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THEATRE GOSSIP #351: "Gwen and Fosse Soon, TAKE ME OUT cumming next season, plus Patti LuPone to keep us COMPANY"

So much to look forward to. Gwen Verdon and Bob Fosse in "Fosse/Verdon" starts this Tuesday, and lots of penises in 3 nude scenes of TAKE ME OUT plus our big-voiced, opinionated and sometimes incomprehensible Patti LuPone diva to invite loads of comparisons to Elaine Stritch in one of Sondheim's more popular opuses, COMPANY. Like one of Gwen Verdon's songs said in NEW GIRL IN TOWN, 'It's Good to Be Alive".

by Anonymousreply 60004/19/2019

Hope there's some"Redhead" and "New Girl in Town" and Gwen' s"Can Can" opening night.

by Anonymousreply 104/07/2019

Wasn't Jussie auditioning for Take Me Out before the "assault"?

by Anonymousreply 204/07/2019

There was some OMG nude pic of him on one of the sites, if it's real...

by Anonymousreply 304/07/2019

Will Audra be naked in Frankie and Johnny? I sort of don't want to see that. I think of her as a good girl!!!

I saw the Falco/Tucci version. Did it always have that much nudity? Hard to picture F. Murray Abraham, Carol Kane, Bruce Weitz, Bonnie Franklin and Tony Musante being so naked onstage. Kathy Bates I believe since she was naked in films.

by Anonymousreply 404/07/2019

I saw Tony Musante's naked butt on Broadway in P.S. Your Cat Is Dead and quite a fine butt it was.

by Anonymousreply 504/07/2019

Ok, I'm super pissed. I started a #351 thread a few minutes ago. I swear to Christ I searched every possibility. I did Theatre Gossip #351, Theatre Gossip, Theatre Gossip 350. I clicked on all the boxes individually. Nothing came up. Why is this new search engine such a piece of shit? I don't care that I didn't start the thread, but it irritates me I'd rather just jump into the one that's going rather than start a new one (though I will say my title was better.)

by Anonymousreply 604/07/2019

Nice to see Patti winning another Olivier Award. Well deserved. Congratulations too to Johnny Bailey. Wonder if the show will transfer to Broadway.

by Anonymousreply 704/08/2019

R6 I hear you! Same shit happened to me on #350. The search engine is really awful.

It would be great if someone would start the new thread when the current thread gets to 585 or so and put a LINK in to the new thread instead of endless stupid and no longer at all funny "BAJOUR" jokes.

by Anonymousreply 804/08/2019

A friend of mine saw King Lear, said it was a mess. Not a fan of Daniel Fish either.

by Anonymousreply 904/08/2019

R4, I own the script for "Frankie and Johnny", remember that there's nudity in the stage directions, so I don't know what you mean by "that much nudity". The real burning question is, what did Stanley Tucci look like naked?" My mind reels at what he may have revealed.

Does anyone k ow if the Tucci/Falco version was recorded? Can it be viewed anywhere?

by Anonymousreply 1004/08/2019

i think in the original the nudity occurred in the dark whereas with Falco the lights were on. Tucci was only able to be seen frontally if you were in certin parts of the audience

by Anonymousreply 1104/08/2019

[quote]It would be great if someone would start the new thread when the current thread gets to 585 or so and put a LINK in to the new thread instead of endless stupid and no longer at all funny "BAJOUR" jokes.

It would be great if Matt the Loon didn't insist on killing threads by filling them up with BAJOUR references in an attempt to get people onto his new threads, you mean?

by Anonymousreply 1204/08/2019

The Tucci/Falco version is at the TOFT Collection at Lincoln Center. You see quite a bit of her; he's naked though from some of the camera angles I think it's a bit difficult to see frontal (maybe with stop function), but you see the rest of him for quite a while.

by Anonymousreply 1304/08/2019

So is "Love! Valour! Compasson" and "The Lisbon Traviata", the latter has John Slattery when he was still a brunette with a great yummy frontal nude scene.

by Anonymousreply 1404/08/2019

Frankie and Johnny gets revived way too often. It's just an okay play

by Anonymousreply 1504/08/2019

the search feature for "theatre gossip #351" brings up NOTHING

by Anonymousreply 1604/08/2019

And yet there are THREE 351 entries now.

by Anonymousreply 1704/08/2019

Only found this one. Gwen Verdon, Bob Fosse, full-nudity in Tony-winning baseball play, and Patti LuPone -- what's more DL than that?

by Anonymousreply 1804/08/2019

How much do you want to bet that Redhead and New Girl in Town get very little, if any time in FOSSE/VERDON?

I have a feeling this will not be a miniseries for true fans of Fosse and Verdon. Which is not to say that I'm expecting a documentary....but I can well-imagine everything will be quite dumbed down.

And rewatching All That Jazz would be more entertaining and educational.

by Anonymousreply 1904/08/2019

Since Fosse gets billing first, it's possible this is going to be more about his movie career with "Sweet Charity", 'Cabaret", "Lenny" and "All That Jazz", which by virtue of film, well-documented though here's the backstage story. But Gwen's shows and the atmosphere around them are more interesting since they were done during the Golden Age of Broadway. I hope there's some of that shown as well. Plus I'd love to see the scene of Gwen Verdon and Carol Haney in Hollywood, where they assisted Jack Cole and Gene Kelly, respectively, when they dubbed in the sounds of Gene Kelly's tap dance for "Singin' in the Rain".

by Anonymousreply 2004/08/2019

I'l be disappointed (but not surprised) if they don't include a scene of Gwen teaching MM Jack Cole's choreography for Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend though I don't remember seeing MM's name as a character among the cast on IMDB.

I'd link a set shot photo of Gwen and MM if I had the time. It's out there.

by Anonymousreply 2104/08/2019

Holy shit.

Part of the problem is the tendency to troll rush the end of a thread without creating a new one or adding a link -- but the last thread didn't end in Bajour/youtube spam.

But there you go.

by Anonymousreply 2204/08/2019

Why do I think Fosse/Verdon is going to be short on choreographed scenes and long on dramatic ones? (And if the dance scenes are hyper-edited into a thousand disjointed shots of arms, wrists, shoulders and knees I will throw my jazz shoes at the screen. Show the entire dancer doing the entire dance. It was good enough for Fred Astaire.)

by Anonymousreply 2304/08/2019

Didn't Gwen reveal many years ago at a Lincoln Center tribute to Jack Cole that he referred to Marilyn as"Bambi" and Jane as "Thumper".

by Anonymousreply 2404/08/2019
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by Anonymousreply 2504/08/2019
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by Anonymousreply 2604/08/2019

[quote] It would be great if Matt the Loon didn't insist on killing threads by filling them up with BAJOUR references in an attempt to get people onto his new threads, you mean?

Umm, no. The Bajour joke (as well as calling out other flop musicals) pre-dates Matt the Loon by years. Don't be quite such a huge idiot.

[quote] Part of the problem is the tendency to troll rush the end of a thread without creating a new one or adding a link -- but the last thread didn't end in Bajour/youtube spam.

We don't usually link before the thread ends (though when that does happen, it has been Matt a handful of times). The problem with multiple threads seems to directly correlate to the new search engine. So perhaps we need to start doing it going forward.

by Anonymousreply 2704/08/2019

Totally agree, r27.

by Anonymousreply 2804/08/2019

Oh - I see what you are saying. Even if there HAD been a link, people use the search engine rather than the watched function to pick up where the thread ended.

by Anonymousreply 2904/08/2019
Whatver Lola Wants

Bob Fosse being interviewed about his choreographing process

by Anonymousreply 3004/08/2019

Great to see another version of Gwen dancing that number, even though it’s the exact choreography used in the movie. Wonder why they didn’t finish the number. Too sexy for TV?

by Anonymousreply 3104/08/2019

Jeremy Jordan does “Losing My Mind.”’ Piano arrangement apparently inspired by the stylings of Betty Buckley.

Jeremy Jordan Will Break Your Heart With His Version of Sondheim's "Losing My Mind"

See more videos like this at http://www.theatermania.com/ Believe it or not, Jeremy Jordan had never heard Stephen Sondheim's song "Losing My Mind" before he...

by Anonymousreply 3204/08/2019

My god, that is just terrible.

by Anonymousreply 3304/08/2019
Gwen Verdon--Nursery Rhyme Dances, 1964 TV

Gwen Verdon performs a series of dances to popular nursery rhymes in this 1964 TV appearance.

by Anonymousreply 3404/08/2019

Always great to see Gwen!

by Anonymousreply 3504/08/2019

Jeremy, Jeremy, Jeremy... you're a talented young man, you've proven that you can work the stage, film, and TV. However, keep the "Losing My Mind" performance to the shower or the kitchen.

by Anonymousreply 3604/09/2019

Gwen's feeling groovy....

Gwen Verdon-Feeling Groovy

by Anonymousreply 3704/09/2019

I'm pretty sure I spotted eternal chorus boy Lee Roy Reams dancing with Gwen in that clip.

by Anonymousreply 3804/09/2019

Was Lee Roy ever one of the Ernie Flatt dancers?

Ernie Flatt | bolo

Ernie Flatt

by Anonymousreply 3904/09/2019
Ernie Flatt | Celebrety | Chita Rivera

Chita Rivera doing an Ernie Flatt dance

by Anonymousreply 4004/09/2019

Oh dear.....

Dancer. Choreographer. Gwen Verdon. Carol Burnett Show. Hurry On Down.

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by Anonymousreply 4104/09/2019

Oh, dearie one, she's adorbs!

by Anonymousreply 4204/09/2019

Here's a classic one, one of her showstoppers from "Redhead", "'Erbie Fitch's Twitch", choreographed by Bob Fosse. Beyond brilliant.

Gwen Verdon - Erbie Fitch's Twitch (1959)

Gwen Verdon performing Erbie Fitch's Twitch (1959) (from the broadway show RedHead)

by Anonymousreply 4304/09/2019

Lee Roy was a regular dancer on Burnett's show for a while in the '60s, so I assume he was one of the Ernie Flatt dancers.

by Anonymousreply 4404/09/2019

The lyrics to R43's clip! How does one learn them? Perform them? They're insane. Erbie Fitch's Twitch - I'll have to google the lyricist.

by Anonymousreply 4504/09/2019

Lyrics are by the wonderful Dorothy Fields.

by Anonymousreply 4604/09/2019
Dinah Shore & Gwen Verdon (comedy sketch) - "I Want to Be Happy" (1959)

Dinah Shore & Gwen Verdon performing a comedy sketch "I Want to Be Happy" (1959)

by Anonymousreply 4704/09/2019

Well now.

Sam Rockwell, Michelle Williams & More Hit a Starry Red Carpet for Fosse/Verdon Premiere

Broadway pals Andrew Rannells and The Prom's Brooks Ashmanskas take a photo.

by Anonymousreply 4804/09/2019

Even Betty Buckley knew better than to do a version of Losing My Mind with that arrangement. Kenny Werner would even shake his head in disgust and he is the PREMIERE fuck up of Sondheim arrangements

by Anonymousreply 4904/09/2019

I enjoyed Part 1 of FOSSE/VERDON, especially Michelle Williams' Gwen. The coming attractions look like fun, and it appears to go non-linear in terms of time and when things happen.

by Anonymousreply 5004/09/2019

I trust Ryan Murphy to adapt THE PROM about as much as I trusted Chris Columbus with RENT, but I guess this news is a good publicity boost for the show?

Ryan Murphy Sets Movie Adaptation of Broadway Musical 'The Prom' at Netflix

Murphy took center stage Tuesday night at New York's Longacre Theatre to host a charity performance of the show, ahead of which he revealed his intention to make a movie version of the musical.

by Anonymousreply 5104/10/2019

Ugh.

by Anonymousreply 5204/10/2019

I wonder why they had Gwen asking Bob Fosse if Liza could act when she hears that Liza has been cast in "Cabaret"? Liza already had an Oscar nomination for "Sterile Cuckoo" and had a Tony for "Flora the Red Menace" by that time.

by Anonymousreply 5304/10/2019

Reinking's name was not in the credits. Valerie Pettiford was credited for the choreography reproduction in "Mein Herr" which she did in "Fosse."

Best line so far: Fosse: Name one thing you did for me. Feuer: I'll name two things. I hired you and didn't fire you.

Another string in the long line of what a misunderstood pussycat Fosse was.

by Anonymousreply 5404/10/2019

I knew nothing about 'The Sterile cuckoo' so I googled it and came across this:

Both Pakula and Minnelli would go on to greater glory. Pakula's next film was the superb Klute, and he earned Oscar® nominations for directing All the President's Men and for his adapted screenplay for Sophie's Choice. Minnelli won her Oscar® for Cabaret (1972), and while her film career has not lived up to her early promise, she has become a legendary stage performer. Pakula later recalled working on The Sterile Cuckoo as "One of the happiest times of my life....mostly because of Liza. I've never seen anybody get more joy out of working, and it's contagious."

by Anonymousreply 5504/10/2019

A lot of Liza's joy came in powder form

by Anonymousreply 5604/10/2019

Liza has tons of infectious fun

by Anonymousreply 5704/10/2019

The original manic pixie dreamgirl!!

After Goldie Hawn, that is.

by Anonymousreply 5804/10/2019

Both Oscar winners

by Anonymousreply 5904/10/2019

So is Roman Polanski

by Anonymousreply 6004/10/2019

Yeah, so? What about Polanski?

by Anonymousreply 6104/10/2019

Another manic pixie?

by Anonymousreply 6204/10/2019

Is manic pixie in other words mean cokehead ? I’m from Kentucky and don’t understand such things.

by Anonymousreply 6304/10/2019

Lots of articles about Fosse and Verdon, including an in-depth analysis of "Who's Got the Pain?" at the NY Times. There's a short clip of Fosse and Tommy Rall, though I think if you see the whole clip from that non-Bernstein "My Sister Eileen" (the one with Betty Garrett and Janet Leigh) that Rall wins the dance duet over Fosse; he was the better dancer (though Fosse was quite good). Also, even though Fosse and Verdon are doing a lot of the same moves, Gwen's dancing draws the eye to her, as she just has the magnetism, technique and star quality.

by Anonymousreply 6404/11/2019
Ethel Merman Ridin High

by Anonymousreply 6504/11/2019

Ethel is kind of cute on the extra track from opening night of "Sweet Charity" on the CD where she's praising Verdon's performance, saying that in addition to her singing and acting that Gwen even does some dancing (or something to that effect).

by Anonymousreply 6604/11/2019

So who do we think will be nekid in the upcoming "Take Me Out"? Any reasonably well-known names?

by Anonymousreply 6704/12/2019

This thread has been awfully quiet. Is there another Theatre 351 thread that’s more active? I searched and couldn’t find one, but the search engine here has been wonky lately.

by Anonymousreply 6804/13/2019

Here you go, R68.

Theatre Gossip #351: Critics cain't say to new Oklahoma!

Leave it to Rex Reed to talk some sense about this misbegotten reboot...

by Anonymousreply 6904/13/2019

I fear that this three-thread situation. like Trump's presidency, is something from which we'll will never recover.

by Anonymousreply 7004/13/2019

Three threads to go with the third world status Trump is pushing on the country?

by Anonymousreply 7104/13/2019
Ethel Merman, Ireno, 1932 Film Short

Ethel Merman stars in the 1932 film short "Ireno," in which she sings "Shadows on the Wall" and "Wipe That Frown Right Off Your Face".

by Anonymousreply 7204/13/2019

Here's a clip of Ethel singing "High and Low" from 1936 film "Strike Me Pink" which is shot in an almost Expressionist manner. You'll also notice that Ethel had a very fine head voice which she shows off here and didn't feature too much later in her career.

Strike Me Pink (1936) -- (Movie Clip) High And Low

Nebbish Eddie Cantor in the crowd swooning over Ethel Merman, then 27 years old, her first scene, with a tune by Harold Arlen and Lew Brown, shot by Merrit Gerstad, from the Samuel Goldwyn production <B>Strike Me Pink</B>, 1936.

by Anonymousreply 7304/14/2019

Hw do you link threads?

by Anonymousreply 7404/14/2019

You don't, r74. You just let all but one thread die. This is one of the ones we're trying to let die. Please post here:

Theatre Gossip #351: Critics cain't say to new Oklahoma!

Leave it to Rex Reed to talk some sense about this misbegotten reboot...

by Anonymousreply 7504/14/2019

No -- what we need is for people to chill out and finish these threads rather than starting a new one.

by Anonymousreply 7604/14/2019

[quote] Tovey’s jug ears are all wrong for Nick.

Well, at least they match the jug ears on the elf they cast to play Honey. Jesus, I haven't seen a husband and wife look so much like brother and sister since Kirk & Louann Van Houten.

