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THEATRE GOSSIP #120 - "BOBBY, BABY, BOBBY, BUBBE, BOBBY" Edition

Bobby Steggart is OUT - just in time for previews of BIG FISH! And the reviews from the first preview are IN and it's a hit! And so is its gay leading man! Ring Bells! Sing Songs!

The Search for Fraulein Schneider - Who is the lucky girl to be? Who will leave the bourgeoisie? Liza would be a coup for the two days she'd actually show up, then Lenora Nemetz would have to take over. Marthe Keller - has she done anything since "Marathon Man"? Looks great for her age, though. Cindy Lauper - not bad! Maybe she and Harvey should switch that rumor, though, and have Harve play Schneider and Lauper play Herr Schulz.

DL has been out-bitched by BWW and ATC. Too many up and coming nasties to keep up with. Dramedy and his weekly nut create the biggest sin of all - he's boring.

Daniel Sunjata - play on, MacDuff!

The second coming at Glass Menagerie! People have stopped breathing! Cherry Jones is healing the blind and the lame! Get your tickets now because it's a limited RUN!

At last Rebecca is on Broadway! Not the musical, but even better - the divine Miss Luker, looking ever so much more lovely in the dress and the antennae than Vicky Clark did. And much adored by the cast already!

WHO is rehearsing their trapeze act even as we speak? Could it be Faith Prince is ready to bail on that orphan flop and join the circus like she wanted to, when she was a lass?

James Lapine: How did that career happen?

COCO: Really, it's CACA, trust me on this.

The season is afoot - let's get some reports going!

MLLE. MODISTE! THE DESERT SONG! GOLDEN DAWN!!!!

The doctor will see you now ...

by Anonymousreply 60009/19/2013

I love OP!

by Anonymousreply 209/07/2013

I don't know how many people on the board go to the cd signings at Barnes and Nobles. Not only do you get the cds signed you get a live performance from many of the stars in the show. If you can go, go....

On Wednesday, HANDS ON A HARD BODY celebrated their release of the Cd with many of the cast.

These are now done at B&N on East 86th Street. A little harder getting to than the Lincoln Center which I really miss. I can't always get out of work that early. I went to so many of them a† Lincoln Center in addition to indivual performers while it was there.

In the past few months, PIPPIN, CINDERELLA, KINKY BOOTS, ANNIE, GIANT and SCANDALOUS were part of it. last year NEWSIES, DROOD, etc.

On Friday, September 20th York Theatres CLOSER THAN EVER will be celebrated, hoping I can go as it is in the middle of our preparation for the dinners at work which are the next week.

by Anonymousreply 309/07/2013

Perhaps you haven't heard that my TV Land series has been shitcanned?

Call me . . .

by Anonymousreply 409/07/2013

There's a great quality boot of Yank! in circulation, when it played in Brooklyn, in which Bobby Steggart was illuminating.

by Anonymousreply 509/07/2013

Bobby Steggert is out--someone fetch my smelling salts

by Anonymousreply 609/07/2013

Yup

by Anonymousreply 709/07/2013

a revival of a revival of a revival of Cabaret-which Roundabout didnt produce to begin with--how do they get away with this shit

cant wait for the bway revivals of Man of La Mancha with Stokes and Guys and Dolls with Lane & Prince--

by Anonymousreply 809/07/2013

So SOMEONE let us know about big fish

by Anonymousreply 909/07/2013

Best yet, OP. Probably better than any of the crap that will follow. And so far, I'm proved right, although I'm also a Bobby lover. He's my guilty pleasure, but at least I realize that!

by Anonymousreply 1009/07/2013

How can I get my hands on that boot of Yank?

by Anonymousreply 1109/07/2013

Frank DiLella sings (with very weak protests) in On Stage America September. This show is such a vanity project.

And there's a profile of Rachelle Rak, who I don't know except on this board. I hear she has a side job?

by Anonymousreply 1209/07/2013

[quote]a revival of a revival of a revival of Cabaret-which Roundabout didnt produce to begin with--how do they get away with this shit

So what? It was great production. Another generation gets to see it. This affects your life, how?

by Anonymousreply 1309/07/2013

another generation? it ran for six years and closed 9 years ago

by Anonymousreply 1409/07/2013

revamp of Broadwayworld website is virtually unreadable

by Anonymousreply 1509/07/2013

They desperately need to do a revival of 'A Mother's Kisses' that had starred Bea Arthur

by Anonymousreply 1609/07/2013

Any chance this Menagerie might get a PBS taping/airing? The other recorded ones are pretty unsatisfactory.

by Anonymousreply 1709/07/2013

I don't know if the previous post about Marthe Keller as Fraulein S. was serious, but mark my words, if it was....she'll be gone before previews begin.

by Anonymousreply 1809/07/2013

Love Bobby. He's lookin' FINE. For some reason I thought he was younger than 32.

by Anonymousreply 1909/07/2013

[quote] I don't know if the previous post about Marthe Keller as Fraulein S. was serious, but mark my words, if it was....she'll be gone before previews begin.

Care to elaborate.

I wish they'd give it to Polly Bergen. It was such a departure to hear those songs sung by a singer who can hold notes.

by Anonymousreply 2009/07/2013

[quote]So SOMEONE let us know about big fish

Evidently, she's doing a tour of HELLO, DOLLY!

by Anonymousreply 2109/07/2013

Thinking of seeing the Globe Theater double bill of RICHARD III and TWELFTH NIGHT with Mark Rylance. Anyone here see these in London?

by Anonymousreply 2209/07/2013

R22. The TV commercial should clue you into saving your money. But I tend to be in the Rylance minority most of the time.

by Anonymousreply 2309/07/2013

I'm going, (R22). I'm a Rylance fan. He's certainly never dull!

They're selling 250 seats a performance for $25.00. They're some pretty good orchestra seats for that price.

by Anonymousreply 2409/07/2013

"Any chance this Menagerie might get a PBS taping/airing? The other recorded ones are pretty unsatisfactory."

I love the Katharine Hepburn version. But that's still a great idea, R17.

by Anonymousreply 2509/07/2013

r1, go suck a lemon.

by Anonymousreply 2609/07/2013

Gertrude Lawrence's casting in the original is so bizarre.

by Anonymousreply 2709/07/2013

Laurette Taylor

by Anonymousreply 2809/07/2013

Polly Bergen is 83. She should be playing Fraulein Schnieder's MOTHER.

by Anonymousreply 2909/07/2013

Got orchestra seats third row for only $158 total with the BOX1 discount code. Going Monday night, can't wait!

by Anonymousreply 3009/07/2013

Polly Bergen can pass for much younger than 83.

by Anonymousreply 3109/07/2013

Bobby's sexuality was never a question to those who've worked with him, or dined with him, or talked with him.

And his boyfriend is a dream.

by Anonymousreply 3209/07/2013

Been watching clips from Rocky The Musical. It looks really cool. I hope Andy Karl gets it.

by Anonymousreply 3309/07/2013

Joe Manjello was their first choice, but with True Blood...

by Anonymousreply 3409/07/2013

R30:

Which production did you get orchestra seats for on a Monday??

OP:

ROTFLAMO!!! re:

"The second coming at Glass Menagerie! People have stopped breathing! Cherry Jones is healing the blind and the lame! Get your tickets now because it's a limited RUN!"

by Anonymousreply 3509/07/2013

Buzzie -- back and as annoying as ever!!!

by Anonymousreply 3609/07/2013

I'll never forget Ruth Buzzi in EVITA.

by Anonymousreply 3709/07/2013

Why was Ken Barnett replaced as the costar of "Gentlemen's Guide to Murder..."?

by Anonymousreply 3809/07/2013

Is Glass Menagerie selling well? $137 for literally every seat in the house is ridiculous. I'd like to see Cherry Jones on stage again, but for that price, I should get to watch her from Brian J. Smith's lap, not the back of the mezzanine.

by Anonymousreply 3909/07/2013

I love that people here hate Buzzie!!!! My friend used to get in fights with him constantly. He would always tell her she was a rude little girl.

by Anonymousreply 4009/07/2013

Faye Dunaway as Frau Schneider in Cabaret

by Anonymousreply 4109/07/2013

Joe Manjello for one of the two "ladies".

by Anonymousreply 4209/07/2013

Liz Callaway for Frau Schneider - she could use a job and she is no darn nice.

by Anonymousreply 4309/07/2013

r43 mlop?

by Anonymousreply 4409/07/2013

Polly Bergen did play Schneider in the original Roundabout production (around the time Stamos was MC.)

by Anonymousreply 4509/07/2013

Marthe received a Tony nomination for Judgement at Nuremberg

(the production where Maximillin Schell climbed onto the theatre roof a la Bai Ling)

by Anonymousreply 4709/07/2013

Theatre gossip 119 ended with the suggestion Lena Dunham play COCO.

I assume they meant James Coco?

by Anonymousreply 4809/07/2013

your welcome r49, thanks for pointing it out.

by Anonymousreply 5009/07/2013

Enough! Don't bring their crap here. That's what gets threads closed down.

by Anonymousreply 5109/07/2013

DL fave Bobby Steggart lives in Inwood. I'll bet some posters here have seen him. Does his BF live with him? Do they go to the weekend farmers market together? Do they hang out in that coffee place on Bway?

by Anonymousreply 5209/07/2013

Inwood? Up at the top? oh my.

by Anonymousreply 5309/07/2013

Who is Bobby's bf now?

by Anonymousreply 5409/07/2013

my vote for Fraulein Schneider: Michelle Pawk

by Anonymousreply 5609/07/2013

Doesn't NYC in cooperation with (I think) the Broadway League still that free Times Square Concert on an early Sunday in September showcase forthcoming Broadway musicals and existing shows?

I want to go this year.

by Anonymousreply 5809/08/2013

Get that opera singer from the CAROUSEL concert for Schneider.

by Anonymousreply 5909/08/2013

Wasn't she a great big fat person?

by Anonymousreply 6009/08/2013

[quote]Bobby's sexuality was never a question to those who've worked with him, or dined with him

Or dined ON him.

by Anonymousreply 6109/08/2013

r52: And most importantly, do they wear flip-flops?

The DL "Broadway Flip-Flop Feets" troll NEEDS TO KNOW!

by Anonymousreply 6209/08/2013

[quote]Doesn't NYC in cooperation with (I think) the Broadway League still that free Times Square Concert on an early Sunday in September showcase forthcoming Broadway musicals and existing shows? I want to go this year.

Broadway On Broadway. Not this year. Wonder why?

by Anonymousreply 6309/08/2013

How come nobody ask about me? Disposed Russian aristocrat, singer of cabaret songs by night, legal secretary by day,foe of the mlop!!!

by Anonymousreply 6409/08/2013

Because someone constructed an "Aristocrats"- style joke with her at the center, it flew around the four corners of the Internet (which was featured in a blurb in New York Magazine) and that, basically, was the last we heard from her.

by Anonymousreply 6509/08/2013

Scott Rudin jizzed all over the first six pages of my N Y Times fall prevue

by Anonymousreply 6609/08/2013

GLASS MENAGERIE is all that.

Gorgeous and perfect.

Something finally lives up to its hype.

Jones and Quinto are both sublime.

It's such a great play.

Go see it.

by Anonymousreply 6709/08/2013

[quote] Thinking of seeing the Globe Theater double bill of RICHARD III and TWELFTH NIGHT with Mark Rylance. Anyone here see these in London?

Saw them when they went to the West End. The Richard is good - surprisingly funny and with even a bit of a camp element to it. But the Twelfth Night is absolutely one of the greatest things I've seen. It's wonderful.

by Anonymousreply 6809/08/2013

Rylance's turns in Boeing Boeing and Jerusalem were astonishing. Looking forward to 12th Night also.

by Anonymousreply 6909/08/2013

Richard H. Blake in MATILDA??! Hot.

by Anonymousreply 7009/08/2013

Lenora Nemetz for Fraulein Schneider. She played Kost and u/s'd Schneider on tour. This woman needs to be back on broadway. She also needs a Tony award. I've loved her since she played Velma in the original Chicago back in the 70's. She's a treasure.

by Anonymousreply 7109/08/2013

Nemetz originating Schneider? Nunsense! I mean, nonsense!

by Anonymousreply 7209/08/2013

No, she understudied Schneider R72, in the Roundabout revival. Mid-run.

by Anonymousreply 7309/08/2013

r73

I meant the suggestion of her originating it. Not because of her talent, but because of industry snobbery about performers who create roles, and those who are "only suitable" to replace.

by Anonymousreply 7409/08/2013

It's Roundabout, people. They cast names, and pay shit, and then leave the actors to fend for themselves. Faith Prince had to hire her own dresser for "Little Me".

by Anonymousreply 7509/08/2013

Some joke about do_re_milla was featured in New York Magazine, r65? What was it?

by Anonymousreply 7609/08/2013

[quote]Bobby's sexuality was never a question to those who've worked with him, or dined with him... Or dined ON him.

Or has a head.

[quote]Rylance's turns in Boeing Boeing and Jerusalem were astonishing. Looking forward to 12th Night also.

Saw his hardon. The mystery is gone.

by Anonymousreply 7709/08/2013

Rylance was also brilliant in La Bete.

by Anonymousreply 7809/08/2013

It's true, r77. Mark Rylance getting his dick sucked in "Intimacy" was a surprisingly disturbing sight.

by Anonymousreply 7909/08/2013

Sorry to break-up the lovefest but I find Mark Rylance as ANNOYING as Alan Cumming.

by Anonymousreply 8009/08/2013

R80. Thank you for the Rylance debunking. He can be very effective but he's always a female Fiona Shaw: LOOK AT ME. I'M ACTING!

by Anonymousreply 8109/08/2013

R52 - I live in Inwood and have seen Bobby on the A train several times. Always alone, though. Never seen him at the farmer's market, or at Darling Coffee.

by Anonymousreply 8209/08/2013

No mention yet of Patrick Pacheco's pathetic shilling of his awful sounding adaptation of Pal Joey on NY1 Onstage's Fall Preview? It's being done at Arkansas Rep. Joey is black and Vera is white-oy. The still photos alone make it look terrible.

