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THEATRE GOSSIP #243: “Pantie Get Your Gun!” edition

As you were.

by Hope Emersonreply 60403/31/2019

Re Roz and Gypsy, she was actually coming off A Majority of One, where she was miscast in a Gertrude Berg role. Auntie Mame was back in 1958 (the movie, I mean), though she got some Oscar action for it in early ‘59.

by Hope Emersonreply 102/10/2019

Speaking of panties, Carol kept flashing hers to the extreme embarrassment of David Letterman.

The Morning Show with David Letterman Excercise Segment 1985

Co-Host Tawny Harper Reynolds and Guest Carol Channing work out while Dave watches from a safe distance.

by Hope Emersonreply 202/10/2019

Speaking of dyslexia, I believe this thread should be 343, not 243.

by Hope Emersonreply 302/10/2019

A sloppy title.

by Hope Emersonreply 402/10/2019

With Kiss Me Kate and Oklahoma beginning preview soo, this thread may actually be inspired to be truly witty.

by Hope Emersonreply 502/10/2019

[quote]r4 A sloppy title.

Some panties ARE sloppy!

You'd prefer [italic]Pantie Mame?[/italic]

by Hope Emersonreply 602/10/2019

What's the Gossip on Caissie Levy? She was great in Hair, but I have no interest on seeing her in that princess show, and she comes off as cold (no pun intended) in interviews and in appearances like 54 below etc.

by Hope Emersonreply 702/10/2019

Pantie Puts Her Hair Up

by Hope Emersonreply 802/10/2019

You realize nobody is going to find this thread and eventually someone will start a properly numbered thread 343.

by Hope Emersonreply 902/10/2019

^^ pantywaist

by Hope Emersonreply 1002/10/2019

And so it begins:

Theatre Gossip #343: The "We all hate Carol Burnett, but not as much as the last three OPs" edition.

I'm telling you now so I don't have to tell you later. We are NOT going to stand for an improperly numbered thread.

by Hope Emersonreply 1102/10/2019
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by Hope Emersonreply 1202/10/2019

Both are a mess.

Edition should be capped.


by Hope Emersonreply 1302/10/2019
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by Hope Emersonreply 1402/10/2019

F&F r14

by Hope Emersonreply 1502/10/2019
Lisa Kirk: Limehouse Blues 4/16/60

Andy Williams introduces LIsa Kirk in an elaborate production number from "The Man In The Moon", 'Limehouse Blues'. Original airdate, April 16, 1960.

by Hope Emersonreply 1602/11/2019

The Prom is hemorrhaging money.

by Hope Emersonreply 1702/11/2019

The Prom's days are numbered. It will be gone once the new crop of shows, like Tootsie and Beetlejuice, open.

by Hope Emersonreply 1802/11/2019

ugh, just the thought of TOOTSIE and BEETLEJUICE

by Hope Emersonreply 1902/11/2019

I want it to run so that Brooks can get a Tony nom!!

by Hope Emersonreply 2002/11/2019

oh dear god.

by Hope Emersonreply 2102/11/2019

I saw Gertrude Berg in A Majority of One. No film version would be better than the Rosalind Russell film.

by Hope Emersonreply 2202/11/2019

I've never seen Oh Dad, Poor Dad......

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by Hope Emersonreply 2302/12/2019

Wasn't Miss Francis Langella trying to make that happen with him in drag and Michael Urie as the boy?

by Hope Emersonreply 2402/12/2019

“Oh Dad, Poor Dad?” Really?

That’s another one Roz couldn’t pull off. They should have cast Hermine Gingold, who did the original.

by Hope Emersonreply 2502/12/2019

I can't see Hermione attired in this.....

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by Hope Emersonreply 2602/13/2019

I've seen the movie of OH,'s very poorly made and filmed, and I don't think you can blame the actors.

by Hope Emersonreply 2702/13/2019

[quote]r26 I can't see Hermione attired in this.....

It appears madam wore a chiffon caftan (?)

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by Hope Emersonreply 2802/13/2019

My favorite Hermione ditty....

Hermione Gingold - Cocaine

from 'La Gingold'. Images from the 1962 Vincent Price film "Confessions Of An Opium Eater."

by Hope Emersonreply 2902/13/2019

Hermione sure did have a way with words. When asked what she thought of the Statue of Liberty after seeing it for the first time, she responded, "How kind of them to build a statue of Judith Anderson in the harbor!"

by Hope Emersonreply 3002/13/2019

Ahhhhh....look, they still could do it.....

MGM Musicals Tribute 1986 Academy Awards.avi

A musical tribute to the Golden Girls of MGM from the 1986 Academy Awards. Howard Keel sings and introduces - Ann Miller, Debbie Reynolds, Cyd Charisse, Kath...

by Hope Emersonreply 3102/13/2019

Very touching, that film clip

by Hope Emersonreply 3202/13/2019

I first took Majority of One out of the library watched it with my mother and we were surprised at the end that she decides to Alec Guinness. I was surprised at first because this is a time when it was too controversial and they would remain friends. And even my mother said 'So she marries him!.

I then watched it on TCM and wasn't planning to because it is epic in length. It goes on a long time. Ray Danton helps a lot. I got caught up in it again and was shocked at the end when they decide to remain friends.

Do people know this movie has two endings and they both are in release?

by Hope Emersonreply 3302/13/2019

'she decides to marry'

by Hope Emersonreply 3402/14/2019

I can't see an Alec Guinness movie without thinking of his blind butler in "Murder By Death" or his chuckling Jacob Marley presenting Scrooge with his chain in hell. When Guinness played Hitler, I kept laughing because I kept hearing Guinness saying, "I prefer Rita", and "That's your opinion, big boy."

by Hope Emersonreply 3502/14/2019

Oh, that's tacky r35....

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by Hope Emersonreply 3602/14/2019

For no reason.....

70, Girls, 70 - A New Musical: Home

Provided to YouTube by Sony Music Entertainment 70, Girls, 70 - A New Musical: Home · Mildred Natwick · Lillian Roth · Lucie Lancaster · Gil Lamb · Hans Conr...

by Hope Emersonreply 3702/14/2019

God, I love that song, r37! Proof positive that even a flop from times past could have a tune or two (and 70 GIRLS 70 has plenty) that had merit.; Today? Even the "hits" are forgettable.

by Hope Emersonreply 3802/14/2019

I wonder why Kathryn didn't get to warble a few notes, r32.

by Hope Emersonreply 3902/14/2019
Alexis Smith - "This is Your Life" (FOLLIES, 1971)

While on the 1972 tour of FOLLIES, Alexis Smith received the "This is Your Life" award. This audio and colour TV program shows the cast taking the curtain ca...

by Hope Emersonreply 4002/14/2019
Valley Of The Dolls Actors Fund Benefit

NYC Actor turned filmmaker Michael Stever spins together a fun teaser highlighting some of the best moments from The Actors' Fund benefit reading of Valley O...

by Hope Emersonreply 4102/14/2019

This thread is a lot cooker the other, where a discussion of the “n” word has turned into an occasion for DL racists to have a field day using it.

by Hope Emersonreply 4202/15/2019
Bubbling Brown Sugar 1976 Tony Awards

Bubbling Brown Sugar 1976 Tony Awards ("Sweet Georgia Brown" - Vivian Reed, Lonnie McNeil, Newton Winters)

by Hope Emersonreply 4302/15/2019

Flossie Klotz is practically drooling with lust as she talks about seeing Alexis Smith walking up the steps to Hal's party in that clip from This is Your Life.

by Hope Emersonreply 4402/15/2019
Bluesy Song by one of the great Torch Singers - 1930

Helen Morgan sings "It Can't Go On Like This" from 1930. A really Bluesy rendition. Excellent!

by Hope Emersonreply 4502/15/2019

That was fun, r41. Nancy Anderson as Jennifer and Heidi Blickenstaff as Neely particularly looked appropriate. And Tovah as Lee Grant! Who was the hottie who played Neely's husband?

by Hope Emersonreply 4602/15/2019

The hunk was one time throuple member and current midtown boy Daniel Reichard. Who just wowed them in Louisville tonight.

by Hope Emersonreply 4702/15/2019

Hit it.....

70, Girls, 70 - A New Musical: Hit It, Lorraine

Provided to YouTube by Sony Music Entertainment 70, Girls, 70 - A New Musical: Hit It, Lorraine · Mildred Natwick · Hans Conreid · Lillian Roth · Lucie Lanca...

by Hope Emersonreply 4802/16/2019

Who was Daniel Reichard in a throuple with?

by Hope Emersonreply 4902/16/2019

Was Martha Plimpton supposed to be BRUNETTE Barbara Parkins?

by Hope Emersonreply 5002/16/2019

Let's be real. There's only ONE Neely O'Hara......

Kate Flannery does Neely O'Hara at the MisMatch Game

Kate Flannery from "The Office" guests at the MisMatch Game, a game show parody hosted by Dennis Hensley at the LAGLC and sings "It's Impossible" from Valley...

by Hope Emersonreply 5102/16/2019

And only one Ann-Margrock......

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by Hope Emersonreply 5202/17/2019

[quote]This thread is a lot cooker the other, where a discussion of the “n” word has turned into an occasion for DL racists to have a field day using it.

I agree about this thread. The other one also ended in a flurry of thinly disguised racism regarding Norm Lewis in "The Music Man," which some moron then used as the title of the new thread.

by Hope Emersonreply 5302/17/2019

Happy Sunday!

A Sunday Kind Of Love (1958) - Pat Suzuki

from RCA Victor Records SP 45-60 45 EP orchestra directed by George Siravo

by Hope Emersonreply 5402/17/2019

Pat is still with us. She's 88.

by Hope Emersonreply 5502/17/2019

A boring bway season. Everything sucks

by Hope Emersonreply 5602/17/2019


Pat Suzuki I Enjoy Being a Girl

For all the Pat Suzuki fans out there

by Hope Emersonreply 5702/17/2019


Flower Drum Song - Original Broadway Cast: Sunday

Provided to YouTube by Sony Music Entertainment Flower Drum Song - Original Broadway Cast: Sunday · Pat Suzuki · Larry Blyden Flower Drum Song (Original Broa...

by Hope Emersonreply 5802/17/2019


Put On Your Sunday Clothes Sped Up


by Hope Emersonreply 5902/17/2019

r55 Is she still rockin' the ponytail?

by Hope Emersonreply 6002/17/2019

How about just plain "Sunday?"

"Sunday" - Stephen Sondheim (BBC Proms 2010)

The company perform "Sunday", from Stephen Sondheim's "Sunday in the Park with George", at the BBC Proms 2010; as part of the special celebration of Sondheim...

by Hope Emersonreply 6102/17/2019

This is from 2006, r60.....

PAT SUZUKI sings "I ENJOY BEING A GIRL" by Rodgers & Hammerstein

PAT SUZUKI brought down the house eight times a week and earned her star in Broadway Heaven when she introduced the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic "I Enjoy Be...

by Hope Emersonreply 6202/17/2019

Marti, Marti, Marti!

Marti Webb "Tell Me On a Sunday"

Marti Webb singing "Tell Me On a Sunday" live at the Bristol Hippodrome in 1992

by Hope Emersonreply 6302/17/2019

so beautiful, r61. thanks.

by Hope Emersonreply 6402/17/2019

I have an audio of the full Actor's Fund VOD but it was really great to see those clips! Did anyone see VOD when it played downtown at the old Circle in the Square back in the 90's? Hilarious.

by Hope Emersonreply 6502/17/2019

[quote] I agree about this thread. The other one also ended in a flurry of thinly disguised racism regarding Norm Lewis in "The Music Man," which some moron then used as the title of the new thread.

Care to explain that or are you just talking out of your ass?

by Hope Emersonreply 6602/17/2019

Just drop it.....

Theatre-A-Go-Go!'s "Valley Of The Dolls"

This is a brief discussion about Theatre-A-Go-Go!'s stage production of "Valley Of The Dolls" taken from a documentary about the film that can be found on th...

by Hope Emersonreply 6702/17/2019

My apologies R53. I did not realize there was a new thread #344 and thought you were talking about #343.

by Hope Emersonreply 6802/17/2019

[quote]R55 Is she still rockin' the ponytail?

I would love to think so.

by Hope Emersonreply 6902/17/2019

Those spiky bangs that Pat Suzuki sported back then had a funny name....something like "rat-nibbled bangs" I think? Anyone remember? They were the antithesis of Mamie Eisenhower bangs.

by Hope Emersonreply 7002/17/2019
Bette Midler 1974 Tony Awards

Johnny Carson presents Bette Midler with a special Tony.

by Hope Emersonreply 7102/17/2019
Cole Porter - The Tale of the Oyster (Sung by Tammy Grimes)

This clever song about a "social-climbing" oyster was written for 1929's "Fifty Million Frenchmen" where it was introduced by Helen Broderick. It is here sun...

by Hope Emersonreply 7202/17/2019

Nov. 1990-"Remy Martin Broadway Showstoppers" Helen Gallagher recreates her showstopper "'Where-Has-My-Hubby-Gone' Blues" from the 1971 Broadway revival of "...

by Hope Emersonreply 7302/17/2019

Ugga-Wugga Meatball

by Hope Emersonreply 7402/17/2019

Just ran across this. Her Lorelei really doesn't work, does it? Tricky role.

Highlights from Encores!: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Performance highlights from the New York City Center Encores! production of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. May 8, 2012. Footage courtesy of (Jon...

by Hope Emersonreply 7502/17/2019

Jack Viertal and the fickle finger of casting

by Hope Emersonreply 7602/17/2019

It hadn't occured to me that for the movie, I Love What I'm Doing turned into Ain't There Anyone Here....

by Hope Emersonreply 7702/17/2019

Her gown is perfection.....

Barbara Cook performs a "Salute to Vienna" on the Bell Telephone Hour, 1962.

Originally broadcast on March 16, 1962. Barbara Cook sings and dances to Viennese operettas with Alfred Drake.

by Hope Emersonreply 7802/17/2019

And five years later that dress fit on her left leg only

by Hope Emersonreply 7902/17/2019
Tammy Grimes--Quest-ce Que C'est, 1956 TV

Tammy Grimes sings "Quest-ce Que C'est" from the 1956 TV musical "Holiday," based on Elmer Rice's play "The Grand Tour". This is not the Jerry Herman musical...

by Hope Emersonreply 8002/18/2019

I have a feeling a little of Tammy Grimes went a long way. It was certainly that way for TV audiences.

by Hope Emersonreply 8102/18/2019

You would be correct, r81. Though had she accepted Bewitched they may have been more accepting.

TAMMY GRIMES SHOW opening credits ABC

One of the biggest sitcom flops of all-time. Tammy Grimes and Richard Sargent star.

by Hope Emersonreply 8202/18/2019

Tammy is rather Betty Huttenish in that number at R80. Of course, a little Betty Hutton went an awfully long way, too.

by Hope Emersonreply 8302/18/2019


by Hope Emersonreply 8402/18/2019

Or Betty Grabley.....

by Hope Emersonreply 8502/18/2019

Tammy sure is kooky is the opening credits of her failed sitcom. I had forgotten that she had been offered "Bewitched." Coincidentally, her co-star in "The Tammy Grimes Show" was "Richard" Sargent.

by Hope Emersonreply 8602/18/2019

Tammy's sitcom failed, but the opening credits were clearly the inspiration for Beth Howland being traumatized by drinking straws in the opening credits of "Alice."

by Hope Emersonreply 8702/18/2019

So true, r83......

Betty Hutton - The Bob Hope Show (1955)

Betty Hutton appears as a special guest star on the Bob Hope Chevy Show, November 15, 1955, singing "The Little Rock Roll" For more Betty Hutton, visit the B...

by Hope Emersonreply 8802/18/2019

when did this become all vintage all the time ?

by Hope Emersonreply 8902/18/2019

Somethin' WRONG with vintage?

by Hope Emersonreply 9002/18/2019

It's the sequined halter straps.

by Hope Emersonreply 9102/18/2019

If Tammy Grimes had accepted “Bewitched,” it probably would have been canceled after one season.

