HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME Previews

ClydeBarrow
Broadway Legend
joined:6/20/12
HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME Previews
Posted: 6/2/14 at 01:59pm
I know there has been some discussion of the show in another thread but wanted to start a fresh one for reviews of people seeing the show tonight and throughout the preview period.
"Pardon my prior Mcfee slip. I know how to spell her name. I just don't know how to type it." -Talulah
gstrus2
Broadway Star
joined:5/27/12
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Posted: 6/2/14 at 02:11pm
Anyone find a rush policy yet?
haterobics
Broadway Legend
joined:3/29/14
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Posted: 6/2/14 at 02:15pm
I think the papering has precluded most people from caring about the rush policy yet.
formerly oasisjeff on here.
ClydeBarrow
Broadway Legend
joined:6/20/12
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Posted: 6/2/14 at 02:47pm
There seems to be conflicting rush information because Playbill said there was a $35 student rush policy.
a limited number of student tickets at $35 are available through TIX4STUDENTS — an annual membership program for students 18 years and older that provides access to purchase tickets online in advance — at Tix4Students.com.

BWW however was reporting rush tickets for $42 in the balcony (can't find the actual link to that though). The show is selling so poorly I'm guessing you could ask the box office to sell you something on the cheap.
"Pardon my prior Mcfee slip. I know how to spell her name. I just don't know how to type it." -Talulah
haterobics
Broadway Legend
joined:3/29/14
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Posted: 6/2/14 at 02:59pm
Clyde, I think all seats were $43 on Tupac's birthday, which would have been his 43rd, if that's what you're referring to?
formerly oasisjeff on here.
Everlast85
Understudy
joined:5/2/14
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Posted: 6/2/14 at 07:47pm
Looking forward to hearing what people think about it!



Updated On: 6/2/14 at 07:47 PM
brdway411
Broadway Star
joined:2/24/14
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Posted: 6/2/14 at 09:23pm
Act one was a little slow but enjoyable enough.
broadfan327
Featured Actor
joined:3/20/08
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Posted: 6/2/14 at 09:25pm
I agree so far. I suspect I will like this more than most posters.
Mr. Nowack
Broadway Star
joined:2/2/14
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Posted: 6/2/14 at 09:34pm
I'm glad to hear that act one wasn't a total bust. I hope people give it a chance. At least they're trying something a little bit different. I just hope it doesn't succumb to poor marketing like THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY.

I was previously known as Mr. Nowak (Joined: 5/20/13).
Updated On: 6/2/14 at 09:34 PM
brdway411
Broadway Star
joined:2/24/14
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Posted: 6/2/14 at 10:42pm
brdway411
Broadway Star
joined:2/24/14
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Posted: 6/2/14 at 10:42pm
jbroadway4
Stand-by
joined:1/2/14
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Posted: 6/2/14 at 10:48pm
Any reports yet?
ClydeBarrow
Broadway Legend
joined:6/20/12
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Posted: 6/2/14 at 10:50pm
The show just ended 10 mins ago. It's not the train wreck I expected but it is probably the most boring musical I've ever seen. Will have a full review when I get home if I don't fall asleep first.
"Pardon my prior Mcfee slip. I know how to spell her name. I just don't know how to type it." -Talulah
brdway411
Broadway Star
joined:2/24/14
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Posted: 6/2/14 at 10:52pm
I really liked it. The first act could use a trim or a little faster pace. But as a whole it is throughly enjoyable. Great message.
frogs_fan85
Broadway Legend
joined:12/3/05
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Posted: 6/2/14 at 10:59pm
it is probably the most boring musical I've ever seen.

Agreed and I'm only basing this on the first act as I didn't see a point in staying.
everythingtaboo
Broadway Legend
joined:5/5/04
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Posted: 6/2/14 at 11:05pm
How'd the orchestra stadium seating look? Was it as seamless as they'd hoped? What did the house look like when you walked in?


"Hey little girls, look at all the men in shiny shirts and no wives!" - Jackie Hoffman, Xanadu, 19 Feb 2008
brdway411
Broadway Star
joined:2/24/14
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Posted: 6/2/14 at 11:10pm
It is pretty seamless. You walk in and there is a big wall with graffiti coving it. They have walk ways to take up to the front of theater to access the stadium seating. I don't see why they did it because most of the show plays in the middle of the stage.
Everlast85
Understudy
joined:5/2/14
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Posted: 6/2/14 at 11:10pm





Updated On: 6/2/14 at 11:10 PM
broadfan327
Featured Actor
joined:3/20/08
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Posted: 6/2/14 at 11:14pm
You see a mural that was painted on the back of the orchestra stadium seating. They also had some pieces from the National Hiphop Museum. Yeah, the book is very thin and does drag, but the score more than made it up for me. Tonya is wasted here, she has about a minute of a solo, a few book scenes, and maybe a little more singing. Christopher Jackson I thought was very good. The sound design was excellent, as well as the lighting. I enjoy that type of music, so I might not be the proper judge of the score. There wasn't very intricate choreography. We were on the street at about 10:45. They could cut another scene and it would be in better shape.

