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THEATRE GOSSIP #347: "Sondheim Disses BE MORE CHILL, Seen Wearing Yellow Shoes" Edition

Is BE MORE CHILL critic proof?

Will Sondheim's leaving-at-intermission slight hurt it with the over-80 set?

Who, exactly, is crying out for a new production of THE MUSIC MAN?

This and more, inside...

by Anonymousreply 60703/18/2019

Be More Chill should diss Sondheim.

by Anonymousreply 103/14/2019
Cyd Charisse "The Gal With The Yallar Shoes" - 1956

This scene is on a ranch outside of Vegas. Listen for the reference to "7 Brides for 7 Brothers."

by Anonymousreply 203/14/2019

Saw “Kiss Me, Kate” last night. Kelli O’Hara was lovely. The show itself was fine. Great dancing. Typical Cole Porter...about a half hour too long with nonsequitor numbers filling act two.

by Anonymousreply 303/14/2019

Saw the Temptations musical the other day. It gave me vertigo. All those chairs and tables swirling on the turntable and all those words and raindrops flying by on the digital walls. It didn't stop moving.

The lead actor who plays Otis scowled throughout, without a single smile.

The cast is talented. But there are too many characters. All the songs are truncated or interrupted by dialogue. Only two of the songs are used as character numbers (by the wife Florence, and then by Paul in an easy chair). And this story has been told better in DREAMGIRLS and JERSEY BOYS. It wasn't as good as Gloria Estafan, but it was better than SUMMER.

I suppose there's an audience for this show, which will keep it running. But it left me exhausted.

by Anonymousreply 403/14/2019

[quote] It wasn't as good as Gloria Estafan, but it was better than SUMMER.

High praise indeed. I'm holding out for the Britney Spears musical.

by Anonymousreply 503/14/2019

NANTUCKET SLEIGH RIDE is a mess. A burnt-out playwright buys a house in Nantucket and deals with the repercussions of not visiting a local revival of his one play whom every character either acted in or can quote lines from. Will Swenson plays a 'touched' screechy eleven-year old.

Christopher Durang did this kind of stuff a lot better. I'm also tired of self-referential plays about plays (and musicals about musicals).

by Anonymousreply 603/14/2019

Wait, Swenson plays a kid?

by Anonymousreply 703/14/2019

Sorry - He plays a scruffy hipster. Adam Chandler-Berat plays the kid.

by Anonymousreply 803/14/2019

John Guare is a bit of a mess, always has been. Occasionally very entertaining. I always took him to be a closeted arriviste who was obsessed with rich people. He’s basically a smart but uppity guy from Queens.

Anybody have any firsthand knowledge of Mr Guare?

by Anonymousreply 903/14/2019

If Nikkie Renee Daniels ends up in The Music Man I will VOMIT.

by Anonymousreply 1003/14/2019

R9 He once sold me his house seats to SIX DEGREES when I was in the cancellation line at Lincoln Center. Seemed very affable--he said, "It should be good, as Stockard is back in it." That's all I got.

by Anonymousreply 1103/14/2019

[quote]If Nikkie Renee Daniels ends up in The Music Man I will VOMIT.

Pics please.

by Anonymousreply 1203/14/2019

He was selling house seats to his own play? Is this a racket playwrights have on the side?

by Anonymousreply 1303/14/2019

Adam CB is also way too old to be an 11-year-olf.

by Anonymousreply 1403/14/2019

R9 I've met him a couple of times over the years. He's always very nice. A little nutty (not in a bad way) and very nice.

by Anonymousreply 1503/14/2019

After all is said and done, I guess House of Blue Leaves is Guare's only great play. 6 Degrees has dated horribly, as the last Broadway revival showed.

by Anonymousreply 1603/14/2019

Why can't Marcellus be a POC

by Anonymousreply 1703/14/2019

R16 I didn't see that revival, but was it the production or the play itself?

I also love Landscape of the Body, a wonderful play with an unfortunate first NY production (despite the great Shirley Knight and Peg Murray.)

by Anonymousreply 1803/14/2019

No Gary buzz?

by Anonymousreply 1903/14/2019

There are some reports on ATC that people have been walking out on it, though others say they rather like it because while it's all over the place, there are lots of dick jokes and fart jokes. Someone else is calling others out for referring to Taylor Mac as "he" instead of "judy" as a pronoun. Are people supposed to keep two names in mind for folks' personal pronouns now?

by Anonymousreply 2003/14/2019

Did Mandy Patinkin require judy to call him Deanna when they worked together?

by Anonymousreply 2103/14/2019

R18, the late Alexa Kenin was also in it. She was hilarious describing someone’s hairdo with insects (?) in it. She died tragically a few years later at a very young age.

by Anonymousreply 2203/14/2019

[quote]No Gary buzz?

Someone in the previous thread said it's a hot mess and predicted it would close in previews.

by Anonymousreply 2303/14/2019

I love Landscape of the Body but it's a play that really works best, if at all, only on the written page.

I didn't see the original production with Shirley Knight but I did see a revival at 2nd Stage in the 1980s with Christine Lahti (and Christian Slater as her young son) and another one at Yale Rep in the 1990s with Laura Linney (and Reg Rogers as the detective). The big problem with the play in performance is the 2nd Act has to be carried by the 4 young teenagers who, inevitably are not up to the theatricality it requires. And part of that is carting around a very visible severed head.

by Anonymousreply 2403/14/2019

I'm not usually a fan of S.R. Scott nor Michael Greif, but that Landscape... production around 2005 acquitted the play very well.

by Anonymousreply 2503/14/2019

One of the leads in Music Man better damn well be diverse or I absolutely will NOT see it!

by Anonymousreply 2603/14/2019

[quote]One of the leads in Music Man better damn well be diverse or I absolutely will NOT see it!

Take your ongoing effort at race-baiting and shove it up your ass.

by Anonymousreply 2703/14/2019

I don't care if an actor is "right" for the role or if they are the best actor of those up for the role. It is time for more representation and visibility.

by Anonymousreply 2803/14/2019

Uh, r27 you are WAYYYY off-base here.

by Anonymousreply 2903/14/2019

RuPaul for Eulalie McKechny Shinn and Billy Porter as one of the Pickalittle Girls.

by Anonymousreply 3003/14/2019

Oh r27 shove it up your ass. You are so panicked by anyone questioning the official stance on token casting. Fuck off.

by Anonymousreply 3103/14/2019
70, Girls, 70 - A New Musical: Boom Ditty Boom

Provided to YouTube by Sony Music Entertainment 70, Girls, 70 - A New Musical: Boom Ditty Boom · Mildred Natwick · Hans Conreid · Lillian Roth · Gil Lamb · L...

by Anonymousreply 3203/14/2019

I don't give a crap if there is a consensus about an actor's "talent" (subjective). What is most important right now is visibility and representation.

by Anonymousreply 3303/14/2019

When did these theatre boards get so angry? Just going by the last few, you can barely go ten posts without someone being called an asshole or having two erudite posters snapping at each other to fuck off.

by Anonymousreply 3403/14/2019

Looniness will do that to a thread.

by Anonymousreply 3503/14/2019
Dorothy Loudon wins 1977 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical

Dorothy Loudon wins the Best Actress in a Musical Tony for her performance as Miss Hannigan in the original Broadway production of 'Annie,' 1977.

by Anonymousreply 3603/14/2019
Elaine Stritch (Someday My Prince Will Come) HQ

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by Anonymousreply 3703/14/2019

[quote]Why can't Marcellus be a POC

Cedric the Entertainer is Marcellus

Tyler Perry (as Madea) is Ethel Toffelmier.

by Anonymousreply 3803/14/2019

The "anger" is the Loon trying to sidetrack with boring trolling, probably because he wasn't around to start the thread. He is suggesting "visibility and representation" from one device and yelling at himself from another. Best to ignore.

by Anonymousreply 3903/14/2019

How dreary are the Tony Awards going to be this year? Maybe as a tribute to touring shows Scott Rudin will haul in the Dolly! tour and have the Harmonia Garden waiters and Betty Buckley do the title number, which he was too hateful to give us when Bette was doing it.

by Anonymousreply 4003/14/2019

Julie White for Featured ... that was really her lucky day

by Anonymousreply 4103/14/2019

R39 i'm doing nothing of the sort, not sure why you would suggest that

by Anonymousreply 4203/14/2019

Brooks Ashmanskas seems sweet and his coming out story was charming. You all made him sound like a maniacal common hussy over the years, what gives?

Show People with Paul Wontorek: Brooks Ashmanskas of THE PROM

Get Tickets to THE PROM: https://www.broadway.com/shows/prom/ Tony nominee and comedic genius Brooks Ashmanskas discusses starring in THE PROM as actor-turne...

by Anonymousreply 4303/14/2019

It’s a fine time in theater when so called representation is more important than talent.

by Anonymousreply 4403/14/2019

I think everyone in this thread should be more chill.

by Anonymousreply 4503/14/2019

Fine, r45!

Holiday on Ice 1995 - hello dolly

Holiday goes Broadway production, Blue division

by Anonymousreply 4603/14/2019

[quote]She died tragically a few years later at a very young age.

I vaguely recall about Alexa Kenin, but all I could find on Wiki was that her body was discovered in her apartment and the cause of death is unknown.

Does anyone know anything more?

by Anonymousreply 4703/14/2019

[quote] i'm doing nothing of the sort, not sure why you would suggest that

I'm not the one who suggested it, but you've been doing shit like that for over two years. Or have you forgotten shutting down the threads you didn't start, or threads that mentioned Mary Poppins or Julie Andrews, with posting the same thing over and over? You've acted like a little Aspie thug on DL, and you should be ashamed of yourself.

by Anonymousreply 4803/14/2019

R47, I thought I read somewhere that she was a diabetic. But I might be confusing her with British actress Charlotte Coleman, who was also found dead in her apartment at a very young age

by Anonymousreply 4903/14/2019

ok r48 you are out of your freakin mind. I never did any of those things. Bizarre.

by Anonymousreply 5003/14/2019

Best to just ignore the Aspie thug, R48.

by Anonymousreply 5103/14/2019

If you're Matt the Loon, yes, yes you did.

by Anonymousreply 5203/14/2019

Charlotte Coleman died from a bronchial infection, not diabetes.

by Anonymousreply 5303/14/2019

R52 I have absolutely no idea who that is or what you are talking about

by Anonymousreply 5403/14/2019

Well, it didn't take long for this thread to devolve into pissy name-calling, did it?

by Anonymousreply 5503/14/2019

R39 made a comment about the Loon ruining the thread, and then you responded "I've been doing nothing of the sort." Since the comment was specifically about the Loon, why did you respond that way if you weren't him?

by Anonymousreply 5603/14/2019

Because he called me a "loon" for my post about visibility and representation . I'm not here enough to know there is some person called The Loon. Jeez

by Anonymousreply 5703/14/2019

A young actor FB friend of mine announced on FB that he'd been cast in Taylor Mac's Gary a couple of months ago, but now that I'm reading chat room reports on the show, I see that Nathan , Julie White and Kristine Neilsen are the only 3 actors in it.

Does anyone know if there was originally a larger cast intended for the show?

by Anonymousreply 5803/14/2019

And he also said I am arguing with myself. All of this is untrue and strange to assume as fact.

by Anonymousreply 5903/14/2019

He didn't call you a loon. He called out THE Loon, and he didn't single any particular poster out, or a particular post, either. So your response was telling.

It was on the discussion of racists comments though, Are you the one who's been making those?

by Anonymousreply 6003/14/2019

He quoted my post about visibility and representation and called me a loon. I think what is "telling" is that you spend too much time here and are becoming paranoid.

by Anonymousreply 6103/14/2019

Baz Bamigboye has tweeted that Petula Clark will play The Bird Woman in the West End revival of Mary Poppins this fall. She told Baz she’ll be singing “Feed the Birds” and “will be doing something extra.”

by Anonymousreply 6203/14/2019

I posted at r33 and r39 quoted me and called me a loon. Get some sleep or something.

by Anonymousreply 6303/14/2019

If you are not THE Loon, you are certainly Loon-adjacent, r63.

by Anonymousreply 6403/14/2019

It's loony to call for visibility and representation? Ok then...

by Anonymousreply 6503/14/2019

Jessica Christ, ladies, stop squabbling

by Anonymousreply 6603/14/2019

Back on topic....

Who's got more stories about Sondheim being cunty, per OP?

He's not really cunty that often. But when he is, publicly, it's DELICIOUS.

by Anonymousreply 6703/14/2019

[R58] There is a surprise chorus of buff guys playing soldiers. So, must have meant that he is one of them.

by Anonymousreply 6803/14/2019

Do we have a Marian yet?

by Anonymousreply 6903/14/2019

[quote]Baz Bamigboye has tweeted that Petula Clark will play The Bird Woman in the West End revival of Mary Poppins this fall. She told Baz she’ll be singing “Feed the Birds” and “will be doing something extra.”

Cameron Mackintosh doesn’t do much stunt casting, but when he does, Jesus Christ, it’s just awful. What’s the something extra? When the kids visit their dad at the bank, will they join Petula in a chorus of "Downtown"?

by Anonymousreply 7003/14/2019

Hottie Joseph Millson is playing Mr. Banks in that production of Mary Poppins.

by Anonymousreply 7103/14/2019

R71 He is delicious indeed

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Found on Google from pinterest.com

by Anonymousreply 7203/14/2019

[quote]Can you imagine sitting in your seat waiting for the show to start and the person who's suddenly filing into the row from the opposite side is Stephen Sondheim? How could you ever concentrate on the show knowing he's sitting RIGHT THERE next to you? Talk about a theater experience to remember.

R560 in the last thread- that happened to me. It was West Side Story. I had the dumbest grin on my face the whole time.

by Anonymousreply 7303/14/2019

"One of the leads in Music Man better damn well be diverse or I absolutely will NOT see it!"

If they can sing, act, dance and play an instrument, will that be diverse enough for you?

"I don't care if an actor is "right" for the role or if they are the best actor of those up for the role. It is time for more representation and visibility."

Sez you. If I'm the author of the piece and went through the agony of getting it down on the page, you better DAMN well cast according to my specifications.

"It’s a fine time in theater when so called representation is more important than talent."

Bravo.

by Anonymousreply 7403/14/2019

There have been a few rumors about the death of Alexa Kenin, one being that it was a heroin overdose, another that she had been beaten to death by a boyfriend (like Dominique Dunne). The diabetes rumor is the oldest one, but nothing official has ever surfaced.

by Anonymousreply 7503/14/2019

The mystery deepens

Learn Your Lesson from Alexa Kenin - A Memorial Afterschool Special Triple Feature - Thur. Sep. 10th - 8PM

Oddball Films and curator Kat Shuchter present  Learn Your Lesson from Alexa Kenin - A Memorial Afterschool Special Triple Feature , a spe...

by Anonymousreply 7603/14/2019

Jussie Smollett IS Tommy Djilas!

by Anonymousreply 7703/14/2019

That's right, it was asthma not diabetes. I may have been thinking of Dana Hill.

by Anonymousreply 7803/14/2019

[quote] She told Baz she’ll be singing “Feed the Birds” and “will be doing something extra.”

Perhaps something akin to what Andrea Martin did in "Pippin?"

by Anonymousreply 7903/14/2019

Gary is terrific but it is BEYOND non commercial. It draws from historic greek tragedies in that phalluses literally abound. There are more dicks and dick jokes on stage than in Naked Boys Singing, and more blood than sexy Oklahoma. And at the same time, the entire show is basically a 90 minute debate on the meaning of theater, comedy and tragedy. It's like a Satyr play meets Euripides. I can't imagine there are enough people who could understand the philosophical arguments let alone stomach the geisers of blood.

The poster before is correct, it will close early. It's also occasionally unweildy (but does have the prerequisite coup de theatre). But he was wrong to say its a hot mess. It's positively brilliant. Kristine Nielsen is best in show, but all three leads are doing good work. Nathan is surprisingly... subdued? I expected there to be more Catskills or at least more of his Pseudolus, but it's a very measured performance.

by Anonymousreply 8003/14/2019

I don't think they'll go with a POC Tommy Djilas. It would it feel too much like the Shinn's don't like him because he's black. I wonder if in addition to Telly as Marcellus they'll be looking for a POC mayor Shinn or a black Jacey Squires.

by Anonymousreply 8103/14/2019

Small town Iowa in those days would not have elected a POC mayor.

by Anonymousreply 8203/14/2019

That doesn't matter, r82. It's all fantasy anyway, not a strict history book.

by Anonymousreply 8303/14/2019

R10, what do you have against Nikki?

by Anonymousreply 8403/14/2019

"It's all fantasy anyway, not a strict history book."

But it does matter, r83, it matters deeply. In any dramatic story, you have to start from a foundation of truth, no matter how fantastic the premise. And TMM is a slice of historical Americana. The attitudes of the populace ARE real and not only reflect the times but give the actors something to play. Otherwise it's a mish-mash of nothing and, worst of all, doesn't honor the intention of the writer.

by Anonymousreply 8503/14/2019

r85 SO TRUE. The people of Iowa back then were easily duped into believing that pool tables were Satanic and that every movement of a mayor's wife could bespeak Del Sarte.

You are an idiot. Or should I say loon-y loon loon loon.

by Anonymousreply 8603/14/2019

"The people of Iowa back then were easily duped into believing that pool tables were Satanic and that every movement of a mayor's wife could bespeak Del Sarte."

