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 Anonymous||reply 601||09/06/2013|
I always thought the FULL MONTY book was great - what are the messes?
|by Anonymous||reply 3||08/26/2013|
How is it Norm Lewis is straight?
|by Anonymous||reply 4||08/26/2013|
in Santa fe right now....help me
|by Anonymous||reply 6||08/26/2013|
To answer a question from the previous thread - Zach Braff is playing the John Cusack role.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||08/26/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 8||08/26/2013|
I think most people agree that "Chop Suey" is the worst Rodgers and Hammerstein song.
|by Anonymous||reply 9||08/26/2013|
How about "Western People Funny"? Although all of Pacific Overtures sounds like that.
|by Anonymous||reply 10||08/26/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 11||08/26/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 12||08/26/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 14||08/26/2013|
Sherie Rene Scott is misunderstood
|by Anonymous||reply 15||08/26/2013|
Of course, Sherie is misunderstood. She basically can't explain herself or her, er, art.
|by Anonymous||reply 16||08/26/2013|
Sherie for Helen Sinclair!
|by Anonymous||reply 17||08/26/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 18||08/26/2013|
The critics are going to tear "Romeo and Juliet" to shreds.
Ditch the fucking motorcycles!!!!!
|by Anonymous||reply 19||08/26/2013|
OP-As long as they don't make another massive mistake and cast Randy Harrison in a role Bobby Steggart is perfect for.
|by Anonymous||reply 20||08/26/2013|
What will Leveaux change by Opening Night? The shower curtains?
|by Anonymous||reply 21||08/26/2013|
"Sweet Hog of Mine" - State Fair.
|by Anonymous||reply 22||08/26/2013|
[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 Anonymous||reply 24||08/26/2013|
Of course - ME for Helen Sinclair!
|by Anonymous||reply 25||08/26/2013|
who has commented or confirmed Colin Donnell's size?
|by Anonymous||reply 26||08/26/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 27||08/26/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 28||08/26/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 29||08/26/2013|
You can't remember if it was Ann Jillian or not, R28? IT'S A LIVING fans everywhere just cried.
|by Anonymous||reply 30||08/26/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 31||08/26/2013|
John Tiffany is, I believe, a Scott. His production of The Glass Menagerie is lyrical and beautiful.
|by Anonymous||reply 32||08/26/2013|
curious to see Glass Menagerie. I have heard such conflicting things from intelligent people. Makes me more interested in it.
|by Anonymous||reply 33||08/26/2013|
As in comes from Scotland? Or as in Scott Caan!
|by Anonymous||reply 34||08/26/2013|
"The Full Monty" is a show I can see on repeat. "Kinky Boots" is a show I never want to see again.
|by Anonymous||reply 35||08/26/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 36||08/26/2013|
R25 post-- that was NOT me!
|by Anonymous||reply 37||08/26/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 39||08/26/2013|
If Jerry is gonna show full frontal, then maybe I would see it again.
|by Anonymous||reply 40||08/26/2013|
[quote]it's so low-rent
What the hell does that mean, your highness?
|by Anonymous||reply 41||08/26/2013|
Who should play Keno in the "Monty" reboot?
|by Anonymous||reply 42||08/26/2013|
I would pay to see Jerry Mitchell in THE FULL MONTY! I love younger men and to me he is very sexy!
|by Anonymous||reply 43||08/26/2013|
On what planet is Jerry Mitchell a "younger man?"
|by Anonymous||reply 44||08/26/2013|
Get a load of R8, still slut-shaming Marin Mazzie for Passion almost 20 years ago.
|by Anonymous||reply 48||08/26/2013|
R28, it was not Ann Jillian, it was Rhonda Burchmore.
|by Anonymous||reply 49||08/26/2013|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 51||08/26/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 52||08/26/2013|
Burchmore played the title role in The Drowsy Chaperone to Geoffrey Rush's Man in Chair.
|by Anonymous||reply 53||08/26/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 54||08/26/2013|
Tying two subjects together -- did Norm Lewis ever play "Horse" in TFM? Or is he too young?
|by Anonymous||reply 55||08/26/2013|
"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 Anonymous||reply 56||08/26/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 57||08/26/2013|
I thought BUYER & CELLAR was pretty thin gruel, and I'm a huge Barbra fan.
Cute but unmemorable.
|by Anonymous||reply 58||08/26/2013|
Yes, R58, your word is gospel and so they've extended indefinitely.
|by Anonymous||reply 59||08/26/2013|
One is allowed to find popular things bad, r59.
|by Anonymous||reply 60||08/26/2013|
"Was Richard Haydn gay?"
I don't know, dahling. He never sucked my cock.
|by Anonymous||reply 61||08/27/2013|
"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 Anonymous||reply 62||08/27/2013|
AN ORDINARY COUPLE has been known to cause stage 4 cancer.
|by Anonymous||reply 63||08/27/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 64||08/27/2013|
[quote]"Was Richard Haydn gay?
Everyone in the theatre is gay.
|by Anonymous||reply 65||08/27/2013|
R62. Dear Schoolmarm, aka Lady Patronize. I have been paying attention, you dumb twat.
|by Anonymous||reply 66||08/27/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 68||08/27/2013|
They really need to do a revival of the Antoinette Perry drama 'The Ladder'
It is SO long overdue for a revival.
|by Anonymous||reply 69||08/27/2013|
[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.
|by Anonymous||reply 70||08/27/2013|
no you can only revive shows that have had major productions in the last 2-5 years
|by Anonymous||reply 71||08/27/2013|
I don't know, R62. I remember arriving in NYC the day that Merman died and the marquees went dark that night.
|by Anonymous||reply 72||08/27/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 73||08/27/2013|
They should do a revival of Wicked. Y'know, get right out I front of the original production!
|by Anonymous||reply 74||08/27/2013|
"One is allowed to find popular things bad, [R59]."
