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THEATRE GOSSIP #566: Regional Theatre Survivor Edition

I propose a new game where regional theaters have to go on a Survivor type show to keep their theaters open. What will be their test?

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by Anonymousreply 249July 12, 2024 3:46 PM

The season choices, naturally.

by Anonymousreply 1July 6, 2024 5:56 PM

[quote]Sondheim toyed with doing a musical where sitcom characters converged and it turned into Into The Woods. So would an I Love Lucy musical succeed?

I can't wait for Ethel's big 11 o'clock number: "I Have Sufficient!"

by Anonymousreply 2July 6, 2024 5:58 PM

Thanks, OP.

by Anonymousreply 3July 6, 2024 6:13 PM

Watching Joseph at a local theater, could a broadway Joseph be successful with a boy bander like harry styles or someone like that? Isn’t that how the Brit’s do it?

by Anonymousreply 4July 6, 2024 6:57 PM

[quote]Isn’t that how the Brit’s do it?

Oh, dear.

by Anonymousreply 5July 6, 2024 7:00 PM

It's worked pretty well in the past, R4, even if we weren't exactly "boy banders."

by Anonymousreply 6July 6, 2024 7:06 PM

David Archuleta also did Joseph in Utah to good reviews and would be a good idea for a Broadway revival.

by Anonymousreply 7July 6, 2024 7:32 PM

And there's Nick Jonas who plays Frankie Valli in the screen capture of Jersey Boys if the Dodgers can ever get anyone to buy it.

by Anonymousreply 8July 6, 2024 8:42 PM

Somebody find something for Marcia Gay Harden

by Anonymousreply 9July 6, 2024 9:59 PM

Joseph was at its best when it was 17 minutes long and sung by a children's school choir.

by Anonymousreply 10July 6, 2024 10:01 PM

[quote]Somebody find something for Marcia Gay Harden

MAME!

by Anonymousreply 11July 6, 2024 10:03 PM

Hey DL can you please help me find that article from maybe a year or so ago that was a satire of a typical post-pandemic regional theatre season? It was pithy and pointed and widely circulated and my Google skills are not getting the job done.

by Anonymousreply 12July 6, 2024 10:31 PM

R12 - not familiar with the article, but it sounds like something McSweeney's would publish?

by Anonymousreply 13July 6, 2024 11:05 PM

I miss driving up to Williamstown for quality theatre. Niko may have been a controlling asshat, but he knew how to run a successful theatre. in the late 70's, the Second Company was stocked with actors like Amanda Plummer, Brian Benben, Jamie Sheridan, and Isaiah Whitlock, Jr. I watched Amanda in Midsummer Night's Dream while sitting next to her Mom.

by Anonymousreply 14July 7, 2024 1:47 AM

This season's challenge: Can you survive without presenting a jukebox musical?

by Anonymousreply 15July 7, 2024 1:51 AM

Okay, start a list. What are all the jukebox musicals out there right now you can get the rights to. There's Ain't Misbehavin'...

by Anonymousreply 16July 7, 2024 1:57 AM

R15-The Prince musical is coming, and there's talk of a James Taylor musical, but he refuses to allow it. Then there's the fucking Dolly musical.

by Anonymousreply 17July 7, 2024 1:59 AM

There's the Louis Armstrong musical, which will play at Studio 54.

by Anonymousreply 18July 7, 2024 2:03 AM

Beautiful is available. One of our local theatres is doing it next month. I saw the original production and wasn't impressed. I don't think I have the fortitude to sit through a semi-pro take.

by Anonymousreply 19July 7, 2024 2:04 AM

"Jersey Boys" is playing everywhere but Jersey next season.

by Anonymousreply 20July 7, 2024 2:13 AM

Time's running out, Joni.

by Anonymousreply 21July 7, 2024 2:20 AM

Community theaters across America are doing "Beautiful". That's how simple it is.

by Anonymousreply 22July 7, 2024 2:40 AM

Oh for chrissakes, I had Tapestry, I had Music...but I have no interest in seeing Beautiful.

by Anonymousreply 23July 7, 2024 2:44 AM

Uh, r20, Paper Mill is kicking off their season with JERSEY BOYS. Can't get more Jersey than that.

by Anonymousreply 24July 7, 2024 2:56 AM

At least, with the decline in the artistry of the American musical we are getting exciting new plays on Broadway now.

by Anonymousreply 25July 7, 2024 2:57 AM

Which will run for a season and wither.

by Anonymousreply 26July 7, 2024 3:09 AM

That's a good thing, r26. Better that these theaters should get something new every season.

by Anonymousreply 27July 7, 2024 3:19 AM

Joni had a jukebox show in LA decades ago. Hinton Battle and Ren Woods were both in it and Joni singled them out for their performances. She also said she became interested in writing a musical after seeing it.

by Anonymousreply 28July 7, 2024 3:23 AM

Marcia Gay Harden *IS* Tuesday night Madame Rose!

by Anonymousreply 29July 7, 2024 3:25 AM

Marcia Gay Harden and Alyssa Milano in The Rink at the Totem Pole Playhouse

by Anonymousreply 30July 7, 2024 4:09 AM

Who's the hottest actor in Stereophonic?

by Anonymousreply 31July 7, 2024 4:22 AM

R31 - Christ Stack, who plays the British drummer of the band. In one (partially) shirtless scene he also gives a glimpse of a surprisingly nice body. His accent work is pretty flawless. I thought he was British. I think he's a touch older than the other members of the cast?

by Anonymousreply 32July 7, 2024 6:49 AM

A report from London about last night’s performance of HELLO, DOLLY!:

“This is not a revival of HELLO, DOLLY! but a production of a new version based on HELLO, DOLLY!. It has been quite extensively re-written. Starts with Dolly on her own in her room….and so on.”

by Anonymousreply 33July 7, 2024 8:14 AM

Leave it to Imelda to drain all the fun out of "Hello, Dolly!" R33.

by Anonymousreply 34July 7, 2024 8:16 AM

What good is Dolly, all alone in her room?

by Anonymousreply 35July 7, 2024 10:19 AM

Having just finished reading Mel Gussow’s excellent biography of Edward Albee, I have another question: How did the Tony-nominating committee of 2018 determine that Three Tall Women, which had never been produced on Broadway before, was a revival? Given the history of the play (no one would touch it for Broadway) and the playwright’s emergence from Off-Broadway theatre to Broadway where for the next 20 odd years, he offered almost exclusively experimental, boundary pushing works, it seems strange that they would “imagine” something had happened that didn’t. (Almost in keeping with Albee’s own work.) Notably, this was two years after Albee’s death. I suspect had he been alive, he wouldn’t have allowed it.

by Anonymousreply 36July 7, 2024 10:47 AM

The Tony Aware committee rules on whether a work is a classic, even if the show is receiving its first Broadway production. This has been in place since 2002. Recently, Appropriate was determined a revival under this rule.