Thank you. It's precisely those absurd and provincial attitudes of small-town life that are affectionately satirized in THE MUSIC MAN and must be played for their truth. Because the underside of that truth is the reason the town flips on Harold and wants to tar and feather him once they've found him out: they turn into a mob.

by Anonymousreply 8703/14/2019

Ben talks with Ellen:

Ben Platt on Opening Up About Past Relationships and Sexuality Through His New Album | Playbill

The Dear Evan Hansen star talks about his debut record Sing to Me Instead and being inspired by Ellen DeGeneres.

by Anonymousreply 8803/14/2019

I think R80's post makes "Gary" sound very intriguing. I'm very much looking forward to seeing it this Saturday.

by Anonymousreply 8903/14/2019

The rehearsal clips posted from I Married an Angel aren’t too good. Sounds screechy and dull.

by Anonymousreply 9003/14/2019

I love The Music Man. I saw the terrific Briadway revival in early 2000's with Craig Bierko.

by Anonymousreply 9103/14/2019

The diversity and representation guy on here is really looney. Judge people on their talent, not their color. Have looney tunes forgotten MLK's teachings or just ignorant of them?

by Anonymousreply 9203/14/2019

R92 I did love it when that joker cast a white man as MLK in 'The Mountaintop', hilarious

by Anonymousreply 9303/14/2019

[quote]He was selling house seats to his own play? Is this a racket playwrights have on the side?

House seats aren't comps. if he had house seats to sell, it was because he paid for them.

by Anonymousreply 9403/14/2019

I've heard BE MORE CHILL is ghastly.

From an adult, of course. "Just horrible" was the report back.

by Anonymousreply 9503/14/2019

And what do you know? Rave in the NYT for "Kiss Me Kate."

by Anonymousreply 9603/14/2019

R32 thanks for the treat. More freshness and inventiveness in that than in the combined current shows with their tuneless caterwauling and bombast.

by Anonymousreply 9703/14/2019

To whomever was asking in the previous thread, yes, Richard Fleeshman is very much straight and shares a home with the insanely talented and beautiful Celinde Schoenmaker who is going to be in THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA in London this summer with Dove Cameron and "Dame" Renee Fleming.

by Anonymousreply 9803/15/2019

Does this mean it's not Jessie or Megan for Marion?

Megan Hilty and Jessie Mueller to Star in New Patsy Cline-Loretta Lynn Biopic | TheaterMania

The film will air on Lifetime.

by Anonymousreply 9903/15/2019

Not necessarily, r99. Remember, The Music Man doesn't even start rehearsing till August, 2020.

by Anonymousreply 10003/15/2019

Megaaaaaaaaaan! You broke my heart!!

by Anonymousreply 10103/15/2019

Julie White plays the same character no matter what show she’s in-histrionic, nutty, absent minded

by Anonymousreply 10203/15/2019

Can someone start a new Broadway Sex thread? Thennnks.

by Anonymousreply 10303/15/2019

BE MORE CHILL The cast is too old to be playing teens. The sound is loud and poor quality The teens love it They will make all of their money on merch.

by Anonymousreply 10403/15/2019

Rave is a strong word - it was a positive review with some clear qualifications

by Anonymousreply 10503/15/2019

Julie White IS Marian.

by Anonymousreply 10603/15/2019

I did a play with John Guare several years ago. He is comes across as very nice. The play was during Passover and one of the crew offered him some Charoset, which he politely declined because he was a recovering alcoholic. He was very gracious.

However, as a playwright, he is the sort that does not know what is best for his own play. He killed every joke and every funny bit of business. He really did not like it when actors came up with their own business. Why hire two great comic actors if you won't allow them to be funny?

He also drove the props people crazy. There was a baby carriage on stage, but he didn't want it too big; so, it was a doll carriage. However, he wanted the baby to be the size of a real baby. He just did not understand that the doll could not be the size of a real baby in the actors arms, but magically shrink to the scale of a doll carriage. There was also so problem with a gramophone. We must have gone through a dozen.

by Anonymousreply 10703/15/2019

[quote]Brooks Ashmanskas seems sweet and his coming out story was charming. You all made him sound like a maniacal common hussy over the years, what gives?

He is an actor, darl'n, and knows how to give an interview. I find it interesting that he never mentions Nicholas Martin, who was his teacher at Bennington and his mentor in NYC. The two were very close until Nicholas Martin died.

by Anonymousreply 10803/15/2019

Oh they stopped being close after one of them died? Interesting.

by Anonymousreply 10903/15/2019

I Married an Angel is a wonderful score and Balanchine's choreography stopped the show. 80 will be the average age of the audience. And they'll like it no matter how bad it will be. Which it won't be but it just won't be very good. And they'll say it's better than the original which they thought they saw but couldn't have. At least the music will be great.

by Anonymousreply 11003/15/2019

r68, thanks for the info about the extra actors in GARY. I had searched IBDB to look for my friend's name in the cast and didn't see it. Only the 3 leads.

I'm sad for my friend. He's a great actor but I guess.....work is work.

I'm totally intrigued to see the show, even the criticism makes it sound interesting. And bravo to Rudin for producing something like this commercially....he can afford the loss.

by Anonymousreply 11103/15/2019

Speaking of Our Miss Brooks, is he morphing into James Lapine?

Brooks Ashmanskas - Barry Is Going to Prom (Official Music Video from The Prom)

Listen to the Original Broadway Cast Recording of The Prom here: https://ThePromBroadwayMusical.lnk.to/OBCRVP Visit www.masterworksbroadway.com and www.thepr...

by Anonymousreply 11203/15/2019

Why is a young playwright being allowed to direct the movie version of his own play, and with Scott Rudin producing, of all people? And why is most of the original cast going to star in "The Humans" without the participation of TONY winner Reed Birney? I've heard Stephen Karam is a nasty piece of work, but what exactly did he have to do to get this gig?

Birds of a feather......

by Anonymousreply 11303/15/2019

Amy Schumer is going to make Karam sorry he ever took the job.

by Anonymousreply 11403/15/2019

Not understanding why r113 is so indignant about Karam directing The Humans. He's no longer a wunderkind; he's an established top-drawer playwight. Is there a backstory I've missed?

by Anonymousreply 11503/15/2019

Betty a year later, still with the frosted look

Betty Hutton / Burke's Law 1965 / Gene Barry

by Anonymousreply 11603/15/2019

Rudin is shutting down all productions of To Kill A Mockingbird all over the US claiming he’s the only one with the rights to the stage version

by Anonymousreply 11703/15/2019

r102, the same could be said for Andrea Martin. And Kristine Nielsen.

by Anonymousreply 11803/15/2019

Rudin is such a miserable fat pig. So is his fat pig boyfriend John Barlow. Can you imagine those two slobs having sex? How repulsive!

by Anonymousreply 11903/15/2019

Careful, R119-Insulting Fatboy is a good way to get the thread shut down.

by Anonymousreply 12003/15/2019

R115-Exactly. Karam is a playwright. Not a director.

by Anonymousreply 12103/15/2019

At least there are zero Me Too stories circulating about Rudin although he definitely has had a “type” when hiring male assistants.

by Anonymousreply 12203/15/2019

QUILTERS!

by Anonymousreply 12303/15/2019

FAT MEN IN SKIRTS!

by Anonymousreply 12403/15/2019

I think Rudin reversed his decision on Mockingbird, and the local companies are being permitted to go ahead with their productions.

So wait, a playwright who is given an opportunity to direct his own work is vilified? Why?

by Anonymousreply 12503/15/2019

Karam's not the first to do this, and he won't be the last. Lapine has directed his own stuff (including pre-Sondheim).

by Anonymousreply 12603/15/2019

And John Patrick Shanley directed the film of Doubt, also produced by Rudin.

by Anonymousreply 12703/15/2019

I think somebody's just hating on Karam.

by Anonymousreply 12803/15/2019

Look out world....

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by Anonymousreply 12903/15/2019

You asked for it, r123!

Quilters the Musical Promo Video

QUILTERS THE MUSICAL by Molly Newman and Barbara Damashek Directed by Julie Reinbold|Music Direction by Jason Bell Show Dates: February 22, -- March 10, 2013...

by Anonymousreply 13003/15/2019

Quilters will be an excellent show to demonstrate women's empowerment ( which is the new rage with the PCSJW crowd); kind of like King Kong, but without the monkey.

by Anonymousreply 13103/15/2019

LATE NIGHT COMIC!

by Anonymousreply 13203/15/2019

R132, I raise you a "Mimi Le Duck"

by Anonymousreply 13303/15/2019

Little Charlie Stemp *IS* Marian in The Music Man.

by Anonymousreply 13403/15/2019

Tommy Djilas, R 134?

by Anonymousreply 13503/15/2019

[quote]And John Patrick Shanley directed the film of Doubt, also produced by Rudin.

The movie version of Doubt was shit. Shanley lost all perspective about the story. It didn't even make sense. The story was supposed to be about DOUBT.

Philip Seymour Hoffman looked like the stereotpycial pedophile. So we're already led to believe he did it.

In the first few minutes, you see the priests living high while Streep literally chews the scenery (that bit with her gnawing on the meat was ridiculous). So we're led to believe that priests get treated better than nuns, therefore a more favorable outcome should the do anything wrong.

When Streep goes outdoors, the wind blows up and all the leaves blow towards her as if God was saying, "Gurl, you in danger."

The movie was a mess! Which is unfortunate because the stage play was very good. You're *supposed* to leave the theater with doubt.

by Anonymousreply 13603/15/2019

So did Sondheim walk out on Be More Chill or not? This the fabled DL, we cannot rely on sites like BWW as grist for our mill. We need a direct eye-witness report, with receipts..... or it didn't happen.

by Anonymousreply 13703/15/2019

WORKING!

by Anonymousreply 13803/15/2019

BWW had a couple of direct eye-witness reports of the Sondheim walkout, on the Be More Chill thread at pp 6-7, I think.

by Anonymousreply 13903/15/2019

I am, r138!

Rita redeems a non-tune called IT'S AN ART

Written by Stephen Schwartz. The customer is Studs Terkel.

by Anonymousreply 14003/15/2019

I don't know Rudin, and yes, I've heard he can be tough, but I can't think of a better, more adventurous producer around.

by Anonymousreply 14103/15/2019

March 12 from Jen Tepper's Facebook. No mention of Sondheim walking out.

"I’ve been keeping this inside but... last week, I watched Stephen Sondheim belly-laugh through a performance of Be More Chill.

I could tell you 30 specific things Sondheim laughed at or reacted to in our show. My jaw was dropped the whole time, my heart on the floor. One cast member accidentally left a prop on stage at this performance causing some bloopers and I was making everyone feel better about it backstage later BUT I NEVER ACTUALLY SAW ANY OF IT BECAUSE I WAS ONLY WATCHING STEPHEN SONDHEIM AT BE MORE CHILL"

by Anonymousreply 14203/15/2019

Someone showed me Stephen Karam's Grindr photo years ago and he was ripped. I was really amazed. It wasn't attractive, he looked like He-Man.

by Anonymousreply 14303/15/2019

I am r138

MILLWORKER by Jennifer Warnes

From a musical called WORKING. Eileen Brennan is the actress who plays the older millworker. I don't know the identity of the actress who plays the young mil...

by Anonymousreply 14403/15/2019

I am r138

Patti LaBelle "Working" Better copy

Let Peace Begin With Me https://youtu.be/igfVHYPZM2A pass this inspirational performance on, we need this now more than ever!! Welcome! These musical clips a...

by Anonymousreply 14503/15/2019

r112, I don't get your James Lapine reference re Brooks Ashmanskas. Can you please elaborate?

TIA!

by Anonymousreply 14603/15/2019

Perhaps Karam and Shanley would only sell the film rights to Rudin if they were allowed to direct?

And FWIW, I much preferred the film of Doubt to the stage play, even with Cherry Jones (who I found quite unbelievable).

by Anonymousreply 14703/15/2019

I didn't get that either, r146.

I can't imagine that Jen Tepper would lie on a public forum about seeing Sondheim, whereas a couple of anonymous teenyboppers........

by Anonymousreply 14803/15/2019

I can't imagine The Humans will add up to much on film. It didn't as play for me either.

by Anonymousreply 14903/15/2019

Is there a difference between Jen Tepper and a teenybopper?

by Anonymousreply 15003/15/2019

I also preferred the ambiguity of the stage version of "Doubt." And I also preferred Cherry Jones to Ms. Streep.

by Anonymousreply 15103/15/2019

R138, I didn’t leave the theatre with doubt; I was sure he did it.

There’s one line that only a guilty man would say

by Anonymousreply 15203/15/2019

Can there be any doubt that Rudin has people on here putting a positive spin on his productions?

by Anonymousreply 15303/15/2019

I worked on the film of Doubt. Most of us were baffled by the “opening up” of the play. We knew the subplot with the caucasian student and his parents (mom was played by Carrie Preston) didn’t work. We knew there was trouble when the DP Allen Davieu (who did ET) was fired a few weeks before shooting. Yes, I agree totally that PSH looked like an obvious pedophile. I heard that Patrick Wilson was considered for it-and he would have been great casting-but Rudin pushed hard for PSH. We found out at the wrap party from the script supervisor that PSH was playing it that yes, he was guilty of the previous child molesting allegations but he didn’t molest Donald, he was genuinely trying to help him in a way to atone for his crimes. The script supervisor turned out to be Kevin Spacey’s “fiancee” which is sort of ironic.

by Anonymousreply 15403/15/2019

[quote]I heard that Patrick Wilson was considered for it

I think his casting would have gone too much in the other direction, too angelic. Why would such a beautiful boy be a pedophile? My choice was Liam Neeson.

by Anonymousreply 15503/15/2019

[quote]Why would such a beautiful boy be a pedophile?

Amazingly stupid question.

by Anonymousreply 15603/15/2019

[quote]Why would such a beautiful boy be a pedophile? Amazingly stupid question.

You may think it's a stupid question, but that's the way many people think.

by Anonymousreply 15703/15/2019

Betty Hutton isn't nearly as good in that second Burke's Law clip as she is in the first one. She must have been out of her speed that day.

by Anonymousreply 15803/15/2019

Brooks didn't mention Nicky Martin, R108 because... he wasn't asked about anything associated with him? The interview focused on his Broadway career. Most of the work Brooks did with Martin was at Williamstown etc.

Yeah Brooks is an actor but he's been noticeably more subdued and less thirsty in his Prom-related press than he used to be even just a few years ago. Just an observation, not a complaint. I wonder if he's still with his longtime partner?

by Anonymousreply 15903/15/2019

Saw the pics of the Title of show reunion concert. Wow, has Hunter Bell become a fatty. Heidi Blickenstaff's thighs have never been fuller. Who would think that Jeff Bowen would wind up winning first in show for his looks?

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by Anonymousreply 16003/15/2019

Didn't even recognize Hunter Bell.

Personally think Heidi B. is one of those women who looks her prettiest with a little bit of weight on her.

by Anonymousreply 16103/15/2019

I can't think of anything the universe needs less than a "Title of Show" reunion concert. If everyone who saw it on Broadway came, they'd still have a half empty house. That crowd is so deluded about that show and its "impact and meaning." It's essentially artistic masturbation. Let's have a new rule: No more musicals about writing musicals! They BORE us.

by Anonymousreply 16203/15/2019

[quote]It's essentially artistic masturbation.

I would like to see Michael Berresse artistically masturbate.

by Anonymousreply 16303/15/2019

So will KMK be Kelli O's second Tony Award? Her only really competition would be Stephanie J. Block (overdue?) for the awful The Cher Show, or maybe Beth Leavel for The Prom, but she's already got one just like Kelli does.

by Anonymousreply 16403/15/2019

[quote]I've heard BE MORE CHILL is ghastly. From an adult, of course. "Just horrible" was the report back.

Was the adult named Upson by any chance?

by Anonymousreply 16503/15/2019

[quote]I saw the terrific Briadway revival in early 2000's with Craig Bierko.

Take it to the Briadway thread.

by Anonymousreply 16603/15/2019

Is there any gossip in the Briadway thread?

by Anonymousreply 16703/15/2019

[quote]So will KMK be Kelli O's second Tony Award? Her only really competition would be Stephanie J. Block (overdue?) for the awful The Cher Show, or maybe Beth Leavel for The Prom, but she's already got one just like Kelli does.

Is there a female lead in Hadestown? Is the girl in Bettlejuice a lead role? She’s supposedly very good.

by Anonymousreply 16803/15/2019

Can someone start a new Briadway sex thread? Thanks.

by Anonymousreply 16903/15/2019

Actress cast as Celie in UK production of The Color Purple has said on FB that “homosexuality is wrong.” Did I mention she’s playing Celie? What would Cynthia have to say about this?

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by Anonymousreply 17003/15/2019

[quote] Brooks didn't mention Nicky Martin, [R108] because... he wasn't asked about anything associated with him?

Hmm... Bennington, where Nicholas Martin was his teacher, Williamstown where Nicholas Martin was the artistic director, Present Laughter and She Stoops to Conquer-both directed by Nicholas Martin. Brooks talks about moving to NYC omitting the fact that he already had done the workshop production of Flaubert's Latest at Playwrights Horizons while still at school thanks to Nicholas Martin and had a ton of connections, thanks to Nicholas Martin.