On the same broadcast Roma Torre was under the mistaken impression that Jefferson Mays was in I Love My Wife, not I Am My Own Wife.

And Frank DiLella continues to be a sycophantic imbecile.

by Anonymousreply 8309/08/2013

R83, what I found interesting was Roma saying how, for the first time ever, we're getting 10 revivals this season "and they're all plays," making no mention whatsoever of the CABARET revival.

by Anonymousreply 8409/08/2013

It's not called Moron Stage for nothing.

by Anonymousreply 8509/08/2013

I was at the last performance of HARBOR and overheard an uberfan of QAF gabbing nonstop to his poor theater neighbors about how he went to a QAF reunion, how he heard that Randy would sign autograph today, since it's the last performance and he didn't the first act was that bad, especially with a "star" in the play.

Bobby Steggert would have been better,

by Anonymousreply 8609/08/2013

What show is this song from?

"Oh, the Wells Fargo wagon is a cooooming down the street!"

by Anonymousreply 8709/08/2013

It's from "The Music Man" R87

by Anonymousreply 8809/08/2013

I must have missed the casting of former-fattie-turned-hottie Josh Young is play Che in the tour of EVITA.

by Anonymousreply 8909/08/2013

bumpy

by Anonymousreply 9009/08/2013

bottom of the barrel

by Anonymousreply 9109/08/2013

R67. It cured my aunt's post polio syndrome and I no longer have a need for my eyeglasses. Cherry Jones' Amanda done worked itself two miracles at the super special preview it did.

Highly recommend it. Seriously. It's fab.

by Anonymousreply 9209/08/2013

There's more to the new PAL JOEY than just the black-white angle. Joey is a bisexual who will sleep with anyone who can get him where he wants to go. The male pianist at the club is in love with him. It takes place in 1948, and they have interpolated a host of other Rodgers and Hart songs like "Sing for Your Supper" and "Glad to Be Unhappy."

I haven't seen it, but I've read the script. It stinks.

by Anonymousreply 9309/08/2013

I had been impotent for years, but since seeing Cherry Jones in "The Glass Menagerie," the erections have been coming fast and furious.

by Anonymousreply 9409/08/2013

[quote]DL fave Bobby Steggart lives in Inwood.

Given his recent revelation, shouldn't he move to OUTwood?

by Anonymousreply 9509/09/2013

I wonder if he lives at the intersection of Seamen and Cumming. Yes, there really is such an intersection in Inwood.

by Anonymousreply 9609/09/2013

Again, I ask:

Who is Bobby's new bf?

by Anonymousreply 9709/09/2013

R76: My mistake. It wasn't New York Magazine, it was Time Out New York:

by Anonymousreply 9809/09/2013

How is Betty Lynn behaving?

by Anonymousreply 9909/09/2013

Wow that White Russian bitch sounds like a nut job.

by Anonymousreply 10009/09/2013

Seaman and Cumming.

by Anonymousreply 10109/09/2013

So whatever happened to Daniel Curry, the Spiderman dancer who was injured a couple of months ago. Is he out of the hospital? Is he back in the show?

by Anonymousreply 10209/09/2013

I saw "The Weir" yesterday at The Irish Rep. Theatre... Lord I had no idea their space was so tiny! I've done community theater over the years in many different spaces... never performed in such a small space! How do they make the place an ongoing concern? Incredible.

I thought Dan Butler was in the cast, but was mistaken (did he leave in August when the show was extended?). Damn, I really wanted to see him on stage again. I've got a soft-spot for him... well, not soft; he was so sexy on Frasier years ago and I think he's aged into quite the "Daddy".

Oh yea, "The Weir" is excellent.

by Anonymousreply 10309/09/2013

Yes, why exactly was Pacheco allowed such a long time to shill his own show? Isn't there a conflict of interests there?

by Anonymousreply 10409/09/2013

Seaman also comes across Dyckman. The irony!

Can we assume Bobby moved there for the street signs?

by Anonymousreply 10509/09/2013

Are the original PAL JOEY stories any good?

by Anonymousreply 10609/09/2013

Is the original book of "Pal Joey" so antique it needs adaptation? I saw a production in the 1980s in London, Ontario with Martha Henry and, whatever version it was, it seemed fine to me.

r106, the trouble with John O'Hara's Pal Joey stories, like Damon Runyon's Guys and Dolls stories and Sholem Aleichem's Fiddler on the Roof stories, is there are no damn songs in them. Not nearly as much fun.

by Anonymousreply 10709/09/2013

R39 is correct, the pricing is outrageous.

by Anonymousreply 10809/09/2013

You people don't understand 'ow hard it is for a penniless, titleless, Russian aristocrat to make it in the city, in the world of cabaret with no backing whatsoever. I lives a meager life in my five floor walk up. But I do it for my art, for my craft, for my gift of song.

And no birthday wishes from me to you!

by Anonymousreply 10909/09/2013

minority camp-solid production of Glass menagerie my hear didnt stop-oddly cold production love me some Cherry Jones but why is the performance so mannered? (meryl doing Julia Child?)

by Anonymousreply 11009/09/2013

Sorry, but Rylance in "Jerusalem" was pure unadulterated ham.

by Anonymousreply 11109/09/2013

So, was Judy Ivey a better Amanda than Cherry?

by Anonymousreply 11209/09/2013

Arthur Laurents wrote in his memoir that Harold Lang, the original Joey, had the perfect body for fucking.

Harold bottomed for Arthur in his I Can Get It For You Wholesale dressing room.

by Anonymousreply 11309/09/2013

Harold Lang was the revival Joey.

by Anonymousreply 11409/09/2013

Yes, Tony or no Tony, I also thought Mark Rylance was awful in "Jerusalem" - look at me, I'm ACTING!!!!

by Anonymousreply 11509/09/2013

Anyone who bottomed for Laurents was a ninny.

by Anonymousreply 11609/09/2013

Kids, Jerusalem could take the ham acting, but 12th Night is something else again. And top of that, he's really homely as a woman.

by Anonymousreply 11709/09/2013

[quote]I saw "The Weir" yesterday at The Irish Rep. Theatre... Lord I had no idea their space was so tiny! I've done community theater over the years in many different spaces... never performed in such a small space!

The Irish Curse!

by Anonymousreply 11809/09/2013

PAL JOEY was also done at Encores! in 1995, starring Peter Gallagher and Patti LuPone. The original book was used, perhaps slightly edited, and I don't remember anyone saying there was anything wrong with the show as written or that it needed to be reworked.

by Anonymousreply 11909/09/2013

Rylance played a larger-than-life character who was frequently "performing" for his acolytes in JERUSALEM, so the "ham" factor was appropriate and it worked.

R103, Butler was indeed in THE WIER but, as you say, must have left after the show was extended.

by Anonymousreply 12009/09/2013

I though Encores! are usually pretty faithful to how the music is written. Patti LuPone is not a could match for a Vivienne Segal role.

by Anonymousreply 12109/09/2013

Though I didn't see the Encores Pal Joey I love the cd and still play it frequently. Patti is just fine as Vera, maybe even much better than just fine.

Peter Gallagher is perfect and Bebe sells Zip!

Also great is that redhead who plays Melba, forgetting her name but you know who I mean and even Daisy Prince as Little Mousie.

Another great recording is the revival cd with Harold Lang, Elaine Stritch and Helen Gallagher but with gorgeous-voiced Jane Froman, subbing for (I think) Vivien Segal who perhaps had a conflict with record companies back then.

And with that cd you get the huge added bonus of the soundtrack of Jane's bio With a Song in My Heart.

by Anonymousreply 12209/09/2013

Glee is shooting today in front of the St. James Theater where there's a marquee up of Funny Girl. Please God that little cunt didn't get the role.

by Anonymousreply 12309/09/2013

Saw BIG FISH over the weekend. Not as bad as I had heard from Chicago, but it's not very engaging. You sort of watch it like a painting. Norbert is working his ass off, and Baldwin is great. There's just not a lot of drama. It's all about anger and fantasy. I imagine the critics will give it a pass, because it is serious and ambitious.

by Anonymousreply 12409/09/2013

Harold Lang and Vivienne Segal don't appear on the Stritch-Gallagher recording, I assume because they had just recorded the famous 1950 Columbia studio cast album that renewed interest in the show and led directly to the revival. Wasn't the revival recorded on Capitol? I'm sure there was a contract conflict, but Lang, I believe, was replaced by Dick Beavers, who sings the "Girl on the Magazine Cover" number in the movie Easter Parade. Segal, as you said, R122, was replaced by Jane Froman.

by Anonymousreply 12509/09/2013

Harold Lang as Joey in the London production..

by Anonymousreply 12609/09/2013

Just for thee, R123

by Anonymousreply 12709/09/2013

The first revival cast had Dick Haymes and Jane Froman instead of Harold Lang and Vivienne Segal, who had already done a studio cast prior to headlining the revival.

I've only heard LuPone and Neuwirth from the Encores! CD and they're not a patch on Segal and Stritch.

Who did play Stritch's role in the original production?

by Anonymousreply 12809/09/2013

R128. June Havoc.

by Anonymousreply 12909/09/2013

I went to the last show of Harbor as well. It was pretty dreadful, but Randy Harrison is still adorable.

What do we know about the author Chad Beguelin? I believe I was sitting near him. Much like the characters in the play he looked like a fancy pocket gay, fuckable if he shut up.

by Anonymousreply 13009/09/2013

R128. Apologies. Viv's so old now she forgets absolutely everything. June Havoc played the first Gladys Bumps. The Stritch prt was creted by sojeoe nmed Jean Casto. Sorry for misleading you!

by Anonymousreply 13109/09/2013

Thanks r131

by Anonymousreply 13209/09/2013

Last week's grosses out. Uh oh. Summer's over. Bottom fell out for Annie (Bye Bye Faith), Cinderella (guess it's the loss of Vicky's star power), and Superman, which can't hold on much longer at this rate. Rosh Hashanah didn't help, either.

by Anonymousreply 13309/09/2013

Wouldn't Annie and Cinderella have lower box office due to the new school year? Who takes their kids out of school and goes for a New York vacation right after school resumes?

by Anonymousreply 13409/09/2013

"I saw 'The Weir' yesterday at The Irish Rep. Theatre... Lord I had no idea their space was so tiny!"

The Irish Rep theater is by no means "tiny" by Off-Broadway standards, though it is an odd setup.

Regarding the fake FUNNY GIRL marquee at the St. James: What I really love (that is, hate) about it is how it says "FUNNY GIRL, The Musical." As opposed to what? The ice show? The ballet?

by Anonymousreply 13509/09/2013

I heard from someone who worked on the Little Rock Pal Joey that its dreams of a transfer are just that . . . dreams.

by Anonymousreply 13609/09/2013

I knew Harold Lang in his later, dissolute years. He was so drunk one night that he fell on top of me, long enough for me to tell he had a rather large pal joey.

by Anonymousreply 13709/09/2013

The Glass Menagerie is raising the dead - according to Cherry herself....

by Anonymousreply 13809/09/2013

R134. Of course those shows will fall drastically. I wasn't questioning the reasons. Only that the summer has ended, which I said. Reading comprehension much? Even Wicked and Lion King fell to their recent lowest.

by Anonymousreply 13909/09/2013

The Pal Joey revival with Stockard Channing was far better than legend has it.

by Anonymousreply 14009/09/2013

The Pal Joey revival was ruined by that cheap black gloomy set and....Stockard Channing's age.

Also by the lack of star power in the eponymous lead.

by Anonymousreply 14109/09/2013

I saw "The Weir" yesterday at The Irish Rep. Theatre... Lord I had no idea their space was so tiny! I've done community theater over the years in many different spaces... never performed in such a small space!

The Irish Curse!

HA! that's great... especially because I saw the play, "The Irish Curse" several years ago in NYC and in the cast was Dan Butler who was recently performing in "The Weir" at Irish Rep!

by Anonymousreply 14209/09/2013

[quote]Regarding the fake FUNNY GIRL marquee at the St. James: What I really love (that is, hate) about it is how it says "FUNNY GIRL, The Musical." As opposed to what? The ice show? The ballet?

Are they filming "Glee" there?

by Anonymousreply 14309/09/2013

No, Rose. They're filming WWE.

by Anonymousreply 14409/09/2013

Yes, they're filming GLEE

by Anonymousreply 14509/09/2013

Does anybody know anything about Richard Fleeshman? He's so dreamy. Is he gay?

by Anonymousreply 14609/09/2013

"Rylance played a larger-than-life character who was frequently "performing" for his acolytes in JERUSALEM, so the "ham" factor was appropriate and it worked."

No it did not, despite what the NY Times thought.

Speaking of the Times, Brantley has to be gone soon, right?

by Anonymousreply 14709/09/2013

What is all this hang wringing over Patti's failure to land the Helen Sinclair role? She is 20 years too old for it. Period. Someone like Antonia Ellis 30 years ago would be perfect. She was in the Boyfriend movie as Maisie in a truly brilliant performance. Helen Mirren 30 years ago would also do. Glenda Jackson too. Guess I am thinking British actress for the part. Does Catherine Zeta Jones has the right stuff for it?

by Anonymousreply 14809/09/2013

Antonia Ellis was also the original London Roxie Hart.

by Anonymousreply 14909/09/2013

Jane Horrocks could play Helen Sinclair in her sleep.

by Anonymousreply 15009/09/2013

The Stockard Channing Pal Joey was awful. The script changes were terrible, Stockyard stank, and there was a big black hole at the center where Joey should have been.

by Anonymousreply 15109/09/2013

WEHT Christian Hoff? He's basically dropped off the face of the earth.

by Anonymousreply 15209/09/2013

R147 thinks he's qualified to pass judgment on Mark Rylance. Isn't that cute?

by Anonymousreply 15309/09/2013

Jean Casto, the first Melba in Pal Joey, was also the original Mrs. Mullins in Carousel. She's apparently still alive at the age of 98.

by Anonymousreply 15409/09/2013

r152

He does concerts with some of the other Jersey Boys as "The Midtown Men"

by Anonymousreply 15509/09/2013

Maybe I'm in the minority on this, but I think Mark Rylance is fucking hot.

by Anonymousreply 15609/09/2013

[quote]Marthe Keller - has she done anything since "Marathon Man"?