But not one of the more clever original productions/performancs in recent years.
|by Anonymous||reply 75||08/27/2013|
"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 Anonymous||reply 76||08/27/2013|
R77-God bless those unions.
|by Anonymous||reply 77||08/27/2013|
[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 Anonymous||reply 78||08/27/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 79||08/27/2013|
"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 Anonymous||reply 80||08/27/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 81||08/27/2013|
BTW, does Randy get naked in HARBOUR?
|by Anonymous||reply 82||08/27/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 83||08/27/2013|
The last THREE Amoralists plays I went to DID NOT have their usual full frontal male nudity.
What's the deal Amoralists?
|by Anonymous||reply 85||08/27/2013|
Datalounge is acting strangely today. I've posted several things that haven't shown up.
|by Anonymous||reply 86||08/27/2013|
[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 Anonymous||reply 87||08/27/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 88||08/27/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 89||08/27/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 90||08/27/2013|
"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 Anonymous||reply 91||08/27/2013|
"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 Anonymous||reply 92||08/27/2013|
[quote]"Hayes - the odds-makers have written off his new series
Link please, or is it just something "you know"?
|by Anonymous||reply 94||08/27/2013|
[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 Anonymous||reply 95||08/27/2013|
What are the chorus boys doing?
|by Anonymous||reply 96||08/27/2013|
[quote]Um hello! What are we chopped liver?
We wish. Chopped liver actually has a flavor.
|by Anonymous||reply 97||08/27/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 98||08/27/2013|
August 28th at 7:45 PM - dimming the lightsfor Julie Harris
|by Anonymous||reply 99||08/27/2013|
"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 Anonymous||reply 102||08/27/2013|
[quote] I've only seen a few clips of him in QUEER AS FOLK
One of them was the rimming scene, right?
|by Anonymous||reply 103||08/27/2013|
"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 Anonymous||reply 104||08/27/2013|
How is the selection at TDF these days?
|by Anonymous||reply 105||08/27/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 106||08/27/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 107||08/27/2013|
AND I'M STILL WAITING FOR THE NAKED MICHAEL ARDEN PHOTOS!!!
|by Anonymous||reply 108||08/27/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 109||08/27/2013|
Those Michael Arden pictures do not exist. Stop obsessing about them because it just makes you sound like a loser.
|by Anonymous||reply 110||08/27/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 111||08/27/2013|
I love the pig song in State Fair. My father was a farmer, and he thought it was the funniest thing.
|by Anonymous||reply 112||08/27/2013|
You want pig songs? Check out the British musical "Betty Blue Eyes."
|by Anonymous||reply 114||08/28/2013|
Channing has had lousy eyesight for decades. That's why she once fell of the Dolly stage.
|by Anonymous||reply 115||08/28/2013|
[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 Anonymous||reply 116||08/28/2013|
How many of you boys saw me in my starring role in the Broadway company of DESTRY RIDES AGAIN?
|by Anonymous||reply 117||08/28/2013|
[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 Anonymous||reply 118||08/28/2013|
Will Cinderella make it past the New Year? Its capacity is already down to just 70%.
Maybe Vicky won't have to return.
|by Anonymous||reply 119||08/28/2013|
Scram, impersonator. Or I'll sic Barbara on you.
|by Anonymous||reply 120||08/28/2013|
[quote] Those Michael Arden pictures do not exist.
Um, yes they do.
|by Anonymous||reply 121||08/28/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 122||08/28/2013|
 It's Barbra you fake queen!!! Turn in your caftan and earrings immediately!!!!!!!!
|by Anonymous||reply 123||08/28/2013|
Jen Cody as Columbia in Hunter Foster directed Rocky Horror at Bucks County Playhouse with Will Swenson as Dr. Frank-N-Furter!
|by Anonymous||reply 124||08/28/2013|
[quote]Might fellow Aussie Toni Collette finally get that elusive movie musical role opposite Geoffrey Rush?
She's committed to a TV show.
|by Anonymous||reply 125||08/28/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 126||08/28/2013|
Chmerkovskiy is 6'2" and only 33 years old. I thought he was older.
|by Anonymous||reply 127||08/28/2013|
Maks has a magnificent ass. His face is almost as handsome.
|by Anonymous||reply 128||08/28/2013|
Does anyone think that Catherine O'Hara would consider replacing Andrea Martin in Pippin? She'd be a hoot!
|by Anonymous||reply 130||08/28/2013|
[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 Anonymous||reply 131||08/28/2013|
[quote] She's committed to a TV show.
|by Anonymous||reply 132||08/28/2013|
I saw Betty Buckley in The Old Friends tonight. Perfect part for her: she's fat, drunk, yells a lot, and throws things.
|by Anonymous||reply 133||08/28/2013|
[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 Anonymous||reply 134||08/28/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 135||08/29/2013|
[quote]Now, it's just campy excess.
We know all about her campy excess.
|by Anonymous||reply 136||08/29/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 137||08/29/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 138||08/29/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 139||08/29/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 140||08/29/2013|
r138, what Lynch reviews did you see?
Producers probably don't want critics taking another shot at their ill conceived production
|by Anonymous||reply 141||08/29/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 142||08/29/2013|
[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 Anonymous||reply 143||08/29/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 144||08/29/2013|
Suttbot would be great in Drat!
