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  • what show would you like to see on broadway and never will happen!  Sep 27 2015, 10:07:10 AM

    Someone in a Tree2 said: "THE GRASS HARP--


    Only know it from the OBC. Amazing songs, but the charm quotient seems way too high for today's audiences to find palatable. And who can match Miss Barbara Cook's shimmery heartbreaking soprano today?

    I know it's not the same, but take a look at the Camera 3 production of THE GRASS HARP, only 28 minutes long but features original cast members Carol Brice and Ruth Ford, and about half of the

  • Most Overrated Tony Award Winning Best Musical  Sep 27 2015, 10:00:17 AM

    yankeefan7 said: "Just curious what Broadway fans think is the most overrated Tony award winning Broadway musicals. For the fun of it, pick one from every decade since you have been attending Broadway shows.

    Easy to do:

    1960: THE SOUND OF MUSIC (and FIORELLO!, still waiting for a first-class revival), over GYPSY




  • Dames at Sea Previews  Sep 27 2015, 09:14:00 AM

    It's obviously very early to be talking about this, but I could see Margherita getting a nom and I wouldn't count out a Best Musical Revival nom. This is definitely a better show than On the Town, which was nominated last year.

    Unless I'm mistaken, DAS has never been produced on Broadway, and although it is nearly 50 years old, it would qualify (if it does) as Best Musical, not as a revival. Any thoughts about this?



  • Kristen Chenoweth's Tony Snubs  Sep 26 2015, 11:47:10 PM

    Someone in a Tree2, thanks for your concern. But don't get me wrong; Kristen was totally amazing the first time I saw the show, which I why I went back, and yes, she certainly deserved the Tony for that performance. 

  • Kristen Chenoweth's Tony Snubs  Sep 26 2015, 12:01:01 PM

    imo, Kristen was amazing when she first did THE APPLE TREE at Encores, and I was thrilled when the show transferred to Studio 54. However, something had happened in the intervening months, and when I saw it again at 54, all the subtlety was gone, and Kristen was working overtime to make the show work, On that basis alone, she did not deserve a Tony nomination for her Broadway performance.

    On the other hand, she was brilliant all over again in ON THE 20TH CENTURY, and I was so dazzled th

  • Dames at Sea Previews  Sep 26 2015, 11:45:22 AM

    Always liked the original off-Broadway production (saw it after Bernadette had done it), although the TV version was pretty flat, even with the three Annies (Margret, Miller and Meara). Glad to hear they have caught the spirit of the piece, and that people are really enjoying it. Maybe time to check it out...


  • FIDDLER discounts?  Sep 10 2015, 11:55:02 PM

    Has anyone seen discounts for the upcoming revival? If someone has a code, would really appreciate it. Thanks!

  • ON THE TOWN SUCCESS  Sep 7 2015, 08:00:00 PM

    HogansHero said: "@adam.peterson You are correct that closing off part of the theatre might have made some sense, but that is something the producers could have done. I do think that until the current owners, there was an obliviousness on the part of the owner, and we are now seeing someone who will likely "solve" the problem, one way or another. Obviously, the desire would be to exploit the real estate to its maximum potential.


    @ggersten agreed altho

  • Hamilton Previews  Aug 5 2015, 04:56:42 PM

    Brantley was there on Monday night, and I feel certain that he liked it more than I did. I am very hesitant to share this opinion, in light of the nearly unanimous praise being heaped on the show, and I tried my best to go in with low expectations, which was nearly impossible. A game-changer? Well, people called HAIR that in 1968, and aside from a bunch of mostly forgettable "rock" musicals, nothing much changed. It was stated again in the 90s when RENT moved to Broadway, but not sure that ch

  • Javier Munoz Will Be Alternate in HAMILTON on Broadway  Jul 6 2015, 10:13:13 PM

    This is a crock. LMM must be reading his own press. If he can't play all the performances of his own show before it even opens, then someone who could should have been cast. This is not about "star worship," this is about a creative who knows no one would dare complain about his appearing whenever he wants to, in a show that is totally pre sold for months in advance. As several people have pointed out, there are no options, as there are no tickets available for any performances. 

