Maybe someone who has actually seen the show would be better to comment, but after listening to it a few times I probably would have preferred to have seen it cold. The style of the show is that, for the most part, it is essentially a linear recount of events - and the recording has extensive dialogue. It is very easy to follow the show from the recording and I think it would make it a bit less novel seeing it cold for the first time.
This season is crowded. However, I am shocked that many shows are finding their audiences - besides a few examples there are many musicals doing decent business at the moment - Bronx Tale; Anastasia; Come From Away; Dear Evan; Dolly, Sunday; Sunset; War Paint. I wouldn't be surprised if the musical grosses were some kind of record at the moment. I understand that unfortunately given Broadway economics and the need for sustained grosses over a very lengthy period of time that this doesn
The sales for this look TERRIBLE..in a season with so many great shows happening, most of which seem to be doing just fine at the moment (surprising: who would have thought WAR PAINT or COME FROM AWAY would have a strong start) - is Groundhog Day going to be (surprisingly) that doesn't make it?
Scarywarhol said: "Fairly auspicious start for War Paint, which I was concerned about looking at all the empty seats at the start of the week. Man, I really did not see Bronx Tale coming and I did not expect it to keep momentum. It's just so...Generic? I so underestimated the appeal.
Agree RE: War Paint. They definitely managed to sell A LOT of tickets at the last minute. Hope it can continue in the future!
I do think that's a very noble position for you to hold christinelavin, and shows a lot of respect for the creative team and creative process. I suppose I don't mind though if people criticise preview shows because they are still charging a lot of money and let's face it, bar a few shows (and I can't think of any to mind right now) there doesn't seem to be dramatic turnarounds/improvements in shows from preview to opening anymore these days.
Have to agree RaisedonMusicals - although the 50% gross potential figure seems rather arbitrary/stupid, in reality from the figures I have seen it does seem unusual for a musical nut (at least) to be less than 40% of the 'gross potential'.
Ok thanks, I'll take another look. Sometimes it takes a couple of listens I think to get hooked in. I remember listening to next to normal the first time and thinking 'meh'. It has since become one of my favourite shows. The same could be said about Passion, Pacific Overtures etc.
icecreambenjamin said: "I just listened to the cast album and I didn't care for it. I'll be seeing the show in a couple of weeks, and maybe I'll like it more then, but it sounds pretty corny on recording.
I agree I can't say I'm falling for it the way I did hearing some other recordings recently (e.g., Bright Star). Can anyone recommend any particularly favourite/stand out tracks?
Obviously I am disappointed that it is not a Patti and Bernadette show, but I can honestly say that I have basically completely forgotten about this because Ebersole is so great singing that song I don't think I could imagine anyone else - kind of like how you can just never hear anyone sing "Will You?" or "Another Winter in a Summer Town" without missing her.
ScottyDoesn'tKnow2 said: "As someone who loves Grey Gardens, how does War Paint's score compare?
There is one song, Pink, that is incredibly melodic/catchy/emotional/dramatic/soaring in the same vein as "Another Winter In a Summer Town" (slightly less effective and affective). I do agree the rest of the score takes some..warming up to. Though I think Grey Gardens had similar issues outside many of t
Now I certainly would not want to see a non-black cast in the Colour Purple, Dreamgirls etc. but are we really that consistent when it comes to attitudes towards cross-racial casting? For example, we can accept and celebrate a black Valjean (I certainly have no issue here). We can also accept an Asian Aladdin (if it were a white Aladdin I can just imagine the protests now).
What is it about race that we are so protective in certain situations? I'm thinking that perhaps because