And I can also see Laura O.
|by Anonymous||reply 145||08/29/2013|
there's a part for a midget?
|by Anonymous||reply 146||08/29/2013|
Sutton's even older than Benanti. TOO OLD!
Osnes is more in the age range, but she's too uninteresting.
|by Anonymous||reply 147||08/29/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 148||08/29/2013|
[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 Anonymous||reply 150||08/29/2013|
Lindsey Mendez is a hippo
|by Anonymous||reply 152||08/29/2013|
the proof Lindsey Mendez is a hippo
|by Anonymous||reply 153||08/29/2013|
"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 Anonymous||reply 154||08/29/2013|
Guess who auditioned for Barbra Streisand and Stephen Sondheim?
Hint: There was lots of Applause.
|by Anonymous||reply 155||08/29/2013|
Part of me is hoping Lauren Bacall auditioned for Miss Mazeppa, R156.
|by Anonymous||reply 156||08/29/2013|
Lauren Bacall almost won an Oscar by being directed by Babs.
|by Anonymous||reply 157||08/29/2013|
Penny Fuller? Len Cariou?
|by Anonymous||reply 160||08/29/2013|
Well, it can't be Bonnie Franklin from the grave. How about Penny Fuller?
|by Anonymous||reply 161||08/29/2013|
It's that Ebersole woman. She played Margo Channing in a really bad Encores production of APPLAUSE
|by Anonymous||reply 166||08/29/2013|
That's what I was thinking, too, R166.
|by Anonymous||reply 167||08/29/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 168||08/29/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 169||08/29/2013|
I was no great beauty, but I sure didn't look like that dog!
|by Anonymous||reply 170||08/29/2013|
[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 Anonymous||reply 171||08/29/2013|
and Barbra would have been 43 when she birthed GAGA so it is biologically possible!!!
|by Anonymous||reply 172||08/29/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 173||08/29/2013|
R172, please describe the Michael Arden pics for us. Is he performing fellatio or ... anything else?
|by Anonymous||reply 174||08/29/2013|
Barbra really only looks about 57 or so. I hate her!!!
|by Anonymous||reply 175||08/29/2013|
Does Babs have a director in mind? (other than herself of course)
|by Anonymous||reply 177||08/29/2013|
Barbara and Gaga both have OCD. This could be epic! Like Davis/Crawford epic!!
|by Anonymous||reply 178||08/29/2013|
Lena Dunham for Louise! Then they can save money because they won't need a cow costume.
|by Anonymous||reply 179||08/30/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 180||08/30/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 181||08/30/2013|
[quote] In a casting coup, Patti LuPone, Bernadette Peters and Tyne Daly will play the three strippers.
|by Anonymous||reply 182||08/30/2013|
[quote] It's that Ebersole woman.
Queen of overratedness!
|by Anonymous||reply 184||08/30/2013|
Speaking of McDonald and her ilk, has Rose ever been played by a soprano?
|by Anonymous||reply 185||08/30/2013|
"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 Anonymous||reply 186||08/30/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 187||08/30/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 188||08/30/2013|
The "vulnerable" Louise of Gypsy is nothing like the real Gypsy Rose Lee, even before she became Gypsy.
|by Anonymous||reply 189||08/30/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 190||08/30/2013|
Isn't Dainty June supposed to be pretty, r191?
|by Anonymous||reply 191||08/30/2013|
Let's cast the next revival of Follies. Koch Theater, NYC, 2015.
|by Anonymous||reply 192||08/30/2013|
Was June Havoc pretty? Maybe from a distance - a LOOOOOONG distance.
|by Anonymous||reply 193||08/30/2013|
Jesse Mueller for Drat! The Cat!
|by Anonymous||reply 194||08/30/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 195||08/30/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 196||08/30/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 197||08/30/2013|
If Denzel Washington can play Walter Lee Younger, I can play Rose!
|by Anonymous||reply 198||08/30/2013|
"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 Anonymous||reply 199||08/30/2013|
R197 God, that casting made me throw up a little in my mouth.
|by Anonymous||reply 200||08/30/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 201||08/30/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 202||08/30/2013|
I knew I could swing it from Gypsy to Follies and the Follies girls would wake up!!!!
|by Anonymous||reply 203||08/30/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 204||08/30/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 205||08/30/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 206||08/30/2013|
Whatever happened to Belle Callaway? She was an amazing Roxie but disappeared after she left Chicago a few years ago.
|by Anonymous||reply 207||08/30/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 208||08/30/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 210||08/30/2013|
Styne had a rep as one of the nicer, more "take as it comes" theatre writers. He must have really hated Madge.
|by Anonymous||reply 211||08/30/2013|
[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 Anonymous||reply 212||08/30/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 213||08/30/2013|
[quote]It's never been done on film and she could own the role.
