There has to be a recording of this production! And better yet, a video, perhaps for Broadway HD? It would be a shame if this isn't preserved for all of us and for future audiences. Yes, the original was glorious, and the last revival broke my heart (I cried so much at the final performance, we sat right across from Sondheim, we were all sobbing). But please keep posting about this!
Love Aaron Tveit, have ever since NEXT TO NORMAL, but will not watch THE GOOD FIGHT, even with this great cast. I am outraged that CBS started the series on network TV, but now you have to pay to watch the rest of it on their cable station. Just think, now we can pay to watch 641 episodes of BIG BROTHER, bfd.
Frankly, kind of surprised that the play is being revived again; the last revival at Roundabout was only seven years ago, and was no great shakes (nor was the Langella revival back in 1996). As I am now living out of NYC, and so many shows are coming in the next few weeks, my days of seeing everything are over, and PRESENT LAUGHTER is not on my list.
I first saw DOLLY as a Brooklyn teen back in January, 1964 (and my tickets said DOLLY: A DAMNED EXASPERATING WOMAN, the original title, I should have kept those stubs), and two weeks later won a school lottery and saw Channing again, and this time met the wonderful Alice Playten (she had gone to school with my "date". Thus began my "DOLLY odyssey" which included Betty Grable, Pearl Bailey (several times) and Ethel Me
Also saw this in Chicago, and expected it to be good trashy fun. It was not. It was dull and predictable, and the only "laughs" it got were from Patti's accent and malapropisms. I was not a fan of GREY GARDENS, although Christine in the second act was very special. Sounds as though little has improved since Chicago, when I saw the show at a Saturday matinee, filled with older women and a few gay men. The audience response was polite but tepid; even the final "confrontation&
Saw this at the Pels, and was surprisingly underwhelmed by it. Felt like one long cliche about being a 20-somenthing gay man, surrounded by a group of callow, selfish girlfriends. Went because of the subject matter and the mostly rave reviews. I love Barbara Barrie, so glad she is still active and amazing. but can't think of any other reason to see this again. Meh.
Saw the original (and thanks to Jim Brichu for his recollections), and frankly forgot that I didn't see David Burns in the play. But Harold Gary was great, and basically "stole" the show from the other actors. This is not one of Miller's better plays, as noted earlier. Noticed no one has mentioned Jessica Hecht, not one of my favorite actors and variable, to say the least. How was she?
Interesting to read the pans given by some to this production (and in the case of AfterEight, to the show itself), after it has rightly been given "masterpiece" status by most who have seen it, either in the original, the brilliant London production at Studio 54, or in this recent revival. Yes, I'm one of those people who start crying at the first notes, and seeing the City Center production was amazing, and can't believe some of the criticism I'm reading on this si
Look, SUNDAY is a great show. It was great in its initial run, the first revival with Jenna and Daniel was amazing, and the recent concert version was breathtaking. Let's all be glad that we have this chance to see one of the great musicals of the 20th century, which is happening because of Jake, and stop carping at him, rather than being grateful. A whole new audience will get to see why this show is held in such high regard, and for many people, is considered Sondheim's masterpiece.
Most unfortunate decision. I was there just this week, looking for info on an old movie and if anyone knew where and how I might get it. Someone had posted about it this past week, I went to the recommended site and purchased the film on video. I have also made copies of unavailable films for other IMDB readers, just because I want to share my films and film knowledge with others. This will no longer be possible with the message boards gone. A shame, really.
...SUPERMAN was mostly stolen by Jack Cassidy, in his truly awe-inspiring way, and by the young Linda Lavin with her two great songs. But Bob Holiday, who had had a small role in FIORELLO! as a young law clerk, really shone as Clark Kent/Superman. He had just the right mix of straight-arrow and tongue-in-cheek that the role needed. The show was just okay, and it was during the Prince-producing time when the last row at every performance went for $2, amazingly cheap even in the days of $9.90 t
Beautiful to look at, great opening, great ending, two attractive leads, but doesn't rate very high on the film musical list. The few songs are mediocre, and while the leads do the best they can, they are neither singers nor dancers. Watching the Garland/Kelly/Astaire/Vera-Ellen/Donald O'Connor/Crosby/Reynolds films during the holidays only makes LA LA LAND pale in comparison.
The Sondheim show we want to love, but it almost never delivers. There have been so many book revisions (I thought the latest was by James Lapine, but the only credit was Furth's, no mention of Lapine anywhere), that by now it really should have played better than it does. But very little lands during the first two hours. Arden's direction, the choreography and set design are so busy, that it is unclear as to what to look at and when. And for a show that moves backwards, I'm
I intensely disliked the earlier Broadway production, especially Lindsay Duncan, who I found weak and ineffectual in the role. Thought the film was great, although Malkovich was perhaps a tad too slimy, but Glenn Close was as good as she has ever been. Liked the current production a lot, saw it at a late preview, and was surprised at its lackluster critical reception.
Not surprised by these early comments, but more concerned than ever that Jerry Zaks has been handed the directing reins on HELLO, DOLLY! Yes, it's an old-fashioned show, but in the best sense, and while it doesn't necessarily need a lot of shtick added to it, a brilliant comic director like John Rando would have been a much more interesting choice.