WAR PAINT - Pre-Broadway Thread Aug 11
2016, 04:04:08 PM
jayinchelsea said: "Went to Chicago specifically to see WAR PAINT, extremely disappointing, even after reading the less than rapturous reviews for the show. Yes, Patti and Christine were great, and in great voice, but if the only laughs came from Patti's "funny" accent, and the score droned on all night (only song I liked was "If I'd Been a Man," touching and provocative), and Chis Gattelli was hired to do non-existent choreography for four non-dancing pri
Pirates of Penzance - Will Swenson Aug 11
2016, 03:59:49 PM
A lot of fun, extremely well sung, everyone was really good, and the Papp version can't be beat. Totally worth the trip to Barrington, where Rando and Bergasse last gave us the spectacular ON THE TOWN.
WAR PAINT - Pre-Broadway Thread Aug 10
2016, 06:51:11 PM
Went to Chicago specifically to see WAR PAINT, extremely disappointing, even after reading the less than rapturous reviews for the show. Yes, Patti and Christine were great, and in great voice, but if the only laughs came from Patti's "funny" accent, and the score droned on all night (only song I liked was "If I'd Been a Man," touching and provocative), and Chis Gattelli was hired to do non-existent choreography for four non-dancing principals and a small ensemble
Any news re War Paint transfer? Aug 3
2016, 10:45:06 AM
Went to Chicago specifically to see this, and aside from the two women, who were in wonderful voice, a total disappointment. The authors failed to mine the dynamic quality of their careers, which according to the show, were almost identical in nature and time frame, and distills any emotion down to almost nothing. Patti gets what few laughs there are because she has a "funny" accent; Christine is saddled with so much seriousness that any fun that this show might be is lost. Mos
MOTOWN Will Conclude Broadway Run Early on July 31 Jul 22
2016, 02:02:01 PM
Do not understand how this show ran so long, and then came back. The epitome of what's wrong with jukebox musicals (55 songs? Holy s**t!), with a totally homogenized evening of watered-down songs that all of us over 50s know really well, but with no real sense of any song or period at all.
James Corden - general perceptions? Jul 22
2016, 01:44:45 PM
Just before his TV success, Corden was seriously considering playing the lead in a revival of KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN, not to add to the metrosexual aspect being discussed. Sad he didn't do it, he would have been brilliant, and he would have gotten all the pathos and humor of the role, and sang it beautifully.
MY FAIR LADY Revival Back On For Next Spring? Jul 22
2016, 01:41:23 PM
Kelli was great in the concert version of MFL several years ago with Kelsey Grammer, but LB is probably a better choice now, and is a much better comic actress. Just saw Elizabeth Stanley in the tour of BRIDGES and she found far more humor than Kelli did (of course, Kelli sang it like a dream).
Cats Previews Jul 22
2016, 01:35:11 PM
Unless the critics are honest this time around, you can bet that CATS will indeed be here forever. The Times gave the original production a very large pass. It is a one-song score (and I liked that one song more when Puccini wrote it first). Is there any question at this point that ALW is a hack? Each show he has written has one hummable song, and a great deal of dross. Even SCHOOL OF ROCK has only one song ("You're in the Band"
THE HUMANS: really? Jul 17
2016, 12:32:14 PM
I've been going to the theatre for more than 50 years now, and I'm still astonished that this play has garnered so much praise. When I saw VIRGINIA WOOLF as a kid, I certainly didn't get it all, but in subsequent viewings, I came to understand its importance as a milestone in theatre. Don't think I'll come to that "aha!" moment with THE HUMANS. I have seen countless variations on the "dysfunctional family" theme over the years, many of them far more int
Jamboree - What A Mess Jul 17
2016, 12:25:09 PM
I've read all the comments, and frankly left me confused. I had a good time, it was fun, great to see Sutton and Jonathan, loved the opening, loved most of what they did (not the Fred and Ginger, though), and still think Jeanine is extraordinarily talented. Like most of the new material. Thrilled that I was there. Sorry!
THE HUMANS: really? Jul 16
2016, 07:03:55 PM
Now that THE HUMANS has been pronounced the great play of this millennium, is there anyone else out there who found it a 95-minute cliche? We've seen these kitchen-sink dramas over and over for countless years, what makes this one so special? I never cared for or about these characters, not from beginning to end. Extremely well-acted, to be sure, and Mantello certainly stages it well on an atmospheric set. And although Karam is a favorite playwright (loved SPEECH AND DEBATE and SONS