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Member Name: trentsketch
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Birthday: 9 - 27
Gender: Male
Location: NJ
Occupation: Music Director/Writer
Profile: I work as a music director for educational and non-profit theater and as a freelance writer. My main webhub is my entertainment media blog Cue the Media.

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  • Spelling bee at circle on the square  Nov 30 2015, 10:02:59 AM

    Thrust staging. The whole theater was redesigned to look like a school gymnasium, with a basketball hoop retracted into the ceiling above the audience. The contestants sat on a fourth set of moving bleachers onstage. The center section in front of the stage was sunk below stage height so the audience had to look up and the actors could climb down to interact. The rest was raked seating surrounding 3/4 of the stage. It worked really well. 

  • Hip Hop Broadway Musicals  Nov 10 2015, 06:07:26 AM

    A few other musicals have included rap or hip/hop numbers, but not as the driving force of the score. "Enterprise" from Runaways comes to mind. I think it might just be those four for hip hop musicals. 

  • Nikki blonsky  Sep 12 2015, 08:16:42 PM

    You're mistaken, TrChSpHa, her MOTHER punched the model at the airport. Nikki was arrested as an accessory.

  • GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE Sets Closing Date!  Sep 8 2015, 10:25:36 PM

    I only just saw this show for the first time recently and really loved it. I'm a big fan of music hall and was thrilled to hear a score largely sung by two sopranos and a high tenor. The projections and sets were great. They toyed around a lot with Gothic and Edwardian horror tropes with the silly sensibility of the 1970s height of Hammer sensationalism. I'll try to squeeze this one in again before it closes.

  • Sutton Foster Possible Broadway Return This Spring?  Sep 7 2015, 02:09:16 PM

    See, I wasn't sure. Carolee makes much more sense in that show.

  • Aida the Musical  Sep 7 2015, 01:43:22 PM

    I music directed a production of this a few years ago. The score is great. The book is ok. It works well enough. If you have the right trio of leads, you have a great show. 

    I loved it on Broadway. I saw it (I think) 4 times. Michelle Williams was my favorite Aida. She just went for it.

    I also really like the museum framing. Audiences go nuts for it. The final moments in the tomb before the Every Story reprise are so damn sad that the museum ending feels like the happiest fin

  • Sutton Foster Possible Broadway Return This Spring?  Sep 7 2015, 01:39:59 PM

    Has any of the casting been confirmed for Tuck Everlasting? I know that was trying to come in the spring. Casey Nicholaw is directing and Beth Leavel has been attached for a while. Could that possible be it? 

  • Musicals you love but many don't  Sep 6 2015, 09:10:32 AM


    I'll show myself out. 

  • Allegiance coming to Broadway  Sep 3 2015, 10:33:39 AM

    Even the more liberal states have to downplay the horrendous nature of large areas of US History to make the subject matter more palatable. The textbooks schools buy and the curricula they approve are very tame on the whole. You don't really get to encounter the more brutal historical details until college, and then it's up to the discretion of the professor.

    I know we spent very little time in my school discussing the Japanese interment camps. Part of it was the absurd nature o

  • WHORL INSIDE A LOOP Starts Tonight at Second Stage  Sep 3 2015, 10:26:09 AM

    EthelMae, that would be the twist exactly. I also didn't think it was really a twist. I thought it was clearly established at the beginning what was happening and saw it more akin to [Title of Show], with the characters in the story telling their own stories while the larger narrative unfolds in real time. 

  • WHORL INSIDE A LOOP Starts Tonight at Second Stage  Sep 1 2015, 03:06:53 PM

    The boxes should be fine for this production. You might miss a little of bit of the actors changing or grabbing props right underneath you but none of the story is told from there. 

  • WHORL INSIDE A LOOP Starts Tonight at Second Stage  Aug 30 2015, 11:08:22 AM

    I saw the matinee yesterday and really enjoyed the show. Great acting and a strong script. I also really liked the lighting design and subtle inclusion of key sound effects. 

    An added bonus was getting to meet some of the proud families of the actors. They were seated all throughout the audience and were telling anyone who would listen "My son is in the show" and pointing him out on the Playbill cover. It was so sweet. Quite a few new each other from their children being

  • Whats next for Jasper in Deadland?  Jul 16 2015, 07:21:30 PM

    It wouldn't be expensive to produce, no, but I think it's just a little too small for Broadway. If they amp it up to play on a larger stage for a larger house, it could lose a lot of its magic.


    I'm a fan of the piece. I'd love to see it live on. I don't know if the numbers make sense for anyone to step in and try a Broadway run. 

  • Lion King Question  Jul 5 2015, 12:38:00 PM

    Definitely see it. The spectacle is worth it if you haven't before. Beautiful costumes, orchestrations, and choreography. It was already mentioned, but the new songs are definitely the highlights. He Lives In You Reprise is just so beautiful.

    Is it the most amazing show ever? Absolutely not. It's theater for children done on a grand scale. That's not a bad thing. 

  • AMAZING GRACE Previews  Jun 28 2015, 10:39:52 AM

    Another one here who looks for Whizzer's reviews because they're fair and well-written. He always justifies what he says. Anyone claiming Whizzer only wants to write harsh, negative reviews has not read a single other review he's ever posted on this site. His first preview raves have gotten me to see a good number of shows and even some of his more negative reviews have intrigued me enough to pick up a ticket. 

    I had little interest in Amazing Grace before and now know I will

  • High School Productions Nowadays  Mar 8 2015, 10:13:54 PM
    There are a ton of great high school theater programs in this area. Summit always puts on a great production.
  • Why does the witch have to climb Rapunzel's hair?  Jan 30 2015, 09:34:18 AM
    Obviously she had to climb Rapunzel's hair so that she couldn't use hair actually as yellow as gold for the spell at the end of Act I. Can't miss out on Jack's one moment of genius in the entire show.

    It's a plot contrivance that I have no problem with. So much of Into the Woods' set up comes from the original Grim Brothers' Rapunzel that I just accept it. All that vegetable garden and curse stuff comes from the story, too.
  • ITW in IMAX?  Jan 11 2015, 10:03:07 PM
    They did spend the money on an enhanced audio release in select theaters. Much better use of money than formatting it for IMAX.
  • Wall Street Journal writer admits to leaving most shows at intermission...  Dec 9 2014, 07:01:48 PM
    We're not misreading what she wrote. She brayed out an editorial about being a naughty little minx, sneaking out of theaters at intermission and hoping that the PR people who gave her free tickets don't catch her. Now why would she be afraid of being caught leaving? Maybe because she knows that a media critic comped tickets to a theatrical event is expected to watch the whole thing?
  • Wall Street Journal writer admits to leaving most shows at intermission...  Dec 9 2014, 10:23:03 AM
    As someone who dreams of getting invitations to write about Broadway shows (and has been blacklisted by one company for writing a negative review of a show they invited me to review), I can safely say this woman disgusts me. She is not a theater critic. However, she has undermined her credibility by bragging about how she doesn't bother to see most of the shows she's comped on all the way through. What else does she skip out on without fully experiencing?

    This isn't a case of disagreei


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