Fortunately, Tammy was firmly ensconced in the huge hit High Spirits at the point where she would have had to accept. She probably kicked herself when High Spirits started to fizzle and closed after barely a year.

by Hope Emersonreply 9202/18/2019

Did someone mention Betty Hutton and failed sitcoms?

Betty Hutton Show

Donate for our restoration project of historic material: -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Please watch: "THE LAST MAN ON...

by Hope Emersonreply 9302/18/2019

Dick Sargent was Elizabeth Montgomery's first choice for Darrin but he was committed to the sitcom "Broadside," starring Kathleen Nolan and co-starring Sheila James. It flopped.

by Hope Emersonreply 9402/18/2019

Thank goodness. Dick York was way better. Dick Sargent stunk.

by Hope Emersonreply 9502/18/2019

At least Dick Sargent looked human.

by Hope Emersonreply 9602/18/2019

Tammy was the runner up for Desiree in A Little Night Music.

by Hope Emersonreply 9702/18/2019

When it came down to Tammy and Glynis, Glynis was chosen because she seemed more "vulnerable."

by Hope Emersonreply 9802/18/2019

Well if vintage is a problem, r89, about.....

Highlights From "Follies" in Chicago With a book by James Goldman, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and directed by Chicago Shakespeare Theatre's associate arti...

by Hope Emersonreply 9902/19/2019

I'll see your "Follies" and raise you Angela Lansbury in "Gypsy."

Angela Lansbury in 'Gypsy' (1974 B'way Revival)

Angela Lansbury giving one HELL of a performance as Mama Rose in the 1974 B'way revival of 'Gypsy.' This woman is SO amazing. Features "Some People," "Togeth...

by Hope Emersonreply 10002/19/2019

TV wasn't Tammy's medium. Lucky to have seen her in both HIGH SPIRITS and PRIVATE LIVES. She was brilliant in both.

by Hope Emersonreply 10102/19/2019

Betty Hutton was great in movies and cinema audiences had no problem with her. It would be interesting to know why she became so difficult, needy and out of control. She's pretty frightened and desperate in her TCM interview and her children were estranged from her. There seems to be a whole chunk of her life we know nothing about and Osborne certainly did not go there.

by Hope Emersonreply 10202/19/2019

I remember tuning in to TCM years ago just to see what was on happening upon that interview. I was wondering, "Who's this shriveled old lady Robert Osborne is interviewing?" Then she mentioned something about "Annie Get Your Gun," and I realized it was Betty Hutton, whom I never would have recognized. Her memory seemed unreliable at that point. She kept talking about how badly she was treated during the making of "Annie," saying it was because everyone wanted Judy to play the role and not her. She made a big point of saying that, because of that treatment, she never made another movie. Robert Osborne gently reminded her that "The Greatest Show on Earth" came afterward. It was a very hard interview to watch.

by Hope Emersonreply 10302/19/2019

Thank you, r100. Saw her in Denver. She was the best Rose. Loved her kicks in Together.

by Hope Emersonreply 10402/19/2019

[quote]Somethin' WRONG with vintage? —Miss Mazeppa

If there was something new that was as good or better that wasn’t the result of pandering to douchebros deafened by Power Rangers, Eminem, boy bands, and numetal.

by Hope Emersonreply 10502/19/2019

Then we’d talk about that:

by Hope Emersonreply 10602/19/2019

[quote]The Prom is hemorrhaging money.

?In Ropsie's day she woyld have championed it.

Titanic the Musical - Opening Scene - Rosie O'Donnell Show

The cast of the Broadway musical Titanic perform the opening number. On the Rosie O'Donnell Show, May 12, 1997. The cast includes Brian D'Arcy James and Vict...

by Hope Emersonreply 10702/19/2019

I love Titanic

by Hope Emersonreply 10802/19/2019

It doesn't get much respect on DL, but I love "Titanic," also.

by Hope Emersonreply 10902/19/2019

Titanic was certainly a 'Hey it's not so bad.' show.

by Hope Emersonreply 11002/19/2019

Titanic was dreadful, unnecessary and stupid.

by Hope Emersonreply 11102/19/2019

Sort of like your comment, R111.

by Hope Emersonreply 11202/19/2019

R48 Here kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty.....

by Hope Emersonreply 11302/19/2019

Is there no # 344 thread yet? Is this the most current theatre thread then?

by Hope Emersonreply 11402/19/2019

Here you are, r114. Unfortunately the OP of 344 didn't space out the number sign and the hyphen in the thread title, so searching for "344" gets you nothing, When I search for a new Theatre Gossip thread by the number and nothing comes up, I usually then search "theatre" or "gossip" in case the OP made just such a mistake. It always gets me the right results.

THEATRE GOSSIP #344-the “Norm Lewis Isn’t Charming” Edition

In other news manholes erupted at New World Stages tonight. Insert joke here.

by Hope Emersonreply 11502/19/2019

Ta, darlink!

by Hope Emersonreply 11602/19/2019

Sorry typo... " The Prom" in Rosie's day she would have championed it.

by Hope Emersonreply 11702/19/2019

It is absurd to search by the number to try to find a thread

Start with “theatre” and if there’s a gap, try “theater”

It works 100% of the time

by Hope Emersonreply 11802/20/2019

We haven't heard from Betty Hutton in a while.

Betty Hutton -- Murder, He Says

Recorded in November 1943 for the Armed Forces Radio Service show "Command Performance" (episode 92)

by Hope Emersonreply 11902/20/2019

Just type in 'gossip' and the number of the thread. Works every time.

by Hope Emersonreply 12002/20/2019

^ that requires that you know the next number. Searching on "Theatre" brings up all of the threads, in date order. "Gossip" does, too.

by Hope Emersonreply 12102/21/2019

^except "gossip" is more generic and mixes in other topics. More rare for there to be "theatre" in the title a post except for the gossip threads.

by Hope Emersonreply 12202/21/2019

Titanic had so many characters, the audience ended up not caring for any of them. I remember being relieved that the old couple died.

by Hope Emersonreply 12302/21/2019

I cared about David Garrison. But then I always care about David Garrison.

by Hope Emersonreply 12402/21/2019


That show is all about the opening and closing, for sure. The ones who say otherwise are just being contrarian

by Hope Emersonreply 12502/21/2019
Chita Rivera and Ben Vereen in Chicago

Chita and Ben headed up the company of Chicago that played Toronto and Las Vegas in 1999. This clip features The Press Conference Rag, All I Care About is Lo...

by Hope Emersonreply 12602/21/2019
Jeanne Eagels - The Letter (1929) - I Still Love the Man I Killed!

This is one of the greatest performances in the history of cinema. Jeanne Eagels died shortly after this film was made, receiving a post-humus Oscar nominati...

by Hope Emersonreply 12702/21/2019

The UK production of Oklahoma! this summer looks like it’ll either be brilliant or a complete train wreck.

Rehearsals for the Broadway transfer of West End smash hit Ink start Monday. What do we think, will it be the next Ferryman or the next Enron?

by Hope Emersonreply 12802/22/2019

The new Broadway Oklahoma is going to really shock and anger audiences who don't understand what they've let themselves in for. I do wonder if it will be somehow "softened" a bit from what was seen at St. Ann's?

by Hope Emersonreply 12902/22/2019

I doubt it will be softened, r129; this creative team likely would forgo a transfer if it involved any tinkering. But you are correct: B'way audiences may be really shocked. Those who are angry may calm down when they realize that R&H's intent has been honored; this was always a very dark show.

by Hope Emersonreply 13002/22/2019

Jeanne Eagels died the year "The Letter" was released (1929). She was nominated for an Academy Award as best actress for her role, the first posthumous Oscar nomination.

by Hope Emersonreply 13102/22/2019

Glorius. No shame for those here who are tone deaf. This is simply thrilling.

Exclusive: The Full Opening of Titanic in Concert at Avery Fisher Hall

If you weren't at Avery Fisher Hall on February 17 to see Maury Yeston and Peter Stone's musical Titanic in concert, fear not, because we have all you're gon...

by Hope Emersonreply 13202/22/2019

R130 On the current tv commercial for "Oklahoma!", the title song being sung in the background has a kind of bitter, acerbic quality, without very much harmony, which rather seems to hint that this won't be a standard version of it. I do love the vocal arrangements of the original title number though, very rich and memorable.

by Hope Emersonreply 13302/22/2019

I was brought up on the Oklahoma OBC and I love it a lot, so I went kicking and screaming to St. Ann's last fall and expected to hate and resent their production. It was challenging and not entirely comfortable, but it was also fresh and original in its concept and performed by really wonderful actor-singers (Ali Stroker alone is worth the price of a ticket). I'm glad to have seen it.

by Hope Emersonreply 13402/22/2019

r124 I always heard Garrison is seriously hung

by Hope Emersonreply 13502/22/2019

I have always found the seriously hung to be extraordinarily amusing.

by Hope Emersonreply 13602/22/2019

If they are smart, they will completely rework the dream ballet in the Broadway-bound Oklahoma! The angry dyke in a t-shirt dancing mostly solo while cowboy boots fell from the rafters was such a WTF moment.

by Hope Emersonreply 13702/22/2019

"Those who are angry may calm down when they realize that R&H's intent has been honored; this was always a very dark show."

Oh, please. OKLAHOMA, written at the height of the war, is a joyous celebration of American pioneer spirit, and its "darkness" is solely rooted in the worm-at-the-heart-of-the-apple threat (social, sexual, isolationist) that Jud Fry represents to the community. Once he's eliminated, the moral order is restored. Except for Ali Stroker's performance, the St Ann production has about as much joy and community spirit as a wake, and doesn't begin to honor the authors' intentions.

by Hope Emersonreply 13802/22/2019

A big disappointment was finding out Garrison is straight straight straight. I mean he is just so good in musicals with the sunniest of smiles.

How does anyone know he is seriously hung?

by Hope Emersonreply 13902/22/2019

[quote]How does anyone know he is seriously hung?

I haven't a clue.

by Hope Emersonreply 14002/22/2019

Garrison is close to 70 (and a bit of a dried out prune in person). Does it really matter any more?

by Hope Emersonreply 14102/22/2019
A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine (Broadway Production, 1980)

The cast performs "Doin' the Production Code" on the Tony Awards.

by Hope Emersonreply 14202/22/2019

Titanic - one big opener and a show full of dreadful music.

by Hope Emersonreply 14302/22/2019

Dreadful if you have a tin ear, maybe.

by Hope Emersonreply 14402/22/2019

Honey lamb, r144, it's not that it's dreadful, just not particularly distinguished. Let's face it, that opening is pretty thin stuff--bombastic, nicely sung, but thin--and doesn't really capture the British/Elgarian "nobilamente" sound of the period. To these professional, very un-tin ears, it has more of a Hollywood crossing-the-plains-in-a-covered-wagon Western feel to it.

But if it's thrilling you want (start at 4'20")...

Bernstein - 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. - To Make Us Proud (Finale)

The finale from Leonard Bernstein's musical 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Similar in spirit to Candide's finale "Make Our Garden Grow". Songs: To Make Us Proud (...

by Hope Emersonreply 14502/22/2019

Well aren't you just full of yourself, R145.

by Hope Emersonreply 14602/22/2019

Has Cynthia Ervio commented on the Jussie Smollett situation yet?

by Hope Emersonreply 14702/23/2019

I think r145 has previously explained to us how wonderful it is to be him, r146. Possibly it was in a music-oriented thread rather than theater gossip, but his tone seems familiar.

by Hope Emersonreply 14802/23/2019

R148, I suspect that R145 might be the same "highly trained professional" who is always declaring that certain Broadway singers can't in fact, sing at all. He recently pronounced on the other theater thread that Raul Esparza can't sing.

by Hope Emersonreply 14902/23/2019

You may be right. On the other hand, to be perfectly fair, quite a few reasonable minds agree that Raul isn't such a good singer.

I think my highly trained professional did a good deal of pontificating on a recent-ish Bernstein thread--maybe the Jamie Bernstein memoir thread. In any event, he was completely insufferable, as might be expected from someone who calls himself a "highly trained professional."

by Hope Emersonreply 15002/23/2019

Not quite the same as saying Raul "can't sing."

by Hope Emersonreply 15102/23/2019

It’s not so much that Raul can’t sing as he shouldn’t sing. He can carry a tune, certainly, but he has an ugly, strident and unpleasant voice.

by Hope Emersonreply 15202/23/2019

I will concede that, r152, but your attempt at judiciousness is a little late.

by Hope Emersonreply 15302/23/2019

it seems to get more like braying as he gets older. TTB tones were open and more appealing

by Hope Emersonreply 15402/23/2019

I don't braaaaaay.

by Hope Emersonreply 15502/23/2019

[quote]To these professional, very un-tin ears, it has more of a Hollywood crossing-the-plains-in-a-cover - ed-wagon Western feel to it.

Perhaps you might enjoy it more if you actually pulled your head out of your ass.

by Hope Emersonreply 15602/23/2019

Marry me, r156.

by Hope Emersonreply 15702/23/2019

Urinetown performance at the tonys, great musical!

by Hope Emersonreply 15802/24/2019

The Prom is excellent.

by Hope Emersonreply 15902/24/2019

R158, the same number sung by a much cuter guy.

"Run Freedom, Run" - Urinetown

Belmont University Musical Theatre Department Presents URINETOWN as its fall 2009 musical. "Run Freedom, Run" features Ben Laxton('11) as Bobby Strong. The r...

by Hope Emersonreply 16002/24/2019

I saw Esparza in Anyone Can Whistle. Only time I've seen him. Enjoyed his performance very much and don't remember thinking when he sang this guy should not be doing musicals.

by Hope Emersonreply 16102/24/2019

Was that before or after Company. r161?

by Hope Emersonreply 16202/24/2019

I'm not sure. Maybe after as I knew his name. Anybody else see him in ACW and what did you think?

by Hope Emersonreply 16302/24/2019

I don't really want to keep the Raul argument going, but I can't imagine he'd be worse than Harry Guardino in ACW. I saw his Company and could not bear his "Being Alive."

by Hope Emersonreply 16402/24/2019

Saw Raul in "Company" on TV - hated that production, and Raul's singing was very hard to listen to. He was better though very overshadowed by Leslie Odom, Jr. in "Leap of Faith". I did see Raul in a Shakespeare in the Park a few years ago where they added a song for him -- was it "Cymbelline"? -- doing a kind of jazzy number and his voice had improved markedly.

by Hope Emersonreply 16502/24/2019

Where did Esparza do Anyone Can Whistle? Was it a concert or a full production?

by Hope Emersonreply 16602/24/2019


by Hope Emersonreply 16702/24/2019

2010 Encores!

Anyone Can Whistle (Encores! Concert, 2010) | Ovrtur

Ovrtur : the musicals of New York, London and beyond

by Hope Emersonreply 16802/24/2019

Encores! did "Anyone Can Whistle" back in 2010, so it was after Raul did "Company."

by Hope Emersonreply 16902/24/2019

Well, maybe it was better suited to his voice. I remember reading about this--I'll bet Donna was amazing.

by Hope Emersonreply 17002/24/2019

Cue the "Donna sings flat" troll in 5, 4, 3 . . .

by Hope Emersonreply 17102/24/2019

Yes, as good as in WT. And I can't believe I enjoyed Sutton. Didn't like her at all in TMM.

by Hope Emersonreply 17202/24/2019

Sutton was in "The Music Man"?

by Hope Emersonreply 17302/24/2019

The other one.

by Hope Emersonreply 17402/24/2019

Sutton Foster IS Harriet Hill!

There were balls/In my pants/But I never felt them swinging/No, I never felt them at all/'Til there was you

by Hope Emersonreply 17502/24/2019

[quote]Sutton Foster IS Harriet Hill!

