Schizophrenic directing. Julie cannot direct feelings or emotions. Many actors have a problem with her. She can make beautiful stage pictures but the story falls through the cracks. These stage pictures most times have nothing at all to do with the story. Then they are clumsily linked together with the text. I used to be in awe of her work, however after seeing many productions I now come away with a feeling she is holding the piece at arms distance wondering how she pee on it to m
Even when shows were at Radio City they used small simple set pieces. Yes, because it IS very expensive and things have to move FAST on a live show. I worked on the set piece for Wicked a few years back. This was one reason I think they aired the Car Ride Karaoke, to give the set crew time to rearrange things backstage. It was breathing time. The screens, for me, worked well and I know eased things up a bit for Set Crew and Stage Managers.