Broadwayworld forum: one of the most important Broadway community assets Nov 18
2019, 03:58:38 PM
I didn't know that actors and others ask that negative comments be deleted. Theater is not a delicate business, and bad reviews and opinions are part of it, as those involved know or should know. Posters on this board usually go out of the way to couch criticisms in a respectful way, and sometimes, in my opinion, they go too far, e.g., sorry for those who will be losing their jobs. Everyone connected with a production knows that's the risk they take.
Opinions about JUDY Oct 9
2019, 11:15:55 AM
About the gay couple: I have no idea whether there was such a couple in Judy's life in London, but Gerald Clarke's biography of her makes clear that a gay couple in LA did take Judy in and try to moderate her excesses -- without success.
Importance of Being Earnest - The Musical Sep 12
2019, 01:56:02 PM
I can't recall the creators of "Earnest in Love" but believe that some well-regarded writers (maybe they came well-regarded on later projects) were involved.
The theaters I don't like are those with long but narrow halls, such as the Lunt-Fontanne, the August Wilson, and even the Golden. If you are far back in the orchestra you are a long way from the stage, and the mezzanine and balcony get pushed back, too. Theaters like the Broadhurst, the Schoenfeld, and the Jacobs are better.
This production was taped for PBS, I think the Great Performances series. If you can find a copy (I threw mine out because I had it on VHS), you will have some clue as to why the other commenters praised it so highly.
The Tonys have never found a good way to showcase the play nominees. It would be feasible for them to present short scenes maybe five minutes each, from the nominees -- about the length of time allotted to the musicals -- but you get the feeling they would prefer to do away with the plays altogether. For myself I would rather see scenes from the plays rather than musical numbers from shows that haven't even been nominated but for which their producers have purchased airtime.
I saw this. Lillie was top billed, so they gave her more time on-stage than in the original and gave her a couple of songs with chorus that added nothing to the show. Louise Troy had the thankless role of Ruth and made it quite clear why Charles would have preferred Elvira. Walter Kerr wrote of Tammy Grimes that she "strides right, strides left, and then strides right again," which was an accurate description of the staging for her "Home Sweet Heaven."&nb
Katharine Hepburn in "West Side Waltz" drew a big crowd. Of course no one dared asked for an autograph. She came out smiling and was greeted by applause, then got into her limo and drove off waving at the crowd with her Queen of England wave.
Back around 1971, when Sondheim won his first Tonys for "Company," he said on accepting one award, "I"ve never thought much of these awards, but it's nice to win one." Then he won a second award (perhaps there was one for lyrics and one for music) and said, "It's even nicer to win two."
I don't have a problem with the singing style but I do with the acting. This ought to be a flirtatious duet, but the Laurie sings the song flatly without any particular emotion. She doesn't act it well.