I have to agree Jarethan it does seem like bad producing. What were they thinking casting Oak? (hopefully this incident has still boosted his career, even if it didn't go perfectly). It would have been very easy for the producers to do a bit of market research and conclude that Josh Groban was a major draw and the show wouldn't survive without him - or that the general public do not know who Oak is (if it wasn't already obvious). Even now, it is hard to see casting
Thanks - doing a quick search and might be able to do Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen, School of Rock, Waitress, Sweeney Todd (LuPone) revival. Any requests? We essentially need to know the capital/upfront expenses and the date of recoupment.
I hope War Paint is advertising in mediums more accessible to the target demographic (particularly older women) and not relying on the internet/facebook/twitter. The Wednesday 2pm show is almost always the best-selling show. This target demographic is probably not best reached using facebook.
Patti LuPone is almost Bette's age and doing 8 shows a week right now in a role that is far more challenging in terms of vocal and acting demands......bet no one would claim if she took two weeks off now it would be 'much earned'. I guess it's because LuPone makes it look easy/is much more experienced on the Broadway stage so it might seem or actually be less demanding for her. But still - I do find the reactions interesting.
RippedMan said: "Now offense to him, but I feel like I'm on these boards a lot and I know Hamiltion, etc, but I don't know who the hell he is or why anyone should care? or why this casting is even interesting?
I don't know who is either. Wonder if he was a little overshadowed by other OBC members. Nothing wrong with that - I doubt he was hired based on any name recognition?
I can't speak for Rudin or his strategy - but if we think about what Donna Murphy's purpose is it's hard to see how it is too much of a failure in my opinion.
Basically, there is a cost issue I believe that even though Midler is only doing 7 shows a week - everyone is still getting paid for the full week. The theatre is still getting rent. All the overhead expenses associated with running a Broadway show are still present regardless of whether there are 7 or 8 performances.
If Sondheim loves Staunton he must adore Peters, who must be by far his most frequent leading performer collaborator.
I actually don't think Bernadette is overall the 'definitive' Sally. I can very clearly hear the strain in her voice at points (Clark really did sound amazing and almost flawless) - and 'stiff' might describe some of her line readings. She did this in night music too but there are odd pauses sometimes in lines - it's just weird and sometime
Bernadette walked out on that stage overwhelmed with emotion because her character was about to meet the guy she has been pining over after 30 years, and she was transported back to another time in her life. She was overwhelmed with a combination of anxiousness, nostalgia and excitement, not sad/weepy. Do we really expect Sally - who is a crazy psycho bitch and waiting for this moment for 30 years - to have no visible affect in that moment? It was a completely different kind of emotion than t
markypoo said: "To someone like myself - strictly a novice in these matters - can you inform as to just how much trouble War Paint is in?
War Paint's advance is very thin right now. I don't know how expensive the show is to run but given all shows seem to be expensive to run these days, it's hard to imagine it will last to the end of the year.
I think we all saw her 'performance' in Gypsy. She can't sing. I do concede she definitely has fine acting skills - I mean she is probably a better actor than Bernadette - perhaps it is the direction I'm more afraid of and the specific choices, as well as her ability to actually use her voice in a vulnerable way with a pleasant sounding timbre. I don't think anyone, at least as captured on record, used their voice to act through "In Buddy's Eyes" th