I'm just going to put it out there that I think Melissa Errico would be pretty perfect opposite Hugh Jackman, she would sing the score with great depth, and she would capture the character's introversion and nuance better than most of the women mentioned in this thread. And with Jackman in the lead, you don't really need another bankable name in the cast, do you?
This news makes me so excited! What a great cast so well suited for their roles! I'm just bracing myself for the inevitable backlash against Schumer two years from when this film finally gets released now for playing a lesbian character.
For me, the biggest problem with the show is the whole "Voldemort had a child" thing at the center. The books make it very clear that in his quest to achieve immortality, Voldemort never believed the traditional notion that having a child carry on your legacy is a valid pursuit because he was so ashamed of his own pa
"Vocal rest" is not really an official designation. As far as I know, no production can assign vocal rest. Often, doctors will suggest vocal rest, but that's also such a vague thing. Vocal rest can mean anything from taking time off from the show to recover or only using your voice during the show to just trying to limit the amount of talking you do offstage. Often, vocal rest is a self-imposed preventative measure. The vocal chords are muscles like any other--when your mus
I am deeply saddened by this announcement. I was stunned by every aspect of this show when I saw it last year. I want to be able to say that it will have a vibrant life in the regional theatre scene (like other small musicals like Fun Home and Grey Gardens), but I honestly doubt any future productions will be as great as this one. The casting requirements--great actors of middle-eastern descent with experience speaking Arabic (or at least a very strong ear for language/dialects) who are highl
In 2015, the Chicago Film Archive of Performance began filming productions which are now available for viewing at the Chicago Public Library. They have filmed 85 productions so far (a list can be seen at http://www.c-fap.org/C-FAP/About.html) but most are non-equity storefront productions, presumably because of regulations with the union that still need to be worked out.
Most regional theaters film their productions for archival purposes, usually never to be made available t
I've always thought Death Becomes Her is just begging to be musicalized. Larger than life characters, long scenes in a few locations, and it even opens with a performance of a Broadway musical! Get a talented magic consultant for the fight scenes and they'll bring the house down.
I imagine that Casablanca could be a great musical, but it would take a lot of chutzpah to have the balls to touch that masterpiece. Same goes for Br
Theatrefanboy1 said: "She has been asked this question multiple times over the last ten years and it’s always reported back that she wants desperately to come back to Broadway. When asked what type of show. She has said that she would like to take on a new play. But then nothing ever seems to mount. I mean I’d take her in nightmother opposite Claire foy or cate Blanchett.
My fear is that time is ticking. And honestly fifteen years would be about it for an eight
JBroadway said: "I do wonder about Meryl Streep. For someone with such a rich history on the stage, I'm surprised that she has stayed away for so long. I mean, she's obviously very in-demand in the film industry, but that hasn't stopped other A-listers from doing Broadway. I'm sure she has her reasons, but I'd be very curious to know what they are. Does anyone know is she's spoken about this is any interviews? When/if she does eventually return to the stage, i
Benedict Cumberbatch is overdue. He's done a lot of work on the London stage, but never in New York, to my knowledge. Same goes for Tom Hiddleston. I imagine both have gotten offers many times that didn't pan out. I'll also add Claire Foy to that category of British stage/screen stars who just have never done a play in New York before. Lily Collins as well.
As for a younger group without as much stage experience, I would love to see Olivia Cooke, who was really amazing in A
Ado Annie D'Ysquith said: "What made the Chris Columbus movie so bad, exactly? Granted, it was my first exposure to RENT so I'm not the most careful eye, but apart from the OBC being much older, what went wrong?"
That's a pretty big question to answer, but the biggest problem is Chris Columbus was not the right director for the material. It feels sanitized compared to the stage version, and it looks like it was produced by a big studio (which it was), whi
Having seen both recently, I would vote for The Ferryman. I really enjoyed much of The Waverly Gallery, but the play had these long transitions where you would be staring at a brick wall for a full minute, which really interrupted the flow of the play. I appreciated the performances and the writing, but those scene changes really just threw a wrench in the storytelling. This may seem like a minor thing to quibble over, but it really did impact my ability to emotionally connect to the show whe
In 2016, Steppenwolf's production of Mary Page Marlowe featured an infant on stage in one scene during previews, but they ultimately replaced the babies with a doll. Apparently too many audience members were concerned that it took them out of the play. Did the off-Broadway production last summer also use a doll?
"He resorts to the three children (played by adults who skirt the look of children from the stage) sharing the narration of most of the plays action. It's a device most playwrights use in their first play, a device that usually has to be beaten out of writers by tough writing professors. The result is shockingly amateur. Sher has them fully stepping forward and addressing the audience, so it's unclear who they are talking to and what the point of the device is." <
Saw the show last week and was very disappointed. I don't normally see non-equity tours, but I loved this production in New York so much I thought I'd give it a go. While each member of the Broadway cast stood out and showed me new angles of their characters I had never considered before, nobody in this touring cast rose above "fine" for me. The young characters were better than the older ones, as expected, but I was astounded by Yente's complete lack of comic timing and
Lin wrote those songs for Working about a decade ago for the production that played at the Old Globe, then at Chicago's Broadway Playhouse in 2011, and off-Broadway at 59E59 in 2012. It was a great production, and the new songs fit in well with the old ones. I believe there was a cast recording of the Old Globe production, but I am not 100% sure.
This looks like a great season! I've always considered Road Show to be underrated (Gary Gr
That's a good article, but honestly, as much as I love everything the man has ever written, I really won't hold my breath waiting for these things to happen. The Visit was supposed to come to Broadway a few season back with Oprah but was cancelled when the musical version came in. the Edgardo Mortara piece he's been talking about for at least four years, and the O'Neill musical/opera has been in development for nearly a decade now. He also
I would love to see a revival, but I don't think it's likely because the show is just so expensive. The black-and-white vs. color concept, along with the 1940's glamorous Hollywood setting and style just make it such a big expense, and the title doesn't have the name-recognition to sell many tickets on its own. It's not produced all that frequently by regional companies for the same reason.
However, I do remember a couple years ago Benedict Cumberbatch saying in an