THE MOIST HAPPY FELA! at Encores!

themysteriousgrowl
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Posted: 3/26/14 at 08:43am

Anybody else going? I'm pretty excited! Of course, it's not Balzac, but how about that Shuler Hensley?
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newintown
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Posted: 3/26/14 at 08:58am
Ain't even Rabelais...
aasjb4ever
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Posted: 3/26/14 at 09:13am
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What a colossal piece of crap! It'll probably run for years.
themysteriousgrowl
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Posted: 4/2/14 at 07:57am

Dress rehearsal was last night, and reports on the other board are mostly positive. Is anyone going tonight?
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best12bars
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Posted: 4/2/14 at 08:09am
One of my very favorite shows ever. Looking forward to hearing about this production!
"Jaws is the Citizen Kane of movies."
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Jordan Catalano
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Posted: 4/2/14 at 09:36am
Can't wait to see it this weekend! If anyone was there last night, what was the running time?
hushpuppy
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Posted: 4/2/14 at 09:54am
All you aficionados of TMHF probably know this bit of trivia, but for those who don't, listen for the mailman at the beginning of the title number in Act I. The names he calls out in the mail call were actual members of the original company:

"Farnsworth, your husband's all right" (Ralph Farnsworth, played the bus driver)
"Johnson, you better pay the gas and light" (the immortal Susan Johnson, who played Cleo)
"Sullivan! You're here thank the Lord, Sullivan you're breakin' my back with Montgomery Ward" (Jo Sullivan, who played Rosabella, and went on to marry composer-lyricist Frank Loesser)
"Van Pelt, your sister had a baby girl" (Lois Van Pelt, one of the neighbors)
"Greene, Herbie Greene, say who's Pearl? (Two-time Tony Award winner, Herbert Greene was the orchestra and choral director, and had a prolific 20-year career in musical theatre.)

'Our whole family shouts. It comes from us livin' so close to the railroad tracks'
givesmevoice
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Posted: 4/2/14 at 10:27am
Jordan, someone on ATC just asked about running time, so I'm sure there will be an answer there soon. But I think it's worth mentioning that someone else in the thread about last night's dress rehearsal commented on the fact that there were 38 (!!!!) players in the orchestra. I cannot wait to hear such a glorious sound on Saturday! (I'm also hoping Jo Sullivan Loesser will be at the talkback after Saturday's matinee, but unless she's unwell I can't imagine she won't be.)
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
gingersnap2
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Posted: 4/2/14 at 10:55am
I'm considering going, but not sure I can afford it. I couldn't find any discounts online - does anyone know of any?
neonlightsxo
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Posted: 4/2/14 at 11:18am
^ gingersnap, the majority of the balcony is $30 a ticket. However, they may be sold out at this point.
SonofRobbieJ
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Posted: 4/2/14 at 11:21am
Going tomorrow night! One of my favorite scores of all time!
gingersnap2
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Posted: 4/2/14 at 11:22am
Thanks, neon. I may check that out. I'm definitely going to want to HEAR it more than see it. 38-piece orchestra!
SonofRobbieJ
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Posted: 4/2/14 at 11:24am
Stupid question...but does anyone know the name of the restaurant/bar across the street from City Center? I'm blanking and wanna grab a bite there beforehand with my friend.
yfs
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Posted: 4/2/14 at 01:07pm
Abboccato is right across the street. Italian, not bad. Pricey, but not horribly so.

AC126748
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Posted: 4/2/14 at 02:37pm
Abboccato is excellent: really good fresh pasta and seafood. And I wouldn't even say it's that pricey. I always like to eat there when I'm seeing something at City Center.
"You travel alone because other people are only there to remind you how much that hook hurts that we all bit down on. Wait for that one day we can bite free and get back out there in space where we belong, sail back over water, over skies, into space, the hook finally out of our mouths and we wander back out there in space spawning to other planets never to return hurrah to earth and we'll look back and can't even see these lives here anymore. Only the taste of blood to remind us we ever existed. The earth is small. We're gone. We're dead. We're safe." -John Guare, Landscape of the Body
SonofRobbieJ
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Posted: 4/2/14 at 02:40pm
Thanks, guys! And, of course, I can't get a reservation. I'll try Trattoria dell Arte
matineeidol2591
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Posted: 4/2/14 at 04:34pm
The production is pure musical theatre euphoria. The actors, the voices, the direction, the choreography, all first rate. Don't miss this one. Casey Nicholaw did a fine job.