Laurie Metcalf, Eddie Izzard to Lead 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?' on Broadway

Russell Tovey and Patsy Ferran also will star in the revival of Edward Albee's blistering masterwork, produced by Scott Rudin and directed by Joe Mantello.

by Anonymousreply 7704/14/2019

r73: Thats one of the greatest musical numbers of the '30s. Staged by Robert Alton.

Alas, Merman didn't sing much Arlen.

by Anonymousreply 7804/14/2019

I saw VW with Colleen Dewhurst and Ben Gazzara in the late 1970s and was rather disappointed, though that might have had to do with my young age at the time.

But then having passed on the Kathleen Turner and the Tracy Letts VWs, I'm finally ready to see the upcoming version next season. Glad I waited as this cast actually excites me. Also, I was never much of a Roseanne fan so I know Laurie Metcalf more through her theater and indy film work so I've not had too much of her.....yet.

by Anonymousreply 7904/14/2019

There's a musical number that Merman did an early film, I think it was in Alexander's Ragtime Band, that was clearly copied in Funny Lady's It's Gonna Be a Great Day.

Does anyone know which number I mean?

by Anonymousreply 8004/14/2019

Yes, the number r73 linked is that number.

by Anonymousreply 8104/14/2019

Lazy Broadway endlessly producing A View From the Bridge, Virginia Woolf, Long Day's Journey and Gypsy over and over and over again.

by Anonymousreply 8204/14/2019

Is "Take Me Out" and its full frontal penises coming back to Broadway?

by Anonymousreply 8304/14/2019

It's in the title of the thread, so yes, it's been announced. Who will be cast? Anyone fairly well-known willing to shower on stage?

by Anonymousreply 8404/14/2019

As was reported a few weeks ago, Jussie Smollett did a reading (I believe the very night of his attack), so maybe....

by Anonymousreply 8504/14/2019

Alleged attack.

by Anonymousreply 8604/14/2019

It wasn't a staged read though, I don't think, so no nudity at that. I think there are some nudes of him so maybe he would have been open to it. Now, everything has changed for him, and for goodness sake (ok, DL for fuck's sake), why?

by Anonymousreply 8704/14/2019

Understood, r87. I thought it might mean he'll be cast, not that he did a table read nude. If he had any understanding of the play, he'd know nudity was in the mix.

by Anonymousreply 8804/14/2019

Besides David Cromer, I must be the only person who doesn't like Laurie Metcalf. She seems angry and humorless, like she couldn't have fun if you paid her.

I know she and Cromer didn't not get along at all when he directed her in Brighton Beach Memoirs and I'd love to hear details about what happened.

by Anonymousreply 8904/14/2019

She's very funny on "The Big Bang Theory" playing Sheldon Cooper's mother.

by Anonymousreply 9004/14/2019

I like Metcalf.

by Anonymousreply 9104/14/2019

I loved Metcalf on the HBO series Getting On. I recently did a rewatch of its three short seasons, and it's still painfully hilarious/hilariously painful.

by Anonymousreply 9204/14/2019

R89 you don't like her because of the way she seems?

by Anonymousreply 9304/14/2019

I posted this in the other thread as it was ending. She is an absolute delight.

Maria Karnilova Interviewed by Rian Keating, November 1984

The Tony winner reminiscences on her long career from being a charter member of American Ballet Theater to her storied Broadway career.

by Anonymousreply 9404/14/2019
MISS ANNE BANCROFT: A WOMAN PRESIDENT?

[PLEASE READ] “For you and me / Sex is not a job description.”—Neil Peart. The legendary actress (“The Miracle Worker”) gives an arch performance as the firs...

by Anonymousreply 9504/14/2019

I remember seeing Take Me Out during its original run.

What I remember most is, as soon as the nude showering started, a FURIOUS mother grabbed her pre-teen son and stalked up the aisle in a "Why, I've NEVER!" huff and exit.

The other thing I remember: The audience being lectured during intermission because a camera flash had gone off during the first act. We were told, "The cast is very, very upset about this outrage."

by Anonymousreply 9604/14/2019

Perhaps r84 we could reasonably expect Richard Madden and that twinkette he seems to be walking out with - it would allow them some “quality” time together in full public gaze.

by Anonymousreply 9704/14/2019

R96 reminded me of an "outrage" story that happened during the production of IN PRAISE OF LOVE. A melodrama loosely based on the story of actor Rex Harrison and his wife Kay Kendall, and written by Terrence Rattigan, it had a modest run on Broadway in the 70s. That was an era when lots of taboos were being broken, so many heretofore unpleasant topics were being addressed in Broadway shows. Well, unpleasant to some...

Apparently two older women sitting in the audience began to get upset with the topic of the play - not sure where it was going. They were talking between themselves, and being shushed by other members of the audience.

Finally, one of the women stood up from her center orchestra seats, pushed her way to the aisle, and then looked back to see if her friend was following her. To her friend, still seated, she screamed "It's CANCER, Dorothy!!! Come on!" They then proceeded to storm out of the theater, presumably to ask for a refund at the box office.

by Anonymousreply 9804/14/2019

R96 That mother with the son would have already sampled the goods, since there's already been a nude scene between Dominic Fumusa (at the Public) or David Eigenberg (Steve from "Sex and the City") and Daniel Sunjata in the locker room before the first shower scene (there are two).

by Anonymousreply 9904/14/2019

Yes, Jussie did a table read of Take Me Out. Yes, there are nude selfies of Jussie out there that show he is reasonably well hung and easily googled.

by Anonymousreply 10004/14/2019

I don't think anything in your is in dispute, r100.

by Anonymousreply 10104/14/2019

r94, thank you for posting that lovely interview with Maria Karnilova. I watched it in the earlier thread and loved it.

What a delightful woman she was! Very grounded and smart.

by Anonymousreply 10204/14/2019

R99 It was such a forgettable show, I have no recollection of the exact order of nudity.

by Anonymousreply 10304/14/2019

Indeed, r103. Much ado about not hung.

Loved the Karnilova interview, as well as the interviewer. Smart, informed questions. He has others posted on YT. Now if he only had asked her about The Kangaroo in Bravo,.Giovanni!

by Anonymousreply 10404/14/2019

16 Lesser-Known Rules Broadway Actors Have to Follow:

16 Lesser-Known Rules Broadway Actors Have To Follow

It's not as easy as we think, and most actors struggle immensely just to make a decent living being on Broadway.

by Anonymousreply 10504/14/2019

That has to be one of the stupidest articles I've read in a long time. I had to check and make sure it didn't come from Buzzfeed.

by Anonymousreply 10604/14/2019

They're mostly true.

by Anonymousreply 10704/14/2019

Except the part about families.

They have gotten a LOT better about letting working actors have families since 9/11.

It wasn't instantaneous but JLT left Urinetown to pop out a baby and then replace Chenoweth as Glinda while she was still breastfeeding. Also gay marriage is now legal even in touring companies that go to Texas.

by Anonymousreply 10804/15/2019

Is there a Theatre Gossip #352? I sure as hell can't find it. Once again, there was no link to it at the end of #351.

by Anonymousreply 10904/15/2019

This is because we had multiple #351 threads, r109. We've just moved from the closed 351 to this one rather than start a new one and continue this nonsense with multiple concurrent threads.

by Anonymousreply 11004/15/2019

Thanks, R110.

by Anonymousreply 11104/15/2019

To the twit on the other #351 thread who questioned my logic about Karen Ziemba winning over Eartha Kitt:

Numbskull, no one liked Wild Party. Ziemba was in the hit of the season. And you're the one who is mistaken, historically and currently, as to who was the obvious favorite for that award. It's your "logic" that is comically questionable, as is your feeble memory.

PS. And for the record, I LOVED Kitt in the show. And I'd have been happy had she won. But it was Ziemba's moment.

by Anonymousreply 11204/15/2019

R105, I guess ACL never heard about no mirrors onstage.

by Anonymousreply 11304/15/2019

R113 nor Phantom.

by Anonymousreply 11404/15/2019

Nor Follies.

by Anonymousreply 11504/15/2019

The Producers also had that huge mirror that came down from the rafters so that the audience could see the swastika formation during "Springtime for Hitler." And yet they devoted an entire song to theatrical superstitions.

by Anonymousreply 11604/15/2019

Will we see the Lens Dunham "Sweet Chairty" on Broadway next season?

by Anonymousreply 11704/15/2019

The original "Cabaret" had a large mirror reflecting the audience. It did pretty well. I never heard the superstition about mirrors on stage. I've heard a lot of the others though. There's also an antidote for some, like saying the name of the Scottish play or whistling backstage -- you leave the room, knock, enter and swear. (Some may have you spit and/or turn around a few times as well). But yes, theater people are very superstitious -- it's such a crazy and capricious business that you never really know who fortune will smile upon.

by Anonymousreply 11804/15/2019

Most theatrical superstitions are based on a truth, often involving stage safety.

Seamen were hired to work the flies in 19th century theater. As on ships, they communicated by whistling. If you whistled back stage, you could send a drop crashing to the floor, or at very least send a drop in at the wrong moment.

Mirrors reflect light and are difficult for the lighting designer. Also, until recently, there were no safety mirror; so they were dangerous if broken (Note: I never really believed this as mirrors were used on stage for numerous theatrical effects.)

Don't put a hat on a bed. Obviously, you may sit on it.

No real flowers. They wilt under the lights and the petals are slippery if stepped on.

by Anonymousreply 11904/15/2019

Laurence Olivier hated the Scottish play's superstition and enjoyed freaking out other actors by running around backstage while screaming, "Macbeth!" Another superstition says one can recite any line from "A Midnight Summer's Dream" as an antidote for overhearing mention of Macbeth.

by Anonymousreply 12004/15/2019
Bette Rogge interviews with Joey Heatherton and Karen Morrow.

Bette Rogge, '44, '77 interviews with Joey Heatherton and Karen Morrow. They starred in the Kenley Players production of "Can-Can" performed at Memorial Hall...

by Anonymousreply 12104/15/2019

R120 'Angels, and ministers of grace, defend us', from Hamlet

by Anonymousreply 12204/15/2019

Welcome to a show about death, is right - the death of Broadway or at least songwriting.

First Look | Beetlejuice The Musical

"The musical comedy escape Broadway needs right now." -iHeartRadio The ghost-with-the-most comes to life on stage in this hilarious new musical based on Tim ...

by Anonymousreply 12304/15/2019

[quote]"A Midnight Summer's Dream"

Oh, DEAR!

by Anonymousreply 12404/15/2019

While I don't think it needs to be staged at all, does Beetlejuice NEED to be a musical? The high points of the movie are Day-O and Jump In the Line, so just leave those in place and spend the rest of the producers' money on the sets and theatrical effects.

by Anonymousreply 12504/15/2019

r105 Most of those things are not "rules."' "Most actors are broke?" How is that a "rule?"

by Anonymousreply 12604/15/2019

Do properties like TOOTSIE and BEETLEJUICE get offered by producers to different writing teams and then "trickle down" the talent food chain?

TOOTSIE has David Yazbeck. He's very talented but not necessarily box office. I loved THE BAND'S VISIT but I wouldn't have thought he'd be the right fit for this material, at all. Doesn't sound like it's a good match.

BEETLEJUICE has... Eddie Perfect. (Who?) Who wrote KING KONG. And nothing else, apparently. You have to wonder about all the songwriters who passed on both those projects.

Or maybe the producers passed on songwriters. Does Stephen Sondheim have a KING KONG demo lying around?

by Anonymousreply 12704/15/2019

r127 Yazbeck wrote Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Full Monty, both musical comedies.

King Kong has been through several other songwriters in earlier incarnations that by all accounts sucked too

by Anonymousreply 12804/15/2019

R128, and DRS, FM, and TBV were adapted from films.

by Anonymousreply 12904/15/2019

I usually don't wring my hands over these movie to stage adaptations. Broadway has always been a mix of high and low culture, and there's room for the crass and blatantly commercial alongside the artful. There are 41 Broadway theatres and one can easily skip the things that are a tourist cash grab. But my god, that Beetlejuice trailer is incredibly depressing. Lots of money, talent and ingenuity behind it, but ... those songs are bottom of the barrel.

by Anonymousreply 13004/15/2019

It's getting brutal on the Broadway and producers are panicked! Betting right now is three shoo-ins for Best Musical: The Prom, Ain't Too Proud to Beg, and Hadestown. Who will get the fourth? Tootsie? Be More Chill? Beetlejuice? Cher? It's not an easy time to be Broadway musical producer. Place your bets!

by Anonymousreply 13104/15/2019

A chorus friend of mine (now deceased) says that one of the best choreographed numbers he ever saw was "Sunshine Girl" from NEW GIRL IN TOWN and that it was basically dancers walking. Wish I had seen it, plus all of the other dances from that show and REDHEAD that haven't been preserved.

by Anonymousreply 13204/15/2019

[quote]Betting right now is three shoo-ins for Best Musical: The Prom, Ain't Too Proud to Beg, and Hadestown.

The title of the show is AIN'T TOO PROUD (a really bad title) ,not AIN'T TOO PROUD TO BEG (even worse, far worse).

by Anonymousreply 13304/15/2019

Even if it gets middling reviews, I think Tootsie gets in from that list, R131. If there's a fifth nominee, I think it would be Cher Show, over the other two.

by Anonymousreply 13404/15/2019

Sunshine Girl

Sunshine Girl

Provided to YouTube by Sony Music Entertainment Sunshine Girl · Del Anderson · Mark Dawson · Eddie Phillips New Girl in Town (Original Broadway Cast Recordin...

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reprise

Sunshine Girl (Reprise)

Provided to YouTube by Sony Music Entertainment Sunshine Girl (Reprise) · New Girl in Town Ensemble New Girl in Town (Original Broadway Cast Recording) ? Ori...

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They really should give BE MORE CHILL a nom. Yes, I know--it's not a DL kind of show.

But it's not another movie adaptation (it's from a YA novel). It's not a jukebox musical. It's a completely original score, and a rather good one. And it's bringing in young, new audiences to see musicals on Broadway.

by Anonymousreply 13704/15/2019

HADESTOWN didn't get an Olivier nomination, Probably won't get a Tony nomination either.

by Anonymousreply 13804/15/2019

I would love to see Tootsie get snubbed and I hate myself for that

by Anonymousreply 13904/15/2019

Aren't all new musicals produced to bring young people to the theater?

by Anonymousreply 14004/15/2019

R132, I remember that number. It was the reprise of the song, for a set change after the big Check Apron Ball set, with chorus men sort of strutting and shambling across the stage before the traveler curtain.

Later, The Bum Won in Fiorello! was staged in similar fashion, but not as fanciful. There used to be a lot of these "in one" numbers in the old days when there was a lot of scenery that had to be moved around, drops let in, etc.

by Anonymousreply 14104/15/2019

R112 Actually, I think the predictions were that Deborah Yates (the Woman in Yellow in Part III) would win, because her dancing was so terrific. So, I think Ziemba was a mild, but pleasant surprise--she created an endearing and sweetly sad character in that section. I think people just weren't that into The Wild Party and Eartha Kitt, while a superb performer, was not so beloved as to warrant a career award. (I never saw the show, so may have been fabulous for all I know).

Contact was as close as KZ came to a Gwen Verdon kind of role (though not as starry as Verdon was). I like Ziemba a lot (and her dancing was something to see in "And the World Goes Round," especially her version of 'Arthur in the Afternoon"), but her career didn't take off after the Tony as one might have thought. She has been steadily employed and always a pleasure (IMO) to see, but never a true breakout role.

by Anonymousreply 14204/15/2019

Just to see LuPone have a volcanic eruption backstage I would totally tell “Good luck Macbeth” at her while I ran under a ladder with a smashed mirror

by Anonymousreply 14304/15/2019

I don't think you have to go to nearly those lengths to get a volcanic eruption from our Patti.

by Anonymousreply 14404/15/2019

Well my goodness, Julia & Easton were certainly no Kiley and Diener, were they?

LA MANCHA Raul Julia & Sheena Easton

Press reel from the 1992 Broadway revival of "Man of La Mancha," starring Raul Julia and Sheena Easton. This was the last Broadway revival of "La Mancha" tha...

by Anonymousreply 14504/15/2019

[quote]"A Midnight Summer's Dream"

[quote]Oh, DEAR!

Oh, fuck me. Should've taken that coffee break before posting. That's almost a Spoonerism.

by Anonymousreply 14604/15/2019

r144 she’s been really well behaved and adored in London. Must be New York gets her fired up.

by Anonymousreply 14704/15/2019

Ethel probably felt like doing this to Fifi.......

Funny Fifi Catfight

This is a clip from the public domain exploitation flick, "Delinquent Daughters" (1944). The movie's pretty bad, but it's memorable for this scene, if nothin...

