adamgreer said: "Wicked was/is a cultural phenomenon. Anastasia is not. "
Exactly. Some of these posters might be too young to have followed the 2004 Theater and Tony season. Wicked was an unstoppable phenomenon, the entire country was buzzing about the show. The many nominations were expected, but the major losses and Idina win were jaw dropping at the time. The show didn't need awards to thrive. Anastasia doesn't have the buzz or cultural
Exactly, it is a major money note, and it's been missed multiple times throughout this run. Just a little strange for a Sondheim production on Broadway.
Two other small touches that I would like to highlight again. During the act one finale, as George stages his final tableau, I absolutely love how he choreographs their poses and posture in the very final seconds, like a conductor.
Also during the finale, I will say it again, it is a marvelous addition how
It was a lovely final performance. The audience was low key but enthusiastic and respectful. There was a short speech from Jake at the curtain call. Sondheim and Lapine were not brought out.
The performances were just as beautiful as they've been since February. Jake's voice sounded a little tired but his dedication to this character more than made up for that. Annaleigh is quite possibly the definitive Marie, just such perfection.
Preserving the original orchestrations with two additional pieces for the first time since 1984 is a major. Even if you're not a fan of the new vocal performances, having the original orchestrations preserved again should be exciting. The orchestrations of the last revival were a total embarrassment.