Excuse me? I was Professor CAROL Hill

by Hope Emersonreply 17602/24/2019
"A Parade in Town" - Anyone Can Whistle

by Hope Emersonreply 17702/24/2019
"Me and My Town" - Anyone Can Whistle

by Hope Emersonreply 17802/24/2019

R171, I love Donna Murphy and think she's a great singer, but she does have a pitch problem sometimes. The only time it's ever really bothered me was in this Into the Woods clip.

"Stay With Me" and Interview

by Hope Emersonreply 17902/24/2019

[quote]Thank goodness. Dick York was way better. Dick Sargent stunk.

I disagree. I much preferred Sargent in the part. York was hyper and completely one note. He didn't even seem like a real person.

by Hope Emersonreply 18002/24/2019

Not particularly on topic, but I just came across this.....

It Was Nice While The Money Rolled In (1952) - Jane Wyman

from Decca 9-27927 45 rpm orchestra directed by Dave Barbour with The 4 Hits Music and Lyrics by Dick Miles and Bob Hilliard

by Hope Emersonreply 18102/24/2019

Donna Murphy has pitch problems often. Her body is in extreme tension when she sings. She is not a great singer--or even a good singer. She can occasionally be an effective performer.

by Hope Emersonreply 18202/24/2019

I'll take effective, r182!

Lucy and Jessie

by Hope Emersonreply 18302/24/2019

Dick York was fascinating and offbeat. The other Dick was a stick of wood and predictable. I preferred York.

by Hope Emersonreply 18402/24/2019

Raul Esparza can’t sing. Deal with it.

by Hope Emersonreply 18502/24/2019

Is Merrily, We Roll Along really that awful as the reviewers say,

Posters on AllThatChat were having orgasms over how wonderful it was ..until the reviews came out. Now they hate it.

by Hope Emersonreply 18602/24/2019

I saw it in previews and hated it.

by Hope Emersonreply 18702/24/2019

Everyone always said Urinetown was killed by a bad title and bad marketing, but I think its biggest problem was being unfinished. It tried to do the same thing Spamalot/Something Rotten did by throwing a bunch of musical theater pastiches together instead of actually developing new jokes. Spamalot was successful because of the name recognition and Sara R's miraculous performance, Something Rotten was successful in Britain because theatre audience's there have no taste (it rightfully crashed and burned here). Urinetown is probably score to book the best show of the three, but it still runs out of steam plot wise, and could really use two or three rounds of punching up.

by Hope Emersonreply 18802/24/2019

I saw Spamalot just after Sara Ramirez left.

I didn’t laugh once

by Hope Emersonreply 18902/24/2019

Something Rotten has never been staged in Britain.

by Hope Emersonreply 19002/24/2019

I love Donna Murphy. She was absolutely perfect in Wonderful Town

by Hope Emersonreply 19102/24/2019

r190... uh, yes it did? Shakespeare was born there!

by Hope Emersonreply 19202/24/2019

Well that's a compelling argument. Doesn't change the fact it's never been staged in Britain.

by Hope Emersonreply 19302/24/2019

Urinetown did quite well. It gets done a lot regionally and in schools. There was concern that the title would kill it before it opened. But since it was a hit, no one says that any more, R188

by Hope Emersonreply 19402/24/2019

Sargent was the one note actor. Nothing to the character but a bitchy unhappy unfunny bitter queen with the sexual appetite of a slug. Even lying down York had more energy with Montgomery.

In the show there was nothing between Sargent and Montgomery. Just air.

by Hope Emersonreply 19502/24/2019

r193 Ok, well technically you are correct that it was never "staged" in Britain, it just OCCURRED in Britain, and it was very, very successful.

by Hope Emersonreply 19602/24/2019

R196 Even that's not right, the entire point of the show is that the main character has no success so he has to resort to trying to steal from Shakespeare.

by Hope Emersonreply 19702/24/2019

R186, I bought tickets to it because my co-worker liked it so much. We shall see.

R195, that's interesting given that I heard Sargent and Montgomery were great friends in real life. I did not mind him as Darrin, though York of course was much better.

by Hope Emersonreply 19802/24/2019

R198 that's why I said 'In the show.' I know they were good friends but as playing man and wife they had no chemistry. York was a way better actor than Sargent.

by Hope Emersonreply 19902/24/2019

This Merrily is ruined by some very bad casting, truly ugly design and sloppy direction.

I still think it's a wonderful show waiting for that production that finally gets it right.

by Hope Emersonreply 20002/24/2019

Saw this Merrily. Badly cast.

by Hope Emersonreply 20102/24/2019

[quote]r200 I still think it's a wonderful show waiting for that production that finally gets it right.

It's terrible how they NEVER give that show a second chance!

by Hope Emersonreply 20202/24/2019

I never feel like Donna Murphy is so off as to be unpleasant to my ears. Maybe she's just a very talented actress who can sell a song even if she's not singing it brilliantly. Kinda like Tyne Daly in Gypsy. People still talk about how her singing hurt their ears during the show, but I never noticed her going far off pitch and she seemed to know when she was incapable of holding a note and would allow it to drop off before it got uncomfortable.

by Hope Emersonreply 20302/24/2019

[quote]Something Rotten was successful in Britain because theatre audience's there have no taste (it rightfully crashed and burned here).

Are you drunk? Besides never having been done in Britain, it didn’t crash and burn here. It ran successfully for 742 performances, and is in the third year of a national tour.

by Hope Emersonreply 20402/24/2019

Dick York scared me as a child. He had no sense of humor and all he did was act exasperated and shout. I was glad when he left. He was loud and insane, Gladys Kravitz ( with both Alice Pearce and Sandra Gould) was loud and insane, Uncle Arthur was loud and insane, Dr. Bombay was insane if not loud. And Sam and Endora were vivid and colorful. The show needed a straight man.

by Hope Emersonreply 20502/24/2019

[quote]The show needed a straight man.

Because they cast so many gay men and women? (And yes, I know that’s not what you meant by “straight man”). But it was surprising how gay this cast was.

by Hope Emersonreply 20602/25/2019

I agree about Donna Murphy in Wonderful Town. She was fantastic. Too bad she's never played Rose in Gypsy. Is it too late?

by Hope Emersonreply 20702/25/2019

[quote]Raul Esparza can’t sing. Deal with it.

R185 isn't terribly bright. He doesn't understand the meaning of the word "opinion" and can't seem to accept that other people's opinions might differ from his.

by Hope Emersonreply 20802/25/2019

I just ran across this. Is it worth listening to?

THE GOOD COMPANIONS - Original London Cast 1974

by Hope Emersonreply 20902/25/2019
Donna Murphy - Hit Me With A Hot Note

A scene from the "What about Joan" Episode "Ruby Doobie Doo" with DONNA MURPHY singing "Hit me with a hot note".

by Hope Emersonreply 21002/25/2019


by Hope Emersonreply 21102/25/2019

Dench, Mills, and Gable together in one musical? I would have died.

by Hope Emersonreply 21202/25/2019

That recording is a stitch. It basically screams BAD ENGLISH MUSICAL. (And I say this as a fan of bad English musicals.)

by Hope Emersonreply 21302/25/2019

R208 is a stupid tasteless cunt, and he objectively cannot sing. Period. Suck on that, twat. And you’re blocked for being a stan and a moron.

by Hope Emersonreply 21402/25/2019

Some of GOOD COMPANIONS is wonderful. Johnny Mercer and Andre Previn come up with a few winners ("Dance of Life", "Camaraderie", "Stage Struck Me"), and the whole thing is entertaining most of the time and at the very least well-crafted and competent always.

The show was actually a critical hit, but out of touch with the times and the political situation in London then. The York did it as a Mufti a few years back.

Mercer's last theatrical score. Bing Crosby covered one of the tunes (Pleasure of Your Company) in a duet with Mercer.

by Hope Emersonreply 21502/25/2019

A LITTLE TRAVELING MUSIC is probably the most delightful song in the score.

by Hope Emersonreply 21602/25/2019

For no reason.....

This Girl's In Love With You - Burt Bacharach & Ruth Williamson

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by Hope Emersonreply 21702/25/2019

R217 Ruth Williamson is a musical theater treasure, having seen her playing Lady Beekman opposite Alice Ripley as Lorelei in the L.A. Reprise production of "Gentleman Prefer Blondes" or dramatically exclaiming, "Chez Jacqueline!" in the 2005 revival of "La Cage Aux Folles". I've seen a video of her Eulalie McKechnie Shinn, but I had seen the other Ruth (Gotschall) who replaced her towards the end of the run.

by Hope Emersonreply 21802/25/2019

Something Rotteb May have run for a year and half on Broadway but it only recouped 15% of investors principal when it closed. That number will have increased due to the tour but it was a financial success. And many investors were upset that it recouped so little after its 700 performances.

by Hope Emersonreply 21902/25/2019

Ruth Williamson was also pretty amazing in that off-Broadway musical, “The Green Heart.” I kind of enjoyed it.

by Hope Emersonreply 22002/25/2019

[quote]Too bad she's never played Rose in Gypsy. Is it too late?

She’s only 61. Barely old enough!

by Hope Emersonreply 22102/25/2019

I saw a production of "The Good Companions" in SF about 20 years ago. I loved the score, all the songs except "All Mucked Up," and thought it was charming but rather twee. I can see why it couldn't last during a time when London was under siege from IRA bombers.

by Hope Emersonreply 22202/25/2019
PETULA CLARK - LONDON IS LONDON (from Goodbye Mr Chips) - YouTube

Musical number from 1969 film starring Petula Clark. Music and lyrics by John Williams and Leslie Bricusse.

by Hope Emersonreply 22302/25/2019

I'll take a twee musical any day rather than a Broadway musical based on the life of Dolly Parton. And I like Dolly Parton.

by Hope Emersonreply 22402/25/2019
1776 '69 TONY Awards

Alan King introduces Scott Jarvis, William Duell and B.J. Slater performing "Momma, Look Sharp" from 1776 at the 1969 Tony Awards.

by Hope Emersonreply 22502/26/2019

[quote] Dick York scared me as a child. He had no sense of humor and all he did was act exasperated and shout. I was glad when he left. He was loud and insane.

I thought York had much better comic timing (as the straight man for all the crazies around him). He could do a slow burn and a tantrum. But keep in mind that when they did the switch, they may have wanted to calm Darren down a bit. After all, York played the role from when Darren and Samantha were first married. By the time Sargent came along, Darren had seen and experienced so much in the way of witchcraft that I would imagine Sargent's less exasperated take on the role felt like a natural progression for the character. How many times can you blow your stack at the same thing? After a while you just stop reacting the same way, if for nothing else than to conserve energy.

by Hope Emersonreply 22602/26/2019

But did they have to have a Darren who did nothing but look pissed?

by Hope Emersonreply 22702/26/2019

What other songs do fans of Yestons TITANIC like?

For me, the duet over the Morse code is stunning. Beautiful music theatre, in writing and in performance. I’ll see if I can find a link.

by Hope Emersonreply 22802/26/2019

I did like the ominous moment when the food cart started slowly rolling by itself.

by Hope Emersonreply 22902/26/2019

“No Moon” which was unfortunately marred by the stupid toy boat as the curtain fell.

by Hope Emersonreply 23002/26/2019

Here's rehearsal video of "The Night Was Alive" (the Morse code duet) from the 2014 reunion concert at Avery Fisher Hall with the original cast members, Brian D'Arcy James and Martin Moran.

Titanic Revival Rehearsal - The Proposal/The Night Was Alive

It's been 17 years since Maury Yeston and Peter Stone's Tony-winning musical Titanic sailed onto Broadway. To celebrate, Manhattan Concert Productions will r...

by Hope Emersonreply 23102/26/2019

Thanks R231.

I really love so much of that score. I blame much of the failure of the Bway production on the director, the staging, and the hideous production design.

I’ve been saying for 20+ years that TITANIC is a great American musical just waiting to be found.

by Hope Emersonreply 23202/26/2019

Signature Theatre outside D.C. did a very well-received production of "Titanic" a couple of years ago. I saw the original in 1997 and thoroughly enjoyed the Signature version, even though it was directed by Eric Schaeffer, who can be something of a hack.

by Hope Emersonreply 23302/26/2019

Well I mean if you're going to do a musical version of the Titanic it does not only need an ingenious director but a lavish budget and this looked cheap as hell. You need it to be emotionally and visually overwhelming. And the producers were clearly not going to spend the money needed for it to be a visual tour de force like Phantom. If you want to see a disaster musical on Broadway you want to see the disaster especially now when it's only the tourists that can make a musical with a large cast a success.

I still though enjoyed that original production.

by Hope Emersonreply 23402/26/2019

The Signature production of Titanic was genuinely terrific. I think it moved to Korea in a proscenium version which they’re now trying to get to Broadway.

by Hope Emersonreply 23502/26/2019

What about the production of titanic on a platform on a lake? I give that production credit for having gumption!

by Hope Emersonreply 23602/26/2019

That's really lovely, r231. Thanks.

by Hope Emersonreply 23702/26/2019

The Signature "Titanic" got some of its inspiration from the Cameron movie (which opened several months after the musical in 1997). Effects after the sinking included floating bodies and props (suspended on wires).

by Hope Emersonreply 23802/26/2019

For anyone that says Raul can’t sing.


Taboo Petrified Raul Esparza I did not film this

by Hope Emersonreply 23902/26/2019

Like it or not, the Broadway Titanic production and costume design did not come cheap, even if it looked cheap.

Looking for a fresh path into the material, The Dodgers hired edgy Brit director Richard Jones, mostly known for avant garde opera and radical takes on classic theater, and he hired Scottish designer Stewart Laing, who had a similar aesthetic and, like Jones, had no commercial credits of note and certainly no experience on Broadway. The entire creative team was not looking to produce any kind of old-fashioned spectacle nor, for that matter, any sort of reality.

Ultimately, it all looked awkward and insubstantial and was not compelling.

by Hope Emersonreply 24002/26/2019

Raul can definitely sing, but he is sorta cold. He's like the male Betty Buckley. He was definitely wrong for Bobby which is a charm role if ever there was one. In fact, it's one of the most shallow characters ever written. He's there to be charming and make his friends laugh. For that character to work, you need someone with a great personality and a certain likability and Raul doesn't have that.

by Hope Emersonreply 24102/26/2019

R188 is the Bunny. Don't be the bunny.

by Hope Emersonreply 24202/26/2019

R241 Bobby should really be charming -- he was originally played by the uber-adorable, handsome and affable star of many Disney films, Dean Jones.

R225 Scott Jarvis later went into "Oh! Calcutta!" and appeared totally nude in the their show's book that was for sale (not the Playbill). Very handsome guy who died too young.

I love "The Good Companions". I believe it got fine reviews, but business dropped off when there were a lot of iRA bombings in London at that time. John Mills had a very nice singing voice, Judi Dench is just right for her role, Christopher Gable must have been wonderful and Marti Webb had a powerhouse voice. The score is very enjoyable, and it should have been very popular among theater folk, as it is about a traveling group of actor/singers. I saw the Mufti some years ago, and I really thought it deserved a longer run.

by Hope Emersonreply 24302/26/2019

There's also an earlier musical film version (1933) of "Good Companions" (without the Previn/Mercer score) with Jessie Matthews and a young John Gielgud which is worth checking out.

by Hope Emersonreply 24402/26/2019

I figured Titanic cost a lot of money. It just looked like it didn't. A regional theater production with a somewhat better than usual budget.

by Hope Emersonreply 24502/27/2019

The reviews say: "Dit dot dot dit dot dit; Pity you're not a hit; Quit you're a piece of shit; Go away"

by Hope Emersonreply 24602/27/2019

so not clever

by Hope Emersonreply 24702/27/2019

I saw the production of Titanic in DC, too, and it wasn't much of an improvement over the original. The opening was fine as was the (same) last song. There was one moment when the chandeliers started swaying that was effective. The rest of the time, I was bored to tears (again). You just don't get too involved in any one set of characters to really care about them. The score is not good enough to overcome the book. It will flop again if they revive. Consider that the other big late-90s show Ragtime was already revived and didn't do well AND it's a much better show AND that was a much better-directed production.

by Hope Emersonreply 24802/27/2019

r248 is nobody holding out for a Civil War revival? That was peak 90s style turgid melodrama cast of 100 characters nobody cares about schlock.

by Hope Emersonreply 24902/27/2019

Killer dress on Miss G....