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by Anonymousreply 37July 7, 2024 11:32 AM

Tony Award! Though Tony Aware is probably just as true.

by Anonymousreply 38July 7, 2024 11:35 AM

R32, agreed. Chris Stack is definitely the best looking with a great body.

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by Anonymousreply 39July 7, 2024 11:46 AM

More Chris Stack.

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by Anonymousreply 40July 7, 2024 11:47 AM

In the old days of After Dark magazine the males of Stereophonic might have all posed semi-nude on the cover, showing their asses or a hint of bush.

by Anonymousreply 41July 7, 2024 12:11 PM

Thanks, R37!

by Anonymousreply 42July 7, 2024 12:27 PM

What was the cast 5hat did that? The Good News revival, wasn’t it? And Harvey Evans showed almost everything for another After Dark cover.

by Anonymousreply 43July 7, 2024 12:28 PM

Also, the cast of THE CHANGING ROOM. Probably some others, too, it was a fairly regular After Dark feature.

by Anonymousreply 44July 7, 2024 12:37 PM

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by Anonymousreply 45July 7, 2024 12:39 PM

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by Anonymousreply 46July 7, 2024 12:40 PM

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by Anonymousreply 47July 7, 2024 12:42 PM

Those theatreboard.com reviews of Imelda and DOLLY are fairly ecstatic so far. I really wish I was in London now to see it. But the reviews (or chat as I should rightly call it) are so good I can only think there will be a West End transfer and I'll catch it this fall when I can return.

So far, only a brief unflattering mention of the new DEVIL WEARS PRADA, which also began previews last night, on the same board.

I do love reading that site. It's so easy to maneuver through it (no ads!!) unlike the horrific BroadwayWorld.com chat board.

And speaking of the BWW chat board, has anyone checked in on the chat from Chicago's run of MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD AND EVIL? Oh dear. Seems like they left off all the GOOD.

by Anonymousreply 48July 7, 2024 12:44 PM

Does Imelda clack her dentures and pop her eyes out of her head?

Of course - she always does.

by Anonymousreply 49July 7, 2024 1:30 PM

I guess Jerry Herman's estate doesn't give a hoot if the properties are mangled.

by Anonymousreply 50July 7, 2024 1:43 PM

R39 R40 R41

by Anonymousreply 51July 7, 2024 2:02 PM

Soul Train is coming

by Anonymousreply 52July 7, 2024 2:28 PM

R51....

by Anonymousreply 53July 7, 2024 2:52 PM

The thing about Imelda is her reviews are always amazing and people say she is “brilliant”

Then we watch the films of Gypsy and Follies and her performances are mannered and as if she had just been diagnosed with Down’s syndrome prior to taking places.

So which is it?

by Anonymousreply 54July 7, 2024 3:44 PM

It’s Down syndrome and it’s not funny.

by Anonymousreply 55July 7, 2024 4:06 PM

Lesley Anne Down Syndrome.

by Anonymousreply 56July 7, 2024 4:11 PM

You bitches have always hated Imelda Staunton because she dared to play Rose in Gypsy as something other than the torturous, cringeworthy, unwatchable psychodrama you NY theatre queens wet your pants over.

Get some therapy already.

by Anonymousreply 57July 7, 2024 4:24 PM

R57, what was the Staunton GYPSY if *not* torturous, cringeworthy and unwatchable? DL tears into Betty Buckley's Rose as humorless -- Staunton makes BB look like the laugh riot of all time.

by Anonymousreply 58July 7, 2024 4:46 PM

R54 “just been diagnosed with Down’s syndrome before taking places”? Really.

Not only is that a hateful way to insult disabled people, it also indicates you know nothing about how DS works.

I wouldn’t be casting aspersions on other people’s intelligence if I were you.

by Anonymousreply 59July 7, 2024 4:55 PM

Bye Merrily!!!

by Anonymousreply 60July 7, 2024 5:36 PM

R59 talk about humorless.

by Anonymousreply 61July 7, 2024 6:02 PM

James Corden delayed the start of the play he's in to watch the end of a soccer match

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by Anonymousreply 62July 7, 2024 6:13 PM

R62 Jesus wept.

by Anonymousreply 63July 7, 2024 6:16 PM

Will the birth of Lindsay's baby be front=page news?

by Anonymousreply 64July 7, 2024 6:59 PM

What if the baby keeps calling out?

by Anonymousreply 65July 7, 2024 7:06 PM

Could you imagine if the late, great Diana Rigg had been in that play? She would have smacked that fat fuck six ways to Sunday.

by Anonymousreply 66July 7, 2024 8:02 PM

[quote]She would have smacked that fat fuck six ways to Sunday.

In her Emma Peel black leather.

by Anonymousreply 67July 7, 2024 8:04 PM

It sounds like the audience and cast were on board with Corden’s stunt. Lighten up.

by Anonymousreply 68July 7, 2024 8:10 PM

Picture them as a cheeky After Dark cover. Very mid-70s.

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by Anonymousreply 69July 7, 2024 8:11 PM

There was a recent two-part episode of Freakonomics that focused on the economics behind mounting Stereophonic on Broadway. REALLY interesting deep dive into the business side (with plenty of insights on the artistic, too.) I was surprised that the actors revealed their salaries on the podcast, too.

by Anonymousreply 70July 7, 2024 8:15 PM

How much do the actors make, R70?

by Anonymousreply 71July 7, 2024 8:16 PM

R71 - I'll answer. But....

SPOILER WARNING FOR ANYONE WHO WANTS TO LISTEN TO THE PODCAST ....

....THERE...

...I...

...WARNED...

...YOU!

$5,000/wk on Broadway, which they negotiated for collectively. That's gross, obviously. The actor who plays Peter said he estimated his actual take home (after taxes, representation etc.) is in the mid $2000s/wk. One of the producers interviewed noted that the actors would also get a kick-back of B.O. once certain targets were hit, but they didn't specify what those were or how realistic hitting them was.

by Anonymousreply 72July 7, 2024 8:24 PM

Fuck off, R68, I missed me last train to Scunthorpe!

by Anonymousreply 73July 7, 2024 8:40 PM

[quote]Will the birth of Lindsay's baby be front=page news?

Doubtful. But it's sure to generate more tiresome Lindsay Mendez snark on DL.

by Anonymousreply 74July 7, 2024 8:57 PM

The cunt deserves it.

by Anonymousreply 75July 7, 2024 10:47 PM

R72-You forget, if actors are also playing their own instruments, they get paid extra for that too. Not to mention their royalties from sales online of the cast album. Any actor who doubles as a musician gets extra. As ofr down the line, I hope they negotiated a nice package from the future productions of the play as well.

by Anonymousreply 76July 7, 2024 11:30 PM

[quote]Although I don't think Jinx's "Somewhere That's Green" sounded so bad, I suppose we can all agree that she's much better casting as Mary Sunshine than as Audrey, for very obvious reasons.