She did a little thing on Broadway in 2001. You may have heard of it--Judgement at Nuremburg.

by Anonymousreply 15709/09/2013

This is the oddest Rose's Turn I've seen. It's like she decided the character should just "have fun" throughout the entire number

by Anonymousreply 15809/09/2013

R156. You are indeed in the minority re: Mark Rylance's hotness. I think Helen Keller is right beside you, though.

by Anonymousreply 15909/09/2013

Mark Rylance has a hot little ass.

by Anonymousreply 16009/09/2013

"[R147] thinks he's qualified to pass judgment on Mark Rylance. Isn't that cute?"

Once again, don't be such an ass.

(A boring ass, actually.)

by Anonymousreply 16109/09/2013

R153 we all "pass judgment" here. Only your opinion matters?

Of course the bigger question is why has this become a thread about the churlish Mark Rylance?

by Anonymousreply 16209/09/2013

Who would Mark Rylance play in FOLLIES?

by Anonymousreply 16309/09/2013

R149- Didn't Antonia Ellis play Velma? I thought Elisabeth Seal was the original Roxie in the West End.

by Anonymousreply 16409/09/2013

I thought the bartender in the Weir was hot. Like a working class Benjamin McKenzie.

by Anonymousreply 16509/09/2013

No, Jenny Logan was the original London Velma. Seal was a replacement Roxie.

by Anonymousreply 16609/09/2013

r107=the bartender in The Weir

by Anonymousreply 16709/09/2013

?

by Anonymousreply 16809/09/2013

[quote] Does Catherine Zeta Jones have the right stuff for it?

Thank you for thinking of me, but of course I'm FAR too young for the part!

by Anonymousreply 16909/09/2013

[quote]Once again, don't be such an ass.

Stop pretending that you know a damn thing about good or bad acting, and we'll leave you alone. Deal?

by Anonymousreply 17009/09/2013

What do we think about Andy Karl playing Rocky?

by Anonymousreply 17109/09/2013

Rocky=flop-e-roo!

by Anonymousreply 17209/09/2013

That "rumour" about Lauper and Fierstein was a joke post by me. It is a horrible idea and I am stumped that anyone took it seriously

"Aaaand da sun will raw-eyez and da moon will set, everybody say yeeeah."

"A pineapple for me for me for meeee"

Really, folks?

by Anonymousreply 17309/09/2013

Hedwig to play The Belasco?

I hate the theatres east of Bway. Why couldn't NPH book a real theatre?

by Anonymousreply 17409/09/2013

Hedwig needs a shabby run-down theater like The Longacre.

by Anonymousreply 17509/09/2013

WEHT Dick Beavers? Did his name kill his career?

by Anonymousreply 17609/09/2013

Dick Beavers was a man of contradictions, much like his name.

by Anonymousreply 17709/09/2013

I nominate Tyne Daly for a one-woman show about Paula Deen !

by Anonymousreply 17809/10/2013

Was it Dick Beavers, Tyne Daly, or Hedwig that proved to be the thread-killer?

by Anonymousreply 17909/10/2013

Regarding "Rocky Das Musical"...the Germans loved it. For whatever that's worth. Huge, smash hit in Hamburg. Will that translate to Bway tourist tastes? Maybe, maybe not.

by Anonymousreply 18009/10/2013

Scat is very popular in Hamburg too, R180.

by Anonymousreply 18109/10/2013

R[176] His stage name was Dick Beavers, his real name was Peter Poontang

by Anonymousreply 18209/10/2013

Rebecca Luker looks much better in antlers than Vicky C.

by Anonymousreply 18309/10/2013

R179 Primetime killed the thread. Whoever heard of Tuesday at 3 pm being prime time? Idiots!!!

by Anonymousreply 18409/10/2013

R175. The Longacre is no longer shabby. It's smart and slightly more desirable. For shabby, try the Lyceum or Cort, both in solid need of a cleaning lady and then some. And they're both on the scurvy side of Broadway and both have dreaded second balconies!

by Anonymousreply 18509/10/2013

Rebecca looks better in everything than V. Clark. Soon M.l. Parker will be dissing Vicky.

by Anonymousreply 18609/10/2013

Good job for Andy Karl. And finally a major role in a major production. It's his big chance. Keep your fingers crossed.

by Anonymousreply 18709/10/2013

Does Andy have the D to live up to his major case of BDF?

by Anonymousreply 18809/10/2013

[quote] Hedwig to play The Belasco? I hate the theatres east of Bway. Why couldn't NPH book a real theatre?

For a Broadway version of Hedwig, the Belasco sort of makes sense. Isn't there an element to the script that Hedwig is performing in a less than desirable venue? Even though the Belasco is now gorgeous, it's still the most remote of the east of Broadway theatres.

by Anonymousreply 18909/10/2013

[quote]Regarding "Rocky Das Musical"...the Germans loved it. For whatever that's worth. Huge, smash hit in Hamburg. Will that translate to Bway tourist tastes? Maybe, maybe not.

Have you seen the clips, it looks terrific and with Andy Karl in the lead makes it all the better.

by Anonymousreply 19009/10/2013

The Helen Hayes would have been good for Hedwig,,,will R of A ever close?

by Anonymousreply 19109/10/2013

[quote]Helen Hayes would have been good for Hedwig

Would she have been able to hit the high notes?

by Anonymousreply 19209/10/2013

hee hee r192

by Anonymousreply 19309/10/2013

Better Question. Will that fucking MAMA MIA ever close?

by Anonymousreply 19409/10/2013

R194. Don't be a dope. Someone is about to spend a fortune to move that steaming pile from the Winter Garden to the Broadhurst (a very desirable house). Nobody sees a closing in the immediate future, although this week's grosses may make a lot of theaters available sooner rather than later.

by Anonymousreply 19509/10/2013

R191 I thought Second Stage bought the Helen Hayes and they're taking over as soon as Rock of Ages closes.

by Anonymousreply 19609/10/2013

I think that Second Stage announcement was SO premature.

by Anonymousreply 19709/11/2013

OMG is Rok of Ages still running. Who the fuck is going to see that piece of shit? Can there be any suburban fraus left who haven't seen it twice already???

by Anonymousreply 19809/11/2013

Harvey Fierstein has a show where men dress as women. Good god enough is enough. It's become a fuckin' bore. Take it back off off broadway for Pete's sake.

by Anonymousreply 19909/11/2013

Supposedly Second Stage is still buying the HELEN HAYES, but I'll believe it when I see it.

by Anonymousreply 20009/11/2013

who owns the Helen Hayes now?

by Anonymousreply 20109/11/2013

What is Chad Kimball up to these days?

by Anonymousreply 20209/11/2013

Excited to see "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder" at the Kerr this fall. Jefferson Mays is a force to be reckoned with. Unfortunate how much the casting has changed since the regional productions, but I'm sure Bryce Pinkham will do a great job! The director [Darko Tresnjak] is all sorts of adorable. Should be a good time!

by Anonymousreply 20309/11/2013

Why did Helen Hayes get two theatres?

They tore down the first one.

by Anonymousreply 20409/11/2013

[quote]Jefferson Mays is a force to be reckoned with

he creeps me out.

by Anonymousreply 20509/11/2013

Jefferson Mays was one of the few people who accompanied that wife of Astor son Anthony Marshall to her husband's trial.

by Anonymousreply 20609/11/2013

[quote]The director [Darko Tresnjak] is all sorts of adorable.

Erm, no. Just, no.

by Anonymousreply 20709/11/2013

will anyone be catching Darko's MACBETH at HARTFORD STAGE this fall?

by Anonymousreply 20809/11/2013

The Helen Hayes is the single most uncomfortable theatre I have sat in (rivaled only by the balcony/mezzanine at the Walter Kerr)--everytime I've gone, I've practically needed PT to start my blood circulation in my knees afterwards.

by Anonymousreply 20909/11/2013

R207 He looks like Benjamin Button, The Fetal Years.

by Anonymousreply 21009/11/2013

The aisle seats in the last two rows of the orchestra at the Hayes are bearable, and the balcony is slightly more bearable than the orchestra. But, yeah, it's excruciating.

by Anonymousreply 21109/11/2013

Will Harvey F. also STAR in his new play at MTC?

Or will Lynne Meadow offer the lead role to Nathan Lane?

God, enough already with the drag queens on Broadway - even I'm sick of them.

by Anonymousreply 21209/11/2013

mlop on 9/11:

But grateful thanks to ALL THAT CHAT on that horrible day and those after to let us talk with each other on the board and to make sure that we heard from everyone on it to know they are okay. It was a comfort to all of us to express and communicate our feelings and not to feel so scared and alone.

PS we heard from everyone.

by Anonymousreply 21309/11/2013

The frst person we heard from was Milla that she was okay. The day was filled with tragedies ikel tha.

Mary Ann

by Anonymousreply 21409/11/2013

[quote]PS we heard from everyone.

bitch!!

by Anonymousreply 21509/11/2013

Better yet, Harvey's play is about STRAIGHT men who like to dress as women. I mean, really,

by Anonymousreply 21609/11/2013

John Cullum, Danny Glover and Len Cariou have all done readings of Fierstein's new play - Fierstein took part as an actor in only one of them.

In an unrelated question - the Guys and Dolls lyric "the breakfast eating Brooks Brothers type" - was eating breakfast considered a middle class thing? Or did working class guys see it as "breakfast is for pussies"?

by Anonymousreply 21709/11/2013

R212. I heard that Lynne wants to the bag the leading role for herself. The only thing she has done in drag is act a part!

by Anonymousreply 21809/11/2013

I was OK.. no one asked. But I was OK.

by Anonymousreply 21909/11/2013

I miss the Morosco and the old Helen Hayes.

by Anonymousreply 22009/11/2013

I'm looking forward to finally seeing Andy Karl wtihout his shirt

by Anonymousreply 22109/11/2013

[quote]OMG is Rok of Ages still running. Who the fuck is going to see that piece of shit?

Jerseyites and Long Islanders who can't get tickets to JERSEY BOYS. Seriously.

by Anonymousreply 22209/11/2013

Trained monkeys can get tickets to Jersey Boys these days. There's no excuse for ROA!

by Anonymousreply 22309/11/2013

Sorry, the worst seats on Broadway is the balcony, at Studio 54. The back of the seats are wood and you can't feel your legs at the curtain call.

{quote]I miss the Morosco and the old Helen Hayes.

I have a brick from The Morosco. I was a kid and my family was there the day they demolished it, and construction worker let me come in the fence and grab one.

by Anonymousreply 22409/11/2013

BIG FISH-oy vey, where to even begin so much for inviting Stro to your cocktails parties to reassure skittish investors

by Anonymousreply 22509/11/2013

r217, do you mean John Glover, not Danny? Because I know John G was involved.

by Anonymousreply 22609/11/2013

I also have a brick from the Morosco, r224!

by Anonymousreply 22709/11/2013

It wasnt the Morosco, it was the Belasco

by Anonymousreply 22809/11/2013

r217 - I think the implication is that Sky and his cronies slept too late to eat breakfast. Breakfast was only for those with 9 to 5 jobs.

by Anonymousreply 22909/11/2013

R220: me, too! Moved to NYC (lived there during the 80's) about a month before demolition. Remember reading that Joe Papp and Coleen Dewhurst (and others?) were literally going to lay down in front of the bulldozers when they realized: shit, the bulldozers weren't going to stop. If I remember correctly...??

I had a few years before seen something at the Morosco. Sad times.

by Anonymousreply 23009/11/2013

There has to be a Helen Hayes theater. Always. Or else she comes back.

by Anonymousreply 23109/11/2013

Good memories of seeing the divine Joan Hackett in the thriller NIGHT WATCH at the Morosco. And my college group a week i NY) always stayed next door at the Piccadilly Hotel. They had the greatest bar there.. where 18 year olds could get a drink.

by Anonymousreply 23209/11/2013

Listening to the live recording of Drat the Cat. Did anyone see it during its brief run? The audience is in constant hysterics throughout. And the recording only includes the songs!

by Anonymousreply 23309/11/2013

Tovah officially replacing Andrea Martin

by Anonymousreply 23409/11/2013

OK, who's playing CeeCee in the Signature Theater's world premiere of the musical version Beaches in February? Iris Rainer Dart has written book and lyrics (based on her novel) and David Austin has written the music. Of course Eric Schaeffer is directing.

by Anonymousreply 23509/11/2013

re: Tovah thats earth shattering

by Anonymousreply 23609/11/2013

is Kate Baldwin going to make a career out of playing Bobby Steggerts mother?

by Anonymousreply 23709/11/2013

Bette is reprising the role of C.C.

Dim lighting and a well-placed scrim will work wonders.

Has anyone been to Miss Saigon at Signature? How are the $40 seats in the second level?

by Anonymousreply 23809/11/2013

Who the hell designed the Broadway World new website? What a friggin' mess. Fire the nerd!

by Anonymousreply 23909/11/2013

who's Felda Toeshoe?

by Anonymousreply 24009/11/2013

Can Ari Graynor sing?

by Anonymousreply 24109/11/2013

Is Eric Schaeffer the worst director in history? Methinks so.

by Anonymousreply 24209/11/2013

Tovah's already made a sign-up sheet for a company do-it-yourself Pippin picnic (called a Pip-nic). $40 per person, cash only. Once the less high holy days are over!

by Anonymousreply 24309/11/2013

[quote]construction worker let me come in the fence

HAWT!!!

by Anonymousreply 24409/11/2013

I asked that cute little house manager at Second Stage about the Helen Hayes. He said that the ongoing run of Rock of Ages had indeed altered the plans for 2nd Stage to take over the Helen Hayes. He was a little vague about the details, but I got the impression that the deal had fallen through.

by Anonymousreply 24509/11/2013

[quote]Who the hell designed the Broadway World new website? What a friggin' mess. Fire the nerd!