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I've heard this, r147 (well, everybody's heard it) and I wonder if she's just treated with greater respect there...or at least that she doesn't have the same baggage in London that she carries here. My snide comment notwithstanding, I think she's swell.

by Anonymousreply 14904/15/2019

Oh nooooo. Georgia Engel has died at 70. They don't know the cause yet because she was a Christian Scientist and didn't go to doctors.

Georgia Engel, Gentle-Voiced ‘Mary Tyler Moore’ Actress, Is Dead at 70

After gaining fame as the blustery newsman Ted Baxter’s love interest, Ms. Engel went on to “Everybody Loves Raymond” and more.

by Anonymousreply 15004/15/2019

[quote]They don't know the cause yet because she was a Christian Scientist and didn't go to doctors.

Cause: Being a Christian Scientist.

by Anonymousreply 15104/15/2019

This 351 has a lousy title. We should have gone straight to 352,

by Anonymousreply 15204/15/2019

Oh, it got quite a few likes.

by Anonymousreply 15304/15/2019

I can't believe Georgia Engel was only 70; it seems she's been around forever, but she clearly started young. R.I.P. -- and thanks for the smiles.

by Anonymousreply 15404/15/2019

A friend of mine knew her from when she used to live on Governor's Island in NYC when both their dads were in the Coast Guard; she said that Georgia was the sweetest thing back then as well. She was Minnie Fay to Merman's Dolly on Broadway. So sad to hear of her passing, plus she was working quite a lot in recent years -- a recurring role on "Everybody Loves Raymond" and lots of theater. RIP

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[quote]at least that she doesn't have the same baggage in London

I would think Patti's biggest baggage of all was her firing from Sunset Boulevard, which occurred in London.

But it's true, she's not adored by her co-workers in the US the way she apparently was during "Company." (But not, as we all know, during Les Mis).

by Anonymousreply 15704/15/2019

R156 That's the tragically short-lived and wonderful film Barnaby, Danny Lockin to the left of Georgia, and it looks like Cornelius with the glasses is Merman friend Russell Nype. Not sure who the Horace or Irene Molloy are though. Georgia was so cute!

by Anonymousreply 15804/15/2019

Georgia's death leaves Ed Asner and Betty White as the last core members of The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Asner is 89, White is 97 and I bet she outlives him.

by Anonymousreply 15904/15/2019

Gavin McCleod, Cloris Leachman and Lisa Gerritsen are still around, too, as well as Valerie Harper.

by Anonymousreply 16004/15/2019

Wow, you goofed, r159! Did you think those other three were dead?

John Amos is still alive, too. He played "Gordy" on multiple episodes.

by Anonymousreply 16104/15/2019

Wow, I saw that Ethel Merman HELLO DOLLY production. Had no idea that the Minnie Fay would turn out to be the MTM Georgia Engel, whom I adored. FYI, Merman's eating scene in Act II was probably the best version of that comic bit that I've ever seen. Who knew that Merman was such a good comedian?

by Anonymousreply 16204/15/2019

Buck would have never forgotten my undead costars!

by Anonymousreply 16304/15/2019

It might be Beth who's down there, but MTM is an angel, along with the new Engel, who always was one.

by Anonymousreply 16404/15/2019

I saw Georgia Engel play deaf movie star Corinna Stroller in House of Blue Leaves way back when. (I think she may have usually played a smaller part as one of the nuns and was an understudy for this larger role.) She was hilarious and heartbreaking. Rest her soul.

by Anonymousreply 16504/15/2019

We were talking about Alfred Drake in the other thread before it closed and several people pointed out that he was Rodgers' and Hammerstein's first choice to play the King in The King and I. He actually did play the part in the original production for about two months in 1953 when Brynner took an extended vacation. He didn't shave his head.

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I just read that Patricia Clarkson was a replacement Corinna in the '86 Blue Leaves.

by Anonymousreply 16704/15/2019

Drake and Roberta Peters do "Carousel".

Carousel stars Alfred Drake and Roberta Peters (1962) Side 2

This dream version of Carousel starred Alfred Drake as Billy, Roberta Peters as Julie, Lee Venora as Carrie, Jon Crain as Enoch, Claramae Turner (repeating h...

by Anonymousreply 16804/15/2019

Lee Venora sings one of the most gorgeously sung Tuptim's on the Rise Stevens' recording of "The King and I", up there with Doretta Morrow.

by Anonymousreply 16904/15/2019

Tuptims (not possessive), that is

by Anonymousreply 17004/15/2019

Lee Venora is even more glorious as Marsinah in the Lincoln Center 1960s revival recording of KISMET, also with Alfred Drake and the fabulous Anne Jeffreys.

by Anonymousreply 17104/15/2019

R168, I have that recording of Carousel on vinyl and it's very, very good. I'd recommend it as a third or fourth recording after the OBC or the soundtrack.

by Anonymousreply 17204/15/2019

r169, I also have both the vinyl and CD of that LC recording of the The King and I with Darren McGavin and the wonderful Risë Stevens from the Lincoln Center production. Other than McGavin it is very, very good.. Rodgers preferred to have his music in certain roles sung by large, trained voices (hence Muriel Smith rather than Juanita Hall on the soundtrack of South Pacific).

by Anonymousreply 17304/15/2019

Rodgers also hired a professional opera singer as Bloody Mary in his Lincoln Center revival of South Pacific with Giorgio Tozzi as Emile. Opera singer Tozzi had dubbed Rossano Brazzi in the film. The recording of that LC production is marred by only by the obvious vocal problems Florence Henderson was having at the the time. She had a long association with both SP and other R&H shows (mainly The Sound of Music; she lead the first national tour). Obviously she was willing to put out for Rodgers, as both her personal interviews and his biographies imply.

by Anonymousreply 17404/15/2019

That 1964 Lincoln Center stereo rerecording of the of the OBCR of Kismet is one of the few times where a later stereo rerecording of an OBCR is the equal of the original. (For example, the stereo recording of the London OCR of My Fair Lady with the same leads is distinctly inferior to the original mono OBCR).

That said, the original mono OBCR of Kismet is wonderful and has a few separate charms from the LC recording.

by Anonymousreply 17504/15/2019

Another wonderful recording of Kismet is the Mantovani recording from the 1960s with his "1000 strings." He used a cast of professional opera singers, including Robert Merrill as Hajj, and it is so well sung and complete. The "1000 stings" only break forth occasionally but appropriately, such as during Strangers in Paradise and it's a lovely recording. Merrill is very good. I'd advise against the Samuel Ramey recording which looks great to read the credits but just doesn't work overall.

First choice: toss-up between the OBCR or the LC recording. How important is stereo to you?

Second or third recording: Mantovani.

The MGM soundtrack with Howard Keel, Dolores Gray, Ann Blyth and Vic Damon is pleasant but not essential.

by Anonymousreply 17604/15/2019

[quote]The MGM soundtrack with Howard Keel, Dolores Gray, Ann Blyth and Vic Damon is pleasant but not essential.

Well, yes and no. In spite of the fact that they had to revoice Lalume to an alto range to accommodate her, Dolores Gray is pretty wonderful (both singing and acting) in the part. Ann Blythe is lovely, not quite on a par with Morrow and Venora, but good, and since the whole thing was restored for CD, now there's the complete "Rahadlakum" and the cut "Rhymes Have I" to help make it more complete (and remarkable that "Baubles, Bangles, and Beads" was filmed in its entirety. It's truncated on the LC cast, perhaps to make room for the addition of "Bored"). It's a crime how "And This is My Beloved" was robbed of its counterpoint section, though. I suspect that's because Minnelli just couldn't figure out how to film it.

To me, it's a toss-up between the radiant Doretta Morrow and Lee Venora. For a kick, listen to Morrow using her very sexy alto range singing "Garden of Imagining" in the "Adventures of Marco Polo" TV recording.

by Anonymousreply 17704/16/2019

It's telling of the quality of this season that it's two weeks before Tony nominations and we're discussing Kismet.

by Anonymousreply 17804/16/2019

[r178] it’s scary how many musicals of yesteryear lost because of stiff competition (Ragtime, Wicked, ect) and this year it’s The Prom vs The Cher Show.

It’s sad

by Anonymousreply 17904/16/2019

I want to like "The Prom," and the performances are great, but the songs just aren't. The only two I like are the "Dancing with you" one with the two girls, and Angie Schworer's big number, "Zazz," which makes me think of Kay Thompson and Audrey Hepburn singing "On How to Be Lovely."

by Anonymousreply 18004/16/2019

The songs in "The Prom" are a hell of a lot better than the score for "Tootsie!" ugh.

by Anonymousreply 18104/16/2019

Tootsie, Beetlejuice, Prom, Kong, sad year for songwriting, how come?

by Anonymousreply 18204/16/2019

"Well, yes and no. In spite of the fact that they had to revoice Lalume to an alto range to accommodate her, Dolores Gray is pretty wonderful (both singing and acting) in the part. Ann Blythe is lovely, not quite on a par with Morrow and Venora, but good, and since the whole thing was restored for CD, now there's the complete "Rahadlakum" and the cut "Rhymes Have I" to help make it more complete (and remarkable that "Baubles, Bangles, and Beads" was filmed in its entirety. It's truncated on the LC cast, perhaps to make room for the addition of "Bored"). It's a crime how "And This is My Beloved" was robbed of its counterpoint section, though. I suspect that's because Minnelli just couldn't figure out how to film it. "

And let's not overlook the glorious Salinger et al orchestrations. The sumptuous arrangement for NIGHT OF MY NIGHTS is in itself an experience.

by Anonymousreply 18304/16/2019

"Tootsie, Beetlejuice, Prom, Kong, sad year for songwriting, how come?"

Do you really have to ask?

by Anonymousreply 18404/16/2019

Let's not forget Regina Resnik's terrific Lalume on the Mantovani recording.

And re Georgia Engel, wasn't she associated with a new musical about aged hoofers creating some kind of club? Kind of like Stepping Out? A friend insisted that it would open imminently, but haven'y heard anything about it.

by Anonymousreply 18504/16/2019

Who are the Tony voters exactly?

by Anonymousreply 18604/16/2019

R185, The show was called "Half Time" and was done last year at the Paper Mill Playhouse, directed and choreographed by Jerry Michell. In addition to Engel, the cast included Andre De Shields, Donna McKechnie and Liilias White.

by Anonymousreply 18704/16/2019

In some categories like actors, directors and designers, the Tony voters are officers in their respective unions, so not necessarily those at the top of their craft.

by Anonymousreply 18804/16/2019

This Eddie Perfect person in particular - has anyone ever had two new scores on Broadway with no shot at a tony nomination for either? Sounds like someone that some agent shoved down a team’s throat

by Anonymousreply 18904/16/2019
Watch Georgia Engel and More Dance Up a Storm in Half Time

Half Time, the new musical about senior citizens auditioning to dance at halftime for a major basketball team, was originally titled Gotta Dance when it prem...

by Anonymousreply 19004/16/2019

Joan Diener's belt was no thing of beauty. I prefer Dolores as Lalume. I don't miss the soprano notes.

Florence Henderson ruins that recording of South Pacific. I think Dorothy Collins got close but didn't get the part in that production. It's a shame.

by Anonymousreply 19104/16/2019

It was his wife, Lucy Cochran, who suggested that Perfect buy a ticket to New York to see what happens there. A light bulb went off and he rang up one of his old pals who had made it in America. Tim Minchin, the Tony-nominated composer of Matilda and Groundhog Day, was Perfect's piano player when they would play double-bills at small clubs in Melbourne and accompany each other. Minchin arranged for Perfect to meet with his agent, William Morris powerhouse John Buzzetti. They got along and started working together.

Perfect knew that a musical based on the 1988 Michael Keaton film Beetlejuice was in the works, and Buzzetti had informed him that big-name writers were pitching for it. Willing to do anything to get noticed, Perfect wrote three songs on spec. "I turned myself inside out writing these songs. I knew it was going to be the first and only chance I'd ever have to pitch on a Broadway show. I was going to kill myself to make it the best thing I could." He handed them over and months went by. "Out of the blue, I got a call saying I booked the gig and I literally fell over. I was an insane guy on the phone going, 'Oh my god.' It was amazing."

by Anonymousreply 19204/16/2019

King Kong reared his head nearly two years later. Australian in origin, this musical adaptation of the 1938 film had undergone multiple revisions with multiple creative teams in the years since its 2013 premiere in Melbourne. Perfect, who saw it on opening night, booked the gig after he, director-choreographer Drew McOnie, book writer Jack Thorne, and music producer and composer Marius de Vries, were called upon to pitch their own version.

by Anonymousreply 19304/16/2019

Has anyone been able to track down the original version of the "It's Always Fair Weather" on CD? I mean what was released on LP back then, not the fresh transfers/mix released in the 1990s. I have the "Kismet" CD from the 1980s, but "Fair Weather" eludes.

by Anonymousreply 19404/16/2019

King Kong came out in 1933.

by Anonymousreply 19504/16/2019

It's strange to think Georgia Engel was the same age as Lulu.

by Anonymousreply 19604/16/2019

Georgia was older.

by Anonymousreply 19704/16/2019

Let us not forget La Eden's Lalume....

Barbara Eden on Kismet

A small cut out of movie Kismet 1967 showing gorgeous Barbara Eden singing and dancing wonderfully! This is SO fabulous that I just had to edit it and share....

by Anonymousreply 19804/16/2019

Lulu and Georgia were born the same year.

by Anonymousreply 19904/16/2019

It's a pity "The Lehman Trilogy" could not come to Broadway. One of the most incredible productions on stage I've ever seen, with 3 magnificent actors.

And speaking of magnificent actors, Michael Stuhlbarg in "Socrates" at The Public is breathtaking. The play is about 40 minutes too long, but Stuhlbarg's performance is one for the ages.

by Anonymousreply 20004/16/2019

Has anyone seen the pictures of Michael Mayer in the "Burn This" opening night photos?????? He'd fit right in with the cast of "The Prom"!

by Anonymousreply 20104/16/2019

Who is poor Zach Quinto going to bring to the Tonys now that Miles is gone from the picture?

by Anonymousreply 20204/16/2019

Michael Mayer was never a beauty, and always a fat girl waiting to happen.

by Anonymousreply 20304/16/2019

Well, it's happened. Big time.

by Anonymousreply 20404/16/2019

What's that?

by Anonymousreply 20504/16/2019

Barbara Eden really had a terrific singing voice. What a shame she never got to headline a Broadway musical.

by Anonymousreply 20604/16/2019

A colleague of mine did a tour of "South Pacific" years ago with her and said that she was great and very nice lady.

by Anonymousreply 20704/16/2019

I've wondered about that, r206. She did a certain amount of stock, so I assume maybe she didn't want to do a long run. She'd have been a great Mame.

by Anonymousreply 20804/16/2019

She seems rather bargain basement to me.

And the Youtube clip of Marin Mazzie? No star command had she. No flair.

by Anonymousreply 20904/16/2019

I wonder if that's really her taking the high notes at the end, or if the high notes were dubbed for her?

by Anonymousreply 21004/16/2019

Seeing Georgia Engel in that clip from Half Time makes me wonder if she was ill. She's extremely thin in that tape, but not so long before that, she was much heavier - not fat, exactly, but dowdy.

by Anonymousreply 21104/16/2019

R202 they broke up?

by Anonymousreply 21204/16/2019
Barbara Eden Singing and Dancing

Barbara Eden sings and dances

by Anonymousreply 21304/16/2019

From Thread #180

[Quote] I did a summer tour of Woman of the Year with Barbara Eden who was just delightful. Her voice had a small range and yes it was low, but she knew how to put over a song and sold that pretty crappy show.

by Anonymousreply 21404/16/2019

Was it a huge upset when Cheno lost the Tony to Kelli O'Hara? I just saw a video of her doing "Veronique" and she was fabulous.

by Anonymousreply 21504/16/2019

Kristi Dawn should have won. She was terrific in OTTC.

by Anonymousreply 21604/16/2019

R191 I still think Diener's Aldonza, at least on the recording, is the most exciting and gutsy, including the belt.

by Anonymousreply 21704/16/2019

When are La Chenoweth & Kevin James hitting the road on "The Band's Visit" tour?

by Anonymousreply 21804/16/2019
LA MANCHA Joan Diener

The original 1965 Broadway Aldonza/Dulcinea, Joan Diener, in "It's All the Same" and "Aldonza," from a limited engagement of "La Mancha" at the Boston Opera ...

by Anonymousreply 21904/16/2019

I was very disappointed with Chenoweth. She just played it like herself. Check out Marin Mazzie at the Actors Fund benefit. That was truly brilliant and she did it with far less rehearsal.

by Anonymousreply 22004/16/2019

I love her Never, r220.