Bitch, please. Been there, owned that.
|by Anonymous||reply 214||08/30/2013|
[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 Anonymous||reply 215||08/30/2013|
[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 Anonymous||reply 216||08/30/2013|
I think "Road Trip" proved that the audience no longer has an appetite for Ms. Streisand's antics.
|by Anonymous||reply 217||08/30/2013|
She should do 70, Girls, 70!
|by Anonymous||reply 218||08/30/2013|
R217. Oh yeah. You mean like Ellen Barkin? And look what happened to her. She got fired.
|by Anonymous||reply 219||08/30/2013|
Did anyone see Tovah in PIPPIN? I would much prefer to see Linda Lavin.
|by Anonymous||reply 220||08/30/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 221||08/30/2013|
I can't imagine it without Andrea Martin.
|by Anonymous||reply 222||08/30/2013|
Is Martin unhappy in the show? Why leave such a big hit?
|by Anonymous||reply 223||08/30/2013|
[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 Anonymous||reply 224||08/30/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 225||08/30/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 226||08/30/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 227||08/30/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 228||08/31/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 229||08/31/2013|
[quote] I never got a Jewish vibe from any other Mama Rose
|by Anonymous||reply 230||08/31/2013|
probably the end of August lull r230
|by Anonymous||reply 231||08/31/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 232||08/31/2013|
We never had August slumps in my day. If you were a hit, you were a HIT, and forget that "40%" crap.
|by Anonymous||reply 233||08/31/2013|
I can't believe First Date is still running. How?
|by Anonymous||reply 234||08/31/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 235||08/31/2013|
...and soon, something great will hit Broadway once again.
|by Anonymous||reply 236||08/31/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 237||08/31/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 238||08/31/2013|
[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 Anonymous||reply 239||08/31/2013|
r228: I thought "Loveland" looked like a giant hot-pink vagina. Which may have been the intention.
|by Anonymous||reply 240||08/31/2013|
and r241 that proves just how familiar you are with the appearance of vaginas
|by Anonymous||reply 241||08/31/2013|
on Barry's list to replace Andrea Martin: Snooki, Lindsay Lohan, Kris Jenner, the Cronut, Edward Snowden, Miley...
|by Anonymous||reply 243||08/31/2013|
What about Christie Brinkley?
|by Anonymous||reply 244||08/31/2013|
On Fran's list: Julie Harris, Regina Resnik, Bea Arthur, Rue, Estelle, Betty....Oh she is?????
|by Anonymous||reply 245||08/31/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 246||08/31/2013|
"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 Anonymous||reply 247||08/31/2013|
Bebe Neuwirth recorded Lucy & Jessie for her new album. I bet she was fuming that Schaeffer was heading that major revival.
|by Anonymous||reply 248||08/31/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 249||08/31/2013|
Perfect casting - Chris Seiber now only plays kings, princes, lords, and knights.
Triumph of Love, Into the Woods, Spamalot, Shrek, etc.
|by Anonymous||reply 250||08/31/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 251||08/31/2013|
could they seriously have hired Tovah to play 12 performances-without guaranteeing her the replacement?
|by Anonymous||reply 252||08/31/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 253||08/31/2013|
oh shut the fck about about Follies already
|by Anonymous||reply 254||08/31/2013|
r255 feels no production will ever equal the original. Thank you for your input r255
Chris Sieber for Phyllis!
|by Anonymous||reply 255||08/31/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 256||08/31/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 257||08/31/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 258||08/31/2013|
Well r259, it looked like nothing more than a screen projection so what difference does it make?
|by Anonymous||reply 259||08/31/2013|
Let's end the Follies shit now with one last word: That last production SUCKED BIG TIME! Everyone in it sucked!
|by Anonymous||reply 260||08/31/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 262||08/31/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 263||08/31/2013|
Please don't poke the Sondheimites. They're nutz.
|by Anonymous||reply 264||08/31/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 265||08/31/2013|
They already made a film of Follies. It's called The Turning Point! Mostly.
|by Anonymous||reply 268||08/31/2013|
No, it'sh calledsh That'sh Enshertainmentsh!
|by Anonymous||reply 269||08/31/2013|
Leslie Uggams for Berthe in PIPPIN!
|by Anonymous||reply 270||08/31/2013|
No, you did NOT win, Jayne at R262. Nomination only.
|by Anonymous||reply 271||08/31/2013|
Jessica Walter IS Berthe!
|by Anonymous||reply 272||08/31/2013|
Karen Morrow should be Berthe!
|by Anonymous||reply 273||08/31/2013|
[quote] Can it be a black woman? Where's Lillias White these days?
What about Terri White?
|by Anonymous||reply 274||08/31/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 275||08/31/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 277||08/31/2013|
Orlando Bloom may be the most talentless Brit actor at his level of fame.
|by Anonymous||reply 278||08/31/2013|
Thank God you said "Brit"
|by Anonymous||reply 279||08/31/2013|
Is Liam much worse than Chris?
|by Anonymous||reply 280||08/31/2013|
Someone whose birthday's tomorrow was in talks to play Berthe in the tour.
|by Anonymous||reply 281||08/31/2013|
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.
I love you.
I weep with you.
Anyone else see MR. BURNS? OLD FRIENDS?
|by Anonymous||reply 283||08/31/2013|
'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 Anonymous||reply 284||08/31/2013|
Please God, not Lillias White or Terri White!!
|by Anonymous||reply 285||08/31/2013|
I'd like to see a Follies in the style of Ken Russell.
|by Anonymous||reply 286||08/31/2013|
I'd like to see Kurt Russell in Follies
|by Anonymous||reply 288||08/31/2013|
Russell Crowe as Solange!
|by Anonymous||reply 290||08/31/2013|
Russell Stover at intermission!
|by Anonymous||reply 291||08/31/2013|
Can I just move over to Andrea's part and ditch the orphans? PLEASE???
|by Anonymous||reply 293||08/31/2013|
[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 Anonymous||reply 294||08/31/2013|
Craig Russell as Liza as Judy as Mae as Carlotta!
|by Anonymous||reply 295||08/31/2013|
Is Mae Barnes still alive?
|by Anonymous||reply 296||08/31/2013|
Preshy Marker replaced Karen Black as Philia in the out of town tryouts of Forum.
