The London production did have an ensemble. They appeared here and there: the Another Hunded People montage, the nightclub scene with Joanne, the Tick Tock sequence... The five of them took a bow at the end of the show.
In London they had an understudy for Andy, PJ and Theo; an understudy for Joanne and Sarah; an understudy for Paul, Peter and Jamie; an undestudy for David, Harry and Larry; and an understudy for Jenny and Susan. Jennifer Saayeng, who played Jenny, also covered Bo
So I've been listening to Merrily quite a lot this week, and I was wondering what is up with the title of the show. Why do you think Sondheim/Furth (Kaufman and Hart, really) chose a popular song from the 30s as the title of their musical/play? To me it's always sounded a bit too wordy.
Random question for all Show Boat lovers out there: In the original production (1927), Norma Terris played both Magnolia Hawks and her daughter, Kim. I really can't figure out how it worked. Aren't Magnolia and Kim together on stage (along Ravenaw) for the last scene(s) of the musical?
Also, wouldn't it be wonderful to get a revival back on Broadway? It's been been over 20 years since the last one.
It's a shame that The View doesn't promote Broadway as much as they used to. We hardly see any musicals performing on the show.
I always enjoy it when they have Broadway guests though. I've also noticed that Sunny Hostin is an avid theatre-goer! Whenever a guest (specially actors in straight plays) comes to the show, she's seen the production.
I saw Frozen last Saturday and, while I enjoyed the musical, I wasn't a big fan of the production. The same happened with The Little Mermaid back when I saw it in 2008. I then saw Glenn Casale's staging and thought the show worked way better than on Broadway.
Have you seen any regional production of a Disney musical that stood out on its own/didn't make you miss the original?
I also really liked the shortened versions of Beauty and the Beast a