Never - Marin Mazzie

by Anonymousreply 22104/16/2019

Incidentally, I've always thought that "Man of La Mancha" was such a dumb, uninspired title. They couldn't come up with something better? "Dulcinea" would've been a better and more intriguing alternative, for example.

by Anonymousreply 22204/16/2019

DANCIN'

MERLIN

HELLZAPOPPIN'

by Anonymousreply 22304/16/2019

The clip at R219 is interesting. The staging is pretty much opera park-and-bark. Yeah, a few of the guys run their hands up and down her body, but Diener is pretty static. Is the song that difficult that she couldn't move and sing?

by Anonymousreply 22404/16/2019

R215 Her comedy with Andy Karl was absolutely awesome and deserved to be rewarded. But the songs seemed to be so rapidly paced that her voice was lost and I think the shock of seeing that the role was actually not a good fit after all made voters judge her harshly. I think Marin Mazzie's stronger version also worked against Chenoweth. Being a weaker Fran than Kerry O'Malley was easily overlooked in Promises, Promises because she was getting criticized for just being a poor fit altogether in that. But to come back with a weaker version of Mildred Plotka after Marin Mazzie may have worked in O'Hara's favor.

by Anonymousreply 22504/16/2019

Well, one thing about modern musicals. We don't have to put up with sopranos scooping their notes, absolutely horrifying.

And This Is My Beloved from "Kismet" (Alfred Drake & Doretta Morrow)

This is the 1953 original Broadway cast recording from the musical KISMET (composed by Robert Wright and George Forrest, based on themes by Borodin), sung he...

by Anonymousreply 22604/16/2019

This is special? Not. A. Star. Points for an integrated sound - better than Diener on the OBC, who sounds like a legit voice slumming it on the belt, not even belt, bellowing parts - though.

Regina Resnik sounds so matronly.

Are there any pics of Dolores when she did Kismet in stock? Hal Linden was her leading man.

Not Since Nineveh - Marin Mazzie

Rest in peace, beautiful, amazingly talented Marin Mazzie. Thank you for all the joy your talent has given to me and many others.

by Anonymousreply 22704/16/2019

R226

That was nice. But yeah. Not something I want to hear again and again.

by Anonymousreply 22804/16/2019

"But the songs seemed to be so rapidly paced"

"Rain tempos" are the scourge of contemporary Broadway (and beyond) when it comes to revivals (unless they're British Sondheim revivals). Faster is not better, not more exciting, not anything except frenetic, eliminating in the process breadth (for the melody) and breath (for the singers).

by Anonymousreply 22904/16/2019

If I recall correctly, La Mancha was originally named I, Don Quixote.

by Anonymousreply 23004/16/2019

I think Windmills of His Mind would have been a valid choice.

by Anonymousreply 23104/16/2019

R225; Mazzie certainly did a better Veronique. This one is unnecessarily smutty and busy. My question though is what is the white patch on Chenoweth's left shoulder. Did she get a cyst removed?

ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY (Broadway) - "Veronique" [FULL PERFORMANCE]

Kristin Chenoweth, star of the 2015 Broadway revival of the musical ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY performing the number "Veronique" live from the American Airline...

by Anonymousreply 23204/16/2019

This is a juicy read. I kind of want to see a musical about the "Nerds" fiasco.

The Fyre Festival of Broadway? How a Bill Gates-Steve Jobs Musical Became a "Trail of Disappointment, Anger and Unpaid Vendors"

The planned 2016 production 'Nerds' has become one of the biggest debacles in New York theater history, spawning a $6 million lawsuit and leaving at least one castmember feeling "stranded" by the experience.

by Anonymousreply 23304/16/2019

Mike Faist cast as Riff in Spielberg’s SJWest Side Story. The only way I am seeing this is if he drops his pants and presents hole to Tony.

Tony Nominee Mike Faist, Paloma Garcia-Lee, Maddie Ziegler, More Join Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story Movie | Playbill

The upcoming movie has assembled its Sharks and Jets—the latter led by the former Dear Evan Hansen star.

by Anonymousreply 23404/16/2019

Forget these no talents. Time for RAQUEL!

Losing My Mind - Raquel Welch

by Anonymousreply 23504/16/2019

[quote]The only way I am seeing this is if he drops his pants and presents hole to Tony.

Interesting concept but I feel like it's already been done.

by Anonymousreply 23604/16/2019

R225

It was probably a pain patch because she broke some ribs again or something.

by Anonymousreply 23704/16/2019

for r214

Barbara Eden "Woman Of The Year" Musical stage Play Commercial

Barbara Eden in the musical stage play "Woman Of The Year" commercial from 1984

by Anonymousreply 23804/16/2019

Is Kismet revivable in this day and age?

by Anonymousreply 23904/16/2019

R239, only if you call it Timbuktu!

by Anonymousreply 24004/16/2019

...which I saw in DC and loved (Eartha Kitt and Geoffrey Holder and some amazing sets/costumes). But nobody else did.

by Anonymousreply 24104/16/2019

"Timbuktu," or as someone suggested it be called "The Unthinkable Mali - Brown."

by Anonymousreply 24204/16/2019

LOL!

by Anonymousreply 24304/16/2019

lol R242

by Anonymousreply 24404/16/2019

Do you think Spielberg will recreate this scene betwixt Tony and Riff?

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The famous "sperm-to-womb" scene?

by Anonymousreply 24604/16/2019

I thought it was "womb to tomb"?

by Anonymousreply 24704/16/2019

In the show, it's "Womb to tomb?" "Sperm to worm!" In the movie it's "Womb to tomb? Birth to earth!" They had to clean it up for the movie :-)

by Anonymousreply 24804/16/2019

Aren't both phrases used in the movie?

Lots of former Newsies in the cast! Makes me happy.

by Anonymousreply 24904/16/2019

R245 Only if they do it nude this time!

by Anonymousreply 25004/16/2019

What is the derivation of "rain tempo?"

I don't see the connection between rain and speed.

Is this a current idiom among theatre people?

by Anonymousreply 25104/16/2019

When shows played outdoor arenas like, say, Kansas City Starlight, and a storm was approaching, they'd plow through the show in order not to get caught in the deluge. Hence, "rain tempo." Whether it's in currency among young whippersnappers today, I wouldn't venture to say.

by Anonymousreply 25204/16/2019

R123 Fuck you.

I'd rather sit through Beetlejuice any day then Come From Away.

cunt

by Anonymousreply 25304/16/2019

What's wrong with Come From Away?

by Anonymousreply 25404/16/2019

Jesus, r253, what's wrong with you?

by Anonymousreply 25504/16/2019

[quote]Aren't both phrases used in the movie?

No, just "Womb to tomb? Birth to earth!." They say it twice, but the same way both times.

by Anonymousreply 25604/16/2019

Anyone who hasn't seen "Hadestown" should get tickets asap. It's fantastic.

by Anonymousreply 25704/16/2019

Hi, eddie @ r253 who knew you read dataloung??

by Anonymousreply 25804/16/2019

Hopefully it will beat that shitfest called " The Prom."

by Anonymousreply 25904/16/2019

[quote]16 Lesser-Known Rules Broadway Actors Have to Follow:

Don’t you know it’s bad luck to accept a rose from someone named Rose on opening night?

by Anonymousreply 26004/16/2019

It was a caption joke, r 247...for what it was worth.

by Anonymousreply 26104/16/2019

Wanted to despise Oklahoma going in as an R&H fan but thought it was brilliant actually.

Hadestown is fantastic - except the Wall song should be cut. But I think it will win Best Musical unless The Prom runs a better campaign which they probably will. At the show I was at, Hadestown company got a standing ovation mid-performance towards the end of Act 1. Haven't seen that happen before.

Tootsie - the book is extremely funny and the comedic performances are golden - the music is lacking horribly unfortunately.

The Prom was bearable only when the "adult" performers were onstage otherwise it was a snooze. Also....the music was lacking.

Be More Chill was mildly entertaining in Act One but Act Two it got to be grating and repetitive but the tweens and teens were eating it up all around me. Still haven't seen Ain't Too Proud. Beetlejuice was like a theme park show on acid. Loud, somewhat entertaining but again...music meh. Performances strong.

by Anonymousreply 26204/16/2019

Oh and I thought Kiss Me Kate suffered terribly from several miscasts.

by Anonymousreply 26304/16/2019

They could have easily cast Gwen Verdon with a woman of color. Totally missed opportunity. Great, another tv show with a white male and female lead. The privilege is showing.

by Anonymousreply 26404/16/2019

Fuck off, R 264.

by Anonymousreply 26504/16/2019

An amateur group in Australia have cast Lola in 'Kinky Boots' with a white actor. Shit has, of course, been lost.

by Anonymousreply 26604/16/2019

why, r265? you think I'm wrong? Check your priviledge

by Anonymousreply 26704/16/2019

KMK miscast or simply bad acting?

by Anonymousreply 26804/16/2019

Raquel Welch at R235 answers the question, "What would Connie Stevens have sounded like singing 'Losing My Mind'?"

by Anonymousreply 26904/16/2019

Thanks, R252. I wouldn't have guessed that in a million years.

I bet that phrase will come in handy someday. I'm going to save it.

by Anonymousreply 27004/16/2019

I know you're trying to be amusing, r264. Try harder.

by Anonymousreply 27104/16/2019

spell your privilege, r267.

and don't try harder, r264. just stop.

by Anonymousreply 27204/16/2019

Fuck privilege, R 267. No one, of any color, could replace Gwen. Period.

by Anonymousreply 27304/16/2019

[quote]What is the derivation of "rain tempo?"

I have no idea if this is right, but I always assumed it was for places like MUNY and San Diego Starlight, ie, outdoor amphitheater type places. When it rains, they speed up the tempos for everything to get the show over with more quickly. But who knows?

by Anonymousreply 27404/16/2019

R273 has it. Gwen Verdon was unique and an undeniable star. She can't be duplicated, although so far Michelle Williams is doing a great job with the acting. I guess tonight we'll get to see if she can put over the song and dance numbers as well.

by Anonymousreply 27504/16/2019

That's what another poster said, R274, so I guess that's what it means. It's a cute idea, sensible but also a little hyper.

by Anonymousreply 27604/16/2019

R264 LOL! But show business does try to push interracial romances lately. The upcoming Lady and the Tramp live-action remake will have a white John Dear and black Darling. Okay.

by Anonymousreply 27704/16/2019

Liza could, and did, replace Gwen.

by Anonymousreply 27804/16/2019

I saw Oklahoma!. I thought Ali Stroker and - yes! - Mary Testa were great. The rest of the casting was terrible, even the supposedly sexy Damon Daunno.

But it's yesterday's news when it comes to Oklahoma! atrocities. Today's trades bring reports of an "Oklahoma!" TV series that will use some of the R&H songs, and intersperse them with "new songs that help tell the story."

'Oklahoma' TV Series in the Works With Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization

Inspired by the Broadway musical, Skydance Television is readying a present-day series to shop to cable and streaming platforms.

by Anonymousreply 27904/16/2019

The R&H organization has lost its mind. This sounds at least as bad as Diane Paulus' attempt to retell Porgy & Bess the way she just knew the Gershwins really intended.

by Anonymousreply 28004/16/2019

An Oklahoma! TV series? How much money does the R&H Organization need?

by Anonymousreply 28104/16/2019

Ted Chapin has apparently become a guy who cain't say "no."

by Anonymousreply 28204/16/2019

I was really surprised Chenoweth lost the Tony to Kelli O’Hara. Chenoweth also hosted that year, and it was thought that would give her brownie points. I like O’Hara in some things, but she was very bland in The King and I. Chenoweth did her thing in Twentieth Century, but it works for me.

by Anonymousreply 28304/16/2019

[quote]I was really surprised Chenoweth lost the Tony to Kelli O’Hara.

Really? This was O'Hara's sixth nomination in ten years, with zero wins to her name. Meanwhile, it was Cheno's third nod in 16 years, but she'd already won once before.

by Anonymousreply 28404/16/2019

Chenowith already got an Tony for her performance as Lily Garland. Only then it was called Sally Brown. She gives the same performance and every role and does the exact same schtick everytime. (When she did her take-the-lyric-literally, reaching for the word "never" as is searching on a magnetic board, I gave up.

In the Veronique clip she does the same pointing-from-the-shoulder thing she did in My New Philosophy.

If she ever gives a new performance.....why even finish the sentence--she never will give a new performance.

by Anonymousreply 28504/16/2019

R285, the same could be said for Merman, Martin, Verdon, etc.

by Anonymousreply 28604/16/2019

I think Verdon was wildly different as Lola, Anna Christie and Charity Hope Valentine. That's range!

by Anonymousreply 28704/16/2019

I never saw Merman and Martin, but I agree about Verdon. She may not have been a great actress, but unlike Chenowith she at least tried to may each performance distinct.

by Anonymousreply 28804/16/2019

R288, every performance was Verdon. Charity, Lola, Roxie, even in roles on TV. I love Verdon but a versatile actress she wasn't. Ironically, that's why we loved her.

by Anonymousreply 28904/16/2019

R285

She most certainly did not do the 'same schtick' each time.

Sally Brown required her to play an animated child with a slight nasty streak and that fit her. They also wrote a song for her which highlighted her blend with that yodeling thing she does so well and allowed her to pass off her weird belt as a masterfully controlled character voice. The show is also kind of adorable but too small to really fill a Broadway theater. Also her physical comedy in that was the brief and sweet natured hunting rabbits sequence which may very well have won her and Brad Oscar the Tony since both won for that.

Glinda was well played and complicated. Because the story is more or less supposed to be narrated from Glinda's point of view Kristin's tendency to mug for the audience was 'in character' as a wall breaking narrator-- but also, ironically, she benefitted from the concentration and acting choices of the other actors when she was off stage because theoretically those scenes were what Glinda was ruminating about. Speaking in her head voice was a direct reference to Movie Glinda and something she only did for effect. Musical Glinda is a fascinating and nearly tragic character if you buy the idea that the story told in the musical is the lie she is making up for herself to believe for the rest of the novels rather than another alternative version of what 'really happened'. Kristin pulled that off very well. Even if she was better than Idina (and benefitted from Idina's earnestness) when the show was in previews and early on when reviews came out, Kristin ditched a number of performances and did not deserve to win for Laura Bell Bundy's performance as her regular replacement during the Tony viewing weeks.

Lily Garland just wasn't as good a role as everyone had always told her it was. Her songs are far from classic, they don't really suit Chenoweth's voice, and the story itself doesn't quite hit that sweet spot of being a fun or interesting evening. Her scenes with Andy are hilarious -- but also clearly borrowed and improved from Megan Mullally and Sean Hayes in a way that showcases Andy better than Cheno. It wasn't as BAD as what is being written for women in the new musical category but when compared to The King and I it didn't look great. You had not seen Chenoweth play Plotka/Garland before. The reason it FELT as if you had is because the role itself is such a retro-mess of spoiled/oversexed diva tropes that really it didn't need to be played at all.

by Anonymousreply 29004/16/2019

An [italic]Oklahoma![/italic] TV show. What’s next, [italic]The Happiest Millionaire[/italic] rebooted as an American version of [italic]Downton Abbey[/italic]?

by Anonymousreply 29104/16/2019

Hadestown is great to look at but dramatically static and, frankly, rather boring for long stretches.

So much slow music, ballad after ballad. Page singing in a ridiculous low register. Carney singing in a ridiculous high falsetto. Eva Nosebleed is perhaps the world's least interesting actress. Ever.

Great set & lights but...

by Anonymousreply 29204/16/2019

As I was saying before I accidentally submitted an unfinished comment, they tried that with [italic]The King & I[/italic] in the 1970s and it flopped, even with Yul Brynner. Incidentally, it aired before another adaptation of a Fox film that ran a little bit longer: [italic]M*A*S*H[/italic].

by Anonymousreply 29304/16/2019

Anna and The King, the failed 1972 TV series with Yul Brynner and Samantha Eggar, wasn't based on the stage musical though. It was based on the same source material, Margaret Langdon's novel Anna and the King of Siam, a highly romanticized account of Anna Leonowens' time in Thailand inspired by Leonowens' diaries. It was a dramatic series and there were no songs.