Dolores Gray wearing beautiful mermaid dress in "Designing Woman"

Dolores Gray sings and dances in a very beautiful mermaid style dress in "Designing Woman." This 1957 comedy also stars Gregory Peck and Lauren Bacall. Peck ...

by Hope Emersonreply 25002/28/2019

Oh look, she got another wearing out of it!

Dolores Gray-The Lullaby of Broadway (in the Mermaid Dress from Designing Woman)

From the television show, "Highways of Melody" December 3, 1961. She kept the famous emerald mermaid dress from "Designing Woman" with Gregory Peck and Laure...

by Hope Emersonreply 25102/28/2019

Jessie's gown could only be described as "gossamer", r244.

The Good Companions

Buy the DVD here: JOHN GIELGUD plays one of three people who become ‘angels’ to ...

by Hope Emersonreply 25202/28/2019

Jessie had a bit of a Joan Collins thing going on.

by Hope Emersonreply 25302/28/2019

New trailer for Fosse/Verdon.

New Fosse/Verdon Trailer Recreates Scenes From Cabaret, Damn Yankees, More | Playbill

The extended look at the upcoming FX limited series about Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon's personal and professional partnership shows Verdon's work behind the scenes.

by Hope Emersonreply 25402/28/2019

She's prettier than Verdon. I guess if you were as great a dancer as Gwen but were at her level of looks you wouldn't have gotten the role.

by Hope Emersonreply 25502/28/2019
Betty Hutton - Oh By Jingo (From "Incendiary Blonde")

Betty Hutton "Oh By Jingo" From the Paramount Picture "Incendiary Blonde" (1945) Watch the full movie at Help get "Incendiary B...

by Hope Emersonreply 25602/28/2019

Broadway Rhythm!

GERTRUDE NIESEN - Broadway Rhythm (1935)

Gertrude Niesen (July 8, 1911 – March 27, 1975) was an American torch singer, actress, comedian, and songwriter who achieved popular success in musicals and ...

by Hope Emersonreply 25703/01/2019

Like the execrable Come From Away, Titanic is one of those craven productions making bank off the backs of its tragic victims.

by Hope Emersonreply 25803/01/2019

Really? I have a feeling you haven’t seen either show.

Is Fiddler making bank off the pograms? Or Nabucco off of Jewish slaves?

by Hope Emersonreply 25903/01/2019

Oh well.............

Tracey Ullman - Breakaway

Tracey's first UK hit single reached the Top Five and launched a series of humorous video clips, several of which feature famous guest appearances. Download ...

by Hope Emersonreply 26003/01/2019

Shakespeare made bank off of Caesar’s murder, And the princes in Richard III. And the

by Hope Emersonreply 26103/01/2019

Roots made bank off slavery!

And Assassins makes bank off of, well, assassinations.

by Hope Emersonreply 26203/01/2019

It’s never “off of.” Use “from.”

by Hope Emersonreply 26303/02/2019

Documentaries make bank off of tragic events where many people are victims of all sorts of terrible things.

Has one film critic ever cried Exploitation! at any of the Titanic films?

by Hope Emersonreply 26403/02/2019

[quote]Has one film critic ever cried Exploitation! at any of the Titanic films?

I did the moment James Cameron did that smarmy and utterly self-serving moment of silence at the Oscars.

by Hope Emersonreply 26503/02/2019

Making money off of the Nazis!

Over Here! (Andrews Sisters) 1974 Tony Awards

Over Here! 1974 Tony Awards. Robert Preston introduces OVER HERE! with Ann Reinking and company dancing "Charlie's Place" (look for a young John Travolta in ...

by Hope Emersonreply 26603/02/2019

The Titanic sank more than 100 years ago. If you don't want to see a musical or a movie based on a famous historical event, then don't. But it's silly at this point to characterize it as an exploitation of the victims. What about all the movies made about World War II? Those made during the war were often aimed at rallying support for the war (in terms of War Bond sales, etc.). Were those made since making money off the many who died?

by Hope Emersonreply 26703/02/2019

Do a musical about the War of 1812 for a change.

by Hope Emersonreply 26803/02/2019

What would Fourth of July fireworks displays be without the War of 1812 Overture?

by Hope Emersonreply 26903/02/2019

[quote]What would Fourth of July fireworks displays be without the War of 1812 Overture?

The closing credits of the [italic]Annie[/italic] movie.

by Hope Emersonreply 27003/02/2019

[quote]r264 Documentaries make bank off of tragic events where many people are victims of all sorts of terrible things.

Almost like THE WIFE did, with Glenn's rat face.

Offsite Link
by Hope Emersonreply 27103/02/2019

R265 Did he really?! That is both hilarious and horrible. What a nasty man. Well not if he gave the profits of the film to the descendants of the victims.

by Hope Emersonreply 27203/02/2019

The victims of the sinking or the victims of having to sit through three hours of Leo’s unbearable smugness?

by Hope Emersonreply 27303/02/2019

So if Leo dies at the end we can say it was the first film about the Titanic to have a happy ending.

by Hope Emersonreply 27403/02/2019

But it did have a happy ending! Leo and Kate are happily reunited in the afterlife, to the delight and applause of all the other people who died in the sinking!

by Hope Emersonreply 27503/02/2019

^^ They're blissfully thinking, "It was all worth it!"

by Hope Emersonreply 27603/02/2019

^^That's exactly how it comes off!

by Hope Emersonreply 27703/02/2019

[quote]when did this become all vintage all the time ?

When clinically obese showtune queens in muu-muus took over the theatre threads.

by Hope Emersonreply 27803/02/2019

How shocking and unexpected that theater threads would attract musical theater queens who enjoy talking about classic shows rather than the dreck that's currently on Broadway.

by Hope Emersonreply 27903/02/2019

Are we supposed to be discussing Branson on the Hudson? That's not theater. It's dinner theater without the dinner.

by Hope Emersonreply 28003/02/2019
"Home Sweet Heaven" Tammy Grimes "High Spirits" Rare single version Bea Lillie

The rare single version Tammy Grimes recorded of "Home Sweet Heaven" from "High Spirits", score by Timothy Gray and Hugh Martin. Though she doesn't sing any ...

by Hope Emersonreply 28103/02/2019

The fabulous invalid is no longer fabulous.

by Hope Emersonreply 28203/02/2019

You don’t have to be an elder gay to be unimpressed with what passes for musical theatre in 2019.

by Hope Emersonreply 28303/02/2019

Amen to that.

by Hope Emersonreply 28403/02/2019

Maybe if Leo had given Kate Winslet first billing for the film, she'd have suggested there was room for him on that thing that saved her from drowning. Look at it -- there was room!

by Hope Emersonreply 28503/02/2019

She wanted him dead so she could mourn him for the rest of her life.

by Hope Emersonreply 28603/02/2019

As I recall. R285, at one point Leo starts to climb aboard, and it sinks under his weight, so he gives up on the idea.

by Hope Emersonreply 28703/02/2019
"Picnic" - Original B'way Cast on "The Ed Sullivan Show"

The original Broadway cast of William Inge's Pulitzer Prize winning play, PICNIC on "The Ed Sullivan Show" in 1953. The cast includes Eileen Heckart, Ralph M...

by Hope Emersonreply 28803/03/2019

That scene from Picnic is fascinating. Meeker projects a very different image than Holden in the movie. And the dance between him and Rule, though not the set piece it is in the movie, still has a raw power.

And Meeker’s butt is a joy to behold.

I love the way they still have the shirt-ripping moment. The male as object. Typical Josh Logan style.

by Hope Emersonreply 28903/03/2019

Next up on Dancing With the Stars, William and Kim.

William Holden & Kim Novak Dancing in the Movie Picnic

William Holden & Kim Novak dance, from the movie "Picnic." I love this scene from the movie "Picnic" from director Josh Logan, released in 1955, based on the...

by Hope Emersonreply 29003/03/2019

Meeker projects a different image because he is the right age for the character. Holden appears way too old for Hal.

I suspect that the dance and blocking were condensed to fit the space and time restraints of the Sullivan show.

by Hope Emersonreply 29103/03/2019

Holden's great looks and incredible charisma pull him through. The film still works beautifully and his age doesn't matter. He and Novak have wonderfully chemistry. A noticeably younger actor having all those older middle-aged hearts a flutter would make those women distasteful.

by Hope Emersonreply 29203/04/2019

The only time Holden's age really takes me out of the story is when he and the fresh-faced Cliff Robertson talk about having been in school together.

by Hope Emersonreply 29303/04/2019

Can you imagine an hour-long network show that featured the gamut of the entertainment world? Opera, rock and roll, stand-up comedians, plate spinners, a lengthy scene from a Broadway drama.....

Alice and Ellen Kessler--Boy From Ipanema, 1967 TV

The glamorous Kessler Twins--Alice and Ellen--perform "The Boy From Ipanema" in this 1967 TV appearance.

by Hope Emersonreply 29403/04/2019

Yes R293.

by Hope Emersonreply 29503/04/2019

Wishing Andrea Martin a speedy recovery. She has backed out of "Gary: A Sequel To Titus Andronicus " after breaking four ribs. After her acrobatic musical number in "Pippin", it is sad she undergoes a stage injury while on the stage, although an injury from being on the trapeze in "Pippin would have been undoubtedly worse. Kristine Nielsen has taken over Andrea's role from a supporting one, and Julie White is taking over Kristine's aprt.

by Hope Emersonreply 29603/04/2019

Nielsen & Nathan as costars. That sounds like agony for the audience

by Hope Emersonreply 29703/04/2019

Well, that helps me make a decision of what NOT to see when I'm in NYC next month.

by Hope Emersonreply 29803/05/2019

Can Kristine Nielsen utter even a single line of dialogue any more without commenting on it with her weird tics and winks?

by Hope Emersonreply 29903/05/2019


Bugsy Malone - My Name is Tallulah (HD)

by Hope Emersonreply 30003/08/2019

What fabulous project is Jake Gyllenhaal cooking up for a return to his first and best love, live musical theatre?

Why doesn’t he do ENCORES? Great visibility for a few weeks work?

Let’s find a show for Jake!

by Hope Emersonreply 30103/08/2019

But does Jodie have Broadway chops ?

Has she ever done live theatre? I don’t know if she even did plays as an undergrad at Yale.

by Hope Emersonreply 30203/08/2019

I think she did one, r302.

by Hope Emersonreply 30303/08/2019

[quote]But does Jodie have Broadway chops ?

Has she ever done live theatre? I don’t know if she even did plays as an undergrad at Yale.

Jodie was trained as a stage actress at Yale. According to people who were there she was an excellent actress and out to the theater department. She was also living with Tina Landau who would go on to her own fame as a director.

Then came John Hinckley, worldwide coverage, and paps everywhere on campus. Imagine dealing with that when you're only in your late teens. Jodie became uncomfortable with being onstage when there could be nuts in the dark of the audience.

She opted for the more controlable security of film sets and has always been super private. Hinckley was released a few years ago and is banned from any contact with Jodie. Yeah, restraining orders work so well too.

by Hope Emersonreply 30403/08/2019

[quote]Yeah, restraining orders work so well too.

Tell me about it.

by Hope Emersonreply 30503/08/2019

Rebecca Schaeffer did not have a restraining order on Bardo.

But, yes, they are pretty useless.

by Hope Emersonreply 30603/09/2019
Estelle Parsons, Johnny Desmond and Nancy Andrews – Higher and Higher Medley

It's a Lovely Day for Murder (The Men), Mornings at Seven (Estelle Parsons and Johnny Desmond), How's Your Health? (Nancy Andrews). Music by Richard Rodgers ...

by Hope Emersonreply 30703/09/2019
Lucille Ball - Jitterbug Bite

Lucy is all crazy dancing to this boppin' tune - her best from director Dorothy Arzner's "Dance, Girl, Dance!" (1940). YES, this is her voice. While normally...

by Hope Emersonreply 30803/09/2019


by Hope Emersonreply 30903/09/2019

R306 Yeah, what a pundit you are. There's nothing funnier than a young woman being shot in the face by her stalker. Asshole.

by Hope Emersonreply 31003/09/2019

R310 here. That should have been for R305, not 306.

by Hope Emersonreply 31103/09/2019

[quote]r300 Such

Could that second chorud girl with the HEAD TOSS @ [bold]00:23[/bold] be a budding drag queen who's snuck in??

by Hope Emersonreply 31203/09/2019


GRIND 1985 Tony Awards

Dick Van Dyke introduces GRIND on the 1985 Tony Awards."This Must Be the Place" - Ben Vereen and Company

by Hope Emersonreply 31303/10/2019

A rather millinery number......

Chorus Dance Number 1935

From the movie: FOLIES BERGERE DE PARIS 1935 Lavish production number featuring Maurice Chevalier, Ann Sothern and a great chorus. This is one of my personal...

by Hope Emersonreply 31403/10/2019

Ann Sothern kicking up her heels with Chevalier

by Hope Emersonreply 31503/11/2019

Yale University has no undergrad theater department.

The Yale School of Drama is a graduate program.

Jody did not take any theater courses.

by Hope Emersonreply 31603/11/2019

I thought Jodie was a French major.

by Hope Emersonreply 31703/11/2019

R314 "What's all this fuss about gays in the millinery?"

Image: Watch Saturday Night Live Highlight: Emily's Editorial Reply -

Found on Google from

by Hope Emersonreply 31803/11/2019

Miss Lillian Roth.....

Come Up And See Me Some Time (1933)

Lillian Roth shaking her stuff in this clip from Take A Chance(1933) also featuring Cliff Edwards. This clip can be found in poorer condition elsewhere on Yo...

by Hope Emersonreply 31903/11/2019

Lillian was delightful especially in that duet with Lupino Lane in The Love Parade 'Let's Be Common.' A wonderful talent. I wish I had seen 70 Girls 70 but it closed too quickly. And jesus it was about VERY old people. I didn't know at that the time who she was being so young. Remember the photos outside the Broadhurst.

by Hope Emersonreply 32003/11/2019

Miss Lightner certainly had a timeless belt.

Winnie Lightner - Isle of Pingo-Pongo

by Hope Emersonreply 32103/12/2019

Be More Chill belongs on Saturday morning TV.

by Hope Emersonreply 32203/12/2019

Jodie Foster was not trained as a theatre actress. She did one play and that’s it.

by Hope Emersonreply 32303/12/2019

Yes, I already mentioned that, r323.

Can you not read?

by Hope Emersonreply 32403/12/2019

Anybody see this on stage (via Tune)?

Stepping Out - Trailer

Stepping Out is a 1991 musical-comedy film directed by Lewis Gilbert, starring Liza Minnelli, written by Richard Harris and based on a play also written by H...

by Hope Emersonreply 32503/12/2019

Jodie had a decent singing voice and would be great in a musical, but I want to say I read somewhere that she's scared of the stage.

by Hope Emersonreply 32603/12/2019

R324 you’re posts aren’t worth reading.

by Hope Emersonreply 32703/12/2019


by Hope Emersonreply 32803/12/2019

Betty ain't got no ass!

