I was at the final performance of IN THE HEIGHTS and it was sensational. The three moments that I won't ever forget:
1) When Lin made his entrance there was a massive ovation, he stayed frozen in pose for a while and then dropped his head when it really hit him
2) Carnaval del Barrio was absolutely raucous, with former cast members and others in the crowd waving flags. When Lin said "can we raise our voice tonight/can we make a little noise tonight?" he was clearly
I'm shocked so many reviews for this have been good. There are plenty of fun, crowd-pleasing shows without much substance (Ain't Too Proud, Aladdin, etc.) that are actually well constructed. This reminded me more of Mamma Mia, mostly fun but still just a hodge podge of songs crammed in without real meaning and a low stakes plot.
To me there were 4 very obvious standout performances (in no particular order):
-HADESTOWN: Some of it didn't come through clearly, and I didn't like how they opened it (Patrick Page and Amber Grey didn't need to be there), but it's still a showstopper. The angle from downstage center during the 2nd chorus, with the lamps swinging out, is impeccable. Only wish some of the camera angles better showcased the lamp effects and the set coming apart. And it would've been
JudyDenmark said: "Miles2Go2 said: "I don’t even know if Colbert goes to the theater."
FWIW... I went to a taping of the Late Show, and he does a Q&A with the audience as a warmup before they start filming the show.Someone asked him, "I know you're a big Broadway fan, if you could be in any show on Broadway, what would you do?" And he looked right at Jon Batiste, who looked at the band, and they immediately busted into "Heave
JudyDenmark said: "Jarethan said: "IThe longer it runs, the more people are going to waste hard-earned money on junk. This is the type of show where families will buy tickets to introduce their kids to Broadway. The kids will lovecertain parts', i.e., the more the puppet does, the better, and will be bored stiff and restless the rest of the time. The sooner it closes, the less money ticket PURCHASERS waste.
On a similar note, Isaw The Prom over Christmasand I
Just saw THE NAP and they've got an actual World Snooker champion in the cast who shows up briefly twice in the 2nd act, plays a bit of snooker, and doesn't have any speaking lines. But you absolutely need him.
I actually prefer SRO, but they don't sell those until they're sold out. Last time I went on a Saturday, they weren't sold out for the evening show yet and when we went back at 5pm, they still weren't. Does anyone have experience with when they're selling out and starting to sell SRO?
BANDSTAND certainly would've stayed open longer if it opened this season. The '16-'17 year was one of the strongest ever. They would've gotten way more nominations (Cott, Osnes, Director, Musical, Orchestrations, Score, and Book). Idk if they would've won anymore because The Band's Visit dominated, MAYBE Cott would've won Best Actor over Shalhoub.
But certainly opening in such a strong and crowded year hurt them.