Nicholas Martin was a huge part of his life. Yes, it is odd to have omitted him.

by Anonymousreply 17103/15/2019

Why start a Broadway sex thread? No one seems to know anything about anyone on Broadway having sex. It’s just post after post stating with, “Anyone know anything about... “

Boring!

by Anonymousreply 17203/15/2019

Didn't Brooks do the lead in SHE LOVES ME for Nicky?

by Anonymousreply 17303/15/2019

And why doesn’t the person who keeps asking for one just start one?

by Anonymousreply 17403/15/2019

R173, yes. And, Gods of Carnage. Soooooo believable as a parent.

by Anonymousreply 17503/15/2019

Sorry, for R173.

Brooks Ashmanskas as Georg in the musical "She Loves Me"

Song: "She Loves Me" Georg has just learned that Amalia loves him, though she does not know he is the one with whom she has been corresponding. He sings of h...

by Anonymousreply 17603/15/2019

I expect Kelli will win a second Tony for "Kiss Me, Kate." Even the reviews that were slightly mixed praised her to the hilt. Both the Times and the Washington Post reviews were glowing when talking about her.

by Anonymousreply 17703/15/2019

Besides being fat, Brooks doesn't read even remotely straight in that "She Loves Me" clip.

by Anonymousreply 17803/15/2019

He's huffing and puffing as hard as Sheridan Smith did in her clip from FUNNY GIRL

by Anonymousreply 17903/15/2019

Does the Kong puppet identify as female? She could take the Tony!

by Anonymousreply 18003/15/2019

Theater folks, I need some advice. I’m going to see Lion King in Toronto in July. There is an Orchestra seat 6 rows back center, or a Dress Circle seat front row center. Which should I purchase? Thanks for your expertise.

by Anonymousreply 18103/15/2019

The one that would be least likely to be surrounded by children R181.

by Anonymousreply 18203/15/2019

I normally like sitting up front, but sat about half way or 2/3 back in orchestra for Lion King. The opening number is the best part and you're probably better off in Dress Circle to be able to see the parade through the aisles better.

by Anonymousreply 18303/15/2019

I don't think it's weird that Brooks didn't bring up Nicolas Martin. He gets emotional when he talks about him. Even in that Show People video, you can see him start to well up a little while talking about his parents. Besides, when you're talking about your life and career in a 20-minute interview you can't squeeze in every single detail. He's mentioned Martin dozens of times over the year. Give the guy a break.

2014 OBA Awards: Off Broadway Hall of Fame - Nicholas Martin

Brooks Ashmanskas accepts the induction into the Off Broadway Hall of Fame on behalf of the late Nicholas Martin from Peter Breger, President of the Off Broa...

by Anonymousreply 18403/15/2019

I would imagine that the producers of "Gary" aren't doing this to turn a profit. Taylor Mac ain't exactly writing for the tourists.

Seeing it on Tuesday, will report back.

by Anonymousreply 18503/15/2019

Speaking of snarky Sondheim, I seem to recall he dissed Title of Show.

by Anonymousreply 18603/15/2019

I'll bet he didn't. He almost never does that unless the creators are dead.

But I'll bet he thought it.

by Anonymousreply 18703/15/2019

Tracie Bennett dried on a line tonight in the NT revival of FOLLIES in London. On the other hand the acting in that show gets better and better -- Joanna Riding truly a Sally for the ages. And Peter Forbes must be a near-definitive Buddy.

by Anonymousreply 18803/15/2019

Has Sondheim turned into one of those people who love everything?

by Anonymousreply 18903/15/2019

I don't think so, although god knows he's mellowed over the years. I think he just doesn't want to be discouraging to anyone.

Or maybe he actually liked the show?

by Anonymousreply 19003/15/2019

When Liza Minelli took over for Gwen Verdon in "Chicago" was Chita Rivera pissed that Liza took "My Own Best Friend" as a solo or was she glad she could go back to her dressing room, put her feet up and smoke a cigarette?

by Anonymousreply 19103/15/2019

[quote]Actress cast as Celie in UK production of The Color Purple has said on FB that “homosexuality is wrong.”

She's playing it in Birmingham, which is 90% Muslim. She's probably just trying to protect herself.

by Anonymousreply 19203/15/2019

How many of the kids in "Shakespeare High" did Kevin Spacey diddle?

Shakespeare High Trailer

At home, many of them face poverty, gangs, drugs, and a lack of role models, but in their high school drama programs, a diverse group of Southern California ...

by Anonymousreply 19303/15/2019

Is that as in "hey diddle diddle"??

by Anonymousreply 19403/15/2019

Spacey probably messed around with the kid that says, "I like to gang bang."

by Anonymousreply 19503/15/2019

Kevin Spacey could make his dramatic return back to Broadway as Mayor Shinn. August 2020 sounds like the right time for him to do his apology and reinvention tour.

by Anonymousreply 19603/15/2019

r125, what I heard is that as a good faith gesture, Rudin is allowing local productions of [italic]Mockingbird[/italic] to move forward, *but* they have to use the script to his version.

by Anonymousreply 19703/15/2019

R148 Jen Tepper is one of the producers, and Joe Iconis's BFF, so she has plenty of reasons to purposefully omit Sondheim leaving halfway through the show. I'd trust anonymous BWW posters over her any day.

by Anonymousreply 19803/15/2019

Jen Teper sure likes blue eyeshadow!

by Anonymousreply 19903/15/2019

The Humans is only retaining one member of the theater cast- Jane Houdyshell. I thought she was the weakest link and did not understand her casting, let alone her Tony award. The performance was nothing to write home about, and she was about 15 years too old for the role. She could have played the girls' grandmother. Also did not buy her and Reed Birney as a couple. Hell, she could have played his mother.

Amy Schumer is terrible casting for the older daughter, and Beanie Fieldstein simply cannot act. The only thing that makes sense is I'd believe she came out of Jane Houdyshell. They have matching sideburns. And they've changed the boyfriend from middle eastern to Asian. Steven Yeun was cast.

by Anonymousreply 20003/15/2019

Sex thread

by Anonymousreply 20103/15/2019

This is a gossip thread , you can technically post about chorus boys boning each other here.

by Anonymousreply 20203/15/2019

About Rudin/Mockingbird - apparently it's a contract thing:

[quote]At issue is a dispute between the Harper Lee Estate and the company – Dramatic Publishing – that sells rights to stage Sergel’s play. According to The Times, a 1969 contract between Harper Lee and Dramatic Publishing prevents productions of Sergel’s play “within 25 miles of cities that had a population of 150,000 or more in 1960 (the last census year before the agreement was signed) while a ‘first-class dramatic play’ based on the novel is playing in New York or on tour.

Scott Rudin Offers Community Theaters ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ After Controversy

UPDATE, with community theater responses After some community theaters were forced to cancel planned productions of a 1991 version of To Kill A Mockingbird following litigation threats by Broadway …

by Anonymousreply 20303/15/2019

I'm fairly certain Chita was the one who wanted to give Liza "My Own Best Friend." She felt like Liza didn't really have a number to showcase her voice (Roxie really isn't a tough sing and is basically in Carol Channing keys) so this song seemed like the best bet. Plus, maybe she was tired and was happy to have a little extra break.

by Anonymousreply 20403/15/2019

Beanie Feldstein is wonderful, you are an idiot.

by Anonymousreply 20503/15/2019

[quote]I'm fairly certain Chita was the one who wanted to give Liza "My Own Best Friend."

That contradicts every story I’ve ever read.

by Anonymousreply 20603/16/2019

You're becoming a pest, r201. If you want a sex thread, start one.

by Anonymousreply 20703/16/2019

Going back to Our Miss Brooks, why was he nominated for a Tony for Fame Becomes Me? I seems weird to be nominated for what was basically a comedy sketch review. It wasn't a particularly weak year either.

by Anonymousreply 20803/16/2019

[quote]Beanie Feldstein is wonderful, you are an idiot

Not in Hello Dolly, she wasn't. She was fat, loud, and unfunny. It was so much better when Mollie Grigsby took over.

by Anonymousreply 20903/16/2019

Hey, theater queens. Have nothing to masturbate to this evening? How about Follies?

Follies live at Kennedy Center (Revival Cast - Complete)

The complete video of the 2011 Kennedy Center's revival of "Follies", a Stephen Sondheim musical. Cast: Sally Durant Plummer: Bernadette Peters Phyllis Roger...

by Anonymousreply 21003/16/2019

Were Nicholas Martin and Our Miss Brooks fuck buddies? Is that's what's being implied here?

by Anonymousreply 21103/16/2019

I can't believe you bitches are sleeping on 4 Girls 4!

Maureen McGovern!

Lillias White!

Donna McKechnie!

And originally announced with Faith Prince, only to have her replaced by....none other than LINDA LAVIN.

I mean, this is made for the DL......

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by Anonymousreply 21203/16/2019

R211, yes, but I think there is more than that. After Nicholas Martin had his stroke, Brooks was often seen pushing NM in his wheelchair around the theater district. That seems to indicate something closer than mere fuck buddies.

by Anonymousreply 21303/16/2019

R212, why no Faith?

by Anonymousreply 21403/16/2019

R214 I wondered the same.

Maybe she realized she was playing a D+ list theater in Irvine, CA and said, "Oh, fuck this shit."

It's interesting they got Lavin in her place. I guess hiring a person who could actually sing was too far of a stretch?

by Anonymousreply 21503/16/2019

Please rise....

1961 Tony awards

1961 - 15th ANNUAL TONY AWARDS® Sunday, April 16, 1961 Waldorf-Astoria Grand Ballroom Broadcast on WCBS-TV Channel 2 in New York City

by Anonymousreply 21603/16/2019

Two DL favorites ; James Corden and Andrew Lloyd Webber - together at last.

Crosswalk the Musical: Andrew Lloyd Webber Classics - #LateLateLondon

James Corden returns to the London streets for a Crosswalk the Musical showcasing some of Andrew Lloyd Webber's most memorable compositions, including "Evita...

by Anonymousreply 21703/16/2019

As I recall, Brooks got great reviews for SHE LOVES ME, but that clip was horrendous. Was it from the show itself, or as part of a concert.

It wouldn't surprise me if Brooks and Nicky were fuck buddies. Nicky had many of them over the years; we were friends for a long time in the 80s. And isn't BA supposed to be super-hung? Nicky would have liked that. (Well, who wouldn't?)

by Anonymousreply 21803/16/2019
Betty Grable - Gwen Verdon - I Feel Like Dancing - Meet Me After The Show

This is a song and dance number performed by Betty Grable, Gwen Verdon and other cast members from the 1951 film, Meet Me After The Show. Choreography for th...

by Anonymousreply 21903/16/2019

Title of Show was fun but only belonged off Bway. It was only because of the constant pushing of it’s fans didn’t it make it to Bway, where it was, of course, a resounding flop.

I loved when Hunter Bell took off his shirt on stage and revealed a hot, hairy chest. Sad that he’s become a middle aged fatty.

Bell had a few tiny, tiny hollywood roles. Who knows what he (and the other three) are up to nowadays?

by Anonymousreply 22003/16/2019

I want to take my two nieces (aged 7 and 9) to a bway show. They’ve seen The Lion King and Wicked and loved them.

Would King Kong be too scary?

by Anonymousreply 22103/16/2019

[quote]One might not automatically think of the extravagantly comedic Brooks Ashmanskas (“Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me”) in the role of Georg, the mild-mannered, middle-manager hero of the story. But the thesp strikes the right tone of a less-than-dashing, doughy, buttoned-down man. Stunned at the prospects of what could be his last chance at love, he’s both thrilled at the possibility and guarded against disappointment.

[quote]Ashmanskas tamps down his natural flair for comic eruption, replacing it with a measured, sympathetic and charming perf that doesn’t overwhelm the ensemble chamber work. But when love finally comes for sure, Ashmanskas lets loose in the title song that allows his character — and the audience — to simply and grandly celebrate the joys of love, and of musical comedy.

by Anonymousreply 22203/16/2019

Heidi just did Freaky Friday.

by Anonymousreply 22303/16/2019

[quote]Maybe she realized she was playing a D+ list theater in Irvine, CA and said, "Oh, fuck this shit."

I'd kill for a D+ list theater in Irvine, CA

by Anonymousreply 22403/16/2019

Where was this production of She Loves Me with Brooks A? Who else was in it?

by Anonymousreply 22503/16/2019

Nicky Martin was mentored by Jack O'Brien who was mentored by Ellis Rabb.

by Anonymousreply 22603/16/2019

[quote] Beanie Fieldstein is wonderful, you are an idiot.

And you are blind and deaf. That braying cow was a monstrosity in Hello, Dolly.

by Anonymousreply 22703/16/2019

Thanks, r216! What a treat. And what a treasure trove of legends. And no thanking Jesus or their agents. Page, Booth, Newman, Tandy, Lillie, Burton, etc. etc. Who do we have now to compare?

Interesting that CAMELOT and MOLLY BROWN were dissed in the Best Musical category. Neither are great shows, but they can sure stand up to IRMA LA DOUCE for overall quality.

by Anonymousreply 22803/16/2019

R221, if you want to teach the girls about female empowerment at any cost and the idea that a woman's betrayal is fine as long as it benefits her, then go ahead. Otherwise stick to the female empowerment of the Disney shows.

by Anonymousreply 22903/16/2019

And Nicky and Ellis were the closest of friends.

by Anonymousreply 23003/16/2019

That production of She Loves Me was at Huntington, R225. Kate Baldwin and Dick Latessa were also in it. It was quite good and I thought Brooks actually worked well as a non-traditional Georg.

R208, I think Brooks was as surprised as anyone else about his Tony nom that year. But he was the best part about that awful show.

Nicky Martin was a surrogate father to Brooks. I don't think sex was a factor in that relationship, a phrase I imagine one rarely gets to say about Brooks... although he does seem to have mellowed out in the past decade.

by Anonymousreply 23103/16/2019

Here's an audience video of excerpts from Dolly in SF. Shit, Buckley is TERRIBLE. Her voice is gone. Although the video was taken in the balcony, it's interesting that so few people are standing for her after her bow.

Broadway Hello Dolly March 8,2019 Betty Buckley

by Anonymousreply 23203/16/2019

R221

King Kong is a flop. It will be too scary for you. Lion King and Wicked are both hits as well as spectacles appropriate for kids with an adequate attention span and good manners.

You should definitely take them to Frozen or Aladdin next. Frozen is especially close to being age appropriate for such young girls.

by Anonymousreply 23303/16/2019

I blame Beatlemania for all of these juke box musicals on Broadway.

It's better than A Chorus Line!

And the poor matinee lady in pearls, "Huh, It's really great" she said, as she tried to get her ears to stop ringing.

'Beatlemania' On Broadway Commercial (NYC, 1978)

"Playing to standing ovations across the country..." 'Beatlemania' musical commercial featuring performances at the Winter Garden Theatre on Broadway, New Yo...

by Anonymousreply 23403/16/2019

Nah. Beatlemania was a one-off phenomenon. The juke box musicals didn't really start in earnest until Smokey Joe's Cafe. Not that there hadn't been any before that but by 1995, the double whammy of the Brits taking over Broadway and the AIDS crisis wiping out a good number of composers and other artists who should have been the next wave of talent are what helped usher in the jukebox musical craze.

by Anonymousreply 23503/16/2019

[quote]The juke box musicals didn't really start in earnest until Smokey Joe's Cafe.

I beg to differ.

by Anonymousreply 23603/16/2019

Sheena Easton is a babe. (And if you want to watch the whole clip, things get awkward with her and Dave.)

Sheena Easton, David Letterman, and "Man of La Mancha," 1984 & 1992

1. August 15, 1984. Sheena Easton guests on Late Night. 2. August 16, 1984. Dave recites list of complaints from unnamed guest but who is clearly Easton. Lat...

by Anonymousreply 23703/16/2019

BEATLEMANIA didn't start the trend, but LENNON certainly should have ended it.

by Anonymousreply 23803/16/2019

Oops, start at 12:00 for the Broadway portion.

by Anonymousreply 23903/16/2019

Kelli will get a nomination but no win.

by Anonymousreply 24003/16/2019

Maybe I'm in the minority but I think there have been some good jukebox musicals. Jersey Boys for example.

by Anonymousreply 24103/16/2019

It could be debated, but I think Ain't Misbehaving was the first successful one.

by Anonymousreply 24203/16/2019

It doesn't matter which one started the pox; all that matters is that we reach the end of the infestation. Soon.

by Anonymousreply 24303/16/2019

Wow I'm a BB fan and that clip is painful ... I still don't get why she even did this. It's not like she needs money - she's got enough TV and movie work. Plus she has her horses and her mom ain't getting any younger. Rudin must be awfully persuasive (and equally desperate).

by Anonymousreply 24403/16/2019

The issue isn't jukebox musicals, they've been around forever. They used to be called "revues." The issue is uninspired ones. Summer was atrocious. Cher is only slightly better. Lennon had nice parts. Moving Out was effective. Baby It's You was also awful.

by Anonymousreply 24503/16/2019

I liked title of show. I saw it Off Broadway and a few times on Broadway. It was definitely representative of it's time. Social media was sort of new and they were very effective at bringing everyone along for the ride. I don't however know why they thought they could fill the Broadhurst for an Actors Fund reunion. Many title of show fans like me were priced out and not really interested. They kept slashing the donation amount on a papering website, tickets just didn't move. To their credit though for a bunch of nobodies in NY they all parlayed title of show into future work.

by Anonymousreply 24603/16/2019

To me personally, it felt like JERSEY BOYS was the one that inspired this recent trend of jukebox musicals. It was an international smash and won the Tony for Best Musical. Of course, producers wanted to emulate that success.

by Anonymousreply 24703/16/2019

^Jukebox musical *bios* I mean to add.

by Anonymousreply 24803/16/2019

Revues are not the same thing as jukebox "musicals." Revues like Side By Side By Sondheim and Closer Than Ever, etc., at least contain material written for the stage so there is inherent drama/story built in. Jukebox shows have music written for teenagers to listen to in their cars.

by Anonymousreply 24903/16/2019

Maybe Buckley wanted one more shot to do classic musical comedy on stage. Let's face it - there aren't many other roles she can take in the next decade or so. Maybe Madame Armfeldt in A Little Night Music? I'm sure she'd manage to make that a laugh free evening as well. There was someone on another thread who summed her up quite well. She can be charming and quite funny as herself and seems to be better on TV/film than she is on stage. I think the only reason she was ever a hit on stage was because of her huge Merman-esque voice. Now that her voice is all but gone completely, it really allows you to see what a non-entity she is on stage. She's never had much stage presence, which is odd since she's known as such a Broadway diva. Go see Bernadette, Patti, Chita, Liza, etc. on stage and they could literally just stand there all night and not speak and you'd still find them captivating. Betty never really had that.

by Anonymousreply 25003/16/2019

[quote]The Humans is only retaining one member of the theater cast- Jane Houdyshell. I thought she was the weakest link and did not understand her casting, let alone her Tony award. The performance was nothing to write home about, and she was about 15 years too old for the role. She could have played the girls' grandmother. Also did not buy her and Reed Birney as a couple. Hell, she could have played his mother.

