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  • 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.

  • 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.


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