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Shuffle Along previews Apr 5
2016, 01:47:03 AM
I would rather those "contextualizations" come from another African-American critic rather than from a gay white man, especially since he is being played as a bitchy gay white man.Shuffle Along previews Apr 4
2016, 12:24:05 PM
The politics and aesthetics at that late point in the show are too muddled to make sense.
With all due respect, would you like George Wolfe to rewrite history to make you more comfortable? Because, while your point about how Van Vechten is portrayed is fair game, th
Brooks is absolutely wonderful in the first act. Toward the end of the second act, when he portrays the white gay critic Carl Van Vechten, who complained that Shuffle Along's blackface perpetuated minstrel stereotypes, his presence becomes eminently cuttable.Shuffle Along previews Apr 3
2016, 12:34:17 PM
I would argue that the Van Vechten number is one of (if not THE) most important things in the entire show.
It contextualizes why the accomplishments of the original production of SHUFFLE ALONG were all but eras
RogerMoore, Tonya isn't right for the role.ROMY & MICHELLE....a musical? Mar 30
2016, 03:40:58 PM
Replacing Audra is going to be near impossible as the part has so specifically been tailored to her. At the very least they're going to have to be flexible in lowering the keys of some of the more coloratura parts of the score. I can't even imagine the women covering Audra could sing that stuff the way she does.
Assuming changes to the score are in fact made, Anika Noni Rose was the only person I could think of in s
I'm all for the movie being adapted as a musical, but... the two girls they've cast as Romy and Michelle are in their early 20s (and look even younger.)
Rory O'Malley - King George!! Mar 28
2016, 11:50:18 AM
Considering the entire plot revolves around a ten year high school reunion and the anxiety the two leads feel about what they haven't accomplished in the past decade, it's a baffling choice.
It does make me wonder.... I really expected Andrew Rannells to come back.
Shuffle Along Matinee this Saturday? Mar 25
2016, 04:52:45 PM
Andrew Rannells is not available to come back. He starts filming the final season of GIRLS within the next month or two.
Lizzie, she actually has a standby and an understudy.
Perfect World Recast: Jennifer Hudson in The Color Purple? Mar 24
2016, 05:28:07 PM
Her standby is Darlesia Cearcy and her understudy is Amber Iman.
Valentina3, I'm not sure where you're basing your claim that Taraji "can't sing to save her life" from but it's wildly off base. She had a musical theater background before she hit it big in film and she's shown singing chops on several songs since, including on "It's Hard Out Here For a Pimp" (which she sang live at the Oscars.)Perfect World Recast: Jennifer Hudson in The Color Purple? Mar 24
2016, 02:38:52 PM
And if you think she's incapable of playing vulnerable, you clearly didn't see her Oscar-nominated wor
If Taraji P. Henson wasn't doing a movie on her EMPIRE hiatus she would be absolutely ideal casting.
Shuffle Along previews Mar 24
2016, 08:57:10 AM
Do we think Audra's understudy is going on tomorrow, given her comment about hoping to return to the show soon?
The Honeymooners Musical: Mar 23
2016, 04:03:22 PM
Freaky Friday to Have Its World Premiere in DC this Fall Mar 19
2016, 07:19:24 PM
gypsy101, who is "they"? No one has ever seen the show.
Cupid Boy2, the Cleveland Playhouse production will also be directed by Christopher Ashley, which leads me to believe it will be the same production that will play Signature in DC.
Actor Shawn Elliott has Passed Away Mar 17
2016, 05:46:10 PM
Ana Gasteyer has played the mother in all the workshops, as far as I know, but she recently got a TV series that will make her unavailable to participate in the full production.
Beyond this not appearing anywhere else, the BWW article reporting it has also been deleted.
Leslie Kritzer Is A National Treasure Mar 17
2016, 02:52:32 PM
Is this a second Shawn Elliott death hoax?
As incredible a comedienne as Kritzer is, what impresses me most is how equally adept she is in dramatic roles. She was stunning in THE MEMORY SHOW Off-Broadway a few years ago and equally as good in A CATERED AFFAIR.
Shakespeare in the Park 2015 Rumors Jan 26
2016, 10:03:43 PM
The fact that she's able to modulate between such divergent tones in her work is really a testament to her talent.
Dan Sullivan directing Lily Rabe and Hamish Linklater in THE TAMING OF THE SHREW seems inevitable.
Bette Midler Confirms Broadway Return in HELLO DOLLY Jan 19
2016, 09:55:32 PM
Here's hoping this production is racially diverse.
Outside of Brian Stokes Mitchell, the casting suggestions in this thread are blindingly white.