Breaking News: SCANDALOUS Cancels Today's Matinee; Carolee Carmello on 'Brief' Vocal Rest

Rob
Broadway Legend
joined:5/3/03
showchoirguy
Broadway Star
joined:7/14/10
Is the score this demanding? Hoping for a speedy recovery for Carolee!
Jordan Catalano
Broadway Legend
joined:10/9/05
She does havea lot of singing and yelling/preaching.
newintown
Broadway Legend
joined:3/3/10
It's ridiculous how much singing fortissimo at the top of her range she does in this show - it feels like she never stops. A clear symptom of ignorant/sadistic composers/arrangers.
egghumor
Broadway Legend
joined:3/9/11
The good news for Ms. Carmello is that she'll probably need to perform the show/sing the score only a few more times after the reviews come out. Then she can get LOTS of vocal rest.
eperkins
Broadway Star
joined:5/21/07
Yes she sings EVERY! SONG! LIKE! THIS! I'm surprised she's lasted this long.
frogs_fan85
Broadway Legend
joined:12/3/05
I was supposed to go tonight... I'm not that upset about this.
Holster2
Chorus Member
joined:7/25/12
"The good news for Ms. Carmello is that she'll probably need to perform the show/sing the score only a few more times after the reviews come out. Then she can get LOTS of vocal rest."

What a disgusting post. Do you not realize that if and when this show closes, a lot of people will be losing their jobs? Shame on you for making a joke about this. I don't care if this show is the worst thing to hit Broadway in years, which I highly doubt having seen Elling a couple years back.
Dangerous Jade
Understudy
joined:7/5/12
I hope the show doesn't close Friday - would love to see it then.
Sauja
Broadway Star
joined:1/7/07
Oh, calm down, Holster. The show is incredibly under-attended and the grosses are in the toilet. No one working on this show is likely to feel that they have job security right now, and I bet many of them are able to joke about it themselves.

Of course it's unfortunate when talented people end up out of work, but it's also just reality that isn't beyond the realm of potential humor.
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egghumor
Broadway Legend
joined:3/9/11
Lordy! If I were making jokes about the victims of Hurricane Sandy or the suffering people of Darfur, I would certainly deserve such wrath, but this is COMMERCIAL theater where shows open and close on a very regular basis. Jeez, I worked on Broadway. The show closed after seven weeks and I moved on. Broadway is not sacred territory. Far from it, in fact.

From what folks are reporting, I doubt George Hearn is going to crying in the unemployment line. If anything, he'll likely feel liberated.
MimiJudith
Broadway Star
joined:12/7/05
Could it possibly be that Carolee is not in need of vocal rest but that, instead, the show is still going through some final tweaks before tomorrow's opening or the show is actually not going to open at all?
frogs_fan85
Broadway Legend
joined:12/3/05
Tweaking the show now wouldn't affect the reviews as critics have probably already seen the show.
MimiJudith
Broadway Star
joined:12/7/05
Ah, good point, frogs. So could it be that they are just not going to open the show at all? I don't know anything about what kind of vocal rest is needed, but I suspect that one day is not enough.
californiasnow
Stand-by
joined:11/26/07
Probably obvious question: Do the cast, crew, etc. still get paid for today's performances?
loliveve
Broadway Star
joined:6/24/12
I'm surprised that they had shows scheduled for today with opening being tomorrow-- don't most shows have a day off prior to opening?
Bettyboy72
Broadway Legend
joined:3/31/06
Doesn't she have a Standby? This is very odd and very costly. I was hoping to see this today.
"The sexual energy between the mother and son really concerns me!"-random woman behind me at Next to Normal "I want to meet him after and bang him!"-random woman who exposed her breasts at Rock of Ages, referring to James Carpinello
Baiseur82
Featured Actor
joined:11/25/07
Bettyboy I was thinking the exact same thing! Why not have the understudy go on and NOT cancel 2 performances! Isn't this standard practice?
"I'd rater be nine peoples favorite thing, than a hundred peoples ninth favorite thing"
smallworld
Stand-by
joined:9/21/11
I'm wondering the same thing. With two understudies for the character of Aimee, I'd think (and hope) they'd be ready to go on in case of things like this... Wow. I really do wonder how much longer this show is going to last.
iluvtheatertrash
Broadway Legend
joined:11/9/04
There are surely critics who were supposed to attend today. IF she really is in need of a rest, I suspect that they didn't want to put an understudy on for the sake of critics, considering Carolee is the ONLY reason this show has a life.
"I know now that theatre saved my life." - Susan Stroman
FishermanBob
Broadway Legend
joined:7/9/12
As to why understudies did not go on...According to Playbill.com:

Playbill learned that understudies have not been rehearsed to a point of immediate readiness during the Broadway preview process, which began Oct. 13.


They open TOMORROW. Talk about amateur hour.
dreaming
Broadway Legend
joined:4/24/09
But for previews, much of the time is spent in rehearsals and re-working the material. Given the changes which supposedly have been made, I can imagine why the understudies may not have been prepared.

It appears that Carolee Carmello may get a longer break than she bargained for-although Kathie Lee Gifford has money and may be able to bankroll the show for a bit.
CurtainPullDowner
Broadway Legend
joined:11/4/04
Drunkie Lee should go on, book in hand. I would pay to see that!
She has to know the show, by now.
ucjrdude902
Broadway Legend
joined:3/11/07
A friend of a friend is in the ensemble. He's trying to get the scoop now.
tazber
Broadway Legend
joined:5/10/05
At this point not opening is probably the best thing they could do.

It would save everyone a lot of embarrassment.

As far as employment goes, I think it's been mentioned in just about every thread regarding show closings that it's just part of the job.

....but the world goes 'round

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