I know, it won't even load for me in Internet Explorer. If I want to read it, I have to shift over to FireFox. Wouldn't bother but it's fun reading about some asshole who has a nervous breakdown every time Lea Michele's name is mentions. Apparently their paths crossed and she was mean to him and he has never been the same again. He uses BroadwayWorld.com as his therapy sessions.

by Anonymousreply 24609/11/2013

Miss Saigon at Signature is a good production of an awful show. If you buy into the show itself (which I don't), you might enjoy it. Cool design. And the cheap seats at Signature are usually pretty decent.

by Anonymousreply 24709/11/2013

"Good memories of seeing the divine Joan Hackett in the thriller NIGHT WATCH at the Morosco. And my college group a week i NY) always stayed next door at the Piccadilly Hotel. They had the greatest bar there.. where 18 year olds could get a drink."

With Len Cariou, in his prime, playing Joan's husband.

by Anonymousreply 24809/11/2013

"Who the hell designed the Broadway World new website? What a friggin' mess. Fire the nerd!"

Probably the same idiot who designed the new New York Post site.

by Anonymousreply 24909/11/2013

"Who the hell designed the Broadway World new website? What a friggin' mess. Fire the nerd!"

"Probably the same idiot who designed the new New York Post site."

I see what you mean. Both are disasters. I tried to read something on the POST website the other day (don't ask me why!), and the page kept reloading and moving around.

by Anonymousreply 25009/11/2013

[quote] it's fun reading about some asshole who has a nervous breakdown every time Lea Michele's name is mentions

He is unsufferable. But he seems to have a "get out of jail free" card on that board.

by Anonymousreply 25109/11/2013

[quote]He is unsufferable. But he seems to have a "get out of jail free" card on that board.

Yeah, he was basically calling Lea the Ant-Christ and someone called him on it and he called the poster a twat. She's evil but he's sunshine. Just a jealous little never was.

by Anonymousreply 25209/11/2013

[quote] I asked that cute little house manager at Second Stage about the Helen Hayes.

Surely you don't mean Her Highness Miss Joshua, THE House Manager. You must mean the Assistant House Manager, Artie, who is cute and funny and personable and sweet - the exact opposite of his boss.

by Anonymousreply 25309/11/2013

The last show I saw at the fabulous OLD Helen Hayes Theater was the Charles Strouse musical Charlie and Algernon, which, in my dim memory, was a lot better than you'd ever believe.

by Anonymousreply 25409/11/2013

[quote]he was basically calling Lea the Ant-Christ

It's true. She's adored by ants near and far.

by Anonymousreply 25509/11/2013

Broadwayworld posters are unbearable, especially those "Broadway Legends" that think they are superior just because they've spent the last 8 years on a message board: FindindNamo, PRS, the drag queen, the guy that was always like "Arthur Laurents is the DEVIL, he BETRAYED ME!!....but I won't say anything", that old bitter curtainpulldowner, the other guy that talks shit about performers because he heard they were "mean" or "crazy" (yet he has Betty Buckley on his avatar), Bestsomethingsomething, and many, many more.

Occasionally you will get some great posts, even from this group of wannabe "Heathers", but most of the time is just post after post of assholes derailing a thread, trying to be funnier than the one before.

A shame, it used to be a fun website (much better than the awful ATC or his parody, TAC)

by Anonymousreply 25609/11/2013

That K-ri-tz-erland guy is awful too, which is pretty ill-advised on his part, considering potential customers read his comments.

by Anonymousreply 25709/11/2013

LOL, Charlotte D/R243. You've appropriated a story I told here quite a few years ago about Vulva Toadstool "throwing" a picnic on Stratford Common back in the 70s and on the sign-in sheet it said "Bring your own grub and booze-AND NO KIDS!" It was when she was playing Juliet.

by Anonymousreply 25809/11/2013

Why isn't Bobby a bigger star?

by Anonymousreply 25909/11/2013

The "celebrity table" at the Broadway Cares Flea Market has the biggest set of nobodies they've ever had. When they are featuring the umpteenth sidekick in Mamma Mia!, they are in trouble. I wonder why they can't get bigger names this year.

by Anonymousreply 26009/11/2013

My favorite part about mlop's 9/11 post is that she titled it "9-ll." Those are letter Ls and not number ones!

by Anonymousreply 26109/11/2013

R258. Tovah as Juliet. Ye Gods, that must have been fifty years ago! Was she Terry then? A pocket ingenue? All hard to imagine! And now she has to climb up into the trapeze every night and twice on Weds and Sats.

by Anonymousreply 26209/11/2013

R260, what are you on? EVERY STAR on Broadway is going to be at the table, including all the most recent Tony winners and nominees, and pretty much every Broadway "living legend" except Carol Channing and Patti LuPone:

[quote] Len Cariou, Gabriel Ebert, Harriet Harris, Shuler Hensley, Cherry Jones, Aaron Lazar, Judith Light, Debra Monk, Donna Murphy, Bebe Neuwirth, Bernadette Peters, Billy Porter, Faith Prince, Alice Ripley, Laura Benanti, Robert Cuccioli, Santino Fontana, Jeremy Jordan, Jan Maxwell, Lindsay Mendez, Julia Murney, Rory O’Malley, Laura Osnes, Christopher Sieber, Matthew James Thomas, Patrick Wilson

by Anonymousreply 26309/11/2013

Who is on for Billy Porter in KINKY BOOTS? I hear he is on vacation. One of you TKTS whores must know

by Anonymousreply 26409/12/2013

R210: His husband is hot, however.

by Anonymousreply 26509/12/2013

Harvey's doing it in blackface.

by Anonymousreply 26609/12/2013

Isn't Len Cariou the one Glenn slept with to get her start in the theatre?

by Anonymousreply 26709/12/2013

Yes, M. He was my John Cazale.

by Anonymousreply 26809/12/2013

My very first visit to NYC to see a Broadway show at age 16, was mainly to see the original cast of Sweeney Todd. The night we arrived I had time to grab a ticket to a wonderful show I'd read about called "Strider- The Story of a Horse" that played at the old Helen Hayes. The theater had a powder blue motif inside and was quite plush. It was magical. I went backstage with my girlfriend, and chatted with the star, Gerald Hiken in his dressing room. He was warm and sweet and asked us all about school, and our plans afterward. He signed my program with a pencil, while drinking tea in his pajamas! It was one of the best days of my life.

by Anonymousreply 26909/12/2013

I went to Yale! I had offers pre-Cazale! Ask Sigourney and Kristen! They were sooooo jealous!!!

by Anonymousreply 27009/12/2013

Do we know why the "Broadway on Broadway" concert was cancelled? I don't remember anyone discussing it here.

by Anonymousreply 27109/12/2013

[quote] "Strider- The Story of a Horse"

Would this play be good revival material?

by Anonymousreply 27209/12/2013

Fuck off, M and G. That's a truly tired act.

by Anonymousreply 27309/12/2013

who is P?

by Anonymousreply 27409/12/2013

My first Broadway show was at the Morosco, "The Shadow Box" with DL have Mandy Patinkin and the wonderful Patricia Elliott.

I loved Strider, too, (R269). Great to hear how kind Hiken was- he was just terrific in the show.

by Anonymousreply 27509/12/2013

WEHT Patricia Elliott's career?

by Anonymousreply 27609/12/2013

Cromer Cock

by Anonymousreply 27709/12/2013

[quote]It was magical. I went backstage with my girlfriend, and chatted with the star, Gerald Hiken in his dressing room. He was warm and sweet and asked us all about school, and our plans afterward. He signed my program with a pencil, while drinking tea in his pajamas! It was one of the best days of my life.

How does a 16 year old fresh off the bus get backstage?

by Anonymousreply 27809/12/2013

R278, on his knees.

by Anonymousreply 27909/12/2013

Karen Mason's would be perfect Baronesis in the TV Sound of Music. I hope they approach her Maryann

by Anonymousreply 28009/12/2013

mlop uses capital 'i's because the '1's are broken on her keyboard.

by Anonymousreply 28109/12/2013

My first show at the Morosco was Absurd Person Singular. I remember selecting it over some tacky musical - and when it was over, wished I went to the tacky musical. I was young, very young.

by Anonymousreply 28209/12/2013

The reason bobby isn't a bigger star is that he's just not that special

No better than any other decent looking gay guy on line at equity.

Right place/Right time works wonders!

by Anonymousreply 28309/12/2013

It's tricky for "mild" types to gain stardom.

by Anonymousreply 28409/12/2013

MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG, the UK production in movie theaters Wednesday, October 23rd.

Tickets on sale now at fandango.com

by Anonymousreply 28509/12/2013

Please forgive the accents! We're no better than you guys at doing non-American accents.

by Anonymousreply 28609/12/2013

R283. Bobby always looks so unhappy in his pictures. Bad teefs? Dunno, but a smile on his face might make his profile a little more starry.

by Anonymousreply 28709/12/2013

Patricia Elliott's career went the way of the bottle.

by Anonymousreply 28809/12/2013

Sondheim loved the UK 'Merrily', it won more five star reviews than any musical theatre in living memory, and I loved it too. I'd book for the screening in a heartbeat. You do indeed have a good thing going.

by Anonymousreply 28909/12/2013

Of course, Sondheim loved the English Merrily. He loves anything where he can see dollar signs floating in his front of his ancient eyes.

by Anonymousreply 29009/12/2013

Anyone seen the Foote play at Signature? Worth a shot? How is Betty Lynn, really?

by Anonymousreply 29109/12/2013

R286. Maria who? Sharapova? Callas? Montez? The list could be endless, but Prime Time will soon be here!

by Anonymousreply 29209/12/2013

"Occasionally you will get some great posts, even from this group of wannabe 'Heathers', but most of the time is just post after post of assholes derailing a thread, trying to be funnier than the one before."

Maybe it's just because you know who they are on Broadwayworld and they rankle you. Because last week one of them made W&W here, so somebody finds them funny.

by Anonymousreply 29309/12/2013

Patricia Elliott had a couple of decades on ONE LIFE TO LIVE as former madam Renee Buchanan. She was good, too, and didn't look like she was a bottle baby.

by Anonymousreply 29409/12/2013

R282, Absurd Person Singular was at The Music Box, not the Morosco.

by Anonymousreply 29509/12/2013

The Foote play is crap and Betty is bad.

by Anonymousreply 29609/12/2013

Absurd Person Singular had an amazing cast: Geraldine Page, Sandy Dennis, Carol Shelley, Lary Blyden, Tony Roberts, Richard Kiley.

I remember that Dennis and Page were hilarious.

by Anonymousreply 29709/12/2013

Who thinks "Hedwig" can work on Broadway, even with NPH? Do they think that all those "Mother" fans want to see him as a screaming German trans-sexual? Really? What universe do those producers live in?

by Anonymousreply 29809/12/2013

The London Merrily was the first I've seen. If the others were shit, perhaps it's transcendant. But I'd say it's still a show that doesn't really work. If I was supposed to feel "oh, what a tragedy... unfulfilled potential...", I didn't.

That said, Jenna Russell is wonderful, and Damian Hubley & Josefina Gabrielle were quite good.

by Anonymousreply 29909/12/2013

[quote] Who thinks "Hedwig" can work on Broadway, even with NPH?

It will be in a relatively small house, compared to most of the "musical" houses on Broadway.

by Anonymousreply 30009/12/2013

Let's start casting NPH's replacements.... Bette Midler?

by Anonymousreply 30109/12/2013

[quote]MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG, the UK production in movie theaters Wednesday, October 23rd.

Empty movie theaters Wednesday, October 23rd.

by Anonymousreply 30209/12/2013

Brooks Ashmanskas - total lech and total ham

by Anonymousreply 30309/12/2013

I saw HEDWIG in the West End. Didn't work. It needs a seedier venue. The junkies you had to step over to get into the Jane Street Theatre were part of the experience.

by Anonymousreply 30409/12/2013

R303, and that was in response to..?

by Anonymousreply 30509/12/2013

Being in the small house Belasco didn't save Women on the Verge.

by Anonymousreply 30609/12/2013

B Sher can't spell his own name, let alone direct a new Broadway musical!!!

by Anonymousreply 30709/12/2013

[quote]He signed my program with a pencil

But did he also use it to dial the phone?

by Anonymousreply 30809/12/2013

[quote]MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG, the UK production in movie theaters Wednesday, October 23rd.

