Kiss Me Kate at the Roundabout was, I think, the strongest way to currently present that piece. It’s a tricky one, but the buoyancy of the score and that cast were able to keep things moving.
Every one of these scenarios is a case by case, highly nuanced conversation, the kind of conversation most people want to avoid. This year, the high school I teach at is doing the Drowsy Chaperone. As one of the few Asian staff members, and the only minority woman with any involvement
Plenty of productions hide because providing a well executed, true-to-spirit update is extremely difficult. It requires nuance, a strong familiarity with the work, deep knowledge of current society, and creativity. If a production contains a scene so anachronistic to current societal norms or values, to the degree that it’s so jarring as to remove the audience from the piece, then the scene should be seriously reconsidered and revised.
As it was said before, art is not created in a vacuum. Any art is a reflection of the society in which it was created, a reflection of both its flaws and strengths. To ask that revivals remain static flies in the face of what makes good art, because it’s mirroring back a time and place that is so far removed from current society that modern audiences can’t conn ct.
Also, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with cutting a part of a musical th
If you want something with more music, Broadway to Main Street is my rec. The host has a theme every week and he picks songs, it’s good if you’re looking for insight on older pieces or obscure recordings. He definitely leans more in the classics/oldies, but it’s exposed me to many musicals and interesting song covers that I would never have found otherwise.
Unless youre very close to Kelli O’Hara these comments seem tone deaf and very strange. Is it a reference to the shows she chooses or how she chose to portray Kate’s physicality onstage? Not sure how the actress sees her place in the universe is relevant to her Tony odds.
I loved her portrayal of Kate in the first act but not so much in the second. Not sure if that’s a fault of her or the material. SJB seems unlikely for a win, I&rs
I absolutely loved Amber Grey’s performance. Did it feel like a retread of some of her Great Comet work? Yes. But when it’s that good, I can’t think of a reason to care. I thought “Our Lady of the Underground” dragged a bit, however Amber had the energy to carry it and keep the party going. She brings just the right amount of sadness for this broken, hedonistic party girl, and even during her wilder moments there’s always this underlying hurt. I&r
It didn’t work the first time, don’t have high hopes for a second time around. Frankly, it seems like it’s better suited for community or children’s theater, I’m sure the liscense holder makes a pretty penny off of school productions.
Also, there’s a live recording of the show that was released, it was on Netflix but I’m not sure if it’s still on.
HADESTOWN Previews Mar 18
2019, 12:14:59 PM
I’m very excited! I bought a ticket for the first preview, which I’ve never done before. Really looking forward to Friday!
When discussing art, its not about who DESERVES to see it. Containing any form of art behind a paywall is like holding water in a canvas bag, its gonna get out regardless of what you do. I've watched my fair share of bootlegs and am glad they exist. It's a grey area if there ever was one. By trying to make it black and white you're vastly oversimplifying the issue and its frankly coming off very shrill.
For anyone unfamiliar with the term, an 11 o'clock number is 11 o'clock number is a term for a big, show-stopping song that occurs late in the second act of a two-act musical, in which a major character, often the protagonist, comes to an important realization.
I was inspired by the best song thread, which was just too difficult to pick one so I thought introducing a category would help. I think the greatest 11 o'clock of all time is "Rose's Turn
I would definitely cut out Summer, but the other two are more difficult to decide between and come down to personal taste. Yes, Band's Visit is the superior musical and has the accolades to prove it. But it is certainly not a piece for everyone. Its much slower paced and lacks a traditional narrative structure with a clear "ending," but I personally found it refreshingly different and beautiful.
Mean Girls is a big dumb musical with mediocre, but definitely cat
I have no problem with a show being based on a movie or pre-existing property as long as the show can justify its existence as a separate entity from the original. Don't take the movie/play/book and reproduce it word for word, add something that makes it distinctly different. Something like School of Rock doesn't need to exist outside of the movie. If I wanted to see a Jack Black impression, I could watch the real thing. Most of the Disney musicals make the same mistak
I enjoyed it MUCH more than I thought I would, plus Bashor crushed "I'll be Here," not a dry eye in the house.
The plot broadcasts itself pretty clearly, and a great deal of it I would describe as "twee." These things would normally turn me off, but it was a piece that sneaks up on you and the enjoyment isn't fully felt until the end. I am curious as to how well this story plays to someone unfamiliar to NYC, as a basic understanding of bustling city li
I had obstructed orchestra seats when I saw it (can't exactly recall where) but I only missed a very small bit where Washington is speaking to Hamilton during Non-Stop at the end of act 1. The person at the box office was very helpful and knew specifically what I would be unable to see from my seat, I would recommend maybe calling the box office just to ask.
Also, Snakeskin, please take your negativity somewhere else. If it was intended as a joke it was a bad one.&nbs
Going Marie's Crisis: yay or nay? Jul 30
2018, 12:56:55 AM
If you know what to expect going in, it’s a very fun time. I’ve never experienced any of those nightmare scenarios you mentioned, but I can also see how their particular brand of humor at Marie’s could easily get misinterpreted.
To avoid crowds, go on a weeknight. I prefer Wednesday as I like the pianists who are on and it’s not nearly as crazy as a weekend crowd. Happy hour is from 6-9 weeknights and well drinks are $3. Cash bar only, so be sure to visit the ATM and have plenty of sin