Betty Hutton - Burke's Law (1964)

Betty Hutton's cameo appearance on "Burke's Law" (1964) For all things Betty Hutton, visit

by Hope Emersonreply 32903/14/2019

Lillian Roth, Mitzi Green and a Mixed Chorus perform "Sing You Sinners" From 1930

by Hope Emersonreply 33003/14/2019
Betty Hutton - "Here Come The Waves" Trailer (1944)

Betty Hutton Trailer for the Paramount Picture "Here Come The Waves" (1944) Watch the full movie at Help get "Here Come The Wav...

by Hope Emersonreply 33103/14/2019

Hugh Jackson as Harold Hill...yeah! Not sorry. I go to see shows to enjoy them not rip them apart. Plus he called me mate once.

by Hope Emersonreply 33203/14/2019


by Hope Emersonreply 33303/14/2019

Hutton was only 43 when she filmed that Burke's Law episode, but she looks a lot older.

by Hope Emersonreply 33403/14/2019

OMG, by today's standards Betty Hutton looks like she's 73.

by Hope Emersonreply 33503/14/2019

That white lipstick really makes Betty's mid-60s look.

by Hope Emersonreply 33603/14/2019

It's not white, r336....

by Hope Emersonreply 33703/14/2019

[quote]Hugh Jackson

Oh, dear.

by Hope Emersonreply 33803/14/2019

This guy's playing Harold Hill?

SportsCenter on Instagram: “The Browns have parted ways with Hue Jackson. (via @adamschefter)”

137.3k Likes, 1,916 Comments - SportsCenter (@sportscenter) on Instagram: “The Browns have parted ways with Hue Jackson. (via @adamschefter)”

by Hope Emersonreply 33903/14/2019

Frosted, whatever, it's still hideous.

by Hope Emersonreply 34003/14/2019

Betty's problems with depression and alcoholism are well known. Thanks be to the nuns who took her in as a cook and housekeeper when she hit rock bottom and took care of her enough that she was later to kind of revive her career. And for giving me the chance to post this well known clip on DL where she is a not quite adequate replacement Miss Hannigan in the original Annie but which preserves the original staging and the wonderful replacement performances of Rita Rudner and Gary Beach:

Annie - 1980 Broadway - Gary Beach, Betty Hutton, Rita Rudner - Easy Street

One of the all-time great showstoppers from the show's original run (Allison Smith was Annie at t his time in the run)

by Hope Emersonreply 34103/14/2019

I never tire of that clip or the Alice Playten clip from the Sullivan show where she sings Poor Little Person from Henry Sweet Henry with the original Michael Bennett staging. I am indeed just an eldergay show queen.

Poor Little Person

Alice Playten

by Hope Emersonreply 34203/14/2019

First time I've seen that Annie clip posted without the poster or someone adding "Go, Gary, go!"

by Hope Emersonreply 34303/14/2019

Gary done gone.

by Hope Emersonreply 34403/15/2019

Thanks for posting r100 but she’s no Googie Gomez.

by Hope Emersonreply 34503/15/2019

Betty tappin' in wedgies....

Betty Grable - Meet Me After The Show (lead dance number)

This is a song and dance number performed by Betty Grable, the Condos Brothers and other cast members from the 1951 film, Meet Me After The Show. Choreograph...

by Hope Emersonreply 34603/15/2019

Betty H isn't bad in that Annie clip. I don't see why she couldn't have become a character actress in the 80s, played someone's loudmouthed mother on a sitcom or something.

by Hope Emersonreply 34703/15/2019
Betty Hutton - The Dinah Shore Show (1957) Part 1

Betty Hutton sings her opening number, "I'm Up Here", and "I'm Walkin'" with Dinah Shore on the Dinah Shore Chevy Show, May 17, 1957 For all things Betty Hut...

by Hope Emersonreply 34803/16/2019

Wow. That was great, r348! And she did it live too.

by Hope Emersonreply 34903/16/2019

And now.....

Raquel Welch - Space Dance and California Dreamin'

Raquel Welch dancing in a space-age bikini? Yes, there definitely IS a God. Va-Va-Voom!

by Hope Emersonreply 35003/16/2019

[quote]r345 Thanks for posting [R100] but she’s no Googie Gomez.

For the uninitiated

The Ritz (1976) – Everything's Coming Up Rita

The Ritz (1976) – Everything's Coming Up Rita Watch THE RITZ Now! ? Click here to try the All New Warner Archive! ?

by Hope Emersonreply 35103/16/2019

Miss Cook.....

Carole Cook - Desilu Review Dance

A dance by Carole Cook from the rarely seen Desilu Review episode of the Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse.

by Hope Emersonreply 35203/18/2019

Painfully s-l-o-w splits......

A Girl And A Fan And A Fellow (1933)

This glorious art deco number was shot to be used in the abandoned musical epic The March Of Time in 1930. The sequence was later recycled and used in the sh...

by Hope Emersonreply 35303/18/2019

Hutton is so big it's amazing she was a major movie star. You would have thought she'd have been too much on a movie screen but she's quite wonderful.

by Hope Emersonreply 35403/18/2019

[quote]You would have thought she'd have been too much on a movie screen

You mean like in Annie Get Your Gun? I find it unwatchable because of her.

by Hope Emersonreply 35503/19/2019

I get the dancing, millions of Dad's drooling at Raquel thrusting in their living rooms in the 70's but why is she singing "California Dreaming" in Paris? It's like singing "New York, New York" in Beirut.

by Hope Emersonreply 35603/19/2019

Paper Mill Playhouse next season. Of all the musicals they have to bring back "Cinderella" already?

Judy Garland, Dion, Andrew Lloyd Webber celebrated in Paper Mill's new season

The new season at Millburn's Paper Mill Playhouse, starting in September, includes two world premieres and a New Jersey premiere

by Hope Emersonreply 35703/19/2019

That's a pretty lousy season at Paper Mill.

by Hope Emersonreply 35803/19/2019

When was the last good Paper Mill season? The year they did Follies and nearly went bankrupt from it?

by Hope Emersonreply 35903/19/2019

But I love Dion and his song catalog, everything from Teenager in Love to I Wonder Why to Runaround Sue to Ruby Baby to The Wanderer to Abraham, Martin and John. That's quite a wide range and a bio musical could be interesting.

And Jeremy Jordan would be perfect as Dion!

The question is: Is the audience of Dion fans still alive?

by Hope Emersonreply 36003/19/2019

How rude, r360 Yes, we're alive, but possibly much too tired to schlep into town for a Dion jukebox show.

by Hope Emersonreply 36103/19/2019

I was in 7th grade in 1961-62 when Dion and Runaround Sue were just about the biggest hit of all time. Everyone was singing it everywhere. I was in a school play back then and they incorporated the song into the plot just because. His music was very sexy and I think it still is.

by Hope Emersonreply 36203/19/2019

I was a junior in high school. As you say, r362, everybody sang it everywhere.

by Hope Emersonreply 36303/19/2019

And what does it have to do with theater, music or musical theatre?

by Hope Emersonreply 36403/19/2019

Papermill doing an ALW review? Really?

by Hope Emersonreply 36503/19/2019

Garland's life was heartwarming and sweet? Nobody's life is heartwarming and sweet.

Least of all Garland's.

by Hope Emersonreply 36603/19/2019

Do NYers really take the train out to the Papermill?

by Hope Emersonreply 36703/19/2019

The train to Paper Mill from Penn Station is very easy and cheap and just a short (30 minute?) ride. And you can walk to the theater once off the train, plus there's lots of nice restaurants in town on the way to the theater. It's quite a pleasant jaunt despite the varying quality of the shows.

by Hope Emersonreply 36803/19/2019

[quote]Papermill doing an ALW review? Really?

Yeas, brand new. It was supposed to go last season but they postponed. My friend works there and hopefully Andy will be hanging around.

by Hope Emersonreply 36903/20/2019

"Desi gave me permission...."

Lucy Introduces Desilu Workshop

by Hope Emersonreply 37003/20/2019




by Hope Emersonreply 37103/20/2019

[quote] Garland's life was heartwarming and sweet? Nobody's life is heartwarming and sweet. Least of all Garland's.

I don't think that Paper Mill spokesperson has actually seen the show to have described it that way. Chasing Rainbows doesn't go lightly on Garland's early life. Because it depicts everything leading up to The Wizard of Oz, it's not as dark as the movies or shows like Me and My Shadows or End of the Rainbow that focus on the extremes of Garland's later life. But it still depicts Garland's domineering mother, closeted father, and the studio finding her too fat and plain to appear on camera. The "pep pills" she was fed are also included. It's definitely an entertainment, but I wouldn't say it's either sentimental or sanitized.

by Hope Emersonreply 37203/20/2019

Fine, r371, wouldn't mind seeing Miss Thigpen again....

Tintypes 1981 Tony Awards

Tintypes 1981 Tony Awards (It's Delightful to be Married"/"Fifty-Fifty")

by Hope Emersonreply 37303/20/2019

There should be more panty focused musicals in NY.

by Hope Emersonreply 37403/20/2019

[quote]wouldn't mind seeing Miss Thigpen again....

Me too, she went way too early.

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by Hope Emersonreply 37503/20/2019

[quote]There should be more panty focused musicals in NY.

Now that Ann Reinking is effectively retired, who’s taking up that particular mantle?

by Hope Emersonreply 37603/20/2019

What’s going to happen with the homophobic Brit actress, Oluwaseyi Omooba, set to play “Celie” In UK revival of “The Color Purple”. She should be dropped from the cast immediately.

by Hope Emersonreply 37703/20/2019

She was.....


Lynne Thigpen, who was a major musical talent before focusing on straight dramatics, with her inspirational "What I Could Have Been" from "Working". The 1982...

by Hope Emersonreply 37803/20/2019

That Tintypes number is terrific. Need to dig out that CD again.

by Hope Emersonreply 37903/20/2019

[quote]The question is: Is the audience of Dion fans still alive?

Not only are his fans still alive, DION himself is still alive.

by Hope Emersonreply 38003/20/2019

And featuring Mr. Jerry Zaks!

Direct From Broadway-Tintypes!

Direct From Broadway: Broadway Worldwide brings you Tintypes. Nominated for numerous Tony and Drama Desk Awards, Tintypes features Lynne Thigpen, Jerry Zaks,...

by Hope Emersonreply 38103/20/2019

I saw Lynne Thigpen twice earlier today playing a judge in Law & Order reruns. God Bless L&O for the opportunities to see New York's best stage actors strutting their stuff. In one episode, the murderer was Victor Garber, who had co-starred with Thigpen in the film version of Godspell. Good stuff. I really miss that show.

by Hope Emersonreply 38203/20/2019

Naked City also used the working NYC actors of the day.

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by Hope Emersonreply 38303/20/2019

Lucy calls Carole a bitch.....

Carole Cook Clowns!

by Hope Emersonreply 38403/20/2019

Loved Lynne Thigpen. Such a great actress.

by Hope Emersonreply 38503/20/2019

There is more wit and charm in the staging shown in those two Tintypes clips than all the musicals on Broadway now.

by Hope Emersonreply 38603/21/2019

>> >>There should be more panty focused musicals in NY.

>>Now that Ann Reinking is effectively retired, who’s taking up that particular mantle?

Tovah, of course. It's time for her New York Rose!

Tovah Feldshuh "Rose's Turn"

The infamous clip of Tovah's spirited "Rose's Turn" that no one wants you to see.

by Hope Emersonreply 38703/21/2019

Is Tootsie going to run?

by Hope Emersonreply 38803/21/2019

That Tintypes clip at r381 is just thrilling. So much talent! Thanks for posting.

by Hope Emersonreply 38903/21/2019

Does Tootsie flash her panties? Here’s hoping!

by Hope Emersonreply 39003/21/2019

[quote]Is Tootsie going to run?

Only if she wears flats instead of high heels.

by Hope Emersonreply 39103/21/2019

Isn't the Marriott cursed?

by Hope Emersonreply 39203/21/2019

Cursed...with ugliness.

by Hope Emersonreply 39303/21/2019

There's an article that say Santino Fontano is shaving and/or waxing his chest and legs for "Tootsie"; maybe his pits too? Does he go shirtless at some point in the show? Was there a lot of chest hair that need to be shaved? I saw him in the Karam play a few years ago, and he was shirtless though I don't recall how hairy he was. I

by Hope Emersonreply 39403/21/2019

"There is more wit and charm..."

And IDEAS, r386, don't forget ideas.

by Hope Emersonreply 39503/21/2019

I've enjoyed Santino on stage but he comes off as very dull and witless in that NY Times profile.

And I'm curious to see if he dares play the male part of his role in Tootsie as obnoxiously as Dustin Hoffman did. IMHO (especially after just re-seeing it recently),it was that daring that really made Hoffman's performance brilliant.

by Hope Emersonreply 39603/21/2019

Jesus, someone revive Tintypes right now. We could use it. I'm sure I saw it on PBS, lo these many years ago (back when PBS recorded plays and musicals regularly). I'd prefer the revival be off-Broadway or at least in a small Broadway house. Can we scrape up five performers who can do it justice or are they all soulless automaton belters with MFAs? Did Tintypes have a life on the festival circuit? It could again. (See also: Hollywood Ukraine.)

by Hope Emersonreply 39703/21/2019
Could I Leave You? - Julie Andrews

Originally from Follies, but sung here by Julie Andrews from the 1993 production of Putting It Together. Cue the wet

by Hope Emersonreply 39803/21/2019
Betty Grable and Muscle Men--Let Me Entertain You, 1959 TV

Betty Grable, spoofing Helen of Troy, sings "Let Me Entertain You" from "Gypsy," in this 1959 TV appearance.

by Hope Emersonreply 39903/21/2019

I just recorded "Tootsie" when it aired on TCM a couple of weeks ago. Haven't had a chance to watch it yet but will as soon as I'm done moving (ugh). Unlike the rest of humanity, I didn't think it was all that the first and only time I saw it years ago (and sure as hell didn't find anything Oscar-worthy about Jessica Lange's performance) but willing to give it a second try to see if my reaction will be different this time. I think the only reason I'm interested in giving it a second chance is because I have an interest in the stage musical but wouldn't want to see it without having the film fresh in my mind with which to compare it.

by Hope Emersonreply 40003/21/2019

The movie TOOTSIE is extraordinarily well crafted, and Lange is nothing less than perfection in it.

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by Hope Emersonreply 40103/21/2019

Yeah, I think we’re well past tolerating notions that Jessica Lange was somehow “less than” in Tootsie. It’s an updated, post women’s lib take on Sugar Kane, convincing as a woman uncomfortable with her own independence and utterly convincing as a soap opera actress - played with the required lightness and buoyancy but with her signature, underlying intensity intact. Now please fuck off Mr. “I Never Liked Tootsie.” Go wear hat badge of honour elsewhere. (And if you didn’t like it, why on earth would you care about the musical? Insufferable twat.)

by Hope Emersonreply 40203/21/2019

^^Without Lange’s performance, Hoffman’s wouldn’t work.

by Hope Emersonreply 40303/21/2019

I rarely ever make sweeping pronouncements like this, but anyone who doesn't immediately recognize the brilliance of Tootsie is an idiot. There are very few things in this world that are pure perfection. Tootsie is one of them. There isn't a false note in the entire film.

by Hope Emersonreply 40403/21/2019

It has dated in the sense that there aren't many soap operas anymore on tv. I think the new musical of "Tootsei" doesn't take place on a soap, but in the Theater since soaps are dying and not as many people might understand the archetypes of them.

by Hope Emersonreply 40503/21/2019

"Tootsie", that is

by Hope Emersonreply 40603/21/2019

"There isn't a false note in the entire film."

I like TOOTSIE, I've seen it many, many times over the decades. It has many splendid moments. But my first impression remains my lasting one: there is something off about the narrative and comic rhythm in the first part of the film, perhaps because there were too many chefs involved during its genesis. Case in point: the cut from Michael getting the idea to the medium-shot street scene of him walking in the crowd towards the camera, dolled up as Dorothy. is too abrupt and unsatisfying....there is a beat missing there, a transition scene that seems to have gone astray, and the exposition is the poorer for it. IMHO, of course.

by Hope Emersonreply 40703/21/2019

There could be a scene there ... but I don't think there NEEDS to be a scene there. It keeps the bouyant pace up to skip it.