Was Preshy short for Precious?
|by Anonymous||reply 298||08/31/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 300||08/31/2013|
"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."
|by Anonymous||reply 301||08/31/2013|
[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."
|by Anonymous||reply 302||08/31/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 303||09/01/2013|
Enough with FOLLIES. Enough.
|by Anonymous||reply 304||09/01/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 305||09/01/2013|
[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 Anonymous||reply 306||09/01/2013|
I love those Sven movies!
I never miss a Liv Ullman musical.
|by Anonymous||reply 307||09/01/2013|
Rosie O'Donnell IS Berthe.
|by Anonymous||reply 308||09/01/2013|
They made a movie about my cousin?
|by Anonymous||reply 309||09/01/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 310||09/01/2013|
R282. Hmm. Today is Carolee's birthday. But is she touring or will she be Andrea/Tovah's replacement?
|by Anonymous||reply 311||09/01/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 312||09/01/2013|
[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 Anonymous||reply 313||09/01/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 314||09/01/2013|
Betty White is too busy rehearsing to play Miss Electra in Streisand's Gypsy.
|by Anonymous||reply 315||09/01/2013|
"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?"
|by Anonymous||reply 316||09/01/2013|
Mr. Burns is a piece of shit that the critics will eat up with a side of The Flick.
|by Anonymous||reply 317||09/01/2013|
Shirley Henderson is wonderful. The underrated Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day could make a fun musical.
Any buzz on Fun Home?
|by Anonymous||reply 318||09/01/2013|
I can't imagine having Tovah in for just 12 shows. Is she replacing? Or did she hate it?
|by Anonymous||reply 319||09/01/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 320||09/01/2013|
The next 4 weeks of Broadway grosses will be horrendous. Big Fish=big flop. Houdini to take that theater.
|by Anonymous||reply 321||09/01/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 322||09/01/2013|
r242: Hmmm....Not very. Like most of the audiences at FOLLIES.
|by Anonymous||reply 323||09/01/2013|
Linking to Frank Rich's review...the words "dreary amateur night" appear quite early...
|by Anonymous||reply 324||09/01/2013|
Honey, Tovah doesnt sell one ticket
|by Anonymous||reply 325||09/01/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 326||09/01/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 327||09/01/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 328||09/01/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 329||09/01/2013|
R323, it only ran like 11 performances. Early in the season. It might've been 7 performances.
|by Anonymous||reply 330||09/01/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 331||09/01/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 332||09/01/2013|
Went to see it and Cher was out. Heard she called out a lot.
|by Anonymous||reply 333||09/01/2013|
R334 I understand she was visiting Mt. Rushmore.
|by Anonymous||reply 334||09/01/2013|
Is Lily Tomlin being courted for Berthe?
|by Anonymous||reply 335||09/01/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 336||09/01/2013|
"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 Anonymous||reply 337||09/01/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 338||09/01/2013|
"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 Anonymous||reply 339||09/01/2013|
Wentworth Miller for Helen Sinclair!
|by Anonymous||reply 340||09/01/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 342||09/01/2013|
Emily Skinner didn't appear in Sweeney Todd. Everyone would have noticed her siamese twin.
|by Anonymous||reply 343||09/01/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 344||09/01/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 345||09/01/2013|
[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 Anonymous||reply 346||09/01/2013|
Traci Lords for Helen Sinclair!
|by Anonymous||reply 348||09/01/2013|
Marin Mazzie for Milky White in the Into The Woods movie!
|by Anonymous||reply 349||09/01/2013|
Andrew Sullivan for Milky White!
|by Anonymous||reply 350||09/01/2013|
Sandy Duncan should take over from Andrea Martin in Pippin. She was an amazing Roxie Hart in Chicago a few seasons back.
|by Anonymous||reply 352||09/01/2013|
[quote] She was an amazing Roxie Hart in Chicago a few seasons back.
Wasn't that last century?
|by Anonymous||reply 353||09/01/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 354||09/01/2013|
Beth Leavel stole that 2008 Encores! production of No, No, Nanette . . . stopped the show twice at the performance I attended.
|by Anonymous||reply 355||09/01/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 356||09/01/2013|
I'd rather see Helen Gallagher as Berthe than Sandy or Beth.
Now that would be something!
|by Anonymous||reply 357||09/01/2013|
As long as I don't have to HEAR Helen Gallagher.
|by Anonymous||reply 358||09/01/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 359||09/01/2013|
[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 Anonymous||reply 360||09/01/2013|
Doesn't Sandy Duncan have a hot gay son?
|by Anonymous||reply 361||09/01/2013|
Carol Channing wows Cherry Grove!
|by Anonymous||reply 362||09/01/2013|
You mustn't mean this son.
|by Anonymous||reply 363||09/01/2013|
That's Michael Correia, r364. I think Jeffrey's the gay one.
|by Anonymous||reply 364||09/01/2013|
[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 Anonymous||reply 365||09/01/2013|
It was such a waste to open the Chicago revival with Ann "Wheezy" Reiking.
|by Anonymous||reply 366||09/01/2013|
How about Flo Henderson replacing Andrea Martin? I would think that would bring in the tourists
|by Anonymous||reply 367||09/01/2013|
Anyone who finds Beth Leavel a boring performer must be on Adderall.
|by Anonymous||reply 368||09/01/2013|
Elizabeth Seal for Berthe!
|by Anonymous||reply 369||09/01/2013|
Andrea McArdle as Berthe!
|by Anonymous||reply 370||09/01/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 371||09/01/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 372||09/01/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 374||09/01/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 375||09/01/2013|
What exactly was it that happened on Chicago that made Sandy hate the Weisslers?
|by Anonymous||reply 376||09/01/2013|
Damn! I forgot that Playten had died...Thanks R376
|by Anonymous||reply 377||09/01/2013|
[quote]What exactly was it that happened on Chicago that made Sandy hate the Weisslers?
