Review - Morning Observation
The only trouble with these 90-minute musicals that start at 7pm is that I really can't get all that enthused over the big 8:15 number.
"I believe in censorship. I made a fortune out of it."
-- Mae West
The grosses are out for the week ending 10/21/2012 and we've got them all right here in BroadwayWorld.com's grosses section.
Up for the week was: THE HEIRESS (6.4%), PETER AND THE STARCATCHER (6.1%), SPIDER-MAN TURN OFF THE DARK (5.4%), ANNIE (2.9%), NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT (2.9%), BRING IT ON THE MUSICAL (1.8%), JERSEY BOYS (1.4%), RUNNING ON EMPTY (1.0%), ROCK OF AGES (0.8%), War Horse (0.8%), ONCE (0.6%), NEWSIES (0.5%), EVITA (0.5%), CHICAGO(0.1%),
Down for the week was: SCANDALOUS (-22.8%), CYRANO DE BERGERAC (-11.8%), WHO'S AFRAID OF Virginia Woolf? (-5.4%), AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE (-3.8%), MARY POPPINS (-3.0%), THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (-2.2%), GRACE (-2.0%), CHAPLIN (-1.7%), MAMMA MIA! (-1.5%), WICKED (-0.1%),
"We should not do a show more often," quipped Ryan Silverman as he an Jill Paice took in the appreciative applause of the Town Hall audience before even singing a note of the Broadway musical they were expected to star in this season, Rebecca. Host Scott Siegel had just recapped the story of the show's numerous delays, fake investors, missing funds and the fact that an estimated 150 theatre professions had either turned down work or stopped seeking immediate employment because of their expectation to be working on Broadway by Christmas.The pair grandly tore into three selections of what is apparently a dark, gothic, power ballad heavy musical: "Help Me Face The Night," "Free Now," and "Oh, My God." Ryan tried setting up that final song by explaining at what point it appears in the story before realizing he didn't know.
Sunday's concert, created by Siegel with music direction by John Fischer, was the 8th edition of Broadway Originals, a favorite feature of Town Hall's Annual Broadway Cabaret Festival, which traditionally presents musical theatre stars who have actually made it to opening night, singing selections from roles they either originated on Broadway or played in the first company of a Broadway revival.