The Anthem

Kad
Broadway Legend
joined:11/5/05
After taking the theatrical ecstasy that was Lady Day and Hedwig on Saturday, I had to suffer through the suicide Tuesday that was The Anthem at the Lynn Redgrave Theatre.

It is the first show I have ever left at intermission. Ever.

It is devoid of redeemable qualities.

The attractive performers, god bless them, all have the dead eyes of the bartenders at Flaming Saddles as they go through their mandated dance routines.

It offers such lyrics as "the Temple of Mating / is for fornicating."

This has something to offend everyone's sensibilities.
brdway411
Broadway Star
joined:2/24/14
Randy Jones is a good friend of ours so we may have to go sit through this.
dramamama611
Broadway Legend
joined:12/4/07
Gee, if he (?) sees that post, he probably won't WANT you to go.


Kad....what a fabulous Saturday you must have had!
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Kad
Broadway Legend
joined:11/5/05
Randy Jones is very much a he - he's the original cowboy from the Village People. Because of course he's in this.

And yes, Saturday was incredible and Audra and NPH provided two of the best performances I have ever seen.
themysteriousgrowl
Broadway Legend
joined:11/10/10

Your misery has kind of made my morning, Kad.
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stevenycguy
Broadway Star
joined:12/7/05
The Anthem
Posted: 6/3/14 at 09:27am
I really enjoyed this show a lot (as someone who enjoys sci-fi). Randy Jones from the Village People stars in it, along with a whole mix of other Broadway stars. There are aerialists climbing to the ceiling and swinging from ropes, catchy disco tunes, a disco ball, and performers who have strong powerful Broadway voices. And of course an interesting sci-fi plot by Ayn Rand as well. The sight gag later in Act II involving Randy Jones' entrance and a lyric from a Miley Cyrus song had me cracking up hysterically. The cast was very friendly and everyone stayed afterward in the lobby to chat. Don't just believe me - the show got a rave in the NY Times too (http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/30/theater/a-spoofy-spin-on-ayn-rands-anthem.html). It runs 2 hours 30 minutes including the intermission.
FindingNamo
Broadway Legend
joined:7/22/03
The Anthem
Posted: 6/3/14 at 05:47pm
So I'm going to go right ahead and guess he makes an entrance on a wrecking ball.

I like Randy, he's good people.

I certainly hope Liza's Headband will report back on the ecstasy of finally seeing an Ayn Rand musical.
"I hate dead people!" -- Joan Rivers. A Piece of Work
FindingNamo
Broadway Legend
joined:7/22/03
The Anthem
Posted: 6/3/14 at 05:51pm

It looks like a wheel-less Starlight Express. In other words, the perfect embodiment of Ayn Rand!

"I hate dead people!" -- Joan Rivers. A Piece of Work
Kad
Broadway Legend
joined:11/5/05
The Anthem
Posted: 6/3/14 at 06:46pm
It's Xanadu and Starmites' ugly stepchild.

And sadly, Randy does not make an entrance on a wrecking ball.
FindingNamo
Broadway Legend
joined:7/22/03
The Anthem
Posted: 6/3/14 at 07:03pm
Dang. I kinda want a modified version of his outfit.

I wonder if Ayn Rand would consider him a maker or a taker?

"I hate dead people!" -- Joan Rivers. A Piece of Work
Kad
Broadway Legend
joined:11/5/05
The Anthem
Posted: 6/3/14 at 08:29pm
That's kind of a personal question, isn't it?
chanel
Featured Actor
joined:1/28/04
The Anthem
Posted: 6/3/14 at 08:37pm
A decent writeup--plus Randy Jones says why he wanted to do the show.

http://www.out.com/entertainment/michael-musto/2014/06/02/12-hottest-hollywood-hunks-all-time?page=0,1
chanel
Featured Actor
joined:1/28/04
The Anthem
Posted: 6/3/14 at 08:39pm
Followed in the same column with Katie Finneran talking (in her act) about preparing for "Getting Married Today".
Sauja
Broadway Star
joined:1/7/07
The Anthem
Posted: 6/3/14 at 09:17pm
I also saw this. It's hilariously awful and misguided. Knowing they had a decent thing with the aerial work, the director managed to insert an absurd number of numbers with people hanging onto anything they could find. See it just to answer the question: what's left that they can dangle off of?
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Kad
Broadway Legend
joined:11/5/05
The Anthem
Posted: 6/3/14 at 09:36pm
It's really true. They kept doing the aerial thing over and over- disconnected from anything that was going on. The applause was, uh, tepid.

The aerialist guy was nice to look at.
newintown
Broadway Legend
joined:3/3/10
The Anthem
Posted: 6/3/14 at 09:44pm
A friend (whose judgement I trust) said "this show aims for mediocrity, but falls far short of the mark."
Kad
Broadway Legend
joined:11/5/05
The Anthem
Posted: 6/3/14 at 09:51pm
The composer's note in the program begins with this sentence:

"The Anthem is a fabulous show that is exciting, fun, beautiful, and entertaining."
iluvtheatertrash
Broadway Legend
joined:11/9/04
The Anthem
Posted: 6/3/14 at 10:00pm
Starmites was all I could think of the entire time. And how wonderful a dash of Sharon McNight would've been.
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mschwager
Stand-by
joined:11/21/11
The Anthem
Posted: 6/23/14 at 03:34pm
So apparently this production abrubtly closed yesterday. I'd have to assume it was something more than "scheduling conflicts."


Anthem Closing
haterobics
Broadway Legend
joined:3/29/14
The Anthem
Posted: 6/23/14 at 03:42pm
Close call, I only saw Jason Gotay was in this in the closing notice. Had I saw he was in it earlier, I might have attended...
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little_sally
Broadway Legend
joined:1/15/04
The Anthem
Posted: 6/23/14 at 03:43pm
What in the hell was Jenna Leigh Green doing in this show?
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SonofRobbieJ
Broadway Legend
joined:12/10/09
The Anthem
Posted: 6/23/14 at 03:46pm
I'm truly sorry I didn't see this thread until today because the original post would have totally cured my post-birthday hangover!

'The attractive performers, god bless them, all have the dead eyes of the bartenders at Flaming Saddles as they go through their mandated dance routines' may be the most wonderful sentence ever constructed 'round these here parts.
ClydeBarrow
Broadway Legend
joined:6/20/12
The Anthem
Posted: 6/23/14 at 03:52pm
I totally would have seen this but I guess they were too good to paper.
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Kad
Broadway Legend
joined:11/5/05
The Anthem
Posted: 6/23/14 at 03:56pm
I can't believe they didn't paper. The house was MAYBE a quarter full when I saw it, and from what I've heard that was the norm.

And Robbie- why, thank you!
AntV
Featured Actor
joined:12/23/12
The Anthem
Posted: 6/23/14 at 04:04pm
They did paper, just apparently not where you were looking.
Mister Matt
Broadway Legend
joined:5/17/03
The Anthem
Posted: 6/23/14 at 04:07pm

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