How much time do you have R377?
|by Anonymous||reply 378||09/01/2013|
The photo of Sandy Duncan and family looks like an ad for Lenscrafters.
|by Anonymous||reply 379||09/01/2013|
Joanna Gleason for Berthe. She's in her 60s . . . but can she still lift her legs?
|by Anonymous||reply 380||09/01/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 381||09/01/2013|
I'd run to the first performance, cause it'd be the ONLY performance.
|by Anonymous||reply 382||09/01/2013|
[quote]She was an amazing Roxie Hart in Chicago a few seasons back
a few decades back
|by Anonymous||reply 383||09/01/2013|
Sandy was the best Peter Pan. EVAH!!!!
|by Anonymous||reply 384||09/01/2013|
"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 Anonymous||reply 385||09/01/2013|
Clutch those fucking dollar store pearls R386!!
|by Anonymous||reply 388||09/01/2013|
Harvey Fierstein for Berthe
|by Anonymous||reply 389||09/01/2013|
Sandahl Bergman is Berthe. Donna MacKechnie is Berthe. Kelly Bishop is Berthe. etc etc
|by Anonymous||reply 390||09/01/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 392||09/01/2013|
Patti (to agent) WHO THE HELL DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?
|by Anonymous||reply 394||09/01/2013|
how many shows did Tovah do?
seems odd that they bothered to get a "name" replacement
|by Anonymous||reply 395||09/01/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 396||09/01/2013|
oh my r397 aren't you a sensitive little flower....maybe you should leave dl and go to broadwayworld.com
|by Anonymous||reply 397||09/02/2013|
Sandy won't be available. She's planning on replacing Valerie Harper when she bows out of Dancing With the Stars.
|by Anonymous||reply 398||09/02/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 399||09/02/2013|
Jackie Hoffman for Berthe!
|by Anonymous||reply 400||09/02/2013|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 401||09/02/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 403||09/02/2013|
[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 Anonymous||reply 404||09/02/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 405||09/02/2013|
Apparently, Victoria Clark has some hateful things about the backstage crew at Rodgers and Ha...
I mean Rodgers + Hammerstein's CINDERELLA.
|by Anonymous||reply 406||09/02/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 407||09/02/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 408||09/02/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 409||09/02/2013|
Liza has to sit for most of her onstage time nowadays. No way would she do Pippin.
|by Anonymous||reply 410||09/02/2013|
[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 Anonymous||reply 411||09/02/2013|
[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 Anonymous||reply 412||09/02/2013|
When I saw Sandy Duncan, Mamie Duncan Gibbs was playing Velma and yes, she was underwhelming.
|by Anonymous||reply 413||09/02/2013|
Liza hands shake too much to be able to do any trapeze work. She is very unsteady these days.
|by Anonymous||reply 414||09/02/2013|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 415||09/02/2013|
Well I still love you Miranda... even after you referred to ME as wearing patent leather Mary Jane tap shoes.
|by Anonymous||reply 416||09/02/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 417||09/02/2013|
r418 True but Annie Reinking shit all over that ladder with the flu. Sharted. Wow.
|by Anonymous||reply 418||09/02/2013|
Between Chicago and Pippin, this poor thread has become a Weissler crapfest. And they're not even in heaven... yet.
|by Anonymous||reply 419||09/02/2013|
Sandy Duncan is Valerie Harper stand-by on Dancing with the stars.
|by Anonymous||reply 420||09/02/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 421||09/02/2013|
[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 Anonymous||reply 422||09/02/2013|
Will Swenson is a REAL man, peoples!
It's because of him that I gave up show business and moved to Wisconsin!
|by Anonymous||reply 423||09/02/2013|
Relax, everybody! it's going to be Tovah. Mark my words.
|by Anonymous||reply 424||09/02/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 425||09/02/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 426||09/02/2013|
"True but Annie Reinking shit all over that ladder with the flu. Sharted. Wow."
Is this true or a joke?
|by Anonymous||reply 427||09/02/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 428||09/02/2013|
R421 see R399, and try to keep up.
|by Anonymous||reply 429||09/02/2013|
[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 Anonymous||reply 430||09/02/2013|
Why would Barry and Fran be in Heaven? They're Jewish.
|by Anonymous||reply 432||09/02/2013|
Jewish yes, but shrewd businesspeople!
|by Anonymous||reply 433||09/02/2013|
Of course they're shrewd, but that still didn't answer my question.
|by Anonymous||reply 434||09/02/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 435||09/02/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 436||09/02/2013|
[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 Anonymous||reply 437||09/02/2013|
Who's had Bobby Steggart?
|by Anonymous||reply 438||09/02/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 439||09/02/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 440||09/02/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 441||09/02/2013|
And Sophie Tucker will shit, I know, I did too!
|by Anonymous||reply 443||09/02/2013|
HANDS ON A HARD CANDY CHRISTMAS!
|by Anonymous||reply 444||09/02/2013|
I'd think Beth Leavel is probably second or third tier Broadway, competent but hardly a draw or name despite a Tony
|by Anonymous||reply 445||09/02/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 446||09/02/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 447||09/02/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 448||09/02/2013|
FOY even flew Lisa Welchel when she did the role at Starlight Theatre, and Ruta Lee before her in the late 60's!
|by Anonymous||reply 449||09/02/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 450||09/02/2013|
[quote] If Jason is Charlie Chaplin's son, then he should have inherited Charlie's immense fortune.