  • AMAZING GRACE Previews  Jul 5 2015, 01:15:48 PM

    Just catching up with this thread. Lynn2, if you think Whizzer is "caustic," then you haven't read many of the unkind comments on this blog. Whizzer is by far the kindest, most thoughtful scribe we have, and whether I agree with his comments or not, they are always well-thought-out and provocative, and not personally bitchy or mean. I too look forward to his opening performance reviews, as do most of the readers here, and have never found him to be anything else but perceptive and thoughtful.

  • Kelli O'Hara has won the Tony  Jun 7 2015, 10:54:59 PM

    Great speech...but she should have won last year for BRIDGES. A little early for a "career" Tony. And sorry, but her "British" accent in TKAI made me crazy.


  • The Official 2015 Tony Awards Viewing Party Thread  Jun 7 2015, 10:49:53 PM

    Wanted Kristen...not surprised but disappointed. 

  • tony awards rant  Jun 7 2015, 10:30:15 PM

    love, love, love Christian Borle, but yeah, Andy Karl should have won. And all you need is $100,000 or so to get your show spotlighted on the Tony awards, even when your show has been totally shut out, and with good reason.

  • Happy 50th Anniversary to THE ROAR OF THE GREASEPAINT - THE SMELL OF THE CROWD  Jun 7 2015, 09:22:33 AM

    Probably not a great show, but liked it far more than STOP THE WORLD, score was great, Cyril Ritchard was wonderful. I was also an unsophisticated teen at the time, and probably didn't get it all, but remember having a great time watching it (from the Shubert's second balcony). Thanks for all the photos and remembrances.

  • The Lunts in THE VISIT (1958)  Jun 4 2015, 09:04:26 AM

    "It was one of the greatest productions I've ever seen....the Lunts were magnificent, giving extraordinary performances in their finest play.  It also played City Center....Peter Brook directed....I am so fortunate to have seen this...Were they both nominated and did he win (?)...."

     Alfred Lunt, Lynn Fontanne and Peter Brook were all nominated for 1959 Tony awards, but none of them won. How amazing it must have been to see them live

  • THE KING & I Reviews  May 17 2015, 11:52:29 AM

    Have seen THE KING AND I several times on stage, and thought this production was just okay. I love Kelli, and thought she should have won the Tony last year for BRIDGES, did not feel the same sense of passion or commitment here. Of course, she sang beautifully, but her "English" accent was a joke, in and out all night. In the last revival, Lou Diamond Phillips finally broke the "Yul Brynner" mold and gave us a whole new take on the King. Watanabe was back on the same old track, and not nearly

  • HAMILTON on Broadway  May 17 2015, 11:43:16 AM

    "My other option is to book On the Twentieth Century now and Hamilton for another trip in November or December.  I'm really torn.  My mother just saw Twentieth Century and said Cheno is the only reason to see the show.  She felt everything else about it was forgettable and it's not a big loss if I miss it."

     Cheno, whether she wins the Tony or not, is totally worth the price of admission. Her performance is as spot-on

  • Remembering CAMELOT in the Lusty Month Of May  May 16 2015, 12:27:21 PM

    Saw the original production at the end of its long run (two years was considered a long run then), but after the original cast was long gone. Still William Squire, a Welsh actor very much like Burton in looks and speech, was a great Arthur, although Kathryn Grayson, of the 40s MGM musicals, was not very good as Guenevere (they interpolated too many trills and runs into her songs, her long-ago specialty). Saw Burton 20 years later (too old by then) and Goulet on tour as Arthur (ditto), bu

  • ZORBA @ CITY CENTER/ENCORES  May 7 2015, 08:18:44 AM

    The whole purpose of Encores is to recreate the "original" show as much as possible, and not to incorporate changes made by anyone later or in subsequent productions. Yes, I know  that writers like David Ives are often brought in to revise and streamline the librettos, but generally speaking the scores are meant to be intact. For example, when GOLDEN BOY was done some years ago, they did not incorporate the "new" songs that Strouse and Adams had later added to the show ("There's a P