Artistic Director Jack Virtell came out last night just before the show started and announced Laura Benanti was ill. Take a listen to the promo vid shot last night though-shes never sounded better! What a trooper.
matineeidol2591
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Posted: 4/2/14 at 04:41pm
Run time was about 2 hours and 35 mins, including intermission. The first act is rather short-the second act is the longer of the two.
blaxx
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Posted: 4/2/14 at 05:24pm
Revival, please?
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WiCkEDrOcKS
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Posted: 4/2/14 at 07:03pm
Encores! is continuing to build quite a track record for itself. Excited to see this.
Current Avatar: Tony-winner Idina Menzel, delivering a sucker-punch of an 11:00 number, "Always Starting Over," in IF/THEN.
best12bars
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Posted: 4/2/14 at 07:09pm
hushpuppy, I did know that about the names in the song, but I'm glad you mentioned it in this thread just the same.



It's a very nice touch.
"Jaws is the Citizen Kane of movies."
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Updated On: 4/2/14 at 07:09 PM
Ed_Mottershead
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Posted: 4/2/14 at 07:55pm
I have doubts about it being a viable candidate for a full-fledged Broadway revival, although I'd certainly go should that ever happen. I don't think the name-value would mean anything to today's John Q Public and it's really not done all that often in regional theatre/summer stock/etc. The original had several runs at City Center during the 1950's, but aside from the truncated version that was done in 1991 or thereabouts, has not seen the light of day in NYC. Despite good reviews, even the 1991 version was a hard sell (and at one of Broadway's smallest houses). A complete recording would be nice, but a full-fledged revival? Not sure so about that one.
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best12bars
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Posted: 4/2/14 at 09:25pm
Eric---You do realize that the OBCR is a complete recording, right? It's a triple-record set (or 2 CDs).
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haterobics
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Posted: 4/2/14 at 09:45pm
So, how was the moistness?
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WhizzerMarvin TrinaJasonMendel
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Posted: 4/2/14 at 10:53pm
The most happy fella, the most happy man is ME!

The Most Happy Fella is my favorite musical of all-time, but I have never seen a production that wasn't at least a slight let down from the OBCR, which I believe to be the most perfectly recorded show. Ever.

Tonight broke the curse of disappointment, and because of how close this show is to my heart it must rank my top ten theatrical experiences.

Laura Benanti was BRILLIANT. I mean scary, terrifying brilliance. After tonight bring on Esclarmonde! If I didn't worship the woman enough already this sent me over the edge. Transfer it and give her the Tony.

Heidi B was doing some MAJOR channeling of Susan Johnson tonight. It was eerie and wonderful. She was very, very funny without pushing too hard, which seems to be a common problem for Cleos.

Shuler Hensley acted the role beautifully. A few of his top notes were a little thin, but the emotion in his performance more than compensated. He didn't get tripped up on the accent and syntax of his lines.

Cheyenne Jackson gave the best performance of his career IMO. "Joey, Joey, Joey" was a stunner. Jay Armstrong Johnson was a lot of fun as Herman, and of course "Big D" was a showstopper.

The ensemble was HUGE, even by Encores standards. (There must have been a casting call at Hunks R Us too.)

The orchestra was heavenly.

I was in heaven.

I still am in heaven.

My heart is so full.
Marie: Don't be in such a hurry about that pretty little chippy in Frisco. Tony: Eh, she's a no chip!
macnyc
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Posted: 4/2/14 at 11:16pm
Wow, that's wonderful to read! I'm looking forward to seeing it on Sunday.

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