Jinkx Monsoon, "One Day More" — MISCAST24 even the onstage cast is loving it.

by Anonymousreply 77July 8, 2024 12:24 AM

ooops....

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by Anonymousreply 78July 8, 2024 12:24 AM

That Jinkx “One Day More”is pretty wonderful.

by Anonymousreply 79July 8, 2024 12:34 AM

I liked it better when Cher sang all the characters in West Side Story.

by Anonymousreply 80July 8, 2024 12:40 AM

Ok Jinkx that’s pretty awesome

by Anonymousreply 81July 8, 2024 1:10 AM
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by Anonymousreply 82July 8, 2024 4:06 AM

I want Jinkx to do a one-person Follies. She can be a Sally AND a Phyllis!

by Anonymousreply 83July 8, 2024 5:11 AM

I want Jinkx to stop whipping it out and pissing on musical theater.

by Anonymousreply 84July 8, 2024 5:25 AM

[quote]I want Jinkx to stop whipping it out and pissing on musical theater.

The audience loved it, the cast on stage loved it and the YouTuber commenters loved it. OK then.

by Anonymousreply 85July 8, 2024 8:54 AM

Tiny Tim did it first.

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by Anonymousreply 86July 8, 2024 10:23 AM

But worse.

by Anonymousreply 87July 8, 2024 12:02 PM

[quote] if actors are also playing their own instruments, they get paid extra for that too.

They're not, R72. The only actual actor/musician among the actors is Chris Stack, and those probably aren't his drums.,

by Anonymousreply 88July 8, 2024 1:06 PM

YAY to all of these!

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by Anonymousreply 89July 8, 2024 2:10 PM

[quote] The audience loved it, the cast on stage loved it and the YouTuber commenters loved it. OK then.—It's YOU.

The only one with good taste? Ok, I'll accept that.

by Anonymousreply 90July 8, 2024 3:33 PM

Damn. Into the Schmoods could have been the best season yet.

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by Anonymousreply 91July 8, 2024 4:09 PM

Joseph Hardy Dies: Tony-Winning Broadway Director, Exec Producer Of ‘Ryan’s Hope’ Was 95:

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by Anonymousreply 92July 8, 2024 7:05 PM

More about the Into the Schmoods season of Schmigadoon which unfortunately won’t make it to production:

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by Anonymousreply 93July 8, 2024 10:08 PM

Loved season one of Schmigadoon, especially the “Corn Puddin’” number. I thought the humor and songs were inferior in season two. Jane Krakowski was great in season two, though.

by Anonymousreply 94July 8, 2024 10:17 PM

Ana Gasteyer and Brooks Ashmanskas new cast in Mattress.

by Anonymousreply 95July 8, 2024 11:52 PM

I think I read that Harriet Harris has signed on to some hot series (or maybe it was just the Frasier reboot?) so was unavailable for the MATTRESS move.

by Anonymousreply 96July 9, 2024 12:17 AM

Ana's a great substitute.

by Anonymousreply 97July 9, 2024 12:19 AM

r96

that would make sense

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by Anonymousreply 98July 9, 2024 12:22 AM

I think all of the new cast members announced for MATTRESS are excellent choices, every single one of them.

by Anonymousreply 99July 9, 2024 12:30 AM

But Cheyenne is giving up a Broadway hit credit!

by Anonymousreply 100July 9, 2024 12:49 AM

The MATTRESS producers must have offered those actors REALLY shitty deals.

by Anonymousreply 101July 9, 2024 12:50 AM

At least Brooks Ashmanskas will only be able to overact silently.

by Anonymousreply 102July 9, 2024 12:52 AM

The Wizard isn't silent, the king is.

by Anonymousreply 103July 9, 2024 12:59 AM

Jinx did not play Mary Sunshine.

Mama Morton.

by Anonymousreply 104July 9, 2024 1:10 AM

[quote]The MATTRESS producers must have offered those actors REALLY shitty deals.

Why do you say that? And are you saying that the actors who replaced the originals all accepted shitty deals?

by Anonymousreply 105July 9, 2024 3:30 AM

It’s sweet that Once Upon A Mattress is coming back to Broadway but with this casting announcement sadly it is inevitable it will be a flop. SJP wasn’t the huge star she was in the 00s (or is?) but even then, 30 years ago, nobody cared. Sutton is fine but there needs to be a big name somewhere else and Ana Gasteyer ain’t it.

by Anonymousreply 106July 9, 2024 9:35 AM

Yes, r105, that's what I'm saying. They lost 4 (or 5?) of their original Encores actors because of shitty offers.

by Anonymousreply 107July 9, 2024 12:33 PM

Okay, R107. You seem to have inside info, so I'll take your word for it. But if what you say is true, then I would say the actors they got to replace the originals despite such shitty offers are very impressive.

by Anonymousreply 108July 9, 2024 12:59 PM

Come back to the Five and Dime, Charlotte d’Amboise, Charlotte d’Amboise.

by Anonymousreply 109July 9, 2024 3:52 PM

I Did it For You, Laura Linney.

by Anonymousreply 110July 9, 2024 4:35 PM

‘Merrily’ Goes Out On A High, ‘Mary’ Arrives Big – Broadway Box Office:

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by Anonymousreply 111July 9, 2024 6:59 PM

Someone up thread claimed the actors in Stereophonic are not actually playing the instruments. That is patently false. They hired actors with experience as musicians and also got them dedicated music lessons during the Off-Broadway rehearsal period.

Someone also claimed they get paid double as actor/musicians. That's an interesting one. Are we SURE that applies to plays, as opposed to musicals? I ask because there was ZERO mention of them being doubly compensated in that Freakonomics episode on the economics behind Stereophonic. Unless their negotiated $5k/wk salary is inclusive of acting and musician fees.

by Anonymousreply 112July 9, 2024 7:47 PM

R112, Will Brill had no previous experience with an instrument. I don't know that Pecinka did, either. One of the women could play keyboards. There was someone to help show Brill, for instance, how to believably hold it. There's a professional musician playing for them as well. Stack is the only actor who had proficiency with a music al instrument.

by Anonymousreply 113July 9, 2024 8:10 PM

[quote]It’s sweet that Once Upon A Mattress is coming back to Broadway but with this casting announcement sadly it is inevitable it will be a flop. SJP wasn’t the huge star she was in the 00s (or is?) but even then, 30 years ago, nobody cared.

