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BROADWAY SECRETS: Wherein we confess our controversial opinions

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HorseTears
Broadway Legend
joined:3/25/05
While I think Angela Lansbury is a national treasure, I think she was an awful Tony Awards host. I know it was more the style, but she was so presentational, careful and scripted. Her introduction of numbers on the Tonys back then was almost as overcooked as her portrayal of Jessica Fletcher. (Oddly enough, these days she seems so much more unguarded and genuine when speaking on stage)

I think Sutton Foster was miscast in Anything Goes. I also think she walks and dances like a surprisingly athletic hunchback. (Though when she's cast right she's dynamite)

I LOVED Bernadette Peters in Follies -- without reservation.

I love Cats and I won't apologize.

I think Audra McDonald's singing is often strident and shrill.

I think Adam Guettel is wildly overpraised for his limited talent. He's written some gorgeous songs, but I don't think he's written a great score all the way through - yes - Piazza included.

I thought Doubt was so-so and was shocked that it won the Pulitzer.

I can't stand Ethel Merman's voice.
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bwayphreak234
Broadway Legend
joined:7/4/10
I adore Frank Wildhorn.

I don't like Chita Rivera. At all.

I thought Rachel York was godawful and completely miscast in the Anything Goes tour.

The 2012 revival of Evita is (IMO) one of the most flawless and breathtaking revivals in history. I loved everything about it.
"There’s nothing quite like the power and the passion of Broadway music. "
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dramamama611
Broadway Legend
joined:12/4/07
There is a thread entitled: Unpopular Opinions You Hold (or something very close to that) that does this very thing.
If we're not having fun, then why are we doing it? These are DISCUSSION boards, not mutual admiration boards. Discussion only occurs when we are willing to hear what others are thinking, regardless of whether it is alignment to our own thoughts.
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aasjb4ever
Broadway Legend
joined:3/29/09
What a colossal piece of crap! It'll probably run for years.
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dramamama611
Broadway Legend
joined:12/4/07
Hey! I remembered the title right! Pretty amazing for my advanced years.
If we're not having fun, then why are we doing it? These are DISCUSSION boards, not mutual admiration boards. Discussion only occurs when we are willing to hear what others are thinking, regardless of whether it is alignment to our own thoughts.
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LizzieCurry
Broadway Legend
joined:3/7/05
And there's an old livejournal with similar thoughts... no, I'm not linking it.
"Don't patronize me, alright?" - BroadwayStar4
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givesmevoice
Broadway Legend
joined:12/2/07
^ Because that place went to hell in a handbasket.
When I see the phrase "the ____ estate", I imagine a vast mansion in the country full of monocled men and high-collared women receiving letters about productions across the country and doing spit-takes at whatever they contain. -Kad
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Jane2
Broadway Legend
joined:2/13/04
I don't have a problem with starting a new thread if you don't know an old long one exists somewhere.
<-----craves juicy pizza
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egghumor
Broadway Legend
joined:3/9/11
Congrats dramamama! Should we start a thread where we challenge your memory?
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tazber
Broadway Legend
joined:5/10/05
In The Heights is overrated and should have lost to Passing Strange.
....but the world goes 'round
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FindingNamo
Broadway Legend
joined:7/22/03
2 demerits from dramamama, Horsetears!

I thought Tracey Letts was a woman for longer than I care to admit.
'First the Bastille than the butt plug.' -- M ______
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Jane2
Broadway Legend
joined:2/13/04
I'm not a big Sondheim fan.
<-----craves juicy pizza
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FindingNamo
Broadway Legend
joined:7/22/03
Jane you don't mean that.
'First the Bastille than the butt plug.' -- M ______
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givesmevoice
Broadway Legend
joined:12/2/07
I don't like Neil Patrick Harris.

I thought Laura Osnes was far and away a better Nellie Forbush than Kelli O'Hara.

I loved Elena Roger as Evita.
When I see the phrase "the ____ estate", I imagine a vast mansion in the country full of monocled men and high-collared women receiving letters about productions across the country and doing spit-takes at whatever they contain. -Kad
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Jane2
Broadway Legend
joined:2/13/04
"Jane you don't mean that."

oy. um, ok I don't.