If Michael were a plumber in Nowheresville, we'd think, "How would he get that stuff?" But he's a lifelong NYC actor, so, it's not far fetched he could come up with the stuff on his own, and dive right in.

The thing I think is odd is they hire Dorothy without even seeing her resume ... but a coworker of mine went on a vacation to LA once without packing any resumes, and ended up with a week long role on a soap. So - -

by Hope Emersonreply 40803/21/2019

[quote] The thing I think is odd is they hire Dorothy without even seeing her resume

That's not odd at all. Actors have been asked to audition or even been cast on a particular look. I think maybe the odd thing you're thinking is that they would see Dorothy without her being on the list. However, I always assumed Michael called over to the office and told them they were sending someone over from George Fields' office, and because of the relationship the show probably had with the agency, they didn't question that they hadn't approved it beforehand. I also got the idea they were having a very hard time finding the right actress for the role.

If you want to be bumped by something, consider Sandy actually getting an audition for the soap. How would Sandy, who likely doesn't have an agent, get seen for the soap? Now, we don't know she doesn't have an agent, but she's portrayed as someone who never works and isn't a particularly talented actress, so it's unlikely, but not impossible, that she would have an agent.

by Hope Emersonreply 40903/21/2019

Laura Benanti would be a hoot as the Anna Held soprano in Tintypes. Jackie Hoffman as Emma Goldman?

by Hope Emersonreply 41003/21/2019

The only thing Jackie Hoffman ought to be doing in a theater is ushering.

by Hope Emersonreply 41103/21/2019

My problem with the film of Tootsie is simply that Dustin Hoffman isn't in the slightest way convincing as a woman and the plot seems to revolve around the fact that he should be. The rest of cast seems inexplicably stupid for not recognizing his crude drag act.

by Hope Emersonreply 41203/22/2019

I have a similar problem with Victor/Victoria

by Hope Emersonreply 41303/22/2019

That clip of Lynne Thigpen singing "If I Coulda Been" from Working is amazing. Is that one of the songs that Stephen Schwartz wrote? Schwartz said that he and Lynne Thigpen drove each other crazy personally, but he used her in as many things as he could because he thought she was so blazingly talented.

The clip from the opening of Tintypes is heartbreaking - so much talent, and such a great show. I saw it soon after it moved to the Golden, and it was terrific - after the show closed early (I think maybe four months after opening, if that), the whole thing moved to the Mark Taper Forum. I saw it there two or three times, and it was even better than at the Golden, I think because of the thrust stage and the intimacy. Plus, the show was a huge hit in LA, sold out every performance, which must have made a nice ending to the experience for them.

Odd trivia - the two cast members from Tintypes who have passed away, Thigpen and Trey Wilson, both died suddenly from a cerebral hemorrhage, Wilson when he was 40 and Thigpen when she was 54. We know what became of Jerry Zaks, and Carolyn Mignini finally moved back to NYC after raising her kids in LA, and has been working fairly consistently. But whatever happened to the quirky Mary Catherine Wright?

by Hope Emersonreply 41403/22/2019

Not a false not in Tootsie, R404? Other than its bizarre contrivances (soap going live when technical video problems?) and unconvincing drag (as someone else said earlier, it makes all the other characters appear stupid that they cannot see it is a man in a dress).

It seems to take place is a weird fantasy land which blunts the impact of a story that would mean more (and be funnier) if it were more "real world."

by Hope Emersonreply 41503/22/2019

That actually used to happen, r415. Soaps were live originally, and once they went to tape, the situation as in Tootsie could still happen.

And yeah, we get it, you hate it. You've made your point, and no one agrees with you. You can stop now.

by Hope Emersonreply 41603/22/2019

R416, I worked on a soap for a year before Tootsie came out. That sort of thing never happened. Even people who did not work in television bumped into that when it came out.

Most people love Bill Murray in the film. A lot of people enjoy the film as a whole. But only on the internet do you find people who love it.

by Hope Emersonreply 41703/22/2019

The number one obscenely unbelievable and unfunny element of Tootsie is that an out of work actor has ANY more options as an out of work actress. Especially when it comes to the invisible age.

by Hope Emersonreply 41803/22/2019

My only memory of Tootsie is that I thought the script treated Teri Garr's character terribly. As I recall, the message seemed to be that some women are just disposable.

by Hope Emersonreply 41903/22/2019

Hoffman as a woman is about as convincing as Elliott Gould would be as a woman. The Milton Berle routine. That's why the film doesn't work for me though I admit it works for most people.

Garr as always give the best performance in the film.

by Hope Emersonreply 42003/22/2019

As I have discovered over the years, r408, sometimes a script needs a scene that is not dramaturgically but, rather, emotionally true in order to engage the audience.

by Hope Emersonreply 42103/22/2019

Well, I love Tootsie and I' guess I'm able to see it through a sort of "magic realism" filter. I just saw it again recently on TCM and was riveted to the TV.

The brilliance of the scene of Michael auditioning for the Soap is the casting of homely redhead character actress Doris Belack as the producer who sees something in Dorothy because she recognizes herself.

Do those here who can't see why Michael's disguise would fool anyone feel the same about Lemmon and Curtis in Some Like It Hot?

by Hope Emersonreply 42203/22/2019

I always had a problem with Hoffman's performance as Dorothy. It's not only that he doesn't look like a real woman at all, but that his falsetto acting is laughable. But the film works in spite of it. Compare Hoffman to Robin Williams in Mrs. Doubtfire. The film isn't nearly as good, but Williams is brilliant and totally believable as that character.

by Hope Emersonreply 42303/22/2019

[quote]My problem with the film of Tootsie is simply that Dustin Hoffman isn't in the slightest way convincing as a woman and the plot seems to revolve around the fact that he should be. The rest of cast seems inexplicably stupid for not recognizing his crude drag act.

You tell ‘em, girl!

by Hope Emersonreply 42403/22/2019

[quote]I have a similar problem with Victor/Victoria

Finally, somebody said it. That movie is dated as fuck. Carroll Todd says something to the effect of choosing to become a homosexual. That’s Anita Bryant-level homophobia right there, even in jest. And the lines about how “there are some professions where practice does makes perfect” now ring hollow coming from Victoria for obvious reasons.

The stage version is even worse. Late in act two, Victoria cries to Toddy, “I don’t want to be a man anymore,” to which Toddy replies, “neither do I.” Between the movie and the play of V/V, Blake Edwards made [italic]Switch[/italic] with Ellen Barkin about a sexist man who ends up in the body of a woman, gets kissed by a real woman who is a lesbian, and then dies of diabetes after getting pregnant and giving birth.

by Hope Emersonreply 42503/22/2019

Sophisticated ladies'll cry tomorrow.....

Lillian Roth sings 'Sophisticated Lady'

This clip features Duke Ellington's classic and the complete production number as used in the short film 'Masks and Memories' with Lillian Roth. Her life was...

by Hope Emersonreply 42603/22/2019

Any info on Santino Fontana's shaving/waxing and where for "Tootsie"?

by Hope Emersonreply 42703/22/2019

Yes, you see through Hoffman's drag act because you're watching through current day eyes. In 1982, drag was still underground and cult, and you could believe someone would pull it off because it wouldn't occur to anyone that it would happen. Hoffman actually makes Dorothy a separate character and a separate, believable person. Dorothy was a female character, she wasn't a joke. And that went a long way to getting the people around her to believe her and the audience to believe her.

But no, if you come to the film post mid-90s, then it's not going to work for you. This is why To Wong Foo didn't work. By 1995, drag had invaded pop culture. Even people in the sticks knew what a drag queen was, so the conceit that any of those men were able to fool anyone was ridiculous. Plus the fact that the characters themselves were jokes didn't help.

If you look at it at the time Tootsie takes place, then there should be no reason why it doesn't work. That doesn't make it dated, it just makes it of its time. There's a difference. Tootsie still has a lot of relevant things to say.

by Hope Emersonreply 42803/22/2019

No drag had a long history. Men dressed up as women was always been seen as hilarious in popular widespread entertainment. What are you talking about?

by Hope Emersonreply 42903/22/2019

[quote]I rarely ever make sweeping pronouncements like this, but anyone who doesn't immediately recognize the brilliance of Tootsie is an idiot.

There's a good reason for not making sweeping pronouncements like this. Whatever you may think, it's still just your opinion.

by Hope Emersonreply 43003/22/2019

Yes, as an outsized joke. If you're talking about someone like Milton Berle or Lemmon and Curtis, the drag was completely overdone and put on as a joke. Dorothy did not come across as "DRAG." I'm talking about the concept of both crossdressing and drag in mainstream as being something that was not present in 1982. Let's say Dorothy Michaels was the lead character of Too Wong Foo- she might have pulled it off. Because Dorothy wasn't a drag queen. She was, for all intents and purposes, a woman. You have to be able to separate the two concepts. In 1982, people were still looking at drag as the punchline of a joke.

by Hope Emersonreply 43103/22/2019

[quote] There's a good reason for not making sweeping pronouncements like this. Whatever you may think, it's still just your opinion.

I stand by my statement. I'm sorry you found out you were an idiot. You'll be okay.

by Hope Emersonreply 43203/22/2019

I guess in '82 I just saw Hoffman immediately as a joke in the vaudeville tradition, just uglier, so the conceit did not work for me. If you could buy it then it would work. Maybe in Hot it works for me because it's a comic farce. Also both Curtis and Lemmon were better looking with something slightly off.

by Hope Emersonreply 43303/22/2019
Call Me Madam: It's A Lovely Day Today

Provided to YouTube by NAXOS of America Call Me Madam: It's A Lovely Day Today · Susan Johnson Susan Johnson's Previously Recorded Live Performances ? 2015 H...

by Hope Emersonreply 43403/22/2019

Ask the Tootsie Troll if he likes Bedknobs and Broomsticks... :)

by Hope Emersonreply 43503/22/2019

Ask the Tootsie troll if he likes The Story Of My Life.”

by Hope Emersonreply 43603/22/2019

Chasing rainbows is TERRIBLE. have seen many incarnations. None are good. It’s just the Andrea McArdle movie rainbow

Why do people keep doing it

by Hope Emersonreply 43703/22/2019

I can remember going to Provincetown in the very early summer in the 1980s and it turned out to be a weekend convention for cross-dressers. They all looked like Dorothy Michaels, not cabaret drag queens. Lots of shirt-waist dresses, sensible shoes, cardigans and pearl button earrings.

It was a revelation for me that not all men who desired to dress in women's clothes wanted to wear satin with sequins and feather boas.

by Hope Emersonreply 43803/22/2019

I remember a critic saying, when Andrea McArdle's "Judy" tv movie came out, that Judy's primary quality was vulnerability. "And what's the one quality Andrea McArdle is missing as a performer? Vulnerability."

And he was right.

by Hope Emersonreply 43903/22/2019

[quote]Ask the Tootsie Troll if he likes Bedknobs and Broomsticks... :)

Yeah, I thought that might be the case.

by Hope Emersonreply 44003/22/2019

Here, Matt "The Loon" will school you in what good drag really is!

Episode 6, After 9, It Gets a Little Blue *HQ*

The newest episode of After 9, with performances by the Malamondos, a full form sketch by Phoenix and music from Shawnee Boyeee and Tom Maxwell. This episode...

by Hope Emersonreply 44103/22/2019
La Cage aux Folles 1984 Tony Awards

La Cage aux Folles 1984 Tony Awards. ("We Are What We Are" - Company/"I Am What I Am" - George Hearn) and acceptance speeches from Jerry Herman, Harvey Fiers...

by Hope Emersonreply 44203/22/2019

R428, I and a lot of people saw Tootsie when it was released. Even then and even people who liked it said that Hoffman was not a convincing woman.

The comparison to the very convincing Mrs Doubtfire is worth making.

by Hope Emersonreply 44303/22/2019

Yaddah, yaddan, yaddan. Yes, we get it, you've made your point, you hate Tootsie. Yes, you're right, you and a lot of people saw Tootsie when it was released. We get it, we get it. Jesus. Do you have anything of interest to say, or is it all Tootsie all the time?

by Hope Emersonreply 44403/23/2019

Oh, sit down, r444.

by Hope Emersonreply 44503/23/2019

Fight the Tootsie lies!

by Hope Emersonreply 44603/23/2019

Dorothy Michaels is still not a woman and something about that movie still rings false. Maybe it’s because of Dustin Hoffman’s real-life treatment of women.

by Hope Emersonreply 44703/23/2019
Welcome to the Theatre - Lauren Bacall

by Hope Emersonreply 44803/23/2019

[quote] Yeah, I thought that might be the case.

Except it isn't. The only accusation people around here fling more than "Matt the Loon" is "Trumpster." I'm one of the people discussing Tootsie in the affirmative and I can say I'm not the only person doing so, so your theory is already out the window.

I don't even think this Matt person exists. (Well, no, I know he did exist because I remember the threads that went crazy with hundreds of the exact same posts that drove everyone insane. I just don't think he posts here anymore.) But I think it's morphed into a catch-all to use for when someone posts an opinion you don't like and then actually has the ability to back it up with some decent logic.

by Hope Emersonreply 44903/23/2019
Shuffle Off To Buffalo - 42:nd Street

From the 30s movie "42:nd Street"

by Hope Emersonreply 45003/23/2019

So, apparently Tootsie wasn’t a documentary.

by Hope Emersonreply 45103/23/2019

Correct, r451. Who cares if Hoffman was convincing as a woman r443? It’s a movie, it’s a STORY for fuck’s sake. Go with the flow instead of trying to resist. Even with all that I hope the show bombs

by Hope Emersonreply 45203/23/2019

There are people who don't think Tootsie is wonderful. Now get therapy if you can't deal with it.

by Hope Emersonreply 45303/23/2019

Wonderful or not, it’s not about whether he was convincing.

by Hope Emersonreply 45403/23/2019

He wasn't convincing enough to pass as a woman does matter - because a woman as ugly as him would have been treated like shit in an entirely different way and everyone knows this.

The movie was just too fucking soft on Hoffman's ego.

Mrs Doubtfire, ironically, had Williams playing the kind of woman that is instantly invisible/ignored due to her age, weight and over the top attention seeking fluttering. It was a funnier movie, the drag was more on point and that aspect of a male pretending to be a woman actually worked. He passed because people make such a point to not look at women like that. But it also seems like a shit idea for a musical.

Tootsie is a terrible idea for a musical.

by Hope Emersonreply 45503/23/2019

Yeah, well they made one in spite of your proclamation, r455. It must be so frustrating that no one asks you to weigh in when they are deciding what musicals to create. I know it's traumatic, but deal with it.

by Hope Emersonreply 45603/23/2019

[quote]I'm one of the people discussing Tootsie in the affirmative and I can say I'm not the only person doing so, so your theory is already out the window.

If you're pro-Tootsie, then of course you're not the Loon. He's one of the Tootsie haters (or perhaps the only one). One of his telling earmarks is that he can't just state an opinion and move on. He has to browbeat anyone who disagrees with him, then he has to keep stating his opinion over and over again.

He hated Mary Poppins (because he was abused by whoever took him to see it, supposedly). By extension, he also hate Julie Andrews.

He of course hated Mary Poppins Returns, too, and by extension derided Emily Blunt continuously.

He hated Jessica Lange as Joan Crawford. He worships at the Faye altar.

He's a proud Trumper/conservative, in spite of being gay.

He hates all trans people, and looks for the "antigay" in everything so he can protest.

He's a proud racist, as well.

He has Asperger's, apparently. Or some kind of mental condition, so he considers himself disabled and is on the lookout for abuse/discrimination against disabled people.

His name is Matt, and he lives in Salinas. At one time, someone posted his Twitter id, but I have no idea what it was. It was clearly him, though, saying all the same things.

Yes, he still posts on DL. All the time. He's a little more careful because he knows his colorful choice of words were giving him away. He tries not to response to Julie Andrews/Mary Poppins provocations because he knows they reveal him, but sometimes he just can't stop himself (like during the release of Mary Poppins Returns).