Once Upon A Mattress needs a clown actress like Carol Burnett. (Lucille Ball could have done it in her younger days). Sarah Jessica Parker did not have that quality. I think Sutton is not right for it either, but we’ll see. But the role needs someone who is not just musical comedy but has the physical comedy skills.

by Anonymousreply 114July 9, 2024 8:57 PM

R113 - do you have a source for this information? I ask because, if what you say is true, you're also basically saying the actors were lying in the interview when they discussed their rehearsal process / band practice and described playing and singing live in the show. Also, why aren't these mystery musicians credited in the Playbill or on the website? I don't think the musicians union would allow that. I'm not saying you're definitely wrong, I'm just asking for a source on this information. I understand that things aren't always what they seem in the theatre. For example, I know that all of the actors playing Fela Kuti in FELA! were miming to the real saxophonist playing in the on stage band (aka members of Antibalas.) But, FELA! never hid this information.

by Anonymousreply 115July 9, 2024 9:23 PM

Merrily's closing week made it the top earner last week and set another record for the Hudson Theatre and for Sondheim musicals. I wonder if it's close to a record for a non-holiday week in general, too.

One presumes Daniel Radcliffe was earning a % of B.O. Hopefully Groff and Mendez's agents negotiated the back end for them, too. (Though, maybe only for the performances Mendez actually showed up for?)

[quote]Maria Friedman's Tony Award-winning Best Revival of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's masterwork MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG ended its historic run on Broadway on Sunday, July 7, 2024, once again shattering the Hudson Theatre box office record for the tenth and final time with a gross of $2,766,127.00, marking the highest grossing week ever for a Stephen Sondheim musical on Broadway.

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by Anonymousreply 116July 9, 2024 9:28 PM

Patti LuPone got paid extra for playing the tuba in Sweeney Todd???

by Anonymousreply 117July 9, 2024 9:29 PM

Funny thing, R114 -- when I saw Sutton Foster in a MILLIE preview, one of my first thoughts was that she reminded me of Carol Burnett, specifically because of her physical skill. As I recall, she got raves for MATTRESS at Encores!, and it makes perfect sense to me.

by Anonymousreply 118July 9, 2024 9:30 PM

[quote]As I recall, she got raves for MATTRESS at Encores!,

Encores is a very different situation. She had, what, six performances? She will have to do the same physical shtick eight shows a week for the next six months.

And I don’t know why Sutton in Millie would remind you of Carol Burnett. Carol is the queen of mugging (no insult there, she made it work as Eunice and Nora Desmond and several other characters).

by Anonymousreply 119July 9, 2024 9:43 PM

[quote]r119 = She will have to do the same physical shtick eight shows a week for the next six months.

You may not be aware of this, r119, but Sutton is a dancer. She'd have no problem with that.

by Anonymousreply 120July 9, 2024 9:51 PM

[quote]Sutton is a dancer. She'd have no problem with that.

Is she going to use her Edith Bunker voice like she did in Sweeney Todd?

The role is difficult because the actress has to get up on that pile of mattresses and make the going to sleep bit funny. It doesn’t matter that she was a dancer or singer or actress. She has to be physically funny on the level of Lucille Ball or Carol Burnett.

by Anonymousreply 121July 9, 2024 9:56 PM

Fine, r121, whatever...have it your way.

by Anonymousreply 122July 9, 2024 10:06 PM

Most of the cast of of "Bandstand" played their own instruments as well--no?

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by Anonymousreply 123July 9, 2024 10:18 PM

All three leads of Merrily received a percentage of box office, Some supporting actors also received percentages.

by Anonymousreply 124July 9, 2024 10:20 PM

[quote]Once Upon A Mattress needs a clown actress like Carol Burnett. (Lucille Ball could have done it in her younger days). Sarah Jessica Parker did not have that quality. I think Sutton is not right for it either, but we’ll see. But the role needs someone who is not just musical comedy but has the physical comedy skills.

How was Tracey Ullman in the 2005 TV adaptation?

Carol Burnett played Queen Aggravain that time.

by Anonymousreply 125July 9, 2024 10:21 PM

Both Sutton and Michael Urie were hilarious in the Encores production. All the ad lib type physical stuff were the best things about the show. Unfortunately, the book rewrites, IMO, sucked.

by Anonymousreply 126July 9, 2024 10:29 PM

R124 - interesting. Not that I don't support actors earning the best that they can, but surprised to hear any of the supporting cast in Merrily received any percentages. They are total no names and, frankly, many of them were plain bad. The three leads were far stronger than the ensemble.

by Anonymousreply 127July 9, 2024 10:36 PM

Young Liza should have done Mattress. In fact, it's pretty perfect casting.

by Anonymousreply 128July 9, 2024 10:40 PM

[quote]Merrily's closing week made it the top earner last week and set another record for the Hudson Theatre and for Sondheim musicals.

Yes, we know. This news was trumpeted in YET ANOTHER press release about how the show "shattering" box office records. Yet there was not a single press release ever issued to give any explanation for Lindsay Mendez's chronic absences. And yes, of course I know press agents are paid to emphasize the positive and ignore the negative, but it's still annoying and dishonest.

by Anonymousreply 129July 9, 2024 10:46 PM

The idiot above who keeps repeating "we'll see, we'll see" regarding Sutton Foster in ONCE UPON A MATTRESS insists on downplaying the fact that Foster did the show to rave reviews, ecstatic audience response, and sold-out houses for two weeks at Encores! Sorry, bucko, I think it's fair to say that we have already seen, and will see again.

by Anonymousreply 130July 9, 2024 10:50 PM

[quote][R124] - interesting. Not that I don't support actors earning the best that they can, but surprised to hear any of the supporting cast in Merrily received any percentages. They are total no names and, frankly, many of them were plain bad. The three leads were far stronger than the ensemble.

It's called communism, where every actor gets paid the same regardless of talent or popularity.

by Anonymousreply 131July 9, 2024 10:58 PM

[quote]Yet there was not a single press release ever issued to give any explanation for Lindsay Mendez's chronic absences.

You aren't *ever* going to get over it, are you, r129?

by Anonymousreply 132July 9, 2024 11:36 PM

I say bravo communism.

by Anonymousreply 133July 10, 2024 1:30 AM

R115, it was my understanding that Brill has no background as a musician. Ditto at least two of the others. I never suggested nor said any one of them was lying. And I never said anything about them as singers. Clearly they all sing.

There was a musician who appeared with the cast on Seth Meyers and played along with them. Watch it.

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by Anonymousreply 134July 10, 2024 1:43 AM

[quote]—Marc Blitzstein with a nickel underfoot

Featuring DL fave Vivian Vance and the gay commie Will Geer as husband and wife.

by Anonymousreply 135July 10, 2024 1:48 AM

Today was the first day since February 5, 1979, that neither an Andrew Lloyd Webber nor a Stephen Sondheim show was playing on Broadway.

by Anonymousreply 136July 10, 2024 3:01 AM

If I never see another production photo from that ugly MERRILY, I will be a happy eldergay. Or read about it.

by Anonymousreply 137July 10, 2024 3:02 AM

Sooooooooooooo ugly. Good riddance.

by Anonymousreply 138July 10, 2024 3:10 AM

r136

Hal Prince as well though not as long

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by Anonymousreply 139July 10, 2024 3:17 AM

Give me at least a week, R132. I don't think that's too much to ask

by Anonymousreply 140July 10, 2024 3:32 AM

R48

I saw opening night of “Midnight in the Garden…” last night.

