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Broadway books to read?  Jul 20 2012, 03:05:07 PM
On the Line: The Creation of A Chorus Line by Baayork Lee, James Kirkwood Jr, and Nicholas Dante

I'm a huge ACL fan, so maybe that's why I loved it so much, but it was really one of the most interesting books I've ever read.

Broadway Babylon by Boze Hadleigh is also pretty great. Very gossipy.


Best(or worst) Act 1 closers?  Jul 18 2012, 08:24:14 PM
Cabaret: The majority of the first act is fun. Yes, it's seedy, dirty, kinda-wrong fun, but the audience is generally having a good time. And the Ernst takes off his coat. And then Kost outs Shultz for being Jewish. And then Ernst screams at Schneider and tries to leave. And you feel the party atmosphere crumbling. And by the time the whole cast joins in on the Nazi anthem, creating a brick wall of patriotism that isolates the principals, and (in most stagings) the Emcee gives the audience a kno

Moments You Love in Cast Recordings  Jul 17 2012, 11:37:40 PM
Company (06):
**The way Barbara Walsh makes her lines pop in the opening, especially "Bob we're having people next SATURDAY NIGHT", the whole line just soars but "saturday night" pops with her great belt.
**Basically everything Raul does, but I am obsessed with his "crazy Amy" in Someone is Waiting. It rings, I love it.

The Last 5 Years:
**I'm in the minority who's favourite song is Nobody Needs to Know. To me, it's perfect, and I have some memories with it, but that's bes


BRING IT ON Begins Previews Tonight  Jul 16 2012, 08:26:01 PM
I saw the show when it was in Toronto and was highly unimpressed. I considered leaving at intermission (something I NEVER do) but the tickets were a birthday gift and I still wanted to see what this team pulled together, so I stuck it out.

I'm not going to give a full review, because it would just be echos of previous comments, but I have a few things to add.

1. I am shocked at the praise Ryan Redmond is getting for her work. I found her to be insufferable. The performance so


Who would you like to see in a potential revival of  Mar 7 2012, 07:46:01 PM
Just a comment on the age of Sally, in Goodbye to Berlin (the novel Cabaret is based on), Sally Bowles is 19 but looks 25 because of the way life has treated her already. Yes, the musical alters the story and character quite a bit, but I think the actress playing Sally should be in her 20s. An older Sally isn't as sympathetic, at least to me; if she looks 40, you just want to tell her to grow up, which I understand is the point of the character, I just find that there is a line where that stops

Help me pick the last couple shows for my trip!  Jan 20 2012, 09:21:12 PM
I saw JCS when it was in Stratford, and in my opinion it really is fantastic. I'm not a huge fan of the show itself (I prefer a musical to have actual dialogue scenes, but to each their own), but I thoroughly enjoyed this production. The second act in particular is very well done, and I found the final moments of the show to be breathtaking. The cast is excellent, strong voices all around (though I saw Carver as Pilate, so I can't speak on that role). The main trio carry the show nicely, Paul No

CAST Into the Woods Movie  Jan 12 2012, 11:07:21 PM
That's interesting, artscallion, I'd never heard that before. That does make sense and clears up a bit of the issue with the Baker, so I can definitely believe that.

I am going to be obnoxious though and stick to my guns not with the specific age, but with the idea of her being younger than the "adults" and older than the "kids", around mid-late teens, to me, seems right.


CAST Into the Woods Movie  Jan 12 2012, 09:42:44 PM
It did strike me as odd watching it yesterday, and I'll admit I only made the age connection with the Baker yesterday (and I've been in the show...oops).

I do like the idea of Rapunzel being younger. Not as young as Red definitely, maybe around the same age as Jack? A little older? I think she needs to not be a CHILD but still childlike ("stay a child while you can be a child") and younger than Cinderella, who has quite a bit of maturity at the beginning and continues to mature through


CAST Into the Woods Movie  Jan 12 2012, 09:28:28 PM
I think a lot of people forget how young Rapunzel is supposed to be. In the second act, when Rapunzel's already gone pretty crazy, the Witch asks her what's wrong and she says:

"Oh, nothing! You just locked me in a tower without company for fourteen years, then you blinded my Prince and banished me to a desert where I had little to eat, and again no company,and then bore twins! Because of the way you treated me, I'll never, never be happy!"