Aren't you more interested in "Liberty University Presents Kirk Cameron in 'Unstoppable'?" September 23rd! Get your tickets now!

by Anonymousreply 30909/12/2013

Steggert has basically been working steadily for the past 8 years or so.(in both musicals and plays) that about as much as any actor in NYC could hope for he is not a leading man, not a dancer, not especially funny--looks much younger than he is so he can still play jeuvinille roles--

by Anonymousreply 31009/12/2013

But will Bobby still be playing young when he's 50 or will he have gone into real estate?

by Anonymousreply 31109/12/2013

How old is Bobby actually?

by Anonymousreply 31209/12/2013

Bobby's 32.

by Anonymousreply 31309/12/2013

I wrote the part of the lover for Bobby Steggert in Mothers and Sons. And he still wouldn't sleep with me.

by Anonymousreply 31409/12/2013

Bobby Steggert may be out but the question is: Is Raul Esparza still jizzing inside him?

by Anonymousreply 31509/12/2013

I actually think NPH in Hedwig will do well. His fans like to see him stretch himself. He's sort of a John Cameron Mitchell type anyway. He will charm the audience and that's 90% of that show.

by Anonymousreply 31609/12/2013

There's not a role for David, though, is there?

by Anonymousreply 31709/12/2013

Jacek would be perfect.

by Anonymousreply 31809/12/2013

[quote]His fans like to see him stretch himself.

you know this how?

by Anonymousreply 31909/12/2013

No mention of VPLs from Quinto or the hot bubble butt of Smith? Get thee to Menagerie, girls!

by Anonymousreply 32009/12/2013

Dame Brantley gave THE OLD FRIENDS a nice respectable review, giving good notices to Buckley and Foote, but especially Smith. She thinks Charles Busch can play Cox's part. I think Cox is perfect for the role.

by Anonymousreply 32109/12/2013

r321 La Buckley is terrific in this play. I was floored. And Lois Smith. Fabulous

by Anonymousreply 32209/12/2013

Hedwig is not a fun show to sit through, and Neil's fans will want fun. theyll find it interesting, but there will be no word of mouth. He should have done it at Roundabout for 10 weeks.

by Anonymousreply 32309/12/2013

Lansbury sees footage for first time...

by Anonymousreply 32409/12/2013

How is the score to Big Fish?

by Anonymousreply 32509/12/2013

Glass Menagerie is indeed wonderful but Brian J Smith is wearing a pair of the most ill-fit pants in New York. And that is a waste.

by Anonymousreply 32609/13/2013

We give opinions hete, not PR. So dhut the f#@& up R328. Especially with your IP address. Ok ?

by Anonymousreply 32909/13/2013

lol r328

by Anonymousreply 33009/13/2013

According to Michael Musto, Charles Isherwood married his long-time boyfriend today at City Hall.

But Musto never came up with the name.

Is it..... Michael Riedel? Michael Bloomberg? (well, they DID get married at City Hall). Does anyone know?

by Anonymousreply 33109/13/2013

Not to be mean, but who would marry Charles Isherwood? The man never smiles.

by Anonymousreply 33209/13/2013

[quote]Not to be mean, but who would marry Charles Isherwood? The man never smiles.

And he has lethal halitosis.

by Anonymousreply 33309/13/2013

Cherry Jones was ok but the best still in that role was Elizabeth Ashley.

by Anonymousreply 33409/13/2013

r326 Agreed about his pants. And what about Laura's "pretty" dress a la Tinkerbell. Oof.

by Anonymousreply 33509/13/2013

The Glass Menagerie what just closed in Chicago was an amazing concept production and much more interesting that the production that's on Broadway. The Broadway version appeals to to people with little imagination who have a preconceived idea of what that show should be, which is why the critics and the message board people will love it.

And Gay Spock is way to "contemporary" in the role.

by Anonymousreply 33609/13/2013

Where is Elizabeth Ashley now? Amazed she's still alive, I guess, but she hasn't worked in several years now....is she ok?

by Anonymousreply 33709/13/2013

"he Broadway version appeals to people with little imagination who have a preconceived idea of what that show should be, which is why the critics and the message board people will love it.".............

And the queen smart-ass at R328

by Anonymousreply 33809/13/2013

r337

She just took over from Lansbury in that Gore Vidal play last year.

by Anonymousreply 33909/13/2013

[quote] Lansbury sees footage for first time...

Ever the actress. She knows well that b-roll footage has been on youtube for years. I highly doubt she hasn't seen it before.

by Anonymousreply 34009/13/2013

r336 = Eliza Doolittle

by Anonymousreply 34109/13/2013

[quote]Where is Elizabeth Ashley now? Amazed she's still alive, I guess, but she hasn't worked in several years now....is she ok?

She was on Broadway recently with "August: Osage County" and then Horton Foote's "Dividing The Estate".

by Anonymousreply 34209/13/2013

I agree r327.

Zach is the real reason to see this Glass Menagerie. His monologues are worth the price of admission alone. It was like hearing Tennessee's eloquence and poetry for the first time. Zach is both utterly real and yet very theatrical.

Cherry's performance feels so effortful. Maybe if I was discovering her for the first time it would be different but she just feels like she's Acting, never inhabiting the role. She was oddly better in Act II when the craziness of the jonquil dress sort of unleashed something in her, like you finally see the character coming unhinged. Cherry's persona is too sane and upright for Amanda.

Brian J. Smith's performance is ok but also feels unnecessarily heavy-handed. Everything about Jim should be effortless and simple.

Celia is fine. Really a little too pretty for Laura. That Act II dress is horrible! What was Bob Crowley (who is normally a genius) thinking?? Looked like something pulled from a Goodspeed No No Nanette.

Yet in spite of my harsh criticisms, I really loved seeing the play and hearing Tennessee's words. Even the "flaws" still made for interesting theater. And gorgeous set and lighting and score/sound, btw! Tony winners all, to be sure.

by Anonymousreply 34309/13/2013

What's the word on Big Fish?

by Anonymousreply 34409/13/2013

As much as I appreciate the attempt to write an original score instead of staging a screenplay verbatim (which is what passes for musical theatre writing these days) the score to Big Fish, with one or two exceptions, is one thud after another. "Time Stops" (which sounds a lot like "A new Life" from J&H)at least has a pretty melody (finally, an hour and 15 min into the show)-but doesnt have much impact since the set up is, at least at that point in the show, or in reality, fictional. Norbert works hard (too hard) to elevate the inferior writing, but it all starts to feel manufactured an self conscious.

by Anonymousreply 34509/13/2013

"The Glass Menagerie what just closed in Chicago was an amazing concept production and much more interesting that the production that's on Broadway. The Broadway version appeals to to people with little imagination who have a preconceived idea of what that show should be, which is why the critics and the message board people will love it."

Are you nuts? Love it (as most people do) or not, the Broadway production definitely DOES NOT conform to "a preconceived idea of what that show should be." Have you SEEN it?

by Anonymousreply 34609/13/2013

I walked out of the Horton Foote play. Hated it. Critics gave positive reviews. I thought the acting was awful and his daughter was like the Night of the Living dead. It takes place in Texas but everyone had southern accents representing 5 different states. Foote is a critics darling....but this was crap.

by Anonymousreply 34709/13/2013

I saw TGM several times in Cambridge and found Cherry's performance anything but effortful. I thought she and Quinto were perfect foils for one another. I thought CK-B was heartbreaking -the throbbing center of the play and BJ Smith was the most interesting and complex Gentleman Caller I've ever seen - and I have seen nearly all the big name productions of this play since Tandy/Plummer. I loved how every element worked together seamlessly and I am eager to see anything John Tiffany directs in the future. I complain about the Broadway hacks who are hired again and again to stage boring and shitty versions of classic plays for tourists who don't know any better - this is not one of those times.

by Anonymousreply 34809/13/2013

R340 I sent Ms. Lansbury a complete video of the MAME revival at the Gershwin. Not the greatest production or qulaity but at least it was complete. She sent a very sweet thank you note. This was when she was still living in Los Angeles right before she moved back to NY to do that play with Marian Seldes.

Speakin gof GYPSY---Saw her play Rose at the Muny in 1974 (pre Broadway tour) and she was sublime!

by Anonymousreply 34909/13/2013

Ken Mendalbaum, is that you?

by Anonymousreply 35009/13/2013

R324 and R340, she is as always a classy actress. I've read several interviews where she mentions that only a few parts of her Gypsy performance were filmed, so I'm sure she saw them before. She was just being kind to Michael Feinstein and pretended to be astonished.

And what is going on with his face. Bad plastic surgery? Or did he have Lucille Ball/Mame clamps behind his ears to pull back his sagging cheeks?

by Anonymousreply 35109/13/2013

R350, it is weird that Mandelbaum has disappeared completely. I used to see him at Friday night performances at Encores. He always had a little crowd clustered around him at intermission in the lobby, listening to his pearls of wisdom about each show. No doubt he saw all the original productions and each replacement cast.

I always wondered if it was the same crowd that he used to travel with that would block the views of the ushers as he videotaped productions.

by Anonymousreply 35209/13/2013

Totally agree, r347. The accent thing was especially annoying.

by Anonymousreply 35309/13/2013

r352

Could he be dead?

by Anonymousreply 35409/13/2013

R354. How could you tell?

by Anonymousreply 35509/13/2013

That body is not attractive.

by Anonymousreply 35609/13/2013

r355

The video camera has dropped to the floor?

by Anonymousreply 35709/13/2013

Oops. Wrong Thread.

by Anonymousreply 35809/13/2013

R358. Not real or fake mlop, I fear, but for Christ's sake, please link us to the right thread. That I gotta visit! I was expecting Ken Mandelbaum, dead or alive.

by Anonymousreply 35909/13/2013

r359

It's Colton Haynes' ex -

Colton Haynes, the threequel!

by Anonymousreply 36009/13/2013

R360. Ewwwww. But thanks! And you solved the mystery, too.

by Anonymousreply 36109/13/2013

The body at r356 looks like an Auschwitz victim.

by Anonymousreply 36209/13/2013

I am confused - is the safe for work photo linked at R356 really Ken Mandelbaum?

by Anonymousreply 36309/13/2013

I heard a bizarre rumor the other day that Genevieve Angelson, who originated Nina in VANYA....actually left shortly before the tony's because of anorexia? Truth?

by Anonymousreply 36409/13/2013

David Hyde Pierce could use a few peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches.

by Anonymousreply 36509/13/2013

R363. No, that's not Ken (in his dreams). See R360 for full explanation. Then let get on to another topic, like has anyone seen Chris Sieber in Pippin?

by Anonymousreply 36609/13/2013

Thanks for the clarification; lol.

Anyway YES! I saw Chris Sieber in Pippin the Sunday before Labor Day. He was terrific, the audience LOVED him. His line readings were pefect and he looked great - not thin, but not as fat as he used to be. He has the body of a typical 44 year old aging Midwesterner, which of course is what he is.

by Anonymousreply 36709/13/2013

Didn't Chris Sieber make a big deal of having done that Mark Fisher Fitness Snatched thing? From the way its cult-like worshipers talk about it, I would think it should have left his body looking better than a typical 44-year-old Midwesterner's.

by Anonymousreply 36809/13/2013

Here are his before-and-after pics, R368.

by Anonymousreply 36909/13/2013

Note those pics were taken 6 months ago......

by Anonymousreply 37009/13/2013

Chris goes up and down in weight all the time. He's a cutie no matter how plump he gets.

by Anonymousreply 37109/13/2013

re: Genevieve Angelson, she is extremely thin, and her leaving VANYA was very abrupt, but I don't think she left to get anorexia treatment. She was still tweeting about the show after she left, so she wasn't on lockdown. I think she was only in the show for about 6 weeks after opening. The official story is that she was released because she got another acting job. She is listed on imdb as filming the new Chris Rock movie, which started filming this spring, although she's way down on the cast list so her part is probably not that large and probably didn't require that many filming days.

Her understudy was not a thin girl. At all.

by Anonymousreply 37209/13/2013

[quote]How does a 16 year old fresh off the bus get backstage?

I walked to the stage door and knocked. When the man answered, we asked to see Mr. Hiken, and were called into his dressing room. It's not that big a deal. Gerald Hiken was by then a 65 year-old actor, not exactly well-known outside of serious theater people. There wasn't anyone else who came backstage or waited at the stage door, even though the gorgeous Benjamin Hendrickson - in his prime, and the delightful Tania Elg were also in the cast.

Oh, and I was fresh off the train, not the bus!

Funny, I just finished a six-week round of Snatched in Six Weeks too. I didn't have a lot of weight to lose, but got great results, which I am working hard to keep. If you like to laugh and really want to get in shape fast, fun, and with an exceptional amount of profanity, try it out! New registration starts tomorrow. It's the nicest cult in town, and boy what it will do for your ass!

by Anonymousreply 37309/13/2013

When I was a teenager, I would walk in the stage door and ask to see actors I wanted to meet. Usually, the doorman had me wait with for the actor to come down but one time, he sent me write up to the dressing room.

by Anonymousreply 37409/14/2013

Did you hook up with any of them, r374? Or did any at least make a pass?

by Anonymousreply 37509/14/2013

Anyone ever do Chris Sieber??

He looks like he would be an uninhibited sex partner; he also looks well-hung.

by Anonymousreply 37609/14/2013

Roundabout's revival of DINNER WITH FRIENDS has been cancelled due to the withdrawal of its two leading ladies. One would rather stay home watching her bacon; the other wants to spend more time with cousin Vinny.

When was Roundabout planning to announce it to their members?

by Anonymousreply 37709/14/2013

and of course a not for profit subscription based theatre can only cast a 4 character play with MOVIE STARS!

by Anonymousreply 37809/14/2013

On my very first visit to NYC in 1993, I had tix for a matinee of "The Who's Tommy" and just happened to be standing near the stage door, in line with everybody else, when someone (a crew person perhaps) stepped out of the stage door, asked me if I was with the show, and said I could go on in if I wanted. (I figure it was the way I was dressed: I was wearing jeans and a kind of multi-colored shirt, and oddly enough another theatregoer waiting on line had also asked me if I was with the show.) Anyway, I thought about saying yes to the crew guy just so I could go backstage but feared I'd only get so far before someone would realize I didn't belong back there and tell me to get the fuck out, so I declined.

Ah, life's little lost opportunities.

by Anonymousreply 37909/14/2013

r376 saw it at the gym. Average.

by Anonymousreply 38009/14/2013

The girl from Vanya was dealing with an eating disorder.

by Anonymousreply 38109/14/2013

It wasn't an eating disorder. I just wasn't hungry for a few months.

by Anonymousreply 38209/14/2013

Marissa Tomei and...?

by Anonymousreply 38309/14/2013

Me too R373. When I was in high school, Lotte Lenya invited me and my friend back to her dressing room at the Imperial where CABARET had transferred. That's when I got to meet Jill Haworth too. I had a major crush on Haworth after I saw EXODUS. Ms. Lenya and Jill could not have been nicer. I kept in touch with Jill until two years ago when she passed away.

by Anonymousreply 38409/14/2013

[R379], I don't think you missed much and I wouldn't think of it as a lost opportunity. At least nowadays, there's a doorman right inside so you would have been stopped right away. And it would be like entering an office building without a directory or floor plan. You'd have had no idea which way to go, and if the show was about to start, someone would have noticed pretty quickly if you started wandering around on the stage. There is a glamour associated with being past the stage door, but you would probably just have been wandering around empty corridors until you got bored or got discovered. And they might have barred you from the theater and you might have lost your tickets for the matinee.

by Anonymousreply 38509/14/2013

....Kyra Sedgwick?