Are you nearsighted or on drugs? Jane Houdyshell does NOT look old enough to be Reed Birney's mother. They look like they are roughly the same age, and in reality, she is almost exactly one year older than him. And they were both of appropriate age to play the young women's parents.

[quote]I'm fairly certain Chita was the one who wanted to give Liza "My Own Best Friend." She felt like Liza didn't really have a number to showcase her voice (Roxie really isn't a tough sing and is basically in Carol Channing keys) so this song seemed like the best bet. Plus, maybe she was tired and was happy to have a little extra break.

It's always been my understanding that "My Own Best Friend" was originally intended as a solo for Roxie but Verdon couldn't handle it alone, not with the shape her voice was in at that point.

[quote]I want to take my two nieces (aged 7 and 9) to a bway show. They’ve seen The Lion King and Wicked and loved them. Would King Kong be too scary?

Only if they'd be horrified by the godawful book, music and lyrics.

{quote]To me personally, it felt like JERSEY BOYS was the one that inspired this recent trend of jukebox musicals. It was an international smash and won the Tony for Best Musical. Of course, producers wanted to emulate that success.

I think the worldwide smash-hit piece of crap MAMMA MIA! can be credited (debited?) with inspiring the general trend of jukebox musicals, although JB may certainly have spurred the increased number of the more specific genre of bio musicals.

by Anonymousreply 25103/16/2019

"I think Ain't Misbehaving was the first successful one."

But that's because AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' had an idea in its head and was actually about something, unlike most silly jukebox shows that have come down the pike since then--they are the sum of their parts, no more, no less. Which, come to think of it, holds true for just about every new musical since then as well. Which is fine if all you want is a "what-you-see-is-what-you-get" kind of theatre and not a jot more. But if you're looking for metaphor...? Forget it.

by Anonymousreply 25203/16/2019

Of the Title of Show 4, Heidi has stayed busy with stage work. She was an excellent in the Encores Most Happy Fella. Susan has popped up in small roles on TV and in movies. Hunter has been busy eating. And Jeff is being fucked by Michael Berresse.

Jeff wins.

by Anonymousreply 25303/16/2019

Buckley's voice has always been rather steeley, even way back to the recordings of "1776" and "Promises, Promises". It has power, but it doesn't have warmth. Merman had warmth to her big voice and in her personality, plus a lot of New York street smarts and moxie, which was prized back then. I actually liked Buckley in the films "Carrie" and "Tender Mercies". I think she real pushes her voice too much on stage and comes off as a bit too much, even though its a fine instrument basically.

by Anonymousreply 25403/16/2019

Buckley does tend to fare better on film and TV. There's a warmth to her that's not present on stage. It's quite strange. She really isn't cut out for those big, brassy musical comedy dame roles. She was a lousy, charm-free Desiree in that BBC radio version of A Little Night Music; a cold and unfunny Mama Rose in Gypsy; and a slightly warmer, but still unfunny Dolly in Hello Dolly.

It's not unusual for big film and TV stars to star in a Broadway show and turn out to have zero stage presence, but for someone to be known as mostly a big Broadway performer and have zero stage presence, that's pretty odd. I guess you could say Buckley is mostly known for Eight is Enough or the original Carrie, though.

by Anonymousreply 25503/16/2019

I feel like I am not allowed to say this out loud (I am SO brave right now, I know) but I don’t get Hamilton. I love Broadway so I’ve actually worked hard at understanding it but I don’t get its success. I mean, it’s ok. I just do t understand why it is special.

by Anonymousreply 25603/16/2019

You're not the only one --but we don't pay for PR to get our viewpoint across.

by Anonymousreply 25703/16/2019

I actually loved Summer.

It was only then that I understood the appeal of jukebox musicals—they’re great only of you’re were a fan of the singer or group portrayed.

I saw Jersey Boys too but just didn’t care

by Anonymousreply 25803/16/2019

[quote]Who knows what he (and the other three) are up to nowadays?

Uh ... well, the TOS reunion concert last week, for one. There were several comments, and a picture, upthread.

by Anonymousreply 25903/16/2019

R256 CONGRATULATIONS. You have a brain. Be proud. It's very rare these days.

by Anonymousreply 26003/16/2019

Betty Grable really holds her own with Gwen Verdon as far as dancing goes in that clip. Was she otherwise known as a dancer? I was surprised at how adept she was, even in middle age like that.

by Anonymousreply 26103/16/2019

Betty was always a song and dance girl, r261. She was also very fond of Gwen. Gwen was Jack Cole's assistant and would teach Betty the routines.

Betty Grable - Gwen Verdon - No Talent Joe - Meet Me After The Show

This is a song and dance number performed by Betty Grable, Gwen Verdon and other cast members from the 1951 film, Meet Me After The Show. Choreography for th...

by Anonymousreply 26203/16/2019

Grable was basically a hoofer from the time she was a 14 year old Goldwyn Girl in 1930. There is a 1935 clip on YouTube of her tapping on her tip toes (one of the most brutally painful things a dancer can do). But her dance numbers at Fox are mostly uninspired (even those choreographed by Hermes Pan) and it was only when Jack Cole and his assistant Gwen Verdon came to the studio in 1950 did Grable have something interesting to do. Cole was a brutal taskmaster and Grable pointedly told him to 'Forget I'm the star. Be as tough on me as you would any gypsy." Cole and Verdon drove her hard in rehearsals and Grable loved it. Both Cole and Verdon adored her, and Grable was responsible for Verdon getting billing in the number in r219's post.

Fox being Fox, they reunited Grable, Cole and Verdon in the godawful THE FARMER TAKES A WIFE which as takes place in the 1850s-60s gives none of them any opportunity to really cut loose - the only bright spot (aside from some nice Arlen-Fields songs) is Grable and Verdon in pork-pie hats and jeans dancing on a riverboat with pie-plates on their feet and voguing in pseudo-'Indian' moves. Inexplicably the number has never turned up on YouTube.

by Anonymousreply 26303/16/2019

Hamilton is truly a work of genius—the fact that the script and the music came out of the head of one person is pretty amazing.

Can you imagine—the story of Hamilton told in hip hop rhymes?? Incredibly original idea

by Anonymousreply 26403/16/2019

[quote] And you are blind and deaf. That braying cow was a monstrosity in Hello, Dolly.

Excuse me, I'm offended.

by Anonymousreply 26503/16/2019

Moooo

by Anonymousreply 26603/16/2019

r246: very astute observation about [title of show]. Hunter is a doll. From what I can tell he he has pretty much stopped performing to concentrate on writing, so he's gone full bear. I love Heidi - she deserves to be a full-fledged Broadway star. It was great to see her in the Disney channel FREAKY FRIDAY.

by Anonymousreply 26703/16/2019

".....dancing with pie-plates on their feet....."

That gives me an idea!

by Anonymousreply 26803/16/2019

Jersey Boys is still running off-Broadway, in a national tour, a UK tour and in Australia.

$$$$$$$

by Anonymousreply 26903/16/2019

Mary Birdsong, Capathia Jenkins and Nicole Parker were all fabulous, as good if not better than Brooks Ashmanskas in Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me.

The weak link was Martin Short.

by Anonymousreply 27003/16/2019

Trash can lids!

It's always fair weather - Gene Kelly (trash can)

Gene Kelly tap dances with the lid of a trash can in It's Always Fair Weather (1955).

by Anonymousreply 27103/16/2019

I guess I just don’t find hip hop rhymes especially interesting. I think it is juvenile.

by Anonymousreply 27203/16/2019

it is juvenile

by Anonymousreply 27303/16/2019

How can Jersey Boys make any money off-Broadway? It’s not a big show, by Broadway standards, but by off-Broadway metrics, its breakeven must be massive, if not unreachable.

by Anonymousreply 27403/16/2019

[quote]r11 Guare once sold me his house seats to SIX DEGREES when I was in the cancellation line at Lincoln Center. Seemed very affable--he said, "It should be good, as Stockard is back in it." That's all I got.

A friend of mine when a young actress approached him reverently at a party, and said sincerely, "I am a HUGE fan of yours."

He smiled and said, "Well, you seem to be rather petite, to me!"

by Anonymousreply 27503/16/2019

[quote]r34 When did these theatre boards get so angry?

It's really just one troll. No one in their right mind really has objections to diversified casting.

Diane Weist had a black costar in her HEDDA GABLER. And that was all the way back in the 80s or something.

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by Anonymousreply 27603/16/2019

I had the biggest crush on Hunter Bell after Title I’d Show. I totally would have dated him. Is he single now?

by Anonymousreply 27703/16/2019

I’d say he’s double.

by Anonymousreply 27803/16/2019

R276 Oh jog on Mr Loon

by Anonymousreply 27903/16/2019

Just not getting all the Hunter Bell love but then I've never seen him perform.

by Anonymousreply 28003/16/2019

[quote]I want to take my two nieces (aged 7 and 9) to a bway show. They’ve seen The Lion King and Wicked and loved them.

Would King Kong be too scary?

Only to their developing sense of aesthetics.

by Anonymousreply 28103/16/2019

Bell was an otter when I saw him in that show. He was just so cute. When he ripped in his shirt to show off that beary chest, wow!

by Anonymousreply 28203/16/2019

I honestly don't think most people have any issues with colorblind casting. It's been done for a long time. I think people are sick of the idiots who'll post an announcement about a white actor getting cast in a role and Tweeting something like "Really? An actor of color couldn't have been cast in this role?" I mean, what's that going to accomplish? It seems like gross race baiting for no reason. And it's usually white people complaining about this the most to make them appear more woke. It's just plain tacky.

I understand if it's a role that's been historically played by actors of color, but when it's just like a random Marvel movie or a revival of Sweet Charity or something, who gives a fuck? Calm down. I'm not a big fan of this "we want change right this second and if we don't get it, we're going to make you look like a monster on Twitter" society we're living in. Not everything is racist or homophobic or transphobic or bigoted.

by Anonymousreply 28303/16/2019

[quote]It's really just one troll. No one in their right mind really has objections to diversified casting.

R276 you're oversimplifying the argument. It's not just one person. I'm one, too. I'm sure there are several here. There certainly are in my real life. We do not object to non-traditional casting, but we resent being forced to diversify every show for the sake of inclusion, regardless of talent. Why is traditional casting of a classic show such a bad thing?

Also, we see it as hypocritical when shows like HAMILTON and THE LION KING can have all/mostly black cast, especially the former, but God forbid someone wants to cast the MUSIC MAN or MY FAIR LADY as the creators intended.

by Anonymousreply 28403/16/2019

What say you, DL? Could Sally Kellerman been a good Phyllis in her day?

Sally Kellerman, Could I Leave You, Stephen Sondheim's "Follies"

Sally Kellerman performs a concert version of Stephen Sondheim's "Could I Leave You" from "Follies".

by Anonymousreply 28503/16/2019

Kellerman was too flaky for Phyll.

by Anonymousreply 28603/16/2019

Doesn't Heidi H make a nice penny from Book of Mormon despite never appearing in it on Broadway? (There's also a rumor that Bebe makes some % of grosses of Wicked, but I think that was a joke that spiraled out of control).

by Anonymousreply 28703/16/2019

That Sally Kellerman clip was better than I expected. She actually got some laughs out of the number. That's more than I've seen from a lot of other people who have sung the song or played the role.

by Anonymousreply 28803/16/2019

I think that blind casting is great but agree it needs to make sense for the piece. Just slapping a whole lot of people on a play for diversity's sake makes no sense.

It would never in a billion years happen, but years ago I saw a production of West Side Story where Maria was played by an actress that only a small number of people knew was an MTF trans woman. She was very, very good, and it got me thinking about how making Maria trans in the text could make the dramatic stakes bigger - but only if it were done very subtly, without changing much of the text.

by Anonymousreply 28903/16/2019

I'm tired of the productions that are turning roles into non-white just because of color blind casting. From now on, Stella in Follies will always be played by a black woman. For no other reason than they need a black woman in the cast.

by Anonymousreply 29003/16/2019

FFS no to a trans Maria. The piece is about a young girl from Puerto Rico falling in love with a young American man. Nothing else. Period.

by Anonymousreply 29103/16/2019

r291 And Moby Dick is just about a whale.

r291 is Matt the Loon and is just trying to derail this board. Shouldn't you go back to praying to Marilyn Monroe or watching Disney Movies or whatever other Loon-y things you do? Just leave this board alone.

by Anonymousreply 29203/16/2019

Sally wasn't terrible at R285.

But she's no ME.

by Anonymousreply 29303/16/2019

The Michael in the bathroom scene is Tony worthy

by Anonymousreply 29403/16/2019

Ok. Which one of you bitches is tormenting Broadway?

A mystery pooper is tormenting Broadway

A mystery pooper has turned Broadway into the Great Wipe Way, laying waste to audition rooms by using them as a personal potty — and revolting thespians.

by Anonymousreply 29503/16/2019

r274 it's scaled back pretty punily off Bway

by Anonymousreply 29603/16/2019

I saw "Gary" today and all I will say is thank God it's only 95 minutes.

by Anonymousreply 29703/16/2019

All I want to do is poop in an audition room.

by Anonymousreply 29803/16/2019

[quote]Doesn't Heidi H make a nice penny from Book of Mormon despite never appearing in it on Broadway?

I realize this may seem silly to some but I have always refused to see "Book of Mormon" because I've always felt that its creators, the two "South Park" guys, are really Rethug douchebags and I have no interest in giving my money to them. I admit the clips I've seen over the years have always looked interesting but not enough to make me change my mind.

by Anonymousreply 29903/16/2019

You're missing out for no good reason, R299. It's a super show from note one.

by Anonymousreply 30003/16/2019

Technically, they're "libertarians," R299. Or at least they were. And yes, huge douchebags, even if they claim to be super gay-friendly.

But insanely rich douchebags, thanks to South Park. Your ticket is like spit in the ocean.

What is this Heidi H story? Can someone provide details?

by Anonymousreply 30103/16/2019

[quote]r284 It's not just one person. I'm one, too. I'm sure there are several here. There certainly are in my real life. We do not object to non-traditional casting, but we resent being forced to diversify every show for the sake of inclusion.

You REALLY sit around with your friends offline and devote conversations to the "extremism" of minority performers being cast more?

That's simply pathetic.

by Anonymousreply 30203/16/2019

When literally 80 percent of breakdowns call for "diverse only" then yes, it is extremism.

by Anonymousreply 30303/16/2019

And by "your friends offline," I suspect we really mean all the screaming voices inside the racist poster's head.

Please go away, tiresome, racist loon(s). You make everyone and everything.... sad.

by Anonymousreply 30403/16/2019

Who is Heidi H? Do you mean Heidi Blickenstaff?

by Anonymousreply 30503/16/2019

Heidi Heidi Ho

by Anonymousreply 30603/16/2019

No, he means Heidi Ho

by Anonymousreply 30703/16/2019

Has anyone else watched the Tony ceremony in R216? I'm struck by the cryptolesbian intertextuality of it all. We have Mary Martin fake-pouting flirtily with Ms. Cyril Ritchard because the erstwhile Caption Hook didn't express his delight at discovering that Our Mary was really a "lady," not a little boy (Peter Pan)--he seems distinctly uncomfortable with the banter. Then, Best Costumes in a Musical is given to gay, dead Adrian for Cumalot and soft butch Julie Andrews accepts for him, remarking TST she wishes that night she were Janet Gaynor. "That could be arranged," Mrs. Halliday no doubt thought to herself. Imagine THAt after party!

by Anonymousreply 30803/16/2019

[quote]We see it as hypocritical when shows like HAMILTON and THE LION KING can have all/mostly black cast, especially the former, but God forbid someone wants to cast the MUSIC MAN or MY FAIR LADY as the creators intended.