Truly atrocious - i think Taylor Mac’s inchoate book is mostly to blame, but the direction is lacking & Brown’s score is forgettable.

Boggess is funny & sings well.

Guy playing Jim Williams is charming

Ghee is allowed to suck all the oxygen out of the room.

by Anonymousreply 141July 10, 2024 3:38 AM

Taylor Mac hasn't got the talent of both Landers sisters combined. What a fucking joke.

by Anonymousreply 142July 10, 2024 4:14 AM

Taylor Mac wrote a play called Gary that sucked.

by Anonymousreply 143July 10, 2024 4:18 AM

[quote]Most of the cast of of "Bandstand" played their own instruments as well--no?

Yes, r123, most of the cast were proficient musicians. One of them was a musician who subbed in in the final weeks of tech when the original actor was involved in a car accident.

The sole exception was Corey (sp?) Cott, who I think had to learn to play piano for the role - but he did his own playing in the show.

by Anonymousreply 144July 10, 2024 7:34 AM

I hope MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN... finally puts to rest this ridiculous notion that Rob Ashford is a director.

by Anonymousreply 145July 10, 2024 11:58 AM

Ashford has been kicking MIDNIGHT around for years and years. A friend of mine played the hustler in workshops 10 years ago, when the book was by Alfred Uhry and the cast included Roger Rees and Leslie Uggams (!). Can't remember whether JRB was on board back then.

by Anonymousreply 146July 10, 2024 12:49 PM

[quote]I hope MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN... finally puts to rest this ridiculous notion that Rob Ashford is a director.

Let us pray!

by Anonymousreply 147July 10, 2024 1:40 PM

I would like the negotiate Groff's back end - and I'm not even an agent.

by Anonymousreply 148July 10, 2024 2:53 PM

I'm sure they'll be announcing a "Merrily" revival any day now.

Where's the taped version going, Netflix, PBS?

by Anonymousreply 149July 10, 2024 4:39 PM

Anyone see Oh, Mary on Broadway yet? Wondering how the transfer is.

by Anonymousreply 150July 10, 2024 4:53 PM

I don’t think there’s any reason for the completion of the movie version of Merrily. It’s irrelevant now,

by Anonymousreply 151July 10, 2024 5:38 PM

And I will be really so completely dead when it does.

by Anonymousreply 152July 10, 2024 5:58 PM

R151, it's a great concept. They'll complete it, even if a principle dies.

by Anonymousreply 153July 10, 2024 6:02 PM

[quote][R151], it's a great concept. They'll complete it, even if a principle dies.

How will they do that? (And it's "principal.")

[quote]I don’t think there’s any reason for the completion of the movie version of Merrily. It’s irrelevant now,

Well, the video capture of the recent production will suffer greatly from the ugliness and boredom of the sets, such as they were. A movie of MERRILY would be nice if it were well done, because I think the piece would benefit greatly from having a real sense of these three people's lives passing in different locations over a period of 20 years.

Also, I cringe to think how some of the very broad supporting performances in the recent production will come across on screen, especially the ridiculous overacting of that woman who played Gussie

by Anonymousreply 154July 10, 2024 6:11 PM

I hope Merrily does a tour. I saw it at NY theatre workshop and on Broadway…but my family didn’t see it and I would love for them to see this!

by Anonymousreply 155July 10, 2024 6:31 PM

Well, R155, if MERRILY does tour, of course it will not have Groff, Radcliffe, or Mendez in it. So your family will have a choice of (1) seeing this so-so production without the stars who made it into an event, or (2) watching the video capture of the production with all three of those stars (because Mendez did show up for the video capture even though she missed SO MANY performances).

by Anonymousreply 156July 10, 2024 6:38 PM

I'm sure flyover country is waiting with bated breath for the touring production of Merrily, starring Richard Thomas, Chris Colfer and Donna McKechnie

by Anonymousreply 157July 10, 2024 6:52 PM

[quote]Today was the first day since February 5, 1979, that neither an Andrew Lloyd Webber nor a Stephen Sondheim show was playing on Broadway.

I can't relate.

by Anonymousreply 158July 10, 2024 6:54 PM

[quote](because Mendez did show up for the video capture even though she missed SO MANY performances).

She missed a lot of performances? I had no idea.

by Anonymousreply 159July 10, 2024 6:55 PM

I think all the slacker Lindsay threads were deleted because Muriel has a similar work attendance record and was getting pissed off.

by Anonymousreply 160July 10, 2024 7:40 PM

How could any of us judge Muriel's "attendance record?"

by Anonymousreply 161July 10, 2024 7:53 PM

[quote]Anyone see Oh, Mary on Broadway yet? Wondering how the transfer is.

I saw it downtown and just saw it on Broadway. It's still the same great time. They didn't change much, besides punching up the production values in a few key places. And I think there was a bit more musical underscoring than there was downtown.

by Anonymousreply 162July 10, 2024 8:23 PM

Thanks, R162.

by Anonymousreply 163July 10, 2024 8:51 PM

I disagree vehemently with the notion that MERRILY could be improved as film.

As a film with realistic locations, actors realistically ageing and hordes of extras it will only become a misanthropic soap opera with a few good songs.

It was written for the stage, and always be meant to be on a stage.

by Anonymousreply 164July 10, 2024 9:08 PM

Look, the movie of Merrily has Ben Platt and Beanie Feldstein as Charlie and Mary. On that basis alone, it should be canceled.

by Anonymousreply 165July 10, 2024 9:31 PM

[quote]Look, the movie of Merrily has Ben Platt and Beanie Feldstein as Charlie and Mary. On that basis alone, it should be canceled.

I don’t understand why Paul agreed to be in the picture with them. Neither has a face for the big screen.

If this movie gets released, I wonder if it will be as bad as A Little Night Music?

by Anonymousreply 166July 10, 2024 9:37 PM

Well, in fairness, R166, neither Mary or Charley need to be beauties. That said, I have absolutely no desire to see, or hear, Beanie Feldstein as Mary Flynn on screen or on stage.

by Anonymousreply 167July 10, 2024 9:42 PM

Hey, r166, A Little Night Music was "the most stylish movie musical since Gigi."

by Anonymousreply 168July 10, 2024 9:44 PM

R164, I guess I can understand why you would say that, but I do think a film with the characters realistically aging, realistic locations, and a real sense of the passage of time MIGHT work very well. I also think those elements might actually decrease the soap-operaish elements of the piece, because it would give us more of a sense of the characters as part of the world at large, rather than focusing completely on their life dramas.

by Anonymousreply 169July 10, 2024 9:45 PM

[quote]A Little Night Music was "the most stylish movie musical since Gigi."

