

by Anonymousreply 59209/06/2013

...about GLASS MENAGERIE...

by Anonymousreply 59309/06/2013

I hate Jordan Catalano and Phyllis Rodgers Stone over at Bwayworld.

by Anonymousreply 59409/06/2013

I have never ever heard open sobbing at the theater. Maybe sniffles on a very rare occasion. Why must these dramadorks insist on hyperbole? Don't they know what actually open sobbing sounds like? Can't they just say they were moved and leave it at that? They're always openly sobbing. Weeping. Moaning. Gnashing of teeth. Rending of garments. Or, conversely, laughing with tears rolling down their cheeks. What the fuck? What on Broadway has been that funny in generations? These queens are like walking pull quotes. Makes you discount every single thing they say.

by Anonymousreply 59509/06/2013

"Maybe Heather Headley will return to the theater of her last success (Aida) with The Bodyguard? I loved her so much in London and can't wait to see her again in NYC."

Apparently, if she keeps up the same attendance record she had in London, your chances of seeing her go on at whatever performance you attend are not good.

"Anyone who has worked with James Lapine would have known that he was the wrong choice to direct Annie. He never trusts any material he hasn't written."

Like Arthur Laurents, Lapine doesn't even trust material he HAS written. Did you SEE the INTO THE WOODS revival? Or maybe it's just that he has absolutely no talent whatsoever as a director, in comparison to the very minimal talent he possesses as a writer.

by Anonymousreply 59609/06/2013

Although everything about SOUL DOCTOR being on Broadway makes my skin crawl, I have to say the actual story of Schlomo is interesting, just not the cliched way it's portrayed. And couldn't they find an actress that could sing Nina Simone better?

by Anonymousreply 59709/06/2013

Schlomo always sounds dirty to me.

by Anonymousreply 59809/06/2013

We're almost at the end..

Time to discuss a fabulous revival of COCO!

by Anonymousreply 59909/06/2013

Lena Dunham as COCO!

by Anonymousreply 60009/06/2013
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