Updated On: 6/2/14 at 11:14 PM
Sutton Ross
Broadway Legend
joined:7/20/13
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Posted: 6/2/14 at 11:14pm
I loved the set design, the music, and Christoper Jackson.

Other than that? Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz...........
Four Simple Rules for Attending the Theater 1. This is a nice night out. Dress accordingly. Like, no sweatpants. 2. When you enter the theater, turn off your phone. All issues with phones will be avoided this way, & you won't be verbally accosted by the cast, crew, & other patrons. 3. I did not pay dollas to hear you talk or sing. I paid dollas to see & hear gorgeous men like Norm Lewis, Ramin Karimloo & Joshua Henry. 4. Unless you have medical issues, don't eat. The wrappers are loud, & your disgusting munching is even louder. You aren't at the movies or a barn dance, baby.
RippedMan
Broadway Legend
joined:8/14/05
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Posted: 6/2/14 at 11:17pm
Where's Whizzer? I need a detailed report. What's the design like?
bwayphreak234
Broadway Legend
joined:7/4/10
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Posted: 6/2/14 at 11:18pm
I always love a Whizzer review...
"There’s nothing quite like the power and the passion of Broadway music. "
everythingtaboo
Broadway Legend
joined:5/5/04
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Posted: 6/2/14 at 11:20pm
So they just left the rest of the rear orchestra seats as they were? That's...bizarre. I was kinda hoping to have them removed or covered.


"Hey little girls, look at all the men in shiny shirts and no wives!" - Jackie Hoffman, Xanadu, 19 Feb 2008
Play Esq.
Broadway Star
joined:7/10/09
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Posted: 6/2/14 at 11:21pm
Whizzer...Whizzer...Whizzer...Whizzer...

(I can't tell if that's in the voice of a cheering crowd...or a group of zombies).
Blackbird3
Understudy
joined:11/21/13
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Posted: 6/2/14 at 11:23pm
I requested this in the other thread, but I would really appreciate a song list if anyone has one!
WhizzerMarvin TrinaJasonMendel
Broadway Legend
joined:5/26/05
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Posted: 6/2/14 at 11:27pm
First of all, happy first preview of first show of the new season. I always am filled with such hope at the downbeat of a new season, and truthfully I was looking forward to seeing Holler If Ya Hear Me tonight.

Kenny Leon started things off with a curtain speech reminding us to tweet, text and call everyone we know after the performance, granted that we enjoyed it. If we didn't like we were told to keep our mouths shut. One of the messages I took from the show was to stand up and tell the truth, so with all due respect to the director's wishes this one was a stinker.

There are no words to describe the book of this show. The first book scene was so deadly I felt like I was in the twilight zone. No dramatic thrust at all, no character development. It's not just that the plot is paper thin, the actors aren't even characters. The score doesn't help in this respect because none of the songs are character driven. They are all about social issues, which makes the characters nothing more than mouthpieces for the topics at hand.

The script is basically devoid of humor and there are so many dramatic pauses it would make Pinter blush. The actors certainly were expressive and emoted when they sang, but when given a page of dialogue they went all wooden. It was like they were so confounded by this book that they were scared to say the next line.

The songs fared better, but sometimes it felt like they were part of a revue rather than an overarching story. The lyrics discuss prison, the state of the neighborhood, drugs, violence, death- but they don't deal in characters so it gets old after a while.

California Love, the jam you could tell everyone in the audience was most excited for, kind of got shoehorned in there, and the worst part was it has an abrupt ending that denied us the chance to applaud. Many of the songs need buttons added instead of just fading out. Keeping the energy up in the audience is VITAL in a musical like this. Let us have a place to clap after the numbers.

The story is kind of like half of West Side Story. It's the Jets vs the Sharks, but the Jets' story takes place completely off-stage. The conflict is building up the to the big rumble in act two and you keep thinking, how are they going to pull this off because we've never seen the rival gang.

The worst crime committed is underusing Tonya Pinkins. She is the only one who was truly able to navigate her book scenes, and though her one song was somewhat extraneous, she sold it. Hey, it's a paycheck, and it's a step up from A Time To Kill!

The set = non-existent.

Despite having a negative reaction to this one, I hope others don't give up on trying to create a musical like this for Broadway. The unoriginal score really hurt it- imagine what In the Heights would have been like with a Jennifer Lopez jukebox score- and they needed a stronger book writer to string it all together.
Marie: Don't be in such a hurry about that pretty little chippy in Frisco. Tony: Eh, she's a no chip!