Elizabeth Taylor’s off key singing made everyone deaf, so it was nice they had something to look at.

Now with AI in ascendancy, maybe they’ll “Marni Nixon” that movie and rerelease it.

by Anonymousreply 170July 10, 2024 9:47 PM

I think Beanie is perfect as Mary always pining for someone(or something that she will never achieve)

by Anonymousreply 171July 10, 2024 9:52 PM

[quote]I think Beanie is perfect as Mary always pining for someone(or something that she will never achieve)

But this Mary isn’t pining for Franklin. She’s more of a Gussie girl.

by Anonymousreply 172July 10, 2024 9:56 PM

I would not complain if the Merrily pro-shot showed up on Great Performances on PBS. Throw its three remaining supporters a bone, producers!

by Anonymousreply 173July 10, 2024 10:41 PM

r169, we will just have to agree to disagree, but I could point to an endless list of hit Broadway musicals from the 1950s to the present that failed as films, often because the realism of film did not meld kindly with the wonderment of live performance and the convention of real people breaking into song (and dance).

Of course, there have been exceptions, but few and far between. And Merrily sure doesn't seem like easily adaptable material under any circumstances.

by Anonymousreply 174July 10, 2024 10:55 PM

The London production of "Merrily," which is supposedly pretty much the same as the Groff-Radcliff-Mendez version, was filmed shown in theaters. It's also availabe for streaming. Different actors, of course, but same director and concept, as far as I know.

by Anonymousreply 175July 10, 2024 11:22 PM

If it’s shown on PBS, they won’t get any of the profits. I bet they shop it to Netflix, Apple or Hulu.

by Anonymousreply 176July 10, 2024 11:24 PM

As much as I enjoyed the Beanie-bashing with FG, I can't forget how charming she was in Lady Bird and other films. So I'll bet she'll be just fine in MERRILY. But I too will be long dead when it's released.

by Anonymousreply 177July 11, 2024 12:20 AM

[quote]I could point to an endless list of hit Broadway musicals from the 1950s to the present that failed as films, often because the realism of film did not meld kindly with the wonderment of live performance and the convention of real people breaking into song (and dance).

So could I, but as you yourself noted, there are exceptions. MAJOR exceptions. Like OKLAHOMA!, THE KING AND I, THE MUSIC MAN, WEST SIDE STORY, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, MY FAIR LADY, FUNNY GIRL, OLIVER! and several others. I would argue that if even ONE film version of a Broadway musical can be wonderfully successful -- and, obviously, there have been far more than one that fit that description -- then that alone would prove it can be done if it's done with skill and talent. In my opinion, there's nothing wrong with the film medium per se as a medium for adaptations of stage musicals, even though admittedly so many of those adaptations were royally screwed up.

by Anonymousreply 178July 11, 2024 3:48 AM

For sentimental reasons, I think of Meet in St. Louis as the as the perfect movie musical (not a stage adaptation though). Of course I also love Till the Clouds Roll By.

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by Anonymousreply 179July 11, 2024 10:38 AM

Grease is proof that a director can take mediocre material and turn it into a hit.

Mame is proof that a director can take excellent material and turn it into a bomb.

by Anonymousreply 180July 11, 2024 11:21 AM

But I'd still argue that the looming problem with MERRILY as a film is that it doesn't have the exotic setting or charming historical period of most of those film musicals. Musical numbers mostly happen, by necessity, in ordinary rooms and spaces and there's no opportunity for the cinematography of innovative dancing. There isn't even any sex in the story-telling. Yes, I suppose there could be scenes of Franklin in bed with Beth or Gussie singing to each other but wtf wants to see that?

But please don't misunderstand me. I'm a fan of the show. I just don't think it will translate into an interesting film.

by Anonymousreply 181July 11, 2024 1:28 PM

[quote]I just don't think it will translate into an interesting film.

In the right hands, it could be good. It depends on how well it’s scripted.

For example, I’ve always hated the “Bobby and Jackie and Jack” song. But if it’s set in a Greenwich Village club, with a “Mrs Maisel” feel to it, then it might be better than on stage. I think if the director really opens it up and shows 1960s through 1980s NYC and Hollywood, it could actually be watchable despite having to look at Ben and Beanie’s faces on the big screen.

by Anonymousreply 182July 11, 2024 2:01 PM

[quote]I think if the director really opens it up and shows 1960s through 1980s NYC and Hollywood, it could actually be watchable.

Yes, that's a major part of my point. One thing I find lacking in the stage musical is that, partly because of the limitations of the stage, there is really not a strong sense of the passage of 20 years' time during the show. But for the movie, even a few establishing shots of New York in 1957 for the Sputnik scene, Greenwich Village in 1960, Los Angeles in the mid '70s, etc. might really help in that regard. That plus very well done, realistic age makeup for the characters if the movie were being shot normally, or the actors actually growing older over a 20-year shooting period, which I think is a tremendous mistake.

by Anonymousreply 183July 11, 2024 3:02 PM

R183-Realistic makeup can't disguise the fact that neither Ben nor Beanie could adequately deliver a believable "aged" performance if their lives depended on it.

by Anonymousreply 184July 11, 2024 3:19 PM

In "Dear Evan Hansen" Ben was very believably aged.

by Anonymousreply 185July 11, 2024 3:23 PM

What's also interesting regarding the Merrily movie is that film musicals tend to constantly go in and our of fashion (as Ben Platt very well knows...). It'd be unfortunate for a film two decades in the making to wrap up in 2039, only for the film musical to be in one of its unfashionable periods.

by Anonymousreply 186July 11, 2024 3:26 PM

R185-HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

by Anonymousreply 187July 11, 2024 3:28 PM

[quote]Grease is proof that a director can take mediocre material and turn it into a hit.

Grease is hardly mediocre material.

[quote]Mame is proof that a director can take excellent material and turn it into a bomb.

The quality of Mame aside, r180, it was old-fashioned by 1974 and the movie musical was going in different directions. I don't see any director being successful with it.

by Anonymousreply 188July 11, 2024 3:28 PM

R184, you missed the point. There won’t need to be makeup because they will be filming those scenes when they are in their late 30s or early 40s.

by Anonymousreply 189July 11, 2024 3:36 PM

[quote]What's also interesting regarding the Merrily movie is that film musicals tend to constantly go in and our of fashion

That's a fascinating statement, but is it true? Do they really go in and out of fashion as an art form, or do they just go out of fashion when a whole bunch of really bad ones are released at once?

by Anonymousreply 190July 11, 2024 3:49 PM

R188, Grease was definitely mediocre. Even Broadway thought so. Ironic that the hit songs were all written specifically for the film.

by Anonymousreply 191July 11, 2024 4:00 PM

Grease has sex appeal. Merrily does not.

by Anonymousreply 192July 11, 2024 4:02 PM

[quote]Even Broadway thought so

You're an idiot, r191.