Not to mention his enormous schlong.
|by Anonymous||reply 451||09/02/2013|
Barbra also fucked Omar Sharif during the filming of Funny Girl.
|by Anonymous||reply 452||09/02/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 453||09/02/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 454||09/02/2013|
Besides Raul Esparza, R439?
|by Anonymous||reply 455||09/02/2013|
[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 Anonymous||reply 456||09/02/2013|
Big Fish starts previews Thursday! It'll be warm this week, will Bobby wear flip-flops to the show?
|by Anonymous||reply 457||09/02/2013|
The recent Streisand bio chronicles her affair with Sydney Chaplin.
(while she was married to Gould!)
|by Anonymous||reply 458||09/02/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 459||09/02/2013|
This theatre thread really has gone off the rails.
|by Anonymous||reply 460||09/02/2013|
My friend SideShow Bob is such a cunt.......
|by Anonymous||reply 461||09/02/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 462||09/02/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 463||09/03/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 464||09/03/2013|
[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 Anonymous||reply 466||09/03/2013|
Endless Bertha suggestions, endless discussions of Sandy Duncan's depth perception when flying, and tales of bowel accidents by Ann Reinking and Carol Channing.
|by Anonymous||reply 467||09/03/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 468||09/03/2013|
R469. So this is worth retelling because... (pick any two from Column A and one from Column 2).
|by Anonymous||reply 469||09/03/2013|
Is GLASS MENAGERIE not selling well? I'm getting lost of discount offers.
|by Anonymous||reply 470||09/03/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 472||09/03/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 473||09/03/2013|
no, r473 I think he means actors have contracts that stipulate where they are featured in ads
|by Anonymous||reply 474||09/03/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 475||09/03/2013|
Oh Fuck Peter Pan. Scream no if you don't believe in fairies. ON this list, that's a hoot!
|by Anonymous||reply 477||09/03/2013|
Michelle Williams in talks to play Sally Bowles in upcoming Roundabout revival of their revival of CABARET.
|by Anonymous||reply 479||09/03/2013|
She showed enough singing voice in that Marilyn movie to handle Sally Bowles. She might be wonderful.
|by Anonymous||reply 480||09/03/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 481||09/03/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 482||09/03/2013|
Ruthie's more of a Roxie than a Velma
|by Anonymous||reply 483||09/03/2013|
I like the idea of Michelle Wiliams as Sally. Makes more sense than that Emma Stone rumor.
|by Anonymous||reply 484||09/03/2013|
NATASHA, PIERRE found a new place to pitch it's tent!
|by Anonymous||reply 485||09/03/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 486||09/03/2013|
R480. Patsy in ticket sales at Roundabout. Are you aka always snarky and snide Mockingbird on ATC. If so, can it.
|by Anonymous||reply 487||09/03/2013|
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."
|by Anonymous||reply 488||09/03/2013|
[quote] WHERE EXACTLY?
259 West 45 Street
(Between Broadway and 8th Avenue)
|by Anonymous||reply 490||09/03/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 491||09/03/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 493||09/03/2013|
Broadway/tourist audiences are the last people who will want to see this show.
|by Anonymous||reply 494||09/03/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 495||09/03/2013|
And when they find out a full meal is a bite of three different cold dish, they will not be happy.
|by Anonymous||reply 496||09/03/2013|
I love the idea, R485. I hope she does it.
|by Anonymous||reply 497||09/03/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 498||09/03/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 499||09/03/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 500||09/03/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 501||09/03/2013|
Looks like it's official:
|by Anonymous||reply 502||09/03/2013|
Bobby Steggert came out in OUT. I love "in passing" coming outs.
|by Anonymous||reply 504||09/03/2013|
R500. She lives in Brooklyn. That's practically the same as Manhattan and a tad cheaper.
|by Anonymous||reply 505||09/03/2013|
MMMM....Danial Sunjata is coming back to Broadway in the Ethan Hawlk MACBETH.
He's playing MacBuff!
|by Anonymous||reply 506||09/03/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 508||09/04/2013|
[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 Anonymous||reply 509||09/04/2013|
I don't get it, r510. Who is that - Cody Green?
|by Anonymous||reply 510||09/04/2013|
Willl the new Cabaret be Tony eligible?
|by Anonymous||reply 511||09/04/2013|
Liza as Fraulein Schneider!!!
"The shun will rise and the shun will shet and you learn how to shettle for what you get..."
|by Anonymous||reply 512||09/04/2013|
Yes, Liza and Joel would be awesome. It would be the hit of the century. Hottest ticket in town.
|by Anonymous||reply 513||09/04/2013|
"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 Anonymous||reply 514||09/04/2013|
Liza's a mess. She doesn't have the acting chops for Schneidet.
|by Anonymous||reply 515||09/04/2013|
Joy Behar as Fraulein Schneider!
|by Anonymous||reply 516||09/04/2013|
Mr. Burns at Playwrights Horizons.
|by Anonymous||reply 517||09/04/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 518||09/04/2013|
Andrea McArdle for Fräulein Schneider. She's 50, you know.
