I sat first row mezzanine center for the first preview so my view was in full intended composition staging.
Horace's 3-tier store/apartment set and Irene Malloy's hat shop set never extended to the wings so there shouldn't be any partial view issues whatsoever during these scenes. The only set which could create some partial view issues would be the Harmonia Gardens' 2 circular curtained private dining room sets - one house left and one house right (whi
Also keep in mind, many recorded/filmed shows aren't of the original cast. The original DREAMGIRLS they have was done in 1985 when the show returned to Broadway and doesn't include the original 1981 Broadway staging nor cast. It's the US tour version with the modified Act 2 opener and the famous moving light towers moved by stagehands.
It's apparent she'll be doing the straight to the car routine so anyone hoping to have something signed will need to mail it to the Shubert Theatre for her to sign it. Don't forget to include proper SASE on return envelope/packaging to get it back. The placement of those barricades is so far from her it lends itself from her having to interact with stagedoor-ers unless she chooses to.
(Obviously, Midler playing Dolly will be different from Midler playing her Divine Miss M character in concert.)
Bette is actually playing Dolly Levi in her Divine Miss M persona, which is a smart choice. She plays her scenes and delivers her lines in delicious Divine Miss M fabulousness. Even her facial expressions, etc.
And I loved the runway around the orchestra pit and how Warren has the dancers jump over it...fresh and fun!
Seriously? As mentioned above, those leaps have always been in the show. Warren has NOTHING to do with it. If anything, the original choreography is literally being recreated. I really can't tell what Warren added to it.
Were there any major technical glitches or stoppages last night?
Nothing major but here they are:
When Ermengarde and Ambrose win the polka dance can contest one of the handles of the trophy broke off which the audience noticed (audibly).
During Bette's catwalk moment during "So Long Dearie", she missed a twirl of the cane she was using and it dropped into the audience to which a front row seater handed it back up to her to glorious appla
Saw the show on Monday night. One of the most magical theater experiences I've had in a long time and I've been seeing shows on Broadway since 1972 (age 7).
From the sets to the costumes to the story to the performances - stellar in every level. You get that bang for your buck. LuPone shines from the moment she enters the stage and lands every one-liner and song. The audience was in the palm of her hand - cheering after every one of her numbers and
Folks, you all can relax. Aside from the typical subway delays, Ubers and taxis and buses are all available and roads are already cleared so drivers are out. It's 9:20am so by noon everything should be functioning like regular.