This proposed TV series of Oklahoma! occasionally featuring old and new songs sounds both weird and misguided. I'll be surprised if it ever gets green lighted.

by Anonymousreply 29404/16/2019

Well, I have to correct myself. According to both Wikipedia and IMDB, the TV series was indeed based on The King and I. But I was correct that it was a dramatic series without songs.

by Anonymousreply 29504/16/2019

Actually Gwen Verdon was considered an excellent actress -- she even studied with Sandford Meisner after she became a star to improve, same way that Shelley Winters kept going back to Actors Studio. Verdon is very different in her roles, though her singing voice is Verdon's, though less strong with each role. Interestingly, she did use a bit of head voice in her one singing number in "Can Can", "If You Loved Me Truly" on the OCR. Then she had strong belt in "Damn Yankees", but I think the smoking started to kick in on her voice by the time of "New Girl in Town".

by Anonymousreply 29604/16/2019

I agree that Gwen Verdon was an excellent actress, and her characters were never "always Verdon." Probably Essie in Redhead was her most vulnerable, followed by Charity. Lola wasn't vulnerable at all, but she was sinful and cute. Roxie was out and out hard.

Her later work (post-musicals) in film and TV was very good, too, especially in "Marvin's Room." That's one of the things that was so unique about Verdon, that she was arguably the greatest female musical theatre dancer ever, but was also an outstanding actress who could sing (reasonably well in the early days, but always, even in "Chicago," with a sense of musicality.)

by Anonymousreply 29704/16/2019

Verdon took off a few years after "Redhead" to have Nicole, but she also did some tv appearances. I think she turned down Tammy Grimes' part in "High Spirits". She'd have been fun, and I imagine the choreographer might have had a time of it with Gwen Verdon flying by Foy (or whoever did the flying). I wonder what other roles she turned down. Also, after "Sweet Charity" in 1966-67, there might have been some roles Verdon was offered before she came back to Broadway in 1975 to do "Chicago". She did the one-night flop "Children, Children" which was also kind of notable by being one of the first straight plays that had tv commercials advertising it in previews. By the time of "Chicago", she knew it would be her last starring role in a musical, though Chita Rivera' s role was expanded from almost a bit part in the film to someone who could share more of the dancing load, though Verdon's Roxie was clearly the lead character.

by Anonymousreply 29804/16/2019

How did Rex Reed make enough money to afford to live at the Dakota? His writing gigs don't play anything like the royalties Yoko Ono must collect or even Lauren Bacall's star salary from her Broadway days or advertising gigs when she was alive. Reed didn't make money from "Myra Breckenridge". Did he have a sugar Daddy when he was younger? He was cute, though he didn't have a very butch voice, quite the opposite.

by Anonymousreply 29904/16/2019

Martin: typical parts were South Pacific and Annie Get Your Gun, but not One Touch of Venus.

by Anonymousreply 30004/16/2019

Martin spent most of the 1950 (starting in 1949) basically playing three parts -- Nellie Forbush in "South Pacific", Peter Pan and Maria in "The Sound of Music" on stage with quite a bit of tv work, including 3 different versions of her Peter Pan.

Martin was apprehensive about playing Venus, but was convinced by other that she could pull off the goddess-like beauty with the costuming by Mainbocher. She looks lovely in the photos. Plus she sounds very fine in her recordings of the music. But yes, not a typical role, but a big hit in its time. Watch the Janet Blair tv version -- it's on Amazon Prime -- Blair is great, lovely and has an excellent singing voice.

by Anonymousreply 30104/16/2019

of the 1950s, that is

by Anonymousreply 30204/16/2019

[quote]Anna and The King, the failed 1972 TV series with Yul Brynner and Samantha Eggar, wasn't based on the stage musical though. It was based on the same source material, Margaret Langdon's novel Anna and the King of Siam, a highly romanticized account of Anna Leonowens' time in Thailand inspired by Leonowens' diaries. It was a dramatic series and there were no songs.

Audiences must have been disappointed not to have any R&H material there especially when M*A*S*H could keep “Suicide is Painless” as its theme.

The TV show [italic]Mr. Belvedere[/italic] also credited the book and not the movies.

by Anonymousreply 30304/16/2019

What was odd with Anna and the King was that they did many of the same scenes as King & I, and you kept expecting the appropriate song to start.

by Anonymousreply 30404/16/2019

It's gonna be especially annoying for Cheno if Kelli wins a second Tony undeservedly this year just for lack of competition ....

by Anonymousreply 30504/17/2019

R295, Wikepedia and IMDB are incorrect. Of course we all know the musical was on the minds of the series creators, but at the time it aired everyone took great pains to state that it was NOT based on The King and I.

If it were officially based on The King and I, you know they would have retained the musical's well known title and used something from the musical as theme music.

by Anonymousreply 30604/17/2019

I want a mashup TV series, Anna And The King Kong. Think of the synergy!

by Anonymousreply 30704/17/2019

Where does my movie fit into all of this?

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That Anna and the King TV series couldn't have been adapted from the Margaret Landon novel because the king scarcely appears in I at all.

The King and I, in 1951, also claimed to be based on the novel, but was in fact drawn very closely from the Rex Harrison movie made a few years before. All the King's idioms (such as "etcetera, etcetera") came from that movie, because the King not only is almost nonexistent in the novel: he doesn't say anything at all.

However, presumably because of contractual requirements set up by Landon's agent, the adaptation credit had to go to her novel. So what these adaptations are based on and what they say they are based on are two different things.

by Anonymousreply 30904/17/2019

Speaking of THE KING AND I and R&H selling out lately, I think this was their worst offense -- and it was 20 years ago!

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So, does Nathan Lane have any chance of even getting a pity nomination this year?

by Anonymousreply 31104/17/2019

This year's winner for that Tony will be Stephanie Block.

by Anonymousreply 31204/17/2019

Nathan is terrible in GARY. No nomination. Early closing.

by Anonymousreply 31304/17/2019

Janet Blair had all of the things you say she did, but she wasn't really a star.

by Anonymousreply 31404/17/2019

The competition in the leading actor/musical category may actually be between Damon Daunno and Brooks Ashmanskas. It's funny how things pan out vs. predictions at the beginning of the season. Based on buzz alone I was certain Santino Fontana had it in the bag, but now I'm hearing a lot of "meh" about his performance (and the show).

by Anonymousreply 31504/17/2019

Daunno. Is. Not. Good.

by Anonymousreply 31604/17/2019

And OKLAHOMA is shit.

by Anonymousreply 31704/17/2019

The Drama Leagues are virtually meaningless, right?

by Anonymousreply 31804/17/2019

NOKLAHOMA! will probably be awarded up the wazoo and we all know it's not because of the quality.

by Anonymousreply 31904/17/2019

Which means it will run through Christmas and then disappear.

by Anonymousreply 32004/17/2019

Although as bad as Daunno is, Rebecca Naomi "Deena" Jones is a million times worse.

by Anonymousreply 32104/17/2019

For reasons that are impossible to figure out, Santino was more interesting as the Prince in Cinderella that he is in TOOTSIE. It's a good performance, but not a star performance, and the show needs that energy from him. Not sure what happened because most of the tools are there.

by Anonymousreply 32204/17/2019

I bet Beatrice Lillie would have been a fun dining room Dolly, considering that this still from the 1957 "Ziegfeld Follies" is humorous even just as a picture. As Bea & Carol crossed paths just a few years later, Bea could have told her that the corn was in the dumplings.

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We don't *all* know this, r319.

by Anonymousreply 32404/17/2019

Gwen was a bit stymied when people expressed surprise at her acting in non-musical roles. She said, "What did they think I was doing between the songs and the dances?".

If You Loved Me Truly

Provided to YouTube by The Orchard Enterprises If You Loved Me Truly · Lilo · Peter Cookson · Hans Conried · Gwen Verdon · Erik Rhodes · Milton Rosenstock · ...

by Anonymousreply 32504/17/2019

Or what she was doing when she was singing and dancing -- that's called acting / being in character as you sing and dance.

by Anonymousreply 32604/17/2019

one of you posted some Sheena Easton Man of La Mancha upthread and made me listen to this again. Sure sounds like it was an intense effective perofrmance,, and love that chest sound in the lower register, did anyone see her in the original?

Aldonza (Man Of La Mancha/1965 Original Broadway Cast/Remastered 2000)

Provided to YouTube by Universal Music Group Aldonza (Man Of La Mancha/1965 Original Broadway Cast/Remastered 2000) · Joan Diener · Richard Kiley Man Of La M...

by Anonymousreply 32704/17/2019

I saw Maura K. Wedge.

Maura K. Wedge as Aldonza and Dale Malone as The Padre in
by Anonymousreply 32804/17/2019

How did they manage to do KMK without a shrew? Should have called it KISS ME ANNA. Great talent, wrong role.

by Anonymousreply 32904/17/2019

Jesus fucking christ.

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What is it? Kill it now before it spreads.

by Anonymousreply 33104/17/2019

[quote]Kill it now before it spreads.

R331, How do you think "it" got her roles.

by Anonymousreply 33204/17/2019

I agree, r329. I haven't seen this production, but Kelli struck me as totally miscast. She's too sweet and bland--a 'nilla wafer.

by Anonymousreply 33304/17/2019

Why was Diener fired from the London production of Kismet?

by Anonymousreply 33404/17/2019

Her Wiki entry doesn't mention it, r334. It does mention she didn't get a Tony nomination for Aldonza.

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What do you want of me - Man of La Mancha

Man of La Mancha Korean Cast 2005 Aldonza: Lee Hye-kyoung

by Anonymousreply 33604/17/2019

What year do you think Encores! will do this? 2067?

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by Anonymousreply 33704/17/2019

There's pic of her replacement, Sheila Bradley, that's captioned with the info of Diener's firing.

by Anonymousreply 33804/17/2019
Mountain High, Valley Low

Provided to YouTube by The Orchard Enterprises Mountain High, Valley Low · Mary Martin Lute Song Soundtrack ? 2011 Master Classics Records Released on: 2011-...

by Anonymousreply 33904/17/2019

Miss Marin....

"Aldonza" (Man of la Mancha) - Marin Mazzie

Marin Mazzie sings "Aldonza" in the Broadway revival of Man of la Mancha, along with Brian Stokes Mitchell. I think it skips a big, sorry. This is one of my ...

by Anonymousreply 34004/17/2019

[quote]Not sure what happened because most of the tools are there.

I'd like to hear more about Santino's tool.

by Anonymousreply 34104/17/2019

What about ME?

Man of La Mancha - It's All the Same, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

by Anonymousreply 34204/17/2019

Encores! can't do Lute Song, because it isn't a full-scale musical. There are about seven songs plus orchestral bits.

by Anonymousreply 34304/17/2019

Matt Bomer just revealed on Instagram that the entire cast of Boys in the Band will reunite for a filming of the play for Netflix. God bless Netflix!

by Anonymousreply 34404/17/2019

R344 We know Rose, there is a thread on it

by Anonymousreply 34504/17/2019

The downside of star casting... a less than stellar production gets recorded for posterity.

by Anonymousreply 34604/17/2019

R345, but had it been mentioned here yet? Pay attention, bitch.

by Anonymousreply 34704/17/2019
SWEET CHARITY Clips Starring Sutton Foster

Two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster stars in SWEET CHARITY at the New Group off-Broadway.

by Anonymousreply 34804/17/2019

R342 I love MEM--and saw her play Aldonza both in our high school production (she was all of sixteen, I think) and on Broadway where, the night we were there, she burned up the place. (She was amazing in the high school production too and that's not just rose-colored glasses of nostalgia--she had done Liesl and Laurie, so we knew she could sing beautifully, but her Aldonza was in another stratosphere). Dan Castellaneta played the Innkeeper (the role I wanted--well, if I knew he was going to become Dan Castellaneta, I wouldn't have felt so heart-broken). I wish the recording with her and Stokes Mitchell were better--I don't think it captured the power of either performance as much as I experienced them in live performance.

by Anonymousreply 34904/17/2019

Jesus Christ!

Charity Hope Valentine in a jean jacket!! Wtf?

by Anonymousreply 35004/17/2019

Is that even a 1960s do? It looks early '70s to me. It reminds me of a Tracey Ullman character.

by Anonymousreply 35104/17/2019

Sutton Foster is such a hard case. She’s ugly no matter what wigs she wears, she sounds like her voice is in a vice and she’s Katie Couric/Anne Hathaway perky/annoying.

Yet she’s a stah

by Anonymousreply 35204/17/2019

[quote]Martin was apprehensive about playing Venus, but was convinced by others

One of the main convincers was super-dyke producer Cheryl Crawford, who undoubtedly helped Martin put a finger on the source of her reticence.

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Oy

Highlights of Sutton Foster and the Cast of The Wild Party at Encores!

Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party begins performances tonight at New York City Center where a cast of Broadway stars will give the raucous musical new life for E...

by Anonymousreply 35404/17/2019

Joan Diener was actually a blonde - she wore a wig when she first played Aldonza, and decided she liked the look, so adopted it privately as well.

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There is a more detailed description somewhere, because I've read it, but basically, Joan Diener missed a couple of performances of "Kismet" in London to take a quick weekend visit to the South of France for a vacation, and the producer, Jack Hylton, fired her.

24 year-old Joan Diener "KISMET" Fired by Jack Hylton 1955 London Press Photo • $69.99

24 YEAR-OLD JOAN Diener "KISMET" Fired by Jack Hylton 1955 London Press Photo - $69.99. This is a rare glossy photograph of JOAN DIENER with her dog, relaxing in her Grosvenor Square apartment in London. Miss Diener was suing producer JACK HYLTON for firing her from the Original West End production of the ROBERT WRIGHT and GEORGE FORREST musical "KISMET" at the Stoll Theatre in London for being absent from the show without permission. (The Original Broadway production opened December 3rd, 1953 at New York's Ziegfeld Theatre and ran for 583 performances. The London production 153416212749

by Anonymousreply 35604/17/2019

Middle-aged Joan Diener and writer Jackie Susann = separated at birth??

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When Sheena Easton collapsed during a performance of "Man of La Mancha" in 1992, Joan Diener took over for her. She was 62 at the time.

by Anonymousreply 35804/17/2019

Poor Sheena. What happened there?

by Anonymousreply 35904/17/2019

She missed the morning train and ran all the way to the theater.

by Anonymousreply 36004/17/2019

R358, why didn’t Matinee Aldonza take over for Sheena?

by Anonymousreply 36104/17/2019

Diener probably didn't live far way from the theater, and she was ready to have her name added to the marquee.

by Anonymousreply 36204/17/2019

Better publicity for the show.

by Anonymousreply 36304/17/2019

I don't remember the details. A friend of mine was playing in the pit when Diener took over.

by Anonymousreply 36404/17/2019

Diener recalled her part on command after all these years?

by Anonymousreply 36504/17/2019

Apparently she still had most of her voice in that very difficult role. She knew the role backwards and forwards, plus she was married to the producer.

by Anonymousreply 36604/17/2019

r268 Perhaps my memory of the last KMK revival had me disappointed in this production. Will Chase acted the role wonderfully but vocally he was not the right type and it showed while singing with Kelli. Kelli was vocally superb (her So In Love was best I've ever heard) and I found her charming actually but Marin's broad comedy in I HATE MEN worked much better than Kelli's. Bianca was very one-note and seemed like a mediocre college student. Again I'm spoiled because I am remembering Amy Spanger's take on the role. Corbin Bleu was actually charming and did quite well - possibly the best casting. The gentleman playing Lilli's fiancé (the general) was also very miscast as he did not seem like a general whatsoever and seemed too contemporary. Brush Up Your Shakespeare duo were completely unfunny. Just a miss in the casting IMO.

by Anonymousreply 36704/17/2019

I know a couple of different people who saw Diener when she took over for Easton, and both said she was terrific, spot on with her acting and still sounding and looking great.

by Anonymousreply 36804/17/2019

I knew nothing of Corbin Bleu before I saw the "Holiday Inn" recorded for PBS and I came away VERY impressed.

by Anonymousreply 36904/17/2019

I saw and loved the Marin KMK and have passed on this one, largely because I assumed Kelli would be too bland in the role. Somewhere on YouTube there's a clip of Kelli singing "So In Love" and I have to agree with r367--she was extraordinary.

by Anonymousreply 37004/17/2019

Joan's return -- don't call it a comeback! -- to La Mancha makes me wonder if anyone thought of having her finally play Grand Hotel on Broadway.

by Anonymousreply 37104/17/2019

All we know for sure about Corbin Bleu is that he used to play Sticky Biscuit with Zac Efron in his trailer.

by Anonymousreply 37204/17/2019

Corbin Bleu? Isn't that a stuffed chicken dish?

by Anonymousreply 37304/17/2019

and for the return during the Easton run she was billed as THE ORIGINAL JOAN DIENER or JOAN DIENER THE ORIGINAL or something like that

by Anonymousreply 37404/17/2019

The former Mr. Mamie Gummer, Benjamin Walker, is the cast stand-out in All My Sons. I guess he can act after all.

by Anonymousreply 37504/17/2019

She wasn't a ballerina in her version, r371.

by Anonymousreply 37604/17/2019

What in the world happened with the Gummer-Walker marriage. Wasn't it less than a year

by Anonymousreply 37704/17/2019

Nancy Reagan and Mary Martin sang "Mountain High Valley Low" at a benefit concert on Broadway in 1985. Actually, Mrs. Reagan mostly listened.

by Anonymousreply 37804/17/2019

[quote]What in the world happened with the Gummer-Walker marriage. Wasn't it less than a year

I'm usually not curious about such things, but on this matter, I am VERY curious. It must have been something huge and horrible to end the marriage so quickly, which I assume is why they kept it quiet. Of course, someone must know (other than the two of them). Anybody?

by Anonymousreply 37904/17/2019

Do you suppose Streep was involved in the dissolution of that marriage?

by Anonymousreply 38004/17/2019

I think the four nominees for Best Musical are fairly obvious at this point: HADESTOWN, THE PROM, AIN'T TOO PROUD and TOOTSIE.