Fourteen years. Seeing as how the Wit


Your Broadway Christmas  Dec 25 2011, 03:29:34 PM
New Follies cast recording
1st replacement Chorus Line poster (framed)
Fosse poster (framed)

I think I'm getting Look I Made a Hat from my aunt next week, and I might be getting new LaDucas when I return my watch


Goodbye CATCH ME  Sep 4 2011, 01:18:25 PM
I saw this show the last week of August and adored it. As a dancer, I particularly loved the female ensemble, the choreography was fantastic. All the leads were on the top of their game, and I was lucky enough to see Alex Ellis as Brenda, and I hope that this leads to big things for her. I'm very sad to see this show go, it was a truly fun, entertaining theatrical experience.

Kelly Bishop in Anything Goes?  Sep 2 2011, 03:00:19 PM
Saw the show last Thursday (the 25th) with Tari Kelly and Kelly Bishop, and I adored them both. Tari knocked it out of the park, this woman needs to be a star, someone give her that star vehicle somewhere, she's like Sutton with spark and more charisma. She was just so on it, amazing.

Kelly Bishop was part of the reason I wanted to see the show. Not only was I a huge fan of Gilmore Girls, I am Chorus Line OBSESSED. I did the show back in February, and I would do it everyday for the res


Upcoming Broadway Lists with Lots of info!  Jul 24 2011, 12:23:17 PM
^EPA= Equity Principal Audition I believe.

Unpopular opinions you hold  Jul 23 2011, 03:08:04 PM
littlegreen2, as much as I disagree with most of your opinions, I have to thank you for calling out Emma Hunton's performance. Next to Normal is in Toronto right now, and everyone I know who's gone is saying she stole the show, when I found her to have moments that were great, but overall she was VERY overdone. Too much angst, too weepy...I lost the realness of the character.

Favorite performance from any broadway musical  Jul 16 2011, 05:29:44 PM
From what I've seen live, Alice Ripley in Next to Normal takes the cake, with Bernadette Peters in A Little Night Music coming in a close second.

Now, if I had been fortunate enough to see Raul Esparza in Company live, I'm sure that he would be my number one, because from my many viewings of the dvd, he's already up there.


John Raitt singing the Soliloquy live(1952)  Jul 15 2011, 12:21:12 AM
I am so glad I got to see this video, but I'm still going to say that I prefer Raul Esparza's rendition (which I had the privelege of seeing live just this last weekend, it still is in my mind). John Raitt's voice is spectacular, and I agree that one would be hard-pressed to find a voice to match in caliber among today's crop of leading men, however it's the acting that it comes down to for me, and Raul just brings so much to the song acting wise in addition to vocally.

Best Joanne?  Jul 11 2011, 05:31:00 PM
Another vote for Walsh. While I've only seen LuPone and Walsh (neither live, unfortunately, Walsh on the DVD, LuPone in the screening), I chose Walsh because she was with it the whole show, every time I looked at her, she was Joanne. Her voice suited the role perfectly, in both her big solos and just her lines in full cast numbers. Yes, LuPone's "Ladies Who Lunch" was very good, I felt that she was just waiting for her big moment during everything up until that point.

Name the musical from the clip  Jul 10 2011, 11:27:04 AM
42/48...pretty proud of myself.

Raul Esparza Master Class  Jul 10 2011, 11:08:33 AM
I really wanted to go (as a participant), but I'm going to New York in August (so I can see Follies), and we couldn't swing it to go twice in one summer(I'm from Toronto, so it's a bit of a hike). I saw Raul in the "Very, Very Best of Broadway" concert last night in Toronto, and it made me even more upset I wasn't going.

Brooke Shields discusses her LEAP OF FAITH experience...  Jul 7 2011, 11:43:05 AM
It would have been interesting to see Elizabeth Stanley in the role, she and Raul had such great chemistry in Company, but I don't know enough about this show to make a judgement on if she's right for the role.

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