[quote]The first Broadway production opened on June 7, 1972; when it closed in 1980, Grease's 3,388-performance run was the longest yet in Broadway history

by Anonymousreply 193July 11, 2024 4:03 PM

I wouldn't say GREASE was "mediocre." It was what it was, nothing more and nothing less, and it obviously appealed to a great many people during its very long Broadway run.

by Anonymousreply 194July 11, 2024 4:06 PM

Most of the songs in Grease were parodies of actual songs from the late 1950s, very cleverly presented.

by Anonymousreply 195July 11, 2024 4:09 PM

R191 makes up its own facts.

by Anonymousreply 196July 11, 2024 4:12 PM

[quote]Most of the songs in Grease were parodies of actual songs from the late 1950s, very cleverly presented.

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by Anonymousreply 197July 11, 2024 4:13 PM

R193, you're the moron. Grease was never considered a great show on Broadway. It was a fun but dumb show that was very cheap to run, which is why it set so many records. This was especially true during the 70s when the trend was towards the Sondheim/Prince, Bennett and Fosse concept musicals. Nothing against it being a lightweight but it was never thought to be a great show. Despite the success of the movie, it has also never had another successful Broadway run.

by Anonymousreply 198July 11, 2024 4:32 PM

I never said it was "great", r198, but to call it "mediocre" is moronic.

[quote]Despite the success of the movie, it has also never had another successful Broadway run.

That's because any revival tries to replicate the movie and the material doesn't support all of the excess on stage. Also, the audience that kept it running for years were of an age where they were seeing themselves on stage.

by Anonymousreply 199July 11, 2024 4:41 PM

Nothing like that DL sweet spot of debating shows from 50 years ago.

by Anonymousreply 200July 11, 2024 4:46 PM

oh God, a fight about GREASE!?

by Anonymousreply 201July 11, 2024 4:47 PM

Yeah, but what about The Black Crook!?!

by Anonymousreply 202July 11, 2024 4:49 PM

The stage show of Grease was very “of its time.” Whoever said above that it was fun but dumb is exactly right. Look at the silly commercial they used to promote it. It was intended to be a silly poke at the 1950s. For heaven’s sake, the one guy takes the old lady and turns her upside down. 😂 It’s silly.

The movie took the material more seriously. They weren’t poking fun at the 1950s, they were recreating the 1950s. The movie becomes very different from the stage show. And it didn’t hurt that it caught John Travolta and Olivia Newton John at peak beauty.

The first Broadway revival had Rosie O’Donnell screeching into a microphone about there are worse things she could do than have sex with guys. We have to believe that some horny high school student would actually want to have sex with Rizzo and everyone just assumed with RO playing the part that the show was a fairytale.

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by Anonymousreply 203July 11, 2024 5:10 PM

Oops, this is the commercial where he turns the old lady upside down.

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by Anonymousreply 204July 11, 2024 5:13 PM

I have no especial love for Grease, but "It's Raining on Prom Night" is a hilarious parody of those 50s teenage tragedy songs. That song isn't in the movie though.

by Anonymousreply 205July 11, 2024 5:24 PM

I was seriously injured during the making of that "fun" commercial when a taxi swerved onto the sidewalk and ran over my feet. I finished the filming, but was then hospitalized for 3 years and struggled to learn to walk again for another 3 years. This was before physiotherapy, so I had to do it all on my own. I tried to sue the taxi driver, but he was long gone. I couldn't work and had to walk 40 blocks uptown on crutches to attend my weekly Mensa meetings. So, that was my glamorous start in show biz, kids.

by Anonymousreply 206July 11, 2024 5:26 PM

"It's Raining on Prom Night" is the background music when Danny and Sandy are at the jukebox while she's out with Tom, R205.

by Anonymousreply 207July 11, 2024 5:33 PM

[quote]The movie took the material more seriously.

Please tell me you're joking. That movie is moronic, with no sense of period whatsoever.

[quote]The movie becomes very different from the stage show.

Well, you're right about that....

by Anonymousreply 208July 11, 2024 5:42 PM

[quote] Grease was definitely mediocre. Even Broadway thought so. Ironic that the hit songs were all written specifically for the film.

Or maybe not so ironic since you can't push songs not written specifically for a film for awards consideration. We get it, you think Grease sucked. But everything you've said so far has been wrong. Yes, there was even a successful revival that ran for close to four years.

by Anonymousreply 209July 11, 2024 5:53 PM

The original production was a lot of fun especially since the majority of the audience lived through the 50s. The revivals were overblown and over designed.

by Anonymousreply 210July 11, 2024 5:59 PM

R209, I never said it sucked, I said it was a fun, dumb show. It's an opinion, so it's not wrong. The original point was that the play was not great but made a great movie. I didn't say that but that's also an opinion. And oh, they released "We Go Together", "Summer Nights" and "Greased Lightning" all as singles. They all flopped. Nothing about promotion or push for awards. The audiences didn't like them as much as the new songs, even anachronistic ones like the title song which had nothing to do with the movie.

by Anonymousreply 211July 11, 2024 6:00 PM

[quote] And oh, they released "We Go Together", "Summer Nights" and "Greased Lightning" all as singles.

The first and third were not released as singles. And even if they were, then there goes YOUR argument that they only released the songs written for the film. Make up your mind or take debating lessons. You suck.

by Anonymousreply 212July 11, 2024 6:31 PM

R211, I seem to remember that the single of the movie version of "Summer Nights" was quite a big hit, along with the new songs "Hopelessly Devoted" and "You're the One That I Want."

by Anonymousreply 213July 11, 2024 6:39 PM

R212, I didn't say that cupcake. I said none of the songs not specifically written for the movie weren't hits. And that's true. You must have been involved with the Broadway production to be so emotionally involved in a discussion about this show.

by Anonymousreply 214July 11, 2024 6:43 PM

[quote]I seem to remember that the single of the movie version of "Summer Nights" was quite a big hit,

You are correct. It reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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by Anonymousreply 215July 11, 2024 6:44 PM

R214: you’re a real cunt aren’t you? Why so bitter, cupcake?

by Anonymousreply 216July 11, 2024 6:50 PM

Thanks, R215. Someone who's posting here needs to get his facts straight (and take his meds).