Yes, Tootsie. It's hilarious. I was stunned at how gleefully funny the show manages to be, from start to finish. And I even liked a few of the songs, just as I liked a few of the songs from The Prom. Tootsie is an adult musical that is brilliantly performed, with a handful of supporting performances that are stellar. Audiences are SO hungry for comedy, and Tootsie delivers.

And Santino Fontana is excellent. I really liked his performance, though I will admit that it hasn't stuck with me much since I saw the show, and it's been less than a week.

But HADESTOWN has this one in the bag. That score has some thrilling moments, and the work the show has done since OB is truly impressive. And I want Amber Gray to get that Tony, and she certainly will get it before Kelli O'Hara for KMK. I just hope she gets put in the lead category where she belongs. Her major competition will be Stephanie J. Block.

The play categories are far more interesting and competitive this year. INK is stunningly good. And with INK and THE FERRYMAN, we're about to see the Brits walk away with a LOT of Tony nominations again this year.

Adam Driver certainly got the notices for BURN THIS, did he not? He's a very interesting actor, very intense. I saw him do

I want to also raise a glass to Michael Stuhlbarg's brilliant performance in SOCRATES. I was at the show for the first preview, and even then he was superb. The feckin' play is WAY TOO LONG though.

Also too long, even while coming in at 85 minutes, was THE MOTHER at the Atlantic. So damn indulgent. It's interesting that none of the early awards are even tossing Isabelle Huppert a bon bon nomination for her scenery chewing. She's fearless, but the play is a ponderous mess. Quite a few people didn't even make it through the 85 minutes, but I wasn't going to insult any of those actors by departing before the end.

by Anonymousreply 38104/17/2019

Poor Laura B could have gotten her lead Tony if she had done She Loves Me or opened MFL this year

by Anonymousreply 38204/18/2019

I agree, r379, someone here knows. The axe fell so swiftly and absolutely and yet not a word was leaked. What could have happened?

by Anonymousreply 38304/18/2019

R383, when marriages dissolve in less than a year, it is because of one of three things. One person cannot have children and did not make that known before the marriage. One person is gay. Or, there was physical abuse. Given that this was kept quiet, my money is on one being infertile or Mamie being physically abusive to Walker. If he was abusive to her, it probably would not have been kept quiet.

by Anonymousreply 38404/18/2019

Walker looked at himself in the mirror, looked over at the ugly Streep spawn he married, looked back at the mirror and got the hell out of there.

by Anonymousreply 38504/18/2019

He has since remarried and fathered a kid; she just produced a kid with some Indian director. So we're down to abuse.

by Anonymousreply 38604/18/2019

R382 I'm confused. Didn't Benanti open the recent Broadway revival of SHE LOVES ME and was even Tony-nominated for lead?

by Anonymousreply 38704/18/2019

How about fraud?

by Anonymousreply 38804/18/2019

Why did some nobody from The NY Times review "Socrates", when it should have been Brantley or Green? Especially considering the quality of the actors on that stage?

by Anonymousreply 38904/18/2019

From the Swoosie Kurtz thread.....

WHY MICHAEL BENNETT HAS SAID GOODBYE, FOR NOW, TO BROADWAY

by Anonymousreply 39004/18/2019

R388 LOL! I remember that. My sister-in-law momentarily hated you because she was obsessed with Chesney at the time.

by Anonymousreply 39104/18/2019

[quote]He has since remarried and fathered a kid; she just produced a kid with some Indian director. So we're down to abuse.

Isn't infidelity another possibility? Or is that too old-fashioned to be a reason for divorce anymore?

by Anonymousreply 39204/18/2019

R392, Generally, infidelity is not an issue in the first year. It isn't impossible, but it is not a common reason. I think if that was a reason it would not have been kept quit. Again, it is possible Gummer was the "infidel" and her family made a deal to keep it quiet. If Walker was the problem, I doubt it would have been kept quiet.

by Anonymousreply 39304/18/2019

[quote]"infidel"

I love it! Whatever, I suppose we may never know what ended that marriage. And in a way, one could say it's refreshing that there are some cases where people's dirty laundry is NOT aired to the entire world through social media or whatever.

by Anonymousreply 39404/18/2019

How about this? Streep's kids are loons.

by Anonymousreply 39504/18/2019

Walker was screwing around on Mamie. Wouldn’t you if you were relatively hot and had to come home to someone like Mamie?

by Anonymousreply 39604/18/2019

Another vote for Tootsie. Saw it last Friday. Very, very funny. Solid laughs from beginning to end. Solid performances. Great character songs and one dance number in particular was hilarious. Audience loved it.

by Anonymousreply 39704/18/2019

I'm inclined to believe that Mamie was the bad actor here

by Anonymousreply 39804/18/2019

Let's all think really, really hard and come up with a time Mamie was a good actor in something.

by Anonymousreply 39904/18/2019

I thought Mamie did a fine job as "Baby" in Heartburn!

by Anonymousreply 40004/18/2019

r389, I wondered the same thing myself. Maybe Jesse and Ben are somewhat overwhelmed by all the Broadway openings right now. To be fair, that critic isn't exactly a nobody. She reviews a lot of second- and third-tier productions, and she's pretty good.

by Anonymousreply 40104/18/2019

R401 It's major play directed by a major director with an outstanding lead performance. A third stringer should not be the one to do the job of reviewing it.

by Anonymousreply 40204/18/2019

R402, what's your silly hang-up with a "third stringer?" The reviewer in question is a very good reviewer -- far better than Green, in my opinion. And as someone else pointed out, there are SO MANY high profile openings on and Off-Broadway right now, there's no way Brantley or Green could get to all of them.

by Anonymousreply 40304/18/2019

I wouldn't say TOOTSIE is an automatic at this point. I think for all its silliness, there's fondness for BE MORE CHILL from the nominators. Everyone I know who has seen TOOTSIE has said it's a solid B at best, Yazbeck's work is subpar, and when you're leaving you forget everything. Everyone thinks the jokes are funny, but that the story isn't really well told or moving, as the film was. Also fair to assume BEETLEJUICE is out, although industry word of mouth is very similar to Tootsie's. HADESTOWN is now the show to beat.

by Anonymousreply 40404/18/2019

The reason a third stringer is insulting -- and it is -- is that everyone knows if you get the third stringer, you are telling all smart New York Theatre goers this play or musical doesn't really matter. Who remembers Enid Nemy?

by Anonymousreply 40504/18/2019

Mamie is Enid Nemy to Meryl's Walter Kerr.

by Anonymousreply 40604/18/2019

R405, you really are obsessed with this, aren't you? Again, THERE ARE TOO MANY OPENINGS ON AND OFF-BROADWAY RIGHT NOW FOR BRANTLEY AND GREEN TO COVER AND PROVIDE WELL-THOUGHT-OUT REVIEWS OF ALL OF THEM.

by Anonymousreply 40704/18/2019

Happy to see Barbara Eden touring in 'Woman of the Year', but isn't she a bit long in the tooth for the roll? Are there plans to bring it back to Broadway?

by Anonymousreply 40804/18/2019

Marilyn Cooper is tanned, relaxed, ready and dead!

by Anonymousreply 40904/18/2019

We realize there are a lot of Broadway openings right now but there are 2 1st string reviewers and there are NOT Broadway openings every night, not by a long shot. Ben and Jesse certainly each had a few spare nights this week and last week.

Isn't Laura Collins-Hughes the reviewer who called out Alysha Umphress and her unflattering costume design (otherwise known as fat-shaming) and also the reviewer who questioned the validity of Big River at Encores because of its so-called racism? She's highly controversial.

by Anonymousreply 41004/18/2019

She's also an average writer.

by Anonymousreply 41104/18/2019

And an imbecile.

by Anonymousreply 41204/18/2019

John Cameron Mitchell's latest....Wow, does this read tedious.

In John Cameron Mitchell’s Podcast, a Rock Musical That’s All in Your Head

“Anthem: Homunculus” is a six-hour, 10-episode epic about a man and his teratoma. The tumor sings. As do Glenn Close, Patti LuPone and Cynthia Erivo.

by Anonymousreply 41304/18/2019

^^A singing brain tumor? What's not to like?

by Anonymousreply 41404/18/2019

r408 that was from 1984

by Anonymousreply 41504/18/2019

Redhead.....s

Lucille Ball and Maureen O'Hara Catfight!

Two gorgeous gals rolling all over the place! (From "Dance, Girl, Dance!" 1940)

by Anonymousreply 41604/18/2019

Marilyn.....

"It's All in the Game" - Marilyn Cooper

ALICE - 1982, Season 6, Episode 17 Here's another clip of a favorite B'way of mine - Marilyn Cooper!

by Anonymousreply 41704/18/2019

[quote]We realize there are a lot of Broadway openings right now but there are 2 1st string reviewers and there are NOT Broadway openings every night, not by a long shot. Ben and Jesse certainly each had a few spare nights this week and last week.

Brantley and Green review some major Off-Broadway shows as well -- and the show that some people here are complaining about not having a first-string critic assigned to it is an Off-Broadway show. If you add up all the shows opening on and Off-Broadway in April, that's a LOT of shows. I'm not saying that Brantley and Green have no "spare nights," but obviously, the Times is not going to assign them to review more than a certain number in one week.

by Anonymousreply 41804/18/2019

R408, but isn't she a bit long in the tooth for the roll?

Oh, dear!

by Anonymousreply 41904/18/2019

Rewatched (again) the Steve Martin-Bernadette Peters film version of Pennies From Heaven recently and continued to wish for someone to adapt it for the stage. It would take someone much cleverer than I am to pull off the instant transitions to the fantasy musical numbers. And, lord, the story gets bleaker and bleaker as it goes, which would be a hard sell for producers and audiences. I enjoy the original British miniseries, too, but the production numbers in the film are just fantastic hat tips to Busby Berkeley, vaudeville, etc.

And WHET Vernel Bagneris who performed the title number in the film?

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But isn’t the whole point of Pennies From Heaven that the characters lip synch to standards of the time? I don’t think that would work onstage.

by Anonymousreply 42204/18/2019

R344, Could this mean Netflix will also be filming Take Me Out? Netflix aired the recent Chris Pine movie, with peen.

by Anonymousreply 42304/18/2019

They could just revive Steel Pier, R420 for the audience that wants depressing without catharsis.

by Anonymousreply 42404/18/2019

They danced to a variety of styles of music in Contact, and that did pretty well with no one actually singing.

by Anonymousreply 42504/18/2019

People want fun escapism. They don't want depressing nor a lecture.

by Anonymousreply 42604/18/2019

I don't usually say something like this, but who are these morons who think Tootsie is anything but unmitigated garbage? Jesus Christ, stop going to the theater. You're the problem.

by Anonymousreply 42704/18/2019

Dark can work too -- but there must be some catharsis. At least bake the bad people into pies or something.

by Anonymousreply 42804/18/2019

HADESTOWN has Best Musical Tony in the bag. Count on it.

Doesn't really matter who else gets nominated.

by Anonymousreply 42904/18/2019

I really think it's going to be King Kong.

by Anonymousreply 43004/18/2019

What do we think will get the coveted first closing announcement after the nominations are revealed? My money's on either King Kong or Beetlejuice.

by Anonymousreply 43104/18/2019

R427 =Brooks A.

by Anonymousreply 43204/18/2019

My fair lady Freddy and Higgins must be smuggling trouser trout. Bulges galore

by Anonymousreply 43304/18/2019

R433 how do you mean?

by Anonymousreply 43404/18/2019

I think Kong is holding on not for nominations, so much, as the opportunity to be on the Tony telecast. They want that free national commercial. If the producers of the Tonys nix them, they’ll fold.

by Anonymousreply 43504/18/2019

R416, I'd never seen that and it looks pretty real. Lucy could go ghetto with the best of them.

by Anonymousreply 43604/18/2019

Best Musical is between The Prom and Hadestown. Hadestown has the momentum but there's plenty of time left for wheeling and dealing. It worked for Avenue Q and Gentleman's Guide. I personally enjoyed both shows quite a bit. They're apples and oranges in terms of their strengths. I do feel like Hadestown had something different to offer and I'd like to see it recognized.

Whoever said Stephanie J. Block is the frontrunner in her category is a tad delusional.

by Anonymousreply 43704/18/2019

R437

Well one hopes she is at least nominated.

by Anonymousreply 43804/18/2019

R434, hey dim-bulb how-do-you-mean troll, go get a clue or go back to elementary school if you need it all spelled out for you, you obtuse d-bag.

by Anonymousreply 43904/18/2019

You have a great deal of charm, r439. Bet you have lots of friends and admirers.

by Anonymousreply 44004/18/2019

R408, Is that really happening? Barbara Eden is 87.

by Anonymousreply 44104/18/2019

Yes, it really happened, R441. In 1984, as someone already mentioned upthread.

by Anonymousreply 44204/18/2019

[quote]He's a very interesting actor, very intense. I saw him do

Do what? Do what? Don't keep us hanging, r381!

by Anonymousreply 44304/18/2019

R442, But R408 seemed to mean that she's doing it in 2019.

by Anonymousreply 44404/18/2019

Yes, Rose.

by Anonymousreply 44504/18/2019

[quote]isn't she a bit long in the tooth for the roll?

Not if it's a Porterhouse.

by Anonymousreply 44604/18/2019

[quote]I think Kong is holding on not for nominations, so much, as the opportunity to be on the Tony telecast...

I can see the opening sequence of the Tonys, where there's a thick cloud of fog on the stage. Slowly, through the mist, the face of Kong appears (just like in the show), with a mighty roar. It's a spectacular effect.

Then out comes Kong's hand. Cradled in it is James Corden, with that damsel-in-distress look. Kong gently puts him down at the foot of the stage.

Corden: "Thanks Kong for the ride! This midtown traffic is a bitch."

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[quote]Happy to see Barbara Eden touring in 'Woman of the Year', but isn't she a bit long in the tooth for the roll?

I think her teeth are nice, but I can't believe how old she is!

by Anonymousreply 44804/18/2019

R447, which one of my fucking writers spilled the beans?

by Anonymousreply 44904/18/2019

R408 is clearly making a cutesy joke referencing the post from the person who toured with Eden in WOTY in 1984. He knows she's not doing it now, but he thinks he's cute making that phony-dumb statement.

by Anonymousreply 45004/18/2019

Don't forget about Joyce Bulifant, who played Murray's wife. She's still alive, too. And on Twitter.

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[quote] isn't she a bit long in the tooth for the roll?

[quote]Not if it's a Porterhouse.

A Porterhouse is a kind of STEAK. The roll is PARKER HOUSE.

by Anonymousreply 45204/18/2019

I wonder how many posters saw the mistake ^^ and let it pass without a correction......

by Anonymousreply 45304/18/2019

Why are no actor nominees people of color???

by Anonymousreply 45404/18/2019

I still can't get over that horrible wig and costume design in the Sutton Foster/Sweet Charity clip. Did anyone see the production? I remember them talking about bringing it to Broadway, but that obviously never happened. It looked like lousy community theatre.

I don't know if a revival of that could do decent business without a big star attached. I know some people go back and forth on her, but Emma Stone would be wonderful as Charity in a few years. Not sure if she could dance it, but I bet she could sing it and I know she could act it.

by Anonymousreply 45504/18/2019

R454 to what are you referring?

by Anonymousreply 45604/18/2019

So is the best revival Tony going to the dreadful NOKLAMOMA! or the mediocre Kiss Me, Kate production?

