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  • Mike Pence Gets  Nov 19 2016, 08:21:16 AM

    There is no equivalence between Mike Pence and Obama.  Mike Pence has actively endorsed bigotry against most of the people in that building last night.  The only thing Obama ever did to his critics is be black.

  • Equity rules on understudy notification?  Nov 19 2016, 07:49:19 AM

    There was no slip in the program for GREAT COMET on Thursday night announcing that Scott Stangland would be playing Pierre, not in the program I got, not in the program my husband got.  There was a stuffer with the revised billing for Ars Nova, but NO SLIP AT ALL referring to a replacement Pierre.  There was no announcement before the show either.

  • NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 Previews  Nov 18 2016, 12:05:32 PM
  • NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 Previews  Nov 18 2016, 11:44:03 AM

    Groban was out last night.  No announcement before the show, no note inserted in the program, no word of any kind, but they did send out an e-mail at 7:30 p.m., a half hour after the show started, with information about exchanges/refunds.  Not well handled, guys.

     

  • GYPSY on PBS  Nov 15 2016, 10:32:38 AM

    I didn't think there was anything so wrong with Staunton's performance that a quick recalibration for video rather than stage wouldn't have fixed -- she was so clearly playing for the folks in the balcony rather than the camera that had zoomed into a tighter than tight closeup that she seemed to be bizarrely overplaying so much of it.  There's no denying the brilliance of her Everything's Coming Up Roses.  

    I'd have forgiven it a lot more if they'd

  • GYPSY on PBS  Nov 14 2016, 10:30:56 AM

    I guess they couldn't afford any violins, or maybe it was poor sound mixing, but Tulsa's line, "Now we waltz, strings come in" was met with no strings at all...

  • GYPSY on PBS  Nov 14 2016, 08:50:36 AM

    Pretty good overall, but over-reached in that British way of adding a "Darker Vision" to material that doesn't really need it, most evident in the decision to costume and make-up the imperishable trio of strippers Mazeppa, Electra and Tessie as if they were White Walkers from Game Of Thrones.  The total abject humorlessness of the production just became choking after a while.  Ms. Staunton did quite well, I thought, but I couldn't help wondering, by time Rose final

  • The Thread for HAMILTON Fans/Obsessives [SPOILERS AHEAD]  Nov 7 2016, 10:28:51 AM

    I saw the Actors Fund benefit performance last night, my second trip after having seen it in the spring of this year and having listened to the album pretty frequently ever since.  I'm so glad to have had the opportunity to revisit this show -- it's got to be the truest cliche around that you just can't get it all in one viewing or listening, there's just way too much going on.  I heard my husband gasp more than once at little nuances in the lyrics that we'd neve

  • Upcoming PBS 'Hamilton' Documentary Puts Us In the Room Where It Happens  Oct 22 2016, 07:03:33 AM

    I'd have liked the documentary a lot more if it hadn't featured cameos from George W. Bush, Laura Bush, Paul Ryan and some creature from Fox Business News.  Why give vermin like this a chance to polish their reputations by association with an important American cultural event?  A sad sad error.

  • NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 Previews  Oct 21 2016, 12:11:00 PM

    Aimeric -- I'm glad that's the case.  I've been hearing similar things from others.  Can't wait to see this in a couple of weeks.

  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show Event Offical Thread  Oct 21 2016, 11:59:41 AM

    The original film was largely panned, and found its audience via midnight screenings -- all that history is easy to find online and in assorted books on the subject.  I never understood why people have such disdain for it -- sure there are some lapses, nobody's calling it a masterpiece.  It's good silly fun, never really taking itself particularly seriously, it has a great cast and a great score and it is made with a skill and professionalism that no one associated with

  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show Event Offical Thread  Oct 21 2016, 10:10:39 AM

    With this cast, and this director, it would have sucked live at least as badly as it did pre-recorded.

  • NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 Previews  Oct 21 2016, 09:33:16 AM

    The one time I got lost in the Kazino production was during the Abduction scene.  I just didn't know what the hell was going on.  And then Balaga came on, and well, whatever, it didn't last long and we were soon brought back to reality when old-school Marya appeared bellowing about "Not in MY HOUSE!!!"

    I was sufficiently blown away by the rest of the enterprise to see it again, and that particular section made a lot more sense -- I think Mr. Choksi and Mr. S

  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show Event Offical Thread  Oct 21 2016, 09:05:56 AM

    I couldn't believe it.  I just couldn't believe it.  Only Annaleigh Ashford managed to create something like a character, and poor Tim Curry, God bless him, seemed to be blinking out morse code saying "kill me please."  

    I'd have forgiven Laverne Cox a lot more if she ever bothered to act as if she had the slightest idea what any of those noises she was making with her mouth actually meant, she was rushing through every line delivery, she might as w

  • Imelda Gypsy Blu-Ray  Aug 8 2016, 01:37:43 PM

    Coming November 1.  Sorry if this has been posted all over the place already.  If this is old news let me know and I'll delete.

    https://www.shoutfactory.com/film/film-musical/gypsy

  • Bad Homo: How Musical Theatre Tested My Relationship: OUT.com  Jul 25 2016, 02:51:39 PM

    Anyone who designates GYPSY as a "kid classic" is too foolish to waste any further time on.

  • The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?  Jul 12 2016, 02:07:24 PM

    I liked the play very much, despite Mr. Pullman's near total inability to make himself heard in that pretty tiny theater.

  • In honor of the revival - CATS! Original Production Photographs  Jul 8 2016, 03:39:58 PM

    Somehow I got my hands on the original London cast album before it opened here and rather liked what I heard.  I saw it soon after it opened, all those years ago.  I remember not hating it but not loving it all that much -- it seemed to take itself rather more seriously than was really warranted, and I didn't always appreciate the changes made to the cats in Eliot's poems.  The show's version of Macavity, for instance -- I mean really.  And Ms. Buckley's Bl

  • Josh Groban to star in The Great Comet of 1812 on Broadway in September  Mar 29 2016, 03:35:34 PM

    Very excited for Amber Grey, Lucas Steele, Nick Choksi and the sublime Brittain Ashford -- more than makes up for the relative disappointment of Mr. Groban, who I'm hoping will rise to the occasion.

  • Grease Live! Official Thread  Feb 1 2016, 10:29:44 AM

    Phyllis Rogers Stone said: "I just didn't think Hudgens was that great (nor do I expect she would have been any different if she hadn't lost her dad the day before).  Like everyone else, she remembered her lines and delivered them without trouble, but she didn't really seem to have a character. "

     

    Absolutely agreed.  Her performance of "Worse Things I Could Do" was the one time she or any of the leads, frankly, added an