Her performance as Regina was so strong and so fierce, it's easy to see she'll have no problem achieving whatever else she may want to do in this life - or even a return to the stage later. I was not a fan of the musical, but boy, I am a Taylor Louderman devotee for life!
As they tell the story in Paris, that Theatre Mogador production was cancelled because of a massive fire that affected the sets and they could not rebuild. The original Bjornson sets would look MARVELOUS in the Mogador theatre though!!!
At the Paris Opera and Mogador, they cutely say that "the Phantom didn't want his horrible story brought up again in his city" and "nobody in Paris really liked the novel anyway" in regard to the aborted production. I w
I've seen more than my fair share of Normas. Rita was good, but honestly, she was a bit mousy and perhaps a bit too sentimental - didn't have that full-on diva that the others brought. Made it more human, but less thrilling and definitely not a diva performance. Now, Diahann... I wish everyone could see the last 30 seconds of her performance. She took "With One Look" to heart - her finale, with her final look out at the audience before the final blackout of the show as the s
I'm sad to hear of this, her performance in Sunset Blvd. legitimately was the most ferocious but also the most layered (and I've seen my fair share of Normas). Her final look in the show alone was 100% different from everyone else's and in that moment, her performance peaked in a way that NONE of the other actresses did. I don't know if that was all her or direction, but that final look... Oooh... CHILLS!
devonian.t said: "The Rink certainly sounded like it was the one of the first DDD recordings."
Actually, that makes sense. Liza was an early adopter/supporter of Telarc, who were responsible for the first digitally recorded classical album. Perhaps she was able to help that happen? I believe most of her recordings in the 80s/90s were Telarc-recorded.
This is a GREAT topic! I'll be honest, my youthful memories of cast albums in the 80s are dominated wi
I'd be surprised if any digital recordings were made before the mid-late 80s (of course there were AAD transfers to CD earlier). My impression is that cast albums were treated like orchestral records and maintained the analog standard well past other genres. Certainly La Cage & Sunday would've been well before cast albums had switched to even ADD transfers to CD.
rlj1010 said: "Hey... how about a My Cousin Vinny show?!"
That would be offensive to Italian Americans, however. Basically, the theatre has to turn into a reality show where everyone onstage is just playing themselves and not doing anything offensive. I guess I'd pay to see Alice Ripley just be herself for 2 hours.
Knowing someone in this cast, I am certain that the actors are doing their best to portray the truths of these characters and inhabit these roles as they would any other, regardless of a character's sexual orientation, religion, or any other characteristics that differ from the actor's own. This pattern of maligning productions before they've even opened is a bit disturbing. Is it possible that the presentation may actually be sensitive and contain an honest and uno
But, c’mon, we’re all waiting for Housesitter: The Musical. Imagine the possibilities to cover a range of styles as Gwen shifts her stories. How fierce would some fun patter songs be when the stories really get rapid fire? The house could be a big reveal/elaborate piece if needed, like Beetlejuice. I would love to see Gavin Creel & Laura Benanti. Or skew it older for Cheno.
Patti LuPone's "Live" CD from 1993 Aug 21
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This is one of my favorite recordings of all time! Thanks for bringing it up! Her performance of Heaven is one of my favorite things ever. I should dig this up and give it a little remaster. I remember the quality was a bit off, the performance is vintage Patti though.
I was at Chicago the night Madonna & Rosie came to check out the revival for themselves. It was one of the most interesting experiences of my young theatergoing days! If memory serves correct, it was right before the CNN piece was done.
The front row tickets weren't available for any of the performances I looked at. I assumed it would be some kind of Rent-style rush. Or perhaps seats are being saved for patrons, subscribers, and corporate sponsors. The Ordway does have a lot of those and this is a short run!
Also felt I should add that Broadway Across America is not associated with the Ordway in St. Paul, they must be part of that other group of producers. Broadway Across America is associated with the Hennepin Theatre Trust, which operates several theatres in downtown Minneapolis. This explains why the Ordway sometimes has trouble booking hot tours of shows and often gets the repeats (i.e., Chicago regularly plays the Ordway when it comes through town). I have high hopes for an associa
This is playing the MASSIVE opera house/mainstage of the Ordway. I thought the other side was now a orchestral concert hall. But, maybe they kept that tiny theatre too, although I don't think it was used for anything other than local productions and some concerts/smaller events. For a small run like this, they might have a chance of selling the balcony, but I doubt the gallery will even be sold for Six.
Of course, I hope this really bubbles up and becomes such a sensation they have
So glad the Ordway has finally booked something truly special! Obviously, the trick will be selling this in the Twin Cities. Right now, the tickets top off at $70 on a Saturday evening, which is pretty amazing. I'm booked for row D in November! I'm assuming tickets will probably at least triple by the time it gets to NYC, so lucky us!
I hope and pray this run is a success and the Twin Cities sees more pre-Broadway productions (which have been slim the last decade or so)! E
This show was the first in my life to ask me to reconsider the white savior narrative. Chris himself questions what that means throughout the show, as he goes from feeling like a savior ("Why God Why" to recognizing that "all he left was a mess just like everyone else" and perhaps the world would have been better from not trying to "save" everyone and everything.
She threw a cup of her urine at Roman Polanski during the Chinatown shoot, although I heard that was "somewhat" deserved. So, she's been a "spitfire" for the majority of her career. I've always felt sorry for Dunaway - her actions have long eclipsed her talent and opportunities (both were quite substantial). And, as someone who deals with mental illness, I certainly hope her actions are more a result of that than true, rational, purposeful thoug