But who were the men?

by Anonymousreply 38609/14/2013

Frank Di-How-Low-Can-He-Go sings in OnStage Across America for September, and today on NY1's OnStage we watch him work out. Why must we see this boy shill his un-talents.

The only good thing is that his funky hair looks good for thr first time.

by Anonymousreply 38709/14/2013

And to think his parents pay for all this moronic moron stage crapola.

by Anonymousreply 38809/14/2013

[quote]And they might have barred you from the theater and you might have lost your tickets for the matinee.

R385, it's funny you mention this because that was actually the FIRST thing that crossed my mind in that moment when I was debating should I/should I not, that not only would they have kicked me out, they would've taken my ticket away and banned me from the theater. It was the main reason I said nope, not worth it.

by Anonymousreply 38909/14/2013

[quote]How does a 16 year old fresh off the bus get backstage?

Ask Cristin Milioti.

by Anonymousreply 39009/14/2013

Good to see Cheyenne's ex moving on with a theatre producer ! Staying in the theatre world!

by Anonymousreply 39109/14/2013

I heard one of the men was Josh Hamilton.

by Anonymousreply 39209/14/2013

"Good memories of seeing the divine Joan Hackett in the thriller NIGHT WATCH at the Morosco. And my college group a week i NY) always stayed next door at the Piccadilly Hotel. They had the greatest bar there.. where 18 year olds could get a drink."

Not such a big deal when the drinking age is 18.

by Anonymousreply 39309/14/2013

[R336] The concept of showing the play from the vantage point of Tom's later life seems to be a pretty warn out way of doing it.

I saw a production at least a decade ago where an elderly Tom imagined his family in the setting of a peek show on 42nd Street to the accompaniment of Tom Waits recording. And many others have done something similar before Chicago. (I have seen two others with a Tom in a present far removed from 1930s St. Louis.)

I am not saying that this recently closed production was not good. But I honestly would not want to see another production with that kind of concept.

by Anonymousreply 39409/14/2013

R393- It was for university kids on a week long theatre dept. spring break trip from Springfield,Mo where the drinking age was 21.

by Anonymousreply 39509/14/2013

Does Max Von Essen have a boyfriend who is in The Fantasticks?

by Anonymousreply 39609/14/2013

[quote]I kept in touch with Jill until two years ago when she passed away.

That was no reason to stop writing.

by Anonymousreply 39809/14/2013

Did Jill pronounce her last name Hah-worth, or Hay-worth?

by Anonymousreply 39909/14/2013

R399- It was HAW-worth but through the years people called her HAY-worth.

by Anonymousreply 40009/14/2013

George Lane, agent at CAA. Any stories?

by Anonymousreply 40109/14/2013

[quote]George Lane, agent at CAA. Any stories?

Check out PARADISE LOST or FAUST. There are a couple of stories about him in those.

by Anonymousreply 40209/14/2013

r402 so you're saying he is Satan?

by Anonymousreply 40309/14/2013

This FOLLIES number should be posted in EVERY THEATER THREAD.

I saw her do it at the Papermill theater live - it was beyond fabulous then and remains beyond fabulous now!

by Anonymousreply 40409/14/2013

[quote] It was HAW-worth

"Haw" as in "Straw"? I listened to an interview with her not long before she died, and I think she pronounced it "Ha-worth" as in "Ha ha ha" [laugh]...

by Anonymousreply 40509/14/2013

r404

That's not a patch on her studio recording, where she proved that she really got the song.

by Anonymousreply 40609/14/2013

Bet yer bottom dollar that Annie wont make it past October.

by Anonymousreply 40709/14/2013

R404 - I don't know whether to laugh or cry...

by Anonymousreply 40809/14/2013

R407. Annie Miller didn't make it to this century. Oh, that Annie. You mean the one where Faith Prince appears occasionally.

by Anonymousreply 40909/14/2013

Interesting about Monte (the former Mrs. Jackson) now being with a producer. I wonder which one it could be. I have to say I never bought into the whole "oh Monte hates showbiz" stuff. He always looked very involved and very interested in the machinations of theater. And didn't he used to lay out Cheyenne's audition outfits? And his song sets for concerts?

by Anonymousreply 41009/14/2013

R406. You're right. This is pretty much as I remember her at Paper Mill, old and camp, but on the recording she pulls herself together and really sells the song.

by Anonymousreply 41109/14/2013

[quote]George Lane, agent at CAA. Any stories?

Gerard Schoenfeld (spelling?) hated him. His bio his some stuff on him. He eventually told Lane he 'd never speak to him again.

by Anonymousreply 41209/14/2013

Even on the recording, Ann Miller shows that she really didn't understand the song. But then the director didn't really understand the show, either. Sondheim knew that and refused to let it move, but let James Goldman's wife take the heat for the decision - but it was all his.

This was back when he still had some standards. Clearly, he has none anymore, and will approve anything if the money's good.

by Anonymousreply 41309/14/2013

Ann Miller sings "I'm Still Here" like she's Mame and singing a Jerry Herman score.

by Anonymousreply 41409/14/2013

I think at the age of 80-something there's really no reason for Sondheim not to let go and let them do whatever they want with his stuff because he's smart enough to know that once he's gone, they will anyway.

by Anonymousreply 41509/14/2013

Christ the tempo on that I'm Still Here video is ridiculous....it gets so fast she can barely keep up!

by Anonymousreply 41609/14/2013

"Even on the recording, Ann Miller shows that she really didn't understand the song. But then the director didn't really understand the show, either. Sondheim knew that and refused to let it move, but let James Goldman's wife take the heat for the decision - but it was all his. This was back when he still had some standards. Clearly, he has none anymore, and will approve anything if the money's good."

I sure don't agree about Ann Miller as Carlotta. And if what you say about Sondheim being the one who prevented the Paper Mill production from transferring to Broadway, that's pretty tragic considering that they wound up with the Roundabout debacle instead. The most recent revival was much better than Roundabout's but still not as good as Paper Mill's.

by Anonymousreply 41709/14/2013

I didn't like Paper Mill's FOLLIES. Boring. 2001 revival was worse. The most recent revival was pretty good.

by Anonymousreply 41809/15/2013

The casting at Paper Mill was spotty - some good choices (Donna as Sally, Dee Hoty as Phyllis), some REALLY bad (Tony Roberts as a non-dancing Buddy, Eddie Bracken (!) as Weissman, and, alas, Ann Miller), but not nearly as bad as the 4 leads in the Roundabout revival.

The best things about the Paper Mill production were the physical production - sets and costumes of death (it's said the show's ballooning budget was the reason Paper Mill went bankrupt a few years later - never made back the money), and the fact that the recording made of this production also including ALL the songs Sondheim ever wrote for Follies - including all the cut numbers.

by Anonymousreply 41909/15/2013

Papermill's FOLLIES was exactly like its Hillary Knight poster - cotton candy and Disney-fied. The only one in it who had a clue what she was doing was Donna McKechnie. I'd be hard-pressed to pick which one was worse, Papermill or 2001. The recent one wasn't wonderful, but it was better than either of those.

by Anonymousreply 42009/15/2013

Saw Ken Mandelbaum a few days ago on West 10th St.

He looks as usual like the walking dead, but is very much alive. Talk about someone who needs a sandwich!

by Anonymousreply 42109/15/2013

Hurray. Waking up to DL where it really counts: dissing the Paper Mill Follies, but at least the girls are all happy with the attention Follies and Sondheim are getting, for a change.

by Anonymousreply 42209/15/2013

The Papermill Follies was a lot of fun, but it wasn't really Follies. It was more like "These Old Broads put on a show." It's a shame, though, that Ann Miller didn't do Broadway Baby. That was the perfect part for her. (Though not big enough for a star.)

by Anonymousreply 42309/15/2013

"The Papermill Follies was a lot of fun, but it wasn't really Follies. It was more like "These Old Broads put on a show." It's a shame, though, that Ann Miller didn't do Broadway Baby. That was the perfect part for her. (Though not big enough for a star.)"

You got that right.

by Anonymousreply 42409/15/2013

Really, all someone does is mention fucking Follies and the thread goes to shit. Gossip folks. Make yourselves a damn Follies thread if it's so interesting.

by Anonymousreply 42509/15/2013

Did you all notice that my entrance at the PMP was staged so that I came on after Phyllis and Ben?

by Anonymousreply 42609/15/2013

[quote] Even on the recording, Ann Miller shows that she really didn't understand the song.

How so?

by Anonymousreply 42709/15/2013

SHIT THE FUCK UP ABOUT FUCKING FOLLIES

by Anonymousreply 42809/15/2013

r428

Even writing "Follies" means that more will come.

by Anonymousreply 42909/15/2013

Why is there so much paper and discount tickets around for OPENING NIGHT of ROMEO & JULIET? Are sales that bad? Can't the producers (and there must be hundreds of them) fill the house with comps for an OPENING? That's just bad producing...

by Anonymousreply 43009/15/2013

R405- You are absolutely right. HA was correct as in HA-worth.

by Anonymousreply 43109/15/2013

Didn't like the Paper Mill cutting out "Lucy and Jessie" because Dee Hoty couldn't dance it. Neither could Blythe Danner although that didn't stop her from giving it the old gung ho. Danner's bumping into chorus boys was entertaining. About the only entertaining thing in that awful Roundabout mess. I agree with the previous poster the lrecent revival was much better. saw it with Peters and with Victoria Clark. Suprisingly, I liked Clark the best and I've never been too much of a fan.

by Anonymousreply 43209/15/2013

Dee Hoty's wonderful on the CD but she made little impression on stage.

by Anonymousreply 43309/15/2013

With Matilda on TKTS now for all performances, are people finally realizing that $140.00 is way too much to pay for another over rated British musical a la Billy Elliot? They are wasting money running commercials all the time. Nothing opening this fall smells like a smash. Lots of premature closings like R+J. But Soul Doctor keeps running.....huh?

by Anonymousreply 43409/15/2013

Same old suspects for The Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS Flea Market celebrity table. The only difference, the ABC soaps aren't in NY anymore and the table would be full of them too. Who wants to pay $120 to meet the same people?

How come Liza has never hauled her ass down ever, and the celebrity MC is her friend and a dancer in her show? Or NY'ers Sarah Jessica and Matthew Broderick?

If these organizers had some brains they would get some big stars a table each and $20 for ONE signature and keep the line moving. Orlando Bloom and Ian McKellen would bring in the Rings fans, Patrick Stewart and Zachary Quinto the Star Trek fans. But Stewart and Quinto charge $75 plus at autograph shows so they probably don't want to give it away.

by Anonymousreply 43509/15/2013

Alexis' performance of Lucy and Jessie on the 1975 Tony Awards paled to when she performed it on Broadway just four years prior.

by Anonymousreply 43609/15/2013

Here is a clip of Alexis Smith in the original production. I agree with you R436 about that Tony performance.

by Anonymousreply 43709/15/2013

Heading over to London in October for a couple weeks of work. Any recommendations on what to see? I was thinking 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory', maybe the new musical 'From Here to Eternity' or the play 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time'.

by Anonymousreply 43809/15/2013

Curious Incident is great.

If the score is anything to judge by, From Here To Eternity could be Carrie-level bad.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is an airless, joyless affair. The score makes zero impression. Shaiman and Whittman don't have an original idea between them. And sad to say, Laurents was right: Mendes really doesn't know how to direct a musical.

by Anonymousreply 43909/15/2013

R434 - Romeo and Juliet truly was awful.

Matilda was hugely over-rated.

And I already mentioned my thoughts about The Glass Menagerie in r327. I sort of want to see it again though just for Quinto.

by Anonymousreply 44009/15/2013

Tickets for Matilda are $150 and I agree that those of us who suffered through Billy Elliott are wary of throwing away good money on another British kid musical.

I thought Danner bumping around in Follies much better than Jan Maxwell's. Maxwell always seemed so uncomfortable in the number and only herself not Phyllis. At least Danner understood the role and kept character while bumping. I agree that of the three Follies revivals the last one was the best if not all it could have been. I liked it better than then Cook concert version as well.

by Anonymousreply 44109/15/2013

R438, haven't been to them yet, but Chimerica has been getting excellent reviews. The production values are meant to be stunning.

The Young Vic's A Doll's House transfer looks interesting. Digital Theatre recorded it.

The three best shows of the season - Sweet Bird of Youth, the outdoor Sound of Music, and The Color Purple at the Menier, have closed sadly.

by Anonymousreply 44209/15/2013

So will Broadway be deprived of a Sweet Bird of Youth revival yet again?

Why does Cat keep getting revived and never Sweet Bird? The Princess is a sure-fire role for a movie star of a certain age.

by Anonymousreply 44309/15/2013

Yes, but if that movie was "Mannequin", investors are likely to be wary.

by Anonymousreply 44409/15/2013

Broderick has done the autograph table in the past. I do think most of the bigger stars don't want to deal with it anymore....there are some frightening people waiting in that line.

I know it is for a good cause, and I'm glad more and more money is being raised, but I haven't enjoyed the Broadway Flea Market for the past three or four years. Too crowded too early with insane stalkers/fangurls of both sexes and less and less interesting stuff.

by Anonymousreply 44509/15/2013

WTF is up with the "new" Telecharge? I know it's ugly and slow - but now it just doesn't work.

