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One Act / No Intermission  Jun 24 2018, 12:35:39 PM

An interesting point. I saw Fun Home at the Public first, where it did have an intermission. It was dropped for Broadway, and for me, that was part of what made the Broadway experience a richer one. 

One Act / No Intermission  Jun 24 2018, 12:18:53 PM

Great discussion topic. 

I like intermissionless musicals, not because I can get out sooner, but because it means that unnecessary padding has to be cut, which (usually) results in quality over quantity. The Band's Visit and Fun Home are great examples. They could have added superfluous chorus numbers, elaborate set changes, or fleshed out other characters' stories extending the running time and requiring an intermission—adding “bang for your buck”&n

Miassing Donna Karger  Apr 18 2017, 11:16:24 PM

I can't stand the new On Stage. Frank DiLella's idea of an interview is a childish "Complete this sentence..." game, or "What kind of candy represents your character?" Patrick Pacheco and Donna Karger asked informed questions that showed respect for the actors' and the audience's intelligence. DiLella's shallow, gushing, fanboy silliness is grating and unwatchable. Sad we lost this show to another goofy, Richard Ridge type.


Riedel on Scrambling to Find a Tony Host  Apr 15 2017, 10:09:06 AM

Frank DiLella and "Broadway Whispers"

Groundhog Day Marketing?  Jan 21 2017, 12:21:09 AM

I agree, Madonna Musical, I do hope they get the word out there. For the general public though, there's no name recognition with Groundhog Day except for the title—and Bill Murray, who isn't in it. I think musical adaptations of well-known movies are a tough sell. As theater fans, we all know of Andy Karl and Tim Minchin, but they're not a draw outside of our circle. 

I think shows cost so much to produce now, that there's not mu

Groundhog Day Marketing?  Jan 20 2017, 09:20:20 PM

I just want to point out that any art you see for a show, the logo, the posters, marquees, tv ads, magazine ads, billboards, etc.—that's the advertising, not marketing. Yes, advertising is a component of marketing, but if you're referring to the artwork you see in print, on tv and on the theater, that's advertising. 

Marketing includes PR, sales strategy, pricing, market research, advertising, and on and on.

WAR PAINT - Pre-Broadway Thread  Jul 4 2016, 11:53:28 AM

Forget Hamilton, how many Americans in 1979 had any idea who Eva Peron was? People didn't avoid Evita because they didn't know who she was.

I just finished Lindy Woodhead's book War Paint, on which the show is based. I knew the names Arden and Rubinstein, of course, but not that they were business tycoons on a global scale from as far back as the 1920s. Not to mention the obvious fact that they were women in a time when women were rarely in charge of any

HONEYMOONERS straight to Broadway  Apr 13 2015, 10:55:27 PM

I saw a workshop and I have to say I think the score is wonderful. The lyrics are super clever and the melodies are terrific. It has the feel of a classic 1950's musical by Frank Loesser that you somehow never saw. There's a choral number sung by the bus drivers that I couldn't get out of my head for weeks. Alice has a very clever number about her frustration with Ralph's latest scheme involving a piano, and Ralph's song at the end, "Baby, You're the Greatest"—roll your eyes, if you mus

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS Reviews  Apr 13 2015, 12:19:09 AM

Henri has been written by Lucas as a closeted gay character, recognized to be so by his two buddies. Many lines point to this, including a jealous Jerry saying, after Henri does his number in the cabaret and is embracing Lise, "Yes, he really puts on quite an act."  It's meant to be the reason for his hesitation in proposing to Lise, which his mother keeps pushing. He now also does a pointed take to the two handsome dancers who appear on either side of him at the beginning of his fantasy

It Shoulda Been You Previews  Mar 18 2015, 12:04:32 AM
All I could think was "How in hell did this ever get on a Broadway stage?" And "What bored rich people thought they could play producer and win a Tony with the likes of this?"

My jaw was on the floor for most of the show. The music, lyrics and book are the work of rank amateurs. Every tune was derivative, every lyric clunky, every joke dead, every try for emotion hollow. It is truly unbelievable to behold.

That duet for the groom and his father was one of the most embarrassin

The Visit - New Ad Chita Rivera  Feb 12 2015, 10:36:10 PM
Serino Coyne does their advertising.

An American in Paris Poster Revealed  Oct 8 2014, 10:57:22 PM
This is the poster for the Broadway engagement, not (as the article states) for the Chatelet run in Paris.
The Paris artwork is here

David Alvarez  Aug 18 2014, 08:09:41 PM
Didn't know Alvarez meant THAT much you Huffy.

ON YOUR FEET to play the Marquis....  Aug 18 2014, 08:05:26 PM
Gloria Estefan is in Fuerza Bruta?

David Alvarez  Aug 18 2014, 07:38:20 PM
I heard he's a kiln operator at Karen Olivo's pottery studio in Wisconsin.

Anyone see The Lion King when it was still in its prime?  Aug 12 2014, 11:15:10 PM
I saw it about 5 or 6 years ago. I loved the opening...and then was very disappointed. I enjoyed anything that featured African music and dance, and disliked just about everything else. Especially the hyenas.

I was flabbergasted that this was the show that was so lauded and was breaking box office records. I'm even more surprised that it continues to do so. The audience wasn't terribly enthusiastic either. They went nuts for the big puppet stuff, and sort of checked out for the rest.

Christopher Walken cast as Captain Hook in Peter Pan Live!  Jul 15 2014, 09:04:12 AM
The problem with Walken is he's notoriously inconsistent on stage. Always has been. He nails it about half the time. That's why he's great in movies, he gets lots of takes.
But I HATE Peter Pan anyway. I've never understood people's utter obsession with this weird tale to begin with, and the musical's gender switch and mostly odd numbers just highlights the weirdness.

Les Miz merchandise guy  Jun 9 2014, 11:47:58 PM
I loved this thread.

HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME Previews  Jun 9 2014, 01:15:21 PM
**Some Spoilers**

I found the show disappointing too. I had high hopes for it. There's lots of good material there and I loved most of the music and most of the cast, but I had two real problems with it.

First, the haphazard flow of energy and narrative drive. The book writer and director just let the tension flag too often. Whenever a number or plot point would gain momentum, the air would suddenly be let out of it, either with a poor finish to a number, or by an overlong, me

Tra-LA! It's May...  May 3 2014, 11:17:07 AM

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