It's overtly hypocritical when some people claim -- as some people do -- that color-blind casting is casting based on talent alone, regardless of race, yet they only accept color-blind casting in one direction and would (rightfully) never accept white performers in A RAISIN IN THE SUN or PORGY AND BESS or August Wilson's plays. Because the real reason for color-blind or diverse casting or whatever you want to call it is to give roles to people of color who for decades were denied work because roles were not written for people of their races and ethnicities, because those races and ethnicities were not part of the mainstream. Many people would say that's an excellent reason for casting people of color cast in roles that would only be played by whites if you're going to be historically realistic about it, others would say it's not a good reason at all. But whether it's a good reason or a bad reason, we all should at least be honest about it, because it IS the true reason.

by Anonymousreply 30903/16/2019

I'm going to shit in the Lion King lobby.....bahahahahahahahahahahaha

by Anonymousreply 31003/16/2019

Does any person here really believe that Taylor Mac 'N Cheese (heavy on the cheese) does the whole "judy is my pronoun" thing to make a serious point? I always thought he was being a smartass and poking fun at those who would write something like "Taylor is simply shifting the tables, so that people who are used to being in the norm have to experience their own fragility."

by Anonymousreply 31103/16/2019

I like to refer to myself as "Judy" at home in the company of some dear friends from the theatre.

What of it?

by Anonymousreply 31203/16/2019

I prefer to call myself Mary.

by Anonymousreply 31303/16/2019

r311 That's indeed exactly why he does it, and he has explained it in interviews. Taylor (has said) [judy] actually doesn't care what pronoun people call Taylor, but thinks its weird that people get so worked up over being asked to change a simple pronoun and these angered people always react by rolling their eyes. Taylors response was, well if they are going to roll their eyes anyway I might as well make them roll their eyes while saying JUDY! just so they look queer while doing it.

And it was me that typed Heidi H when I meant to type Heidi B. Heidi Blickenstaff gets royalties from Book of Mormon even though she never appeared in the show on Broadway. She was originally going to be the mom, but the part was reduced from a 2 song part to a no song part, and then she got injured right before the show opened so she dropped out entirely. Since she had a workshop contract she gets a %! I wouldn't be surprised if she never has to work again if she didn't want to.

by Anonymousreply 31403/16/2019

Thanks for the explanation, R314.

Heidi is old enough to play the Mom? Good lord.

Well, good for her for getting a piece of that fat pie.

by Anonymousreply 31503/16/2019

Just had a nightmare that the film version of Cats would actually be good. Even with JHud shrieking her way through “Memory” with those bug eyes of hers.

by Anonymousreply 31603/16/2019

Aaron Tveit's possible Tony win next season will not happen now that Hugh Michael Jackman has been announced to star in The Music Man.

by Anonymousreply 31703/16/2019

R317, hugh’s electric affability and long dedication and devotion to Broadway and its community will make it near-impossible for dour, scowling less-politically-connected Tveit to win the Tony away from him, especially when the entire audience will be comparing him and his co-star to Kidman and MacGregor. It’s the same thing that happened to him in Carch Me if You Can. It’s incredibly difficult and very undesirable to play the stage sloppy-second to a major movie star. You can never really measure up. You’re second, no matter how you look at it. Jackman’s predecessor has been deceased for more than a generation. DiCaprio and MacGregor are still alive and well and frankly, much more captivating.

by Anonymousreply 31803/16/2019

R318, add to that Tveit’s inevitable and already present chip on the shoulder, expecting to win and Hugh’s breezy nonchalance (he’s got two already) and people are just going to want to give Hugh a third. And in this troubling era of Trump the candy optimism of Music Man vs the depressing starkness of moulin rouge will make Hugh a welcome breath of joy and fresh air which he could handily ride to a big win. TV audiences will tune in to watch. Broadway should thank God for Hugh. And voters will thank Hugh for coming back to Broadway. He’s the most likable, bankable male star to grace Broadway in a generation.

by Anonymousreply 31903/16/2019

It's not racist to question out of control implicit exclusion of white actors for most casting done these days.

by Anonymousreply 32003/16/2019

R320, if that’s true, it’s Broadway’s loss. Truly.

by Anonymousreply 32103/16/2019

[quote] Aaron Tveit's possible Tony win next season will not happen now that Hugh Michael Jackman has been announced to star in The Music Man.

Hugh Jackman's Music Man opens in the 2020-2021 season. Aaron Tveit in Moulin Rouge! is the 2019-2020 season. They won't be competing against each other.

[quote] And it was me that typed Heidi H when I meant to type Heidi B. Heidi Blickenstaff gets royalties from Book of Mormon even though she never appeared in the show on Broadway. She was originally going to be the mom, but the part was reduced from a 2 song part to a no song part, and then she got injured right before the show opened so she dropped out entirely.

She wasn't injured. The part was eliminated during the final workshop prior to Broadway.

by Anonymousreply 32203/16/2019

I can’t remember Sondheim’s exact comment, but when Title of Show first appeared, he said something like he didn’t think too much of shows that were so self-referential. Not sure if that was the word he used, but I guess he meant a show that is basically about itself.

by Anonymousreply 32303/17/2019

If the part was eliminated during the final workshop, why do they still have to pay her every week? That doesn't seem right.

by Anonymousreply 32403/17/2019

[quote]people are just going to want to give Hugh a third.

Now hold on just a minute. Let's not go overboard.

by Anonymousreply 32503/17/2019

I'm into the close analyses of BB, but what's interesting is none of them mention Sunset, where she did actually give a really layered, psychologically rich performance that combined with her power belting of the songs ... that doesn't change the argument about her lack of humor or warmth but it does complicate the thesis that she has never been effective on stage

by Anonymousreply 32603/17/2019

Actually, it was Smokey Joe's Cafe which is responsible for the jukebox musical craze.

by Anonymousreply 32703/17/2019

r310 don't worry they'll think it was the elephant

by Anonymousreply 32803/17/2019

Tveit has a great voice and a lot of charisma but he and Olivo (who is wonderful in the role) have no chemistry.

by Anonymousreply 32903/17/2019

R329, She's also 7 years older than him and it shows.

by Anonymousreply 33003/17/2019

r314: Yes, thank you for that. That's great dish and I'm delighted for Heidi.

by Anonymousreply 33103/17/2019

What did Hugh get a Tony for besides "The Boy From Oz"?

by Anonymousreply 33203/17/2019

He won a Special Award in 2012 for reasons I can't remember. Probably for his one-man show.

by Anonymousreply 33303/17/2019

For those advocating for a white Harold Hill and an African American Marion, please give the following some thought. The Music Man is set in River City, Iowa, in 1912. That would be the same year that the following African Americans were lynched for the alleged rape of white women: 1/13/1912 Albert Hamilton 2/4/1912 Charlie Powell 4/24/1912 Henry Etheridge 10/5/1912 Babe Yarborough Tell me again why "representation" matters more than historical context? Don't you do the memories of those who were persecuted and murdered for inter-racial "crimes" an injustice by erasing the hate that existed and pretending that this was a perfect world where everyone just got along and didn't see skin color as an issue. Hopefully, in 2019, we have evolved from where we were at in 1912 but changing history to suit the social justice needs of theatrical casting may actually do more harm than good.

by Anonymousreply 33403/17/2019

I didn't realize that The Music Man doesn't open this coming October, but the following one. Is that right?

Wow! That's a long time away. Who knows what'll happen by then? No wonder they're not announcing a Marian or supporting cast now.

How stupid were the producers of King Kong to wait to open their Moulin Rouge next season so as not to compete with KK? As if KK was ever going to be Tony-worthy? Moulin Rouge would have swept every category this season except Best Score.

by Anonymousreply 33503/17/2019

Although perhaps Moulin Rouge would have lost Best Costume Design to Cher and Best Set Design to Beetlejuice.

by Anonymousreply 33603/17/2019

I can't believe people on here are saying white people are being excluded from casting when ONE role in a show is going to a POC (mostly a black person) and white people have and continue to prevent any kind of diversity in ANYTHING. Now THAT is fucking LOONEY. Haha. Wypipo got some deep, dark rooted issues man. Let me tell you. They want it ALL. R321 is really lamenting the loss of white people on Broadway. lmao. You can't make this stuff up.

by Anonymousreply 33703/17/2019

Has anyone seen Gary yet? I hear it's one big fart joke and has some dancing penises.

by Anonymousreply 33803/17/2019

And Aaron Tveit has no charisma. That's why he's not a star. How do you play Danny Zuko in Grease:Live and still only have 290k followers. haha. And that was three years ago! LAUGHABLE. He is a medicore talent at best. Not good looking either.

by Anonymousreply 33903/17/2019

They didn't put Kristin Neilson's name up in lights like they did for Andrea Martin before she left the show because of her accident.

by Anonymousreply 34003/17/2019

R340 If they did, let's hope they would have spelled it correctly (unlike you).

by Anonymousreply 34103/17/2019

Oops :)

by Anonymousreply 34203/17/2019

[quote]r318 It’s incredibly difficult and very undesirable to play sloppy-second to a major movie star.

Tell me about it.

Imgur

by Anonymousreply 34303/17/2019

Betty Buckley was also good in Triumph Of Love: a sort of serious role with singing opportunities, perfect for her.

by Anonymousreply 34403/17/2019

Anyone discussing race casting or loon or whatever are blocked. You are all incredibly tiresome and annoying. Shut the fuck up.

by Anonymousreply 34503/17/2019

Good point that Moulin Rouge probably would win Best Musical if it had opened this season. This year is very weak. The nominees will be The Prom, Hadestown, Tootsie, and one other. I would have said Ain’t Too Proud but it’s gotten lukewarm comments so the reviews maybe the same. Maybe Beetlejuice, possibly The Cher Show.

I think any of the first three could win.

by Anonymousreply 34603/17/2019

Just a month and a half until the nominations come out.

by Anonymousreply 34703/17/2019

Yeah, Aaron Tveit is definitely NOT good looking. Great point.

by Anonymousreply 34803/17/2019

R345 = The Tiresome Troll. It has been announced that she is blocking people! Everyone take heed. How about, if you can't take the heat then get out of the damn kitchen. This is grown folks conversation. R345 is the kinda person that runs away from a debate covering their ears. haha. Like a child. Grow up baby or maybe stay off social media. You're obviously too sensitive.

by Anonymousreply 34903/17/2019

[quote] Even with JHud shrieking her way through “Memory” with those bug eyes of hers.

Haven't you heard? Bug eyes are "in" this season!

by Anonymousreply 35003/17/2019

What happened to the shit after the guy (?) defecated at the audition? Is it being kept somewhere as evidence? Asking for a friend.

by Anonymousreply 35103/17/2019

[quote]For those advocating for a white Harold Hill and an African American Marion, please give the following some thought.

Please STFU. You are beyond tiresome.

by Anonymousreply 35203/17/2019
Starlight Express 1987 Tony Awards

Angela Lansbury introduces Starlight Express Tony Awards on the 1987 Tonys.

by Anonymousreply 35303/17/2019

Thanks, 353. I have never heard a note of 'starlight Express' before - now I know why. What a stinkeroo!

Hard to believe anyone took it seriously, even back in the empty-headed '80s.

by Anonymousreply 35403/17/2019

GARY will run because of Nathan Lane. I haven't seen it but whatever Lane does, there is an audience to watch it. Nathan Lane is one of the few bankable Broadway names. Also, I understand why Kristine would want to stay below the title and slide into that supporting Tony she has deserved for years.

I have a hunch the non tradiional casting troll is Leen Dweik

Btw, are there any really solid smaller to mid sized ny agencies anymore? Who are the really good small to mid size ones? Any insight? Some of the usual suspects seem to have fallen off in the past few years.

by Anonymousreply 35503/17/2019

Is the poop in the audition story from another thread? can't seem to find it. TIA

How is it GARY is allowed to have a chorus of men unbilled? They must be equity.

What is the followup on the Jeff L story from Chicago.

by Anonymousreply 35603/17/2019

[quote]. I haven't seen it but whatever Lane does, there is an audience to watch it.

There's simply no accounting for taste.

by Anonymousreply 35703/17/2019

Please don't engage the racist troll(s).

If you ignore her, she'll be forced to argue with herself, and the grownups can carry on in peace.

by Anonymousreply 35803/17/2019

Reading a bio of Gower Champion, and I was surprised to learn that Kaye Ballard had been offered the role of Rose in the first national tour of Gypsy. She turned it down to do Carnival. She would have been an interesting Rose.

by Anonymousreply 35903/17/2019

Kaye did play Rose later in Texas with Jack Cassidy and in California with Gavin MacLeod.

by Anonymousreply 36003/17/2019

[quote] How do you play Danny Zuko in Grease:Live and still only have 290k followers. haha. And that was three years ago! LAUGHABLE. He is a medicore talent at best.

r339 are followers a measure of talent? Is the number of McDonald's burgers sold a measure of quality? We're so fucked as a culture.

by Anonymousreply 36103/17/2019

[quote]I have a hunch the non tradiional casting troll is Leen Dweik

Leen Dweik IS Marian Paroo!

by Anonymousreply 36203/17/2019

[quote] Leen Dweik IS Marian Paroo!

Hilarious. A SJW production of "The Music PERSON"

by Anonymousreply 36303/17/2019

Or we could invited Glenda Jackson when she is finished with King Lear to do a mashup of 'The Music Man" with "The Music Lovers", but I don't think it'll be a pretty sight, as it was quite a bit too much back then. But she is in NY right now.

by Anonymousreply 36403/17/2019

Well Bobbi Adler already played Professor Carol Hill.

by Anonymousreply 36503/17/2019

Betty Buckley's best Broadway performance was definitely as either Norma in Sunset or Margaret in Carrie. Those tapped into her natural cold and humorless style and fit her voice like a glove. Even as great as she was in Sunset, there was an element of fun missing. For example, after "With One Luck", just about every other Norma I've seen would get a huge laugh with "Now, go!" Betty never did. She really doesn't have a funny bone in her body.

I know she goes to see a shrink and discusses all her roles with them and gets a psychological analysis of all the characters. I think this might take the fun out and make the performances so cold and clinical.

Some actors just can't do comedy. There are really wonderful dramatic actors who can't pull it off. It's one of those gifts you're just born with. I don't think you can learn how to be funny. I remember hearing some interview with her about Dolly and how she was so excited about how she'd be learning to be funny now that she's going to be surrounded by masters of comedy and I thought "oy! If only it were possible for it to rub off on you, Betty. If only."

by Anonymousreply 36603/17/2019

I hate social media for making it seem like there's some huge liberal conspiracy to make sure white actors never work again. There were - what - two casting calls that wanted a diverse cast and, all of a sudden, that means the evil ol' SJWs are taking over the great white way.

Yes, there are always going to be the idiots who'll Tweet shit like "Hugh Jackman as Harold Hill? Why couldn't it have gone to an actor of color? Broadway is racist!" Here's the thing - 5 people pay attention to them. No one gives a shit what their opinion is. Half of the time, they're people would wouldn't even go see the show or movie they're bitching about. They're doing it simply for attention and we need to stop giving them power or fearing that their wrath has the power to close a show or make a film bomb at the box office. They don't have that power. They're like the Westboro Baptist Church of the left and everyone knows they're nutty and should just be ignored.

by Anonymousreply 36703/17/2019

Hopefully Hugh doesn't try to sustain those long "Maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa-ri-an" in "Marian the Librian" with a vibrato, or the "Now in moonlight" etc. section of that song.. Or try to over-sing when he comes in on "Tiill There was You., and the few lines of "Goodnight, My Someone". Those are the main lyrical parts of Harold Hill's role. He'll be fine in the role, but he really thinks he's a much better singer than he is. It's more of an acting and dynamic presence kind of role with dance, so in those it should play to his strengths.

by Anonymousreply 36803/17/2019

"Now in the moonlight, a man could sing it", etc.

by Anonymousreply 36903/17/2019

r322 That's incorrect, at least according to both Blickenstaff and the production team. They had cut the second song before the last workshop, so it had been reduced to a non-singing role, but it was still a speaking part. Then, Heidi injured her calf and decided not to participate in the last workshop but the part had not been eliminated yet. It was in large part because she was absent that they decided to cut the role altogether based on mutual discussions (i.e. they weren't moving forward with her but they respectfully gave her an out).

The Bebe/Wicked rumor was that when they did the mock-ups for the Wicked poster art, the marketing team used Bebe Neuwirth's head shot to model the Wicked Witch's smile. I can actually believe this because if you look at Bebe's old head shots from the late nineties into the 2000's they do look amazingly like the wicked poster. When they decided to move forward with the whispering Glinda design, the marketing firm never went and changed the faces to try to match Kristin and Idina (they were finalized as the cast after the promo materials were already in development) and that's how they ended up with a Bebe Neuwirth smirk on the poster. There had been a rumor for years that Bebe got 0.01% of grosses or some silly random number. I think Bebe was only asked about the poster once in an interview and she gave a cryptic laugh as a response, but I can't imagine she's actually getting royalties for it.

by Anonymousreply 37003/17/2019

Do you think Rex Harrison, Julie Andrews and GB Shaw (or their estates) got royalties for their likenesses on the MFL Hirschfeld caricature that even now still appears on many graphic representations of the OBC? Do you think even Al Hirschfeld did?

