So many people (obviously including the creators) coming up with justifications for this number. Unfortunately, no redux explanation will work. It's structurally wrong and calls attention to itself (luckily it starts the Act so it doesn't necessarily interrupt the flow).
I saw this on a college trip to NYC. I don't remember much except this guy named Nathan Lane, on crutches (!) stealing every scene he was in (he played the comic son of the Evil Queen, Chita Rivera as the pre Authurian magician's arch nemisis). I also remember a tiger "appearing" onstage but easily seeing how the trick was done...
"I, for one, would pay good money to see Ewan McGregor in a musical. When I saw Moulin Rouge, I thought to myself, "Why isn't this man in musical theater?"
Because he was HORRIBLE in the otherwise fairly good West End revival of "Guys and Dolls" (the rest of the cast was formidable: Jane Krakowski as Adelaide, Douglas Hodge as Nathan and Jenna Russell as Sarah).
GeorgeandDot said: "The more I hear the more convinced I am that Oak's ego may have been too big to understand that he needed to leave in order for the show to stay afloat. I really think that Oak may have personally sunk this show prematurely."
....did Okieriete Onaodowan kill your dog or something...?
"I'm not a pot stirrer, I like to discuss. Isn't that why this board exists? To discuss all things Broadway. You don't need to act like a baby because someone has a different opinion. Calm down, no one is trying to stir your pot."
This paragraph proves distinctly you're a pot stirrer. Obviously you posted just so someone would disagree with you and you could respond thus. How old are you?
I saw this onstage back in May. As good as other Roy Cohns have been (Rob Leibman and Frank Wood in especial) Nathan Lane is even, somehow, better. I think it's his comic timing. Which is possibly the greatest America has to offer at the moment. DO NOT MISS HIM. I see to be alone in not loving Andrew Garfield but James McArdle is the greatest Louis I have ever seen.
It's finished it's four city try-out. Has there been any word of it coming to Broadway? I know it's being developed as a TV movie musical for Disney, but the stage show is surprisingly good, a known title, and perfect family entertainment. It would be very surprising if it just disappears...
I first encountered him as Bobby in York's mid-80's production of "Company" (Barbara Andreas and Lenny Wolpe also in the cast). Still the best sung Bobby EVER. And the best sung Anatoly EVER. And the best sung Count in "Grand Hotel" EVER. I keep waiting for a tenor as good to show up. It has yet to happen...not even close...
"Something Just Broke" is not just about the JFK assassination. It's characters, dressed in every assassinated president's era, sing about their particular president. All the presidents that have ever been assassinated.
Wonderful production (as most productions of the show to be). The Menier is still the peak for me (followed immediately by the original at Playwrights Horizon).
Obviously thrown together in a week (Encore productions are rarely tight, though that's part of the charm) it has some standout performances, such as Stephen Pasquale as a definitive John Wilkes Booth and Erin Markey, a rising star of the downtown alt cabaret scene as Squeaky Fromme. She und
wicked_beast4 said: "GavestonPS said: "With all due respect to wicked_beast4, I don't know where he got the following: "a man being forced by external perceptions into the role of "degenerate" and being trapped by that identity no matter how hard he sacrifices to try to transcend this lot (Billy))". I think it's true that Billy is a perennial outsider, but the idea that he is forced into the role of "degenerate" is more Genet than H