Rialto Chatter: Will MRS. DOUBTFIRE Musical Land on Broadway Next Year? Oct 14
2019, 10:15:46 AM
I have to agree - McClure is a really solid choice to play Daniel Hilliard/Mrs. Doubtfire. He has solid comedic chops and was brilliant as Chaplin in a less than stellar production. He’ll do a great job with the physical comedy and quick wit, but will also have no issues finding the heart of the story.
Yes - there are certain jokes and gags that will undoubtedly need to be rewritten or eliminated. But the heart of this story lies in his ability to change only after he sees the world through the eyes of Mrs Doubtfire.
The movie has heart and a
Sunset Blvd - From Movie to Musical Oct 6
2019, 10:55:04 AM
Given her passing I’m really wanting to watch this special again - has anyone been able to track down a copy of it?
Patti LuPone's "Live" CD from 1993 Aug 20
2019, 10:41:40 PM
This album is actually one of my all time favorite Broadway performers in concert! I think the song selection is brilliant and the stories and such she put together with Scott Wittman were perfect!
Even though she is not my choice for Norma (I fall into the Glenn/Betty camp) I adore her as a performer. I think this album is great because it captures her at a time BEFORE the Sunset debacle while she was on a high that I think really soars on this recording.
Barry Manilow ‘fighting horribly’ with hubby manager amid Broadway flop Aug 14
2019, 10:06:28 AM
I’ve seen him twice in concert and both times he truly delivered the goods. I also think he’s at that very difficult stage in his very long and successful career where the new albums land without much fanfare, and special engagements such as this and his last stint a few years back just don’t draw the crowds like they used to. Add to it the ticket price, it’s not a recipe for success.
DIANA TO TRANSFER Aug 12
2019, 12:42:29 PM
I don’t think this will do very well at all 2020 is starting to look a lot like this past years shows
Mack & Mabel cast recordings Aug 7
2019, 10:05:31 PM
There’s a warmth to Preston’s performance that I’ve always loved. His last spoken line at the end of “I Promise You A Happy Ending” gives me chills. When I want a better feel for the show itself though I prefer the London recording with McGillan.
Sunset Blvd - From Movie to Musical Aug 2
2019, 11:46:30 AM
I grew up in Rochester NY and in the mid-90’s you could take a two and a half hour ride to Toronto and see sit down productions (or productions that would announce for a few weeks and just keep extending) of Phantom, Joseph, Crazy for You, Beauty and the Beast, Showboat, and the list would go on.
It really was a great time.
Sunset Blvd - From Movie to Musical Aug 2
2019, 11:40:09 AM
Sunset proved rather quickly that the show needed a bankable star to keep people coming. Carroll did earn excellent reviews, however she didn’t carry the weight at that point in her career like she had previously.
Livent missed on Sunset and the revival of Candide - both never came close to Phantom & Joseph in Toronto.
Ah - say what you want about Drabinsky - I miss the days when Toronto was truly a hub for musical theater!
Manilow's musical "Harmony" Aug 1
2019, 09:46:52 PM
Harmony is not a jukebox musical - it is an original score by Manilow for the theater. Barry has been performing the title song and “Every Single Day” in concert for the last ten to fifteen years.
He was involved in a very long and drawn out court battle with the original producer to get the rights back to his show. I know they did a full production I think in Atlanta, and somewhere there is a great video of Barry and Brian D’Arcy James (who was originally attached to the production
Im searching for a copy of the making of Sunset Blvd in Toronto. It was entitled Sunset Blvd. from Movie to Musical and was produced for local television in Toronto. I used to have a DVD copy of it and cant find it anywhere. I have the making of LA and Australia, but this one had a lot of great footage of the Toronto production that is hard to find. It had a female host/narrator and ran about 45-50 minutes if I remember correctly. Ive scoured YouTube and cant find it any
RIP to one of the most important people in the history of the theater...
Manilow on Broadway Jul 29
2019, 08:23:15 AM
He recently sat down for a series of interviews with the American Archive of Television and I was shocked at how horse he sounded. I’m curious too to hear how his singing voice is holding up.