Of course, Bebe got nothing for Wicked. That's absolutely ridiculous.

by Anonymousreply 37103/17/2019

From the second I saw the poster I knew the smile was Bebe’s. And the one in the West End poster seemed modeled on Lucy Lawless.

by Anonymousreply 37203/17/2019

Who is Jeff L from Chicago (upthread)?

by Anonymousreply 37303/17/2019

One other interesting piece of news from the Gower Champion book. In 1970 he was all set to direct a movie of I Do, I Do with Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. United Artists, the studio, pulled the plug at the last minute.

by Anonymousreply 37403/17/2019

People always complain about the fact that American audiences give standing ovations so often. But there is one good benefit of that. When they don’t stand, you know they’re very unhappy. Gary is the first show I’ve seen in quite a while that got no standing ovation.

by Anonymousreply 37503/17/2019

Champion did only one movie and it was a flop. I wonder how he would have been doing a major musical movie.

by Anonymousreply 37603/17/2019

Gower Champion directed MY SIX LOVES and BANK SHOT.

by Anonymousreply 37703/17/2019

That's odd about Ballard being offered the first national of Gypsy because Ethel was from the beginning signed to tour Gypsy after it closed on Broadway. And she toured it for for 9 or 10 months, playing all the big cities through most of 1961. Maybe Kaye was offered one of the strippers?

According to OVRTUR, the second national opened while Ethel's company was still playing. Mitzi Green played Rose and it played smaller venues. And there was a regional tour in 1962 starring Betty Hutton.

by Anonymousreply 37803/17/2019

R378, I thought Mary McCarty also did that first tour.

by Anonymousreply 37903/17/2019

Champion was a major stock player during MGM's late Golden Age of musicals so there's no reason to think he wasn't paying attention back then and couldn't have directed successful musical films if the world and tastes hadn't changed so much in the 1960s.

His Broadway stagings of Carnival and The Happy Time were actually praised for their "cinematic" quality (whatever that was).

by Anonymousreply 38003/17/2019

Who the fuck was Mitzi Green?

by Anonymousreply 38103/17/2019

I did a little more checking, and according to her Times obit, McCarty did a road company of Gypsy. So I started checking OVRTUR in more detail, and she's listed as replacing Green in the second company. Nobody's listed as replacing Merman in the first.

And Ballard played Rose in the summer of 1962 in Dallas with Jack Cassidy as Herbie!

by Anonymousreply 38203/17/2019

Ballard did Gypsy in '62? Wow! She'd have been one of the younger Roses.

by Anonymousreply 38303/17/2019

r375 Gary got a standing ovation when I saw it (but Lifespan of a Fact did not). That being said, I imagine most of the people who bought tickets for previews or before any reviews came out are in for a nasty shock for how deliberately... queer and inspired by satyr plays the show is. I imagine audience reception will warm and ticket sales will cool after the reviews come out.

I thought it was terrific, but don't see how anyone could have thought premiering this show on broadway was a good idea. They should have taken it to Edinburgh or a Shakespeare fest where it would have gotten raves and developed a cult following before trying to mount a commercial production.

by Anonymousreply 38403/17/2019

Thanks, r216 for posting the 1961 Tonys. What a treat!! And all done in less than an hour but then the acceptance speeches were insanely abrupt and perfunctory. Most everyone simply said "thank you" without even mentioning a producer, writer, director or co-star.

Amazing how many winners were not present to accept, even those with shows currently running, like Dick Van Dyke in Bye Bye Birdie. What was up with that?? And yet there were so many huge theater stars among the presenters and sub-accepters.

by Anonymousreply 38503/17/2019

r371 No, but there's a huge difference, the producers of the OBC recording likely just purchased the rights to that cartoon. The issue as it was raised with Neuwirth was that it wasn't "inspired" by Bebe, they actually used a photograph they didn't have the rights to and used it for the artwork, in which case they WOULD have to pay a legal fee. If you are confused about how image copyright works, you should look at the AP vs Shepard Fairey lawsuit.

The implication with Wicked was that somebody threatened to sue for use of a copyrighted image (Bebe's headshot) and instead of dealing with the lawsuit, the producers promised a percentage of grosses to Bebe and the photographer. I agree this likely NEVER HAPPENED. But your post is needlessly hostile given that you don't seem to really understand the story.

by Anonymousreply 38603/17/2019

r345, I really doubt anyone cares about being blocked by you--or anyone, for that matter. Stop being such a child.

by Anonymousreply 38703/17/2019

r373, since you didn't link to the post it's difficult to know what you're talking about, but "Jeff L from Chicago" might be Jeff Loeffelholz, the standby Mary Sunshine who allegedly committed suicide last year because Walter Bobbie and the MD were mean to him.

by Anonymousreply 38803/17/2019

That whole Jeff situation never really made an impact on Chicago's profits, did it?

by Anonymousreply 38903/17/2019

I don't think he sold a lot of tickets, no.

by Anonymousreply 39003/17/2019

I don't think it had much impact at all outside his group of friends (although I guess the MD left). And that blog was just stirring shit.

by Anonymousreply 39103/17/2019

Betty is the only one who seems to look matronly in all the Dolly costumes, way more than Bette or Bernie (Donna is younger and slimmer so she doesn't count), is it her posture or something?

by Anonymousreply 39203/17/2019

R361 No, it's not a measure of talent but he's still only mediocre at it. Very bland. But he still has yet to gain a solid following. He can't even do that based on looks or personality. The only ones still giving him an opportunity are the white sissy gays of the theatre. After playing Danny Zuko he should have been trending and his followers shot through the roof. He's skin and bones with thick nasio labial folds and he's getting older everyday. Put a fork in him, he's DONE. Forgettable.

by Anonymousreply 39303/17/2019

And the Loonacy continues. Now it’s on an anti-Tveit tear. Mental illness on this level is really appalling.

by Anonymousreply 39403/17/2019

r386, I'm sorry if my post came off as hostile. I was simply trying to make sense of the story which, it seems, even you agree was questionable.

In the case of AP vs Shepard Fairey (if I'm understanding it correctly), the artist of the Obama image was successfully sued by the original photographer. Not by Obama. So I'm not getting the correlation of how Bebe could have thought she was due any money. Perhaps if I saw an image of the original Wicked poster that was supposedly based on Bebe's photo, I'd get it.

But my initial point, using the MFL art work, was to show how actors' images are often used in the selling of theatrical productions without the actors getting any compensation just for the use of their image (and often even without their approval).

by Anonymousreply 39503/17/2019

[quote] I thought Mary McCarty also did that first tour.

I knew someone who was one of the girls on that tour. Mitzi Green was diagnosed with cancer fairly early on the tour, and had to leave it for treatment. That’s when Mary McCarty took over. Green live for seven more years, but Gypsy was her last major job.

by Anonymousreply 39603/17/2019

R394 yeah yeah yeah. Anyone who disagrees with your beliefs is *LUNACY. Is this kindergarten? Not liking Aaron Tveit = Mental illness. Riiiiight. Do you hear yourself?

by Anonymousreply 39703/17/2019

I thought r394 said

[quote]Now its on an anti-Teyve tear.

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by Anonymousreply 39803/17/2019

R395, I think the detail that you seem to miss is that Bebe Neuwirth was not involved with Wicked. Yes, producers can use and actors image to promote a play. I think they can even do it if the actor is no longer in the play (Ute Lemper was used in Chicago advertising long after she had left.) However, the issue with Wicked was the use of an actresses face, or a portion of it, when she was in no way connected to the show.

by Anonymousreply 39903/17/2019

Tveit is indeed the bland leading the bland ... nevertheless, r393, he's had more of a career than a zillion other chorusbois and standbys

by Anonymousreply 40003/17/2019

[quote]Not liking Aaron Tveit = Mental illness.

No, of course not. But carrying on about it over several posts, and trying to beat others into submission who don’t agree = classic Loon. Very reminiscent of the anti-Poppins, anti-Andrews garbage (inability to accept alternate opinions), which morphed into anti-Emily Blunt insanity when she took over as Poppins.

by Anonymousreply 40103/17/2019

Who's trying to beat others into submission? I was responding to someone. You just don't like it. Just stay out of it and/or add something of substance, other than name calling. And it was TWO posts. Nice try.

by Anonymousreply 40203/17/2019

I was right. You ARE the Loon.

by Anonymousreply 40303/17/2019

Here's the official Bway campaign art.

Do we see Bebe? Or not?

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by Anonymousreply 40403/17/2019

OCR cover.

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by Anonymousreply 40503/17/2019

It isn't like Bebe is the only woman in the world with lips.

by Anonymousreply 40603/17/2019

I posted both images.

R405 says "Bebe" more clearly to me.

I find this story fascinating as I've never heard it before. Was Bebe ever seriously considered for Elphaba? Wouldn't she have been a bit old for the part? Or did she just inspire the illustrator?

I might have based the witch on a younger Patti, but that's just me.

by Anonymousreply 40703/17/2019

R403 oh gosh. haha. Once again, you aren't saying anything but name calling. Use your brain. Use your words. You're like Amber Von Tussle. "Look everyone it's the loon! I was RIGHT". YUCK. I feel sorry for anyone who has to interact with you. Assuming you have friends, but I have strong feeling you don't. Sad.

by Anonymousreply 40803/17/2019

Recently saw The Ferryman— Wow! Such wonderful writing and acting. It will win Best Play

by Anonymousreply 40903/17/2019

BEBE'S A WHORE!

LOCK 'ER UP!

by Anonymousreply 41003/17/2019

12 year old Mitzi Green.......

Mitzi Green--Was That the Human Thing to Do, 1932

Child star Mitzi Green was beginning to grow up when she made this 1932 short at the age of 12. Though her movie career was ending, she bounced back five yea...

by Anonymousreply 41103/17/2019

This link has the best comparison:

Wicked Totally Looks Like Bebe Neuwirth

Cheezburger.com - Crafted from the finest Internets.

by Anonymousreply 41203/17/2019

Mitzi Green does a nice job with Mitzi Gaynor and cute Richard Allan in BLOODHOUNDS OF BROADWAY.

Dancer on Film on Twitter

“Mitzi Gaynor, Mitzi Green & Richard Allan performing "I've Got a Feelin' You're Foolin'" in BLOODHOUNDS OF BROADWAY (1952) dir. Harmon Jones https://t.co/JNhzhcPnHT”

by Anonymousreply 41303/17/2019

Mitzi Green also introduced "The Lady Is A Tramp" and "My Funny Valentine" in BABES IN ARMS (1937).

by Anonymousreply 41403/17/2019

"Where Or When," too.

by Anonymousreply 41503/17/2019

In this short-lived TV series from 1955, Mitzi Green and Virginia Gibson play Hollywood stunt women.....

So This is Hollywood, Mitzi Green, Victor Moore, Virginia Gibson, complete TV Episode

In this short-lived TV series from 1955, Mitzi Green and Virginia Gibson play Hollywood stunt women, joined by cohorts Jimmy Lydon and Gordon Jones. Guest-st...

by Anonymousreply 41603/17/2019

R382, I should think Jack Cassidy would be an odd choice to play Herbie. Too good looking and too good a singer, especially compared to Jack Klugman.

The following year, he would be on Broadway ideally cast in She Loves Me and winning a Tony.

by Anonymousreply 41703/17/2019

....also too slick for Herbie. Klugman had that lovable schlub thing going on ("Aw, Rose").

by Anonymousreply 41803/17/2019

Maybe Jack played Tulsa?

by Anonymousreply 41903/17/2019

Richard Allan was a hottie! He was a Fox contract player and appeared opposite Marilyn Monroe in Niagara as her illicit lover and also partnered Susan Hayward in the big title tune dance from With a Song in My Heart. You know, the dance where her bodice slipped down to reveal her left tit but they left it in anyway, thinking generations of gay men wouldn't catch it.

by Anonymousreply 42003/17/2019

The Elphaba in R405’s post looks like Lucy Lawless to me. Which seems like good subliminal advertising.

by Anonymousreply 42103/17/2019

I'm sorry. I'm still laughing at the suggestion that Bebe was ever attached as Elphaba in Wicked. Have you heard that bitch sing? Her Defying Gravity would have been a laugh riot. She's got a tiny range and even that can be unpleasant at times. Not that Menzel has the most beautiful voice in the world...

by Anonymousreply 42203/17/2019

Better than Mitzi Green, Mitzi Gaynor and Richard Allan's Got a Feelin' You're Foolin" is the original version in MGM's Broadway Melody of 1936 with handsome Robert Taylor, who acquits himself quite admirably.

I don't know who that blonde is but she's spectacular!

Broadway Melody of 1936 – Got A Feelin You're Fooling

Broadway Melody of 1936 – Got A Feelin You're Fooling Watch BROADWAY MELODY OF 1936 Now! ? http://bit.ly/2vR5eDy Click here to try the All New Warner Archive...

by Anonymousreply 42303/17/2019

I can't imagine how a legal case could ever be made for Bebe and her lips on the Wicked poster when only half of the face is seen, even if her lips are an exact match.

by Anonymousreply 42403/17/2019

r422 I'm sorry your reading comprehension is so poor that you don't understand that NOBODY has once claimed Bebe was attached to Wicked. You also probably think The original title for Anything Goes was Anyth Goes, but they changed in previews.

by Anonymousreply 42503/17/2019

June Knight, r423......

Movie Legends - June Knight

June Knight was an American Broadway and film actress during the 1930s..

by Anonymousreply 42603/17/2019

[quote][R382], I should think Jack Cassidy would be an odd choice to play Herbie.

Exactly, that's why I put an exclamation mark at the end of that sentence.

by Anonymousreply 42703/17/2019

[quote]r420 ...also partnered Susan Hayward in the big title tune dance from With a Song in My Heart.

Wasn't there an all male version, [italic]With a Cock in My Ass[/italic]

??

by Anonymousreply 42803/17/2019

R424, Andrew Rannells has said he never received a dime for being the figure on the Mormon poster.

by Anonymousreply 42903/17/2019
Susan Hayward - With A SongIn My Heart

Susan Hayward - With A Song In My Heart

by Anonymousreply 43003/17/2019

I love that number r423 . It's unusual that Fox would pick as fairly obscure MGM song to showcase in one of their much later musicals (though its it's much less weird than Fox using an instrumental version of "Over The Rainbow" in I WAKE UP SCREAMING (1942). The distinctive orchestration for the MGM number was done by Alfred Newman, who established the sound of Fox musicals from the 1930s on.

Thanks for bringing up June Knight, who I looked up on IMDB. She did only a few more films for MGM and retired in 1940.

by Anonymousreply 43103/17/2019

They eventually removed Rannells from the BOM artwork and commercials after a lot of unflattering discussion about the situation. It's a recurring conversation when original stars leave and they are still featured in promotions. And the famous MFL Hirschfeld poster was eventually modified to replace the faces of Harrison and Andrews with more generic faces for the replacement casts and national tour. I still have my souvenir program from the first national with the modified poster as its cover.

by Anonymousreply 43203/17/2019

You see, there can actually be some fairly interesting discussion on this thread (if not gossip) when posters behave and contribute smart thoughts. Please keep them coming and just ignore posts you don't find worthy.

by Anonymousreply 43303/17/2019

I find it interesting that Beautiful features Chilina Kennedy's face in its ad campaign now. How would that appeal to ticket buyers who don't know anything about the show? Wouldn't it be wiser to feature a 1970s photo of Carole King?

by Anonymousreply 43403/17/2019

[quote]r433 You see, there can actually be some fairly interesting discussion on this thread (if not gossip) when posters behave and contribute smart thoughts.

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by Anonymousreply 43503/17/2019

I've often wondered about original cast members pictures after they leave the show. The picture of the original Rent cast was up for years after they had all left.

by Anonymousreply 43603/17/2019

Expect Hugh's Marian to be announced soon, because the word seems to be getting around already (and has been mentioned here already, either in this thread or the previous one).

When you know who it is, you realize that the clue they gave (beloved musical theatre actress, missing from the Broadway stage in recent years) pretty much gives it away. Just remember, missing from the Broadway stage does not mean missing from New York altogether.

by Anonymousreply 43703/17/2019

[quote]beloved musical theatre actress, missing from the Broadway stage in recent years

Oh, God! It's not Audra McDonald, is it?

by Anonymousreply 43803/17/2019

Oh no. It's definitely Liza. That's going to be a disaster.

by Anonymousreply 43903/17/2019

R427 He'd be a much better Dainty June.

by Anonymousreply 44003/17/2019

June Knight's biggest stage credit was Cole Porter's "Jubilee," where she introduced "Begin the Beguine" and "Just One of Those Things."

She was supposed to do Mary Martin's part in "Leave it to Me," but didn't care for "My Heart Belongs to Daddy" and preferred "Most Gentlemen Don't Like Love," which had already been assigned to Sophie Tucker. By that point, she had a rich fiancé, so she moved on and left it to Mary.

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by Anonymousreply 44103/17/2019

The poster is kind of weird as hell.

PHOTO FLASHBACK: Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth Celebrate the Broadway Opening of Wicked | TheaterMania

Step back in time to October 30, 2003.

by Anonymousreply 44203/17/2019

R438 and 439, no. The person hasn't been on BROADWAY per se for just over five years, but that does not mean she hasn't been seen on an NY stage.

by Anonymousreply 44303/17/2019

Laura Bell Bundy?

by Anonymousreply 44403/17/2019

Sutton. Gross.

by Anonymousreply 44503/17/2019

Oh right, Audra's doing that stupid "Frankie & Johnny" revival, which she is completely miscast in.

by Anonymousreply 44603/17/2019

[quote]The person hasn't been on BROADWAY per se for just over five years, but that does not mean she hasn't been seen on an NY stage.