Typical of today's society, I'm sure the person who made the change will get a promotion.

by Anonymousreply 44709/15/2013

R438, check out Edward II at The National.

by Anonymousreply 44809/15/2013

But R441, you have to remember, prior to the Lincoln Center concert there wasn't a recording of the entire score. So it was a big deal at the time.

by Anonymousreply 44909/15/2013

The Lincoln Center Follies concert was a faux-event, desperately trying to generate an excitement that simply wasn't there.

by Anonymousreply 45009/15/2013

If the Lincoln Center Concert was to preserve the whole score, why did they make so many cuts?

by Anonymousreply 45109/15/2013

It was recorded in the days of LP - it was to be a 2-record set, which it was. So they recorded enough to fit 2 vinyl albums, which is less space than 2 cds - hence the cuts.

That's why when it came out on CD, they filled out the second disc with the (until then) unreleased Sondheim score from "Stavisky".

by Anonymousreply 45209/15/2013

They should have just cut Mandy Patinkin out

by Anonymousreply 45309/15/2013

So, Neil Patrick Harris and Josh Radnor played lovers in THE PARIS LETTER before HIMYM? Who was the naked one? And who got the other the job on MOTHER?

by Anonymousreply 45409/15/2013

R450, the excitement was certainly there. It was a true, thrilling event.

by Anonymousreply 45509/15/2013

As predicted, Dame Brantley creams himself over Mr. Burns. If it's pretentious, he can't help but overpraise the shit.

by Anonymousreply 45609/15/2013

[quote]When was the last time you met a new play that was so smart it made your head spin? Not in years, huh? Well, get ready to reel, New York. Anne Washburn’s downright brilliant “Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play” has arrived to leave you dizzy with the scope and dazzle of its ideas.

Someone should put him out of his misery...

by Anonymousreply 45709/15/2013

[quote]Broderick has done the autograph table in the past.

When? I've been going since the beginning and have never seen him. Nathan has been there every time he's been in a show. But never Broderick or SJP.

by Anonymousreply 45809/15/2013

The play gets worse as it goes. The second act is particularly needless and unfunny. The third act as least some attitude. Too bad it's smugness.

by Anonymousreply 45909/15/2013

Both actors are nude in The Paris Letter. In NY it was Jason Butler Harner and big dicked Daniel Gold.

by Anonymousreply 46009/15/2013

"If the Lincoln Center Concert was to preserve the whole score, why did they make so many cuts?"

Because that project may have started out with the best of intentions, but at some point those intentions got lost in the shuffle for various reasons.

"It was recorded in the days of LP - it was to be a 2-record set, which it was. So they recorded enough to fit 2 vinyl albums, which is less space than 2 cds - hence the cuts."

Wrong. The full running time of an uncut peformance of FOLLIES is about two hours (not including intermission). The Philharmonic concert eliminated almost all of the book, so that cut down the running time considerably. Two LPs would have more than enough room to contain the entire score of the show.

But thanks anyway.

by Anonymousreply 46109/15/2013

Mr. Burns was one of the worst nights in the theater...

That.

I.

Have.

EVER.

Spent.

Sweet Jebus on the cross.

by Anonymousreply 46209/15/2013

How long before Tim Sanford has to send out another letter defending/apologizing for MR. BURNS because his subscribers are hating it?

by Anonymousreply 46309/15/2013

Are people here serious abou their MR BURNS hatred? It was one of my top five nights in the theatre ever. Just astonishingly good.

by Anonymousreply 46409/16/2013

[quote]So will Broadway be deprived of a Sweet Bird of Youth revival yet again?

Yes. We were already robbed on the Harold Pinter-directed 1985 National Tour starring Lauren Bacall and Michael (Xanadu) Beck!

by Anonymousreply 46509/16/2013

What cuts were made in the score for the FOLLIES IN CONCERT recording? The only thing I can think of is the dance music for "Lucy and Jessie", but you all seem to be talking about more serious cuts than just some dance music.

by Anonymousreply 46609/16/2013

Mr. Burns was an interesting conceit spun out endlessly and maddeningly over many many hours.

by Anonymousreply 46709/16/2013

If I were Matt Groening, I'd sue to make sure MR. BURNS closes immediately and never gets produced again - although it purports to be "homage", it really is a denigration of the Simpsons in a most unflattering way.

Danny Elfman should also sue, for uncredited appropriation and malfeseant interpretation of his iconic music.

AND IT'S BORING, which also does a disservice to The Simpsons.

All the critics are cumming over it - I saw John Simon there Friday night and he didn't seem to enjoy it all. Too bad he doesn't have an outlet for his criticism anymore.

by Anonymousreply 46809/16/2013

If you never watched Thr Simpsons would you "get" MR BURNS?

by Anonymousreply 46909/16/2013

The whole first act is exposition of a Simpsons episode to get you prepared for the rest of the play. 50 minutes or so of just boring talk about a SIMPSONS episode.

So, if you've never seen a Simpson's episode, you should be prepped, if you stay awake during that first act.

by Anonymousreply 47009/16/2013

[quote]In NY it was Jason Butler Harner and big dicked Daniel Gold.

I thought Jason Butler Harner was big-dicked, too. Or was Hold so huge that Harner paled by comparison.

And who had the bigger dick in LA, NPH or Radnor?

by Anonymousreply 47109/16/2013

Saw Anna Nicole he opera

Where was the music???

by Anonymousreply 47209/16/2013

Saw Old Friends and thought it was a lot of fun if not the deepest play ever, but I have some questions.

How was the Betty Buckley character related to the Lois Smith character's family that she kept having her meltdowns in her homes?

How was the Hallie Foote character related to the Lois Smith character?

Was the Cotter Smith character related to the Lois Smith character?

How was the young hot guy related to any of them that he was suddenly in the mix and being taken to NY?

There was so much exposition at the beginning probably explaining all of this, but I just couldn't keep track.

by Anonymousreply 47309/16/2013

The critics aren't doing the theatre any favors by praising things like MR. BURNS. Admire the hell out of it if you like, but don't confuse it with a crowd-pleaser.

The critics are just confirming suspicions that they're wanna-be tastemakers with no taste. Watch the usual small group of lemmings come out and fall to their knees on cue while the larger audience walks out at one of the two intermissions and swears off going to plays for a year.

by Anonymousreply 47409/16/2013

What posters here are saying about MR. BURNS (which I haven't seen) is pretty much what I said about THE FLICK. And I got lambasted here by a bunch of queens.

by Anonymousreply 47509/16/2013

The actor playing Ali in "Fetch Clay" is HOT!

by Anonymousreply 47609/16/2013

I actually LOVED The Flick, but I can see why people hated it and walked out. It should have been reviewed accordingly, instead of as the new Doubt/Death Of A Salesman/ Clydeborne Park etc.

by Anonymousreply 47709/16/2013

R476, is that a play about Cloris Leachman's sister?

by Anonymousreply 47809/16/2013

r476 Yes, he is amazing looking but he is a cartoon Ali. The Stepin Fetchiit - while not hot - was utterly brilliant.

In attendance when I was there were Larry Kramer and the very manly and heterosexual Norm Lewis and David Alan Grier.

by Anonymousreply 47909/16/2013

Could Patrick Wilson be stepping into Big Fish?

Or replacing Pasquale in Bridges of Madison County? He's much sexier.

by Anonymousreply 48009/16/2013

Patrick Wilson is bland and charm free

But handsome

by Anonymousreply 48109/16/2013

Is Patrick Kelly last year's Aaron Tveit? It sure sounds like it.

by Anonymousreply 48209/16/2013

I loved the Flick, disliked Mr. Burns. The latter had an interesting concept, but the execution was painful. The 3rd act was tedious beyond belief.

Brantley was so over the top, and when he addresses his readers—"Get ready, kids!" I want to vomit.

by Anonymousreply 48309/16/2013

Patrick Wilson is doing a one man "Follies" concert

by Anonymousreply 48409/16/2013

oh, Follies! Follies!

by Anonymousreply 48509/16/2013

R482 should have read Patrick Wilson not Kelly. Oops.

by Anonymousreply 48609/16/2013

Re: "Mr. Burns..."

Does anyone write anything that doesn't appropriate the successes of others? What the hell is it with this "I'm going to riff on this" trend. It's like the worst quality of rap music: sampling.

Don't these authors have any self respect? Or are they just happy to admit to the world they don't have a single, solitary original idea in their trust-fund, ivy-leagued brains?

by Anonymousreply 48709/16/2013

Brantley must've decided he's the new Cindy Adams, kids.

by Anonymousreply 48809/16/2013

I also saw and loved THE FLICK, but disliked MR. BURNS immensely although I admired what it was trying to do. Not being much of a Simpson's fan, I had no way into this show.

I love what R474 said:

[quote]wanna-be tastemakers with no taste.

I'm going to steal that phrase. It's so accurate - at least in this case.

by Anonymousreply 48909/16/2013

[quote]Does anyone write anything that doesn't appropriate the successes of others?

Well, collage was the art form of the 20th Century, and theatre is always late to the game.

by Anonymousreply 49009/16/2013

"Could Patrick Wilson be stepping into Big Fish?

Or replacing Pasquale in Bridges of Madison County? He's much sexier."

Disagree. I saw Pasquale in BRIDGES in Williamstown - he's plenty sexy and he sings the score beuatifully. I think he's a much better singer than Wilson, who has a great body but is rather vanilla/bland.

The person who should be replaced in BRIDGES is O'Hara, who's much too Doris Day to play an Italian immigrant. But she's something of a name....

by Anonymousreply 49109/16/2013

There's nothing untoward or uncreative about appropriating the work of others....as long as you bring your own ideas to the table and have something original to say a la Shakespeare, who borrowed unashamedly from antique sources. If you're going to, say, adapt a movie into a musical, fine...but glean another interpretation from the material or impose your own. Don't just toss the screenplay onstage without a new concept and lard it with painfully predictable and obvious "songs," as is the trend.

by Anonymousreply 49209/16/2013

Patrick Wilson is doing his one-man spectacular...

... in his hometown.

by Anonymousreply 49309/16/2013

"Patrick Wilson is bland and charm free

But handsome"

And majorly hung . . .

by Anonymousreply 49409/16/2013

I've only seen Wilson in Angels In America, and I thought he was a standout among a lot of competition.

by Anonymousreply 49509/16/2013

The Hung Men of Broadway, a coffee table book arriving just in time for Christmas

Featuring

Patrick Wilson

Roger Bart

Tyler Maynard

Colin O'Donnell

And many others, including ...

by Anonymousreply 49609/16/2013

Guess I won't be in that book (sigh)

by Anonymousreply 49709/16/2013

[bold] Audra McDonald, Laura Benanti and Christian Borle Join Cast of NBC's Sound of Music [/bold]

Tony Award winners Audra McDonald, Laura Benanti and Christian Borle will be part of the cast of NBC's live Dec. 5 broadcast of the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The Sound of Music.

Five-time Tony winner McDonald will portray Mother Abbess with Benanti as Elsa Schrader and Borle as Max Dettweiler.

As previously reported, six-time Grammy Award winner Carrie Underwood is set to star as Maria with Stephen Moyer as World War I hero Capt. Georg Von Trapp. The three-hour production will be based on the original 1959 Broadway musical, which starred Mary Martin and Theodore Bikel.

The music and lyrics for The Sound of Music were written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, respectively, with a book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse.

Advertisement The upcoming TV musical is executive-produced by Neil Meron and Craig Zadan. Beth McCarthy-Miller and Rob Ashford will serve as directors.

The presentation will be produced by Universal Television.

by Anonymousreply 49809/16/2013

Bring out the An Ordinary Couple hate once more!

I really hope they use one of the more recent scripts that have I Have Confidence. However, having seen the West End revival and the outdoor production in London, both of them still had different song placement.

by Anonymousreply 49909/16/2013

Kelli played Italian before in Light in the Piazza when she was Fabrizzio's sister in law before she took Clara away from Celia Keenan-Bolger....

by Anonymousreply 50009/16/2013

No R499, "I Have Confidence" is not being used. They are doing the original theatrical version, with the song placement as originally produced, with only one exception: they are replacing "An Ordinary Couple" with "Something Good."

by Anonymousreply 50109/16/2013

And Audra has it in her contract that she can do a new Michael John LaChuisa song in place of Climb Every Mountain.

by Anonymousreply 50209/16/2013

R501 so they are using My Favorite Things in the original spot where it was just to cover a scene change and using Goatherd in the bedroom scene?

by Anonymousreply 50309/16/2013

One can only imagine what Hitler might do with Audra McDonald ...

by Anonymousreply 50409/16/2013

Yes, R503. "My Favorite Things" will be sung by Maria and the Mother Abbess.

by Anonymousreply 50509/16/2013

r503, the original "My Favorite Things" spot didn't cover a scene change, it was during a full scene in the Mother Abbess's office. The scene change was during a brief partial reprise when Maria was singing it in the hall and was caught by one of the nuns.

by Anonymousreply 50609/16/2013

It was just the way his lips slowly hugged the rim of that cup of warm coffee

by Anonymousreply 50709/16/2013

[quote]only one exception: they are replacing "An Ordinary Couple" with "Something Good." Well of course. I must be the only person in the world who prefers "An Ordinary Couple." over "Something Good." Not surprising they would use the movie song instead.

by Anonymousreply 50809/16/2013

[quote]Kelli played Italian before in Light in the Piazza when she was Fabrizzio's sister in law before she took Clara away from Celia Keenan-Bolger

And Kelli was quite good too.

by Anonymousreply 50909/16/2013

Well, at least SOM has replaced Follies for the time being. Who would have thought? I want to know more about The Amazing Adele.

by Anonymousreply 51009/16/2013

I predicted Christian Borle for Max back in June. They made the right choice.

by Anonymousreply 51109/16/2013

Were Kander and Ebb ever a couple?

by Anonymousreply 51209/16/2013

So BAA finally bounced Beth Williams? How many millions of burned money and relationships does she leave behind? Are they pulling out of Little Miss Sunshine? What happens to Tuck?

by Anonymousreply 51309/16/2013

Yes Jason Butler Harner is nicely hung but Gold is even bigger.

