Love love LOVE the bonus track! Just as I was reading the liner notes and thinking, "Ok, Bruce -- where's the UK studio recording and the Italian release?" there's the bonus track. You're spoiling all of us Promises Fanboys!
2 CD SET HEAD'S UP Jul 6
2010, 01:36:39 PM
Thank you for the scans, Carlos -- and thank you again, Bruce, for this ridiculously fun, well-deserved remastering. It's like hearing the score for the first time all over again. I love the revival recording, but you've insured that the world has a definitive OCR, with that sound that could ONLY have been captured during the period.
In particular, the work you did on "Where Can You Take A Girl" is incredible. That song had always been my one skipped track on the OCR, and it wasn't
Vicki Lewis as Fanny Brice??? Jun 1
2010, 03:50:27 PM
I agree with Michael Bennett -- she's otherwise perfect for the role. Although it's a little funny to think that she was playing Mamma Rose two years ago. )
Can we really look at those two, however much we love them, and honestly question the "in her prime" alure of Angela Lansbury or Debbie Reynolds?
BWW TV: PROMISES, PROMISES Video Preview! Apr 22
2010, 06:26:39 PM
Saw the show Saturday night, and I thought Sean Hayes was fantastic -- every audience member around me seemed to feel the same way. He's completely charming. I just kept thinking, "What a terrific Broadway debut."
American Idiot or Rock of Ages? Apr 5
2010, 08:36:12 PM
For what it's worth, I don't consider myself a "big Green Day fan" (other than a few songs I've heard on the radio) and I thought American Idiot was brilliant. I saw it twice during it's Berkeley run and would've seen it more if I had the time.
LOVE NEVER DIES Changes Likely Before Broadway Run Mar 25
2010, 04:56:23 PM
The problems with the show are not JUST the book and lyrics -- the problems are fundamental. The story itself is revisionist history, doing its best to tell us what the creators NOW think The Phantom of the Opera has been about for the last 23 years. The "plot" (what little there is of it -- mostly contrived twists and character elements) is soap opera camp at best.
Yes, like most ALW shows there are several glorious melodies in there, but the show itself is just a plain old bad idea
Playbill Bios: To Thank God or not? Mar 23
2010, 07:46:00 PM
I tend to prefer the resume-style bios. As a very good friend of mine (and fellow performer) says, "It's your bio -- not your Academy Awards acceptance speech."
Patti LuPone fanmail question Feb 26
2010, 01:33:10 PM
I once handed Patti an original London cast Les Miserables souvenir program to sign. She signed a big "P" on it, then said, "Wait a minute -- is this mine? 'Cause I don't sign the Broadway one!"
My boyfriend later commented that somewhere out there, there's a Broadway souvenir program with a big silver "P" on it.
re: American idiot NY time review Oct 21
2009, 03:49:37 PM
Interesting! I think Isherwood's review is right-on. I felt comparisons to "Hair" as well. The whole thing, though, works almost more as a ballet than a traditional musical. Yes, there's a plot, but the show succeeds at conveying moods and states of mind simply by its overall tone, rather than directly through the plot. It's the sum of its parts, rather than a through-story highlighted by stand-out songs.
Anyway, I loved the show and will be seeing it again in a couple weeks.