Lily Tomlin?

Christine Andreas?

Lea DeLaria?

Mario Cantone

by Anonymousreply 44703/17/2019

[quote]Sutton. Gross.

Sutton is not a soprano. Will they be using Carol Channing keys for her to sing My White Knight?

by Anonymousreply 44803/17/2019

It WILL be Rebecca Ferguson lip synching to Lorin Alred like in The Greatest Showman. Hugh is shooting another film with her this fall after his tour concludes.

by Anonymousreply 44903/17/2019

Kristen Bell would be interesting but she hasn't been on Broadway for over 15 years not just 5.

by Anonymousreply 45003/17/2019

Yes, it's true. It's Lea DeLaria. She's promised to lose twenty pounds.

by Anonymousreply 45103/17/2019

Kristine Chenoweth in the right keys this time?

by Anonymousreply 45203/17/2019

Kristin

by Anonymousreply 45303/17/2019

If it is five years, the only one who fits is Sutton. Chenoweth was on in 2015 and 2016. Audra was in 2017. Anything Goes was 2014. God help us.

by Anonymousreply 45403/17/2019

Chenoweth did a concert, in a Broadway house, for a limited run, so not necessarily fitting the definition given.

by Anonymousreply 45503/17/2019

20th Century was less than 4 years ago. The maths are not that difficult.

by Anonymousreply 45603/17/2019

Does Sutton have this secret soprano register we've never heard before? Although, these days, they'll change the keys for anything. See: Imelda Staunton in Follies.

by Anonymousreply 45703/17/2019

[quote]Don't you do the memories of those who were persecuted and murdered for inter-racial "crimes" an injustice by erasing the hate that existed and pretending that this was a perfect world where everyone just got along and didn't see skin color as an issue. Hopefully, in 2019, we have evolved from where we were at in 1912 but changing history to suit the social justice needs of theatrical casting may actually do more harm than good.

Oh dear. However will we come to terms with the fact that a. River City isn't a real city so this story couldn't possibly be real? b. people in 1912 Iowa weren't known to spontaneously burst out into song and dance?

[bold]WILLING SUSPENSION OF DISBELIEF[/bold], you sad, pathetic twat. If an audience in 2019 NYC can go along with it, so can you.

by Anonymousreply 45803/17/2019

Long thread at BWW is convinced it is Sutton. Some but not a lot of enthusiasm for Osnes. Osnes is not a favorite for me, but she is very good and would be appropriate . I happen to love Sutton but she is simply not a Marian for me. YMMV.

by Anonymousreply 45903/17/2019

The suspension of disbelief argument is always and only used in arguments supporting giving a (written) white role to an actor of color. Absolutely NEVER may you use it the other way around. That’s racist.

by Anonymousreply 46003/17/2019

I don't really have a problem with Sutton doing this.

Kristin Chenoweth - My White Knight

Kristin singing My White Knight in Meredith Willson's The Music Man. My White Knight My white knight, not a lancelot, nor an angel with wings; just someone t...

by Anonymousreply 46103/17/2019

I'm so sorry about you not getting cast in that all-white "Raisin in the Sun", R460. Perhaps your therapist can help you work through your unchecked white privilege.

by Anonymousreply 46203/17/2019

R459, It's Angela Lansbury.

by Anonymousreply 46303/17/2019

r458 - You seem to have missed the point, so let me type it for you REALLY S-L-O-W-L-Y. The culmination of THE MUSIC MAN is a scene where the town folk, who realize they have been duped by a con man, fan out over the town with the intention of lynching him, by tarring and feathering him. IT'S IN THE SCRIPT. Don't you feel it's a little ingenuous, then, to apply the willing suspension of disbelief just because folks are singing and dancing, but absolutely ignore that the town is trying to lynch a man who, for half the show, has been violating miscegenation laws?

Are you truly arguing that it's better to allow one actor-of-color to be cast against type in 2019 if that means you erase the historic of racism of the era? If that's your point, I guess we'll just have to agree to disagree ... you pathetic twat. Now go take your meds.

by Anonymousreply 46403/17/2019

In interviews about "My Heart Belongs to Daddy," Mary Martin often mentioned June Knight.

by Anonymousreply 46503/17/2019

It was a fucking concert, r464. You can relax, you have a white man coming in as HH soon.

by Anonymousreply 46603/17/2019

True, but what she mentioned was how much she enjoyed servicing her, r465.

by Anonymousreply 46703/17/2019

R467, That's my girl.

by Anonymousreply 46803/17/2019

[quote]Kristen Bell would be interesting but she hasn't been on Broadway for over 15 years not just 5.

Kristen Bell has a TV series. She can't commit to a long run on Broadway.

by Anonymousreply 46903/17/2019

[quote]BEBE'S A WHORE!

Them's fightin' words!

Dancer on Film on Twitter

“Bebe Daniels performing "Dixiana" in DIXIANA (1930) dir. Luther Reed/chgph. Pearl Eaton https://t.co/X8C0GBb3fS”

by Anonymousreply 47003/17/2019

Anyone who sees the breakdowns knows that the large majority of them, in all media, explicitly ask for all Ethnicities except Caucasian. Has been this way for a few years now. How is that okay? People are trying to survive but the SJWs would have white actors lie down and take it. It’s not even equitable.

by Anonymousreply 47103/17/2019

[quote]I'm so sorry about you not getting cast in that all-white "Raisin in the Sun", [R460]. Perhaps your therapist can help you work through your unchecked white privilege.

But I'm afraid there is no sort of doctor who could possibly help you work through your incredible stupidity and you complete inability to participate in an an intellectual argument, as you have no intellect. You racist idiot.

by Anonymousreply 47203/17/2019

But who will be Jacey Squires?

by Anonymousreply 47303/17/2019

BOMBSHELL!

THE HIT LIST!

by Anonymousreply 47403/17/2019

Lea DeLaria is indeed doing The Music Man, but she will be playing the Wells Fargo Wagon.

by Anonymousreply 47503/17/2019

Isn't it offensive that they do a commercial for the Wells Fargo company when they in modern times have screwed people by signing them up for all kinds of expensive and false accounts? It is a necessary number for the show for it shows Winthrop acting excited and gregarious, but shouldn't someone demand that the name of the company bringing goods to town be changed to something else that scans properly?

by Anonymousreply 47603/17/2019

That's said kind of jokingly, but hey, people do love to get offended by everything nowadays.

by Anonymousreply 47703/17/2019

Yes, as you keep reminding us, r477.

by Anonymousreply 47803/18/2019

[quote]Anything Goes was 2014

Anything Goes was 2011-2012. Sutton's gig in 2014 was Violet, first for Encores in the summer, then in the transfer to Broadway, which was her last appearance on a Broadway stage to date.

She did Sweet Charity two and a half years ago, but that was at the New Theatre, which is off-Broadway. So she completely fits the clues.

Well, and it's her, anyway.

by Anonymousreply 47903/18/2019

Should have been her last appearance on a broadway stage period. ugh.

by Anonymousreply 48003/18/2019

[quote]She was supposed to do Mary Martin's part in "Leave it to Me," but didn't care for "My Heart Belongs to Daddy" and preferred "Most Gentlemen Don't Like Love," which had already been assigned to Sophie Tucker.

Mary Martin claimed that Sophie Tucker had to explain to her why "My Heart Belongs to Daddy" is a raunchy song. Hard to believe that even (supposedly) wholesome Mary was that innocent. Then again, censors obviously didn't get it either, lol.

by Anonymousreply 48103/18/2019

You all can just dine on my fine finnan haddie.

by Anonymousreply 48203/18/2019

What about diddle on my skittle?

by Anonymousreply 48303/18/2019

R348, No, not good looking at all.

Image: Aaron Tveit | POPSUGAR Celebrity

Found on Google from popsugar.com

by Anonymousreply 48403/18/2019

^^^girl bye. Bye girl.

by Anonymousreply 48503/18/2019

Interesting that our racist or loon or silent majority feels outrage over casting a black Marian but not a charmless belter. There is no indication that any of these roles that the writers supposedly defined as white were cast that way except for the norms of the time. Does the King of Siam have to be cast as a bald Russian?

I can’t believe anyone would prefer to see Sutton Foster play Marian over Audra McDonald, but I guess the inability to suspend white privilege prevents enjoyment of a lot of great theater.

by Anonymousreply 48603/18/2019

486 - the inability to suspend disbelief has less to do with buzz words like "white privilege" and more to do with context. IT MAKES NO SENSE. The (yes fictional) town in Iowa sings an entire song at the beginning of the show ("Iowa Stubborn") in which they describe themselves as "contrary" "stubborn" and "never seeing eye-to-eye". Do these people sound like the kind of folks who are color-blind to race issues? This is the same state that racist congressman Steve King is from. So, when it comes to color-blind casting, does it matter? I argue in this case it does. Especially since the culmination of the show is the townfolk trying to lynch the con man. Where doesn't it matter? Seussical, Wicked, Spongebob, Willy Wonka, Cats -- fantasy universes where there IS no such thing as race. Or shows like Billy Elliott, Matilda, Once, Come From Away, The Prom, and dozens of other shows where the race of the characters, given historical context, are not somehow an element that is important to the plot. Bottom line: if you can't cast coclor blind without affecting meaning. So, no African-American Fiddler on the Roof, No Asian Purlie, No Caucasian Ain't Misbehavin'. Given elements of the show, color-blind casting would be not only ridiculous, it would be offensive.

by Anonymousreply 48703/18/2019

I thought one of the reasons there were two theater threads a couple of iterations ago was that one was taken over by the topic of color-blind casting and somebody started another just to get away from the topic, which many thought ruined the thread. Maybe this topic needs its own separate thread, or we will always have multiple theater threads going simultaneously.

by Anonymousreply 48803/18/2019

Thrilled about the news that Kevin James and our own Kristi Dawn will be heading out across the country in "The Band's Visit" national tour! A must see!

by Anonymousreply 48903/18/2019

Hugh Jackman IS Harold HIll! Lens Dunham IS Marian Paroo! Chelsea Handler IS Eulalie McKechnie Shinn! Reince Preibus IS Mayor Shinn!

by Anonymousreply 49003/18/2019

R488 No darl, the one poster who calls everyone a loon for not agreeing that every role should be black just needs to cool his jets and calm the fuck down.

by Anonymousreply 49103/18/2019

Thread 491, post 491

by Anonymousreply 49203/18/2019

I love seeing all this info and the photos of June Knight. I'm the poster who gave you the film clip of her number with Robert Taylor and I didn't know anything about her and wondered why she didn't become a bigger film star.

She had a funny face, not quite leading lady looks, but she sure rocked that number. And the production design and costumes there are glorious MGM magic.

by Anonymousreply 49303/18/2019

R 491, thanks, sweetie, you're a dear person.

by Anonymousreply 49403/18/2019

R487 nailed it. I’d add that in Shakespeare plays like A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Tempest color blind casting is fine but it isn’t in historical plays like Richard III and Henry V.

by Anonymousreply 49503/18/2019

Rosie would actually work as Sutton's mom ... it's just weird that this production is so far in the future

by Anonymousreply 49603/18/2019

I saw Merrily over the weekend. These guys are very inventive and work their asses off, and I didn't particularly mind that they weren't great singers. And there were some nice, high energy moments (Opening Doors was one) But they've taken far too many cuts, in both text and music. What's left is a kind of Cliff Notes version of the show. The score, which was all of a piece in earlier versions, now loses the common threads that formerly stitched all the music (and lyrics) together. I think that if Prince had used a Fiasco-style unit set with props all over the place, and had had the graduates come off the bleachers, find various props, and begin acting out Franklin's life beginning after "How did you get there from here.....?" the audience would have understood perfectly what was going on.

by Anonymousreply 49703/18/2019

Right, and Sutton was the sure bet for CALL ME MADAM, too. She can't sing it, and by 2020, she'll be too old for Marian. Scott Rudin is not a hack.

by Anonymousreply 49803/18/2019

Wut?? LuPone was doing CMM and then Company extended

by Anonymousreply 49903/18/2019

It was the children actors that ruined "Merrily". And the stupid t shirts and lack of set. I also have a vision of that show starting with the students "The Hills Of Tomorrow" on the bleachers going back in time and understood perfectly.

by Anonymousreply 50003/18/2019

Guys, Sutton Foster is not going to play Marion. Are you crazy? Why not cast her as Annie while we’re at it?

by Anonymousreply 50103/18/2019

Sutton would make a terrific Harold Hill in a gender-flipped Music Man. But nothing about her seems right for Marian.

by Anonymousreply 50203/18/2019

I doubt Scott Rudin is going to give Hugh Jackman a black Marian after the terrible pairing of Joshua Henry and Jessie Mueller in Carousel and Joshua Henry actually reads as someone who genuinely likes vagina whereas Hugh screams, well anyway... It'll probably be Sutton. I had also heard Laura Osnes. I'm sure Marcellus will be of color.

by Anonymousreply 50303/18/2019

An elder gay who saw the last Music Man told me that the issue with the Bierko revival was that the widow of Meredith Wilson wouldn't allow any changes to the script and that a lot of the interludes meant for when the set was being moved felt awkward. Thoughts? Also WHET Craig Bierko?

by Anonymousreply 50403/18/2019

Why did Bierko deliberately copy Robert Preston? He mimicked him so that heir recordings are virtually indistinguishable.

by Anonymousreply 50503/18/2019

R502 NO. No gender flipping. It's not historically accurate. No woman would have been in that position back then. But seriously, Sutton is just so bad and fraudulent in anything she does. I think she is unwatchable. I saw her in"Millie" and never again.

by Anonymousreply 50603/18/2019

I’d never actually advocate for a fully mounted gender-flipped production, but I think Sutton, with her mercenary show pony-quality, would be a hoot to watch do Hill’s numbers in concert. Broadway’s favorite All-American spinster Gavin Creel could sing Marian’s songs. I’d go!

by Anonymousreply 50703/18/2019

How is Gavin Creel a spinster? He’s my ideal! Begone!!

by Anonymousreply 50803/18/2019

Can't wait to hear Kristin C massacre "Omar Sharif".

by Anonymousreply 50903/18/2019

Bierko was supposed to play Trunchball in MATILDA after Bertie left. He did a couple of performances (and was reportedly awful) and then left the show citing some sort of injury. Chrises Hoch and Sieber took over and were both terrific. And Bierko just sort of disappeared.

by Anonymousreply 51003/18/2019

Craig Bierko was interviewed on Gilbert Gottfried's podcast, and got into some dish about The Music Man. He didn't discuss script changes and such, but he said he did have to audition for Rosemary Willson, Meredith's widow. He described her as being formidable.

by Anonymousreply 51103/18/2019

Bierko also imitated Harry Connick Jr in THOU SHALT NOT. He wasn’t bad, but the show had major issues.

by Anonymousreply 51203/18/2019

R495 How about a person of short stature in the history plays? Peter Dinklage did Richard III (who was not a dwarf, though he was physically disabled) and Linda Hunt played Saint Joan (not Shakespeare but still a history play).

by Anonymousreply 51303/18/2019

[quote] An elder gay who saw the last Music Man told me that the issue with the Bierko revival was that the widow of Meredith Wilson wouldn't allow any changes to the script and that a lot of the interludes meant for when the set was being moved felt awkward. Thoughts? Also WHET Craig Bierko?

I remember the 2000 revival actually incorporating several things from the movie screenplay - a few lines of dialogue ("Don't believe I dropped it.." "Try the Palmer House in Chicago."), and the "Gary Indiana" duet between Harold Hill and Mrs. Paroo.

But the problems of that production ran deeper. Bierko indeed sounded like he was doing Robert Preston line readings throughout. Luker sang beautifully, but was a little too placid. Stroman's choreography was very hard sell, without the easy charm and ingenuity of the Onna White choreography.

But Ben Brantley really got at something else that I thought was a real problem with that production: "Dressed in William Ivey Long's too-pretty period costumes, townspeople in the ensemble are a genial, easy-going lot, which is not at all what the show asks for. You don't get the sense of diverse idiosyncratic figures chafing against one another, which still comes across in the 1962 film version." I can't say it better than that. The humor dried up, and the production just played like a pastel-colored postcard, without all of the quirkiness that makes the show fly.

by Anonymousreply 51403/18/2019

[quote]but shouldn't someone demand that the name of the company bringing goods to town be changed to something else that scans properly?

Oh, the Uber Lyft cars are coming down the street....

by Anonymousreply 51503/18/2019

Why are so many doubting Laura Osnes' casting as Marian when she practically confirmed it on Twitter? Would she really be so foolish to put that out there if there was any doubt?

She's not my favorite but she's perfectly reasonable casting, was last seen on Broadway a couple of years ago in Bandstand (so there's been an absence of sorts) and could be described, I suppose, as a "beloved Broadway star." And she's sexy/pretty enough to make Hugh seem like he could be interested, unlike some I could name.

by Anonymousreply 51603/18/2019

Kristi Dawn

by Anonymousreply 51703/18/2019

Osnes is just as bad as Sutton but with a weaker voice. At least Sutton has energy. It's the Hugh jackman show anyway.

by Anonymousreply 51803/18/2019

Anne Hathaway would be a terrific name Marian.

by Anonymousreply 51903/18/2019

Laura Benanti

by Anonymousreply 52003/18/2019

Zaks is truly a great director for Music Man, and Warren C the right choreographer. Good on them.

by Anonymousreply 52103/18/2019

Whoever posted that info about Ovrtur, thank you so much. What a great research tool.

by Anonymousreply 52203/18/2019

[quote]Anne Hathaway would be a terrific name Marian.

