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  • 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.

  • Bad Homo: How Musical Theatre Tested My Relationship:  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

  • Aaron Tveit as Danny Zuko  Feb 1 2016, 09:50:31 AM

    Stew123 said: "Roscoe, I thought those are all the qualities you look for in an actor?"


    It does seem to be what Aaron Tveit insisted on delivering.


  • Grease Live! Official Thread  Feb 1 2016, 09:48:44 AM

    "You do realize that "whatsername" aka Vanessa Hudgens dad died the day before the broadcast."


    Yeah, he died, and that seems to be everybody's excuse for her generally lackluster performance.  My sympathies to her for her loss, and all.  


    "That explains her, but did everyone else's dad die, too?"


    Well, yeah, exactly.


  • Grease Live! Official Thread  Feb 1 2016, 09:23:56 AM

    The production was admirable, all the technical aspects were very well handled, even though they still seem to have issues with sound mixing -- the vocals just disappear into a general mush.  The leads were rather flat, I thought -- it just felt like there was zero chemistry at all between Tveit and whatshername as Sandy.  Tveit was particularly disappointing in his near total woodenness.  Whatsername as Rizzo only came alive at the very end, with her splendid "There Are W

  • Aaron Tveit as Danny Zuko  Feb 1 2016, 08:50:29 AM

    He had no swagger, no sense of humor, no fun at all -- a surprisingly dour performance.  Tveit only cut loose during the finale, dancing with an energy and abandon that had been completely missing from the rest of his performance.

  • What's with the hatred of Cats?  Jan 27 2016, 01:44:57 PM

    It's a cute idea for a show, setting those poems to music.  There's some engaging stuff in it, I guess, but whatever fun it has gets engulfed in the show's colossal self-importance, it takes itself very very seriously indeed.  And Betty Buckley's shrill shrieking of "Memory" will never leave my list of Most Horrific Broadway Moments.


    And some of the songs go out of their way to avoid what the poems are actually about.  Turning Macavi

  • HAIRSPRAY is next NBC Musical...  Jan 13 2016, 03:38:10 PM

    With all due respect, Best12bars, Divine was at least as convincing as a woman as Kim Davis is.


    The biggest problems I had with the film were Travolta's dreadful fake-looking prosthetic makeup and his decision to re-conceive Edna so that she was an agoraphobic with severe body image issues -- light years away from the joyous figure embodied so memorably by Divine and Fierstein.

    I guess John Goodman's just plain too old for the role now.  Damn.

  • New York Times Top 10 Shows of 2015  Dec 10 2015, 02:08:26 PM

    Brantley: "Astonish me, rattle me, change the way I see."


    Anyone astonished, rattled or vision-changed by the inane WOLF HALL is too easily astonished, rattled and vision-changed.  More of Brantley's Anglolingus.

  • THE WIZ: 2015 NBC LIVE MUSICAL  Dec 4 2015, 12:25:01 PM

    "It was a different Evilene from what we saw last night."


    We saw Evilene from some Bravo reality show -- the Real Wicked Witches Of Oz last night.

  • THE WIZ: 2015 NBC LIVE MUSICAL  Dec 4 2015, 12:11:46 PM

    I like Best12bars' reminder that Dorothy Gale has ALWAYS been a kick ass child.  The added stuff about Kansas vs. Omaha didn't really add much except some muddled stuff about how she needs to appreciate her home, or something, which is not the issue in the MGM Classic, as Dorothy's decision to run away from home is neatly countered by Professor Marvel, when his fake crystal ball session reminds Dorothy of Aunt Em's care for her -- she's already learned that There

  • The WIZ LIVE : post your comments and thoughts live during the show here  Dec 4 2015, 06:00:35 AM

    A pretty dreadful production all round, ineptly acted and with an all-too evident lack of camera rehearsals.  It looked like the TV director had never seen the production before, had NO IDEA what was going to be happening on that stage.  And what was happening on that stage was all too often stupidly directed.  Check out "Mean Old Lion" for instance -- the Lion is singing to the camera while the other three characters are just kind of wandering around in the back

  • THE WIZ: 2015 NBC LIVE MUSICAL  Nov 29 2015, 09:03:40 AM

    ""It has to come in that mind of what a kid wants," he explains, "and so I started there. I wanted to say her parents are dead — it never said that. I wanted to say, 'I hate living with you' to her aunt. It's never said, right? In the movie, [she wants to leave] because her dog gets in trouble in [Miss Gulch's] garden, but I wanted to [say], 'I hate this school. I hate these kids. I hate living in Kansas. I want to go back to Omaha. That's where I was born; that's where I belong.'""<

  • Rumored My Fair Lady Revival with Kelli O'hara and Kelsey Grammar  Nov 23 2015, 10:14:17 AM

    Grammer's a bit old for Higgins, isn't he?  Why not cast someone under 50 in the role?

  • Oh, Jesus. They're making a Tennessee Williams biopic.  Nov 12 2015, 02:49:44 PM

    They'll hire Benedict Cumberbatch, or Michael Fassbender, or Eddie Redmayne or some other British It-Boy of the moment for the lead.  Tom Hooper or Danny Boyle will direct from a script by the inevitable Julian Fellowes, or maybe Alan Bennett.


    Oscar nominations will follow, of course.

  • HOOK the musical -- please, no.  Nov 9 2015, 03:46:01 PM

    Enough of this Peter Pan sh*t already.  And especially not a musical of Spielberg's horror, one of his very worst films.  


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