by Anonymousreply 217July 11, 2024 6:57 PM

All this Grease talk made me think of Over Here! which was supposed to do for the 40s what Grease did for the 50s but the Broadway run was cut short and the tour canceled thanks to bad decisions by the producers. I actually liked Over Here even more than Grease. The book is silly fun with corny jokes and the score is excellent. If they had kept it running on Broadway the producers could have brought in Martha Raye, Margaret Whiting, Alice Faye to name a few. Anyway, I thought it deserved a longer run and, sadly, it's pretty much forgotten.

by Anonymousreply 218July 11, 2024 7:08 PM

Though OVER HERE had different composers, its score closely parodied particular Andrews Sisters hits just as GREASE had parodied particular 50s hits.

by Anonymousreply 219July 11, 2024 7:32 PM

And Over Here! had a young John Travolta as a Gene Krupa wannabe. I saw both on Broadway and both were "fun but dumb." Over Here! had better choreography, though (unless you were Ann Reinking).

by Anonymousreply 220July 11, 2024 7:54 PM

Girls, we are NOT arguing about Grease for rest of this thread.

by Anonymousreply 221July 11, 2024 7:58 PM

[quote]Mame is proof that a director can take excellent material and turn it into a bomb.

A Chorus Line is an even better example of this. Who saw Ghandi and thought Richard Attenborough was the perfect director for a musical? It made no sense What a shame that Bob Fosse wasn't alive to direct it.

by Anonymousreply 222July 11, 2024 8:27 PM

Fosse? It would have been better had Michael Bennett worked out the concept he came up for making it about a movie audition.

by Anonymousreply 223July 11, 2024 8:51 PM

Bob Fosse directing the film of A Chorus Line, after his production of Chicago lost all of the Tonys in favor of Michael Bennett's ACL, would have been perfectly ironic.

by Anonymousreply 224July 11, 2024 8:53 PM

[quote] Who saw Ghandi

Oh, dear.

by Anonymousreply 225July 11, 2024 9:19 PM

R214, I was going to tell you what a dumb, incorrect fuck you were, but it seems several others beat me to it.

Thank you, others.

by Anonymousreply 226July 11, 2024 9:51 PM

[quote]I said none of the songs not specifically written for the movie weren't hits.

Triple negative, r214?

by Anonymousreply 227July 11, 2024 10:46 PM

Grease was written in 1971 in Chicago about 1959. It opened on Broadway in 1972. Odd to think that something equivalent today would be about 2011-2012.

Fosse did direct a movie version of A Chorus Line. It's about five minutes long and it's the opening On Broadway sequence in All That Jazz and it's far better than anything that made it into the A Chorus Line movie.

by Anonymousreply 228July 11, 2024 10:54 PM

[quote]Grease was written in 1971 in Chicago about 1959. It opened on Broadway in 1972. Odd to think that something equivalent today would be about 2011-2012.

I saw a community theater production of "Hair" in 2020 and it really brought home the fact that the original production (and the time period in which it was set) was more than 50 years before. It made me realize that when I was the age of the performers in the show (late teens/early 20s), 50 years ago was around 1920, which I thought of at the time as "ancient history." It made me realize that these kids viewed the Vietnam war era the same way.

by Anonymousreply 229July 11, 2024 11:03 PM

Who would Fosse have cast in the Chorus Line movie? I guess Gregg Burge would still have gotten in. I can see him having a three-way with Audrey Landers and Janet Jones and then not casting them.

by Anonymousreply 230July 11, 2024 11:04 PM

Sandahl Bergman, of course.

by Anonymousreply 231July 11, 2024 11:05 PM

Had Fosse directed, obviously, Ann Reinking would have been cast as Cassie (Attenborough passed on her in favor of Reed). Vicki Frederick probably would have been Sheila. Bergman as Judy, the role she played on Broadway.

by Anonymousreply 232July 11, 2024 11:09 PM

For many of us, the GREASE movie was our first glimpse of hot young Lorenzo Lamas.

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by Anonymousreply 233July 12, 2024 12:39 AM

Watching those Lorenzo Lamas clips I'm sad that two TV huge stars of the1950s who were cast in the film of Grease for their well-earned nostalgia factor had terrible 1970s hairstyles/wigs.

Eve Arden and Sid Ceasar, I'm looking at you. It's not as if there wasn't tons of easily available research of them in the 1950s that couldn't have been followed.

by Anonymousreply 234July 12, 2024 1:52 AM

Fosse was alive when the Chorus Line movie happened, and said if he'd been asked, he would have done it.

by Anonymousreply 235July 12, 2024 2:15 AM

THR reviews "Oh, Mary!":

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by Anonymousreply 236July 12, 2024 3:47 AM

Deadline:

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by Anonymousreply 237July 12, 2024 3:48 AM

Christ, now we'll never get rid of him.

by Anonymousreply 238July 12, 2024 4:09 AM

Ugh. Whatever. I'm happy for Cole's success!

by Anonymousreply 239July 12, 2024 7:19 AM

[quote]Christ, now we'll never get rid of him.

Nothing irritates DL more than an out and successful gay man.

by Anonymousreply 240July 12, 2024 10:19 AM

[quote]Nothing against it being a lightweight but it was never thought to be a great show. Despite the success of the movie, it has also never had another successful Broadway run.

The Rosie revival played 1525 performances and ran for almost four years. Three times longer than any solo Sondheim show.

by Anonymousreply 241July 12, 2024 11:14 AM

Speaking of Rosie, when will she come back to Broadway?

Maybe she could be Tuesday night Rose?

She has the Rage, mother issues, and she can’t sing worse than Tyne Daly

by Anonymousreply 242July 12, 2024 1:09 PM

I'm kind of sad I didn't see Oh,Mary! on my Summer Broadway trip a couple weeks ago. My partner loves the Who and wanted to see Tommy instead (fun, torturous, too damn loud) .

Oh, Mary! probably would have appealed to me more (I love Cole Escola's skits on Youtube), but isn't life about compromises?

by Anonymousreply 243July 12, 2024 1:33 PM

The Queen of Versailles opens in Boston on Tuesday. Is anyone going?

by Anonymousreply 244July 12, 2024 2:22 PM

FOLLIES!!!

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by Anonymousreply 245July 12, 2024 3:17 PM

[quote] Nothing irritates DL more than an out and successful gay man who isn't talented and has to do strerotypical drag to finally have a hit.

Fixed that for you.

by Anonymousreply 246July 12, 2024 3:23 PM

I know I'm an outlier, but I found nothing remotely funny about Oh, Mary! Saw it at the Lortel and found it insufferably dumb. It made the Charles Busch plays look and sound like Shakespeare.

by Anonymousreply 247July 12, 2024 3:26 PM

That looks an awful lot like a young Buddy Crutchfield with Sharon Stone in that Grease commercial.

by Anonymousreply 248July 12, 2024 3:35 PM

I keep thinking it's Jeff Conaway.

by Anonymousreply 249July 12, 2024 3:46 PM
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