She doesn't have the "yearning" that Marian needs. She's too brittle for Marian.

by Anonymousreply 52303/18/2019

Also not at all a singer...

by Anonymousreply 52403/18/2019

This song written for Tangled the Series and sung by Eden Espinosa is not even meta in how clearly it is about being Idina Menzel's standby replacement as Elphaba on broadway.

Just throwing it out there that the Disney Princess stuff has gotten THAT fixated on Wicked.

Rapunzel's Tangled Adventure - Waiting In The Wings SONG

Buy Rapunzel's Tangled Adventure On ITunes,Amazon & Google Play! ITunes Tangled Before Ever After: https://itunes.apple.com/no/movie/tangled-before-ever-afte...

by Anonymousreply 52503/18/2019

[quote]There is no indication that any of these roles that the writers supposedly defined as white were cast that way except for the norms of the time.

When you refer to "the norms of the time," do you mean the casting norms of Broadway in the 1950s? Or are you referring to what the ethnic makeup of a 1912 Iowa town would have been? Either way, as someone else noted above, a major point of THE MUSIC MAN is that the town is supposed to be a rigid, closed society that doesn't take well to outsiders. The mayor and the townspeople even look down on Tommy Djilas, who although he wasn't originally intended to be African-American, does have an "ethnic" last name and is supposed to be from the "wrong side of the tracks." These are the reasons why casting Harold Hill with a person of color really doesn't work in terms of the story.

[quote]Zaks is truly a great director for Music Man.

Not sure about that. He tends to have a very heavy hand with comic business, as in several moments in HELLO, DOLLY!

by Anonymousreply 52603/18/2019

Eden Espinoza was referred to as Idina Lite.

by Anonymousreply 52703/18/2019

Barbara Cook adored Hugh and will be playing Marian in a stunning return to the role

by Anonymousreply 52803/18/2019

Anne Hathaway showed that she had a beautiful soprano voice in "Carnival" some years ago at Encores. I think the take chosen for her performance (though it won an Oscar) in "Les Miz" was done probably after multiple takes because the director probably wanted her voice to sound tired and not at her best, for character purposes. Me, I'd prefer a really well-sung Fantine. But anyway, Anne would make a fine Marian if she were available and wanted to do it. It's actually an easier sing than Lilli in "Carnival".

by Anonymousreply 52903/18/2019

Laura Osnes is playing Marian. I am not sure why this is continuing to be discussed.

by Anonymousreply 53003/18/2019

Laura Noses would probably be fine, but I think Hathaway would be even better.

by Anonymousreply 53103/18/2019

Osnes, but Noses would make a fun meme.

by Anonymousreply 53203/18/2019

Why did Michael Crawford pull out of the 'All Stars' tv show? Any clues? Would have enjoyed him more than the chippie heiress

by Anonymousreply 53303/18/2019

I think Crawford has had a lot of health issues in recent years.

by Anonymousreply 53403/18/2019

[quote]Dressed in William Ivey Long's too-pretty period costumes

I think he means Stewart Laing's too pretty costumes from Titanic that WIL recycled for The Music Man. (Might have been a bit of Teddy and Alice in there as well.)

by Anonymousreply 53503/18/2019

[quote]LuPone was doing CMM and then Company extended

LuPone was never doing CMM. The “extension” of Company was planned from the beginning. She knew from the start how long she would be in England.

by Anonymousreply 53603/18/2019

Mary’s finnan haddie was only fine right after she bathed.

by Anonymousreply 53703/18/2019

[quote] LuPone was never doing CMM.

What's CMM?

by Anonymousreply 53803/18/2019

Call Me Madam at Encores

by Anonymousreply 53903/18/2019

I do think Hathaway gets flack due to her I Dreamed A Dream in Les Mis. Lest they forget it was one of the few moments in that movie that actually worked and she won that Oscar fair and square. She's a much better singer than that (as seen in Carnival). I'd love for her to finally make her big official Broadway musical debut, but I don't think it'll be The Music Man. I think she might actually be a great Rose in Gypsy one of these days.

by Anonymousreply 54003/18/2019

I’d be ok with Laura Noses in the role.

by Anonymousreply 54103/18/2019

[quote]Mary Martin claimed that Sophie Tucker had to explain to her why "My Heart Belongs to Daddy" is a raunchy song.

Actually, Sophie Tucker told Mary the exact lines to roll her eyes on (such as finnan haddie), but she mever explained what they meant. Martin claimed that she still didn’t kniw when she wrote her book at 60.

by Anonymousreply 54203/18/2019

I think Hathaway would make a terrific Margaret in LITP in the fullness of time. She also the rare sort of actress who could do Sally or Phyllis in Follies.

by Anonymousreply 54303/18/2019

Anne Hathaway wasn’t all that in Carnival. Her singing couldn’t hold a candle to Anna Maria Alberghetti’s. The myth that she has a hreat voice is ridiculous.

by Anonymousreply 54403/18/2019

OK, I'll bite.

Other than: fine finn and haddie = vagina, are there other double entendres in the song i should be aware of??

by Anonymousreply 54503/18/2019

Hathaway is not just disliked—she is despised by the general public

No one wants to see her in anything which is why she’s having career troubles

by Anonymousreply 54603/18/2019

"Though other dames/At football games/May have a strong undergraddy/I never dream of making the team/'Cause my heart...."

"My heart belongs to Daddy/'Cause my Daddy, he treats me so well/He treats it and treats it/And then he repeats it/Yes, Daddy, he treats it so well."

"So I simply warn you, laddie,/Tho' I simply hate to be frank/That I can't be mean to Daddy/'Cause my Da-da-da-Daddy might spank."

by Anonymousreply 54703/18/2019

Agree that Hathaway has a pretty but very thin voice. She can just barely maneuver the songs in CARNIVAL.

by Anonymousreply 54803/18/2019

[quote]fine finn and haddie

It’s not “Finn and haddie.” Finnan haddie is finnan haddock, a fish dish. Thus, “dine on my fine finnan haddie” = eat me out, munch my muff, chow down on my carpet.

by Anonymousreply 54903/18/2019

The lyric is actually “my daddy he treats it so well” not “treats me so well.”

by Anonymousreply 55003/18/2019

Everybody vote now.....

Carnival (Encores)- Highlights

by Anonymousreply 55103/18/2019

r550, sorry to disappoint you, but the "it" in the lyric refers to her heart, not her fine finnan haddie.

"But my heart belongs to daddy, 'cause my daddy he treats it so well"

by Anonymousreply 55203/18/2019

[quote]Peter Dinklage did Richard III (who was not a dwarf, though he was physically disabled) and Linda Hunt played Saint Joan (not Shakespeare but still a history play).

Could either of them handle Winthrop Paroo?

by Anonymousreply 55303/18/2019

So is the entire song about orally satisfying a young woman in a fur chubbie?

by Anonymousreply 55403/18/2019
My Heart Belongs To Daddy

Mary Martin became popular on Broadway and received attention in the national media singing "My Heart Belongs to Daddy". "Mary stopped the show with "My Hear...

by Anonymousreply 55503/18/2019
Kelli O'Hara Sings "So In Love" from KISS ME, KATE

In the constellation of musical comedy masterpieces, Kiss Me, Kate shines as perhaps Broadway's most sparkling achievement. Featuring music and lyrics by Col...

by Anonymousreply 55603/18/2019

Excuse me, r552, but I never said “treats it so well” refers to finnan haddie, I just pointed out that the lyric in the show, and which Martin sang on her three recordings of it, is “treats it so well” as opposed to “treats me so well” which is how it’s usually sung. Since the lyric occurs some time later,!of course it’s not referencing fish. “My heart belongs to daddy, cause my daddy he treats it so well.” Almost no one except Martin sang the tag “He treats it and treats it and then he repeats it ...”

by Anonymousreply 55703/18/2019

No, r554. It’s about a young woman who has a rich “daddy,” and she loves to flirt with other guys (or even put out), but her heart belongs to daddy.

by Anonymousreply 55803/18/2019

[quote]Deb Monk, post-stroke

Wait - are you saying that Deb Monk had a stroke??

by Anonymousreply 55903/18/2019

"Laura Osnes is playing Marian. I am not sure why this is continuing to be discussed."

BECAUSE DAMMIT THIS IS NOT THE PAPER MILL PLAYHOUSE AND WE DO NOT LIKE HER!!!!!!!

by Anonymousreply 56003/18/2019

BUT WE DO LIKE LAURA NOSES!!!

by Anonymousreply 56103/18/2019

Thanks for posting that clip, r556. She is pretty spectacular.

by Anonymousreply 56203/18/2019

Did somebody say eating out a gal in a fur coat?

My heart belongs to daddy - Cher - 1981

Actuación perteneciente a los Premios Tony de 1981

by Anonymousreply 56303/18/2019

When did Monk have a stroke-after she appeared in a recent episode of "New Amsterdam"?

by Anonymousreply 56403/18/2019

Damn, I was really hoping Deb Monk would play Marian.

Whoever plays it, I hope we'll be getting a Dream Miser Madison.

by Anonymousreply 56503/18/2019

Charlie Williams for Dream Miser Madison!

by Anonymousreply 56603/18/2019

[quote]Laura Osnes is playing Marian. I am not sure why this is continuing to be discussed."

Because she isn’t. The real Marian is already signed but they’re waiting to announce. They wanted the first announcement to be just Hugh. The second was the team. The third is just Marian. Since it’s a year and a half away, the rest of the cast won’t be announced so soon.

by Anonymousreply 56703/18/2019

That far out, it could still be O'Hara.

by Anonymousreply 56803/18/2019

Hugh will back out if "The Front Runner II" gets greenlighted.

by Anonymousreply 56903/18/2019

Has Hugh ever backed out of a Broadway show?

by Anonymousreply 57003/18/2019

No, but he's backed into chorus boys.

by Anonymousreply 57103/18/2019

Laura Noses for Marian! Laura Noses!!!!

by Anonymousreply 57203/18/2019

'Aura Noses!

She is the best!

I hope they get her for the Elphaba movie!

by Anonymousreply 57303/18/2019

R570, Yes, he backed out of Houdini.

by Anonymousreply 57403/18/2019

Hugh Jackman has stepped away from the upcoming Broadway musical “Houdini,” citing the scheduling demands of developing a new tuner as the cause of his departure from a project to which he’s been attached, both formally and informally, for several years now.

“I have greatly enjoyed the collaborative process on ‘Houdini,'” the actor said in a statement. “Ultimately, though, I wasn’t able to commit to the time this role will require. I have tremendous respect and admiration for the creative team and I wish everyone the best. I know they’re well on their way to making something extraordinary.

by Anonymousreply 57503/18/2019

And that was the end of Houdini. Stephen Schwartz backed out when Hugh did, and that was that.

by Anonymousreply 57603/18/2019

"The lyric is actually “my daddy he treats it so well” not “treats me so well.”"

Tell that to Robert Kimball.

by Anonymousreply 57703/18/2019

If Laura Osnes married Tommy Gnosis from Hedwig and hyphened her name, she would be known as Laura Gnosis Osnes

by Anonymousreply 57803/18/2019

Laura Noses isn’t nearly as funny as the person who keeps repeating it thinks it is.

by Anonymousreply 57903/18/2019

Check the script (it was published) and Kimball’s own Complete Lyrics of Cole Porter, r577. That’s the point of the tag

My heart belongs to Daddy

Cause Daddy he treats it so well

He treats it, and treats it

And then he repeats it

Yes Daddy he treats it so well.

by Anonymousreply 58003/18/2019

Laura Noses is absolutely funny. She’s one of our premiere commedians.

by Anonymousreply 58103/18/2019

Okay, enough. Really.

by Anonymousreply 58203/18/2019

Keep your opinions to YOURSELF!

by Anonymousreply 58303/18/2019

So Jeremy Jordan is going into Waitress? When did he become replacement cast?

by Anonymousreply 58403/18/2019

Since there are no jobs for actors and people need to pay their rent?

by Anonymousreply 58503/18/2019

Jeremy Jordan's career is being horribly managed.

First he does that worthless non-singing supporting role of the dumb cop in that cliched Kerry Washington play and now he's the 5th replacement in Waitress after fucking Joey McIntyre?? Awful choices. And no one is watching him in Supergirl on TV. He should have been Danny Zuko in the TV Grease and starred in a couple of new Broadway musicals after Newsies.

by Anonymousreply 58603/18/2019

Sophie Tucker didn't tell Mary to roll her eyes on the hot lines in Daddy.

She told her to look up to heaven and fold her hands together demurely.

by Anonymousreply 58703/18/2019

Considering that sweet Texan girl Mary got herself knocked up as a teen, in the early 30s no less, not knowing what the lyrics of My Heart Belongs to Daddy meant is pretty rich.

by Anonymousreply 58803/18/2019

My God, please! This is the most anyone has ever talked about that non-entity Laura Osnes. People like her are what's wrong with Broadway right now - reasonably talented, but forgettable as can be. I once knew a guy who tried to persuade me that she was Broadway's Meryl Streep. WTF?

Jeremy Jordan at least has a little girt here and there and is a bit more interesting than Aaron Tviet.

by Anonymousreply 58903/18/2019

Sutton has lots of energy. No talent but lots of energy.

by Anonymousreply 59003/18/2019

If you're going to diss Aaron, do him the minor courtesy please of spelling his surname correctly.

by Anonymousreply 59103/18/2019

Deb Monk had a stroke in "Thou Shalt Not," hence the Bierko comment being attributed to her. Duh. You ladies are disappointing.

by Anonymousreply 59203/18/2019

R591, it's not the poster's fault. He probably got drowsy just thinking about him and mistyped.

by Anonymousreply 59303/18/2019

[quote] Jeremy Jordan's career is being horribly managed. First he does that worthless non-singing supporting role of the dumb cop in that cliched Kerry Washington play and now he's the 5th replacement in Waitress after fucking Joey McIntyre?? Awful choices. And no one is watching him in Supergirl on TV. He should have been Danny Zuko in the TV Grease and starred in a couple of new Broadway musicals after Newsies.

I agree completely. He had huge momentum for a while and they've squandered it.

by Anonymousreply 59403/18/2019

I just don't understand how they are going to make it seem like Hugh has better chemistry with Laura Noses than he does with Telly Leung. The Shipoopi will sure be interesting.

by Anonymousreply 59503/18/2019

[quote]It’s not “Finn and haddie.” Finnan haddie is finnan haddock, a fish dish. Thus, “dine on my fine finnan haddie” = eat me out, munch my muff, chow down on my carpet.

Oh, yeah. Like Mom simply couldn't wrap her head around THAT lyric.

by Anonymousreply 59603/18/2019

Jeremy will probably bring some more biz to WAITRESS. All those little girls who adored him in NEWSIES have grown up and will flock to see him as the sensitive doctor.

by Anonymousreply 59703/18/2019

THIRD MIDNIGHT!

by Anonymousreply 59803/18/2019

"Check... Kimball’s own Complete Lyrics of Cole Porter, [R577]…"

Yup, got Kimball's tome right in front of me, r580, and right there on page 172, it says, "he treats ME so well/he treats it and treats it," etc

by Anonymousreply 59903/18/2019

Jeremy has a little some extra that a lot of these new Broadway bores don't have. I can actually see him sustaining a career after 40. A lot of the others ones - not so much. Then again, with the planes and busses filled with equally charisma-free wannabe musical theatre performers coming into town every day, who knows. This is just the new standard I suppose and, hopefully, it'll die out soon.

I'm sorry, but I'm not looking forward to the 2040 revival of Hello, Dolly starring that charismatic crackerjack Laura Osnes.

by Anonymousreply 60003/18/2019

Cole Porter always treated my vagina with respectful, almost pious distance.

by Anonymousreply 60103/18/2019

[quote]But I'm afraid there is no sort of doctor who could possibly help you work through your incredible stupidity and you complete inability to participate in an an intellectual argument, as you have no intellect. You racist idiot.

Thanks so much for confirming the "unchecked white privilege part", doll.

*smooches*

by Anonymousreply 60203/18/2019

Thanks for answering the question about Jackman and Houdini!

by Anonymousreply 60303/18/2019

Miss Otis regrets she's unable to lunch at the altar of the lady ham today.

by Anonymousreply 60403/18/2019

A dick a dick!

A dick a dick!

A dick a dick!

Get it?

by Anonymousreply 60503/18/2019

[quote]Actually, Sophie Tucker told Mary the exact lines to roll her eyes on (such as finnan haddie), but she mever explained what they meant. Martin claimed that she still didn’t kniw when she wrote her book at 60.

Incredible that anyone believes Martin didn't understand the true meaning of the song when she sang it originally. Obvious publicity hook, but total bullshit, I'm sure. I was about nine years old when I first heard Martin's recording of that song, because it was in my parents' record collection, and even at that age, although of course I didn't completely understand the song, I knew she wasn't singing about her father.

by Anonymousreply 60603/18/2019

Matt the Loon is the worst

by Anonymousreply 60703/18/2019
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