So glad I got to see the Stokes Mitchell/Marin Mazzie KMK revival. Not perfect but still wonderful.

by Anonymousreply 45704/18/2019

I worked on Fosse/Verdon. Stand in for Evan Handler (Hal Prince). Must admit, I'm vaguely unimpressed with the show itself. The acting is fine, but, what are they going for? I'm just not getting it.

by Anonymousreply 45804/18/2019

Sorry for the typo. NOKLAHOMA! of course. Does anyone remember the gay porno VHS version, OKLAHOMO!, about the gay cowboy Curley rivaling gay farmhand Jud to take the gay farmhand Laury to the "box" social? They replaced the musical numbers with sex scenes. It was sort of fun.

Oklahomo! (Video 1996)

Directed by Casey O'Brian, Peter O'Brian. With Peter Bishop, Nic Collins, Ty Davenport, Aja Devore.

by Anonymousreply 45904/18/2019

Not especially hot, mind you ^, but fun. I love that it's listed on IMDB because people have accused me of making this up.

by Anonymousreply 46004/18/2019

I saw it. I own it.

by Anonymousreply 46104/18/2019

I turned 18 in December '97 and began frequenting the local porn shop. I recall seeing it there a lot -- it stuck out because I grew up on the R&H movie musicals -- but I never rented it. I remember being turned off by the cover. Pretty ugly case, which is why I didn't pick it up to examine it further. But now I'm really curious. LOL

by Anonymousreply 46204/18/2019

Times third stringer Laura-Collins Hughes is also the person whose accusation of a ‘lingering’ wet kiss at an opening night party was part of the ‘evidence’ that led to Gordon Edelstein losing his job as artistic director at Long Wharf Theatre. She’s an odd one.

by Anonymousreply 46304/18/2019

Has anyone seen the new Donmar Sweet Charity? Anne Marie Duff apparently cannot sing at all.

by Anonymousreply 46404/18/2019

To [R327]:

I saw Diener and the original cast of MoML on Saturday night of their first week of performances, at the Anta Washington Square Theater, in November of 1965. It was my first Broadway musical, and I loved it. Everyone was wonderful, but Diener and Kiley were stellar. I also was moved to see Robert Rounseville in person, whom I had heard on Candide.

It seemed a very movement-oriented show, along with some masks and minor props, with an ensemble cast. Not to mention a drawbridge lowering from the ceiling, creating a paranoid effect in the audience. (The Anta was a thrust stage in a semi-circular arena, very similar to the Vivian Beaumont, though not nearly as finished, with bare cement floors. But the staging used all that, a quality lacking in later proscenium productions.)

After the show, as my mother, older brother and I were standing outside, Diener appeared nearby, to be greeted by friends. When they were enthusiastic about her and the show, her response was, “Did you really like it?” (The show took a while to catch on, at first mostly by word of mouth. It seemed that it took about six months before there was a cast album. Then the growing presence of “The Impossible Dream,” which I first heard that night as an inspirational anthem, eventually became so massively popular, blaring everywhere under the sun, about anything you can imagine, that you could hear it everywhere, and the show’s popularity soared. I eventuality got sick of it.)

But that night was indeed a magical experience.

I also saw Diener in the misbegotten Cry For Us All. But that, as they say, is another story.

by Anonymousreply 46504/18/2019

[quote]So is the best revival Tony going to the dreadful NOKLAMOMA! or the mediocre Kiss Me, Kate production?

This will never happen, but -- they should eliminate that category this year. Neither of these productions deserves to be nominated for a Tony, let alone to win one.

by Anonymousreply 46604/18/2019

How cute was Brooks Ashmanskas back in the day?

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He looks like Paul Reiser there.

by Anonymousreply 46804/18/2019

[quote ]...they should eliminate that category this year. Neither of these productions deserves to be nominated for a Tony, let alone to win one.

Agreed, The late 90s revival with Stokes Mitchell and Marin Mazzie wasn't perfect but was very, very good,

by Anonymousreply 46904/18/2019

R465 what did you think of the movie?

by Anonymousreply 47004/18/2019

A young Nathan Lane, for contrast.

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Young Patti!

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R467 he looks like that guy from Full House who broke Alanis Morrissette's heart and she wrote that mean song about it.

by Anonymousreply 47304/18/2019

Rehearsing for EVITA.

She looks like Anne Hathaway's ethnic cousin from Valley Stream.

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Diener was also in the notorious flop "Home Sweet Homer" Lord, it sounds like an SNL skit.

by Anonymousreply 47504/18/2019

Joan Diener is bringing you full-on Smirky Blonde Glamour, people.

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Did Miss Diener also go through a brief Diahann Carroll period?

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I'm Joan Diener. This is my face.

And my bosom. This is my bosom and my face.

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Cover girl!

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I never understood that Aldonza costume with all of the fishnet around her cleavage. Did Aldonza work the docks of La Mancha?

by Anonymousreply 48004/18/2019

I've not seen the Donmar Sweet Charity but the photos on BWW look horrendous.

I'm also not wild about the idea of Emma Stone or other ingenues playing her. I saw the original with Gwen and the national tour with Chita and what made that show hilarious was the utter hardness of the girls of the Fandango Palace (surely you've all seen the film?). They're not a bunch of LA cheerleaders at a mixer.

by Anonymousreply 48104/18/2019

Did anyone see the Christina Applegate production? I was just getting into musical theater when that revival came around, so I missed it. I think it was nominated for several Tonys.

by Anonymousreply 48204/18/2019

349 - I agree that the OBC Recording of the Stokes/MEM didn't begin to capture the magic of that revival. And Stokes admitted later he shit the bed by going for the High F at the end of the song on the recording (he said to hit the F is akin to reaching the dream...the D leaves it unresolved/open-ended -- I thought this was pretty insightful)

As I recall, that 2002 revival initially received pretty tepid/middling reviews -- and Stokes was meandering a bit in the role early on. That said, by the time I saw it in July 2003, with Marin opposite Stokes -- it was a *profoundly* moving theatrical experience. Going into it, I remember critics ragging on about the overbearing metal silo of a set -- but I thought it worked perfectly within the world established of that production. Magical really. And Stokes was truly masterful in the part. I was sitting next to two older ladies who had seen the original at the ANTA-Washington Square several times, and subsequent revivals. They were very reluctant going in as Kiley and Diener were admittedly peerless in those parts. But by the final reprise of 'The Impossible Dream', they were balling their eyes out. They grabbed me by the arm during the bows and said "This. THIS was even better." I had to agree (I know, Mary!)

by Anonymousreply 48304/18/2019

If LuPone didn't get Evita, how long would it have taken her to get to the top? What could she have done. Would she have switched to Hollywood.

by Anonymousreply 48404/18/2019

LEHMAN TRILOGY in talks to do limited engagement on Bway this fall--with original cast.

by Anonymousreply 48504/18/2019

The Lehman Trilogy, Ink, The Ferryman and The Inheritance are the best theater I've seen in years. Now more than ever, the Brits are putting us to shame in the theatre.

by Anonymousreply 48604/18/2019

R482 -- I saw the Applegate production at the Hirschfeld late in its short run. She definitely gave it her all, and I recall liking her in the part a lot -- even if her dancing and singing weren't relevatory. It was a similar reaction to seeing Melanie Griffith in Chicago -- though Applegate had far better dancing chops than MG. Denis O'Hare was the real standout in that strange production. Perfectly cast as Oscar and had great chemistry with Applegate. But the scenery and choreography by Wayne Cilento (IIRC?) was no great shake.

It was a very 'dark' production -- almost had the feel of a black box mounting of the show, given the minimal scenery. Compared to some of the shlock treading the boards now -- it probably would be seen as a first rate revival today, but at the time, it had lost its sheen during its out-of-town tryouts (what with Applegate breaking her ankle and D'Amboise stepping in, and the drama on whether she'd return). Applegate was VERY likeable however and gave it her all -- unfortunately, she was weighed down by an uncertain physical production, indecisive direction from Walter Bobbie and lame choreo. A shame as that brassy Cy Coleman score never sounded better!

by Anonymousreply 48704/18/2019

True, R486. But if we nurtured our own playwrights and playwriting here like the Brits do, it would be different.

by Anonymousreply 48804/18/2019

R483 wasn't that Marin/Stokes Mitchell KSK revival from 1999-2000?

by Anonymousreply 48904/18/2019

R489 -- Sorry was talking about the Man Of La Mancha revival (2002-2003 season) You're correct the Marin/Stokes KMK revival ran from 1999-2001.

by Anonymousreply 49004/18/2019

R469, A bootleg DVD recording exists. I've seen it.

by Anonymousreply 49104/18/2019

Why did Patti sing "Ladies Who Lunch" sitting down in the London production?

by Anonymousreply 49204/18/2019

R490 my mistake. If I'd read it more carefully, I would've figured it out.

by Anonymousreply 49304/18/2019

I saw the Christina Applegate Sweet Charity. She was very charming and likable. Denis O’Hare was quite good.

With only two potential nominees for Best Revival of a Musical, the Tonys have the option of combining the category with Best Revival of a Play and only giving out one Best Revival award. But both potential nominees are plausible, and eliminating a category would mean one less production could trumpet a Tony win, so it will never happen. It’s a business in the end, after all.

by Anonymousreply 49404/18/2019

I've always felt Charity works better in a smaller production. The storyline often gets gobbled up with those Fosse type production numbers. Tone everything down and the story and wonderful score comes through much more clearly.

by Anonymousreply 49504/18/2019

She gives her junior sister the chocolate!

by Anonymousreply 49604/18/2019

In regard to R 486's statement, who is America's greatest living playwright?

by Anonymousreply 49704/18/2019

Seeing the Donmar Sweet Charity next week.

I’d watch Anne-Marie Duff in anything. She’s the real deal, and elevates everything in which she leads. I’m quite looking forward, even if the production turns out to be a dud.

by Anonymousreply 49804/18/2019

[quote]But by the final reprise of 'The Impossible Dream', they were balling their eyes out

They were fucking? Right there in the theater?

by Anonymousreply 49904/18/2019

The score to Tootsie is so substandard it’s hard to comprehend. Every song feels like a first draft. The Sandy number is a direct lift of Model Behavior. Yazbek can’t write a ballad to save his life. This one shows that he simply has no understanding of musical composition or craft. The lyrics are better, but display his over-used, over-stuffed “comedy” shtick.

Santino hits all his marks but still seems like a good performer with no star energy.

The love interest (Jessica Lange character) is played the most boring actress in the western world.

Michael McGrath and Reg Rogers are doing dueling Nathan Lane impersonations. Amusing, but times 2?

Super-ugly set and costumes that seem to SCREAM 1980s. Although the program says it’s NYC “today.”

by Anonymousreply 50004/19/2019

Combing Best Play and Best Musical in one category? Has that ever been done before?

by Anonymousreply 50104/19/2019

I’m wondering about acting nominations for The Prom cast? Could it get two Lead Actress nominations, two Features Actors and one Featured Actress?

by Anonymousreply 50204/19/2019

R501 until 1994, musicals and plays were combined together to award Best Revival. After that, the categories were split into Best Revival of a Play and Best Revival of a Musical. Just for this season at least, IMO, they should combine the categories once again.

by Anonymousreply 50304/19/2019

I certainly hope that when the Donmar production of "Charity" arrives on Broadway (and you know it will), that our own beloved Lens Dunham is cast as Charity Hope Valentine. If anyone can pull off the charm of the sad little ragamuffin who is Charity, it would be that dynamo Lens! Fingers crossed!!

by Anonymousreply 50404/19/2019

The Play Revivals are not great either. King Lear is really disappointing. The Waverly Gallery, which was good but not great, could well win. My vote would be for The Boys in the Band, despite its flaws.

by Anonymousreply 50504/19/2019

Does BOYS IN THE BAND have a chance at any nods? Since it played last summer, many at the time thought that the Tonys would overlook it, but since it's been such a lackluster season, will they reach back that far to nominate something/someone?

by Anonymousreply 50604/19/2019

There were only seven play revivals this season, none of which got raves. Burn This and Waverly are getting in. I think Boys and All My Sons are the other two.

by Anonymousreply 50704/19/2019

[quote] There were only seven play revivals this season, none of which got raves.

Looking at the critic breakdowns on Show Score, Waverly's reviews were almost entirely raves, save for a few outliers like AMNY and NJ.com. Boys in the Band also did well, but had some very significant detractors, including the New York Times, Washington Post and Wall Street Journal.

The Waverly Gallery https://www.show-score.com/broadway-shows/the-waverly-gallery

The Boys in the Band https://www.show-score.com/broadway-shows/boys-in-the-band-broadway

by Anonymousreply 50804/19/2019

Will try that again...

The Waverly Gallery on Show Score

The Waverly Gallery (Broadway)

Show-Score members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing

by Anonymousreply 50904/19/2019

The four best revival of a play nominees will be: All My Sons, Boys in the Band, Burn This, and Waverly Gallery. No idea which will win.

by Anonymousreply 51004/19/2019

The Boys in the Band on Show Score

The Boys in the Band (Broadway)

Show-Score members say: Great acting, Funny, Absorbing, Entertaining, Relevant

by Anonymousreply 51104/19/2019

I’m not sure if the Donmar production will transfer. Rourke is pretty done with theatre and looking to focus on more screen work.

by Anonymousreply 51204/19/2019

Even though Glenda got strong notices, the tepid response to Lear overall must hurt her Tony chances. Everyone thought she had it in the bag, but its possible Elaine May takes it. There was a lot of love for that performance (and her career). I'd still vote for Laura Donnelly, she does a lot more than May with a much more difficult balancing act. Plus, Laura is what really made the last 10 minutes of that show simultaneously seem to flash in front of your eyes and last forever. I can't imagine a "big name actress" making those moments sing like Laura, they'd be pulling focus and breaking into histrionics.

Will Annette and Laurie both get in? They had buzz but nobody seems to care about the shows or the performances.

by Anonymousreply 51304/19/2019

Those who want to combine the Revival categories seem to want to deprive Oklahoma! of a win. If it's up against KMK, it will win.

by Anonymousreply 51404/19/2019

I liked Ferryman a lot and thought Laura Donnelly was very good, but haven't understood the fuss over that performance either. I felt Elaine May disappeared into that role, and it's a fiendishly difficult part. I thought it was one of the greatest performances I've seen in 40+ years of theatergoing.

by Anonymousreply 51504/19/2019

"one of the greatest performances I've seen in 40+ years of theatergoing" -- oh MARY! So much for Judi Dench, Meryl, Maggie Smith ,Angela Lansbury...

by Anonymousreply 51604/19/2019

TOOTSIE is one of those shows that you can tell that no one on the creative team was working on the same show. Tone/style/point of view is all over the place. It's not bad, it's just not good. It need a stronger directorial/writing hand. And between this and Pretty Woman, Rockwell should be ashamed.

by Anonymousreply 51704/19/2019

Enough with the show score crap....That thing is a joke.

by Anonymousreply 51804/19/2019

I saw Lear at the Old Vic and thought it was dreadful.

Do they still have those giant plastic sheets?

by Anonymousreply 51904/19/2019

that was an entirely different production

by Anonymousreply 52004/19/2019

FERRYMAN is a lock for Best Play. I should think Sam Mendes is, too.

by Anonymousreply 52104/19/2019

A Charity who is a great actress but can't sing or dance? Jeez, just do Nights of Cabiria instead.

by Anonymousreply 52204/19/2019

R467 People here like to drag him for his weight but Brooks still IS cute, IMO. I wish he'd smile more in photos instead of making goofy faces.

BTW he was still using that headshot in 2003, when he was in Mendes' Gypsy and not exactly fresh-faced anymore.

by Anonymousreply 52304/19/2019

The 60s moved very fast, so the movie of Sweet Charity in 1969 seemed very dated the day it opened, only 3 years after the show. But in hindsight, it's a very good movie, and Shirley MacLaine really is superb.

by Anonymousreply 52404/19/2019

Who did he play? Tulsa?

by Anonymousreply 52504/19/2019
Chita Rivera, Paula Kelly & Shirley Maclaine in "There's Gotta Be Something Better Than This"

3 women in the explosive There's Gotta Be Something Better Than This rooftop dance from Sweet Charity. All of the Fosse trademarks are here: the tiny movemen...

by Anonymousreply 52604/19/2019

No, the Old Vic’s King Lear (with Glenda Jackson) is the production that has just opened on Broadway.

by Anonymousreply 52704/19/2019

Oh you’re right, it is a different production, just starring the same actor. The production shots look extremely similar which confused me. Why do the same play in the same way twice?

by Anonymousreply 52804/19/2019

R525, he played all of the character men; Mr Goldstone, etc.

by Anonymousreply 52904/19/2019

Why aren't all of the actors in Oklahoma in wheelchairs?

by Anonymousreply 53004/19/2019

[quote]Why aren't all of the actors in Oklahoma in wheelchairs?

R530, because some *can* say "no".

by Anonymousreply 53104/19/2019

I thought Boys in the Band made a point of NOT inviting Tony voters because the season had already concluded. Did they invite them for consideration for this year? I'm not so sure.

