qolbinau said: "The song works fine in context - it's a kind of momentary detour while people take their seats and get ready for the show to start. To actually put a showcase on it at the Tony Awards was always incredibly misguided. </i>
Not really..the score of DOLLY is so well known even minor songs like "Elegance" and "It Only takes a Moment" would have seemed old hat. Here was a chance for a song that only a few people kno
Every year back to 1990 I recorded the Tony Broadcast on VHS and later transferred the tapes to record able DVD's. Last year for some reason when I went to record the CBS broadcast of the 2106 Tonys my recorder kept shutting down giving an error message that the program could not be recorded! (Now many movies on TCM also do that.) No problem I had the whole Tony show saved on my PVR. Then last fall our cable company had an outage and all recorded programs were lost across the provin
SUNDAY is very nearly the best original musical I have ever see. What was surprising to me at the time was the number of Broadway critics who despised it. Frank Rick at the NY Times gave it a glowing and thoughtful review. Other critics either missed the point or did not have the patience to examine it. But the video of the original Broadway production is there to verify what magical production the original was. Also, guests on my radio program are asked to select and play 5 of th
For me the score is one of the most beautiful of all Sondheim's.... more openly emotional and I would love just another lush chamber opera of this type from him. I LOVED it when I first saw it, and very much enjoy the Broadway cast album, though I regret all the trims made to fit it on once CD. PS Classics got it right with a 2 CD edition of the off Broadway revival and First Night did a more sensible compression to one disc for the original London Production. The PBS TV version is a wond
Some movie adaptations are faithful to the point of not so much preserving the stage show but embalming it. Many Warner film versions of Broadway musicals and plays go to this extreme..The BAD SEED, & MY FAIR LADY are examples...both enjoyable as transcriptions of what was seen on stage. CAMELOT, FINIAN'S RAINBOW & HELLO DOLLY are bloated and cannot justify their lengths.
Some film versions make alterations, cuts and the resulting film is better than or at least as go
Saw both. Sam AMERICAN IDIOT the week before the Tony awards (I was seeing all the nominees.) I am not a fan of Green Day or that5 genre of music in particular. The story of a bunch of drug-addicted youths and their anger at the disappointments of their lives was uninviting. Also the music was too much of the same thing...that style of music is really only good for expressing anger. There was some imaginative staging and enough scenes of one character on stage in his underwe
Back when THE PRODUCERS instituted premium seating with the same argument ("Why shoudl scalpers make all the profit from our hit show?" i thought of something like a Broadway E-bay where buyers could bid on a pair of the best seats in the house with an auction closing 24 hours prior to the performance. Really hot shows could offer several pairs until demand diminishes. The theatre goers would then set ce
He is currently Broadway's hottest composer with a fan base that would be the envy of many rock stars. So far he has done two shows in the Rap/Hip-Hop style (I must confess I do not understand the distinction between the two,) I greatly admire his dedication to craft, obsessively rewriting every quatrain to make it as close to perfection as possible.
That said, I wonder if he could write Jazz, or traditional-style musical comedy styles or even something operatic or in a
Mandy Patinkin returned to the cast of SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE in August 1985 for the final few months of the run leading up to the taping for the PBS American Playhouse series.
2016, 03:28:18 AM
<i>Is the radio show podcast or online radio only?</i>
It is carried by Toronto Gay/Lesbian radio station PROUD FM and the on-air feed is carried on the website (www.proudfm.com). There is no podcast as yet but as soon as teh music rights can be sortede out theer will be an archive of previous programs.
FLAHOOLEY is gem. See my review on AMAZON.com. Yma Sumac's songs can be skipped over as they are not in English and have nothing to
I just listened to the 2 tracks linked above. I always enjoyed the Nonesuch album and when it came out I thought it was the best of the Gershwin show series they had done up until that point. we had a very successful production of LADY BE GOOD at the Shaw Festival (in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario) in the summer of 1994 that was delightfully effervescent. I liked the Nonesuch recording because it seemed to capture the energy of a 1920s musical comedy.
My introduction to the score (
On The Town Feb 10
2015, 03:07:27 AM
Sad to say ON THE TOWN has never been a big audience show. Even the original production, though financially successful at462 performances, had a short run for a big musical that got mostly positive notices (1 pan from John Chapman..he later apologized for it saying he must have been in a bad mood the night he saw it.) True, it faced tough competition in its day (OKLAHOMA!, SONG OF NORWAY, BLOOMER GIRL and CAROUSEL) but none of the revivals have proven to be strong box office draws.
Ragtime - RAGTIME The Ballad of Sweeney Todd - SWEENEY TODD Good Mourning Baltimore - HAIRSPRAY Aquarius - HAIR 6 months out of Every Year - DAMN YANKEES!
Pacific Overtures Feb 2
2015, 02:28:56 AM
I did not see the original (until I was given the DVD of it) but I bought the cast album and the published script when they were released. I was lucky enough to be in New York one weekend in November 1984 and caught the original cast of SUNDAY, the NYCO production of SWEENEY and the revival of PACIFIC Overtures at the Promenade. For me it was fantastic theatre weekend.
PACIFIC OVERTURES fascinated me and when it ended I was wishing it would be done on PBS just so I could see it again
Ugliest broadway posters Jan 6
2015, 01:08:17 AM Pray tell: WHAT is wrong with the Sunday in the Park with George poster? I've always loved it.
Nothing. It is a brilliant distillation of the show's two acts set a century apart and ties in a hint of the Seurat painting that inspired it. I think a good show card looks god full sized in color and shrunk down to 1/8 of a page in the N Y Times and in either format plants a seed of intrigue in the viewer's mind.
BTW if you think the poster for FOOTLOOSE looks hideous you sho
Congratulations Sondheim! Nov 11
2014, 10:38:36 PM
If I recall Sondheim was shortlisted to get this honour back in the dark days of the Bush Administration (the first Bush, not the afterbirth) but turned it down in protest of cuts to art funding Bush had put through.
Can Can Oct 12
2014, 09:39:56 PM
Agreed the score is so full of hits it does not need any outside songs but teh eseason after CAN-CAN Porter was writing more Parisienne love songs in SILK STOCKINGS (Paris Loves Lovers, All of You, As on through the seasons we sail) that could be used. It's not as if a revival of SILK STOCKINGS is likely anytime soon.
Rarely seen photos of original MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG Jun 26
2014, 07:04:04 PM
I caught the original production about 1/2 way through previews. we were trying to see it a few days before opening but arrived in town to read in The Times that the opening ahd been postponed 2 weeks. (The staff at CHARGIT - the phone ordering service were of no help...every performance I requested I was told was sol out yet the Box Office staff told me they had plenty of tickets available.) The date I finally got was Saturday Oct 24. By that time the Swimming pool was gone, the outlandish cos