<-----craves juicy pizza
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LYLS3637
Featured Actor
joined:5/1/09
Sitting through PHANTOM was excruciating.

ALW is a hack who writes 4 melodies for a show and then repeats them endlessly to fill an entire score.

While COMPANY is one of my favorite shows, I get frustrated with the repetitiveness of SWEENEY and INTO THE WOODS.

I enjoyed Megan Hilty in WICKED more than I enjoyed Kristin Chenoweth. Though I thought she was wonderfully charming in PROMISES, PROMISES.

Even though the book was ridiculously misguided, I absolutely loved watching LEAP OF FAITH.

Rob McClure in CHAPLIN was one of the best performances I've ever seen on stage.

I love Idina Menzel's performance in the CHESS concert.

Jason Robert Brown is brilliant. Enough said.

Leonard Bernstein was the greatest composer of musical theatre.

Julie Andrews is the greatest female vocalist of all time.
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FindingNamo
Broadway Legend
joined:7/22/03
"oy. um, ok I don't."

Thank goodness!
'First the Bastille than the butt plug.' -- M ______
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Jane2
Broadway Legend
joined:2/13/04
Yeah right? I don't know what I was thinking when I wrote that. whew.
<-----craves juicy pizza
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tazber
Broadway Legend
joined:5/10/05
It's ok Jane, you just had an After Eight moment.
....but the world goes 'round
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iluvtheatertrash
Broadway Legend
joined:11/9/04
I liked BROOKLYN.

I've grown bored with most of Sondheim's scores. (Sorry, Namo!)

I saw THE WOMAN IN WHITE six times.

I fell asleep at THE HOMECOMING.

Sutton Foster can't act. Or sing. And she sort of looks like Archibald Craven when she taps.
"I know now that theatre saved my life." - Susan Stroman
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Brian07663NJ
Broadway Legend
joined:6/21/06
Next to Normal...loath it
Rent...found it stupid
[Title of Show]...hated it

Audra McDonald, Sutton Foster...ready for new leading ladies to have an opportunity to win awards and rise to stardom.

I like Andrew Lloyd Webber: Phantom, Cats, Starlight Express

Up next: Apr 01 Hedwig and the Angry Inch; Apr 05 Charo at RamsHead OnStage; Apr 07 Lady Gaga at Roseland Ballroom; Apr 13 Amaluna next to Citi Field; Apr 18 Disney Junior at MSG Theatre; May 06 Aladdin; May 13 Artpop Ball Lady Gaga at MSG; Jun 07 Varekai in Bridgeport, CT Jul 12 1:30pm Side Show; Jul 12 8:30pm Fantasia w/National Symphony Orchestra; Aug 16 The Visit: Williamstown Festival
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tazber
Broadway Legend
joined:5/10/05
Also hate [title of show]

I like the score to Little Women (Broadway version)
....but the world goes 'round
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CarlosAlberto
Broadway Legend
joined:6/29/10
@ all of you: I don't care.
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bpr515
Swing
joined:5/15/13
I've never understood the appeal of Adam Pascal, although I'll look forward to his rant about this post on Facebook...
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iluvtheatertrash
Broadway Legend
joined:11/9/04
bpr515 wins Post of the Day.
"I know now that theatre saved my life." - Susan Stroman
Gothampc
Broadway Legend
joined:5/20/03
I think Broadway is too slick these days. The actors don't have the sparkle that actors years ago had. I don't think Mary Martin (who I always affectionately thought of as a warbler rather than a singer) could make it in a musical today.

I used to think Betty Buckley was a wonderful singer. But the more I listen to her, she has a metallic quality in her voice that I don't like.

I never "got" Bernadette Peters as being considered the chief interpreter of Sondheim. Cleo Laine's Sondheim album is superior to anything Bernadette attempted.

Neil Patrick Harris bores me.

Faith Prince never got her respect as a Broadway diva. Her performance of "Holding to the Ground" in Falsettos (albeit off-Broadway) was brilliant.

Joe Papp would be ashamed at what Shakespeare in the Park has turned into - selling the best seats to corporate sponsors.

If anyone ever tells you that you put too much Parmesan cheese on your pasta, stop talking to them. You don't need that kind of negativity in your life.
Updated On: 6/14/13 at 11:03 AM

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