"Many musicals that are hits, often feel like a zeitgeist moment. A phenomenon. DEH with Ben Platt felt like that to me. He was a force of nature. After his departure, the whole show seemed flatter and less interesting."
I agree with BettyBoy72, except that I would describe Platt's performance as profoundly wrought rather than the man himself being a force of nature. Platt was so concentrated and vulnerable that one was forced to surrender to the pain of emp
Using only the first name reads as though the writer has a delusional personal relationship with artist. I suppose the outrage to your post comes from the inability of those who disagree with you to accept they don't actually know these people.
This "old fashioned" notion is the way respected periodicals refer to artists in print... today!
Funny thing about hostile and immature youth... they act as if they have
Sincerely surprised that it hasn't been done before. Years ago I got a hold of the script and tinkered with the idea of doing it. I recall that there are some challenges (as in all stage adaptions) but that it was totally doable.
Incidentally, I've always wondered if Marc Cherry was inspired by the film when he was creating Desperate Housewives.
"If I have to pay $100+ to "imagine" sets...I'll pass. "
That a very important and very valid point. Expectations for Broadway based on what you are paying dictate they give you more bang for your buck...and from that perspective the show is a disappointment. Production values for London went way overboard, Broadway, you could argue, made a similar error but in the other direction.
Saw the performance tonight and was truly surprised at how well it played. After reading the reviews here I was expecting a show that would inspire Ken Mendalbaum to come out of hiding and write NOT SINCE CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY.
What I saw tonight was a simpler, less convoluted, and ultimately better show than the London version. The authors have committed to their choices - and while I don't agree with some of them - they are making them work. For exam