I was fortunate enough to be at the performance, as well. I was a few rows behind Ms. Lupone and across the aisle from Griffin Dunne, who was also at the performance. The audience treated both as private citizens, pretending not to acknowledge that they (specifically Patti Lupone) was in the audience.
It was only when Mr. Kushner, just prior to the curtain of Part Two, walked down the aisle to greet Ms. Lupone that we stopped pretending. It would be impossible not to acknowle
'Favorite' or 'Definitive' rendition of "Being Alive' Jun 23
2011, 12:19:55 PM
Earlier this week I went to a screening of "Company" with a friend (both loved it). He asked me if there is a definitive recording of the song. I wasn't sure how to answer. Is the OCR considered definitive? - not sure it is for this song...
The first version I heard was Streisand's 'Broadway Album'. Favorite recording is Patti LuPone from "Sondheim: A Celebration", with Bernadette Peters rendition on "Sondheim, Etc." a distant, but notable second.
Wondering what other folks
RIP - Bill LaVorgna Jul 31
2007, 10:02:43 PM
Bill LaVorgna, who was Liza Minnelli's Musical Director for decades (and played drums for her mother) died today after suffering a heart attack on Saturday. He was a terrific musician and widely regarded as one of the best concert drummers around.
Ruth Brown's Funeral Arrangements Announced Nov 22
2006, 03:16:10 PM
As reported on dailypress.com -------------- The funeral for R&B star Ruth Brown will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday at Willett Hall in Portsmouth [VA], the late singer's hometown. A memorial service and viewing will take place 2-7 p.m. on Monday, also at Willett Hall. Both are open to the public.
Corprew Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
re: Tony winner Ruth Brown Dead at 78 Nov 18
2006, 11:40:46 AM
Miss Brown died while at the top of her game. When I saw her (less than three months ago) she was fantastic. Her voice was strong and she was "getting paid", which meant alot to her. She had also recently recorded some new songs....
My interview with Miss Brown for BroadwayWorld.com is here:
re: Is It Ever OK to Cancel a Show If the Audience is Too Small? Oct 2
2006, 09:31:43 PM
I think that if an audience (of even one) has shown up for your show, the show goes on. I think that it can be modified, in some way acknowledging low attendence, which is probably easier to do in smaller, fringier (is that a word?) productions.
I have been to at least a handful of performances at which the cast outnumbered the audience....I have seen it happen at Improv theater stuff a couple of times. Also a really terrific local production of Oklahoma....
Person in front of me making pleasant, patient, theater conversation to the nice ladies to his left:
Bernadette Peters is in the role of "Mama Rose", she did "Annie Get Your Gun" a couple of years ago.
Nice ladies: Oh, we saw Cheryl Ladd do that, she was great! I am sure that Bernadette Peters was good too, though
RIP Willi Ninja Sep 8
2006, 04:15:33 PM
Willi Ninja, who was one of the stars of the documentary film, "Paris is Burning" died on September 2, 2006. Ninja died of AIDS-related heart failure at New York Hospital Medical Center of Queens. He was 45.
He was widely credited as being the "Godfather of Voguing" and was the "Mother" of the house of Ninja.
In reaction to his death, "Paris is Burning" director, Jennie Livingston said "Whenever you talk about vogue or voguing, Willi's name is there."
I think that he
re: Best Prostitution Songs Aug 31
2006, 01:25:44 PM
I like all of the songs listed...especially, "Don't Tell Mama" from Cabaret for its clever word-play.
"Use What You Got" from The Life (I like the concept album version sung by Liza Minnelli, kinda world weary...)
Pause, Pause, performer turns around to face the audience and it is Nathan Lane. Audience Explodes with laughter and applause. Pause, Pause, Nathan says something like "Oh come On...you didn't really think she would be here tonight!!!"
For me, it is almost universally true that I would see ANYTHING. But... there are a couple of shows that I haven't seen and don't want to see. I have actually lied and told people I have seen a couple of shows. It is a way to, politely, turn down a friend/relative who is excited to see a show and would pay for me to see, for instance Mamma Mia or Bl