No longer happening, in case you missed it.https://ww2.kqed.org/arts/2016/11/23/theater-cancels-musical-about-imelda-marcos-in-san-francisco/http://www.broadwayworld.com/san-francisco/article/ACT-Replaces-HERE-LIES-LOVE-with-A-NIGHT-WITH-JANIS-JOPLIN-20161122
Sad to see this. I had originally thought they might do it in their Strand space - especially because I think the orchestra level seating is removeable. Evidently the capacity wasn't enough to make it work. (And, as the article mentions, retrofitting the Geary was prohibitive)I was looking forward to it. I would love for the creators come up with a production that would work in a proscenium theatre with audience participation suited for the fixed seats (and fire laws). FULL DISCLOSURE - I didn't see the production at the Public and have no idea if what I'm proposing is even possible given the nature of the work.
^Bring Taylor Mac into staging the interaction. Judy could do it magnificently!
Wow. Did not see this news. I wonder what this means for the Seattle run at the Seattle Rep (this was supposed to be a co-production between the two theatres, the Rep's main stage is a lot like ACT's main stage). I guess we'll find out sooner or later, as general ticket sales for this is supposed to start on December 5. I was really looking forward to seeing this show again (saw it twice in New York, once during its Public run and once during its "commercial" run). I hope it still happens here, though I don't know if Seattle Rep wants to take on the financial burden all by itself. It was listed as a bonus Show to their season (it's not included as part of the season subscription, but as an add-on), so I guess they have an easy out if it does get cancelled. LizzieCurry said: "No longer happening, in case you missed it.https://ww2.kqed.org/arts/2016/11/23/theater-cancels-musical-about-imelda-marcos-in-san-francisco/http://www.broadwayworld.com/san-francisco/article/ACT-Replaces-HERE-LIES-LOVE-with-A-NIGHT-WITH-JANIS-JOPLIN-20161122 "
This is a big shame - especially as it seems to be giving Rebecca a run for it's money in last minute disappointments. To my knowledge both the planned London transfer from the NT and the Sydney premiere were similarly cancelled at varying stages of pre-production (also as a result of the adverse economics of the original Public design and direction). The London run it'self only being viable as the National is a subsidised space and was looking for a dynamic show (and youthful audience) to relaunch the Cottesloe as the Dorfman Theatre.
I didn't love the show when I saw it. I mean, I had fun, but do I think it would be a smash hit? Probably not. And while I liked the immersive staging, it also felt very stagnant. I remember one portion of the show- the end, I think - the audience was left kind of just moving around to change the seating for a good 10mins which sort of killed the mood. Much like Timber's Rocky, where sure, if you're in the first few rows, it's fun to be on stage and watch them turn the theater into a boxing ring, but for the other 80% of the theater you're just watching people rearrange. I think it could be done in a traditional space. They just need to rework it so that it can tour around more. It was so specific to its space at the Public, but Fun Home was reconceived, Natasha was reconceived, etc.
There's really no reason why the show had to be done in its own site-specific way. The disco was an interesting novelty (and I guess relevant to Marcos herself), but I would have preferred just to be able to sit down and watch the show instead of having to walk around.
Agreed. It's a novel idea, but it doesn't enhance the show.
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