Here's something positive: He lost a ton of weight. His FB page revealed he no longer was the fat lump that he is in that cable episode where he is in drag as a fat female receptionist.

Here's one of his petitions.

The Walt Disney Company: Please release the uncut version of "Bedknobs and Broomsticks" on Blu-ray

To Whom It May Concern, ??Because the Blu-ray release of "Bedknobs and Broomsticks" does not include the 139-minute version of the film despite the fact that the scenes that were put back into it are actually on the disc as supplements at the same resolution as the rest of the film, and despite the...

by Hope Emersonreply 45703/23/2019

Look, r457, you can say more or less whatever you want about an annoying poster, but you really have to stop short of diagnosing spectrum disorders. You're not qualified, and people like you who think it's smart to do this diminish the people who actually live with these disorders.

Why don't you be an adult, and a mensch, and knock it off.

by Hope Emersonreply 45803/23/2019

R457 Jessica Christ, get a life honey, you seem really fucking sad and obsessed

by Hope Emersonreply 45903/23/2019

Thank you, R457. Some people either don't know the level of crazy that the Loon brings to the table or are the Loon himself. It's good to see that many others recognize the tell-tale signs.

by Hope Emersonreply 46003/23/2019

R460 Does he talk to himself?

by Hope Emersonreply 46103/23/2019

This thread has devolved into Barbara Nichols territory.

I Wouldn't Have Had To by Barbara Nichols

from the sort lived Broadway musical Let It Ride (1961)

by Hope Emersonreply 46203/24/2019

R457 made the case against [italic]Tootsie[/italic] and absolutely anything Julie Andrews or Ryan Murphy had anything to do with all by himself with his stalking, his projection of his own racism and ableism, his conspiracy theories about a single poster generating all criticism of a criminally overhyped and overrated movie, his thinly veiled sexism and homophobia that he projects onto others as tr*nsph*b** which isn’t even a real prejudice anyway because tr*ns is a choice and being gay isn’t. I bet you call lesbians TERFs, too, don’t you, you fetid traitor to the gay community?

And how have your grandparents enjoying Buenos Aires these past 64 years?

by Hope Emersonreply 46303/24/2019

Dorothy Michaels was a break-through lady. That’s why they picked up her option for another year.

I love Tootsie (saw it on opening day) and the only thing that kind of doesn’t make sense is the Sandy/Michael storyline which seems to exist in its own time. All the other relationships develop over a year but the idea that Michael would be able to avoid/put off Sandy for a whole year doesn’t make a lot of sense. Maybe 6 - 8 weeks but a year? No.

There’s a terrific Making of Tootsie book that states Pollack’s biggest concern was keeping it light, buoyant and briskly paced and at that I think he succeeds.

All this other stuff about “they didn’t make soaps that way,” etc. is just nonsense. It’s called “suspension of disbelief” cupcakes and it’s inherent in all dramatic forms.

Mrs. Doubtfire was total CRINGE. Can’t believe anyone would watch that dreck more than once.

by Hope Emersonreply 46403/24/2019

[italic]Mrs. Doubtfire[/italic] did more to bring gays into prominent supporting roles of a film that also had children in it. That’s a big deal.

by Hope Emersonreply 46503/24/2019

Well, it did put Harvey Fierstein in the gay role with a foghorn voice that might have been played earlier by Eddie "Rochester" Anderson or Lionel Stander.

by Hope Emersonreply 46603/24/2019

What if we take a break from Tootsie? This is a theater gossip thread. It’s not a Who Loves the Movie Tootsie thread.

by Hope Emersonreply 46703/24/2019

George Gaynes hitting on Dustin Hoffman only counts as bisexual at most.

by Hope Emersonreply 46803/24/2019

Sally Field actually has a gay son. Put that in perspective.

by Hope Emersonreply 46903/24/2019
Valley of the Dolls (parody)-Carol Burnett Show

by Hope Emersonreply 47003/24/2019

R467, there are so many theatre threads running at DL right now, you really do have your pick of conversations. You can choose from Gypsy, Follies or...Follies, Gypsy. Take your pick.

by Hope Emersonreply 47103/24/2019

Someone needs to do a medley of “Losing My Mind” And “Ladies Who Lunch” And call it “Losing My Lunch.”

by Hope Emersonreply 47203/24/2019


Offsite Link
by Hope Emersonreply 47303/24/2019

[quote] All this other stuff about “they didn’t make soaps that way,” etc. is just nonsense. It’s called “suspension of disbelief” cupcakes and it’s inherent in all dramatic forms.

amen r464

by Hope Emersonreply 47403/24/2019

How about an all female Company retitled The Ladies Who Munch.

by Hope Emersonreply 47503/24/2019

How about comparing cute guys who've done productions of "The Full Monty" and "Naked Boys Singing"? That's worth a thread if ever there was! How about a thread title: "From Laura Noses to Naked Theater Guys' Hoses"?

by Hope Emersonreply 47603/24/2019

Noses Supposes his hoses like Roses So Noses Supposes He follows Gypsy.

Roses supposes that noses smell roses and Roses and hoses are plenty to see!

by Hope Emersonreply 47703/24/2019

If a work fails to achieve a willing suspension of disbelief in its audience, then if fails.

The concept is meant to explain why we are willing to accept a tap dancing chorus of commuters from Yonkers or twins separated at birth coming face-to-face, or some other improbability.

It is not a license for poorly plotted scriptwriting.

by Hope Emersonreply 47803/24/2019

And for all the numbskulls who always go about how Jessica Lange didn't deserve an Oscar, she is so clearly not Julie in Tootsie, whereas Teri Garr IS undoubtedly Sandy Lester. And I love them both.

1987 - Teri Garr (Longer Clip and Better Video)

Late Night with David Letterman....She did stay for McCarver but nothing fun happened...

by Hope Emersonreply 47903/24/2019

The Sandy Lester/Michael Dorsey relationship just barely pre-dated the Teri Garr/David Letterman dynamic that they played out on Late Night throughout the '80s.

by Hope Emersonreply 48003/24/2019

R460 made the case for both hate speech laws and capital punishment.

by Hope Emersonreply 48103/24/2019

The other factor in Lange's Oscar win for Tootise was her stunning performance in that year's Frances.

by Hope Emersonreply 48203/24/2019

Is Neverland in Encino?

by Hope Emersonreply 48303/24/2019
BIG RIVER 1985 Tony Awards

("Muddy Water"/" River in the Rain"- Daniel Jenkins, Ron Richardson and Company)

by Hope Emersonreply 48403/24/2019

Jessica Lange is no Fay Wray who seriously was a wonderful actress.

by Hope Emersonreply 48503/24/2019

r483 Nowhere near.

by Hope Emersonreply 48603/24/2019


"Like Hep" Diana Ross, Lucille Ball & Dinah Shore

Diana Ross, Lucille Ball & Dinah Shore A Dinah Shore Special

by Hope Emersonreply 48703/25/2019
Until Tomorrow Night (Cast Demo)

The original cast of Howard's first, and unfortunately only, Broadway show Smile sings "Until Tomorrow Night." A note about this recording. Though it is tech...

by Hope Emersonreply 48803/26/2019

[quote]r409 Now, we don't know she doesn't have an agent, but she's portrayed as someone who never works and isn't a particularly talented actress, so it's unlikely, but not impossible, that she would have an agent.

I don't assume Sandy's a bad actress. Michael wants her to star opposite him in his roommate's play.

by Hope Emersonreply 48903/26/2019

[quote]r482 The other factor in Lange's Oscar win for Tootise was her stunning performance in that year's Frances.

Yes. She's phenomenal in that. It was therefor easier for voters to say, "Yeah, she's great. FRANCES was a downer, but we'll give her this supporting Oscar, no question."

Terri Garr has always been bitter that Lange was in the supporting catagory for TOOTSIE. Because she really is the leading lady.

Frances (1982) Thorn EMI Home Video Australia Trailer

Thorn EMI Home Video Australia trailer for the film "Frances" (1982) starring Jessica Lange. Sourced from the Thorn EMI Home Video Australia release of "The ...

by Hope Emersonreply 49003/26/2019

It's still a supporting role. The movie is not about Julie, Julie doesn't drive the story and the movie could survive without Julie's character.

by Hope Emersonreply 49103/26/2019

Well, you could say that about so many "leading" female roles where there's a male costar. They could practically ALL be snipped out.

by Hope Emersonreply 49203/26/2019

yes, and their roles are still supporting. They may have the biggest female roles, but they're still supporting. You don't automatically become the lead actress because you have the largest role of your sex a film.

Besides, Dorothy was the lead female in Tootsie.

by Hope Emersonreply 49303/26/2019

Only if you think Hoffman was convincing as a female which nobody today does. If you were a dim bulb in '82 then yes.

by Hope Emersonreply 49403/27/2019
Lillian Roth "Puff Your Blues Away" 1931

Famed "I'll Cry Tomorrow" singer Lillian Roth gives tuneful but unhealthy & addictive advice to forlorn gent in this 1931 Paramount short. I can't vouch that...

by Hope Emersonreply 49503/27/2019

Quite a gal.....

Blossom Seeley by popular demand

Viewers have requested MORE BLOSSOM SEELEY! Here she is, making a cameo appearance in a film released November 17, 1933 co-starring George Bancroft. She sing...

by Hope Emersonreply 49603/27/2019

R485 is posting from 1976.

by Hope Emersonreply 49703/27/2019

There was no internet in1976.

by Hope Emersonreply 49803/27/2019

Wow, now that’s vital information we really needed, r498!

by Hope Emersonreply 49903/27/2019

R494 assumes because it has an opinion, that everyone else agrees. Hi, Matt!

by Hope Emersonreply 50003/27/2019

I love Matt.

by Hope Emersonreply 50103/28/2019

Does Walter Bobbie have jobs lined up? I still get such a bad feeling from him and that musical director trying to bully that CHICAGO cast member into quitting, so he wouldn't have to be bought out.

What a creep.

by Hope Emersonreply 50203/28/2019

Walter Bobbie is still involved with Chicago. I think the very brief period when he was in semi-demand ended years ago. He’s lucky he has those Chicago royalties to live on.

by Hope Emersonreply 50303/28/2019

R502 and R503 are why there is a Britney Spears musical.

by Hope Emersonreply 50403/29/2019

R499 and R500 are also wanted for questioning in the death of the American Musical.

by Hope Emersonreply 50503/29/2019

Don't believe everything you read on some blog, r502.

by Hope Emersonreply 50603/29/2019

I saw Walter Bobbie in Grease. No talent even then.

by Hope Emersonreply 50703/29/2019

Paper Mill is looking for their Judy Garland. C'mon Queens, line up.

by Hope Emersonreply 50803/29/2019

Second Stage doing revival of "Take Me Out". Jussie Smollet had just come from a reading in NY the day of his incident.

by Hope Emersonreply 50903/29/2019

Yes, r509, there's some discussion on the other theater gossip thread.

by Hope Emersonreply 51003/29/2019

speaking of the other theater gossip thread, I BEG you not to start a new one when this one ends and then we can finish up 349 and get back to one at a time plus a Broadway sex thread

by Hope Emersonreply 51103/29/2019

BEG, r511?

by Hope Emersonreply 51203/29/2019

R512 YES!

This was is literally a type-o -- at #243 when the current theater thread is #349.

The next thread would have to be #350 but we all know some loon is going to make a quick link before the thread closes to a "new" #244.

It is tiresome.

by Hope Emersonreply 51303/29/2019

But tiresome enough to make you....beg?

by Hope Emersonreply 51403/29/2019

Ain’t too proud to, R514.

by Hope Emersonreply 51503/29/2019

there's just not enough good gossip to sustain 2 threads and keeping track of both is a pain. I BEG too. Plus the typo that r513 cites

by Hope Emersonreply 51603/29/2019

I saw Tootsie in Chicago. It is funny, but not for anything having to do with "Tootsie." The show if full of these random Neil Simonlike one-liners that often work, and then the show goes back to being this very average musical. The problem in Chicago was it didn't really make the case for being a musical -- the songs were dull and it was sort of scene/song, scene/song. My guess is they've done a lot of work. It needed it. Santino was surprisingly one-note all night. I was surprised. I like his work and thought he'd be more exciting. And in some weird way, he's totally unbelievable as a woman. You know he's a guy from the moment you see him,.

by Hope Emersonreply 51703/29/2019

I really missed the dancing in Oklahoma!,especially in Everything's up to Date in Kansas City.

The second act opening dream ballet was perplexing.

But Poor Jud is Dead was mesmerizing and Ali, Aunt Eller, Will and Ado Annie got all their laughs...!

And the song Oklahoma! was rousing, but how could it not be?

During The Cowman and the Farmer the band was way too loud, drowning out most of the lyrics, which were otherwise clarion-clear in the other numbers.

by Hope Emersonreply 51803/29/2019

Is all the waxing and shaving Santino did on display? Is he shirtless or in undies at some point?

by Hope Emersonreply 51903/29/2019

All this talk here of whether or not Dustin Hoffman was believable as a woman but can't anyone see that the outrageous "look' of him as Dorothy is what absolutely makes the movie. He looks kind of grotesque but everyone has seen middleaged women who look just like that.

There was nothing generic about Dustin as a man or as a woman and Santino, talented as he is, has very generic forgettable good looks (and a bad nose job).

It's so typical of our times and bland aesthetics that even Dorothy Michaels had be "neutered" for today's Broadway audiences.

Bad casting!

by Hope Emersonreply 52003/29/2019

Does anyone else here ever read the chat room posts on BWW?

I trust frequent poster WhizzerMarvin's reviews (which are often of the first previews) more than any other theater reviewer working today. He has far more taste and insight and knowledge of theater history, and his reviews often contain a lot of intelligent constructive criticism. Is it well-known among theater people who he (or she) is?

But on the Hadestown previews thread there, I also found it hilarious reading all of the posters who expressed their amazement to find that, after seeing the show, they realized Hadestown was pronounced with 3, and not 2, syllables. I hope they're very very young.

by Hope Emersonreply 52103/29/2019

One of the many aspects I didn't get of this Oklahoma revival is the casting of Will Parker. He's the one character who they left pretty much conceptually as he is in the original, except this guy really doesn't sing or (especially) dance with any particular charm. And he's not remotely sexy.

Except for being in a wheelchair, Ali Stroker is actually a totally conventional and very winning Ado Annie. And I mean that as a compliment. I think she's a lock for Best Featured Actress.

by Hope Emersonreply 52203/29/2019

Ado Annie is NOT in a wheelchair. Sorry to that novelty Ali Stroker.

by Hope Emersonreply 52303/29/2019

Stroker is no novelty. She's a very accomplished and engaging actor, and she's especially good in this production. It will be very odd indeed if she's not Best Supporting.

by Hope Emersonreply 52403/29/2019

Stop posting, Ali. Back to ATC, ok?

by Hope Emersonreply 52503/29/2019

Ali was the best thing in Oklahoma! at St. Ann’s. The audience loved her.

by Hope Emersonreply 52603/29/2019

The only thing.

On another note entirely, I happen to read about some new shows going into production in the next year. It never ceases to amaze me that, musical theatre writers who have never had a single critical or commercial success in their entire careers continue to get their least scribblings produced while other potentially great scripts languish in development hell, year in and year out. Talk about failing upwards.

by Hope Emersonreply 52703/29/2019

Name some these potentially great scripts.

by Hope Emersonreply 52803/29/2019

I agree with the first part of your complaint, r527, but am wondering what creatives are, to your knowledge, being overlooked in favor of these mediocre talents

by Hope Emersonreply 52903/29/2019

Is BWW Broadway World?

by Hope Emersonreply 53003/29/2019

yes, r510

by Hope Emersonreply 53103/29/2019

sorry. r530

by Hope Emersonreply 53203/29/2019

[quote]Paper Mill is looking for their Judy Garland. C'mon Queens, line up.