|by Anonymous||reply 519||09/04/2013|
[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 Anonymous||reply 520||09/04/2013|
[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 Anonymous||reply 522||09/04/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 523||09/04/2013|
Anyone excited about the coming eight faces of Jefferson Mays?
|by Anonymous||reply 525||09/04/2013|
No, no, no, no, no, no, no and yes.
|by Anonymous||reply 526||09/04/2013|
[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 Anonymous||reply 527||09/04/2013|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 528||09/04/2013|
r528 = Christine Andreas.
|by Anonymous||reply 529||09/04/2013|
[quote]Karen Olivio is Fraulein Kost
Kost has to dance, yes?
|by Anonymous||reply 530||09/04/2013|
Is r529 giving us real info re Lauoer, Fierstein, and Olivo?
|by Anonymous||reply 531||09/04/2013|
Someone on BWW is demanding a Broadway revival of COME BACK TO THE FIVE & DIME, JIMMY DEAN, JIMMY DEAN.
Cast it, please.
|by Anonymous||reply 532||09/04/2013|
.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 Anonymous||reply 533||09/04/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 534||09/04/2013|
[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 Anonymous||reply 535||09/04/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 536||09/04/2013|
R536, I saw the John Stamos production, too, and he was surprisingly very good.
|by Anonymous||reply 537||09/04/2013|
R407 What did Vicki Clark say?
|by Anonymous||reply 538||09/04/2013|
r536, Rifkin was 59 and Wilson was 67 in '98 when the show opened on Broadway.
|by Anonymous||reply 539||09/04/2013|
I love Christine Ebersole, but her as Schneider is an awful, awful idea
|by Anonymous||reply 540||09/04/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 541||09/04/2013|
John Kander liked Stamos as the Emcee too.
|by Anonymous||reply 542||09/04/2013|
Rachelle Rak as Kit Kat Girl #3!!!!!!!!!
|by Anonymous||reply 543||09/04/2013|
Triple threat, Rachal Rak!
|by Anonymous||reply 544||09/04/2013|
[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 Anonymous||reply 545||09/04/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 546||09/04/2013|
[quote]John Kander liked Stamos as the Emcee too.
Yes, he felt that Stamos had the total package.
|by Anonymous||reply 548||09/05/2013|
Betty Lynn as Fraulein Schneider!
(but only if the entire cast and crew including box office personnel meditate before each performance)
|by Anonymous||reply 549||09/05/2013|
Danny Burstein for Herr Schultz, and Rebecca Luker for Fraulein Schneider!
|by Anonymous||reply 550||09/05/2013|
Karen Olivo IS Checkout Girl #2!
|by Anonymous||reply 551||09/05/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 552||09/05/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 553||09/05/2013|
I saw BIG FISH in Chicago. I don't think its fixable. But here they go!
|by Anonymous||reply 555||09/05/2013|
"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 Anonymous||reply 556||09/05/2013|
"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 Anonymous||reply 557||09/05/2013|
[quote]59 isn't a senior
How many 118-year-olds do you know?
|by Anonymous||reply 558||09/05/2013|
Just curious. What years begin and end middle age?
|by Anonymous||reply 559||09/05/2013|
[quote] What years begin and end middle age?
28 and 35
|by Anonymous||reply 560||09/05/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 561||09/05/2013|
[quote] How many 118-year-olds do you know?
|by Anonymous||reply 563||09/05/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 564||09/05/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 565||09/05/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 566||09/05/2013|
I usually think of middle aged as 45 to 60.
|by Anonymous||reply 567||09/05/2013|
"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 Anonymous||reply 568||09/05/2013|
Me too. Somehow the powers-that-be managed to produce a charmless, frumpy, joyless ANNIE. They should be embarrassed.
|by Anonymous||reply 569||09/06/2013|
I had a dream.
Katie Finneran was in a play that was happening in my neighbor's front yard.
Weird, I know.
|by Anonymous||reply 570||09/06/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 571||09/06/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 572||09/06/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 573||09/06/2013|
[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 Anonymous||reply 574||09/06/2013|
I hate dramedy and his weekly nut.
|by Anonymous||reply 576||09/06/2013|
R576: Get in the back of a long line.
|by Anonymous||reply 577||09/06/2013|
BroadwayWorld.com launched a new design and it's busy busy busy and very buggy. Takes forever to load.
|by Anonymous||reply 578||09/06/2013|
I think Joanna Gleason and Chris Sarandon would make a great Schneider and Schultz.
|by Anonymous||reply 579||09/06/2013|
Marthe Keller as Schneider. You read it here first.
|by Anonymous||reply 580||09/06/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 581||09/06/2013|
Mackensie Phillips as Schneider
|by Anonymous||reply 582||09/06/2013|
Mary Louise Wilson as Ann Miner. And who will play dramedy? And is English his first language?
|by Anonymous||reply 583||09/06/2013|
"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 Anonymous||reply 584||09/06/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 585||09/06/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 586||09/06/2013|
"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 Anonymous||reply 587||09/06/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 588||09/06/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 589||09/06/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 590||09/06/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 591||09/06/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 592||09/06/2013|
...about GLASS MENAGERIE...
|by Anonymous||reply 593||09/06/2013|
I hate Jordan Catalano and Phyllis Rodgers Stone over at Bwayworld.
|by Anonymous||reply 594||09/06/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 595||09/06/2013|
"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 Anonymous||reply 596||09/06/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 597||09/06/2013|
Schlomo always sounds dirty to me.
|by Anonymous||reply 598||09/06/2013|
We're almost at the end..
Time to discuss a fabulous revival of COCO!
|by Anonymous||reply 599||09/06/2013|