Could it win noms without formally inviting the voters? Were the Tony nominators even invited?

Were rulings made about which actors would be considered Lead and which Featured?

by Anonymousreply 53204/19/2019

There is NO question now that Elaine May will win the Tony. End of discussion.

by Anonymousreply 53304/19/2019

Boys in the Band invited Tony voters. I am one. I saw it.

by Anonymousreply 53404/19/2019

And I absolutely think Oklahoma will win Best Revival even if musicals and plays are combined. Daniel Fish will probably even win Best Director of a Musical. Certainly NONE of the others are worth awarding.

I don't care for this Oklahoma but it is an audacious achievement that will surely be recognized, even I can admit that.

by Anonymousreply 53504/19/2019

One hand clapping.

That 2003 revival of La Mancha added an unnecessary modulation and second chorus to The Impossible Dream for the sake of grandstanding high notes. If there ever was a character that resisted showboating, it's humble Don Quixote.

by Anonymousreply 53604/19/2019

Why does Reeve Carney get work? Everything he's in flops, and he's completely boring and wonder bread on stage. Someone explain, please.

by Anonymousreply 53704/19/2019

He's Art (Norton!) Carney's grandson, and thus show biz royalty, R537. And some people find him hot.

I... do not.

by Anonymousreply 53804/19/2019

My niece went to Hamilton High Performing Arts Magnet with him and I saw him in many productions. Truthfully, I would have laughed if you told me that he would be a successful working actor. There were a few other boys I thought would go on to big careers who didn't.

by Anonymousreply 53904/19/2019

[quote]And I absolutely think Oklahoma will win Best Revival even if musicals and plays are combined. Daniel Fish will probably even win Best Director of a Musical. Certainly NONE of the others are worth awarding. I don't care for this Oklahoma but it is an audacious achievement that will surely be recognized, even I can admit that.

I really hate to say this, but I think you're right.

[quote]Why does Reeve Carney get work? Everything he's in flops, and he's completely boring and wonder bread on stage. Someone explain, please.

If you'll start by explaining what you mean when you say that "everything he's in flops." Has he been in shows Off-Broadway or in other cities that have flopped? Because, on Broadway, he has only been in SPIDER-MAN (which indeed must be considered a flop, despite a run of two and a half years) and HADESTOWN (which seems to be a hit, and at any rate certainly can't be rated a "flop" as of yet even if turns out to be one).

by Anonymousreply 54004/19/2019

[quote]As I recall, that 2002 revival initially received pretty tepid/middling reviews -- and Stokes was meandering a bit in the role early on. That said, by the time I saw it in July 2003, with Marin opposite Stokes -- it was a *profoundly* moving theatrical experience. Going into it, I remember critics ragging on about the overbearing metal silo of a set -- but I thought it worked perfectly within the world established of that production. Magical really. And Stokes was truly masterful in the part. I was sitting next to two older ladies who had seen the original at the ANTA-Washington Square several times, and subsequent revivals. They were very reluctant going in as Kiley and Diener were admittedly peerless in those parts. But by the final reprise of 'The Impossible Dream', they were balling their eyes out. They grabbed me by the arm during the bows and said "This. THIS was even better." I had to agree (I know, Mary!)

Maybe Stokes got a lot better as the run progressed. At the beginning, he was using areally fake, ponderous voice for the Quixote scenes and his own very modern, slick voice for the Cervantes scenes. It was a not a good performance at all.

[quote]I agree that the OBC Recording of the Stokes/MEM didn't begin to capture the magic of that revival. And Stokes admitted later he shit the bed by going for the High F at the end of the song on the recording (he said to hit the F is akin to reaching the dream...the D leaves it unresolved/open-ended -- I thought this was pretty insightful)

At least he eventually admitted it was a big mistake. Too bad he didn't have that insight earlier, which would have kept him from adding that high note in the first place.

[quote]I've always felt Charity works better in a smaller production. The storyline often gets gobbled up with those Fosse type production numbers. Tone everything down and the story and wonderful score comes through much more clearly.

Oh yes -- all those awful production numbers with all that annoying Fosse choreography. Didn't miss those at all. (Are you insane?)

[quote]Until 1994, musicals and plays were combined together to award Best Revival. After that, the categories were split into Best Revival of a Play and Best Revival of a Musical. Just for this season at least, IMO, they should combine the categories once again.

Yes, they really should, and it's sad that they almost certainly won't.

[quote]Does BOYS IN THE BAND have a chance at any nods? Since it played last summer, many at the time thought that the Tonys would overlook it, but since it's been such a lackluster season, will they reach back that far to nominate something/someone?

I think it has an excellent chance of a Best Revival nod at least, though it may not get any acting noms because there's so much competition in those categories.

[quote]Even though Glenda got strong notices, the tepid response to Lear overall must hurt her Tony chances. Everyone thought she had it in the bag, but its possible Elaine May takes it.

You really think everyone thought Glenda would win her second Tony in a row over Elaine May? I don't agree at all. Seems to me Jackson made two big mistakes -- in choosing to come back to Broadwsy so soon (after such a long absence previously), and in deciding to come in a new (and apparently bad) production of KING LEAR rather than the production for which she was lauded in the U.K.

[quote]Those who want to combine the Revival categories seem to want to deprive Oklahoma! of a win.

Correct.

by Anonymousreply 54104/19/2019

[quote]TOOTSIE is one of those shows that you can tell that no one on the creative team was working on the same show. Tone/style/point of view is all over the place. It's not bad, it's just not good. It need a stronger directorial/writing hand.

I haven't seen TOOTSIE yet, but when I read the first announcement of the creative team, the big red flag for me was the director, Scott Ellis. If what you say is true, I'd place the blame squarely on his shoulders. I think he's an untalented director who has lucked into a fair number of hits, or semi-hits. Though a lot of the shows he has directed have been for the Roundabout, so it's not always easy to say if they were real hits (because of the limited runs).

by Anonymousreply 54204/19/2019

Every movie Reeve Carney has made has been a flop. What was that horrifying Beatles thing Taymor made with him? Ugh...

by Anonymousreply 54304/19/2019

His "Penny Dreadful" series was dreadful and it flopped! Let's keep going with more Reeve Carney flops!

by Anonymousreply 54404/19/2019

Hadestown will not win the Tony for best musical. It's too cerebral and cold. The voters always go for the shows with heart. That means either "Aint Too Proud" or "The Prom"

by Anonymousreply 54504/19/2019

R544 PENNY DREADFUL was not a flop. It received favorable reviews and lasted 3 seasons. It ended because the creator felt the story had reached its conclusion. There's a spin-off in the works.

by Anonymousreply 54604/19/2019

I saw the Applegate Sweet Charity as well and she really was wonderful in the part and I wish she'd come back to Broadway. She was incredibly funny and charming and her singing was no better or worse than anyone else who's played the role. The production itself was kinda weird, though. I didn't care for it as a whole.

by Anonymousreply 54704/19/2019

I love it when pompous theatre queens make pronouncements like “Daniel Fish will win the Tony!!” as if they can will it into happening.

The only award he’s a shoo-in for is the fuggo oh the year.

Image: Daniel Fish Photo (2014-01-09)

Found on Google from broadwayworld.com

by Anonymousreply 54804/19/2019

I'm the housekeeper!

by Anonymousreply 54904/19/2019

Please tell me Fish is not gay, because he's fugly...Let the straights have him and all his pretentiousness.

by Anonymousreply 55004/19/2019

Wow. What is the deal with Scott Ellis? He has directed everything.

Have any of the musicals he has directed ever recouped? What rotten luck.

by Anonymousreply 55104/19/2019

Does anybody remember that before Applegate, it was to be (if I remember the order) Krakowski, Elfman, then Tomei?

Marisa Tomei to Star in Sweet Charity Revival | Playbill

Marisa Tomei will play the title dreamer in a new revival of the musical Sweet Charity intended for Broadway. She replaced "Dharma and Greg" star Jenna Elfman, who was originally slated to headline the production, but recently backed out.

by Anonymousreply 55204/19/2019

Speaking of the '05 Sweet Charity, WHET to Janine LaManna? She hasn't been on Broadway in over a decade.

by Anonymousreply 55304/19/2019

R552, yes because Krakowski, refused to do the role unless the character of Charity was "empowered".

by Anonymousreply 55404/19/2019

Was Elfman serious considered? Wasn't she bounded out of the "Nine" revival because at some point in rehearsal (!) they discovered she couldn't sing?

by Anonymousreply 55504/19/2019

R554 empowered how?

by Anonymousreply 55604/19/2019

Like go against everything the character of put-upon, dumped on, taken advantage of, etc. that actually is sweet Charity.

by Anonymousreply 55704/19/2019

R525, Mr. Goldstone.

Tulsa was played by other DL fave David Burtka.

by Anonymousreply 55804/19/2019

Applegate should return to play Roxie on Broadway. She still has fans from MWC and could be a very nice replacement.

by Anonymousreply 55904/19/2019

David Burtka was only really a favorite when he bared his body in the "Play about the Baby" and Marian Seldes and Brian Murray still stole the show.

by Anonymousreply 56004/19/2019

Theatre Twitter seems certain that Hadestown will sweep. I'm not so sure. Industry folks love The Prom; they respect Hadestown. I tend to agree that The Prom is the sentimental favorite.

Saw Tootsie the other day. The humor is fun in the moment, but ultimately forgettable. Couldn't they have found someone who could've turned in more of a star performance than Santino?

by Anonymousreply 56104/19/2019

"Theatre Twitter"....No there's a reliable source....

by Anonymousreply 56204/19/2019

[quote] Marian Seldes and Brian Murray still stole the show.

They'r'e both dead.

by Anonymousreply 56304/19/2019

R563 Still better than Burkas' cock

by Anonymousreply 56404/19/2019

That was the same reason they chose not to go with her for Charity, r555.

by Anonymousreply 56504/19/2019

“Still Better than Burtka’s Cock” and Other Tales From My Crazy Life

By Neil Patrick Harris

by Anonymousreply 56604/19/2019

Colin Donnell has been bumped from 'Chicago Med'.....suppose he can spend his time caring for Patti

by Anonymousreply 56704/19/2019

Wait, what happened? I don't watch that show.

by Anonymousreply 56804/19/2019

Am I the only one who thinks the book to Sweet Charity is bad? Dances work, but in terms of story nothing really happens until she meets Oscar. It’s all treading water till then and that’s almost the act break. The entire movie star adventure could be lifted with no harm to the story. The rest just seems like a bunch of mildly ( very mildly) amusing scenes around which dance numbers are built while a heroine learns pretty much nothing from her experiences.

by Anonymousreply 56904/19/2019

I did the show last year, and I think you're being harsh. Is it A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC? Hardly. But bad? No. The book is vignette-episodic in its structure--Charity questions her life and aspires to something greater throughout and the audience roots for her. Her lack of education. poor choices and limited opportunities, however, continually thwart her, but she never flags in her quest for love. She's the Eternal Optimist. Sure, the book was built around its terpsichorean star and it's essentially a character portrait--but what's wrong with that? Would that a new show today had that much charm to offer.

by Anonymousreply 57004/19/2019

Those of you think Daniel Fish doesn't deserve the Tony for Oklahoma....well, who do you think should win it?

by Anonymousreply 57104/19/2019

The visionary director of King Kong. You know, what’shisname...

by Anonymousreply 57204/19/2019
Gwen Verdon I'm a Brass Band

The amazing Gwen Verdon performing I'm a Brass Band on the Ed Sullivan show. I'm surprised this hasn't been uploaded before...Gwen at her most magnificent

by Anonymousreply 57304/19/2019

The book for ALNM isn't the greatest either. John Simon said that the wit in "Smiles of a Summer Night" was beautifully continental but the wit in ALNM would barely pass muster at the Continental Baths.

by Anonymousreply 57404/19/2019

Did anyone else see the recent LA revival of "Charity" with Laura Bell Bundy, Jon-Jon Briones and DL fave Barrett Foa? I thought it was a lot of fun.

by Anonymousreply 57504/19/2019

Has anyone ever proposed a musical about (and with the music of) Stevie Wonder? He has an incredible catalog of hits -- many more than some of the other performers whose works have been incorporated into a musical -- in either the jukebox or biographical format. I don't know that much about his story and whether it would make a good musical, but the music itself certainly would.

by Anonymousreply 57604/19/2019

Spare me the received (and fatuous) opinion, r574. ALNM is not only a superb adaptation of a screenplay to a libretto for the musical stage, with several structural innovations throughout, but Wheeler fleshed out and added his own rueful ruminations on middle-aged ennui, replete with wisdom and, yes, wit (there are few scenes as scintillatingly adult as the Frederik-Desiree reunion in Act One). Listen to a live recording from the production and the audience vocally responds to the incisive dialogue and lyrics throughout. Unlike contemporary adaptations, Wheeler had something to contribute to the story, and he accomplished it superbly.

by Anonymousreply 57704/19/2019

David Burtka was naked for a while, not just a minute or so. Too bad the play was somewhat interesting, so I have less time to watch David.

by Anonymousreply 57804/19/2019

I think I like this

Beth Leavel performs 'The Lady's Improving' from 'The Prom' musical l GMA Digital

Tony award-winning actress Beth Leavel performs her show-stopping hit, "The Lady's Improving." WATCH FULL EPISODES: http://abc.go.com/shows/good-morning-amer...

by Anonymousreply 57904/19/2019

Beth's a treasure, R579. I don't think the song (or the moment in the show) would have half the impact it does without her comedic touch.

by Anonymousreply 58004/19/2019

R559 Fred Applegate's busy in THE FERRYMAN, and, besides, he's more of a Nicki than a Charity.

by Anonymousreply 58104/19/2019

The song at R579 isn't much. Leavel wrings every drop of blood from that stone.

Lyrically, it's kinda clever.... until it isn't. Don't strive for dazzling wordplay if you're not up to the task.

The music is worse. Where are the composers for music theatre?

by Anonymousreply 58204/19/2019

Agreed, r577. It’s one of the best books ever, right up there with Gypsy.

by Anonymousreply 58304/19/2019

[quote]John Simon said that the wit in "Smiles of a Summer Night" was beautifully continental but the wit in ALNM would barely pass muster at the Continental Baths.

WTF would John Simon have known about what could "pass muster at the Continental Baths?" Or was it just his gratuitous homophobia talking?

Theatregoers who resent the current age of enforced "political correctness" don't have to dig that far back to Simon and his endless litany of racism, sexism, and homophobia. Simon is still alive--and has wound up exactly where he deserves. Writing in exile and largely forgotten.

by Anonymousreply 58404/19/2019

Best books of a musical, IMHO:

CABARET

GYPSY

A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC

SWEENEY TODD

SOUTH PACIFIC

WEST SIDE STORY

A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM

1776

It's a hugely underappreciated craft.

by Anonymousreply 58504/19/2019

Some contemporary musicals with good books: NEXT TO NORMAL and DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS.

by Anonymousreply 58604/19/2019

I’m pretty sure Rachel Chavkin, the director of Hadestown, is going to win, even if the show loses to The Prom. She also directed Great Comet.

I think The Prom has a real chance to win Best Musical. But I don’t think Ain’t Too Proud does.

by Anonymousreply 58704/19/2019

We are so deep into jukebox musicals. What makes AIN'T TOO PROUD such a standout?

by Anonymousreply 58804/19/2019

I haven't seen Ain't Too Proud so perhaps I shouldn't comment but I bet its box office will quickly slip by the end of the summer. And that's true of The Cher Show, too. I don't think any juke box musicals will see the mega success of Jersey Boys any more. Audiences are tired of them.

by Anonymousreply 58904/19/2019

Good God, Gary is a stinker. An excruciating evening of playwright-babble. Mac has no clothes...

by Anonymousreply 59004/19/2019

First midnight!

by Anonymousreply 59104/19/2019

R585 no British musicals on your list?

by Anonymousreply 59204/19/2019

Seriously, R592? What would you add?

by Anonymousreply 59304/19/2019

BITTER SWEET, r593. But that's about it.

by Anonymousreply 59404/19/2019

Second Midnight!

by Anonymousreply 59504/19/2019

Great shows, bad books (so many to choose from:

HAIR

COMPANY

SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE

PAL JOEY

RENT

by Anonymousreply 59604/19/2019

Ok are we finishing up the other two 351 threads, or starting a new one?

by Anonymousreply 59704/19/2019

I'm just along for the ride. I'm not masochistic enough to START a theatre thread.

by Anonymousreply 59804/19/2019

THIRD MIDNIGHT!

by Anonymousreply 59904/19/2019

For old times's sake....

Bajour!

by Anonymousreply 60004/19/2019
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