They're not accepting people from Manhattan or Brooklyn?

by Hope Emersonreply 53303/29/2019

[quote]I agree with the first part of your complaint, [R527], but am wondering what creatives are, to your knowledge, being overlooked in favor of these mediocre talents

One assumes r527 is talking about a dazzling new play written by the egregiously overlooked r527.

by Hope Emersonreply 53403/29/2019

Best Actress Tony will really be hard to predict between Glenda, Elaine and Laurie......and maybe Kristine Neilsen?

I guess they could also include Annette Bening but I hope she doesn't invest in an expensive gown.

Somehow, I think Elaine will win.

by Hope Emersonreply 53503/29/2019

Was Will Parker originally a big dance role when Lee Dixon played him? He's listed on the OCR as "comedian". Ws it the movie version with DL "Follies" fave Gene Nelson that turned it more into a dancing part or did the original Will dance a lot too?

by Hope Emersonreply 53603/29/2019

Dixon was a phenomenal (and sexy) dancer. You can see him in 30s film musicals, like READY, WILLING AND ABLE.

OKLAHOMA! is, first and foremost, a dance show. KANSAS CITY alone has seven pages of instrumental dance music, ALL ER NOTHING has three. And I'd be surprised if the proficient Lee wasn't featured in the other big set-pieces in the show.

by Hope Emersonreply 53703/29/2019

Thanks for that! He died very young unfortunately at age 38 apparently from alcoholism.

by Hope Emersonreply 53803/29/2019

Lee Dixon is the one tap-dancing on a giant typewriter with Ruby Keeler in Ready, Willing and Able.

by Hope Emersonreply 53903/29/2019

Looking at a bunch of Lee Dixon videos....he really was hot.

by Hope Emersonreply 54003/29/2019

So why isn't the Will Parker in this revival a hot dancer??

by Hope Emersonreply 54103/29/2019

Lee Dixon at his hottest

Tap Dance 1932 (Lee Dixon)

From the short: A MODERN CINDERELLA 1932 Lee Dixon dances with an unidentified partner in this kind of wild and crazy routine.

by Hope Emersonreply 54203/29/2019

[quote] Best Actress Tony will really be hard to predict between Glenda, Elaine and Laurie......and maybe Kristine Neilsen?

No it won't. The only thing Elaine May has going against her is that her show is closed, but they kept that albatross running at a loss so everyone could see her. And frankly, she was the only thing in it worth watching. For that alone she deserves the Tony.

And King Lear is a really tough sell. No one seems to care about it. it's on tdf every fucking day. Early word on Hillary & Clinton is not great, and Metcalf ain't gettin' a third Tony in a row. She only got the second one for 3TW because people felt sorry for her losing the Oscar to Janney.

And if that means it's between May and Nielsen, Nielsen can stay home.

by Hope Emersonreply 54303/29/2019

I hadn't realized that Lee Dixon was a name when he appeared in "Oklahoma!"; he's actually second billed in that film with Ruby Keeler. He was really very, very good and had a nice voice, which of course, I was familiar with his vocals of "Kansas City" and "All 'er Nuthin" from the classic OCR.

by Hope Emersonreply 54403/29/2019

If Stroker wins Best Supporting, she can thank her wheel chair in her speech.

by Hope Emersonreply 54503/30/2019

Poor Lee Dixon. I think it was his homosexuality that led him to booze. He was fairly openly gay, and it eventually did his career in. Supposedly he had a brief affair with another boozer, Larry Hart.

This is him at his sexiest.

Offsite Link
by Hope Emersonreply 54603/30/2019

A big weekend for Stevie Sondheim in London. He did a wonderful talk early evening yesterday with the very sweet and talented Dominic Cooke, director of FOLLIES, and then stayed on to watch the production last night -- one that is even better now without Imelda Staunton and with the great Joanna Riding as Sally. Then tonight crosses the river for the final performance of COMPANY, where people have been camping out overnight for day seats. It must be beyond moving for him newly 89 years old to have these two ravishing productions as probably the last major versions of either show that he will see, unless COMPANY does transfer to Broadway - which, as of now, is not in any way a dead cert.

He told the audience last night by the way that his latest show has had two workshops and that he has written 7 songs for it, but that writing gets slower as you get older.

by Hope Emersonreply 54703/30/2019

I don't think this new show will ever be complete, but I'm happy to see him having such a wonderful year with these two London productions and the Fiasco Merrily.

And where the hell is that Benedict biography??

by Hope Emersonreply 54803/30/2019

I think there's every reason for him NOT to complete the new show -- it gives him a reason to "go to work" every morning, as it were

The Benedict biography has been pushed back a year, I hear, but that's not been confirmed. Maybe they're waiting till SS is dead???

by Hope Emersonreply 54903/30/2019

Tootsie is a classic movie and doesn’t need musical treatment on Bway.

I have absolutely no interest in forking over hundreds to see the movie placed directly on the stage as all these movie transfers are.

Bway has just run out of idea but greedy to make more and more money

by Hope Emersonreply 55003/30/2019

Oklahoma might have been a revolutionary show when it first premiered but now it’s just a quaint theatre piece.

What a boring bway season

by Hope Emersonreply 55103/30/2019

The audience doesn’t love Ali Stroker. They feel for her so they laugh extra loud, but it’s more pity. It’s sad and distracting.

by Hope Emersonreply 55203/30/2019

Thanks,r448. I suppose SS might prefer the book to be released after he's dead, if it's really going to be a deep dive into his life.

by Hope Emersonreply 55303/30/2019

[quote] to see the movie placed directly on the stage as all these movie transfers are.

R550 you have to keep up—everyone notes that Tootsie has changed more than most adaptations, with the show now taking place in the milieu of a Broadway show instead of the soap opera, several major character changes (the co-star is now a young hunk instead of a George Gaines-type) and on and on. It’s still not any good but it’s not the movie onstage. Now it’s a not very good creative adaptation.

by Hope Emersonreply 55403/30/2019

I'm surprised reading all the negative comments on Hillary and Clinton in the chat rooms. I thought the combo of Hnath and Mantello was unbeatable.

by Hope Emersonreply 55503/30/2019

Ado Annie in a wheelchair is that same unfortunate conceit as Lady Thiang with a cane. Both performers obviously need them but transform the characters and audience reaction to them into pity having nothing to do with the writer’s intent.

by Hope Emersonreply 55603/30/2019

"Oklahoma might have been a revolutionary show when it first premiered but now it’s just a quaint theatre piece."

Done right (and I'm not referring to the current revival), you'd be surprised how un-quaint it can be. A few years back, I saw American Dance Machine perform the Dream Ballet in its entirety, and it remains one of the strangest goddamned things you've ever seen in a musical. And putting it into the context of the actual show makes it even weirder. The tensions of the show come from its complete absorption and integration of early musical comedy, vaudeville virtuosity, operetta, classical dance, Shakespearean structure (romantic/carnal couples) and Freudian psychology into a singular dramatic entity. It is a miraculous achievement, but it requires a director's touch that adroitly balances all of the above elements into a unified whole.

by Hope Emersonreply 55703/30/2019

Now they tell me they let Female Musical Stars perform in wheelchairs

by Hope Emersonreply 55803/30/2019

The Oklahoma producers think their shit don’t stink

by Hope Emersonreply 55903/30/2019

Jesus r559, what is wrong with you?

by Hope Emersonreply 56003/30/2019

Watch the movie in its Todd AO version and some of it is mighty strange. Even 12 years after its opening on Broadway. The problem is it takes genius to direct and stage but they no longer exist. The best we have today is efficient. Performers can do the moves but they can't embody them. I love the dancers in the film. The two sweetest sort of when they're not being vain and willful in Many a New Day turn into faceless scary dancehall girls(whores) in the dream ballet.

Lee Dixon looks like one of those eccentric dancers in the Buddy Ebsen mold. Supposedly he was so beloved by everyone which is why fierce disciplinarians like DeMille and Rodgers were willing to take a chance on him doing 8 shows a week. Can you imagine dancers today with this much personality coming out of university programs?

by Hope Emersonreply 56103/30/2019

I think I read that Celeste Holm used to complain about Dixon's breath, so perhaps he was drinking a lot during the run. But then again Celeste apparently could be pretty difficult. Maybe it wasn't just that "Good Morning" on "All About Eve" that turned Bette Davis off against her.

by Hope Emersonreply 56203/30/2019

Holm sounds very much like Bacall. Very appealing charming and self-deprecating in interviews but extremely unpleasant to deal with personally unless you were at her level or above.

by Hope Emersonreply 56303/30/2019

Did Celeste insist on shoulder pads in her coffin?

by Hope Emersonreply 56403/30/2019

In fact she did, r564.

by Hope Emersonreply 56503/30/2019

[quote]Both performers obviously need them but transform the characters and audience reaction to them into pity having nothing to do with the writer’s intent.

I don't think that's the case with Lady Thing at all. Ruthie Ann Miles had no way to do the show in London without a cane. And it wasn't a wheelchair. It didn't distract from her doing the part the way the wheelchair does with Stoker. If you saw the broadcast version, you saw that. The wheelchair Ado Annie, on the other hand, is a stupid idea, and I hope they get roasted for it.

by Hope Emersonreply 56603/30/2019

Actually, unless you are a Trumpie and can't abide the mere FACT of disability, the wheelchair in Oklahoma! is part of who Ali Stroker is. I can't believe the inanity of the vitriol on this board.

by Hope Emersonreply 56703/30/2019

How the fuck does she make it through the cornfield in her chair?

by Hope Emersonreply 56803/30/2019

Zero desire to see OKLAHOMA! I listened to bits of a bootleg audio. Ali Stoker seems to being playing very broadly with a cheap accent ( I felt the same way about Ebersole back in the day). I think it’s actually funnier more dead pan and more hick, less hillbilly.

The “ballet” (as such) sounded electronic and dissonant.

And after the title song and Jud murder, the acting and line delivery sounded positively funeral and spoken in monotone.

No, thanks!!

by Hope Emersonreply 56903/31/2019

By rolling, R568

Are you really that stupidly outraged by the sight of a wheelchair? Pull yourself together. They were actually fairly popular in the US after the civil war for both war veterans and 'invalid ladies.'

by Hope Emersonreply 57003/31/2019

R570, go find a twitter thread to add your fist to. I don't think you're cut out for the DL.

by Hope Emersonreply 57103/31/2019

[quote] I don't think that's the case with Lady Thing at all.

I call my Lady Thing Judy.

by Hope Emersonreply 57203/31/2019

[quote] They were actually fairly popular in the US after the civil war for both war veterans and 'invalid ladies.'

If you’re hoping for a “true to life” Oklahoma, this one ain’t it

by Hope Emersonreply 57303/31/2019

Someone here or in the other thread mentioned the Dream Ballet as the opening of Act II. Is that true? In the original, the ballet follows intrinsically from the end of Out of My Dreams to close Act I. Laurie's dream after she sniffs Ali Hakim's poppers. That's been changed?

by Hope Emersonreply 57403/31/2019

^ Sorry, Laurey.

by Hope Emersonreply 57503/31/2019

I've read that originally R&H conceived of the ballet as a kind of circus dream until rehearsals were well under way and someone finally approached Richard Rodgers to say "I think you better go have a look at what Agnes is doing in the basement."

by Hope Emersonreply 57603/31/2019

All things considered, isn't it odd and rather presumptuous that the character of Ali Hakim is not played by an actor of Mideastern origins in this radical new revival?

by Hope Emersonreply 57703/31/2019

R576 Someone probably reminded Rodgers that the circus dream had already been done in "Lady in the Dark", one of the other progressive musicals like "Pal Joey" that doesn't get as much credit as "Oklahoma!. "Oklahoma!" wasn't, PR (and lots and lots of PR) aside, the first musical where the songs moved the story forward.

by Hope Emersonreply 57803/31/2019

How is Ali Hakim portrayed in the current revival, r577? Doesn't he present himself in the text as "Persian"? Although maybe the audience was supposed to understand with a wink and a nod he was a gypsy or Roma or whatever term is PC correct these days?

Absolutely, agreed, r578, go back to Show Boat and even Rose-Marie for the songs advancing the plot (both Hammerstein, of course). Wasn't there a note in the program of the original Rose-Marie that the songs were not being individually listed because they were too integral to the entire show, or words to that effect?

by Hope Emersonreply 57903/31/2019

I wasn't going to theater around that time, but I'll take your word for it!

by Hope Emersonreply 58003/31/2019

What do you mean, r580? The original Rose-Marie was only 95 years ago.

by Hope Emersonreply 58103/31/2019

[quote]the co-star is now a young hunk instead of a George Gaines-type

Oh, dear. Now more than ever.

by Hope Emersonreply 58203/31/2019

I just checked out BWW yesterday and today but i couldn't tell who the intended reasfership is.

Is it for Broadway insiders and professionals, or for tourists and locals looking for discounts, or both, or some other population...?

by Hope Emersonreply 58303/31/2019


by Hope Emersonreply 58403/31/2019

BWW is mostly young kids in high school and college who are into musicals, and mostly musicals. Most of these kids don't want to see plays, as most of the posts are overwhelming in favor of yes, musicals.

by Hope Emersonreply 58503/31/2019

Yes, r585. For most of the current BWW posters, Rent and Wicked are really old musicals they don't know much about. Just a few years ago, it was a much more informed and interesting place to post.

by Hope Emersonreply 58603/31/2019

[quote]All things considered, isn't it odd and rather presumptuous that the character of Ali Hakim is not played by an actor of Mideastern origins in this radical new revival?

Ali Hakim is a Jewish peddler. This is one of those thing that did not have to be spelled out to the audience in in 1943 as the events in Oklahoma! we only 36 years old. His "Persian" act is just as much hokum as everything else he sells.

by Hope Emersonreply 58703/31/2019

The few BWW posters who had some knowledge or decent information seem to be gone. The others are teenagers or pretty immature young adults.

by Hope Emersonreply 58803/31/2019

Someone named "Ali Hakim" today would probably find himself on the No-Fly List.

by Hope Emersonreply 58903/31/2019

Back then they didn’t even have air travel to speak of.

by Hope Emersonreply 59003/31/2019

Ali Hakim was originally played by Joseph Buloff who was very famous for having started in the Yiddish theater in NYC.

by Hope Emersonreply 59103/31/2019

There was no air travel in 1909, the Wrights got the planes up,and down but thre was still a lot of work to be done.

Hey, i just had an idea for a new show...

by Hope Emersonreply 59203/31/2019

Say, Betty, wouldn't it be marvelous if Nora in "A Doll's Life" slammed the door and we saw what happened to her?

Probably how "A Doll's Life" happened

by Hope Emersonreply 59303/31/2019

substitute "A Doll's House" for the first one

by Hope Emersonreply 59403/31/2019

we got it, r594.

by Hope Emersonreply 59503/31/2019

Ugh, I hate it when that happens, a clever little post undone by an overlooked typo.

by Hope Emersonreply 59603/31/2019

Almost "Bajour" time!

by Hope Emersonreply 59703/31/2019

THEATRE GOSSIP #349: "Toot-Toot-Tootsie" Edition, here we come

by Hope Emersonreply 59803/31/2019

Fuck Bajour!

The Happy Time!

by Hope Emersonreply 59903/31/2019

Plain and Fancy!

by Hope Emersonreply 60003/31/2019

Away we Go...!

THEATRE GOSSIP #349: "Toot-Toot-Tootsie" Edition

Keep Your Love Alive, boys ...

by Hope Emersonreply 60103/31/2019

Minnie's Boys

by Hope Emersonreply 60203/31/2019

Yes Ali Hakim was a variant of Jewish and Dutch "vas-you-dere-Charlie" immigrant types, stemming all the way back to Harrigan and Hart, and beyond.

by Hope Emersonreply 60303/31/2019


by Hope Emersonreply 60403/31/2019
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