And Norm Lewis is not straight.

by Anonymousreply 51409/16/2013

Is that true, R513? Good news, if so. But I wonder if it's too late. The damage has been done.

by Anonymousreply 51509/16/2013

Kelli had a baby girl!!!

by Anonymousreply 51609/16/2013

Congrats to Kelli and her husband on their new baby girl born today!! Looking forward to her in "Bridges"

On another note, what is the feedback on the recent reading of "Rumors" and a possible spring revival of this Neil Simon's play? The reading had Martin Short, Matthew Broderick and Andrea Martin involved. That would be an awesome cast if they revive it...

by Anonymousreply 51709/16/2013

I thought Celia K-B left Piazza by choice - to do Spelling Bee.

by Anonymousreply 51809/16/2013

No she didn't R518. Kelli felt guilty about getting the role and CKB was a class act, telling her she was right for the role and that she Celia wasn't.

by Anonymousreply 51909/16/2013

The Flick is just as bad as Mr. Burns. Where Burns was over-written, Flick was underwritten. Both plays should have been 90 minutes, no intermission. And both plays were over-directed by directors who have no one to tell them their shit doesn't stink.

by Anonymousreply 52009/16/2013

In what fucking universe did Kelli play an Italian in LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA?????

Are you people insane?

by Anonymousreply 52209/17/2013

I would like to suggest to Mr. Steggert that his coming out of the closet is not a pivotal moment in history, does not require a proclamation, and a simple "Thank you" would have sufficed.

by Anonymousreply 52309/17/2013

oooo I love r523!!!!!

by Anonymousreply 52409/17/2013

R522, Kelli played Franca instead of Clara when the show was being developed at the Goodman Theatre.

by Anonymousreply 52509/17/2013

Is Kelli really retarded or was she acting?

by Anonymousreply 52609/17/2013

R522, are you an idiot? The poster who brought up Kelli playing Italian before mentioned the when and where right there in his post.

Maybe you should pay attention and not be so quick to ask if people are insane, when you're the dumbbell who's just embarrassed himself.

by Anonymousreply 52709/17/2013

But in spite of the fact she was "promoted" doesn't the fact that Kelli was no longer playing an Italian by the time the show got to NY mean she wasn't right in the role?

by Anonymousreply 52809/17/2013

[R528] Obviously she can play Italian! She obviously IS Italian!!! Why else would she spell her name in the Italian way "Kelli" instead of the Irish way "Kelly"?

I'm so sick of Irish people playing Italians!! One would think being an actor, required acting skills like learning dialects, character studies and wearing wigs. I think it's especially important in this show since it will be played in Italian with subtitles in English.

Remember in the original Nine when a Cuban played an Italian? Made me sick!!

Goddamn it, next thing you know we will be forced to believe that a COLORED WOMAN could play Carrie Pipperidge or Mother Abbess believably!!

Don't get me started on those gay Asians playing straight Munchkins.

by Anonymousreply 52909/17/2013

Why is this starting to sound like the noise the fucking trolls make over at ATC?

Enough already.

by Anonymousreply 53009/17/2013

Hey guys, I'm here!

by Anonymousreply 53109/17/2013

r529 Raul Julia is Puerto Rican - but who's counting?

I don't give a shit - Audra is a star. I don't believe her as the Abbess - but there's nothing realistic about musicals anyway - they are fantastical by nature.

by Anonymousreply 53209/17/2013

Yes, Beth Williams is out. Its true.

by Anonymousreply 53309/17/2013

Buzzie don't flame too much or Chazwaza will have even more gay panic to have to deal with over there. Who knew Bobby Steggert coming out and a quick quip he makes was going to have that kind of impact? Will Bobby now have to tweet about the further furor his sexuality has caused on theater chat boards?

by Anonymousreply 53409/17/2013

Bobby would rather do the McNally play than BIG FISH, but FISH pays more.

by Anonymousreply 53509/17/2013

Audra is five years older now than Patricia Neway was when she originated the role of the Mother Abbess on Broadway in 1959.

Once you're in that wimple, you can be any age.

Just ask Lady Gaga...

by Anonymousreply 53609/18/2013

[quote]Once you're in that wimple, you can be any age.

Time for a reboot of "The Flying Nun"!

by Anonymousreply 53709/18/2013

The Hung Men of Broadway Featuring

Patrick Wilson

Roger Bart

Tyler Maynard

Colin O'Donnell

Jason Butler Harner

Daniel Gold

Norm Lewis

Daniel Sunjata

John Slattery

Jake Weber

David Burtka

by Anonymousreply 53809/18/2013

Isn't Audra McDonald part Irish anyway?

by Anonymousreply 53909/18/2013

R539, Yes Rose, she's black Irish.

by Anonymousreply 54009/18/2013

re: SOM--has it been ascertained that Carrie Underwood can actually speak two consecutive lines of dialogue convincingly? (live, no less) and if so, are we to believe she stumbled from some tail gating party to a convent in Austria??

by Anonymousreply 54109/18/2013

and Laura Benanti-from Maria to the Baroness--that was a quick journey--next year-replacing Tovah in Pippin or maybe Mrs Higgins? Watch out Laura Osnes-this is your future

by Anonymousreply 54209/18/2013

lol tailgating - so.true

by Anonymousreply 54309/18/2013

Yes

by Anonymousreply 54409/18/2013

Where is the visual proof that any of those gents are hung. Post your proof

by Anonymousreply 54509/18/2013

You forgot Raul, r538.

by Anonymousreply 54609/18/2013

I wouldn't worry too much about Bobby. BIG FISH will be long gone before the McNally play starts rehearsals.

by Anonymousreply 54709/18/2013

Can someone reference the Cheyenne video to All That Chat, so that I can witness people's heads explode.

by Anonymousreply 54809/18/2013

HA! R548- Yes, that would be epic!

by Anonymousreply 54909/18/2013

[quote]has it been ascertained that Carrie Underwood can actually speak two consecutive lines of dialogue convincingly? (live, no less) and if so, are we to believe she stumbled from some tail gating party to a convent in Austria??

You think they are going to risk millions on a live TV show without auditioning her first? Christ, the theater Queens are beside themselves that they didn't chose some obscure Broadway actor.

by Anonymousreply 55109/18/2013

I can't wait until the new scene where she takes a baseball bat to all the Captain's belongings because of his engagement to the Baroness. That'll really speak to her demographic.

by Anonymousreply 55209/18/2013

Sub-saharan Africans weren't high up on the Nazis' list of human populations they wanted to exterminate. Hitler and co. also had civil relations with the Catholic Church, especially in predominantly Catholic countries like Austria, so it's conceivable that a black nun who had risen far enough in the ranks to be made head of a convent would have had protected status. Josephine Baker (black), Django Reinhardt (Gypsy), and Gertrude Stein and Alice Toklas (Jews) were allowed to live out the Nazi occupation in France because they were beloved cultural icons and it would have pissed people off if they were carted away to death camps.

by Anonymousreply 55309/18/2013

R553. Wow! That's extraordinary Broadway gossip. I'm fascinated. Maybe there's a musical in it.

by Anonymousreply 55409/18/2013

Will Audra say "Maria what is it you cunt face"?

by Anonymousreply 55509/18/2013

R551, yes. Absolutely. Especially when you consider the key decision makers:

the R and H organization

network executives

by Anonymousreply 55609/18/2013

It would be hilarious if there was a fuck-up on live tv. Coughing fit from one of the nuns or a kid swearing.

by Anonymousreply 55709/18/2013

Exciting casting for Rolf.... NOT! Anthony Federov, former American Idol runner up who has played this role in stock at Paper Mill.

by Anonymousreply 55809/18/2013

Do you have a link for the Federov info, r558?

by Anonymousreply 55909/18/2013

The part of Frau Schmidt will be played by Eddie Murphy.

by Anonymousreply 56009/18/2013

I'm going to do my best to befriend Carrie Underwood, and if for some reason she takes ill on the day of performance, I'd be happy to step in for her.

P.S. Have Brooke Shields on standby for Elsa.

by Anonymousreply 56109/18/2013

[quote]Patrick Wilson, Jason Butler Harner, Daniel Gold, Daniel Sunjata, John Slattery, Jake Weber and David Burtka have all exhibited their wares on stage or film. The others have had anecdotal reports here on DL, from those who have either tasted or seen their dicks backstage.

by Anonymousreply 56209/18/2013

Enough of this SOUND OF MUSIC shit! Who gives a flying fuck where they position The Lonely Goatherd! Would all of you ATC and BWW queens get the fuck out and let the adults get back to talking about which chorus boy is fucking who?

by Anonymousreply 56309/18/2013

I heard "smug asshole". Is someone calling me?

by Anonymousreply 56809/18/2013

[quote]It would be hilarious if there was a fuck-up on live tv. Coughing fit from one of the nuns or a kid swearing.

Enjoy it, East coasters, because it will be censored by the time it makes it out to our time zone.

by Anonymousreply 57009/18/2013

Uh-oh. Too much ATC cross-referencing. Ann M. will banish us all for impugning her favorites. She needs to get on the Pittsburgh thread quickly, it's her hometown.

by Anonymousreply 57109/18/2013

The Blog news on Bierko as Trunchbull is not good. He finally went on last night. One person compared him to Jeffrey Tambor in La Cage a few years ago, and that's pretty grim.

by Anonymousreply 57309/18/2013

is Bierko still heavy? will the scooter hold him?

by Anonymousreply 57509/18/2013

Would Chris Sieber and Craig Bierko be classified as fit-fat or just fat?

by Anonymousreply 57609/18/2013

Matt Bomer to play Monty Clift?!?!? WTF? Bomer is talent-free, charisma-challenged, and white bread-bland. Good God, I hope this is a Lifetime Movie.

by Anonymousreply 57709/18/2013

[quote]Will Audra say "Maria what is it you cunt face"?

Why do you think I took the job? Every diva in town was vying for the chance to say "What is it, you cunt face?" to Carrie Underwear.

by Anonymousreply 57809/18/2013

Chris Hoch was GREAT as Trunchball. Let him do it or Chris Sieber. Craig Bierko, gurl please.

by Anonymousreply 57909/18/2013

Jill Paice is lovely in MATILDA. But Richard Blake is HOT.

by Anonymousreply 58009/19/2013

Broadway babies Helene York and Annaleigh Ashford showing everything but the beef curtains in "Masters of Sex" on Showtime.

by Anonymousreply 58109/19/2013

Bierko and Sieber fluctuate. Sieber goes from hot to fat to hot to fit fat all in the course of a month sometimes.

by Anonymousreply 58209/19/2013

R582. A month? Someone told me it was often in the course of just one evening.

by Anonymousreply 58309/19/2013

[quote]We’ve learned that a Tony Award-winning composer, who received rave reviews for writing a major Broadway hit, didn’t actually do all the work themselves! The musical was actually put together by a ghost writer and no one knows. Tricky, tricky!!

Blind item from another site. This is Cyndi Lauper, right?

by Anonymousreply 58409/19/2013

Tony Award for most hyperbolic press release ever!

by Anonymousreply 58509/19/2013

It's Mel Brooks.

by Anonymousreply 58609/19/2013

re: Carrie Underpants previously undemonstrated acting ability-anybody remember Chynna Phillips in "Bye Bye Birdie"?? maybe South Pacific or Annie Get Your Gun would have been a better fit for her--but probably best that in addition to everything else, she doesnt have to be funny (AGYG)

by Anonymousreply 58709/19/2013

"We’ve learned that a Tony Award-winning composer, who received rave reviews for writing a major Broadway hit, didn’t actually do all the work themselves! The musical was actually put together by a ghost writer and no one knows. Tricky, tricky!!"

Adam Guettel

by Anonymousreply 58809/19/2013

maybe it will wind up being good--after all, there are respectable talented people involved, but every time I see that "Rocky" commercial i think it's a joke

by Anonymousreply 58909/19/2013

r584 Lauper / Oremus, I bet.

r588, Why would anyone write a blind item about someone who won aTony ten years ago!

by Anonymousreply 59009/19/2013

It fits!

by Anonymousreply 59109/19/2013

Cyndi Lauper IS a songwriter and I just don't see her being that devious. She has publicly discussed working on this for several years.

by Anonymousreply 59209/19/2013

[quaote]Why would anyone write a blind item about someone who won aTony ten years ago!

Because that is how blind items work. If there isn't anything good nowadays to use for the blind item, they dig up something ancient knowing that the reading will try to make a contemporary connection. It is a bit of a bait and switch.

Just an FYI, I know that Mel Brooks did have a ghost composer. Whether the blind item is about him, I cannot say. However, the item does fit him.

by Anonymousreply 59309/19/2013

Saw "Glass Menagerie" last night. Lovely, and devastating. Keenan gains an amazing amount of power onstage by doing virtually nothing. Quinto is terrific.

However.

Whoever said that Cherry Jones is channeling Hyacinth Bucket was right on the nose. Dear. Fucking. God. What the hell was that fucked-up character voice???

by Anonymousreply 59409/19/2013

I miss Patricia Routledge.

by Anonymousreply 59509/19/2013

[quote] Broadway babies Helene York and Annaleigh Ashford showing everything but the beef curtains in "Masters of Sex" on Showtime.

They both have such small titties that it hardly counts as nudity.

by Anonymousreply 59609/19/2013

LOL, that was me R594!!

She was essentially playing Hyacinth, most egregiously in the first act. No doubt.

by Anonymousreply 59709/19/2013

In the BI, tricky tricky seems like some kinda hint but I can't figure out what it is.

by Anonymousreply 59809/19/2013

So are some of you queens saying that Cherry Jones is playing Amanda with a fruity English accent? That's very hard to believe.

by Anonymousreply 59909/19/2013

New #121 Thread Opener Needed. Help! Stat!

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